Been a busy lil’ Bee..

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!

Published by Beth

I currently reside in Pittsburgh, having moved here in May 2008. I live with my husband Fred and life is really awesome. In the past few years I have completely changed my life (and I couldn't do it without support from family and friends). I now work as a writer and editor, and my favorite topics to write about are how to live a more positive life, book reviews, and sharing my crafts. Welcome!

5 thoughts on “Been a busy lil’ Bee..

  1. Your knitting just keeps getting better and lovelier.

    I’m proud to announce that I have finally picked up the needles myself, and I made Morrigan a doll blankie. 🙂 I haven’t moved beyond the knit and purl stitches, but I will.

    Have a lovely holiday with your sweet boy. I love you, sweetie.

    1. Thanks sweetie – Fred also sees the improvement in my knitting. 🙂 I’m thrilled to hear you’ve picked up 2 sticks! Miss you and love you, my Air… ❤

  2. Wow, love the hot pad. Was it difficult? I’m just really starting out (well, I’ve been doing scarves and blankets for years but that’s not exactly complicated). Great blog, will keep an eye on it.

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