Friday, January 26, 2007

Knitting in Use!

Not in entire forgetfulness,

And not in utter nakedness,

But trailing clouds of glory do we come

From God, who is our home:

Heaven lies about us in our infancy!

William Wordsworth, "Ode: Intimitations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood"

When we thought she was going to be a preemie, I knitted the 5 hour Baby Sweater in the preemie size. However, she was able to be carried to what is considered full term and weighed in at 7 lb. 1.8 oz. and 19 1/2 inches.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Better than knitting

Our new granddaughter

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

DH's Project

We moved into my old family home about 5 years ago. The two pecan trees in the backyard had been neglected for years, and we haven't done much better with them until this year. This year we had a good crop. DH has been coming in from work in the afternoons and shelling pecans for an hour or so for the last month and a half. It's slow going because the hulls didn't come off, so he's cracking them off with one kind of antique nutcracker and then using an intertia sheller to crack the pecan itself. He is producing perfect halves.

The walnuts were a gift from DS and his wife who moved into a house with a walnut tree last year.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

First Finished Objects of 2007

Two Miss Dashwood baby hats from I made these out of the new Cottonease in the Berry color. I used the circular needles, but I switched to a Magic Loop instead of DPNs. Both hats have the button-up earflaps on the inside and seed stitch ties. One skein of the yarn made both hats in the newborn size with a little bit left over. The picot cast-on--the first I've ever done--came out a little differently on each hat, and I'm not entirely sure why. These are for two new granddaughters, one expected next week and one expected in February.

A Good Day for Knitting

Yes, this is Texas. Specifically, this is the Panhandle. We have rapid and often severe weather changes when storms sweep through on their way across the plains. This year, we seem to be particularly good at ice storms. It is a particularly good day to stay inside and knit.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Yippee! I have a wheel!

Here it is, my "new" used Ashford Traveller. I am sooooo excited. There are no spinning guilds in this area that I can find, so I am going to have to teach myself to spin. I got the wheel from Brenda at She suggested Hands On Spinning, so I plan to follow the instructions in that book. I am going to start treadling practice this week, and then we'll see how it goes from there. I have some spindle spinning that I want to finish as well, and I am baby knitting and sewing. Since I'm a full-time teacher, it's sometimes hard to work in all the fun stuff.