What I did this summer...
by Joanne Seiff
Among other things, I spent hours outside in our front yard as my boys dug in the sandbox, in the dirt, in the garden, played and argued. Usually, I knit or spin on a spindle to keep from killing anybody, due to unnecessary sibling arguments or sheer boredom...I need to be close by in case of disasters.
This year, I tried something new and attempted a big project. I wound 2 plies of handspun alpaca-silk singles (yarn) and 1 ply of handspun merino wool together into a ball on my nostepinde. (that long black wooden thing in the photo) I then used the nostepinde as a distaff, by tucking it under one arm. (usually my left, mainly by using my armpit) Then, I used that turkish spindle in the photo, and starting and stopping all summer, I made a big ball of three ply yarn. I skeined it up and measured it recently. It's about 110 yards of three-ply...all spun on a spindle.
I also knit a new sample for my Turkish Lace Camisole pattern. I used Rowan Pure Linen, and I suspect I'll get good use out of this version! Of course, I finished it right before Labor Day, and it is already beginning to get cool here...there's always next year.
I spent many hours on adventures with my twins, who told me firmly that their favorite parts of summer were spending time at the wading pool and with Mommy and Daddy. So, this summer, we went on lots of trips..including to the Aviation museum, the Firetruck Museum, the Railway museum, the zoo, the Assiniboine Park Conservatory, the gardens, the Forks, and of course, several different city wading pools and their adjacent sandboxes.
Finally, while I dangled my feet in the wading pool a fair bit, I also continued writing, creating knitting designs, and freelancing where I could by staying up late, writing through naptime, and using PBS on occasion. (we love some Curious George, Sesame Street and Clifford around here...)
(I'm SO looking forward to getting back to work in the new year!)
Also, we're celebrating the start of preschool. Hurray! I have had 3 full days off of twin duty so far, and it has been nothing short of miraculous.
However, the high holidays are coming...and with them, many interrupted weeks of school so we can celebrate them. I looked at the preschool calendar, and my guys will not have a full 5 day week of school until after Canadian Thanksgiving, in mid-October. Right. So, I spent part of this week cooking and getting ready... here's a shot from my baking session. I made 4 round challahs, two plain, and two with raisin. Here are two explanations on why a round challah is traditional for Rosh HaShanah. (A note about the links in that last sentence...the first one is short and sweet, the second is more detailed, and finally, the last one is about the whole holiday and not just baked goods!)
L'Shanah Tovah U'metukah!
A happy and sweet new year!