Dyeing has begun here at HH Central. I love dyeing. It’s one of my favorite aspects of the business. Even more than that, I love when other people love the things I create. It’s been a fantastic week for both! I’ve had to order more laceweight because I sold so much of the first round. At the beginning of April I will be making another huge order, and (hopefully) will need more then. I also need to purchase some more superwash merino/tencel, because that stuff sells like hotcakes. I have about 8 oz left, and it’s destined to become some more “Poetic.”
My husband was watching me skein yarn the other day and after a few minutes asked me, “isn’t that hard on your back?” He was referring to the way I was hunched over the swift and skein winder, as my work surface is only hip high. I replied that it was, but that it was the best I could do with what I had. The very next day I had a beautiful new work station that suits my needs perfectly, along with a few other treasures:
The work bench is seven feet long, three feet high, and two feet deep. It’s tall enough so that I don’t have to lean over, long enough that I can have skein winder, swift, and ball winder all set up simultaneously, and deep enough that I can store things underneath without tripping over them. It is, in a words, awesomesauce. I also received a pair of shelves to hold my small bits and bobs as well as a tall set of 6 shelves to hold bigger items like my foam blocking mats and sewing machine. Because we now need it, I also received a screen half-door so I can keep the cats out while letting the heat in. This way I can be warm, but the cats won’t scratch my beautiful wood pieces to shreds. Soon my display racks will also be up in my craft room so I can comfortably store all of the yarns and fibers that need my attention (finished fibers/yarns go in plastic totes to protect them). It goes without saying that I am incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful and talented husband – I realize I’m spoiled.
Sunday was sunny, so I at last managed to photograph my Mountain Climber Mitts. I’m pleased with the pics, even though they are clearly not professionally done. You can see the mitts, the stitch pattern, and two different size hands wearing them, which was what I needed. Here’s a teaser:
The cowl I am going to reknit, this time with fewer ribs and possibly bigger needles. After blocking it, I’m not pleased with the drape and feel of the fabric. I also might do the next one out of Malabrigo Twist since I have some and it’s lovely and I want to play with it. It’ll distract me from my Girasole which I dug out of hibernation only to have it immediately upset me. I knit a row, then unknit it, then had to perform emergency surgery on it as my Knit Picks cable snapped and a bunch of stitches jumped off. They are sending me new cables, but I am still not happy. I have two repeats of chart G and the edging left. I really need to get this finished up!
That’s all that’s going on with me … what’s new with you?