I'm so ready for it! For the past weeks my husband and I have been complaining how the lights in this house have turned so poor. Two months ago we upgraded the reading lights in our bedroom. When it is dark practically all day long you are doing your tasks and since three in the afternoon you have felt that it must be bedtime already and by checking your watch you finally can tell the time is right and you can crawl into your bed and then you turn on the reading lights... it's like the sun has come out all of a sudden and you should be up again. There is something very wrong here!
Either we'll upgrade the lights in the whole house or downgrade the reading lights...
Yesterday I was busy spinning the yarn for the shawl and I kept picking up the wheel and changing place every so often to find myself a nice well lit spot. In the end I thought about moving our bed to get the wheel under the bright lights in the bedroom. It beats me how they did it in the old times without electricity, spinning was one of the very important tasks women did during the dark winter months, apart from the Christmas weeks and all the spinning was to be done by the end of February, then there would be enough light to get the looms out and start weaving...
The wool for my new shawl is Shetland Wool Pin-Drafted Roving from BrambleWool Farm,
dark moorit from Pauline, light grey from Tilly, black from Bixby and moorit from Gillian. Natural white I bought from a different source while the other colors were a gift. Thank you Carol! So far I have spun Shetland and Blueface Leicester and Polwart and Polwart and Silk mixture quite successfully, tried to spin Merino which was not a success at all... due to lack of skill but the adventure will continue... This shawl is Blueface Leicester singles. The pattern is from The Knitters Spring 1998 Issue Faroese-style Lace by Myrna A.I. Stahman.
Before Faroese Lace I had done few The Flower Basket Shawls by Evelyn A. Clark in various colors in size small but with thicker yarns. The tile orange and the yellow shawl are knit with Satakieli while the white one was Handspun Shetland twoplied. The pattern is nice and delicate while my yarn choices here were too thick or at least I should have used a bigger size needle. But now I know it, not then...I did not knit a single row yesterday which makes my hands shake... I need to knit.
But before I will go out, fight this darkness and lit few candles... When it is pitch dark even one candle makes a big difference.