Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Three skeins

I just finished three skeins of rug yarn and I'm ready to start spinning  more. This is part of my effort to meet all my 2016 goals. At least I'll take a good stab at most of them. So far I've made 16 scarves, 16 things from stash, 5 out of six pairs of socks and I'm almost finished a challenge to make 16 different things. This will be a productive year of competitive knitting.

Monday, December 12, 2016

How time plies

I have 6 bobbins worth of rug yarn singles to ply. This should keep me busy this evening and tomorrow when I wind off the bobbins into skeins. I am making real progress towards spinning up that 18 gallon tub of fiber into rug yarn.

Thursday, December 8, 2016


Just another day at work. Got a box of these for some discussion groups.

Just in time

Knit my husband and super warm hat just in time for some cold Chicago weather.  He says it is roasting! It is made with bulky handspun knit on size 6 needles with a double flap on the ears.

Monday, December 5, 2016


Yesterday, I  carded quite a bit of wool. Now to spin it all up into rug  yarn. This is the last of the 18 gallon bin of wool I started back in February.

Sunday, December 4, 2016


Today's snow got me into the holiday mood so Ted and I decorated the house. This house plant I bought 10 years ago as a a small decoration for my desk at work has now turned into a shrub. We decided to decorate that too


Snow is falling on the Joe Pye weed and it looks beautiful. This is our first snowfall of the year. I love how it looks on our native plants. If there is one thing I have learned from this election, it is that I'm inspired to redouble my efforts to do all I can to protect our environment. And that includes the small work of turning my tiny Suburban property into a bird, bee and butterfly sanctuary

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Finishing Touches

The last bit to do on this throw is to finish it. Right now I'm adding some blanket stitch while it's still on the loom. Next I cut this piece off and complete finishing process. This piece is over shot done in a traditional pattern called Wandering Vine.

Friday, December 2, 2016

It's Friday

Time to relax, watch some Netflix and do a little knitting. These pizzas are good.

Thursday, December 1, 2016


As a Competitive  Knitter this planner is a perfect addition to my 2017 knitting strategy. It will be really easy to keep track of all my projects and where I'm at on my various challenges. I've used spreadsheets   in the past but sometimes good old pen and paper are the best solution. I've joined 3 challenges so far for next year and looking for more. DH  brought it home for me tonight. Very happy.

Where I work

Seriously. This is the idea of one of my coworkers and no. I  didn't discourage. I work in a university science department, kind of like an endless episode of Big Bang Theory.