The last few days have brought some knitting goodies into our house. I won a prize in Nancy's contest over at Days Go By. She sent me a package that had this wonderful sticker in it. It's probably a dragon but we here in the Garden State know it's really the Jersey Devil (it says "Ever wonder why some yarns are flame retardant?"). There were some seasonally appropriate stitch markers. I only have plastic ones so these are my first fancy ones and I love them. Oh, and some yarn. Isn't it beautiful? The colors remind me of the ocean as it's supposed to look. You know, how it looks in the Carribean? Thanks, Nancy. You give good prizes.
Over the weekend, Em took Peter Kevin and I to lunch for his birthday. We had some delicious Chinese food and then Kate, Em and I went to Woolbearers. I bought some sock yarn for me. It's their own yarn and the colorway is mahogany.
Kate and Emily bought some roving to use with their spindles. (edited to add: Emily bought two bags of undyed merino roving and gave one to me). When we got home, Kate was showing me how she spins with the spindle. I felt an intense desire to try it, too. So, what to do? I went to Peter Kevin, showed him Kate's spindle and said "Can you make me one of these?" And he did. This is my spindle made from parts from the hobby store. Kate gave me some roving from the bump I gave her for Christmas and this is my first yarn. It is uneven and I am not used to the rhythmn of the process yet but it's fun. I look forward to someday owning a wheel but for now, this is entertaining. I can picture groups of women sitting around talking while the children play, spinning the spindles to make the yarn to make the clothing. I feel like part of a tradition. It feels good.
And I bought some blocking wires. The shawl is in the last stages. I have some of the white to finish in the middle and then I want to put the edging on the top to finish it off more neatly. I am so excited to finish it. PK bought the wood and the brads to build the blocking frame. Although I might have to wait a while since he just got a work bonus and used it to upgrade his computer. I guess he should get the chance to play with his toys, too.