a little lazy this week—so far

junebug cracks me up—she’s taken over ownership of the sofa blanket. when she wants to watch TV, she carefully arranges it all just so into a nest. then at night, she rolls up in it so she’s completely covered, like a cowboy. except she’s on the sofa, of course, haha.

we’ve been taking it easy here in austin; maybe not really lazy (i’ve done a lot of catching up on work, for instance), but not exactly painting the town red either, haha. i can’t believe we’re more than halfway through the week already and i’ll be getting back on the teaching horse tomorrow for a fun weekend at hill country weavers. where does the time go?

i gotta be honest; we’ve hardly left the house except to go for walks and do the usual family stuff. we tried to go downtown yesterday to see an art show, but got caught in a nasty traffic snarl and ended up heading home as soon as we got there, so we could make it to daniel’s football game.

which was a ton of fun—he plays in this 7-n-7 league which is designed for middle school kids to learn the plays without engaging in full contact football (so it’s more focused on footwork and strategy). he’s number 14.

but of course, the fun part is many-faceted; watching one of our family play sports is a novelty for us (we are enthusiastic about getting out there to move and try, but notoriously uncoordinated and uncompetitive and therefore, not very good at games, haha). but daniel’s different—he takes to all sports like a duck to water and he’s very, very talented.

and we make a sizable peanut gallery combined, so we all piled out there to enjoy the stupendous spring evening, watch the games, and root for our team.

mary, aaron, and andrew took advantage of the wide open space to entertain us with tumbling acts (or more accurately, some wrestling feats).

the oldest kids have been more elusive during this visit—they are involved in myriad activities of their own and they both have jobs now, so we only see them late at night.

back at the ranch, there is much to be jealous of outdoors—with the beautiful spring weather beginning in february here, it’s possible to get the garden going early and i’m green with envy over this

tomatoes and herbs, some already in flower. our garden isn’t even turned over yet (but then, i’ve hardly been home to do it). actually, we have it on the calendar to get out in our garden when we get home to turn up a little dirt and maybe plant some early greens, but the tomatoes won’t be going in the soil for at least another month.

and the roses that are blooming everywhere right now—wow. my brother tells me you pretty much can’t kill a rosebush here. a far cry from ohio, where they are under constant threat from mildew and insects . . .

of course, all that also makes it prime allergy season here, which is adding to my lackadaisical attitude this week. i have been doing lots of knitting though; wanna see?

i’m zooming along on my secret project, which makes me very, very happy. you can see i’ve been through a texture change in the fabric at this point and i’m now happily knitting away on the feature motif of the piece, which is quite thrilling to construct (ok, that statement officially makes me a dork, but who cares?).

i can’t show you any more of it than that, but it’s been good to have a project well established on the needles for this part of my visit. i can just pick it up at any time and knit on it without too much need to have the instructions out—a good strategy when dealing with kids and pets in the near vicinity.

i’ve also made excellent progress on the whitfield shorty i’m knitting up in woolen rabbit frolic (colorway jungle book). i love the yarn; it’s sooo yummy to knit with and looks great in the fabric, too. it’s knit candy—every time i pull it out in public, knitters flock around to fondle it.

i’ve got just one front piece left to complete and that’s on the needles now. i’ll finish up the knitting here and then do the finishing work at home next week. after all, i’ve still got another sweater with me that has not seen nearly as much air time. for no good reason other than i only seem to be able to focus on two projects at a time; the rest stay packed in my suitcase (that’s an idea—keep some things hidden to improve one’s focus on other things . . .). once the shorty is done (probably tonight), the cable and rib cardigan will come back out.

i realized last night that i hadn’t yet shared any of the nice yarns i seem to have collected on this trip, so i thought you might enjoy a little yarn parade today. let’s start with my first stop at hazel knits in seattle, where cookie and i got to hang out with wendee and do some dyeing.

this skein of rubber-eraser pink caught my eye and i was smitten, so wendee handed it over and i’ve been fooling around with an idea for future hazel knits kit. then in the drying room, i found another temptation

this is a fairly-new 4-ply lace base that wendee is working with called filigree. ever since working with the great northern yarns lace yarn i used for the crooked walking shawl and gray zigzag scarf, i’ve been fascinated with the characteristics of multi-ply lace yarn. there are definitely some that feel stringy to me, but there are many that are quite lovely and this is one of those. spun of the same fiber content as hazel artisan sock, it has a nice density and plumpness, while still remaining smooth and consistent. i’m looking forward to trying it. the skein is generous too, weighing almost 6 ounces and having 1200 yards—about 200 yards per ounce, which is a very nice weight to knit with, almost fingering. in fact, this yarn could make a very nice CWS.

and when i get home, i’ll get to see how my own dyeing efforts turned out . . .

next stop was sock camp, where sadly, i did not get to dye (tina and i have yet to spend quality creative time together!), but where i still managed to leave with yarn in tow, haha.

this is the skein i received i my welcome packet, in our camp colorway, which is mad hatter. so perfect—how can i NOT knit socks for myself with this?? even if they are plain ol’ stockinette, methinks i must cast on soon. but almost certainly, they will not be plain; i think i have an idea coming on . . .

then i was gifted this gorgeous skein of blues by angela; this is her seacell rayon/silk blend, in colorway blue streak. it is the most heavenly blend of blues; i am seriously considering casting on a scarf with it before the weekend (it wouldn’t hurt to have a portable little project to carry in my purse; i’m currently out of those . . .).

next stop was dallas, as you know and there i finally got to meet susan from slackford studio, who provided the gorgeous yarn for the aria delicato and fallberry mitts projects.

susan not only treated each of my classes to a yarny door prize, but brought along a bag of goodies for me too—some of them new additions to her online shop.

top to bottom we have nimbus cloud fingering yarn, a heavenly alpaca/cashmere/silk blend in colorway limon. then there are two skeins of stalwart sock in colors after midnight and fawn. next we have a skein of nimbus lace (same as nimbus cloud, only lighter) in colorway rapunzel. and finally, that delicious skein of celena lace, a silk/merino blend (i think!) in colorway true blood. this one doesn’t seem to be on her site yet, but i imagine it won’t be long . . .

well, that just about wraps things up for the day—i think it’s time i got outside to walk that lazy dog (and myself), while david works a little longer. then, maybe this afternoon, we’ll go adventuring . . .

23 Responses to “a little lazy this week—so far”

  1. Jennifer says:

    I love the boys’ shorts in the pictures. They’re so long and funny nowadays that they remind me of the skorts girls used to wear when they started playing basketball in high school sports in the early 1970s. I wonder when short-shorts will come back in style.

  2. josiekitten says:

    I think you deserve a little ‘lazy’ time! Especially in that glorious sunshine. Love the colours in that filigree yarn. You do get given the nicest yarny gifts from people, don’t you?!!

  3. Anne, you are *such* a slacker – joke!! It’s always good to let the creative juices stew a bit before the next burst. I love the pink yarn! Is it the “tulip” colorway or a one of? The secret project looks yummy too.

    Great gardening inspiration. It’s good for our eyes to see some color, esp. green this time of year.

  4. Jody says:

    I want to be Junebug…

    Your trip sounds wonderful! Sunshine, knitting, relaxing, hanging out w/family and people give you gorgeous yarn to boot! :-)

  5. bonnie says:

    I’m totally a dork as well. Working along on something by myself I’ll spread it out to look at how it’s coming together and get overcome with giggles and wriggles and smiles because it’s turning out so very, very cool! Of course I’m an “older person” (!) and the giggle wriggle thing looks pretty silly on me and probably not so cool at all. Another knitter would understand.

  6. Anna says:

    Holy Cow! Junebug looks juts like my dog Daisy! Same face and marking and colors. She even curls up in stuff to sleep, though it’s usually the laundry piled on our bed. It’s always interesting to grab a towel and SURPRISE! – Dog.

    Soemtimes I wish I could touch the skeins you show through the screen, just to feel how nice they are! I’m a total yarn dork, too. No worries there! :)

  7. mari says:

    Glad you are having a good time with the family Anne! One of my cats does the same thing with the couch blanket. The Yarn Voyage class definitely has me thinking twice before just grabbing a skein because it matches the right weight. I just spent the past two hours digging through the yarn room trying to find something to do the budding apple shawl in….there are days it doesn’t pay to have a large yarn stash. ;)

  8. Liz in Missouri says:

    What a nice time you are having! Glad you are able to take a break for a little bit and enjoy family and the good weather. The knitting, of course looks wonderful and I’m jealous of all your new yarns. I love new yarn. It’s like clean crisp new paper – inspires creativity and grand ideas. Not to mention the fact that it’s just nice to pet. LOL – Maybe we should start the Knitspot Yarn Dork group on Ravelry!

  9. Pat says:

    My Budget isn’t big enough! Don’t you just love dogs?

  10. amanda says:

    I probably shouldn’t tell you that my mom has planted lettuce already… She got a portable “greenhouse” last fall and has it over one of her raised beds, protecting the early plantings. It’s actually attracted a bit of attention from the neighbors as they all want to know what it is!

    Enjoy the rest of your time in Texas!

  11. JelliDonut says:

    All the yarn is lovely but I’m crazy about that dog!

  12. Susan Gill says:

    Anne – you sound like you are having a wonderful time. Junebug has the life similar to my Chester and Prudence (both Jack Russels as well)! I am sure she loved your long walk!! Enjoy your family time and I look forward to your new patterns :)

  13. Susan says:

    Celena Lace is 100% Superwash Merino, 875 yards per 100 grams, and it will be listed on the site by Sunday! Thanks Anne!

  14. Brandi says:

    Your plants are beautiful …Still to cold here to put anything outside I plan on doing my indoor starters this week. Can’t wait to see the rest of your secret project.

  15. Sandy M. says:

    I’m glad you were able to visit with Wendee at Hazel Knits. I think her Artisian Sock yarn is a perfect companion to some of your great sock patterns. I have just finished a pair of Cinder Block socks in her Lochness colorway. Needless to say I cannot part with these. The stitch pattern and yarn were meant to be together. They feel like a roll of Charmin!!

  16. Beckie says:

    I love Junebug! She is a character!

    So glad you are able to rest a bit!

  17. Ann says:

    That’s a lot of gorgeous yarn! Your luggage must be overflowing with yarn & projects.

  18. lawyers says:

    It’s good for our eyes to see some color, esp. green this time of year.

  19. Susie says:

    Wait until you get home to see how bud-popping beautiful it has gotten while you’ve been gone! Can’t wait to touch and see all the new yarn!

  20. Jocelyn says:

    Look at all those beautiful yarns! It sounds to me like you won’t just have two main projects on the needles for long :) Hope you had a good adventure after posting :)

  21. Rani says:

    What a dog. So cute. I’d be right there with him on the couch.

    Those “easy to roses” almost makes me want to move to Texas…

  22. Angela says:

    So glad you liked the yarn! Can’t wait to see what you make with it! I had such a great time at camp. Hope to see you again soon!

  23. Mandy says:

    Love that Fleur de FIber yarn!! I have to admit that I’m a friend of the dyer, but I am also a LYSO and my customers have just raved about Angela’s work. I can’t wait to see what you do with it.