Tales from the T.A.R.D.I.S.

some day I'll have to look up what those initials stand for...

Spent most of my weekend back in 1842 preparing for Her Majesty Victoria's visit to the lovely village of Skaneateles - President Polk* is hosting HRM for negotiations regarding the Oregon Territory, an inspection of the local Teasel industry (see? fiber content!) and a good American Christmas Celebration.

anyway - since a lot of the rehearsal time is spent sitting I kept my hands occupied working on one of the shawls I haven't finished up yet - just a couple more rows to the edge on this one; and started another Christmas stocking to be felted. If I get enough done this week then NEXT week I'll be working with heavier yarn and bigger needles and knitting a shawl for one of the characters. Probably a nice simple Faroese garter stitch shawl with a simple lace band. If I can find the second skein of that garnet-red yarn.

Has to be pretty mindless knitting though, because though I know most of the words to the songs we sing (this event involves 4 hours a day of caroling - outside - in Upstate NY!) and the melodies - the music director likes us to sing harmonies...and I don't read music. Add to that trying to learn to sing a different tune then the one you've been singing for somewheres around 50 years *WHILE* someone sings the familiar tune right next to you...my poor brain cell is fried.

When God Slams The Door On Your Butt......

....He sometimes knocks you through a closed window. One that I thought I had thouroughly nailed shut back in August.

It turns out the guy I have been 'seeing' the past few weekends is perpetually COLD! And me here sitting on a few boxes of yarn. What's a boy to do? Yes, there are blessings in this world.

Now all I have left to do is take the comforter off the bed and put the summer bedspread back on! (wink, y'all)

Finished green rovings

Late this summer, I posted to my blog some pics showing that I had a huge stash. I had finally collected them all from the storage places, and put it into one space. A lady from Ontario said she had some roving she wasn't going to use, and did I want it? What was she thinking? So I did the only thing I could do ---

It arrived in mid-August and I set to spinning it. I took some with me when I went to see Mom, and did one skein while there, and I have just finished the rest of it this week. They are mostly in a teal/blue colour, and a pale grey/green shade... actually quite nice when spun. I did all of this on the CD spindle. Each skein is 4 oz. They are all 3-ply because I like the round yarns better. I put in quite a lot of twist into the singles, and they will have good definition in the stitch patterns. I have a feeling it may all go into some kind of Aran sweater. We'll see.

I'm working on some white and some dark brown right now. The white was wonderful to spin, and is incredibly soft. I don't know what breed of sheep it is, but I don't often come across an unlabelled roving this nice.

I'll see if I can post some pics as well. I wish there were some inst

Yarn sale

For those of you that like certain Lion Brand or Paton's yarns, there is a place in Manhattan that is having their semi-annual sale, and have started it online too. Smileys Yarns offers premium quality knitting yarns and crochet yarns starting at the unbelievable price of just $1.00.

http://www.smileysyarns.com/

I have never ordered from them, since they don't ship to Canada! But I sure do like the Bernat Handicrafter cotton for dishcloths and for practice pieces -- and at a $1!! It's quite a bit more expensive here, you understand. No affiliation, just heard about their sale, and I know how some of you like good bargains!