Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Calm Before the Storm

Snow is supposed to be on the way but today is gloriously warm and sunny. At least, gloriously warm for January. I've been hurrying to get a bunch of things done before the weather changes. Bringing books and paper into the shop so that I won't have to go out onto the road if the snow really happens, getting a few groceries so I can nibble while I work and bringing in lots and lots of wood at the house.

So I've accomplished most of that, and suddenly I've been hit with a remarkable lack of initiative. All I want to do is lay down and take a nap. Possibly because I haven't been sleeping as well as usual the last few nights, or maybe it's because the weather really is going to change and it's triggering some latent need to hibernate. Whatever the reason, this lack of ambition is seriously cutting into my creative efforts at the moment. I really have so much I want to do, and there aren't enough hours in a day, even without a nap!

Speaking of creative, I had a wonderful opportunity last month to take a class with Merike Saarniit, knit designer and extraordinary teacher of all things Estonian knit. Wooly Jumper Yarns in Floyd hosted this local class and I learned amazing things. The fingerless mitt above is what we learned to make and they have become my constant companions since I finished the pair. They don't exactly match, but don't tell Merike!

What I'm spinning: Finished the East Friesian and haven't started another batch. Maybe some dyed Romney in my future
What I'm knittingTruly Tasha's Shawl by Nancy Bush
What I'm crochetingWinkle Vest by Tracy St. John
What I'm reading: Just finished the Trollope and haven't started another book. Weird. But there was a handspinner in La Vendee!
Current sounds & sights for spinning along: Craft-Lit podcast - Dracula
How the diet is going: Holding my own, getting lots of exercise

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