I'm making progress on Kiko's mitts, but it's in fits and starts. After texting back and forth on color options, he selected the dark gray.
Easy enough. I had leftover gray from another project. It seemed like a fairly big ball, but just as I was getting ready to cast on I decided to play it safe and weigh the yarn. Looks can be deceiving, and the ball of yarn that appeared to be so big was only 40+ grams. Not enough for these mitts. I found a full skein of the same gray. Problem solved.
With a full skein in hand, I debated my options for winding. My umbrella swift made its final turns a couple weeks ago, and I haven't had time to replace it. I thought about putting the skein on the back of a chair and winding it that way. It's time consuming, but it works. Then I remembered this.
My table top swift. Another problem solved.
I'm still winding by hand because my ball winder is attached to a work table, and there's isn't room for this 4-dowel contraption. This winding process is a good mental exercise, and I'm trying to appreciate the slower pace. And it definitely beats the back of a chair.
I found this week's color inspiration during an outing by the ocean. The world is full of loud noises and bright colors. Every minute of every day is a cacophony of information. During these tumultuous, troubling times, it's essential to take a break and step back.
Peace, quiet, soothing solitude.