Gloves

My frst pair of gloves are sucessfully complete.  I expect to make about 3 more pairs.  But…maybe not until the cooler weather hits.

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The yarn is BMFA lightweight in color January one.  The pattern is knotty gloves.  I was surprised at just how easy it is to knit all those fingers!

Eating my words

For the last 2 years, I’ve watched J’s eyes get worse and worse.  Knowing full well he needed reading glasses, I listened to him try to convince me that each year the printing on books was getting smaller.  I’ve seen him do the arm reach in an attempt to focus on the newspaper.  And I’ve gently asked him to see an eye doctor, because after all, he was now 40, not 15.

He has finally decided to heed my advice, and he will be seeing an eye doctor in about a week.  I look forward to him being able to enjoy his books again.

Lately I’ve noticed that I am getting heartburn over the strangest things.  Foods that would not typically bother my stomach, or juices with a higher acidity level.  It first happened randomly, and since J has trouble with his stomach, typically he’d have something on hand to alleviate those uncomfortable symptoms.  But, as time has gone by, I’ve started to realize that it is happening with increasing frequency.  In fact, at this moment, just about everything is causing it.  Including the dinner of plain white rice.  Now, I’ve been pretty silent about the frequency of all this until I realized that even rice was bothering me.  Which prompted the following conversation with J.

Me:  You know how I’ve been having more and more heartburn?  Well, now I am even getting it when I eat something as simple as plain white rice.

J:  Well sweetie, I think you should try not to drink coffee on an empty stomach.  I also think you should try some prilosec for awhile.

Me:  Why not just Tums?  Surely I don’t need anything that strong.  I don’t really want to start taking meds like that.

J:  I think that 2 weeks on prilosec would be all you need, just to heal things back up.  Then after, just make sure you don’t have coffee before you’ve eaten something.  I feel strongly that this would take care of it.

Me:  Well, I just don’t understand why this is happening.  This is silly.  I don’t want to take any meds and I don’t get why this got worse.

J:  Now sweetie….you are 32, not 15 anymore.

Sylvi is the best knit evah!

If you want to see a complete one, go check out Ummeyusuf’s.  It is so gorgeous!  I want one!  I have now knit all the flower petals, but I have 11 left to sew down.  So in lieu of showing you a complete Sylvi, which should happen on Monday or so, I will show you a flower.

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I have to admit to being rather fond of that flower.  Soon I’ll have final project pictures.  Soon.

An Alpaca Experiment

So much of the alpaca roving I see looks pastel like, with no saturated colors.  Because of this, I wanted to try a little experiment.  I thought I would dye some merino and some alpaca at the same time using the same colorway.

In the end, I didn’t notice a huge difference in colors, though I believe that the merino “wants” more dye than the alpaca did.

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The alpaca, 4 oz.

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The merino, 3.5 oz.

In the end, I think the new dyes are fantastic and look forward to a dye day in May!

Both of these are now up in my etsy shop if you are interested.

It’s about time

I’ve finally finished spinning 4 oz. merino which has been sitting on my wheel for months. I can’t tell you why I am not spinning as much as I used to, but I know that it has really taken a back seat to my knitting lately.

I received this merino from a swap, it is subtly shaded rather than crazy color changes.  Because of that, I decided to make this more of a laceweight than a fingering weight yarn.  It is 2 ply, 18 WPI.  I have 459 yards of this, which is quite a good amount.

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I think the next project should be a thicker yarn.