I think I'm feeling better

If there's anything I hate more than a cold it would have to be a cold that knocks you on your butt for a couple of weeks, let's you feel mostly human for a couple of days (read: better), and then knocks you back down again for another week while that annoying kid Nelson from The Simpsons' voice reverberates in your head with, "ha! ha!".

But it's not like I was bitter or anything.

After such a brutal cold my most pressing concern was regaining some productivity. I like to be busy dammit! Besides, I'm almost through season 6 of Numb3ers on Netflix and I think my projects were starting to suffer...

Oh but this week my lovelies! The mojo is back! School runs, coffee with some of the other moms, hoovered the flat, folded laundry, cleaned kitchen (for the record, I feel like all I ever do is clean the kitchen), filed paperwork, did some freelance work, attended the building inspection for some minor repairs that are upcoming in our flat, worked on the sooper-sekrit-project, and so on.

Since I was feeling so jazzed about everything else moving forward (however incrementally), I moved on to the creative stuff. GlennaC wrote a great post recently that really resonated with me. It was about working on multiple projects at the same time and how when you're doing so and trying to make progress on all of them, the progress is usually quite minimal that you don't always see it. (Give it a read, the rest of her blog is uber fabulous too!).

Case in point? The following three projects. Super sped up for you with pics!

There's been spinning:

 I finished spinning that second bobbin of the awesomely delicious Hello Yarn fibre.

I finished spinning that second bobbin of the awesomely delicious Hello Yarn fibre.

   Then I decided to ply those two bobbins together!

Then I decided to ply those two bobbins together!

And knitting:

 The intarsia dinosaur is now complete and I'm rushing to get the front of the sweater finished so I can move on to the sleeves.

The intarsia dinosaur is now complete and I'm rushing to get the front of the sweater finished so I can move on to the sleeves.

And even felting:

Wove in the ends on the Bedouin Bag (ignore the knots, since I knew this was being felted I didn't use the most elegant of joins when adding a new skein).

Wove in the ends on the Bedouin Bag (ignore the knots, since I knew this was being felted I didn't use the most elegant of joins when adding a new skein).

 Since I have a front-load washing machine, felting works a little bit differently for me. I have to soak the project in boiling water for about 10 minutes before gently wringing it out and then putting it in a zippered pillowcase in the dryer to felt.

Since I have a front-load washing machine, felting works a little bit differently for me. I have to soak the project in boiling water for about 10 minutes before gently wringing it out and then putting it in a zippered pillowcase in the dryer to felt.

Voila! Felted! And drying while I try to keep it shaped somewhat. It's still pretty big - I'm glad I only made the small!

Voila! Felted! And drying while I try to keep it shaped somewhat. It's still pretty big - I'm glad I only made the small!

It's been fun, and awesome and I'm so happy to be back in the thick of things again.

Now if I could just extend that feeling to making it back to the gym...

A watched pot never boils...

... but you MUST watch the dryer when felting your knitting on purpose!

Pattern:  Lipstick and Change  by Nora J. Bellows Yarn: Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd's Wool Worsted (in Lime Green) Yardage (for the Pre-Process Stashdown 2013): 93 yards Click the photo to link to my Ravelry project notes

Pattern: Lipstick and Change by Nora J. Bellows
Yarn: Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd's Wool Worsted (in Lime Green)
Yardage (for the Pre-Process Stashdown 2013): 93 yards
Click the photo to link to my Ravelry project notes

Just a quick post since I've got tons on the go today, but I did mean to show this off yesterday and completely forgot! (Why yes, I was totally absorbed in my knitting, why do you ask?)

Some quick facts about this fun project:

  • It's fast. I completed the whole thing in 9 days. But I'm a pokey knitter and have a 5-year-old. You could probably do it way faster than that, like in a weekend.
  • Everything you need comes in kit (except the lock and key charm, which can be purchased separately).
  • There's enough yarn in the kit to make two purses (if you felt inclined and also bought additional hardware).
  • The instructions are very clear - I also really appreciated the inclusion of alternative felting instructions (using your dryer) for if you have a front-load washing machine.
  • I have a really, REALLY hot dryer. I think I burnt the palms of my hands a couple of times checking to see if the little sucker had shrunk in size at all.
  • There's a really terrific step-by-step tutorial (with photos!) on the designer's blog to walk you through the finishing.
  • Felting could be addictive. I now have the pattern and hardware for another project by the same designer. Still debating colour choices on yarn.

I'm at home today waiting for a delivery so it's the perfect opportunity to get some work done, and some knitting!