Lately I've been toying with the idea of taking up spinning. I figured after 24 years of hard work, I would splurge on a retirement gift – something that I could carry with me into retirement and provide me with a new learning experience. I talked to the nice lady at our LYS who offered to let me come in and spin on several different wheels to get a feel for them. I talked to several friends who are spinners and I spent time cruising the internet looking at different wheels. My decision? Not to spin. First of all, I don't need to take up something completely new and I figured anything that stood between me and casting on a new project would only cause me frustration. And there are so many beautiful yarns out there that I still want to sample, I don't really need to create my own.
Instead, I'm going to look at getting a good, high quality SLR camera. I love photography and would love even more getting good at it. This is also something that I can share with hubby and something that I can integrate with what is becoming a passion almost as great as quilting and knitting – digital scrapbooking. I just bought some CD's with three years of back issues from Scrapper's Guide and have been having a blast learning new techniques in Photoshop Elements. Here's my latest page:
So, if any of you photography buffs out there have any suggestions for a camera, please feel free to chime in!
I've continued my baby sweater obsession and have completed two more:
I decided that I needed to make some little boy sweaters, but when I dived into my Encore stash, this is what I found:
Do you think having granddaughters has skewed my color wheel? So I had to go out and buy some blue. While I was there, my local pusher had to show me some new yarn that had just come in, and of course, it jumped right into my basket and made its way home:
This is King Cole "Splash". Although I usually avoid 100% acrylic, I loved the colors in this so much and it's very soft and not at all "squeaky". This will be Ivy's Christmas sweater – a simple cardigan from "Top Down for Toddlers". In the picture, it is actually upside down – the garter stitch area is the collar. This is DK weight and I'm finding it a rest for my fingers from the worsted.
Today when the mail came, I received a surprise – my Embrace the Lace shipment. I had entirely forgotten about it! I think many of us were just a little disappointed with the first shipment, but this one made up for all of that:
Included in the shipment were notecards, two cute heart boxes with beads and a stitch marker, a heart box full of candies, a heart tape measure, a sample of a yarn soak, a highlighter pen, luscious cashmere lace yarn from Mama Llama, a great beaded scarf pattern by Sivia Harding, and a cute bag to put it all in! Definitely a winner.
And speaking of winner – I won Sonny and Shear's monthly trivia contest! Woo Hoo! I hardly ever win anything. But I now have $25 gift certficate to spend in their store. Now I just have to decide on what sock yarn to buy. Thanks Kris!