Quiet Day, Unseasonable Weather

We spent a quiet day at home for our wedding anniversary, house open, temps in the 70’s and sun shining all day. Tomorrow will be a repeat according to the local weather report. I figure there is cooler weather and moisture headed our way.

Brad drove in to get lunch for the both of us from Culver’s in Denison. The chicken tenders and crinkle cut fries were awesome. Brad enjoyed their chicken sandwich and onion rings. He spent some time in his shop, puttering around and enjoying being able to find what he wants when he needs it after all that hard work of cleaning and organizing.

I spent most of the day reading and finishing one more cone of cotton yarn. I now have ten new dishcloths for the kitchen, four for one bath and three for the other, and I’ve started working on another partial cone that should give me three more washcloths. When I get around to warping the loom I’ll choose a solid with coordinating variegated yarn for the warp and use more solid for the weft to weave some table runners. If my recollection is correct, the last time I used an eight-dent reed for my table runner and warped for eighteen inches. I’ll measure the one on the desk in the living room to make sure.

I downloaded American Assassin on my Kobo for when I am tired of reading Cat Who novels. Brad is re-reading Total Power that we picked up in hardback at the local bookstore.

I used to make regular trips to bookstores to browse the knitting book sections, but I haven’t done that in years now. I went through my library and gave a couple of stacks of books to Audrey for her and the girls to use in their knitting projects. When I need a pattern and can’t find anything in my downloads I do an online search to find what I like instead of buying books full of patterns I probably won’t use.

I don’t need more patterns for socks or hats, I’ve memorized my favorite patterns and knit more of what I like when I need something. The last pattern I bought was for the top-down pullover I knitted at the end of December. I’d like to knit another one in fingering yarn instead of worsted but that is for later in the year. I found it online from a German designer. There are so many interesting things to be found online that don’t require using Ravelry. I still have several patterns that I purchased when I was a member, but the last time I looked to see what they had to offer I was disappointed. I’m no longer using their site, for various reasons, and I think a lot of it is simply that my taste has changed over the years and I’ve discovered the things that work for me.

I like socks, hats, scarves, shawls, pullovers and throws. Simple patterns are more to my taste and can be changed up with choices of yarn and stitch patterns. I’m fond of garter stitch and lace knitting. I’ve done cable knitting and brioche. It’s good to learn new techniques but I think I’ve about exhausted my interest in that area.

It’s time to hit the shower and get ready for bed. I pray you’ve all had as wonderful a day as Brad and I have. God bless and sleep well, ya’ll.

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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