I keep waiting for things to slow down, and they keep not slowing down. The good news is that it's different craziness, instead of more of them same. (At least, I think that's good news.) Younger Daughter is still in school - today's her last day - and I've been going in to work to finish packing up my office. But today is her last day, and as of Tuesday my office is packed (to the tune of six full boxes of shredding, two huge blue recycling bins full of old readers and paper, and twenty boxes of books and files), so things are finally starting to feel like summer. We're even getting (quiet as it's kept) sun in the afternoon. Hooray!
In all of that, there hasn't been as much knitting time as I'd like, but last weekend, on Father's Day, Younger Daughter had a feis to go to, which means plenty of knitting time for me while waiting for her dances to come up. She has to do some sitting and waiting, too, which is hard when in full regalia, including warm dress and wig.
During all the waiting, I finally finished the Rivendell socks, knitted out of my very own handspun, three-ply, sock yarn. Hooray!
Here's where Ravelry is so lovely. By the time these were finished, I'd completely forgotten where I got the fiber for the yarn, or even what kind of fiber it is. But Ravelry knows all! It's a superwash Blue-Faced Leister from the Sincere Sheep, bought at the Dixon Fiber Festival last October. Spun on my Lendrum, three-ply. Knitted on size one needles, in size small.
But my favorite part? It has to be these little droopy leaves, and the way they transition into the little travelling stitch motif. Love them.
I have been spindling plenty (the wheels still sit, sad and lonely, though), and the second round of spinning classes started last night (each round is two sessions). Everyone was spinning by the end of the night, and I'd bet money that a couple of them will be past the park and draft stage by next week. The best bit was that a student from the last session dropped off a hat that she'd knitted out of her handspun at the store - it's beautiful! And I got to show the students in this class what someone can do with two and a half weeks of spinning experience. I'll try to remember to bring my camera for a picture next week. Most of what I've been spinning is little bits of things for class, but I have also been working steadily on the silk/cashmere stuff I've had tucked away for ages. I'm using my new Golding, and getting a very fine singles from it. I think that as a two-ply, once it's bloomed (and judging by the last batch I spun, this'll bloom a lot in the wash), it's going to be a very nice lace-weight yarn.
Meanwhile, now that school is out and the office is packed, I've been indulging myself in lots of time spent (finally!) learning Spanish with the Rosetta Stone package that we got last year. We have Level 1, and I'm determined to work my way through it in the next week or so, and then to spend the summer trying to actually use what I've learned. Meanwhile, I'm talking to myself in "Spanish" as often as I can (I find that I have to use the verb "to drive" quite a lot as I schlep the kids hither and yon); the only way to learn a language is to use it, even if I'm just talking to myself.