We're in the middle of a 4 day weekend here in Hobart. It was a public holiday yesterday for Show Day and today the School decided to schedule its Pupil Free Day to allow us all to have an extra long weekend. How very sensible! The Pianoman has taken the day off work so we're all happy campers here. Of course the weather has been atrocious these past 2 days but that just gave us the excuse we needed to bunker down indoors and relax, drink hot chocolate and watch movies. The Pianoman has been a bit more productive than us, painting the living room walls and putting the skirting back after finishing the new floors. He did a great job with the floors which I'll show you soon.
I managed to finish off another little baby knit. After my last Jumper I really wanted something that the baby could wear straight away so I googled 'knitted newborn baby vest' and came across the gorgeous Pebble (Henry's Cobblestone-inspired Manly Baby Vest). It is basically knitted in one piece that opens out flat with buttons on the side. It is teeny tiny and I absolutely loved knitting it. I used the Rowan Felted Tweed again and was grateful for the nice lady at The Wool Shop who happily exchanged my leftover skein of blue with this more neutral colour. This Vest is actually super popular - Soulemama has recently finished another one.
I had some leftover yarn so I knitted up the Aviatrix bonnet to match, ravelled here. How gorgeous is the design? The words "seamless and knitted flat" were music to my ears and I just want to knit another 10 of them in all different colours and sizes. I probably will. I need to learn how to knit in the round but with time a-ticking I needed some instant gratification. This free pattern comes in multiple sizes as well as instructions for different yarn weights.
Your comments on my Little Woolly Jumpers Post really got me thinking. Wouldn't it be fabulous to knit something from Rocco and Lulu's fleece, which is getting woollier and lovelier by the day. Curiosity got the better of me and I started googling 'spinning wheels' and would you believe there was one being auctioned at the local auction house the very next day. I look at the catalogue every week and have never seen a spinning wheel there before. I couldn't let this classic case of serendipity pass me by. There was no time to inspect it and no photo of it online so without even knowing how much it would be worth I put an maximum online bid of $50 on it and found out that afternoon I was the winning bidder. Destiny!
And here it is sitting in the living room. The fact that I have no idea how to spin fleece or work the wheel seemed irrelevant at the time. I was excited by the possibilities. However, there just so happens to be a Handweavers, Spinners and Dyers Guild of Tasmania that have regular 'gatherings' and have welcomed me aboard to show me the ropes. In all that spare time I have :-). So, intended or not, thank you very much for putting this idea into my mind. Who knows, maybe I will be able to convince The Pianoman that we 'need' an Alpaca to subsidise my yarn obsession :-)
Does anyone have any experience with spinning?
Finally, I am very excited about tomorrow as the super talented photographer Tim Coulson will be coming to our little Island for one of his Nursery Workshops which I will be attending. I purchased my first DSLR 4 years ago when the twins were born and have not taken it off auto ever. The 4 million-page manual on how to use my Canon has been sitting there waiting for me to find the time and inclination to go through it. That is how busy life with the 4 smalls has been for me these last 4 years. So, with 30 sleeps until life becomes a whole lot busier again, I thought this course was perfect timing. Tim has been travelling around the country with his workshops - has anyone attended? Anyone coming along tomorrow?
Anyway, wishing you all have a fabulous weekend wherever you are!