Thursday, February 18, 2016

Blue Nuvem

This week has been spent knitting and napping.  Sometimes I would wake up on the couch and find that I had fallen asleep knitting in hand.  The surgery site recovery was not to bad, but the anesthesia  is really a bear to get over!

During this week the yarn I am using went from this:

A sweater that I made but never wore,

To this:

In this picture I had just finished the third skein and added the fourth, it is going to be massive.  I refer to it as my monumental project.  This was the only way I was able to stay on the couch for 1.5 weeks and not loose my mind!

Once I get done with the 4th skein I will add the 5th and start the border.   Now that I am feeling better, this project, the" Nuvem" by Martina Behm, is not getting quite the attention that it did last week, but I am hoping to finish it in record time, for me anyway, as a reminder of my recovery.

Until next week, Happy Crafting, Tina

Friday, February 12, 2016

Where to Begin?

I just read my last post, and I am amazed that it has been 4 months since I wrote it.  At the time I had no idea what the next 4 months would be like, and I am glad I didn't know.

I will not go too far into the details, but I suppose it would be enough to say that my family has had 4 successful surgeries since I last posted.  My husband had shoulder surgery, and 2 of my daughters and myself have had our Thyroids removed, my surgery being the latest, this past Monday.

I am in the wet noodle stage of recovery, napping and knitting.  My girls have been wonderful morale boosters for me this week, bringing me to fits of laughter, with eyes squirting with tears, at their humorous outlook on our situation.  I don't have much to say about it yet, cause I don't know what is surgery fall out and what may just be my new normal.

Before surgery, I had cast on a very simple no brainer knitting project, "Nuvem" Shawl, by Martina Behm, and that is proving to be the best medicine ever!  I knit until I have to nap, and then I start all over again.  The shawl consists of 2 rows, once you get past the fussy beginning, which I did before surgery.  I have managed so far to catch any mistakes I have made, (mostly dropped stitches when I dropped off to sleep!)  That, down there, is supposed to be a link to the shawl pattern, hope it works!


The yarn I am using is Knit Picks Shadow lace weight.  I had used this yarn in a very light weight cardigan in 2014, but I had never worn it!  I knit straight from the cardigan to the shawl.  So far, I have knitted from both sleeves and the button band and I am slowly making my way through what is left of the body.  Once I finish using the three skeins from the Cardigan I have 2 more as yet untouched.  This is going to be a very big wrap you up shawl!

You may be able to get a glimpse of the shawl as I was working on it Monday pre surgery.  It is much bigger now!  The color is "Jeweled Heather"  I am sure it is now discontinued, I bought it so long ago!

In the near future, I plan to update this poor neglected blog.  There is so much information to change that it may take some time.

There are Nigora goat pictures to add, and Nigora fiber to talk about, explore and promote.  Weaving and spinning equipment to update and share.

I expect to start harvesting fleece sometime late March, I will have 9 fleeces this year, from white to dark grey, truly beautiful stuff.  Once I have it washed, I will be able to tell if I have enough to send off to be processed for sale.  It will be summer time before I know that.

For now, I am sitting and knitting, I have another week and a half of that ahead of me, and  I plan to make the most of it!

Until next time, Happy Crafting, Tina