Back into Routine; Day 28

I’m getting back into my routine after a long weekend away and playing catch up yesterday.  It’s been an easy day to stay positive, and I’ve found my positive 3 easy today;

  1. I got to see a bunch of old workmates today.  It’s always nice to catch up with everyone and see what they’re getting up to.
  2. I’ve finished spinning up my latest braid.  It got a little thick-and-thin towards the end, but it should even out with plying.  All going well, I hope to ply tomorrow.
  3. We had a morning tea at work today and – while I’d decided to be far better behaved this week – I got my grabby hands on a beautiful (and tasty!) cupcake.  It makes me want to bake more.

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Now, as the night winds down and I’m about to get ready for bed, I’m working on a few rows of my sadly neglected Flax jumper for a friend’s son.

It’s been a good day.

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Spin Me Right ‘Round; Day 21

I like the number 21.  It’s not only my birthday, but it’s divisible by 3 and by 7 and it’s not an even number.  Don’t try and tell me that’s weird – it’s perfectly logical thank you very much.

Today was a busy day at work.  Not stressful, frantic busy – just full, working lunch kind of busy.  I like those days, though I wish I had actually accomplished more.

This evening has been a crafty one and that makes me pretty happy.

Two of my top 3 points from today are fibre related;

  1. I’m making great progress on my brother’s beanie.  He requested one and needs it for warmth so I’m knitting it with a NZ possum / nylon blend.  Very warm, even if the colour blends in seamlessly with my blue/gray couch.
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    Pattern is my own – it’s just a simple garter rib.  I don’t think I’ll release it as a pattern but I’ll have a look on Ravelry and if there isn’t a similar one I might write up a recipe and release it for free…
  2. I pulled out my electronic spinning wheel (Ashford e-Spinner, if you’re curious) and spun up some of the 100% merino roving I dyed up a little while ago.
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    I’m very much a novice spinner and the consistency of my singles leaves a lot to be desired, but I think tonight’s efforts went well.  They’re also the thinnest I’ve spun to date, so I’m hoping they’ll make a useable fingering/sport weight three ply (I plan to chain ply).
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  3. An exciting piece of life admin; I’ve set up Skype on my laptop so that I can video call with The Boyfriend without having to worry about propping up my phone.  This is great news, even if only in my head.  Funnily enough, that’s the whole point of this list so it counts.

Tomorrow will be an equally good (or, perhaps even better?) day.  Onwards!

Jumping in the Deep End!

Look what I got second hand over the weekend!

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Ashford Traditional, single drive.  I think.  The person I purchased it from didn’t know much about it, so I’ll have to make a few assumptions until I know for sure (from my limited knowledge, I can’t think of what else it could be).

I have no idea how to use it, or if I even have all the equipment I need.  But that’s what the internet is for, isn’t it?

I’ve ordered some basic, white fleece and I’ll be making the most of YouTube and the Ravelry forums.

I’ll post here once I’ve had a go – as disastrous as the first few attempts will likely be.  That’s what learning is all about after all.  I haven’t been this kind of beginner with knitting for years, so I’m excited to feel completely lost again.  Weird, I know, but there’s only one way to go; improvement!