The first part of our staycation was crazy busy, but the second part has been more mellow. We did take a drive up to Lake George yesterday to Martha's Dandee Creme for ice cream and shaved ice (I'm even more obsessed with shaved ice than I am with slushies - shaved ice is like a soft snow cone, where a slushie is more like an almost melted snow cone. And I'm super excited because when we go out to a car race in Ohio in August, there is a shaved ice cart at the track. All. Day.), but other than that we've been hanging out at home, picking away at "the list" and relaxing.
And I've been knitting and spinning on my spinning wheel.
SO. First up is that I finished my Celes shawl to be entered in the fair:
|OMG this sideways thing is so annoying...|
Seriously. So happy with how it came out. It is now safely tucked away in a plastic bag, waiting to be brought to the fair.
And also, it is now the Tour de Fleece so I've been spinning at least a little bit every day (except yesterday, which I'm using as one of my two rest days because my hands hurt from knitting and spinning and plying so much). Tour de Fleece goes along with the Tour de France (get it? because they are spinning their bike wheels? and spinning wheels spin?) and the idea is to come up with a goal that involves spinning every day of the tour, with two rest days. My goal is simply to spin a little every day to get better at it. And a secondary goal will be to come up with a skein of yarn to submit for judging in the fair.
Here is what I've done: First was to finish spinning some roving that I started spinning about a year and a half ago.
|Spun and wound into balls, waiting to be plied together.|
|More just spun, waiting on a bobbin to be plied.|
|One strand from each ball above, plied (twisted) together.|
|Not plied (left) and plied (right).|
|Bad ply on the left. Good ply on the right.|
|A closer look. Better on the right. Right?|
|All skeined-up. Good one on the left this time.|
What else? Since I'm done with my shawl, I picked up the Tudor Henley again, and now I have picture for you (instead of just yarn balls):
|Ready to knit from the armholes upward on the back.|
|Closeup of the pattern - more accurate color too!|
Two more things, then I'm done with Staycation posts.....
1) Our finished, grouted fireplace:
2) And this craziness: