Say Hello to my beautiful new Nancy's Knit Knacks heavy duty ball winder, my chosen birthday present. With the recent tendonitus problem in my right hand, and my little old plastic ball winder having seen better days, I decided to look into electric winders. Well, they are few and far between, and all cost a mortgage payment. (A motorized base is available for this winder.) Reading the literature I saw that Nancy's winder operates with the forearm rather than the wrist. So I placed my order and in a few days had this beautiful handmade wooden winder, which is a joy to use and will last forever. My only quibble is that all yarn companies don't just pre-wind their skeins, so we wouldn't have to do the work in the first place.
I've started winding skeins in the stash just for fun.
By the way, the tendonitis was caused by the difficult-to-open-and-close flip bottle caps on my homebrewed kombucha bottles. Ironic since kombucha is a probiotic health drink. I've been going for physical therapy the past several weeks.
I finished the Swing Revival shawl. The body was knit in no time, but I swear the lace section took just as long, what with the miscounting and stitch dropping and ripping out 300+ stitch rows multiple times. The qiviut blend took it like a champ. The shawl ended up OK, but I don't know how to wear it so it looks right, so no modeled pics.. To me it seems designed upside down; it's strange that the top of the triangle is supposed to be at the neck, and that the lace is on the straight edge.
I am happy that I learned how to do German short rows, the easiest short rows I've encountered, as well as another stretchy bind off.
Here are the two latest blocks for the Guild's RI Afghan:
"Rhode Island Red"
The Berroco Modern Cotton is not ideal for an afghan. If I'd known, I would have chosen the same yarn I'm using to make a baby blanket for my niece's baby.
This is the Chevron Baby Blanket, and I'm using Berroco Weekend. The acrylic-cotton blend is more substantial and springy than Modern Cotton's rayon-cotton blend.
Daylily season came and went in a rush this year, at least in my yard.
I dropped out of my watercolor class, at least temporarily. I enjoy it, but don't feel I can give it enough attention right now. I signed up for OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at URI, and look forward to taking all kinds of classes and workshops on a myriad of topics.
Birthday supper last night with the kids at the new Shore Dinner Hall clam shack in Westerly.