Done Doodling

I spent a lot of time in the past month working on the westknits mystery shawl. Now, I know that there are a ton of westknit fans out there. And while I absolutely appreciate his designs for being quite artistic, my personal desire to knit them has been low. But, I had all this yarn I dyed myself in solid shades, and I just had no clue what to do with it. So I allowed him to choose for me.

Thus, I was able to use up 3 skeins of my colored yarn in short order, with an interesting and engaging knit.

I did wear it out today, and it looks good. I am just not sure I knit enough these days to devote a bunch of time to a mystery knit. Of course, I could totally forget this statement in one year, and fall into another one then. It does happen!


I finished my doodler shawl, but it’s drying on my living room floor at the moment. So, I figured I’d take a moment to post about spinning. I had decided not to start another project until after our Thanksgiving guests had left. And once they did, I was too close to being done with the doodler to start new spinning.

As soon as that doodler was blocked, I ran into my craft room to grab some fiber.  I chose my loop! cloud fiber in colorway Rose Garden.


I’ve been craving this particular spin for awhile but just haven’t gotten around to doing it. So, I began spinning with great joy.

I decided that this would be spun into a thin single, and then either left as a single or chain plied. I don’t think the colors will blend together very nicely, so single or chain ply it is. But, I am making that decision after I get the singles spun.


It’s looking rather holiday like at the moment!

Food Baby

Mr Ink and I went out to dinner last evening with one of Mr. Ink’s friends. Now, that friend and I are talkers, and Mr. Ink and I are not. At one point after we’d finished our food and were continuing to gab, I look over at Mr. Ink’s plate, and see that he was working a ball of cornmeal mush (or something) into a creature.


I promptly named this his food baby, as seemed appropriate after too many days of eating a little too well.

I spent a lot of time yesterday with my doodler shawl. I am very close to being done, the icord bind off is complete and I am just now left with the picot trim. I figured I’d start with the longest sections first and work back to the shortest sections in order to preserve my sanity. My hands ache, but I can’t wait to be done so I just keep on knitting so I can get this blocked today!

I’ve still got my pas de valse sweater on the needles and I do want to work on that. My december socks are at work, so I’ll hit them hard next week. But, I immediately began to panic over what I might knit next, then realized with Christmas just around the corner, maybe it would be nice to knit Mr. Ink’s mother a scarf. She has a big shawl from me, which she wears around her apartment, but she mentioned it on Thursday, and it sounded like maybe she could use a handknit scarf to stay warm when she’s outdoors. I pulled yarn out of my stash for that, but I do think I’ll need a bit of a knitting break once that doodler is done!


In any case, here’s a picture of the first picot trim bit done, and now I am off to work on the rest!


That’s it. I finished my clue 3 of my doodler shawl, which is great since clue 4 just came out. And now I’ll have time to finish this shawl up if I don’t start anything new.


That right there is 644 stitches all scrunched up on a needle that’s really too small. I really don’t have a good, longer cabled substitute for it, so it stays. And I keep hoping it doesn’t break.

Our Thanksgiving went very well! Our guests showed up a bit early which was welcome, as Mr. Ink and I really were done with any housework and prep we wanted to do. And they came bearing some delicious cheese!


I keep wondering if that cheese stayed in our home, but haven’t yet wandered to the fridge to check. That seems overwhelming, the idea of trying to find something up in there!

I managed to make a fabulous cranberry sauce jello salad, and it was an extreme hit. I was told this would now be tradition. Fine by me, it really isn’t that hard to make. This was the first time I’ve ever had a jello in a mold actually stay together when removing that mold. Felt like quite the triumph, and there was even some triumphant screaming involved on my part. I was so happy!


It was an ugly day weather wise, it had been raining all morning and then began to freeze over. We were quite concerned about our scary driveway, but salting it down well seems to have done the trick. It was icy indeed, but cars were able to get in and out just fine. I took a quick photo of Mr. Ink’s crazy hair plant all iced over. It didn’t capture how each strand was ice covered really, but it’s still a pretty cool picture.


And now I am back to the quiet of an empty home. But, my home is pristine, and that always makes me so happy. Mr. Ink helped me do two dishwasher loads full of dishes last evening, so there was very little left I had to clean up this morning. It’s so pleasant to be with someone who loves to entertain just as much as I do, and will throw himself into helping in equal part to myself. We both absolutely loved our first big holiday in our new home!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Boy do I have a lot to be thankful for this year, it’s the first big holiday in our new home and we are hosting some of Mr. Ink’s family. Having enough room to host family and friends was something important to us both when looking at homes, and it is really wonderful to see that come to fruition.

As you may already know since I’ve put so fine a point on it earlier this week, I am on vacation. To top that off, Miss Bug headed to Colorado yesterday morning with her grandmother, aunt, and cousin to spend a thanksgiving with an uncle she’s never met, and to watch her cousin play in a hockey tournament. So my large amounts of alone time got even more aloner, and that’s been enjoyable.

We had a visit from Mr. Ink’s son last evening, made him dinner and chatted quite a bit since we haven’t seen him since we closed on the house. He was very impressed with how it has come together, and mentioned, as everyone does, how very much us the home is.

I cooked all day yesterday, and have been cleaning this morning. Despite this, spinning has still happened. I got to the point where I needed to ply the 7 oz. of wool batts I brought back from our local guild show.


I did that from my spinning corner in the living room. In a chair that FINALLY has feet! Mr. Ink put feet on my favorite chair, and it’s much more normal sized now. Let me show you my cozy spinning corner!


I ended up finishing my huge skein, 620 yards of 2 ply yarn.


I am attempting not to pull out any more fiber until the holiday is over. I should be concentrating on the doodler shawl for now!

I hope all who are celebrating today have the most wonderful of days.

How I Roll

Vacation day 3, massive productivity paired with a little time out for knitting. Not much though. I went from just 1 clue 3 wedge to the second clue 3 wedge complete.


Here’s a picture of my doodler all bunched up on a too short cable. Because that’s how I roll. I have absolutely no intention of changing needles at this point.

I have to say though, is there anything more charming than garter stitch knitted on the proper size needle? It really is so need and tidy and beautiful!

I am at a point where I could add a green wedge if I wanted to. But I am not sure. I have plenty of yarn for 4 wedges of clue 3 no matter what way I work it. I just need to settle into a decision.

Today I actually have to leave the house. I know, I know, it’s not ideal. But it must be done. I also have some intention to start some thanksgiving day cooking. Even if I just get the fancy cranberry sauce done, I’ll feel like I am moving in the correct direction.

And now I can hear that the washer and the dishwasher that I rather stupidly started earlier this morning are done, which means that now I can get my shower and get my butt out of the house. The sooner I do so, the sooner I can return to the fabulousness that is being at home on a weekday!


Day 2 of vacation fell on Spinday, and I did it justice. We did go for a bike ride, as is the norm on Spinday. We rode pavement instead of dirt, it was a cool day, but super sunny, and we stopped for lunch at a mexican restaurant nearby. Very pleasant.


I kept after my purple gradient as well. Parts of it were a real pain. Some of the colored batts had wool that really was too short stapled to have any business being spun, so that was disappointing.

But I kept at it! Finishing the first half today.


I’ve also been a cleaning machine, AS PROMISED. I actually cleaned the inside and outside of all the windows on 3 sides of the house today! I’ve moved all the furniture and cleaned and dusted under it, and pulled all the couch cushions and vacuumed under them. It took ages, but the house positively sparkles! I’ve still got a bit left to do, Mr. Ink’s den and a little more work on my craft room, and the main bathroom. But, it’s really in great shape for this early in the week! I am pleased with how absolutely methodical I’ve been about the deep cleaning project. Not like me, not at all.

Tomorrow? Maybe I’ll have enough of my doodler to show off.

Vacation Day 1

Yesterday was our local annual spinners and weavers guild show. While I am not a part of the guild, I do look forward to the guild show all year. Last year I was careful how much I purchased, and then was done with my guild fiber quite early in the year, which was disappointing. So I was quite a bit more generous with my purchasing allowance.

I got a bunch of braids from one of our local dyers, but to mix it up, I also purchased a back of 7.4 ounces wool batts in various shades of purple.


In the end, these went on the wheel first. I decided to make this into a long 2 ply gradient, so I decided on a color progression, split each batt in two, and am doing a double marl at the end of each color to blend the next color in.


I got this far yesterday, you can see a subtle color progression into a darker lavender beginning.

As of this morning, here’s where I am.


There are actually 3 different colors featured in this picture. A lighter purple with sparkle, a slightly darker purple, and then a heathered grey and darker purple combo. I am enjoying this spin so much, and I’ve been itching to get larger projects onto the wheel lately, so this really fits that desire nicely.

Today it’s time to work on some housework, and since it’s also Spinday, a bike ride and some additional spinning will be in order!



We were able to procure tickets to see our local community production of A Christmas Carol last evening. Miss Bug had been requesting it, as she’s gone once and now feels it’s tradition. I was no opposed to the idea either, as I really enjoy the performance, and as it turns out, even as a grown up I am a lover of all things Christmas.

And there’s something about the story that I just love. It makes my skeptical heart warm up the perfect way for the season.

Mr. Ink had never been to our local playhouse, so that added another element of fun to the evening.


Miss Bug likes to have her picture taken with Scrooge after the show, and she was so thankful to see him in the lobby again this year.

I am officially on vacation. I have no particular plans, other than crafting, cooking, and deep cleaning the house. Well, also, to fix the hole in the hallway wall. I am really looking forward to these tasks as these tasks are the type I find very relaxing. Miss Bug has school Monday through Wednesday and Mr. Ink works all but Thanksgiving day. So, it will be a vacation of alone time doing that which I love. I am so looking forward to it!

The play made it so that I didn’t get a ton of knitting time, but I did manage to finish the knitting on the cardigan for my nephew.


I have now officially created knitwear with a functional zipper. It could be neater and tidier, but it isn’t too bad for a first try. And I did really enjoy the process.

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend!



Extremely Unscientific

The time has come, the time to finally attach a zipper into knitwear. I can assure you I’ve been dreading it a bit, but there’s also so little in knitting that I have not done that it seemed a great project to tackle.

I settled on a techknitting tutorial for a no sew zipper. Mostly because if the choice is between knitting and sewing, I am going for knitting every time.

I purchased a zipper. I have to say, there aren’t that many choices in separating zippers. Color choices are slim, as are length choices. They jumped from 14 inches to 20 inches, and I needed 15 inches of zipper. So, I have a lot of extra length to be dealing with.

I also purchased a tool. Now, this tool is not called a knitpicker as the tutorial suggests, this tool is marketed for beading on fabric. But, it’s the same thing and it serves the same purpose.


The first thing that happened was that it broke. The first thing I said to Mr. Ink when he walked in the door was “fix it.” Despite the fact that the fabric store I purchased it from is just a mile away. He fixed it.

I thought long and hard about how to attach the zipper using knitting, and ended up settling on an applied icord bind off. I picked up stitches, about every 2 out of 3, on both sides of the sweater making sure they matched perfectly. Easy task due to the stripes. Then I put the knitting on the carpet, and pinned it in place without stretching at all.

And here’s where the extremely unscientific bit comes in. I decided to mark the places I needed to pick up stitches on the zipper. Trouble was, the zipper is navy, and nothing I had showed up on the navy zipper. So I said to Mr. Ink, “Fix it!” and he pulled out some yellow paint and an itty bitty brush. It’s useful living with an artist. But, the yellow didn’t work, the pigment sank into the fabric, turned a very dark shade of green, and I couldn’t actually see my tiny unscientific dots.

So I said to Mr. Ink, “Fix it!” and he got out white paint. And my extremely unscientific idea worked with the white paint.


And thus, I picked up stitches along the unscientific dots along one edge of the zipper and put them on needles. Then, once that was done, I decided that the applied icord would look even better if I did it in green, so that’s what I did. And it turned out ok!


I finished the first side last evening and I am fairly happy with how it turned out. I have begun picking up the stitches for the second side, and it sure is going a lot smoother the second time! I picked up 2 out of 3 stitches as trying to fit in a stitch for every row was just way too tight. To make up for that, I went up a couple needle sizes for the icord, which seems to have worked perfectly. It is laying flat.

The one thing I did not consider with the icord, but is probably a huge bonus, is that the stripes don’t have to line up exactly, since there’s a break between the stripes. I planned them to line up precisely, but if I missed a stitch, it probably wouldn’t ultimately matter.

I’ll still have to sew to tack the icord down, as well as to deal with the extra zipper part, but this really was a great way to attach a zipper in a way I am already comfortable with. I am sold, I’ll probably be putting zippers in a bunch of handknits now!

Out of Routine

I have decided that the absolute best thing for me is to form a routine, get into that routine, really double down on that routine, and then break it. It seems that I am happiest when I do just that.

Mr. Ink and I took an overnight road trip this week, and it was amazing. We went to see Glen Hansard, an artist I’ve loved for many years, but had never seen live. Mr. Ink, the lover of live music, found out he’d be near enough to go see this summer and immediately purchased tickets. And I’d been anticipating it ever since.

Now, around here, it rained and rained on Tuesday. We drove more than 3 hours in the dark and pouring rain, ending up in a city we were unfamiliar with. It was some extremely tense hours. But, we found our hotel and since I had booked it close to the venue, we didn’t have to drive again. And it quit raining just for us!

Glen Hansard was amazing. It was hands down the best live show I’ve ever been to, and I have been to many! Mr. Ink wasn’t particularly familiar with his music, but kept saying throughout the concert “This is WONDERFUL!” and “This is just AMAZING!” and jumping out of his seat after a particularly amazing song was performed. There were something like 6 encores and the crowd still didn’t want to leave. Great venue, amazing crowd, fantastic artist, just an all around fantastic evening.

The next morning we were able to walk to go out for breakfast, and then get in the car to head home, still clearly on a high from concert. Mr. Ink drove a good portion of the way, so I did a little car knitting.


That’s the hood I am working on for my nephew’s christmas sweater. I forget how fast and fun knitting with worsted weight yarn can be! By the time we got home, I had a finished hood, which meant all I had to do was weave in an end or two and block. Because I was smart enough to weave in the other ends as I went along.


Today is the day I purchase a zipper and look at multiple tutorials on how to sew it in properly!


I’ve been knitting my December Sock behind your back! Mostly because I just knit a tiny bit at a time, and partly because it’s not December yet anyhow.


It’s not too surprising it’s another Monkey Sock, since my November ones flew by so quickly. All those slow moments of knitting add up, since I have already started on the heel flap of this one.

Yarn is Dream in Color Smooshy in Some Summer Sky, it’s been in my stash absolutely forever, so I am glad it’s time to move it along.

I hope everyone is having a lovely week, we’re at the halfway point!

A quiet day

These days, when Miss Bug is sick and staying home, the rule is that she has to be off ALL devices and the TV doesn’t go on. This helps eliminate the sick days she wants to take that aren’t really all that sick.

So, yesterday we had a very quiet day. And I’d say for me, knitting wise, it was also extremely productive. I finished my second clue for the doodler mystery shawl.


Mr. Ink thinks it’s quite funny that I have no idea how this will look once it’s complete. But, it’s something I enjoy. But I’ll tell you what, those huge green cables almost killed me! I finally figured out that using a number of double pointed needles gave me the amount of give I needed to complete the last 3 cable rows. Between the high silk content yarn and the number of stitches I was trying to cable, it just wasn’t going well at all!

Once this was complete I went to work on my nephew’s cardigan. That’s going well too, but I haven’t gotten pictures yet. I am on the hood already! Which means trying to sew in a zipper is closer than I’d like to think.

I am enjoying my holiday knitting this year! And the holidays haven’t even begun.

Spinday Results

Yesterday was very productive chez Shells. We cleaned out the garage and unpacked the last of Mr. Ink’s boxes from the move. I guess he’s staying. *snerk*  I cleaned the basement as well, and mowed the lawn, and prepped the yard for winter. It was a busy day around here.

But, I still found myself plying on Spinday!


It was getting later, but I managed to finish the skein and get it in for a soak while Mr. Ink went grocery shopping and I cleaned all our floors. Did I mention it was madly productive yesterday? I love that!

I am home with Sick Miss Bug today, so I even have an opportunity to grab a photo of the finished yarn and post it!


This is 250 yards of 3 ply. I love that the neon greens toned down nicely. I wish it were a bit richer in color overall, but it’s not too bad! I think I redeemed this one.

So today’s crafting will simply be to finish clue 2 of my mystery shawl. I am eager to get it done, since the rapidly expanding cables are really hard to manage! Only 2 more cable rows left.

Today is Spinday

I thought I’d just skip Spinday this week. After all, we rode bikes yesterday, which is part of my Spinday, and the local weaver’s and spinner’s guild show is next weekend. I’ve vowed to have my wheel free and clear so that I can immediately start on something from the guild show.

But, then I got to thinking about my averaging a skein of handspun a week lately, and I LOVE that average. So I pulled out more of my own hand dyed BFL.


Here’s the thing. I dye yarn and fiber and have done so quite a bit. But I almost never like what I dye. It’s silly. I don’t even know why I dye! And then, after marinading in my stash for a long time, I might grow to like a thing I dyed.

Not so with this braid though. I’ve hated it right from the start. It’s not going to change. So, I decided it’s just time to turn that braid into yarn, just to see if I can grow to like it.

I split it up into short color runs in anticipation of a traditional 3 ply. Hopefully mixing those colors up will help me grow to like the yarn. We’ll see.


Jury’s still out, but at least I can see potential now.

We are having another absolutely lovely weekend in this area. Sunny and not cold. It might be the last (though I’ve been saying that for weeks) so we are going to use the time to clean up the yard, clean out the garages, and winterize around the property.

I hope that wherever you are, your weekend is going as nicely!


I set last evening and this morning as my time to finish my first doodler clue since the second has come out. We had a couple options for evening activities outside the home, but we were having activities every single evening, and so I negotiated time home with Miss Bug. Required of us was a big bowl of buttery homemade popcorn and a movie. Which suited me just fine!


When it comes to my tween, everything is a negotiation. She had asked Mr. Ink to choose some movies she could pick from. He did so, but pretty soon she had pulled out her movies as well. So, they negotiated a movie. Settling on Zoolander due to the upcoming sequel, I made popcorn, Mr. Ink got chili cooking on the stove, and we settled down to a movie.

And I knit. And no matter how much I knit last evening, nothing could have me done with clue 1. It took most of this morning to finish!


I actually have developed a blister on my finger from knitting so much. This happens to me from time to time. So, I am not sure how much more knitting will happen today, I might decide on other activities. Weaving or spinning or riding bike or cleaning or preparing the yard for winter. All perfectly legitimate ideas for today!

Nephew Knitting

Earlier this week I gave myself the goal of finishing the sleeves on the sweater I am knitting for my nephew and getting them attached to the body of the sweater. I really don’t like knitting sleeves, so I have to set goals and power through.

But, as luck (?) would have it, there was a parenting issue on Tuesday evening that led me to believe that Miss Bug needed more of our attention. Even if it was forced attention. She’s a tween, and she often lives in her own little world in her room. Which I remember clearly from being a tween/teen myself. But, that’s not always best. So, Mr. Ink pulled out a movie she’s been itching to watch, and we sat her down between us and watched a movie.

Which meant that I got more knitting done than I had anticipated. Not only did I get the sleeves attached to the body of the sweater, I also managed to do quite a few rows after that. And it’s looking very nice!


I’d say it’s even pretty close to being done, though I keep forgetting that there’s an entire hood to knit. But, at this point, I am allowed to put it down for awhile and work on my mystery shawl again.

Spinday Skein

It took me some time to get this dry and photographed! Blame the autumn weather combined with the fact that it’s generally getting too dark when I get home for photographs. But, I had a short day yesterday, and there was also a short break in the rain, so I ran outside and got a photo.


This is a very pumpkin patchy skein of yarn. It’s lovely. Chain plied, and a worsted weight yarn. I have 215 yards. Which isn’t much! So, I pulled out another bump of fiber I dyed, it has a similar color scheme, but lacks green.


There’s actually a darker brown in there as well. I am thinking I’ll spin that this weekend as a companion skein for the finished yarn.

Now, if I can just get pictures of my nephew’s sweater and my doodler! Both are making some progress.

Spinday Happened

And I grabbed a quick photograph for you.


This is a BFL bump I dyed myself. I don’t think dyeing is something I am overly good at, nor is it something I am passionate about. But this one seemed to turn out quite well, very pumpkin patchy.

I started this on spindles ages ago, but had not continued, simply due to the fact that I just couldn’t be bothered. When I realized it was Spinday and I didn’t have a project, I grabbed the one that was already out of the cupboard and got started. I ended up finishing the bump last evening, so I set it aside overnight to rest, and began plying this morning.

I have come to the realization that for the past 3 weeks, I’ve averaged a skein of handspun per week. I can tell you what this means. It means that our life has finally slowed down significantly, and I am having real honest free time over the weekends now. It’s incredibly pleasant!

Spinday Post

I haven’t spun yet!! Even though it’s my Spinday. I will be biking though, it’s so absolutely beautiful weather around here. And I am about bored with knitting at the moment, so I feel some spinning or weaving coming on!

But, if you don’t like spoilers and are knitting the latest westknits KAL, you may not want to be reading along here. Because I joined.

I decided to join when I saw the first clue started by numerous people. I’d been curious, and I knew I had stash yarn I could use, but once I saw those clues,  I had to join.

The yarn I used is stuff I dyed myself ages ago.


I am using the gold and coral from this batch.


And the green from this batch.

Now, some of these yarns have been dyed and sitting in my stash for more than 3 years. The reason I have not knit with them has everything to do with the fact that in kettle dying them, they got horribly tangled, and I just couldn’t be bothered to attempt to wind them.

But, when deciding on this knit along, it seemed wise to use my stash yarn. So I pulled out my skeins, and spent the better part of yesterday untangling them. Not all the skeins, just the three I intend to use.

Then, I got started.


So far so good! It’s quite pretty, and I like how it looks a bit like butterfly wing at the moment.

November Socks

Complete already! I think the real reason these are done has something to do with my passionate love for the monkey sock pattern as easy knitting. The pattern is so well memorized for me that it makes these socks the easiest socks I could possibly knit. Because of this, I tend to take them with me everywhere, and knit a row or two here and there.

Like I used to do on the regular. But now rarely do.


I genuinely believe though, that there’s something to be said for having knitting on me at all times. It does help me stay quite productive.

And since I’ve also finished my household chores, I get to decide. Knit, spin, or weave?

Happy Saturday my friends!

Knitting for Nephew

After working on my Pas de Valse sweater, fingering weight yarn for a large adult sweater, the little Moera sweater for my nephew almost seems to be flying off the needles.


I am using Dream in Color Classy for this, as his current sweater is Dream in Color Classy and seems to be holding up beautifully.  The above picture I took yesterday after work during the short time I am at home and it’s still light out. But then I worked on it last evening and got it done to the point where I need to start making sleeves. And that requires winding another ball of blue yarn.

Unfortunately, I’ve got one of those days that looks overwhelming with girl scout obligations and Bug’s choir meeting and so on. I am already not sure how we’ll get everything done! So, I just have to hope time for winding yarn will present itself.

And, you know, the weekend is coming!

The Ugly Batt

I finished my 4 ply yarn from batts I made from a fleece I processed. You may remember that I had 3 batts of rusty red that I liked, and one of red/grey/green that I hated. So, one ply of each, and I ended up with a 4 ply sport weight yarn where the ugly single was toned down so much that the yarn wasn’t, ultimately, too bad.


I ended up with 300 yards. Even while plying I absolutely hated the color of the yarn. It took washing it and getting it outdoors to realize the yarn really was, actually, ok. I am not in love with it, but it’s ok.

Probably one of the least positive posts from me you’ll ever read!

And So We Baked

Miss Bug has been begging for us to bake two things lately. So last evening we decided to make them both. She wanted homemade whole wheat pita bread and chocolate chip cookies. It took all evening, but we managed both.


I had recently made her some labneh, (soft yogurt cheese) and had been given some za’atar, so she was extremely excited to break into the pita bread. I put out enough of the labneh and za’atar for us both, and she proceeded to eat 4 pitas as well as all the cheese and then some more.

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She was so very happy!

I did manage to get two skeins of yarn wound into balls and a sweater for my nephew cast on, so a tiny bit of crafting was done. But, it really wasn’t enough to take a photo of. Tomorrow I will have handspun yarn to post though, so stay tuned for that.


I am just going to start calling Sunday “Spinday” because that’s how it’s been in my house the last two weekends. Not only do I get a bunch of spinning done, but we also go for a bike ride.

On Sundays, I do accomplish stuff around the house, but it’s punctuated by copious amounts of spinning. I’ve got a little hidden corner chair where I do most of my spinning, and Mr. Ink has decided something magical is happening there. You see, every time he walks by, there I am, in my chair, making progress on my spinning. And yet as he looks around the house, he can see that housework is being done.

At one point he said he was ready to go on a bike ride, and he walked into the bathroom to get ready. In that time, I changed, got my bike shoes on, and filled water bottles. Then went back to spinning while waiting. He comes back out ready to go, assuming I haven’t moved. Then takes a look at me in my bike gear and says “HOW DO YOU DO THAT?!?!?!”

It’s magic.


This is the “ugly” batt I didn’t like all spun into singles. It got done fairly early on Spinday, so I continued to spin the other two red batts.


Which I finished right after dinner! (To be fair, my help was not needed for dinner, Mr. Ink did it all, so that gave me even more time on Spinday.)

I was even able to ply the entire project last evening. Without that extra hour, I would never have been able to get it done, but with the extra hour, Spinday was extremely successful.

Tonight? Miss Bug and I bake to our hearts content. Chocolate chip cookies and homemade pita bread are on the list of things to bake. 🙂

Shells Fiber spinning

After the last skein of handspun 3 ply from my own stash of fleece processed into batts, I decided to keep going with what I had in stash. I’ve got 3 batts of a rusty red, and one batt of a rusty red with a little bit of leftover green in it. Bad color choice, I know. I am not sure what I was thinking. But, I decided the best thing would be to make a 4 ply, 3 plies of the rust and 1 ply of the combo, in hopes to tone the “off” batt down a bit. Otherwise I fear I wouldn’t bother to spin it at all.


The first bobbin of rust is now done, and I am trying to decide if I should do the ugly green and red next to get it out of the way.