Happy Birthday to Me!

Tuesday was my birthday – I won’t say how old I am – other than to say that I’m now one year closer to the big 4-0. 😦 I certainly don’t feel like I’m in my (late!) 30’s! But, man, I’m really happy with my birthday present – finally a Democratic Nominee!!!!!! Yipee!!! I’m so fired up and ready to go, ya’ll!

Hubby got me a lovely tea brewer and some loose leaf tea. I had never heard of Teavana – they originated in Atlanta, so you’d think I would have heard of them. The brewer is the coolest thing – you put your loose leaf tea in and pour you hot/boiling water in and let it steep. Then for the cool part – you place it on top of your mug, and the tea filters out down into your mug – hard to explain, but the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while. Did I mention that I think it’s really cool? Here’s a linky to the brewer so you can see for yourself. πŸ™‚

So, let’s see, it’s been I while since I blogged – I’ve started and finished a Hemlock Ring Blanket – here it is blocking:

I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in the Lake Ice Heather color. I ended up using 7 skeins plus a little bit from an 8th skein. The finishing row took about 4 hours to do – and I ended up with over 500 stitches on the needles! Once it was blocked it was about 48 inches wide.

I am ever amazed with lace blocking. You start with an ugly clump of knitted material that looks like this:

And then you end up with a beautiful lace blanket:

And I started a pair of Pirate Socks (pattern is Jack Sparrow’s Favorite Socks):

I’m using Chameleon Colorworks Bambino in the Midnight colorway, and Knit Picks Gloss for the heels, toes and fair isle bit. I am loving the Bambino (wool/bamboo blend) – it has a lovely sheen to it and feels so silky – goes well with the gloss yarn, since that’s a wool/silk blend.

And here’s some spinning I’ve done – a fingering weight yarn with a long color change (I was actually going for laceweight to do a Swallowtail Shawl with it, but it ended up a little too thick, at 330 yards):

It’s Gale’s Art BBFL Roving in Ocean Blues colorway.

I’m in the process of spinning up another batch much more thinly – Gale’s Art BBFL Roving in “Stormy Seas” colorway:

This batch is going well – I think it’ll end up a nice lace weight once I ply it.

Well, I’ll stop there for now! Ta-Ta!

(Edited to add: Update on my FIL – they’ve determined the stage of cancer – it’s Stage 3a. He’s starting Chemo within the week. His doctor is very optimistic, and says that it’s curable. Please continue to keep him in you thoughts!)

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About knitsbyheather

I'm a TKGA certified Master Knitter. I'm a knitwear designer and a knitting instructor. I'm also a stay at home and homeschooling mom of two wonderful boys. They sure keep me on my toes! When I'm not teaching or chasing around the boys, I'm knitting, designing, or reading!!
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2 Responses to Happy Birthday to Me!

  1. I’m sorry to hear about your FIL – I will lift him up in prayer. I can imagine how rough that is on your family.I love your handspun! Lovely!

  2. Pingback: FO Friday | KnitsByHeather

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