I've been a Dirty Dawg
It seems the longer you put off something, the longer it takes to get back to it. I've been a Dawg, I admit it. I cuss & call names when other people neglect their blogs & leave me out in the cold & here I am, doing the bloody same. Mea Culpa. I have returned.
The cold, damp weather also seemed like it would never go away & like many of you, I fell into that state of semi-consciousness that makes you eat, sleep, work, sleep the days away. Did I watch tv or knit or sew?? Not sure. I now know that I'm capable of falling asleep in any chair with arms - no matter where it's located! I used to laugh at my mother for such behavior! She used to say she was resting her eyes . . . well, I've been resting mine at every opportunity! And it's her fault.
So what have I done?? We won't talk about work other than to say that I swore, I SWORE I would never work full time for one employer ever again because it's boring & mind rotting & full of office politics??? Well, I'm doing it. Knitting/spinning wise?? I have dropped all projects except one sweater & two pairs of socks (gotta have socks fer gosh sake!! That would be positively uncrafty!!) I'm just tired of scattering my time over many projects & never finishing anything. Yeah, I can hear the laughter. But, I'm a Starter, a Big Picture Person & a Bottom Liner. I don't care how a project gets done as long as it gets done & I don't have to finish it. I like to dream up the Big Ideas but not put out the Trash. You don't understand how difficult this is for me. I have all these projects started, I knit a few evenings & the weather changes. So, I made up my mind I would work one sweater at a time.
And this is the one. I know you haven't seen it for a while but the weather changed & I decided that I'd like to finish the one that I can wear NOW. I think I have enough yarn spun to finish it. If I don't, I found the fleece that I can spin to finish it. This will be my summer go-to sweater. The one I curl up in outside on the patio & the one I take to work when it's chilly. And just to remind you - this is spun by me from a couple of small Shetland fleeces from a sheep named Arvik who lived a long happy life in the green fields in Alberta. I loved her fleece because it was multi-shades of grey. My friend Gail gave me the pink & brown fibre - from Great Balls of Fiber - for my birthday one year & I just loved it! I spun it up quite finely but since I'm not a shawl wearer, I wasn't sure what to do with it. Knitter's Magazine came out with their "From The Top" Fall issue last year & I fell in love with the "Ribbons-O-Round" sweater!! So, this is my version of the 'Ribbons' sweater in handspun. I've spun lace weight singles & used two singles held together to knit on a 5mm Denise circular so that it will be very light but warm. When dumped out of the bag, I discovered it was two inches below the armhole where I joined for the body, so hopefully, this won't take forever to knit.