I have been a knitting FIEND lately!
This past week I’ve done 2 dishcloths:
1 hot pad:
and have cast one yet another dishcloth and a mitered dishtowel, which I expect to finish this weekend. The hot pad was pretty important for me to do… I’m getting my long-deceased grandmother’s dining set in August, and I will want to take good care of it. I realized I didn’t have any hot pads or trivets to protect it from hot dishes, so I am making them. I did this one first because it is red, white, and blue. Grammie died on the 4th of July, 1992, and she loved the holiday. We always had big family parties on the 4th, with my dad and uncles grilling burgers and “saturn dogs” and setting off fireworks, kids splashing in the pool, music played and sung as the stars came out. I have so many spectacularly good memories of holidays with my family, so it seemed right to make the first hot pad kind of special. Every time I use this hot pad, I will smile as I remember those I love, both those who are gone and those who are still here.
Tomorrow starts Le Tour de Fleece! I admit I’m a little bit nervous. I’ve been having a fibromyalgia flare-up and been dealing with some pain these last couple of weeks. I’ll just have to really pace myself. Most spinners go into this with a specific goal, such as “I plan on spinning up 2 lbs of BFL and 2 oz of mohair” or“I want to spin enough lace-weight yarn for this shawl I want to make” . . . something like that. I have no such goal. My goal is more vague: “I plan on spinning every. single. day. of the tour.”
For me that’s a pretty good goal to have. Next year I’ll worry about what fiber I plan on spinning. This year I’ll worry about JFDI*.
*[That’s “Just Effing Do It”, a bit of wisdom from my mom when I was a petulant teen with a bad case of the “don’t wannas”. 🙂 ]
That said, on the spindle will be some Mauch Chunky roving in the “Butternut” colorway, and I think on the wheel will be some green UK Wensleydale that I picked up at the Waynesburg Sheep & Fiber Fest. This should be fun!