Well, the lure of the Golding’s beautiful fiber tools proved too irresistible to pass up. Both Tom and Diane were delightful to communicate with and the shipment was amazingly fast, especially considering that I made a special order. Remember the coveted sock-in-progress case? Tom was able to convert one of their sock needle cases to a sock-in-progress case. It’s lovely, sturdy and hopefully it will save the more delicate and pricey needles often broken while traveling to and from work.
The next one I order will be in a larger size with a larger slot to accommodate a “manly” sized sock.
And the Tsunami Spindle? It practically spins itself. Work and other commitments are all that have prevented me from turning this pile of assorted fibers into yarn. The larger pile on the left is a combination of Tussah Silk and Baby Camel. It’s very soft, but the fibers are pretty slick. I’m hoping to make a two plied, worsted weight yarn for a hat from this.
Last night while watering my
poor, neglected weed patch garden I noticed the first strawberries had ripened. They were yummy! Our pantry is sorely lacking in jams and jellies right now, but fruit will have to be purchased this year before more can be made. I doubt that these new plants will produce enough this first year for preserving.
I completed the tank top, tried it on and was seriously displeased. Today I’ll unsew it (damn it, this was one of my best finishing jobs and the ends are really hard to find and rip out) then frog back the front down to below the chest and start again.
In other news we’re back into that automobile purgatory. Impressing the neighbors and driving the newest, most expensive cars have never been considerations for us. We typically buy something and pay it off immediately (last time we sold some stock) and then drive it until the wheels fall off. This time around we really don’t have any stocks, etc. that we feel comfortable parting with. Last year’s 7 months of unemployment is still wreaking havoc as we try and recuperate. Anyway, the dilemma is this; our old van is in the shop… again. We just spent a fortune replacing the transmission in January. This go-around will be about $1,000. We know it’s probably reaching that “wheels falling off” point, but we don’t want a car payment. Then again, if the repair bills are costing $4000 to $5000 a year should we just bite that proverbial bullet and buy a replacement? I detest everything about car shopping. If we do decide to buy a replacement then that means we just put in a new transmission for nothing because the
slime bags car dealers/salesmen are never going to give a trade-in allotment even worth the recent repairs. I’m a terrible negotiator. And the DH’s car is looking like it will soon follow suit. Enough whining. Hope you all have a fabulous weekend.