Time is flying faster than ever, or at least it seems that way. I remember as a kid time passing so slowly, a week was forever and a year an eternity. Now a year passes in a blink of an eye, and a day lasts no longer than the flutter of a humming bird’s wing. I don’t seem able to slow time down, so I best be picking up my pace! I can hardly believe I have been home for 2 weeks and I have not found the time to blog! It has been on the list of things to do each day, but somehow the day runs out before I get to blogging. Thanks to those of you who have been rattling my cage, and checking up on me, you’ve inspired me to make time for blogging and move it to the top of my To Do List! Now I have a lot of excuses of why I didn’t have time to blog, some of them are plans that are still under wraps, and some that I can share with you. For now, let’s play catch-up!
We left off with my last days out Llama farm sitting, and the Big Table of work I brought along with me. The Good News is that the table is now cleared off!!!!
I made a lot of progress on my projects and even finished a few 🙂 Our part of the taxes are done and turned over to the accountant to deal with. I finished all the adding, subtracting and figuring before returning home, but once I was home it was several days of digging trying to find some missing papers. We kept with our usual time frame of finishing in the nick of time…. as in plug in the last numbers and race to make our appointment in time….lol some things never change.
I did finish the Water Lilies and Hillflowers Scarf, and blocked it first thing when I got home.
I love Anne Hanson’s Hillflowers because it shows off multi color handspun yarns well. Here’s my favorite shots.
I have been winding mini skeins when I have a spare minute and knitting on my WIP shawl. Unfortunately the spinning and knitting that have been taking up most of my time I can not share with you quite yet! What I can say is that I am working on a new yarn line and it involves 2 types of yarn. I will be having a special to launch the new yarn, but it is a few weeks away. I also have built 2 new displays for my fiber booth at Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival that is just 3 weeks away! Once again time is flying by me at warp speed. I promise to keep up with time a little better now. Next time I may be able to share a few hints about the new handspun yarn, but for now I need to shift into high gear and get back to spinning!
I’ve made it to the other end of the Big Table, where the book work and sweater reside ….the end with 2 projects that have been looming over me for weeks and I must get them done!
Yes that is Mr X’s Sweater…the one I made too big in the arms. I started the cutting and re-seaming weeks ago, but it is scary and tedious. Two things that send me running away to find something else that needs to be done! But alas the only other thing left is that pile of papers and books. That’s the stuff I have to organize, add up and get ready for my accountant for the yearly taxes. Yes we are cutting it close to the tax deadlines, but why rush when you just have to give them more money!?!?
Today is book work day for me. I love what I do, but like any business it includes doing things you don’t like. Book work is one of those things, but it must be done, so today is book work day. I’m setting up to make it as painless as possible. I finally figured out how to work the Bose radio out here on the farm, and set it to my favorite station! For those of you who know me well, know that electronics are not my friends, so this is a really REALLY BIG accomplishment for me. Anything more than on/off , up/down can send me into a complete brain meltdown. I now have the tunes cranked, snacks bowls are filled, coffee is brewing, adding machine is warmed up, all that remains is for me to get my hind end in that chair and get the work done! But how about I stall just a little longer…lol …and show you a picture of my finished Water lilies and Hillflowers scarf, well almost finished. I’m waiting to block it until I get home:)
Ok, I’ve stalled long enough, off to book work land for me…..well one more picture… Last night was so beautiful and clear. I watched the sun set and the moon come out while relaxing on the deck…..how cool is this:)
Until next time, Happy Spinning and Knitting…..and book work
Today I will let you in on my plans for all that yarn in the middle of The Big Table…….Minis, yes, lots and lots of mini skeins! This pile of yarn will soon turn into many many Mini Skeins.
Making handspun yarn can result in a lot of small bits of yarn. There is the testing of dye combinations, then so many options to spin up the fiber. This means there is lots of handspun yarn around my house that never makes it into the Shop. Today I start winding away! I’ve been having a lot of fun with color work lately in my knitting. I whipped up the hat you see in the picture using lots of little bits of left overs. My plan is to have several baskets of minis in my booth at Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival along with a few samples and patterns to inspire others to play with color….while at the same time getting all these pretty bits of yarns out into the world:)
I did get the fingerless mitts finished yesterday, but I stayed up too late watching TV, and fell asleep before I could write a blog post. I got hooked on a show…..there are 44 episodes of it on Netflix….I watched 17 of them yesterday…Yup, I’m hooked. So the rule today was, Post first THEN watch TV!!!!
I’ll leave you today with a picture of the drying mitts
They never look quite as good all wet, but perhaps in a day or two I will get some prettier pictures outside. Speaking of outside….look how nice and peaceful my view was yesterday!
I left off last night with a picture of the Big Table full of yarn. For those of you who know me or have seen pictures of my dining room table you may have recognized that this is NOT my table. I’m off Llama and puppy dog sitting. Hubby is at home taking care of the Bakery and taking care of shipping orders for New Hue Handspuns while I am relaxing in the peace and quiet. See my Blog header picture up above, that is what I get to see every morning from the big table! I’m here for nine days and I brought along all those projects I’ve been meaning to take care of but never seem to find the time. I decide that in nine days I should be able to get a good amount of work done. Lets break down the Big Table into project groups and a few days of blogging.
First up is Knitting projects that need finishing, and newly finished handspun skeins that need pictures taken and listed in the shop.
In this picture you can see 4 shawls that need some knitting! They are all Anne Hanson, Knitspot Designs. I would like to get at least 2 of these done while I am here. Hill Flowers, the greenish one in the in the top right corner, only needs 1/2 of one repeat to finish then it is time to kitchner it. The blue one in the bottom right corner is Sugarfrost. It has lots of bobbles and isn’t even half way done. I would really like to get this one done, but I’m betting a few repeats is all that will be done during the nine days. The purple in the left bottom corner is 100% cashmere and it is for me! Unfortunately being for me puts it at the bottom of the list, the other shawls must be done first so they are ready for display by the time the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival rolls around the 3rd week of April. Top left corner I REALLY want to get finished. The Flaming Swan has been on the needles for over 2 years! For the last year I have been hiding the mango container of 7 balls of yarn that are connected to the shawl behind my display at shows. It sure would be nice to just be able to hang the finished shawl next show. The skeins of yarn to the left are what I spun up during my trunk show at Yarntastic! last week. If the sun comes out during the nine days I hope to get some outdoor pictures of these skeins and get them listed in the shop. If you check out the center of the picture closely you can see the start of a blue fingerless mitt. I’ve been working on the mitts first. They are a custom order that needs to be done by the time I return home, because they ship out the next day! I now have one mitt done, and 2/3rds of the second one. Hopefully tomorrow night I will have pictures of the finished mitts.
It’s time for me to hit the hay, the sun comes up in about 4 hours and the critters will want to be fed, so it is off to bed for me. Tomorrow will be all about the project that takes up the middle section of the Big Table. For now I will leave you with a little more eye candy of my adventures last week…
If you look closely you can see the yarn for the unfinished Flaming Swan hiding behind the garden fence….I am SOOOOOO looking forward to getting this one done!!!!
No this isn’t about family gatherings and finally being old enough to sit at the Big Table…..It’s about a Big Table full of yarn and stuff…….Take a look for yourself.
I’ve been a bit slow with the blog posts lately, but I promised myself to blog daily for the next 9 days! I didn’t want to miss today, the first day. I did start this post before midnight, but will miss posting it in time by about 20 min. No details tonight but check in later, by Sunday night I will let you in on what the Big Table is all about! Until next time, Happy Knitting and Spinning, Cheryl