At the moment it seems like there are a lot of things going on in my life besides living out my creative desires.
After our trip last summer, I started working on my American Citizenship. After lots of paperwork, fingerprinting and interviews and waiting I was sworn in, in December. One burden off my shoulders. I was lucky that my paperwork was worked on in the Charleston office, they are pretty fast. It only took 4 months to get everything done.
It still has not quite sunk in that I don’t have to carry around my Green Card and that I can fill out the citizen box now, that I can vote.
Then my oldest has graduated early and we are still trying to find our rhythm of our day to day lives. Hopefully the job hunting will be fruitful soon, so there will be some money in kiddos pocket before college starts.
Then I had my dry creek bed project. Finished that one. Still have to do all the mulching around that.
In the meantime I started another project. A herbal spiral.
It is not finished, I still have to work out some kinks and “glue” some cylinders in place with quick crete, so it will be a little more sturdy. Then fill it with dirt and soil. At the end I want to put a little pond with fish in it. Trying to find a little pond mold that doesn’t break the bank is quite a challenge. It will be not big, just so I can put a little solar panel in it, that it will keep the water moving, so the fish don’t die.
Right now it is a little bit too frosty to go outside and do anything. So my neighbors will have to look at this funny unfinished thing for a while.
And there is some knitting as well.
A few weeks ago I stumbled over a cute cat knitting pattern.
It is a double knit pattern. I tried double knit a few years back. Quite a learning curve. Because you knit the front and the backside of this scarf at the same time. Basically it is two knitted scarfs knitted at the same time, so you don’t have to sew them together, to have two pretty sides showing.
So I ordered some yarn, had to wait about a week before it got here. And then finally started yesterday.
I practised a little bit with some other yarn to get more comfortable with the chart reading and the whole color changing during the row without showing the wrong color thread on the other side. I made a few mistakes and had to find my own technique how to work with it. Figured it out and was anxiously awaiting my yarn delivery.
It finally got here and I could start after everyone had settled in for the evening.
It took me an hour to finish 6 double rows and it measured 2 cm. Wow, this scarf will be around 147 cm. You can do the math of how many hours I will be knitting on it until it is done.
So far I really like the look. I do have to concentrate on the knitting and I can’t do that while watching TV, like I usually do. When I knit socks or so I can watch TV and knit at the same time, I don’t have to watch my hands, they know what they are doing.
But with this, I have to change the thread with every stitch and have to pay attention to the pattern in each row, to change the color. I had my brain twisted a few times before I got a hang of it.
I will take some pictures of my progress. I made a video and posted it on FB, just so you can see how double knitting works and looks. You can watch it here. (https://www.facebook.com/handmadefuzzy/videos/378700332946170/)
Lisa Hanna Fox, who created this scarf also has a beautiful kitty blanket if you want to take a look.
I am also trying to finish a pair of bright colored socks for myself and a duster jacket with some wonderful soft mohair yarn that I received as a Christmas gift.
So you see I am not idle.
I am also waiting for this winter to hurry up, so I can get back into my yard and plant. As well as getting on with my spiral.