Monday, December 17, 2007

The wedding

I've been sick for days, but with the help of my whole family - we pulled the wedding off.

The weather was great, the house was decorated, the out of town guests arrived safely, Grandma got ordained so she could perform the ceremony, the cakes were baked, the dress was perfect, the groom was sober and not hung over, the family and friends were mostly on time, the bride was beautiful, all in all - not bad for a wedding pulled together in 5 weeks.

I put captions on most of the pics. Here is a small selection from the over 400 pictures taken by DeVia and I. I'm hoping to get copies from everyone else.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Catching up

Ok, there's a lot going on in my family and around my house...

I'm going to try and catch you all up in one post with lots of pictures.

Halloween - we had lots of kids this year - went thru 2 large bags of candy and had to shut our porch light out at 8 pm. Here's a cute pic of Summer and Zach - niece and nephew

I finished three shawls.
Another brown handspun Forest Canopy for my sister Juanita,

a commercial yarn Forest Canopy for Mom,

and my Kiri out of handspun exotics for me me me.

Here are some gratuitous cat pron... We have 4 cats - a 14 year old long haired calico - Cameo - my sweet old gal.

Two adults - Candy

and Stormy,

and a youngster - Baker Baker.

Here's a shot of them all on the bed at once - this rarely happens. Cameo is picky and doesn't like any of the others to come close to her.

Here's the reason we bought the new couch - Maegan and Sarah spend the night at our house almost every other weekend - this new couch gives them both room to sleep on it

The couch also got put to good use on Thanksgiving - the reclining feature was appreciated by all - my son and some of the girls

My mom and a couple of sisters

The kids had a good time at Thanksgiving - look at them playing fort under the table.

I have to finish the last minute details for my sons wedding this weekend. I'll probably have more updates soon.

Kiri finally done

No pictures yet, I just sewed in the ends last night.

At SOAR this year, I received a number of exotic fibers as samples from peace of yarn.

There was cashmere, cashmere/silk, ultra fine merino, angora, yak, camel down, etc...

About 1.5 ounces total for 10 different fibers - most of them white or off white.

When I got home, I scored an electric drum carder with a fine drum, so I carded all the white and off white exotic fibers together with some merino I already had. I added about 25% more in bleached tussah silk to get four ounces of yummy batts.

I spun it medium fine laceweight and the single came out slightly slubby in places, but pretty.

I already had 3/4 bobbin of very fine bleached tussah singles for a different project that I had stalled on - so I plyed those two together to get 1200 yards of a very pretty off white yarn - total weight a little less than 5 ounces.

I have knit the Forest Canopy Shawl 6 times so far and wanted to do a different one.I like my shawl knitting to be a memorizable pattern - written with a chart, but a small enough repeat to be able to knit without looking at the pattern every row every stitch. Kiri fit the bill perfectly.

So, in between the felted bags and the watch caps that I've made for holiday presents, I finally finished knitting the shawl. This was my take along knitting. Everyone at work has seen me knitting it and are waiting for me to wear it to work.

I have less than about 20 yards of the yarn left and did 20 repeats of the pattern rather than the 14 called for. I dressed it on to my 7 foot triangle loom to see if I was going to be able to block it on there like I've done all my other shawls and it fit, but a very soft block. Once I wet it down with a sprayer, the shawl sagged and I was afraid it was going to stretch all out of shape. As it is, it's very large on me and I love it.

I finished it last Friday and then sewed in the ends last night so that I could wear it to my guild meeting.

I'm hoping to get some pics of it soon

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Taking a break from work - Which Superhero are you?

It's been really stressful at work lately and I saw this on a friend's blog, so I had to take it.

Your results:
You are Green Lantern
Green Lantern
Wonder Woman
The Flash
Iron Man
Hot-headed. You have strong
will power and a good imagination.
Click here to take the "Which Superhero are you?" quiz...

Guest Blogger - Book Review - "The Knitter's Book of Yarn"

My friend Alicia Santiago wrote this great book review and gave permission for me to post it here - enjoy..

I was up just about all night and took the opportunity to read "The Knitter's Book of Yarn" The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using and Enjoying Yarn by Clara Parkes, published by Potter Craft.

It's written to not only be very informative but also done interestingly rather than a bland text book. Clara covers all fiber foundations found today including SeaSilk and Soy but also covers the luxurious qiviut and cashmeres. She also discusses the government's current laws regarding fiber content. You'll know everything about Protein, Cellulose, Cellulosic and Synthetics and how they're processed, the uses and their care. She thoroughly evaluates the types of yarns, twist per inch, handspinning vs. mill spinning, yarn manufacturers (not all of them, of course), the dyeing process and whole myriad of other fiber facts.

She goes into the types of yarn as well: singles, plied, cabled, novelties and the felt factor. Care of the yarn before and after it is a garment. How to take a beloved pattern that uses discontinued yarn and use the yarn you have at hand (or make a run to the store).

There are also patterns from socks to lace to sweaters to fast knits. She's got charts in the back with WPI (wraps per inch) and what that means as far as your yarn weight. A glossary, recommended reading, briefs on the various designers that contributed to the patterns (Norah Gaughan, Cat Bordhi, to name a couple), resources on the yarns and fibers mentioned, and abbreviations and techniques.

This is an encyclopedia on yarns and fibers and I highly recommend it. If you're looking for a holiday gift for a fiber friend or for yourself, you won't go wrong with this one!

As always, I'm unfortunately not affiliated with Clara, though back in 2000 I did send her a spindle and various fibers to try out. Clara is also the person behind Knitter's Review, which is an online 'zine that you can sign up for free.

I hope you enjoyed my review! Next up will be Vogue Knitting's "The Ultimate Sock Book" but you'll have to wait until my next insomnia attack :-)


Saturday, November 10, 2007

Tag - I'm It!!

I've never been tagged for a meme before - so we'll see how this goes since Cindy got me this time. So, here you go -- probably more information than any of you really want! LOL

38 things about me that you may or may not want to know.

  1. Name one person who made you laugh last night? DeVia - she's always the one

  2. What were you doing at 0800? Getting ready to meet my sister and go pick out a new living room couch

  3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago? Eating lunch with my sister and her two wonderful daughters

  4. What happened to you in 2006? Went to Hawaii for the first time - first class too!!

  5. What was the last thing you said out loud? Get off the Table - to Cameo -one of my cats.
  6. How many beverages did you have today? A glass of water and some of Maegan's root beer
  7. What color is your hairbrush? I only use a comb.

  8. What was the last thing you paid for? the new leather couch being delivered next Tuesday.

  9. Where were you last night? home with my sweetie.

  10. What color is your front door? um, wait a moment while I go check - boring Tan

  11. Where do you keep your change? bottom of my purse.

  12. What’s the weather like today? I'm hoping that this long late summer will end this weekend. It's a little cloudy but still in the 80's.
  13. What’s the best ice-cream flavor? Bear tracks

  14. What excites you? Family, yarn, fiber - festivals - hanging out with other like minded people

  15. Do you want to cut your hair? It's plenty short enough

  16. Are you over the age of 25? hrump! more than twice that

  17. Do you talk a lot? yes

  18. Do you watch the O.C.? The O.C.? What's that?

  19. Do you know anyone named Steven? Yes.

  20. Do you make up your own words? yes - fotched is currently my favorite?

  21. Are you a jealous person? not when I am secure

  22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘A’. Angel.

  23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘K’. Karen.

  24. Who’s the first person on your received call list? Juanita.

  25. What does the last text message you received say? me2.

  26. Do you chew on your straw? No.

  27. Do you have curly hair? curly in the back - wavy on top.

  28. Where’s the next place you’re going to? Home depot for lamp shades

  29. Who’s the rudest person in your life? I don't think I have any rude people in my life.

  30. What was the last thing you ate? Los Compadres Chile Relleno.

  31. Will you get married in the future? In a committed relationship - don't think we will get married unless they actually legalize it in our state.

  32. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 2 weeks? I don't think I have watched a movie in the last two weeks.

  33. Is there anyone you like right now? yeah!

  34. When was the last time you did the dishes? Ha! That would be housework and I don't do that.

  35. Are you currently depressed? No.

  36. Did you cry today? yes .

  37. Why did you answer and post this? Cause Cindy tagged me and I have never done one before.

  38. Tag 5 people who would do this survey. I'd rather not tag anyone - if you read this and haven't done it before - then you are tagged. K?

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

News - not fiber related

My oldest son is getting married - in 4 weeks. I am working on the details required to pull this all together.

At first they were going to just go to the JP, but have now decided to make it a little more of a wedding.

My youngest sister has volunteered her house for the event. We will do a small ceremony and then a reception. Even if we just invite family - there's going to be about 50 people.

Yikes! I have so much to get done - find a minister, rent tables and chairs, figure out what to do about food, decorations, dress for the bride, dresses for all the little girls who want to be flower girls. There will be at least 5 flower girls - probably no other attendants.

My son's father and his brother have to be gotten down here - I already booked the ticket for my youngest son - now I have to figure out how to get his dad here - he doesn't fly and lives in Wyoming.

Lot's to do - not very much time to do it in.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Moo Cards Arrive!

At Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival (OFFF) a number of the bloggers has half size calling cards called Moo Cards.

I was entranced by them and finally got mine the other day.

On the Moo Card website, you can upload your own photos, crop them to the card's size and then have 6 lines of printed info on the other side.

I love mine - lot's of fibery goodness on them. Can't go wrong for $25 bucks (total with shipping).

Now I need to get one of the little carrying cases I saw...

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Fibers Through Time 2008 - Registration Opens

Whew! After a lot of hard work by a number of people, the registration information is now available for Fibers Through Time 2008. Presented by the Arizona Federation of Weaving and Spinning Guilds in April 2008.

Please take a look at the workshop information. The vendor info is not on the website yet, but from what I heard yesterday, it promises to be a great selection.

I am the registrar, if you have any questions please let me know and I will do what I can to help.

I'm very excited - our theme this conference is "Connections to the Past" and it promises to be a lot of fun.

April in Arizona is one of the best times to come - I hope to see you then.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

New Learning Opportunity

At Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival (OFFF), Morgaine of Carolina Homespun let me know about a conference they were pulling together for 2008. At SOAR, she finally gave me the rest of the details. Here they are from the handout she gave. I am SO going to do this one next year.

Golden Gate Fiber Institute Summer Intensive
July 28 -August 3, 2008

Join us for the first meeting of the Golden Gate Fiber Institute. We have great teachers, a beautiful location, fabulous food and the Pacific Ocean at our door step!

The retreat will be 6 days of instruction. The classes are intensive and each student will take two classes. One in the morning and one in the afternoon. Our hope is that by dividing up the day and spending some time with 2 different subjects we will be giving your mind and body time to learn and absorb all the new information and techniques.

Just imagine spending the morning (or afternoon) learning about Estonian lace knitting with Nancy Bush, spinning ancient fibers in new forms with Judith Mackenzie McCuin or Weaving cut silk pile with Sara Lamb and the rest of the day learning about natural dye with Darlene Hayes, freeform crochet and knitting with Myra Wood, or felting with Loyce Ericson.

This is a small retreat in a relaxed atmosphere with lots of time to learn and practice, walk for exercise and inspiration and enjoy your fellow fiber folk. The classes are small to maximize your learning opportunity and provide plenty of individual attention.

The retreat facility is rustic but the location is fantastic! We will be using the YMCA Camp at Point Bonita Lighthouse in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). The facility is an old military base set amidst the beauty of the California coast just 5 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge. If the accommodations are rustic the food is not! The chef is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy and does a magnificent job of providing for a variety of special food needs while making the overall dining experience a pleasure. Visit their website to see more about the camp.

Registration opens Dec 1, 2007

I don't have the total handy - but it was between $800 - $900 - that's a great deal for 6 days of workshops + food + lodging. OK, I am definitely going to this one next year. Any one going to join me?

Monday, October 15, 2007

Last day – Leaving SOAR…

It’s bittersweet on the last day. I am eager to get home to my family, but sad to leave the friendships I have made in the past few days. I always find that leaving SOAR and other immersion type of events and returning to ordinary life is hard for me. I don't return to work refreshed and ready to get busy. I almost resent work for taking me away from what I really want to be doing, instead of being grateful that what I do for a living provides the ability to go and do these things.

Shanty Creek is a beautiful setting - the leaves are turning colors that I rarely get to see in Arizona. The morning mist rising from the water this morning was so peaceful. I wish that I lived in a place that had the seasons so clearly delineated. I slept with the windows wide open and snuggled under the covers. On the last night I even wore my socks to bed to keep my feet warm - yum!

I took four classes during the retreat – Spinning for Lace with Margaret Stowe, Getting the Most Out of Hand Held Combs with Robin Russo, Kitchen Sink Batts with Janel Laidman and a great entrelac class with Kathryn Alexander - the name of which escapes me right now.

I learned a great deal in each class – not necessarily what I expected to learn, but valuable in any case. The staff of Interweave, and the Spin Off group in particular are once again to be commended in putting together an event that I will remember.

The best parts were seeing friends made during previous SOAR’s like Janel of Chameleon Colorworks and Spindlicity Magazine, Shirley of Lambspun, and Morgaine of Carolina Homespun; and then making a couple of wonderful new friends. I feel that I met a couple of kindred spirits in Connie and Steve of Spindlewood Spindles. I met them my first night there at dinner and we became instant friends. Their generosity of heart was appealing from the start and over the few days that we spent together, I felt like we were old friends reconnecting after a long time apart.

Funny that I make friends more easily with people who are vendors than participants, hmmm, I wonder why that is?

I also met Abby, I have been reading her blog for some time now and it’s cool to put a face with the name. She was very nice – down to earth and friendly. I ran into Stephanie a couple of times, got some good pictures with her and Janel in them from the panel discussion on Sunday morning.

Well, my bags are packed and the shuttle is on it's way. I'll spend all day traveling and be wiped out tonight.

(posted Monday - written Sunday)

Friday, October 12, 2007

SOAR 2007 - Day one

It feels strange to be blogging about SOAR when I haven't written anything up about OFFF from last month, but here goes anyway.

I arrived on Wednesday - I have only attended the retreat portion of SOAR so far and this year is no different. I like to get here the day before check in so that I am already settled in and know my way around when the market opens Thursday Mornings. Yes, one of the major draws for me is the shopping. Now that I know that the number of vendors here is is much less than OFFF or other major fiber festivals - I think the shopping will be a much less important part of the trip.

Actually that is exactly what happened yesterday. All day to shop the market and I came away with much less than ever before. I bought a couple of spindles, two more bobbins for the WW on my Gem, a couple of small doo dads and only two rovings. That's right - only two. One of them was one of the gorgeous Cashmere/silk dyed rovings that I got from Carolina Homespun at OFFF. Perhaps now that I have two of them, I may work up my courage to actually spin one.

I met some wonderful people at dinner Wednesday evening. Connie and Steve from Spindlewood Spindles. Steve makes square spindles and they are gorgeous. He and I talked about custom spindles so now I have to ask D's son if he still has any of that Koa wood that we sent him from Hawaii.

I've run into Janel, Patty and Morgaine - so nice to see people again from last year. Stephanie and I have bumped into each other a couple of times also. Last night I was in line to use the ladies room and she was struggling with the latch on the stall she was in. I told her that it would be on the internet by morning and here it is.....

I was able to sign up for all the classes I want and will actually take my camera with me today so that my next post may have photos.

It's nice and cool here, I get to wear my sock and my shawls. Yippee.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

New Item at my house

The last think I need is another piece of equipment - but I could not pass up the opportunity to have this Baby Wolf Loom come live at my house.

Pics to come.

I am looking forward to putting a warp on her when I get back from Portland.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Warning - family members do not read

Yes, that means you, too, Bonnie.

My sister and I just sat down and figured out the Christmas list and I'm going to be very very busy between now and the end of the year.

Yikes - I have at least 11 felted bags to make and only 95 days to do it in. That's just about one a week.

Luckily, Juanita will do all the finishing - make the linings and attach the handles.

I am going to use the one that is already felted as one gift - only 10 to go!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Felted Bag

The bag from the last post was so much fun that I am doing another one right away. I acquired 6 skeins of Plymouth Boku yesterday from TYF along with some interlacements Tiny Toes. The Tiny Toes looks very similar to the base yarn used for Koigu - I'll let you know how it knits up.

Anyway - back to the bag. Last night at the store, I was asked for the pattern. So, I thought that while I am knitting this bag, I will write the pattern and then post it here for those interested.

More to come.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

My first felted bag

I was captured by a Patons SWS colorway one day and knit a little bag using two skeins. It was nice, but not spectacular and I never did get around to felting it.

One day on Ravelry, I spied 3 skeins of a different colorway offered for sale or trade and soon it was mine too.

In August, my LYS had a weekend retreat and the technique that I wanted to learn was Entrelac.

I unraveled the first bag and used some of that yarn to knit the bottom of this bag, I then used 2 skeins of the new yarn to knit the first 4 rows of entrelac, the next two rows of entrelac was from the first yarn again and then the bag was finished off with the remaining skein of the new colorway. An I cord bind off and I cord tie and then into the washer.

I was a little concerned exactly how to do the felting in my front loader. I can't adjust the spin or rinse cycles and decided to check on the bag after just 3 minutes in the washer. Good thing as it was already as felted as I wanted it to be. I have a box in it right now and it's drying out on the back patio. I'll post pics as soon as it's dry and assembled.

These pictures don't really do justice to the vibrancy of the colors in this.

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Finished Portland Koigu Socks

I love these socks... I purchased the Koigu KPPPM from KnitPurl in Portland when I was up there for the PDX Knit Bloggers meet up.

They are knit in my usual toe up fashion, however I used the patch toe from Duffy for the first time and the sherman heel that Mel explains so well.

The stitch pattern is from the 365 patterns a year calendar - it's called Crocus Buds. It's very simple, but gives a great texture. Very effective for handpainted yarns.

The richness of the yarn and stitch pattern is not fully visible in these pictures. The socks have to be seen to really get the impact.

I have to have more Koigu KPPPM - I can see more in my future - no matter where I have to go to get it.
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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival

Yes, another trip to Portland this year! Yippee - this makes the third one so far. The 21st of September I am flying into Portland and then Melissa and I will go to the festival on Saturday. I will probably also be there on Sunday, depending on the workshop I take Saturday.

Melissa has to work on Friday, so I am looking forward to a little running around Portland, perhaps getting together with a couple of friends, purchasing sock yarn (the Koigu KPPPM at Knit Purl better watch out) and in general loving being in Portland.

So, any of my Portland friends, drop me a comment if you want to get together on Friday.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Re-organizing day

I finally started setting up the back bedroom to be my fiber prep room. I put up the two new tables, got out the drum carder and started sorting thru the 35+ bins to sort the yarn, ready to spin fiber, and fiber to be prepped.

I have moved the fiber to be prepped into the back room and will start going thru the yarn and ready to spin fiber this afternoon. I'm hoping to take some pics of my handspun yarns and put them into Ravelry.

I have been itching to work with my drum carder lately and been discouraged at the thought of having to put it away every time someone wants to use the dining room table. Being able to leave it set up and in the middle of a project really makes it more productive.

I am thinking that I want to card up some sweater size (16-20 ounce) batches for sale. That take time and space that I did not really have up until now.

More later with photos.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

This is sooo funny

Mamacate had a link to this on her blog today and it's too funny not to share.

I promise I will post pics of the almost completed Koigu Portland souvenir socks soon. I ran into a slight hitch in the cast off and it wants to roll forward - Arrrgh!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

It's that time again... SOAR

I just finalized my lodging and shuttle trip for SOAR 2007. I'm very excited to think that it's right around the corner.

Last year's trip was so much fun - my second time - I was starting to feel like I knew what I was doing.

I didnt' get my registration in on time this year and had to wait on the standby list to see if I was going to be approved to go. Once I got that confirmation - I was thrilled.

Again this year, I am only going for the retreat weekend. Going to the whole thing is just too cost prohibitive. Someday, perhaps, I'll be able to attend the whole event, but for now I am just happy to take the retreat classes and hang out with everyone.

Hey, if you are going too, drop a note in the comments and we can meet there.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Retreat Weekend

No pictures - forgot to take my camera. Spent the weekend at a hotel in Scottsdale with spinners and knitters at the Tempe Yarn and Fiber Retreat.

There were about 20 of us on Saturday morning as we checked into the Hilton Garden Inn. My friend Alicia was there - she's the final reason that I decided to go. I haven't had the chance to spend very much time with her this year. When I found out that she signed up for this retreat, tht was the deciding point for me attending also.

Fred took pictures - here they are on TYF's website. I accomplished my goals for the weekend - cast on for my sister's sweater and learned how to do entrelac. And Alicia and I got to spend hours in each others company. Worth the price right there.

I was hoping to also finish my socks, but that didn't happen. I am so close, only a few more rows and I can cast off both of them.

I met some great women and got to know some others a little better, thanks to the TYF gang for pulling this together.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

They don't fit

Sarah tried on her socks yesterday and she cannot get them over her heel. They are the right length and fit her foot - but the heel and arch are too small.

So I am keeping them for me and will knit her another pair.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Finished Socks

Here are the finished socks for Sarah. I completed them on Thursday night while hanging out at TYF waiting for DeVia to call from the airport.

Fred from TYF took the photos and everyone who has seen them thinks they are cute. I hope Sarah likes them too.

I will try to get the pattern written up sometime soon. They are knit from Panda Wool and the ruffle is Tango. Amazing color match for yarns from too different makers.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Life Path Number

I didn't take pics yet of the hat I knit for my sister's friend and not much progress has been made on the other two active projects - so for your amusement - here is another quiz.

I got this from Rabbitch's site this morning - it's not even funny how close this is to my real personality.

Your Life Path Number is 1

Your purpose in life is to lead others.

You have great drive and determination. Nothing is going to stand in your way.
You seek out challenges and the spotlight. You'll take all the work - and all the glory.
Status and success are important to you. You demand the best from everyone and everything.

In love, you tend to take a protective role. You enjoy being the provider in relationships.

You expect others to be like you, and as a result, you are often disappointed.
A little selfish and vain, you always put yourself first.
Remember, everyone already knows you're great - you don't need to remind them!

Monday, July 30, 2007

My Real Age

Very interesting quiz that asks a bunch of questions to add and subtract years from your chronological age to determine your real age.

I don't know that I feel 20 years younger - my 30's were hard years..... hmmm - maybe that means I get to take it easier now?

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Yesterday with Friends

There's a group of us that meet once a month in Queen Creek - we call ourselves the Yarn Yankers. We hang out for a few hours, show each other what we have been up to. Bring stuff to give away - teach each other new things. It's a lot of fun. Recently one of our members has been having some health issues and we haven't seen as much of her as we would like to.

Yesterday we had an impromptu gathering of a few of us and it was really nice to see them all.

Beverly had to try on my mothers shawl and show us her runway style

I had no idea how much difference it makes to get together with a few friends for a couple of hours and just talk about what we do with fiber. It's amazing how recharged I feel afterwards. The sense of community, of fitting in with your own small segment of society. Most of my life I have felt like an outsider. The kid on the sidewalk watching every one else do/have/be what I wanted. This little bit of time with them takes that "outsider" feeling away.

Portland Souvenirs

This post is long overdue - but I have been out of sorts lately due to the theft of my company laptop at work. Yes, at work, during working hours..... kinda creepy to think there is a thief with that much balls hanging out where I work.

ok, on to the swag...

Beautiful new spindle from Woodland Woolworks along with some gorgeous silk to spin on it. By the way - that place is very hard to come away with only 3 items. There was so much more that I wanted. Luckily for me, there was no equipment that needed me on the day we were there. I told the staff about the little wheel I purchased that is now living back in Oregon with Melissa.

more gorgeous silk - 2 ounces of hand dyed yummyness

These two skeins of Koigu KPPM for socks for me me me are from Knit Purl as my souvenir from the PDX Knit Bloggers Meet up

There is also two more skeins of Koigu that will not be posted until they are transformed into something else so that one of the readers of this blog will be surprised.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Progress report for two projects

I am knitting socks for my sweet Sarah out of the Panda Wool yarn in Red Cinnamon colorway. My intention is to knit a ruffle at the top from a knit ribbon yarn that amazingly matches it almost exactly. I made sure the first sock fit her to the heel yesterday before starting the second one. Here are both of them so far.

I have 10 more rows to go on clue two, perhaps I will be able to start clue 3 tomorrow. This photo is not true to the color of the handspun I am using for this. What appears to be green is actually a blue/teal color.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Finished Socks

My sister Juanita spotted this yarn as soon as it came into my house from Ray and put her name on the ball band - so here are Juanita's socks...

Superwash merino and nylon - toe up with the figure 8 cast on and the YO short row heel - my standard sock recipe - the stitch pattern is an offset broken rib that I unvented to show off the colors. the instep and leg are knit as follows: k2 p2 for three rows, k for two rows, p2 k2 for three rows and repeat. The gauge for this stitch pattern kept the yarn in stripes rather than any pooling. Juanita really likes them, she put them on even though it was 110 degrees yesterday. Said they are the most comfortable socks she has ever worn

Yarn P0rn

Look at what was waiting for me when I got back from Portland..... It almost made coming back ok in a small, non-heat related way.

This is two more huge skeins of sock yarn from Ray. I just can't say enough about this yarn. My favorite LYS just placed an order from him - so now I can go fondle his yarns before buying them!

My first order from Knit Picks. I've heard lots of great stuff about their yarns from Melissa, and met the owner at the PDX Knit Bloggers meet up. So here are 3 pairs of socks just waiting their turn.

This is some test yarn sent to me by the distributor so that I can knit it up and give my opinion. Who'da thunk it?

Promised Portland Pictures

Ok, bad blogger that I am, these pics do not have captions.

Suffice it to say that a good time was had by all. Food was eaten, Yarn stores were visited, friends were hugged, knitting was done etc etc etc (imagine Yul Brenner voice right there)

Friday, July 13, 2007

I am a Yarn Yenta

I took this quiz over on DIY and got 8 out of 10 correct. It would be interesting to know which ones I got wrong.

Ok, I know that I owe pictures from the Portland Trip and the PDX knit bloggers meet up. I still have not unpacked - the camera cable is in the depths of my suitcase somewhere. Tonight - I promise.

I am knitting away on the MS3. I am about 80% done with clue 2, but clue 3 came out today. I am almost caught up. It would go a lot faster if I didn't have to knit each pattern row twice. That is an exaggeration, but not by much. I am knitting and then unknitting about every 3rd pattern row at least by half. I was hoping to get better at this, not worse.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

home again

Whew! It's hotter than HELL here and I wish I was still in Portland. Even though it was warm there, it was still a lot cooler than here.

Didn't get home until after 11 last night and I have to go to work this morning. It will be tonight or tomorrow before I get the pics posted from my trip.

Up to row 117 on the MS3. I was able to get 10 rows done in the airport yesterday afternoon waiting for my plane.

There were stacks of packages waiting for me - books and lots of sock yarns. Yarn from 3 different sources -nice!

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Portland Visit - Day 1

Wah!!! I took photos, but am using my work computer and cannot download or upload....

pics will be added at the end of the trip or whenever I figure out how to post flickr photos to blogger. Usually I post pics from PicasaWeb and that works fine.

Anyway - a great time today. DeVia and I met Melissa B, Duffy, Gary, and Mary for lunch at Dan and Louis. It was so nice to see Melissa and Duffy again, to meet Gary and Mary for the first time and to give DeVia a small glimpse of the excitement generated when two or more knitters are gathered together.

After leaving Dan and Louis, we headed towards the yarn store, but stopped at Starbucks first for a chai and bit of a knit.

We then went to Knit Purl for the PDX Knit Blogger meet up. Bobbie invited me to join them and conferred on me honorary PDX knit blogger status. The store personnel could not have been more welcoming - there ending up being about 25 of us and they handled it very well.

DeVia hung out for a little while and then headed to Powells. She came back for the ending and was recognized as the outstanding fiber enabler that she is.

There was chocolate, yarn fondling, pattern oohing and aahing.... I can't begin to remember everyone's names - Kathy wrote them all down (including blogs). 3 other knitters were working on the Mystery Stole 3 - I had to put mine away as I just could not concentrate on the lace and talk too.

Another Forest Canopy Shoulder Shawl

Here are some unblocked pics of the most recent incarnation of the Forest Canopy Shoulder Shawl.

More later once it's blocked.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Taking the do even shorter

Hey - hair is fiber!

It's too dang hot and I decided to take my hair even shorter. I did not want to get my hair cut like Annie's, but really wanted to go shorter than it was.

Luckily I got an appointment this morning and went to see Robin at Jacar. She is so good about really hearing what I am trying to say about my hair.

Look at this great cut!

They take before and after pics. I'm not showing the before, cause only my hairdresser should see my hair like that. As it is, I'm thinking that pic should not really be posted on the WORLD WIDE WEB - lol.....

Off to Portland in a few hours. Yippee! We are meeting some knit sibs for lunch tomorrow and then doing a small yarn crawl.

DeVia has to work Monday and Tuesday, but I will be roaming the city. PDX - look out!

Friday, July 06, 2007

Another pair of socks

My sister Bonnie is such a little foot and her feet get cold easily, so even though she lives down here in the desert (or HELL as I usually call it) I made her some wool socks

The yarn is Noveau Riche from Knitivity and the pattern is a chevron with an eyelet rib. I liked the look of the chevron on the Jaywalker sock, but I knit socks toe up and that made the chevron point the other way. I also wanted a more open look, so I changed the increase from a Kfb to a YO which created a wonderful eyelet rib running up the center - but you can only see it when the sock is on the foot.

It's knit over 60 stitches, toe up, magic cast on, YO short row heel.

MS3 - half of clue one

I joined the Mystery Stole 3 KAL very late - yesterday in fact. I cast on last night hanging out at Tempe Yarn and Fiber and was able to get thru the first 50 rows of the first clue.

The second clue comes out today, so I am going to hustle up to see if I can get the other 50 rows of clue one out of the way this morning.

This is my very first KAL and I am hoping to have fun. This is already the most complicated lace I have every knit - everything else has been small pattern, easily memorized. Every row on this is different and there is no pattern repeat so far.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Lots to say - more later

I have a bunch of stuff to blog about - finished my sister's socks, knitted for the 4th at my favorite LYS, cast on the first clue for the MS3, and the most important thing of all - I got a call today saying that the waiting list for SOAR finally got to me!

Yippee! I am going to SOAR this year!.

I will try to take some pics tomorrow morning before work.

On Saturday, DeVia and I are off to Portland again. She will be at a conference, but I will be hanging out with the PDX bunch and trying to get a group together to go to Woodland woolworks on Monday or Tuesday.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Very interesting results - but no surprises here

I saw this quiz on Queer Joe's blog and had to take it. 20 questions about beliefs later and here are the results:

Your Results:
The top score on the list below represents the faith that Belief-O-Matic, in its less than infinite wisdom, thinks most closely matches your beliefs. However, even a score of 100% does not mean that your views are all shared by this faith, or vice versa.Belief-O-Matic then lists another 26 faiths in order of how much they have in common with your professed beliefs. The higher a faith appears on this list, the more closely it aligns with your thinking.

1. Neo-Pagan (100%)
2. Mahayana Buddhism (91%)
3. Unitarian Universalism (90%)
4. Theravada Buddhism (89%)
5. New Age (88%)
6. Liberal Quakers (71%)
7. Secular Humanism (68%)
8. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (65%)
9. Sikhism (63%)
10. Taoism (62%)
11. Jainism (61%)
12. Reform Judaism (60%)
13. Hinduism (56%)
14. New Thought (50%)
15. Scientology (46%)
16. Orthodox Quaker (45%)
17. Nontheist (37%)
18. Bahá'í Faith (31%)
19. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (30%)
20. Orthodox Judaism (26%)
21. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (25%)
22. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (18%)
23. Seventh Day Adventist (18%)
24. Eastern Orthodox (15%)
25. Islam (15%)
26. Roman Catholic (15%)
27. Jehovah's Witness (11%)

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Insidious LYS

I ran a couple of errands yesterday - I needed a couple of dpn point protectors that I can only get at one LYS and needed to replace a broken brittany size one at the Place I Love. It was only going to be a couple of quick stops, cause I wanted to get home and start the second chevron sock for my sister.

It was a quick trip at the first place - they have just moved and are always too busy for me to feel comfortable there. When I got to the second store, I got my needle replaced and Terry started showing me the new yarns. I showed her the sock I finished out of Ray's yarn and we started talking. Then I sat down at the table and the next thing I know there are a few people around.

I showed a couple of people how to do the magic cast on and by 7:30 or so had finished the foot of my sister's sock.

I am not sure how, but this yarn followed me home.

I have not knit with cotton blends before, but I love the colors. The single skein is a ribbon yarn that I experimented with that forms ruffles when you knit it. It matches the sock yarn exactly and I am going to put some ruffles at the top of the socks I am going to knit for Maegan. Pink is her favorite color. It's all I can do not to cast them on right now, but I am determined to finish this other sock first.

I have also decided that the knit/spin from stash 2007 does not include sock yarn - thanks Wendy.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Who knew?

I was kinda surprised to find that this rating was determined based on the presence of the following words:
  • queer (2x)
  • crap (1x)

Online Dating

This was interesting to do....

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Part 2 - Sea World Trip

4 adults, 3 children, one minivan, 4 nights, 800 miles, two motel rooms = one glorious trip.

We really had a blast. I think all the kids had a great time, I know that DeVia, Juanita and I did.

Melody was miserable for part of the trip, but she had a much better time than last year.

Here is a slideshow of some of the over 400 pics from the trip:

Part 1 - Sea World trip

We had such a good time. D, her granddaughter, my sister Juanita and all three of Juanita's children rented a mini van and drove to San Diego to spend 2 days at Sea world and get some beach time.

Here are the first set of pictures from the swimming with Dolphins event that we did.
All five of us in the water to stroke the underside of the dolphin. The 18 year old did not want to do this event, so I got to do it again. It was just as much fun this time as it was in Hawaii. These pictures do not show how cute my hair cut is - cause I had to take the combs out of it and it's pretty funky looking in these shots.

My beautiful sister Juanita.

Princess Maegan

Shawnee had a great time on this trip. It's the first time that we have spent more than just a few hours with her and we really think she had fun.

Sarah looks so natural in the wet suit. She had lots of questions to the trainer about how to work with the animals.

All five of us, giving a signal to the dolphin.