Weekly WIPs

A day off and an audiobook, and I am soo close to finishing this green blanket.

The green monster, six of seven repeats finished.

Also, in preparation of Tour de Fleece, I’ve reached a stopping point on the spinning projects I’ve been working on.

Plied yarn and singles, Coopworth fiber.

On the big spindle is three-ply yarn ready to be finished when I get home, and the smaller spindle is as full of singles as I wanted to make it.  I’ll wind the singles off of it this week so I can start my TdF project on Saturday.

For anyone else out there looking to start spinning, I’ve been learning from Respect the Spindle (and the author Abby Franquemont’s youtube videos) and Spinning the Old Way (apparently only available as an ebook). I would recommend both of them.



I’m in Athens, Georgia for most of this summer, working as an instructor for a summer camp for gifted kids.  I’ve never done anything like this before, and by the time I get back to my dorm room (!) for the day I am utterly spent. As someone who had never worked with minors before and never went to summer camp, I had no idea how much work goes into these things. I got more training to teach at a three-week summer camp than I got before teaching university courses.

My crafty time is limited, but I have been knitting and/or spinning some every night – probably a bit more than I should be, but after overseeing a room full of inquisitive fourteen-year-olds for seven hours, this introvert needs alone time  more than she needs new friends. The green blanket of doom looks about the same, but I’ve made noticeable progress on these double-knit mittens (crappy phone pics, sorry):

Double-knit mitten in progress

The same mitten, inside-out

And I have been trying to fit in some exercise too by taking longs walks around this beautiful and hellaciously hot University of Georgia campus.  I’m really enjoying the gardenias growing outdoors, in Ohio they are a houseplant and finicky ones at that.

Partially open gardenia flower

Other than that I’m gearing up for the Tour de Fleece and Thing Which May or May Not Be Called Ravelympics.

Hope the summer is treating you well where you are!


Butterflies and Cables

I am still slogging away at the same green cabled blanket.  I’m hoping another week or so of devoted effort will get this sucker done.

A green monster

Blanket knitting is poor blog fodder. I think I’m the only person who can tell that it’s any bigger after working on it for a week.

Meanwhile, my delightful bf and I went to the annual butterfly show at the Krohn Conservatory.  The conservatory is one of my favorite places in Cincinnati at any time of year, but I’ve never been to the butterfly show because of the crowds and costs, and quite frankly I wasn’t sure how exciting a bunch of bugs would really be.

We actually really enjoyed it, and it was a lot cheaper than I thought – only $5 after a coupon we picked up at a UDF. It was warm, so the butterflies were active and hard to photograph, but I got a few pics:

I think my favorite butterfly variety was this one, it looks positively wicked:

We saw the rest of the conservatory as well.  I have been thoroughly spoiled by the Singapore National Orchid Garden (and simply living in the tropics), but I can still enjoy the orchid room here in Cincinnati, which is much the same as it was when my mother first took me there twenty years ago.

This is an interesting color combo. Future use in a hat perhaps?