Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Since Amy outed me

Here's my collection of Japanese knitting (felt, bag sewing) books that I've amassed over the past couple of years. I've never made anything straight from their patterns, but have used them for inspiration. The stitch guides were a particular score when Amy & I were in NYC this past summer.

Kicked out this scarf for my Honey over Turkey Time. He left for a 2 week trip yesterday & he couldn't go without something fuzzy to keep him warm.
The yarn is Jaeger Merino - a cool marled colrway that look like ashes.
The stitch is an easy broken rib-thing that looks like corregated steel (says the Honey).

Basked in the new P&P. Yes, Carla, I will happily go again.
This Mr. Darcy has the sexiest deep voice, not Alan Rickman, but close.

Trying to plan a project made of handspun (yet to be spun) that's more than a wrist warmer, but won't cause me to kill my children while Honey is away.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Chunky Monkey

Thanks to all your advice I made some love-erly Chunk Monkey yarn:

I remembered I had a super slow whorl for my wheel

Poi-fect for biggy yarn & Navajo plying. I need to haul out Alden & read about ratios

In Spindle Slut(TM) news:

My Kundert spindle came. Gorgey, no? Spins gorgeous. And a very nice person to deal with too!

In celebration I had to order High Whorling by PGR. I may, or may not have ordered another spindle & some sexy silk blend fibers, not telling.

Family news:

My beautiful gap-toothed girl.

Now I must clean the house for the extended family invasion tomorrow.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Store Wars

May the Farm be with you

I wrapped my first Christmas present last night.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Wind by hand?

I need some spinning advice. I'm working some super chunky thick & thin yarn & my wheel won't pull it onto the bobbin, I'm winding it by hand. Is this just the way of super chunky- monkey yarn?
or am I a spaz?
Shannon, put the drink down & give a girl some advice ; )

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

I love this stuff

but only when I like what it says. I read up to 5 horoscopes every morning (Gemini) until I find one I like.

Your Birthdate: June 10

Independent and dominant, you tend to be the alpha dog in most situations.
You're very confident, and hardly anything ever shakes you.
Mundane tasks tend to drain you - you prefer to be making great plans.
You are quite original. When people don't "get" you, it bothers you a lot.

Your strength: Your ability to gain respect

Your weakness: Caring too much what others think

Your power color: Orange-red

Your power symbol: Letter X

Your power month: October

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Big Girl Knits - A real cover

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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Bag lady

Possessed by the upcoming Holidaze (what, more shit?) & sick to f-ing death of tripping over toys and assorted kiddo crap in our house. I am pround to say today I filled 8 black trashbags full of kiddo giveaways.
I now return you to your regularly schedule promgramme.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

I can't stop laughing about this picture

My goofy Halloween kids - a gymnast (she's obsessed) and a dragon.
Then there's this :

Hi-f-ing-ya! It almost tops the pregnant with chainsaw picture.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Fiber, fiber fiber!

If Amy ever offers to shop for you, please let her. I sent a list with her to Rhinebeck & she brought me this amazing pile of stuff - waaay beyond the list!

Clockish-wise from left middle:
bombyx&yak top - crazy soft, from Shadeyside Farm
orange/fuschia/red corridalex batt from Grafton Fibers
silk roving from Chasing Rainbows
chunky merino yarn from Morehouse Merino
orange/green/tan merino roving that Carla will steal from me
Maine organic wool yarn from Green Mountain Spinnery
another skein of chunky Morehouse
silk hankies from Chasing Rainbows, which she also taught me to spin on a spindle.
Whew! What a great friend!

She's also a great enabler. I went to Toronto this past weekend to do paperwork for Big Girl Knits & we went on a fiber bender.


Let's see, we went to 2 yarn stores & Gemini Fibers.
I bought 4 Fleece Artist rovings and some FA cashmere,
a ball of Be Sweet mohair, Lucy Neatby merino sock yarn,
Treenway Silks Treetops Tussah rovings, polworth roving to dye , local Ontario alpaca fiber from a fuzzy four-legged girl named Rochelle.
And a Forrester spindle.

Here's a close up of that spindle.
It's a Forrester Granny.
Right before I left for Toronto a Bosworth large spindle that I ordered came.

Needless to say we did some spindle spinning at Amy's house. We also ate a lot of ice cream and chocolate. A heavenly weekend!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

This is brilliant!