Sunday, June 21, 2009

Well, it's been a long, been a long, been a long...

Been a long while since I did a real post, huh?

Between Vacation Bible School (my new day job) and its preparation/destruction, a charity golf tournament (volunteering), our big event for our Pastor and his family leaving town, and just recovering physically from same, I have been knitting but not writing about it. And not spinning AT ALL. Weird, I know.

I'm also teaching myself HTML and for a not-particularly-talented-at-math artsy sort of person, it's quite a daunting task.

But having achieved a decent looking homepage for our new website (the other part of my new day job), I think I will be able to get it up and running in time for the demise of our old website on August 31st or before. I would like it to be before if only so that I don't have to have them both updated every day. Of course, I don't have to keep the new one updated, I just have to work on it, but since I have to do some of that every day, I would rather it be the bulk of the website time, you know what I mean? The other one will die soon enough. As soon as I have all of our basic pages up, I'll probably go ahead and let the domain go to the new address.

During all of the above craziness I was in fact knitting! I think it's the only thing that kept me sane and calmed me down enough to go to sleep at night. There was one night there where I was literally too tired to go to sleep, terrible.

But (drum roll, please!) I finished the Fair Sweater of 2009: blocking

October Frost from A Fine Fleece by Lisa Lloyd, a beautiful book from which I would like to make everything that could be worn in my climate. And I'm pretty loose about that, having just knit a 3 pound wool sweater for SoCal.

Fiber: Oatmeal Bluefaced Leicester combed top from Paradise Fibers
Yarn: 3 ply, Aran weight, about 1500 yards, didn't measure WPI, just swatched.

The yarn took 7 weeks to spin and ply, the sweater 3 months and a bit, but I was NOT monogamous at all. Sock Madness 3 was in the middle of it and the occasional shrug and such called me away. I pretty successfully fought the call to cast on new things, though. And I'm very happy with the sweater. It goes to the Fair on July 14th (if I can stand it).

It's a lot easier to let a pair of socks go for three months than a sweater it took 5 months to make. Just saying. If I had a pair of handspun socks ready to go I'd probably bail on the whole thing. Lucky (?) for me, I don't.

So now the kids are home all day, I'm trying to work out stuff for them to do while I'm working (or work alternating with Daddy) and totally obsessing about HTML. And all I want to knit are laceweight cardigans. I have 3(!) at the front of my mind and the yarn in the stash. But what am I actually knitting?

Slinky Ribs from Custom Knits: slinky ribs back 1 I am now at about the 5" mark of the back and plan to knit this as a tank top for summer and add the sleeves in the fall.

Then it will be Tempest or a Featherweight Cardigan or Three of Cups...

OR ALL OF THEM. [insert evil villain laugh here]

Is there HTML code for an evil villain laugh?

This obsession, however, should lead to a return to the wheel, as enough laceweight to make any of these sweaters is well within spinnable yardage in a couple of weeks of concentration. And not a lot of fiber. Especially Tempest, which is stripes and so not as much of each color anyway.

I will close with a photo of my daughter's group at VBS: VBS Tuesday Group 1



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