So, I had three days off, no appreciable housework to do and no guests.
For a few minutes Friday morning, I honestly had no idea what to do with myself.
Then I remembered I had spinning to finish. So I queued up the Netflix and finally watched North and South (the BBC version, not the cheesy 80’s American one) while I plied my yarn. By the time the series ended (took me a while to get into it, but by the end I was fixated), I had finished a lovely yarn.
330 yards of fingering weight in a camel/silk blend. I wish you could feel this stuff. I swear to god, it’s softer than kitten fur. This was a test spin to see if I would like this for a post-surgery sweater. OMG I can’t wait until January when I can order my sweater quantity! I’m already knitting this up into a beaded cowl. Pictures as it develops.
Once that was done, I decided to take on another craft project. I had to run to the grocery store anyway, so I stopped at Lowes and got rubber grommets, dowels and teeny tiny cup hooks to do a proof of concept test for a twist on CD drop spindles. Not bad for a test.
These are far from finished. I need to shape the dowels into something more attractive and at least wax them, if not stain them. I also want to glue the CDs together for stability and glue them into the grommet, and glue the grommet to the dowel. But I did try spinning with these, and was pleasantly surprised to find that while they’re a tad heavy (1.5 oz on the poplar shaft and 1.75 on the oak shaft), they spin fast and balanced and for a long time, all the way to the floor while I’m standing. And even though I was spinning for a fingering weight single, it didn’t break the thread even with the weight. They should get a little lighter as I shape the dowels, but in general I’m really pleased.
I took a break for dinner and invented a recipe. Sweet Potato Salmon Patties. I used the leftover sweet potatoes from Thanksgiving that I made from this recipe (which was EXCELLENT and which I will definitely make again). For each cup of potatoes (I used 2), I added one large can of salmon and one cup of breadcrumbs. You could use dried, but I threw some of the leftover rolls in the food processor and made fresh. Add an egg and salt and pepper to taste. If you have plain old mashed sweet potatoes, you could also add some garlic powder or any other seasoning that floats your boat. Mix it together by hand and shape it into 4 patties, then fry them up in a little nonstick spray (or butter if you’re decadent) on medium heat, and voila. These tasted great and were VERY filling. And used up most of the leftover sweet potatoes. Yay!
After that, I got on the computer to work on another art project. See, I’m getting to the point where I want to open an Etsy store, but I need product. The drop spindles will be one of the items. I love that they’re done label side out, so you can buy one that reflects your personality. I’m going to comb thrift stores and yard sales for CDs with interesting labels from now on. But I need a logo for the store, and I want to sell labels and tags as well as some other paper goods, like project pages for knitting or spinning project binders. I know I want my logo to be based on the paisley shape, but I wanted a personal one, so I started drawing my own. I scanned the version I’d been working on into Photoshop and started playing with it, drawing shapes, building using existing shapes, and learning how to path text. I ended up with this:
I’m very pleased with it (although I think I may need to redraw the pentacle). And I think I’m going to do the labels/tags with different quotes in the text paths when I put them up for sale. So I’m excited about that!
Unfortunately, the rest of the weekend wasn’t as artsy as Friday. Saturday I had to take Morgan into the city so he could do an assignment for his art history class, which wasn’t so bad, as it meant I got to spend an hour or so at Nikki’s (and she got to try the drop spindle. She approved). Then home to try a new recipe, Lasagna Rollups. The idea was a thumbs up from everyone, although Hero wasn’t crazy about the spinach. Sunday wasn’t much better. I planned to spend the whole day in front of the TV knitting, but then the DVD/VCR player died, and since it was still Black Whatever, I figured I’d hit Best Buy and get a cheap replacement, plus I’d been needing to replace Hero’s lost phone. So we risked Best Buy, which wasn’t horrible. The first time. But then we got home, and I found out that the Blu-Ray player I’d gotten for $50 was the wired kind, not the wireless, so I had to take it back. Finally got that up and running (thankfully I’d been smart enough to buy an HDMI cable when we were there the first time), and it is pretty sweet. I can stream everything right from the player. Except DropBox. But I think I figured out how to stream stuff to it from my computer, so we’ll see. And then I realized that Virgin and Verizon phones have almost exactly the same packaging, and of course I’d gotten the wrong one, so back we went to swap THAT. I’m so sick of Best Buy right now. Got home and made another batch of cinnamon rolls and the one and only batch of turkey noodle soup (which was fabulous!), packed up all the remaining leftovers and said farewell to Thanksgiving and a hearty hello to Christmas.
Christmas? Already? Yeah, I know, my usual rule is no decorating before my birthday on the 17th, but we were out, and I’d just gotten paid. I’d complained to Hero on our way home from BB that no one local was selling trees yet this year, and she suggested we go by the church that usually does tree sales. I hadn’t seen any signs, so I doubted they would, but we went to check, and sure enough, this was their first day selling them. For $30, we got a lovely 5 foot Douglas fir that was just cut three days before so it still smelled magnificent. We set it right up in the living room so it could settle in, have a good drink and start making the house smell like Christmas. The kids and I did the lights last night, and we’ll poke at decorating as they have time this week. No pressure, just a relaxed easing into the holiday. It’s so easy to do when the house is clean. Doesn’t feel overwhelming. For the first time in a long time, I’m looking forward to it!