Monday, January 05, 2009


So it's the New Year, 2009. Is it just me or do other people feel like all the brouhaha surrounding New Year 2000 couldn't possibly have happened nine years ago? That's almost a decade ago, for heaven's sake! I'm not exactly sure where the last few days went, never mind nine years.

We didn't seem to do much during the two weeks of holidays but the days flew by. Dan's back to school today so life will settle into the January blahs now. It's been freakishy cold here and we're all getting very tired of it. It's not unusual for it to be cold here in the winter but we don't usually get such a long spell of really, really cold weather. The temperature got up to -15 C (5 F) and it felt so much warmer than it's been; it's all relative I guess.

I'm not a big maker of New Year's Resolutions but I'm going to make a couple this year. You will be my witnesses and keep me accountable, I hope.

First, I will get more exercise. I'm not an active person by nature so it's really easy for me to entertain myself while being physically passive (knitting, spinning, reading, etc.). A new Wii Fit made its way to our house over the holidays and I'm going to use it.

Second, I'm going to drastically reduce my on-line shopping. I have a lovely big stash, 3 wheels, many spindles, full sets of knitting needles, lots of fibery books, and a knitting machine. There is no good reason to keep buying more of them; it's gotten totally out of hand. I'm not foolish enough to say that I will not buy anything more but I'm going to reduce my spending considerably. There, I said it.

So, here are pics of things that are new to me. I will enjoy them but will not let them spawn more of the same. These pictures will be the last to share for quite a while if I can stick to my resolution.

This is lovely merino silk from Zebisis Designs. It's such a pretty color!
I ordered this spindle from Zebisis too. It came with this wisp of silk. Both are very pretty.

This merino roving is from Sheepish Creations. Again, beautiful colors!
It came with these two samples: the left one is Romney and the right one is merino.

I bought this as a destash on Ravelry. It is Abby's Batt Club First Frost. I have never seen such beautiful batts before! It's merino, baby alpaca, and silk with a touch of firestar. Gorgeous!

I haven't accomplished much in spinning or knitting over the holidays but here are some update photos.

I'm almost done spinning the Lisa Souza merino/silk.

This sock has been my carry-along project in my purse for a while. It's almost done.

I'm dithering about the best use of the Buffalo Gold sock yarn. As you can see, I'm finishing up the gusset decreases on the sock on the left. Then I thought that I might rather have a pair of gloves. I have some problems with a Raynaud's Syndrome sort of hand issue and was thinking that really warm gloves might help. So I dug out the Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd. I don't have enough yarn to do both socks and gloves so will have to decided which one to finish at some point. I'm not sure why I'm having so many second thoughts about how best to use the yarn.

Please send positive vibes our way for warmer weather soon!


Aunt Kathy said...

Those rovings are very pretty.

Resolutions... oh I hate that word. LOL.

But still I make plans and goals anyway. We can do it this year.

Lovs2Knit said...

Hopefully it will warm up for you soon. It was warm enough today to start melting the snow and it's suppose to stay on the warmer side. I'm looking forward to unthawing a little.
We have a Wii Fit and I've really enjoyed using it. Who knew exercise could be fun. :)

Lynn said...

Sending you warm Florida breezes your way. If I could only bottle some of the heat up, I would.

Jody said...

I would have thought the dog yarn would make some of the warmest gloves for your hands. I get some numbing of my pointer fingers when it gets really cold.