I am also looking forward to casting on a knitting project after two and a half months of spinning, monogamous crafter that I am. This afternoon I finished plying the second colorway of alpaca/silk singles I've spun since the start of the Tour de Fleece:
|That's 114g of yarn on my 35g myrtlewood Swan|
Now I'm free to cast on the first of two promised shawls for co-workers. First up, Romi's Terryknits Twist in chocolate and cream:
After that (hopefully quick knit), I'll tackle Romi's Simee Dimeh (which WON'T be a quick knit) in these yarns, which the giftee and I picked out at the LYS today after work:
Looking to next week, I'll be attending Brian's first varsity soccer game Monday night. To our surprise (since he's a freshman and a complete newbie to the sport), he's a starter! The weather will be ideal; we're enjoying warm (not hot) days and cool (not cold) evenings through mornings. Personally, I'm looking forward to a good, soaking rain to get our cool-season grass growing again, the arena footing firmed up, and the dust washed off everything; but until that happens, I'll keep watering the garden, enjoying the sky shows, and riding my horse through the woods:
In two and a half short weeks, Rick and I are taking a trip, just the two of us – I'm looking forward to that! He has a vet conference in Langley, British Columbia, and I'm going with. Years ago (probably 20+; gulp!), we went to Vancouver in December for a vet conference, and visited Victoria and Butchart Gardens while in the area. As beautiful as it was in the off-season all decorated for the holidays, I've said ever since that someday I want to see Butchart Gardens in the summer, including suggesting that it would make a nice anniversary trip – you know, since we've never done anything "big" for our anniversary in 32 years of marriage. But hey, I'll take it in September! We'll get a day together in the car to visit and enjoy the scenery, I'll get two days to explore around Langley and Vancouver while he's in meetings, we'll spend one day at Butchart Gardens/Victoria, and then have another day together driving home. Sounds perfect to me!
As soon as we get back, it will be high time to put this big boy
in with a couple lady friends! Sarai (below, in front) and Vienna (below, at the back) will join Blake in the "honeymoon suite" to make more beautiful lambs. I would love for Sarai to give me a black-based ewe lamb or two to join my little flock, but will take anything alive and healthy from her after this spring's unsuccessful lambing.
This pretty girl is two years old now and I would like to see some offspring from her, too, but I don't think that Blake is the best match. I'm investigating another possibility or two; I should know by October.
Then there are my two sweet musket girls, full sisters out of Vienna. I would like to put Nightcap over both of them; he's not getting any younger and should be a great cross, but he wouldn't be able to come home until November. That would be okay, since Babette is this year's lamb (although she's easily as big as Blaise and almost as big as Bree).
That's it for now from . . .