I didn't really fall off the Stash Busting Wagon - because I didn't buy yarn for the stash, but still, I bought yarn and this was not one of my dispensations. So my record is 93 days.
I bought one skein of Classic Elite Yarn Montera so that I would have one to test with and work with to assist in getting my handspun to the proper weight for the Iona sweater. I called around today - no one carries this yarn around here! I checked My Sister's Knits, Nana's Knitting Shop and The Fold - all my regular/local (sorta) haunts. I thought The Fold would carry it because they have other Classic Elite yarns, but no luck., So, I did some searching on Ravelry and found some single skeins of the stuff that people wanted to divest. 6 bucks later, and I should have my skein by the end of the week :-) Yay!
In the meantime, I'm still spinning that Cormo. If I can fill another bobbin, I should be pretty close to finishing up. I will be happy to spin something that drafts more easily. I'm actually thinking about spinning some BFL I got earlier this year up at the Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair before I spin the Iona wool. It's from Miss Bab's, in the Blue View colorway (which I no longer see on her site). I've been spinning Targhee and Cormo lately, and love them both, but they are both very elastic fibers, and I would like to get my hands more accustomed again to regular wool before I start on the Iona wool. I do, however, have 4 oz. of Targhee that I should spin to finish that off - I'm getting as bad with start-itis with my spinning as I was this summer with my knitting!
I am truly enjoying my days off - Thanksgiving was great fun, and I didn't really eat too much, which is good. I've been walking on the treadmill, and spinning and knitting. I'm on to the heel of the second Saxony Sock. I will be glad to have them done. Then I have a second sock for another cousin, and my Christmas socks for me. I'm afraid that with project, church lady knitting and family sock knitting, NaFi(nish)SweMo went by the wayside. I have not finished my St. Patrick sweater. but I hope to before the end of the year. Cross your fingers! I have two more days off - this break was a smart choice.
I managed to get the trash out last night, and I got all the outside furniture from the gazebo into the garage. I need to cover the grill, and I should be ready for the rain/snow tomorrow. I also got some winterizer down on the lawn, and over-seeded the front. I hope that works . . . my lawn was craptastic this year I'm afraid. I also got the bird-feeder back up, and hopefully have outwitted the squirrels by using a carabiner to hold the feeder to the chain. They knocked it off the chain (which is quite a feat) twice, but so far with this new way, they have not managed to get it apart. Yay! Today I had a Blue Jay, a Red Bellied Woodpecker (I don't know why they call them that - maybe because Red Headed was taken?) and a Chickadee along with the usual sparrows, finches and Cardinals.