But there is MUCH better stuff going on.
First, an update on my spinning brain. I visited my friend's husband who is familiar with the Epley maneuver and although Joe did not think I was properly diagnosed, I have not had any dizzyness since then. So happily the world seems to be remaining upright again!
I am on my second week of my second set of summer holidays. It has been fairly relaxing (if you don't count last night's meeting and vote) - there has been a lot of knitting and today I finally sat down to spin for a bit. The Gem and I are still getting acquainted. I seem to either overspin or underspin and everytime I sit down it takes a good 10-15 minutes for this to stop - then I just overspin. Sigh. Hopefully we will reach some sort of negotiated settlement soon and since the wheel is inanimate and I am the thinking being I imagine it will involve me giving in somehow to the preferences of the wheel.
On the FO front - I whipped up a pair of Soft mittens from a gorgeous Fleece Artist kit I received as part of the Coffee Swap from Elizabeth (still no blog!!). The colourway is exclusive to Baadeck Yarns in Nova Scotia and makes me think of late September in Halifax. My ex-in-laws live in NS and I miss visiting there very very much! The kit comes with two skeins - one of Bluefaced Leicester and another of kid mohair that are knit together in a very simple mitten pattern. This is the first mohair I've touched that doesn't make me want to itch my skin off and I think this is going to be the warmest winter my hands have had in a long long time.
I adore knitting mittens. The Northern Lights were so much fun and so were these. I even had enough left over for a little pair of fingerless gloves that Madeline has declared are hers. I am very happy that I ordered the Selbuvotter book from Knit Picks and can't wait to play around with the colourwork patterns once I clear out some of my other WIPs. So without further ado...Alex modeling mittens and the fingerless gloves.
Finally - I totally neglected to mention the lovely stitch markers that Jeanne sent me a few weeks ago - we swapped these for some handdyed striping sock yarn I did up a while back.
I do not generally own fancy stitch markers - I usually end up with cheapo plastic markers - and tried using jump rings (argh! not a good option if knitting lace - consider yourself warned). I love these passionately and thank you so much for them Jeanne!!! I should mention that I think these come from Jeanne's friend Chris' etsy shop but I seem to have lost the business card that came with them...so Jeanne, if you read this, could you please put the link in the comments?? And correct me if I am wrong?
Last of all...the ever hungry Ava received her sweater and her mother kindly squeezed her into it for me...I suspect it will now become an very cute teddy bear sweater...
Behold Ava - wearing the Baby Sausage Casing Surprise Jacket (dubbed by her mother). Clearly another sweater will have to be knit - something that will last for more than 2.5 milliseconds...
Take it off her quick! I think she's going to blow!!!!