Friday, February 18, 2011

Losing motivation

I seem to be in a bit of a slump.  I'm busy working on several things, but not very enthusiastically.  It may be the weather.  The rain and cold have returned and the house is cold.  We heat with a wood stove and it keeps the family room/kitchen area warm.  My yarn areas are far from the heat source so I have to assemble my projects and bring them into the warmth.  When it is cold it all seems to be a bit too much trouble, so I have been spinning and listening to  a couple of James Patterson's Alex Cross detective novels.
I saw a shawlette on Ravelry that appealed to me so I made it this last week.  I used a pair of sock blanks that I dyed at dye day at Sue Flynn's last year.  I had a bunch of the blanks and I gave some away for others to dye and use.  I knitted straight from the blank as I unravelled it and the kinky yarn makes the shawl look odd.  I need to take before blocking and after blocking pics.
My granddaughter Natalie came over yesterday for the afternoon.  She was home from school because of snow.  I went over and picked her up and before we were a mile from her house she had already decided the order of events for the afternoon.  We made chocolate chip cookies, then made popcorn, then watched Chicken Run.  After that she went outside with Nutmeg, the female corgi, and played in the rain and mud.  When Nutmeg stopped doing what Natalie wanted she was returned to the house and Dylan, the other corgi, was pressed into service and he got to be dragged around in the rain.  When Natalie got cold enough she came in and we made cocoa and watched Toy Story 3.  We then went to the barn and put the sheep away and fed the horses and llamas.  Then her dad came and picked her up.  A fun time was had by all (except the corgis - they hate the rain).
Sarah told me a funny Natalie story.   As dinner was served, Natalie gave the blessing :  "God, please don't let this food be poison because it sure looks like it is!"  This child cracks me up!


  1. Wet dogs, mud and poison dinners! Poor neglected child.

  2. We heat with wood too - it's such wonderful heat - but it's the dining and our bedroom that are so cold. My studio is on the second floor and it open to the great room so it's always toasty - lucky me!

    And I'm one of the sock blank recipients. I knitted a pair of socks for my neighbor Mim who has a herd of 40 sheep and needed wool socks, so I got the fun of dyeing and knitting them without having to stuff yet another pair in my over-full sock drawer. Thanks from both of us!!