I woke up to an unusual sight this morning.  Sunshine.  Yep.  The big yellow burning thing in the sky has finally decided to show itself.  I am thrilled.  While it hasn't rained in the past three days, it's been very grey.

Thanksgiving here was good.  The food was good, the company was better.  At one point, there were three spinning wheels in my living room all whirring along at the same time.  I'd insert a photo here but I've lost them somewhere on the computer.  My old laptop automatically saved my photos to the same folder each time.  This setup does not and I closed the file before I moved them to the assigned folder and now they're lost somewhere among the electrons.  I'll wait till Pk comes home from his morning "rust hunt" at the flea market and see if he can help me find them.

In meantime, Em brought her wheel down with her and Kate brought hers down from her room and we all spun together for the first time.  It was cool. There was spinning and laughing and conversation.  Patrick wanted a photo of all three together and I managed to take a couple.

They left around 10:00.  Jim and Em had to work on Friday.  Pk and I sat around for a short time and then went to bed.  We were tired.  I figure we're getting old.  There was a time when we'd sit up till all hours.  Now, we're ready for bed by 9!

Yesterday was a 'pajama day'.  Clothes were donned but no one left the house and we did as little as we could get away with.  I made turkey soup with the carcass (and the stuffing inside the carcass and the left over gravy- I throw it all into a big pot after dinner.  The next day, I add water and simmer for a while and then strain it.  It makes a wonderful broth) and spun the last of the alpaca for Pk's sweater.  I hope it's enough.  I'm not experienced enough to judge but it looks like it might be.  It's beautiful and will make the kind of light drapey sweater he's looking for.  I've swatched it to see how it will look and I love the silvery grey color.  I'm going to use the generic sweater pattern from The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns by Nancy Bush.  The way she's set it up, it doesn't matter what weight of yarn you have, the numbers are all there.  For someone like me, that's just about perfect.

Today is laundry day and then Pk and I are going to the grocery store to get the fixin's for fruit cake.  Yes, fruit cake.  We love it and make our own every other year or so.  The recipe makes 4 loaf sized cakes and we wrap them in cheesecloth soaked in rum and put 2 in the freezer and eat one immediately and save one for Christmas.  This is a baking year since there are none in the freezer.  If Em and Kate are lucky, we'll give them each one to take to their own homes.   I have an enormous ceramic bowl (big enough to bathe a baby in) to mix it in.  With a dozen eggs and 8 cups of flour and all the other stuff, it's a stiff batter.  But it's sooooo good.  

Yay.  Pk came home and voila!  He found my photos and showed me where they are.  So, here's the spinning wheels.  That's Kate spinning on her wheel, Em's wheel is there on the right and mine is back by the window. 

And here is the alpaca (on the unmade bed) for the sweater.  I guess it technically qualifies as a fo.  I have finished the spinning part.  I don't have any other fo's around.  Since I have been flitting from project to project, nothing is getting finished.  I did finish a sock last night.  One monkey sock.  It's such an easy pattern to memorize that it's my mindless knitting.  I started the edging on the shawl (thank you Kate for remembering how we did it!) but that requires some attention.  There's no hurry since there's no deadline for any of this. 

Other than the spinning and knitting, the last few days have been lazy ones.  Today there's a little work to be done.  We have to move the walls of the pool out front to be taken away and Pk is going to clean up the yard.  I have some cleaning for the holidays to finish.  There are some lights to put up and some decorating to do but hey, there's 27 more days until christmas, right?  No hurry.


Roxie said…
What a magnificent memory - three wood women spinning and laughing together! Way to enjoy the day!
amy said…
Do you have a scale? You could weigh the yarn to give yourself some idea if you have enough. I can't remember if the book you have (I have it too) gives yarn estimates by weight as well as yards, but I have another book that does, precisely so one can estimate how much yarn to buy if one comes across a sale :)

We stayed home yesterday too, except for a trip to the library. And isn't the sun gorgeous??
Bells said…
thanksgiving sounds like such a wonderful festivity. I just love reading about it. Sometime I reckon I want to make a thanksgiving meal at the same time as you all, just to feel part of it.

And all the spinning wheels together! I love it!
Sheepish Annie said…
Sun here today, too! Yay!!! Also very lazy days, which have been wonderful. I'm sad to go back to work tomorrow. I don't think I've had nearly enough.

Plus I never got around to spinning! I envy you for being able to do that and with other spinners, no less.

Glad you had such a nice holiday. Enjoy the season!
Jeanne said…
Sounds like a wonderful holiday! I made broth today with my leftover turkey and it smelled so good!
Galad said…
Sounds like a great weekend!

Can't believe you have to finish Christmas cleaning cause I haven't even started!!!

Looking forward to seeing the sweater.
DPUTiger said…
Those "Knitters Handy Books" are great, aren't they? Glad your holiday was enjoyable!
It sounds like a lovely time. I love all the sitting and spinning. What a wonderful way to spend time with people you love.
Amy Lane said…
I lurve the post-holiday pajama days! (We call them 'days of vegetation!'

And I really love the three of you, spinning through a holiday. Lovely! (I've used that book before--love creating when the numbers are all there for me!)
kms said…
oh thanksgiving and spinning! what a perfect american image that evokes! so glad you had a nice time. and i must be getting old too cos im ready for bed at 9 most days lately!

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