I was sitting at the kitchen table having lunch.  The sun was coming through the window, making me squint so that I turned to face away.   It warmed my shoulders despite the cold temps and  I started thinking about how very fortunate I am.  There have been a lot of posts on gratitude recently.  The time of year has a lot to do with it..  resolutions, taking stock, looking back and looking forward.  This is a bit about all of that and one other thing.  Attitude.  A friend sent this quote to me over the holidays.   I don't particularly care about the way it is written, but there is an obvious wisdom to it.  It's a good reminder.   No one is responsible for making another happy.  Contribute, of course, but each one of us must set out to be happy, to make it better.  So there it is, my lunchtime meditation.  Attitude. Gratitude. 



They say a blizzard is coming..  



step 1


When I decide to begin a new project, the first place I go to is my stash.  Like many of my friends and accomplices, there is enough stored away to keep me busy for a very very long time.  Usually, hopefully, I can locate what I'm after.  Not always. It's generally best to go hunting with an open mind, as in the picture above. I had no idea what I was after when I searched this time. The lovely dark chocolate is a Romney/ Border Leicester that is all that's left from, if I believe the receipt found in the bag with it, a 12 lb purchase at Rhinebeck in 2007.  And, if I remember correctly, half went to a friend, another 2 lbs was spun and knit into a sweater years ago, and the last (I think) of it, about 24 oz. was carded with 8oz of that dark blue blend merino a few weeks ago.




Okay, New England! Time to get your feeders cleaned and filled. The hummingbirds are working their way up the coast.

I don't usually see them before the end of April, first week of May. But, once, only once, I saw them on the 23rd.

Here's the recipe:
1 part sugar
4 parts water

Heat to a boil, or until the sugar is completely dissolved. No red dye!



I took a (very) little break after last weekend's fiber festival to do a little plying. Stolen time, and I know it.  This blend has been a pleasure to spin.  



1120 yd.  - 3 ply

alpaca / merino / border leicester / silk and other various carded ends


One more break and I'll fill the last bobbin.  This will be another pullover.  Probably a raglan. Maybe a cable. I'm working on it.

Checking the list

The first of Ball and Skein's spring show triad is this weekend's Connecticut Sheep & Wool Festival.  


Sometime before noon today I finished rewinding and labeling the yarn for this show. It's boxed and ready.  I've got to figure out a few things for the display. Signs need to be printed.  An unfinished sample is waiting next to my chair.  Such a damp, raw day.  I can't think of a better excuse to sit with my knitting, some popcorn and beer and watch an afternoon movie.  Got to get it finished.