Can you believe on Friday afternoon this is what our backyard looked like? Weird to have snow in March...in SEATTLE!
I have been acquiring Art and Art Supplies in large quantities recently.
Some of this is due to Retail Therapy sessions with my laptop and some due to impending retirement.
Yes, I am retiring in June. Yes, I am young to be retiring. Although it is very exciting to ponder what it will be like to wake up and NOT have to be at work at 6am it is a bit unsettling in a way, too. (Catholic guilt, once again!)
My friend Amy suggested that we call it "Acquiring ART"!
Here are some recent stash enhancements, I mean Art acquisitions.
This is from Shelley from Butternut Woolens. I met Shelley at Madrona and she is a very sweet woman. I bought some Rabbit's Foot Angora Blend Sock Yarn in Foxglove. YUM
One pound of Targhee in Quitobaquito:
I got sucked into wanting to knit the Moroccan Days, Arabian Nights Shawl from the Woolen Rabbit. This shawl requires 5,000 beads. Anyone up for the challenge????? Maybe a summer project???
I can't get a good photo of the yarn. It is absolutely beautiful though. Check it out on the Woolen Rabbit website as well as on Ravelry.
I'm also anticipating the receipt of a purchase I made via a connection on Ravelry. I bought some Rowan Magpie in the Float colorway. This is a discontinued yarn but if you are a Starmore fan you'll recognize it. I have some in the stash in a Coffee color and now I'll have something very different. It is making its way from the UK and should be here next week. I'll show it to you when it arrives.
I love knitting socks and I will cast-on for another pair as soon as I post this. I can never get the kitchener stitch in my head. No matter how many times I do it, I can't, for the life of me, remember it. So I purchased this cute Kitchener Dogtag from the Bellweather.
The Bellweather blog, Ask the Bellweather, has some fantastic information on spinning. Go there if you want to know something about technique!
I can put this in my sock bag and never have to worry about remembering how to do Kitchener. It is cute too!
I purchased my first Bosworth Featherweight Spindle from the Bellweather. It is .38 oz made in walnut. She's a nice little spindle. I quickly tried some optim with her. I had some issues spinning Optim with another lightweight spindle I have but the Bosworth works great. No wonder people say these are great spindles.
So that is it for now. No homework progress photos to show because....there has been NO homework progress this week. This has been a self-care week.
As my last post indicated...I've not been myself for awhile. So I decided I needed a week of just doing what I wanted to do. No homework, no *should* do knitting, no guilt(yeah, right - you know that is a lifelong goal).
I finished my Vesper Socks in Neopolitan. So cute!
I also made progress on Brighton from the latest Knitty.
This is in Euroflax sportweight in Eggplant. The handles are Grayson E in Black. I have knit about 9 inches so far so I have about 4 more inches before I start the bottom of the bag.
I need to go and do some picking up of all the projects I have strewn in my bedroom and office. Hope you all had a great weekend!
Tell me about your recent Art Acquisitions!