Thursday, October 27, 2005

Frost on the Pumpkin

Went out the door today and the dew looked a little thick on the windshield of husband's van, ran my finger over it and it was solid ice! Wooweee its getting to be fall. We haven't had to turn the heat on in the house and its the end of October so I think we are doing pretty good.

Now that husband is home, the first thing he did was call my brother and make a date for camping. Guess what we are doing this weekend. Ever take a wheelchair car camping? I haven't but it can't be that bad. He gets around well with his walker and we are planning to just sit on our butts all weekend around the campfire. We have an EZ-up canopy we bring along so we should stay warm and dry. My brother is the master camper/wood provider and his only job is to keep us warm so I am sure we will be fine. Lots of warm clothes.

Husband had a little setback the week we thought he would be coming home and had to go in for emergency surgery. Because they took him by ambulance, OHSU was on divert that day and he ended up at a different hospital. We are sure getting the tour of hospitals in the Portland area. He was in for the weekend and doing much better now. The frustrating part is that on Tuesday of that week we took him to OHSU to have it looked at and they said it was fine! NOT! Oh well, like I said, he is doing much better for having the surgery and can get around better with less pain.

Knitting wise I have been busy. I plied the cathair/wool/silk blend I spun on my drop spindle and it looks really neat. The cathair acts like angora rabbit, makes a nice halo. The hair is from my mom's cats Lily and Tabitha a tortoiseshell Main Coon X and a buffy colored sweetypie. The dropspindle I was using broke, it had been glued together after husband stepped on it but this time the hook broke after I dropped it and tried to rebalance it. It was made by a local and was a beginners spindle, nothing fancy. So I replaced it with this!
Its a Golding Ring Spindle, 0.9 ox in the Tsunami design. I love it, the single I have on it now is more even than what I spun on my first spindle. I am on the waiting list for a Bosworth Mammoth Tooth spindle I should be getting in December. I have a wheel but just love drop spinning, especially on smaller amounts of fiber.

I also have finished a sleeve for husband's sweater and past the cuff on the second sleeve. I plan to work a little on it tonight when I teach class and take it along camping this weekend. Since it will need to be soaked and blocked before its finished I am sure the smoke smell from the campfire will be removed. I have never done a shawl collar before and the directions are not very clear but we have time to figure that out yet.

I want to get pictures of my new toy (besides the drop spindle) that I got from Ebay. It will be taking my fiber hobby in a different direction!


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Monday, October 03, 2005

Pink Shawl Part II

Michael says he is going to try and come home from the nursing home on Friday. It will be so much better having him back at home. We went out to lunch on Saturday to the little restaurant next door and he had a good appetite which was good to see. His fevers have gone away and he is pretty cheery!

Here is my coworker modeling the pink shawl. Grandma was so happy to get along with the ribbon and judges comments.

And the back
I got one more skein done of the Tortoishell yarn for the sweater and finished spinning a sample of mohair wool yarn on my drop spindle. I finally got to spin a single of some wool I blended in my class at OFFF. It was the assignment of blending 12 colors of wool, when its spun it sure looses alot of the colors and gets muddy, almost reminds me of the recycled silk yarns from Tibet. I bet it will get more muddy when I go to ply and and knit it up.
I haven't been knitting much lately. I knocked my hand on a doorknob somewhere and it has been giving me pain. I did finish reading "Zen and the Art of Knitting" by Bernadette Murphy. My coworker modeling the shawl let me borrow it. It was interesting but not one I would recommend buying.


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Saturday, October 01, 2005

Thank you

Thank you for all the emails and comments about my husband's motorcycle accident. He is recovering well, he spent 15 days in the hospital and is currently in a 'skilled nursing facility' where he is the youngest patient there. The good thing is that it is VERY close to home and we go out to eat once or twice a week to the restaurant next door to the facility. I just push him over in the wheelchair and the friendly waitstaff helps me get him up the step and to a table. They have great food too! We still haven't heard if the insurance is going to total out the motorcycle yet, my guess is that they will, with the frame bent and the insurance guy spotting some moisture at the bottom of the cylinder heads its probably dead. We have one more Harley and are not sure if we will be giving it up or not.

Good news is that I won second place at Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival for a hand spun, hand knit shawl I made for my grandma! Here I am pinning it out and a close up of the stitch. I have a picture of it being modeled I will get up this week. Grandma got to see it in June when she was up for my wedding but I asked to keep it to enter in the Festival. I sent her the ribbon with the shawl this week and she is so happy.

I spun 18 oz of roving into approximately 1700 yards of two-ply yarn at 24 wraps per inch using short draw spinning technique on my Lendrum folding wheel. I chose the best skeins to knit the 'Marialis B'” shawl from Stahman'’s Shawls & Scarves by Myrna Stahman. It took me from Thanksgiving to the 4th of July to complete the whole project. It was a great project and I would do any of the other shawls from Myrna's book in a heartbeat!

Next project is a sweater for my husband. I am still spinning the wool for it but will use some Lamb's Pride wool and mohair in the oatmeal colorway for the main body.


Blogger LisaB said...

Good to hear that your husband is doing well.

Congratulations on the shawl! I went to the festival on Sunday but I don't remember seeing that beautiful piece of work! :(

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