Monday, March 28, 2011

Spinning in a frenzy

I'm getting geared up for Yarnover, which will be held the end of April in Hopkins.  I've been spinning virtually every night.  Knitting has been pushed to the background.  Funny how when I spin I eventually long to knit, when I'm on a knitting binge, I long to spin.  I'm fickle apparently...who knew?  smile...

This is called Tex Mex.  I just finished it last night, it was still drying this morning, it is a favorite of mine.  Just reminds me of Texas.  I'm longing for a Texan spring, now it may have to do with the piles of snow still outside, the cold breeze, heck, wind that hits me everyday, or even the sight of the rotten ice on all the lakes.  Can't imagine why I'd be longing to see fields of wild flowers waving in the gentle breeze...sigh...moving on...

The next skein is a combination of wool and silk and reminds me of underwater world.  I'm going to have the girls sit down and help me name all the skeins for me.  They are so creative and fearless in their naming conventions.  I love them!  My ideas?  Pretty boring, so I defer to them often.

And finally, I'm really torn to put this little baby up for sale.  I think it is the most gorgeous finished yarn and some of my best to date.  It is a perfect blend of yellows/tans/browns.  So many ideas fly through my brain when I see it...I think it would be perfect in color work project, I think something along this line, Gramma K's Fair Isle Tam or the Picot Hem Stranded Snowflake Hat would use this beautifully along with another neutral.

And what is becoming painfully clear?  I need to do some work on my photography...but in any regard, my handspun basket is over flowing, I'm approaching 90 skeins...lets hope others will love them and want to take some home with them from Yarnover!

And for further incentive, if you mention you read my blog, I will give you a 10% discount at Yarnover!

Monday, March 21, 2011

9 Bowls of Peas

The last week was a bit stressful.  Emily had another surgery for her cleft issues.  This was a big one, we had to stay in the hospital a couple days, finally got permission to leave on the second day but at 9 pm.  My girl is a tough cookie, the next day, she asked not to take the pain meds anymore because she didn't like how they made her feel.  Swore she had no pain etc.  So we stopped and she slowly came back to her normal self.  Her face was so swollen, slowly walking with a limp.  She can only eat soft foods for the next month.  I see lots of KFC mashed potatoes and gravy in our future.  But her continued strength and grace is nothing short of miraculous.  But she did tell me that she would rather eat 9 bowls of peas instead of having that surgery again.  Did I mention she HATES peas.  So I herby proclaim, peas are banished from our household from this point forward.  There are plenty of other green vegetables that she can ignore on her plate.  So no worries my girl, there will be no peas on your plate.  You've endured enough.  Thank you God for continuing to bless my child with humor and resilience.

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Winter that will not end

March is a tough month.  Intellectually you understand you will have snow yet but when you look out and there are literally mounds 7 feet high surrounding your driveway you think it will never end.  And add to that when you wake up there is another 3 inches of fluff to shovel.  It could make a person weep.  I refuse to listen to the weather anymore, all they talk about is more snow.  Wednesday, more snow.  March 19th BIG SNOW!  Seriously, we are talking about the 19th?  sigh...I give. But even I'm to the point of blubbering when the weather comes on.  Please make it stop...they are taking bets about how long it will take for some central snow dump sites to fully melt. (baby mountains, 30+ feet high, just as long) Bets are heavy into JUNE.  And that is only if we get no more snow.  Wonder if I could place a bet for July!