a little spinning

I've been enjoying the spring-like weather. Yeah, I know we hit a cold spell on Friday, but it was just a little blip. yes, I had already washed and put away my sweat clothes, but then that's what washers and dryers are for, right?

A knee update....the knee replacement is great!!! I feel absolutely no pain in the right knee.  The left knee is a totally different story. It's not getting replaced until late August and it's not happy at all. It hinders my walking. However, I am forging ahead with the exercise program and I'm getting stronger every day. I start back to work next week and I'm trying to get as much done around the house before that day arrives.

We have been working on the final stages of the home office re-do and we are almost near the end. All of the bookcases have been re-filled and a few more books culled.  My view of the bookcases is once again colorful.  The chair mats have been laid and the only thing left to do is one curtain.  I've got one of my new enclosed bookcases filled with fiber/spinning stuff and I need to organize that a little better.  I've been working a little in the hobby room as I have waaaaay too much yarn and I need to de-stash.  As I was pulling some sock yarn that I know won't be used for socks, I heard myself saying..... well, maybe I could keep them. I could get my Cricket out and make some scarves, etc. We've all used these justifications haven't we?   yeah, well, I bought my Cricket at least 3 years ago and it's only been out of the box once when I was reading the instructions.  So, the yarn is still in a bag waiting for their picture so I can add them to Ravelry for Trade/Sell.

In some off time I have been doing some spinning, some knitting and some Tunisian crochet for charity.  As for the knitting, I have been working on my Summer Flies Again shawl. I just love this pattern, I can't say enough about this one or the original Summer Flies shawl. Both are just wonderful.  I'm on the last section and then on to the finishing part.

As for the Tunisian crochet and the charity knitting. I've been working on some lap blankets for Hospice and the Tunisian crochet just goes faster than knitting or regular crochet. If you haven't tried it yet, give it a chance.

As for spinning, I love using the fibers from McMullin Fibers on Etsy.  Kate's merino/bamboo is lovely to work with and I just love her colors.

This one is called Tutti Frutti and I had originally thought to ply it with another one of hers I had spun earlier in the year, but the gentleness of this colorway begs to be plied alone, whether 2 ply or chain ply, not sure of that yet.

Barns.........old and new

Enjoying spring on a beautiful warm and sunny day, almost summer-like, I went for a ride and luckily I had the forethought to take my camera with me.  After passing a zillion dilapidated old barns, I decided to take some pictures of these wonderful old barns. Some sit next to the road, some sit out in the pasture. Some are covered with old vines, that are currently still brown because things haven't started to really turn green yet.  Some barns are painted red, some are natural and very old, some are nearly fallen to the ground and some are still being used.  I will probably go out another day and take some more because I did not backtrack to get all the ones I had already passed before I got the idea to take pics.  There are a few houses interspersed with the barn pics.

 couldn't resist a creek picture since there were a zillion creeks
 an old country home but updated and being lived in.



 a cool looking house. I was too far away to do it justice but I didn't want to intrude on their privacy.














 a very old log house

 I threw this one in because I love forsythia, especially the yellow one.



Beautiful weekend weather a-comin'

OMG!!!! It's supposed to be sunny and 65 today, sunny and 70 on Saturday and sunny and 72 on Sunday!!  This beautiful forecasted weather after a nasty cold and rainy Thursday.  I plan on sitting outside, doing a little spinning, a little knitting, and catching a few sun rays.  I will get some walking done in all that relaxing too.

Update on the knee replacement. All is well. I have one more PT visit before I see the Doc on Wednesday for the 6 week followup. Yep, it'll be 6 weeks on Tuesday since surgery. It does seem to have flown, but that's probably the fog of pain pills still talking.  Although I'm down to just one per day, I know they are still in my system.  The knee is doing well, although I still have work to do on my walking gait. After more than 5 years of waddling due to pain, I have no strength in my hips nor quads. So we have really been working on strengthening them. I need to practice walking to work on my gait and to build up some stamina before I head back to work.  OK, enough said about this topic.

Knitting.......here are some pics of the finished projects from a previous post.  The Japanese Knot Project bag.  Designed by my good friend Meg.  I changed the handles a little bit from the pattern, but other than that I followed the pattern exactly and it was well written. This is knit with my handspun from last year's spinning retreat at DuBose and the fiber is from Daily Fibers, called Green Apples. Jan does such beautiful dyeing and it's always a pleasure to work with her fiber.  She now has an Etsy shop so check it out.  Spinning the green was so out of my comfort zone which is why I decided to try it, and I really like it. I started with 450 yards and I'm not exactly sure how many yards it took to make this bag. I should have weighed the yarn before and after but I forgot to do it.  I love the way it striped.
 
 
The next FO is the Glittery Garter stitch scarf. (previously posted here)  This was an easy 14 stitch garter stitch pattern using size 10 needles. It is soft, airy and just a little glittery. Not too much, just enough.  This may end up as a going away gift, not sure yet. I love the way it turned out.
 
I slipped the first stitch knitwise and it gives a nice smooth edging to it.

 
I finally started the Summer Flies Again shawl.  A bigger version of the Summer Flies shawl. That is just one of my most favorite shawl patterns.  I'm using Lana Grossa Evento. It's a burgundy color with black fuzzies. Hard to describe.



Otherwise, I've been working on some charity knitting. I've gone through some old WIP's and one or two I've decided to frog because I no longer want to knit them and if I did end up finishing it, I probably wouldn't wear it.  Frogging = freedom!
 
That's it for now as it is beautiful outside and I'm going to go out and enjoy!