I've been so busy, but now I finally feel like I've got my life back -- at least for a while. I did have some time to play with my new wheel and fiber tonight, and you're getting treated to the first ever action shot of me spinning! It's rough going, but I feel like I'm figuring it out little by little, a bit more each time I use it. I was spinning the mixed navy blue wool that Vicki gave me last week. I know this is something I can eventually do well, I just have to keep at it -- and it's really not a chore, it's very relaxing, and I can see how much I'll love it once I get to point where I don't have to stop and start so much.
Also, even though I have previously proclaimed to hate socks, I decided to give them another go...and I'm liking it! I'm just doing a very very standard sock pattern, and turning the heel with the help of the Yarn Harlot's advice in her new book, Knitting Rules! (it has an EXCELLENT description of socks on page 136 -- kind of changed my sock-knitting life, as a matter of fact. Another good move on the guru's part -- she gave me the book!) But one of the most wonderful things about this particular pair of socks that I'm knitting, besides that they are being done with a new appreciation and understanding, is that I am using yarn hand dyed by my good friend the Yarnmonster, in her Avocado Fever colorway (is it uncool to link your own blog in your post? Ha!)!
Last thing -- and this is a pure rave -- I went to Columbus, OH last weekend (home of Susi's OSU Buckeyes, may they rest in peace for 2007) to see my friend Laura in the opera The Merry Widow. She played Valencienne, and was AWESOME, as expected. Beyond the opera, the highlight of our trip was dinner at Dragonfly with A Second Breakfast and her roommate, and our friends Emily & Brian. Dragonfly is a vegan restaurant, but I think you wouldn't know that if no one told you. The food was...was...orgasmic? No, no, that's not a strong enough word for the pleasure I felt when the first bite of braised trumpets SNAPPED in my mouth -- and no mushroom has ever done that to me before. The texture...taste...smell...oh my God, it was sensation heaven! The restaurant is very local, very natural, very unbelievable, and all the carnies with me left full and swore they'd be back. If you're ever in the general area of Columbus, like say in the same hemisphere, go here!!!