Breaking news – I have made yarn:
This is my first official skein of yarn. The fiber was given to me by the owner of the shop where I bought my Traveler. She referred to it as Icelandic wool and said it is from a sheep on Whidbey Island. Local yarn, no less! I am quite proud of it. It's a little bumpy and thick and thin, but that's to be expected for my first try. And not all of the bumps are totally due to my inexpertise. The fiber actually had some slubs in it, so there was no getting around them. They do tend to hide my little glitches, though.
This is my second go around and I think I am actually getting a little better:
Not sure what this will end up, but it seems to be at least a fingering weight single (possibly finer in sections). I'm looking forward to a great time this Saturday when I go to my first spinning get together with my wheel. My friend is picking me up for a St. Distaff's Day spin-in. It should be lots of fun.
In other fibery news – I finished both the Nutkins and a Flower Basket scarf:
The Nutkins were given to my sister for Christmas and the scarf to my best friend. I also finished Sue's Swallowtail Shawl, but it still needs blocking. This now leaves me with only two projects on the needle, the Reversing Tide scarf and the Creideamh Shawl. The shawl is getting very close to being done. See?
Yes, lace knitting is indeed a leap of faith. Without any way to spread out my work and check it I'm assuming that since each successive row lines up with the one before, I'm good. It's always worked before and I am confident it will this time. If all goes well, I hope to complete this before I start the mystery KAL on January 10th. Retirement has indeed made me more productive!!
This was the first Christmas with the whole family nearby and it was as wonderful as we hoped. The girls were very excited, but also very grateful for the gifts they received. One of their favorites was a dress-up box that my sister (with a little help from me) put together. Two lovely ladies ready to go shopping:
Robes sewn for them by Nana. And I have to share this picture that hubby took at my retirement party:
Could that not be a Christmas card? However, don't let the angelic expression fool you:
After Christmas I went home with my sister for my birthday treat. We spent a fun day ice skating, dining out, shopping and a movie (Avatar – a wonderful, magical treat). I haven't been ice skating in probably 30 years and I managed not to break my 60-year-old neck!
Hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable New Year. We're meeting the kids for a daytime party at the Children's Museum, early dinner and home by 8:00. We always have been real party animals. Happy New Year everyone!