My Weekend In a Nutshell

This weekend was a total success!

The kids and I spent the weekend with their father, just chillin’ out.  Well, we girls just kind of hung out around the kitchen, for the most part.  March Madness has somehow taken over the fellas. All I could hear this weekend was, “OH!” Usually, that coincided with someone dunkin’ the ball over someone’s head and another player getting posted.  I believe we have officially become a basketball family, lol.  The hubby and I took turns cooking.  For breakfast, he made his world famous waffles while I stuck to the fried potatoes.  I made the sides for dinner on Saturday night while he fixed the main course for the fellas.  There were steaks for the guys and ham for the Girl Child.  Other than that, we had cabbage and potatoes, brown rice with mixed veggies and sweet corn.  Everyone was fat and happy, lol.  Good food and good company!

In between all of the cooking and eating on Saturday, I got to start and finish a weekend knitting project from Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick.  This is one of my favorite projects because it’s so quick for gift giving.  I plan to give this to a newly former boss that I also consider a friend.  She moved to California recently and she has always wanted some fingerless mitts.  These mitts were designed by Ann Budd.  I love them! The yarn, if you can recognize it was the skein from my last post.

A lot has happened to that fiber in that photo.  I decided to play around with it, just to see what would happen.

The spin from the last post was a two-ply that I made by drafting two colors together at a time throughout for most of the singles. In the above photo, I chose to spin a singles using one color at a time (foremost)…

a three-ply using all three colorways separately…

… and the rest that was left over became another two-ply.

(pssst…those ties sticking out are my own handspun! squeeee!)

What do you think?  Do you have a preference?

I’m really in love with the color intensity of the singles! But at the same time, I love the tweedy look of plied yarns too…Guess I’m just a typical female in that respect.  Can’t make up my mind, lol! I plan to knit one more set of the WK fingerless mitts just to see if there is any difference in the knitting. My friend is really into tweedy things, so she might like that as well. This three-ply turned out to be slightly less yardage than the two-ply, so I’m not sure it will actually last the whole project.  Next time I feel like playing, I’d better get some extra, huh? But I’m still going to try it.  She has small hands, so I get to use the smallest version of the pattern anyway, lol.

In other news, I’ve been watching How I Spin with Rita Buchanan and I’m noticing a difference between hers and Judith Mackenzie McCuin’s philosophies on spinning…Rita seems to take a somewhat more laid back approach to spinning.  She bases a lot of her movements on rhythm.  Judith is a lot more exacting with her approach.  I think I like them both.  For instance, I liked the precision of Judith’s plying system and the rhythm of Rita’s treadling technique.  I think I’ll borrow from both philosophies to come up with my own.

Oh! Last, but not least.  An update on packaging Donna’s hat.  I finally decided on some paper and fabric.

Donna loves to get all dolled up and look nice.  She’s very trendy and her wardrobe is pretty snazzy.  As far as my sensibilities, the colors would be tonal, so I wanted to play with the prints a little bit.  I chose some paper with some bling and some with pinstripes and some that just had a very professional appearance to it (we are work buddies, after all :) ).  The fabric looks like it has scattered watercolor droplets all over it and I think it goes with the paper pretty well.

Here’s a peak.

Now, all that’s left is to sew that wrap up and it’s a done deal!

Well, that was my weekend.  I got to spend time with my family and play with fiber and color.   Yeah, it was pretty awesome! :)

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Aw I love those boxes! Really cute! :)

  2. Girl, that box is the business! It’s so classy. I’m always so impressed by how many projects you seem to get done. Teach me. Sometimes I get trapped by having so many ideas that I actually can’t work. It’s quite painful; I’m sure you can imagine.

    • Lol! I’m actually mad that I am so far behind! AND my son just started basketball practice again. Life never really does stop for you to catch your breath, does it? But little by little, we get it done. :) This box came out pretty nicely I think, even with the specialty paper. No cracks or anything. Sweet!

  3. Beautiful handspun yarn, I love the colours. I also love the mitts. I have made a couple of pairs as well, and they are quick…unless you make them long. I made a pair for my daughter that could cover her arms or be worn kind of slouchy, I cast on 80 stiches! Took a while, :-)

    Lovely blog!

    • Thank you! I love making these mitts. I think I make a few every year…who doesn’t need fingerless mitts, right? I’ll have to try a longer pair. That sounds like a nice spinning/knitting project! :)

  4. Stacey! I just love the gloves you knit! (You are such a prolific knitter – wow.) The handspun yarns (all of them) are so lovely. And I absolutely loved hearing about the wonderful weekend you and your family shared! Oh, and GORGEOUS gift-wrapping! *HUGS!*

    • Thanks Sosae! Those gloves are so easy and quick, I could probably knit them in my sleep! Just some short rows and a thumb hole. I love them! I really enjoy spinning up your stuff! Using it is like the icing on the cake!

      I hope we have more weekends like that. We all had a really good time. :)

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