Episode 6: A Darn Good Mail Week

Hello, all! It’s been a week (well, it was when I recorded, haha) and while not all of it has been good, I had an AWESOME mail week. I wax poetic about Highland Handmades and Fibernymph Dye Works, show off the MadTosh, and show the adventures in spinning (which haven’t all been bad). There hasn’t been a whole lot of production this week, due to work and migraines sidelining me, but what has been worked on has gotten a lot of love! There are a couple of jumps in the recording – the first one was because I went off on some tangent that made no sense whatsoever and the second was due to George deciding that he needed to love on the laptop/tell me to get my butt to bed.

Current Roster 

  • Owls sweater by Kate Davies. Tons of progress was made this past week – I am past the Owls chart and am ready to begin the second set of yoke decreases. And here I sit. I realized, as I was knitting on this, that I am going to run out of yarn and soon. 😦 So, this will be put aside until I can get a skein in a Rav destash. I’ve found someone who was selling 2 skeins, but those were sold quickly, and I’ve found .25 of a skein, but I think I’m going to need at least half of a skein to finish. sigh. My goal for this week is to get what I have photographed and the project up on Rav to remind myself to finish it!
  • Simple, Stripey Socks. Not much progress was made, maybe 3 more rows, all while getting a pedicure on Sunday. The people at my nail salon are always interested in what I’m knitting, which is nice. Since I’m going away this week, I think it’ll get some more work on it, since it’s a simple stockinette stitch sock that can’t really be screwed up! 🙂

Scouting Report – Upcoming Patterns 

Scouting Report – Stash Enhancement 

It’s been a damn good mail week. At one point, my mother suggested that perhaps I may have gone a little overboard in my spending, but to be fair, I only made three purchases that month of the items that arrived…

  • Magnolia Society – 1st package: 8 skeins of Madeline Tosh DK Twist in Tart. I believe that this will be used for Célia, I’m winding a skein up today and swatching for it during tonight’s webinar. 
  • Highland Handmades Small Business Saturday Sale: 1 skein of Sugar Maple Sock in the Prospecting colorway (75% SW Merino/25% Nylon); 1 skein of Black Cherry Lace in the Frost colorway; and a top whorl spindle. Heather also included some sample fiber in my package so I wouldn’t have to break into my stash. Love.
  • Fibernymph Dye Works Small Business Saturday update: 1 skein of Heavenly in the Marmaris SS colorway (80/10/10 MCN); 1 skein of Sunshine in the Colors of Venice (Sept. 2012 Unclub) colorway; and 1 braid of BFL in the Colors of Venice colorway.
  • Rav destash from usedtobe35: 2 braids of Three Irish Girls Springvale Roving in the Sandpiper and Three Mile Bay colorways.
  • Woolgirl Once Upon a Time yarn club: I’d forgotten about this one! 1 skein of Becoming Art’s Theia in Peter Pan, a handmade soap, patterns, stitch marker, notions case, key chain/bag fob, and a project bag! Woot!

Spinning 

I need a good name for this section and better placement in the podcast. Thoughts?

  • I started by using my Ashford spindle (heavy) and a braid of fiber from SweetGeorgia. I love the colors, the fiber is easy to handle once I predraft it, and I don’t hate the singles. It’s not pretty, but it’s mine. 🙂
  • I used my new spindle from Highland Handmades and the sample fiber she sent to see what the difference is… I love the lighter spindle, I feel like I have more control. I’m still parking and drafting, but I don’t mind.

What’s Making Me Happy

  • If you are in or around the Columbus area, you know of this. Hell, if you’ve just traveled there, you know of this, but if not… Jeni’s Ice Cream. LOVE. I was just asked to visit the local Whole Paycheck and bring a couple pints down with me tomorrow – you don’t say no to a pregnant woman. Not when it comes to ice cream. Haven’t tried it? You must. Yes, it’s expensive, but worth EVERY penny. The flavor combinations are odd and perfect.
  • Travelling! I’m heading southward tomorrow to see my best friend and other friends for a weekend of fun and stupidity. I. CANNOT. WAIT.
  • Spending quality time with loved ones. I’ve been spending lots of time with my parents and a few friends lately and it’s done my heart good. I can’t wait for more of that this weekend.
  • Teaching. Love, love, love. I love seeing when someone gets that moment of clarity while learning and gets excited about understanding what’s going on. There are few things that make me happier.

Have a great week, everyone! If you haven’t already, join the Rav group and share what’s going on and what you think about the episodes, because I love feedback.

I’ll see you next week!

xo, Holly

One thought on “Episode 6: A Darn Good Mail Week

  1. oh, isn’t it frustrating when the yarn runs out???? hope you can get more, the owls seemed to pop out when you showed the sweater.
    for the spinning section I offer ”twirling”.
    safe travels
    xxxx

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