I'm not giving up. The time will come when any wool glides easily and evenly through my fingers and I know how to spin different kinds of yarn. I would like to knit with my own yarn, but at the moment I'm more a process spinner... While washing the yarn I realized that I really haven't set myself goals to aim to, I spun the blue wool thinking hope this turns out ok so that I can maybe knit mittens or socks or something small... but not how the yarn should look like. Then I turned to my new Koigu (KPPPM). I like the crisp feeling of the yarn and the look, you can see the twist well. And there is lots of stretch. I unplied it a bit to see the singles... so next time I'll have some Koigu near by and compare my yarn to it. (One should have something to look up to, the goals are supposed to be high, right?)
Jaywalkers are finished. Maybe I could call them Snowalkers. They feel tight and nice. Here a pose by ballerina. Unfortunately even the high rate of pedaling the wheel doesn't produce slim legs like that...
I cast on socks with Koigu and Lantern Moon needles. First time for both. Am I on a path with no returning? I for now own one set of these top quality needles and should not get used to them...
I was tempted to start the Pacific Northwest Shawl but really since the Olympics are less than three weeks from today, there is not much sense in getting involved in something that big...
The temperature is only about -20 today, after last week that is not bad any more. When it is almost - 40 the air feels like a whip on your face, it hits you.
We are used to cold. It doesn't mean that we have grown winter hair to skin (that would be handy) and won't freeze. We freeze if don't have enough clothes on. Enough means multiple layers of clothes. Children go to school (they don't go skating or skiing or have any outdoor activities) and cold days are like any other ordinary days. Once during my life it has been so cold, that the schools were open but there were almost no children. Many of the buses and taxis were not running. It was I think the winter of 1995 and the temperature dropped close to - 50. The use of elecricity skyrocketed and it caused breaks in power supplies and that was very scary. We were lucky then.
Our houses are built to endure these cold snowy winters. Mostly our windows have three layers, the walls have good insulation and they are quite thick. The temperature inside is + 20 while it is outside - 30. Even though we are used to temperatures this low very cold days are tiring and hard.
I don't usually have big difficulties starting the engine of my War Horse but I keep her in the garage and have motor and inside heatings on for few hours before I have to go. - 40 can break your tires and the car is so frozen it doesn't seem to have any springs. I try to cut the driving into minimum.
So on a cold winter morning it is nice to have warm woollen socks... and hats and mittens and scarfs and long johns and cardigans and sweaters... Did I miss something?
PS. Did you check the link Susanna left in the comments... here the link again, was there something missing? http://www.nwkniterati.com/movabletype/MossyCottage/ .
PS. I was truly impressed of the amount of Finnish... You all used the words so well... Thank You!