Busy with my RV rambles this summer, I haven’t written much about spinning or knitting. It was enough to just keep busy. To keep my mind off Covid-19, other health concerns, finances, relationships, work and the future in general. Call it escaping, denial, or whatever you like. Everyone finds their own ways to cope.
I put in a lot of time this summer behind the wheel of my RV, which I find remarkably enjoyable. I love driving down the highway, listening to the radio and singing along. Fortunately, the dachshunds don’t seem to mind. 😉
🎵🎶🎵 “I got to keep rollin’ …
Those windshield wipers slappin’ out a tempo,
Keepin’ perfect rhythm with the song on the radio,
But I got to keep rollin’ …
Ooh, I’m drivin’ my life away, lookin’ for a better way for me
Ooh, I’m drivin’ my life away, lookin’ for a sunny day …” 🎵🎶🎵Song by Eddie Rabbitt
Have I mentioned I have a terrible singing voice? Alone in a big RV is about the only time I can really belt ‘em out. 🎵🎶🎵
I honestly haven’t done a lot of spinning since finishing my “Sky Blue Pink Turning Yellow in the Moonlight” yarn last spring. This colorful sport-weight, 3-ply yarn has yet to tell me what it wants to become, so it sits, skeined and resting, in a box in my bedroom – carefully stored out of cat AND dog reach.
Everyone knows that cats like to play with yarn … but dogs? Really? Who knew?
Remind me to regale you sometime with the story (from many years ago) of how our dachshund, Baxter (currently age 10, in spite of his antics), chewed up, destroyed and partially ingested an absolutely lovely skein of hand-spun, lace-weight Qiviut yarn. Seriously, if I hadn’t been so worried about him dying from swallowing the yarn – I might’ve just killed him myself! Ack!
But I digress …
This spring and summer, during my rambles, I did find plenty of time for knitting. I always do. It relaxes me and is the perfect accompaniment to a good Audible book.
I had fun working in fits and starts last May on a scarf out of some funky, bouncy, acrylic-mix yarn someone gifted me with. I’m hoping one of my grandchildren (or great-grands?) will decide the bulky-knit rainbow is a fun accent piece. We’ll see. At least it’s washable. 😉
Next, I knitted Jerry a charcoal-colored ribbed sock hat from Shetland wool I had in my stash. I’d include a photo, but he seems to have already managed to LOSE it. Sigh. Note to self; IF I knit him anything else, it will be very bright, primary colors! Again … Ack! (It’ll probably show up somewhere. Maybe I should check Baxter’s kennel?)
In the mood by mid-summer for knitting something that simply felt good in my hands, I went through my stash and found several skeins of a thoroughly luscious, 50% Alpaca, 50% Peruvian wool blend yarn.
I really like how the reversible pattern turned out – and it’s wonderfully soft. 💙 I think this is my favorite side. What do you think?
In fact, I enjoyed knitting this [admittedly simple] pattern so much, I pulled out a couple of skeins of the same alpaca blend in different colors and am working on (probably) a Christmas gift. 💜
I’m debating what project to start next … and a little bummed that I’ll likely be knitting it stationary, since my allotted travel time is, by necessity, coming to an end with the changing of the seasons.
Or maybe it’s time to set the spinning wheel back up and dream of next summer while I spin this winter’s yarn.