Friday, August 29, 2008

Monday, August 18, 2008

The We of Me

Without going into too much detail, my marriage is ending. Shit happens and then things change.

Outside of all that crap, I've been spending some time spinning. And dyeing. Part of the Wednesday night spinning group is getting together at a local Saturday market to sell our hand made fibers. I sold my first hand spun yarn this past Saturday. (After my booth fee, I was in the green 50 cents.) But, who wants to buy wool when it's 100 degrees? I figure business will pick up when things get cooler. It's nice to sit with the gals on Saturdays.

I've enjoyed my dyeing and spinning so much I'm contemplating canceling my Spunky Eclectic fiber of the month club. I'm still on the fence.

I'm also making my first pair of socks using my own hand spun yarn. I've always wanted to do that. They are fairly thick. But, I figure I'll get better at spinning sock weight yarn.

I've been enjoying the CSA booty. My cooking has changed since it's just me now. So, I don't go to near the trouble I did before. Simple is good right now.

It's been very rough and rocky. But, my friends and family have been so supportive. And for that I thank you.

It's good to be back. Pictures soon.

Sunday, July 27, 2008


I've been quiet because my life has turned upside down.
I haven't been knitting much. Most of my time has been spent dealing with changes.
I'll be back once I get my bearings.

Saturday, July 12, 2008


Check out the raffle on Earthchicknit's blog. She is celebrating the one year anniversary of her son's near fatal accident. The story is harrowing. The gifts are fabulous. And, it's a wonderful cause.
I think we all have $5 to spare.

Monday, July 7, 2008

It's Over

After 51 days off in a row, it was back to work today. Everything went fine, except for computer problems. I missed lounging around with my coffee for hours and hours in the morning.

I'm about done with the cuff of the second Mud Season sock. Then, it's smooth sailing. I started a diagonal garter stitch scarf with the Flowering Weeds hand spun. I'm not sure at all about the colors, but Tate said it looked good.

After work, I went to a local shopping center to run an errand or two. I got a call from Tate and she was about four stores down! So, we hung out and had an iced coffee and checked to see if there were any bargains at TJ Maxx. That was fun. She is on the cover of the soundtrack to Stay The Same, Never Change. It's the middle photo in the second row.

It's hard to get back into the routine of going to bed early again!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Independence Day

It's unseasonably cool today. In fact, we have the windows open. I don't think I can remember when it's been cool enough to have the windows open on the 4th.

Here is the July 2 installment from my CSA:

Corn, peppers, cucumbers, basil, green beans, chives, and broccoli. I had a couple ears of corn for dinner. They were so yummy they didn't need anything on them at all!

Wednesday evening, I met up with PJ instead of meeting with the Renegade Spinners. PJ gave me my June installment of Cottage Fiber's fiber club.

I just love the colors. And there is a whopping 11.7 ounces of fiber! I should be able to make something very cool with it once it has been spun.

I also picked up this:

It's a Drum Carder! Now, I will be able to card all the wool I have washed. PJ was kind enough to allow me to make payments. So, on Thursday, I fiddled with the drum carder and carded and spun up some of the Romney wool I have.

It's kind of blah as it is undyed. I'm thinking of dying this wool red. Because it is gray, it will turn out very muted when dyed, which I think would look good. The picture above is 2.8 ounces of wool. I have 3 pounds of this particular wool. Hoo boy. While Romney is easy to spin, it is not particularly soft, which is disappointing. I'll have to think of some type of outerwear for this wool.

So, most of Wednesday and Thursday was spent spinning. The rest of the Spring Flowers roving is spun. I did, however, work on the Mud Season socks:

Don't blow your fingers off setting off firecrackers!

Monday, June 30, 2008

June Fiber!

I got my first Spunky Eclectic Fiber Club today. 6 oz. of merino with 30% mohair. The colourway is called "Flowering Weeds." I spent most of the evening spinning. I've got about half of it spun up. It was a nice break from knitting.

Plus, the weather was nice enough today to scour some wool. It looks as if the weather will be cooperative enough tomorrow, too. I can't believe June is over. I'm on my last week of my sabbatical.