Olio: a miscellaneous collection of things.
The second Holiday Market was yesterday. It was biting cold when I got there to set up and it was noon before the sun came around enough to provide some warmth, never enough to remove my parka and hat, but I did finally remove my gloves. It was a great market and I did very well. It is the last event of the year for me. The market manager told me that I should bring my spinning wheel and sit and spin. It was too cold yesterday for me to even drop spindle until it warmed some. When someone shows interest in the knitwear or yarn, I always let them know that it is hand spun and the knitwear, hand knit by me. Two ladies were looking at the hats, sweater, and mitts when I told them that. One of the ladies turned to me and said “What do you mean hand spun?” Her companion said before I could answer, that it was spun on a spinning wheel. Lady #1’s eyes got big and she said to me, “You make the yarn and then make the hats?” She just couldn’t wrap her head around that idea even though I was standing behind my booth with a spinning drop spindle at the time and had knitting on the table.
The cold and wind when I had been fighting a cold for a couple days, left me totally voiceless today. The week has been very cold and several days of light snow.
The grands missed one day of school and had a 2 hour delay the following day because of the extreme cold. We drove across the state last weekend in the snow, but fortunately the roads were in decent shape. We delivered Christmas gifts to our youngest and his family and enjoyed a few hours of visit and a meal out.
When we got home last weekend, we went to one of the cut your own Christmas tree farms and got our tree for the year. It was put up in the stand and has been watered daily. I put the lights on it and we were waiting for the grands to be able to help us decorate it, but between school, their activities, preparing for and moving stuff from storage to their new house, it hadn’t happened. Since I am voiceless and a bit under the weather today, I built a fire, put on carols, and Jim and I put most of the ornaments on the tree, leaving a few for the kids to hang this evening.
That finishes the decorating for this year, now we sit back and enjoy it for a couple of weeks. Midweek, we made the Christmas dinner purchases as we will travel to visit eldest son and his family next weekend, coming home on Christmas eve.
I failed to photograph the third one, it was all pink.
Now I am working on a project for me, a Hitchhiker scarf, knit in a gradient merino commercial yarn that started with a soft salmon and has turned into a red, though several shades of reds to maroon.
I tend to knit blues and teals for myself, so it is fun using something brighter.
The cold and snow have the chooks on strike. Yesterday, there were only 2 eggs from 16 hens. One of the hens doesn’t seem to be a layer. Her body shape is more like a guinea hen, her neck longer and thin, and her comb and waddle pale. She otherwise seems healthy enough as far as activity. I haven’t seen any sign of parasite activity. And unlike her Welsummer sisters, she can’t fly over the fence. She may have to be culled from the coop. There are too many hens for my coop right now and the coop is requiring frequent cleaning when most winters I can just use the deep litter method of keeping them clean and warm.
Hoping you and yours have a wonderful holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.