Hoo Wee! Remember all those days I have complained about how cold it is here in the Northwest? Well those days are long gone. We rarely have temps in the 90s and when we do "they" start talking about water rationing for lawns and washing cars ... like I wash my car. We actually turned on the air conditioner once we found the manual and learned how to change from heat to cool. As you probably gathered from our needing the manual we don't use the air conditioning very often. We've had 4 days in a row of over 90-degree temps. I now remember what true sweating is like. No complaints though.
On these hot days I hide out in the daylight basement office where I am usually building a fire ... well, the fireplace in the office. Nowadays I come down here to work and play where it is cool.
I haven't done a lot of stranded knitting but have always admired the look. Ravelry.com had some great tam pPatterns available (three tams) and I decided it was time to pull out the yarns and needles and give it a try. The patterns use over-dyed yarns instead of multiple colors to achieve the finished effect.
The pattern calls for 16" circulars, 24" circulars and double pointed needles to finish off the top. My 16" circs were being used with another project so I choose to make the hat using Clovers 7" double points. I am normally a tight knitter and have had to loosen up a LOT with this project. It's a great project for me as it makes me loosen up and read a graph.
These Pictures show the finished model I am working on and all three tam patterns. If hats are your thing you will love these sweet little things. Check them out on Ravelry.com. Search the Pattern section for "tams."
..............................UPDATE ON MY SPINNING.............................
I continue to work with the drop spindle and "spin" some yarn each night. As with all things practice works the kinks out of whatever you are doing ... most of the time. My first attempts were oooookay but I wanted better than okay and have been working to get my yarn down to sock weight. I'm thinking I have a better chance at a sock than a sweater as slow at producing finished product as I am.
I will continue to practice and hopefully will become faster while keeping the consistency. It's great fun and I do get lost in the process. I am wondering, though, if I need to try it on a wheel and see if I can product finished product faster.
Time will tell.
.......................................THINGS TO COME........................................
I am "playing" with the new items Clover will be introducing this fall at FALL QUILT MARKET trade show in Houston, TX, October 28th - November 1.
Can't tell you what they are just yet but quilters and especially appliquer's will love this new template. I have had so much fun working with it and find that it lends itself to many facets of crafting and needlework.
Keep checking to see what it is.
The sunshine is calling so I'm heading out to the deck to work on some models for these great new products. This is one view from my deck ...
As you can see by the brown pasture we have had a dry summer ... again, an unusual happening for this time of year.
There are beds of lavender planted below the deck and when the breeze blows through the plants the air is scented with the calming smell of lavender.
Hope your week is filled with love, family, friends and your favorite bit of needlework.