Saturday, April 28, 2007
I have made progress on several projects, but left my camera cable home. I am blogging on my laptop, which for some reason doesn't have the same editing options as my desktop at home. Sorry, no pictures. And I can't make a link - but I can encourage you to visit this website: http://www.cualquiera.com.ar/notas/arte.htm. The most inventive theory as to what this means will win a four ounce skein of my hand dyed Kona Super wash in the color way I call Laramar. Deadline: May 6, 2007.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
The yarn is Tofutsies from Southwest Trading Company, and the pattern that is working so well with the yarn is Tidal Wave, found on the Southwest Trading Company website. There is a link in a previous post. I find I like knitting on two circular needles. Especially when traveling - as it is much harder to lose one, or have some of the stitches fall off when you have to quickly cram your work into your knitting bag to catch a plane. I prefer bamboo needles for tiny stitches, but prefer the join on the Addis for tiny needles.
I have decided to try to tuck spinning into the spare minutes that do not already have weaving, knitting and crochet in them. "Spare" would be when the I am not doing shop work, dye work, or engaging in family activities and home maintenance. (oh and exercise and ...) I have several lovely wheels at the shop, and I want to get to know them better, partly so that I can be of more help to Spinners wondering which wheel is right for them (so that makes it shop related work- right?) and mostly because I have succumbed to the fascination of soft fibers being pulled through my fingers into a twist and onto a bobbin. I find it is pretty easy to make "yarn". But to know short draw, long draw, worsted vs woolen, twist angle, wheel ratios. Wow. I am easily seduced by knowledge, and by the quest for crafty perfection. I like to know how to do things right, and then use that knowledge to do things that are unexpected, and could even be considered "wrong" by those too tightly married to "right". Because "spare"minutes are rare indeed, and because there is much worthy competition already for these little bits of time, I don't expect to be knitting a sweater with my hand spun this Summer. But, you never know.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
And this is more like what he looked like after. He would say he was just happy to not be running anymore. But he did well. He should be very proud. I am!
Top to bottom:
Tiara, a 100% silk boucle.
Nassau - silk and cotton - divine hand. Could eat 'em colors
Cascade silk - 100% silk.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
A lovely customer wants to crochet a maize and blue blanket with a big block M in the middle for her son who will be attending there this Fall. Gary approved these colors, so I feel confident they are right on the money.
Once upon a time I was placing navy and yellow on a white skein, and of course the two colors blended and I got a maize and blue and green and white skein of yarn. I gotta do that again - for us hybrids. I know we are many.
This sugary confection is on Party ribbon. This is a fun and beautiful nylon ribbon that has a wonderful hand when knit. For ideas and patterns go to the Crystal Palace website and look under patterns, and under party ribbon.
Now, please join me in wishing good weather all the way to Boston, and all the way through Monday. The man, along with 20,000 others, has worked hard for this day. They deserve perfect weather. And I would much rather listen later to how great it was instead of how awful!
Thursday, April 12, 2007
And a quick trip to Boston looming in the near future. Yes, Gary is running the Boston Marathon, and I am going to cheer him on. To admire, encourage, cajole and engage in the whole eat, drink, be merry and listen to way too much talk about running, thing. He is very excited. He has been planning for this ever since he achieved a P.R. in Boston last year. He made air and B&B reservations 6 months ago. Everything is undercontrol. He is so excited that Tuesday night he printed off our itinerary. Just to see it. And it was wrong. Instead of leaving Lansing for Boston at 7 a.m. and arriving at 11 a.m., we're scheduled to leave Lansing at 7 p.m., arriving in Boston at 11 p.m. I admit my first reaction to this news was "Whooppee!" Morning is not my favorite time of day to be moving around. And I could really put an "extra" unscheduled day to good use. But this made Gary very unhappy. Plans have been messed with! We would miss the big group dinner in Boston. The dinner in which everyone obsesses about how their run will go. The dinner where they eat, not too much, drink, not too much, and discuss running technique way too much. We can't miss that. So the solution is to attempt to fly to Boston on stand by, hoping to get there earlier. I forsee lots of airport time, and lots of needing to be calm. I am in desperate need of a portable, easy but not mindless (I will need to be able to say "Hang on, let me get to the end of this row"), project to entertain me.
Having just finished the Cabin Fever ribbed tank, my needles are freshly empty. Except for the Salina Shawl (free pattern on the Unicorn site), which does require some focus and attention. And a new cashmere and Habu silk and mohair mobius. I would be just too upset if I misplaced that one along the way. I do have a few other projects going on as well. Two are on looms. Another is the coil basket I am making for Gary for Father's Day. Even though he is not always very observant (I work on it a little every evening that we watch TV together), I do feel he might notice it on a plane.
Luckily, I get to spend the entire day in a yarn shop, helping people with their projects. That is sure to inspire me. Plus I have the ultimate excuse: I need to knit this for the shop!
Tomorrow, pictures of this past Monday's dyeing.
Monday, April 9, 2007
It was fascinating to listen to the conversation between a visitor to India and someone who knows India very well. Better than a chocolate bunny! Then I came home to a yummy roast leg of lamb to share with my local loved ones, and had lovely phone conversations with my far away loved ones.
Saturday, April 7, 2007
All on Kona Superwash.
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Three Victorias! This is the cute little spinning wheel from Louet. She folds into her own tres chic carrying case. And then pops open ready for action. Great for travel, or for smaller living spaces. Or as a second wheel. One is spoken for. I am seriously lusting after one.