A beautiful sunny day today. Cold, but bright. Spring is here, I think. Mom and Dad and I went to my brother’s place in the country for brunch and to plan an Easter meal for next weekend. (I need a recipe for Boston steamed bread to go with baked beans. Anyone?) I’m not sure my father knows who I am and he’s having significant problems following conversations. ::sigh:: They don’t give you a manual for how to deal with yourself when you’re watching the decline of aging parents.
On the Wheel
Yup: more teal-coloured wool. (Someone dye me something in a different colour?) This is for a 2-stage dyeing experiment that I’ll write about more in future posts.
On the Needles
Weary of the Pink Puzzle Shawl in Kidsilk Haze – which I’m not enjoying knitting with – I decided to work the Feather and Fan Triangle Shawl from Cheryl Oberle’s “Folk Shawls”. I changed the colours from black and 2 greys to 3 browns, 2 of which are quite close. I think there’ll be more distinction when the thing is knitted up.
This uses the nice unspun Icelandic laceweight (plötulopi) from Schoolhouse Press. The darkest brown has a very crisp hand and feels compressed. Are they sizing these yarns at the mill to reduce their tendency to drift apart so they’re easier to work with? (Some of you might know that this yarn is really a length of unspun fiber and with no twist to stabilize it, prone to drifting apart when you’re working with it.)
For a while I toyed with frantically knitting a new sweater to wear to the Men’s Spring Knitting Retreat, but none of my ideas really inspired me. And I recall that last year at that time - and for the last couple of years, in fact - we were sitting with temperatures in the mid 80sF. No sweaters needed.
Vacation this year will, for financial reasons, need to be modest. Assuming the price of gas doesn’t sky-rocket (as is predicted), I’ve been thinking about taking a road trip with the destination being Threadbear Fiber Arts in Lansing Michigan. The store has a great reputation. Matt and Rob used to post to Techknit about their experiences with teaching classes. (This was when they were essentially running the business out of the basement of their home while holding down day jobs.)
Can anyone suggest other things to do along the way (must-sees in Lansing), and maybe some inexpensive lodging in Lansing?