Friday, December 30, 2005

A Steaming Pot of....

No, that is not my dinner - it's 2 pounds of yarn - split into four packages....dyed with KoolAid and Gel food dye.

In case you're wondering why it doesn't look like 2 pounds of yarn, the first reason is because you're looking at the top of 4 packages of yarn...the second is because the pot is monstrous. I bought it ages ago for vat's 18 inches in diameter...and I could probably put 2 more pounds of yarn in there.

I have to admit, it certainly took a lot longer to handpaint these than I thought it would - first, the winding of the yarn onto an extra large niddy noddy took a long time, and provided all kinds of entertainment for the cats. Then the tying of the yarn at semi-frequent segments (I think I settled on 16 ties per skein of yarn) - I had a little accident with one where I was not paying attention and snipped the actual yarn in addition to trimming the ties *sigh*. Then the soaking - in case you're wondering, two pounds of yarn just barely fits into my kitchen sink. And then there was the mixing of dye - I was going for 1 packet of drink mix per ounce of fiber, - it turned out that wasn't quite enough (ran out of dye mix as I was dying) so in some cases I had to mix more...either that or perhaps I didn't dilute it enough *shrug*. Then there was the matter of handpainting - or in my case, hand syringing (I used a 10cc syringe to inject dye all over the skein that was draped over yards of plastic wrap on my kitchen counter). Then the wrapping and transferring to the dyepot...

Stay tuned for the results - all I can say for now is that the house smells of a fruity wet sheep.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

I'm on a Roll!

I'm liking this time away from work :) It's really letting me spend some quality time crafting.

In following with the suggestions made on the Poll I took a while back, I cast on for a pair of socks (and since the next project down from the socks was an aran sweater, I found a heavily cabled pattern for you cable fans) - these beauties flew off the needles (in more way than one - hooray for cabling sans cable needle!) and were finished in about a weeks time.

One of the bigger challenges was knitting the stockinette cable pattern on the heel flap - cabling across the back would have been bad enough, but in this case, it adds twisted stitches to the mix - the cables are comprised entirely of twisted knit stitches - according to the pattern writer, the twisted stitches stand out more strongly against the background - I have no idea if this is the case, but the pattern on the socks came out fantastically. More details can be found over here.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Still tuned in?

Thank goodness they didn't take my crochet hook away on the airplane - otherwise I wouldn't have made much progress on my little amigurumi kitty! (well, that and the five+ hour flight home would have been even more boring!)

I'm a sucker for amigurumi - and they're fun (and relatively easy to make!)

For more details, and larger photos, click here.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Hooray, Holidays!

The Main Day of celebration has gone, and I was touched by the various thoughtful gifts and calls that were received - I'm especially enjoying the crafty gifts and those that enhance my various stashes (I'm such a sucker for people who enhance my stashes - especially when I have a self-imposed stash reduction effort underway!)

We spent the day enjoying each others company, catching up with far flung relatives, watching Harry Potter (finally!), and playing with gifts. Dinner was fantastic, and if anyone has suggestions on what I can do with ham, I'd be happy to hear it. We've already done the ham omelets/fritattas, and the bone is destined for soup - regardless, I've got several pounds of ham destined for the freezer.

I hope you all had a fantastic holiday and that your celebrations are merry and full of joy!

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Happy Holidays!

During some downtime last week from knitting and spinning, I decided to get a little sewing in and finished Gustaf off just in time for a last minute holiday postal run.

More details on Gustaf can be found here.

Best wishes for a very happy holidays, whichever of them you are celebrating :)

Friday, December 23, 2005

Kitty Cuddle Time

With Friday finally here, and all the holiday craziness running amok, I feel just like these two - in serious need of flopping down on the bed for some veg time. Hooray for use it or lose it vacation - I'm officially off regular work til next year! That means some nice decompressing time with the crafts and the kitchen - and if I actually manage to get my act together, I'll have crafting in the kitchen in the way of hand painted yarn!

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Stay tuned...

While I was whiling away time on the plane the last week, I was playing with hooking instead of knitting.

I was working on a little something from this book - Amigurumi Collection Vol 1 - ISBN? Of course! It's 4309265723 and it looks like this:

What is it? Well, you'll have to stay tuned and see :)

Wednesday, December 21, 2005


Happy Solstice Day!

While I've determined that none of the stores I visited in NYC carry Dale of Norway Hauk, and my LYS doesn't either, I've cast on for a pair of socks and I've done some spinning (see? I do listen to my readers :D) And in order to also placate those that voted for the aran sweater, I hope you'll be happy to hear that the socks involve lots and lots and lots of cabling (sorry, I'm having lighting problems and am not satisfied with the photos I've taken, so no photos of the SIP (socks in progress)). Incidentally, I've no photos of the spinning either, but then again, I never find bobbins very enticing to look at. I'm still hunting for things to ply with - I had thought of just plying with a variegated thread, but figured that might be kinda boring. I've got a pile more of the fiber to predraft and load onto my distaff and another bobbin to load - so I've got some time before I decide if I'm going to ply the singles together like I have done with my other yarns or if I'll ply them with a comercially spun thread or other yet to be obtained (hello, shopping!) goodies.

Anyhow, I'll probably be doing some online shopping around for Hauk, or I might just buy up some Heilo and call it a day and cast on for that hat. After all if water resistance is really an issue, the hat can always be Scotch-guarded or DWR treated after the fact!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Gocco Frenzy

If you haven't heard already, the Gocco print machine is being discontinued. (Read details here) I hear supplies for printing will still be available for several years, possibly longer, depending on demand.

What does this have to do with me? A Gocco-less, drawing-challenged individual? Well, I like the idea of Gocco. With electronic tools on hand, to help me with creating images, it actually makes it possible that if I *did* have a Gocco, I could make my own cards, etc.

Of course, with all this hoo-ha about the Gocco being discontinued, it is creating a run on Gocco machines amongst crafty folk. I've caught whiff of the Gocco frenzy but am resisting, and am still going round and round with myself as to whether or not I ought to purchase a Gocco or not. I have to admit that many of my other crafts are falling by the wayside as I continue to be focused on Fiber. Ah well, I will admit to "shopping around" for a Print Gocco machine, and most places are currently sold out and are on backorder.

Monday, December 19, 2005

A wee bit of weekend baking

Yes, I do realize that the traditional sugar cutout cookies and gingerbread men are missing, my excuse is we've been hit by whatever bug is making the rounds - I'm up and moving with just a few sniffles and a cough that might be more related to the stagnant air and high pollution advisories, but I just didn't have the energy to do full out holiday cookie decorating madness (some of you might remember the time I was up until 3am decorating snowflake shaped sugar cookies...on a work night).

Anyhow, I did manage to get some holiday baking done - not enough to permeate me with the smell of butter, sugar and vanilla, so I am drawn to eating these. I've boxed up the majority of them to take to work tomorrow to get them out of the house. Bigger photo and a recipe can be found here.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Need a dose of Cute?

If the holiday rush has in you in a daze and you need a dose of cuteness, go here.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Non Traditional Holiday Baking

Well, nontraditional for me anyhow. Holiday Baking for me generally consists of cookies. Lots and lots and lots of cookies.

Somehow I'm off my game, and unless the mood strikes this weekend, the opportunity will have passed for my Holiday Baking Madness. Why is that? Well, mostly because I can't stand to have all those baked goods sitting around my house - once I've moved onto the 3rd or 4th batch of cookies, the smell of butter, sugar and vanilla generally keep me away from the goodies. Unfortunately I haven't gotten to that natural block yet, and I've got the increase at my waistline to prove it. In any case, 3 or 4 batches of cookies usually turns me off the butter and sugar for a while, so if I intend to go all out for a baking extravaganza, I need to make sure I have an outlet to off load all those cookies (or they will go to waste). And no matter how much I want to bake, I prefer my holiday time away from work :)

Anyhow, you know the drill :) I've compiled more info about those tasty little cupcakes over here.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

FO = Naked Needles!

The needles are naked!

But my feet aren't :) You're looking at my first ever socks - quite luxurious being made of a wool/soysilk blend yarn, but quite plain as they are simply stockingette with 2x2 ribbing for the cuff. Details and another photo here.

While I was away and waiting for the poll results of what I should cast on for next, I settled for a little bit of hooking and I've just got a little bit of assembly to complete. In case you're wondering what the outcome was, it appears the winner was the Fair Isle Pirates hat, tied happily with Spinning. Since I don't have the yarn for the hat, I will probably cruise my sock patterns, do a little swatching and see what socks I might be able to cast on for next while I hunt for Hauk (my most convenient LYS does not carry Hauk - they might have Heilo, but it's not teflon treated, which would be a big advantage for an outdoor hat).

Help me decide - what shall I cast on for next?

They Call Them Pirates Hat - yarn needed! 21%5
Miter Squares (for a blanket) - Cotton Ease Stashbuster 4%1
Socks! (pattern TBD) - Sock Yarn Stashbuster 17%4
Aran Sweater (I'm liking Irish Moss by Starmore) - Natural Wool Stashbuster 13%3
Kitty Pi Bed - Reclaimed Felting Yarn Stashbuster 8%2
Buttonhole Bag - Felting Wool Stashbuster 4%1
French Market Bag - Felting Wool Stashbuster 4%1
Minis (sweaters and socks) - ornaments for NEXT YEAR 0%0
Lace scarf - Doucer et Soie Stashbuster 8%2
forget the knitting, what happened to the spinning?! 21%5
24 votes total

Monday, December 12, 2005

I'm Back!

I had intended to write a much more lengthy post explaining my absence, but I'm not feeling particularly well. I suspect it is post travel illness :( darn that recycled cabin air!

Anyhow, I was off on the East Coast for work.

Leaving my home, I nearly had my crochet hook confiscated (apparently it looks like a threatening object in the x-ray machine).

It was cold. There was a snow storm (just a mini one, but the panic was all the same it seems)

Ribby and Kepler were both featured during the trip with great success.

While I was over yonder in the land of cold whiteness, I visited my brother and sister in law, my big sis, and Marie. Marie is much more organized than I am when it comes to getting her shop going, and she even has stuff selling at various shops (including her own)! I must say thanks to her for carting me hither and yon to various knit shops (and talking spinning talk with me). I must say, I persevered in not adding to the Ridiculous Stash - hoping only to find some Dale of Norway Hauk with which to cast on for that Pirate Hat (since that's what seemed to be winning). I was nearly undone by some wool-silk Alchemy and some gorgeousness by Artfibers. Since the hat and the spinning were tied though, I figured I should either settle for Hauk or roving. Neither of which were available. Thank goodness.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Freezing Cold!

Seems the entire country is experiencing cold temps!

The good news is all my hand knits are getting used! Hooray!

Sadly, it seems I don't have that many hand knits that I can wear - I've given away a bunch of things (it turns out I don't actually own a handknit scarf of my own - I've gifted away all the ones I've ever knit!), and for a while, I was doing softies (3 penguins, catnip mice and 1 crochet kitty) most of which have all gone to new homes as well. The few cold weather knits that I have made have been worn - Ribby Cardi, Fuzzy Feet and Kepler!

In other news, my needles are now officially naked. Stay tuned for photos and details of the most recent FO! While I'm waiting for the poll to get populated, I've been spinning - I'm still trying to decide if that yarn will be left as singles or if it will be plied. If you haven't voted or left comments on what I should cast on for next, the poll is still open - go vote now (you can pick more than one! scroll to the bottom of this post to vote)

Monday, December 05, 2005

Stuff For Sale

Don't forget to place your vote on what I need to cast on for next! I'm rapidly closing on the end of the socks I have on needles...I'm just trying to run out the rest of the yarn in the cuff before I bind off (and then I will have *gasp* NAKED NEEDLES!)

The next round of items is up for sale on eBay.

I've got the following listed:
  • Nearly New Doc Martens 10 hole boots
    color: black
    Size: UK7, US Mens 8, US Womens 9 (according to the Doc Martens site anyway)
    They are a bit too big for me, I usually wear a size 6 Doc Marten, but somehow got confused when I bought this pair.
  • Matfer Professional Mandolin
    I even have the instructional video! It slices, dices, waffles and juliennes! Alright, maybe it doesn't dice, but it does make quick work of apples, potatoes, carrots and other veggies. I've just found I'm handier with my small cutlery collection and I just don't do waffle or ripple cut things often enough to keep it.
  • Minolta 35mm semi-pro Maxxum 7000i SLR
    We've gone digital, and this excellent film camera is collecting dust.
    Included are:
    • The body of the camera, of course
    • Minolta Maxxum 28mm AF Lens
    • Minolta 70-210mm AF Zoom Lens with Tiffen Sky 1A Filter
    • Minolta 3200i Flash
  • Canon Elph LT APS film Camera
    A nice little pocket size point and shoot that uses Advantix style film.
For full details, photos and to bid, please visit the individual listings on eBay.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Weekend Diversion

You people are definitely not all about the immediate gratification on knitting projects are you? ;) Right now, the fair isle pirate skull cap is winning, with the Aran Sweater running a close second. If you haven't done so already, go and add your votes and/or comments. I'll leave it open for another week then I guess I'll be casting on and doing your bidding ;)

In other news, I actually did a little baking this weekend. Nowhere near what I usually do for the holidays, and only one kind - it was a new recipe to me, pointed out by Mariko.

Want to drool over more photos?

Or just want the recipe? Both can be found here, at my poorly neglected Food Blog.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Next Knitting!

For those that are still furiously holiday knitting, don't forget to call 1-877-SOS-KNIT (toll free in the US and Canada!)

I had all these ambitions for holiday knitting, but quickly threw in the towel and will have to space my holiday knitting over the course of a year, I think. All I accomplished was this before I got distracted by selfish knitting. Of course, it doesn't help that I did rounds of scarves last year - and I still have a few people in my family who have not received anything hand knit yet - I'm sure I'll have to remedy that soon or people will think I'm playing favorites :P - or perhaps I should just learn from Kiki's comments on Gift Knitting.

Anyhow, I'm now pondering what next to cast on for - I'm planning on starting up some more amigurimi crochet, mostly because it's a little faster (or so it seems) but then again it could well be because they are all such small projects they fly off the hook quickly! Other than a pair of socks that are nearing their finish, I'm sans projects right now (amazing!!!)

So...what *shall* I cast on for next? I'm partially of a mind to get a whole mess of projects for felting going - that way I can stuff them all in the wash at the same time...but at the same time, there are plenty of other things to cast on for as well - I've got plenty of yarn in the stash that needs to be whittled down. What *is* a blogger to do? Why turn it over to her readers of course :) Please vote, I'll probably cast on for the top 2 items.

By the way, I may have finally found a pattern that might suit my husband (who has, to date, turned down the offers of sweaters, socks, slippers and clogs). What miracle pattern brought about this change? Hello Yarn's "We Call them Pirates." Of course, as luck would have it, I do not have yarn for that pattern - which would mean stash enrichment rather than stash busting - oh well ;)

Help me decide - what shall I cast on for next? (you can pick more than 1!)
They Call Them Pirates Hat - yarn needed!
Miter Squares (for a blanket) - Cotton Ease Stashbuster
Socks! (pattern TBD) - Sock Yarn Stashbuster
Aran Sweater (I'm liking Irish Moss by Starmore) - Natural Wool Stashbuster
Kitty Pi Bed - Reclaimed Felting Yarn Stashbuster
Buttonhole Bag - Felting Wool Stashbuster
French Market Bag - Felting Wool Stashbuster
Minis (sweaters and socks) - ornaments for NEXT YEAR
Lace scarf - Doucer et Soie Stashbuster
forget the knitting, what happened to the spinning?!


Free polls from

Darn it, I missed out again!

*sigh* turns out SHF (sugar high friday) and IMBB joined forces for a virtual cookie swap. Of course, I was busy playing somewhere in remote canyons, and falling behind on my holiday duties...

The first half of the wrapup is posted and I will be perusing it closely so I can start up the baking machine and start on my holiday baking...while madly trying to finish holiday gift preparation and holiday card addressing! Go have a look, but make sure you're not hungry when you do - who can resist all the photos of all the lovely cookies?! (not me, that's for certain!)

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Just in time!

Kepler was finished last night, and will be a very welcome addition to my wardrobe, especially since the very limited sweater season is upon us down here in the Desert Southwest! I plan to wear it to a holiday party this weekend for its official debut :)

I'm especially pleased as I managed to finish it within the one month I allotted myself!

Full details, as always, are up for your perusal at my Finished Objects Blog.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Just two days...

until the end of the month. I've got me two days to finish Kepler, and I'm fairly certain it can be done. And not a moment too soon, what with cold temps finally arriving in Arizona and a business trip planned for the northeast!

I've got two sleeves, knit in the round...and a body, knit in the round, split at the armscye and rejoined at the shoulder (thank goodness for three needle bind off). Tonight's project is endless fussing with pins and a crochet hook - I'm going to attempt a crochet seam to join the sleeves to the body - I don't have a less bulky matching yarn (at least I don't think I do), so hopefully the seam won't be too bulky. It'll be an adventure, that's for certain - this is only my second garment, and this one with set in sleeves....and with an initial impression (to me anyhow) that the sleeve caps are a bit smaller than the armscye. Oy. Wish me luck, I'm going to need it.

In other news, thank goodness I found some yarn and snatched it up - I ran out of my last ball of original yarn as I was finishing the body - and what luck, the yarn I bout was the same dyelot! Who woulda thunk it!

While I'm fishing for tips, I may as well fish for more pins on my Frappr Map - if you're not from the US (and I know there are a few of you out there), don't forget to click the "Not in the US" link (under the area to enter ZipCode) and you should be able to add yourself. Not feeling like shouting out? You can probably fool the system by entering a couple spaces or even just a "." mark. I'd love to see where people are hailing from. Maybe one of these days I'll launch a contest, that's sure to get y'all goin ;)

Monday, November 28, 2005

I love mail!

Somehow I lucked out - over the course of Thanksgiving week, various and sundry packages arrived (granted, some of them were purchases I had made, but still, the fun is to be had in the opening!)

Amongst the pile of mail was the November Sampler!

Some of the favorite findings inside included:

  • 1" round buttons from a small herd of Sampler Contributors
  • Shrinky Dinks are in - several shrinky dinks that will be converted into stitch markers from various Sampler Contributors
  • an Embellishment Sampler from Speckled Egg (hooray for vintage ribbon!)
  • a festive sparkler candle and decorated match box from Blossom
  • minty lip balm from Botanical Earth - mmm organic!
  • and adorable cards and stationary from Fern House Studio, Young and With It Industries, and Demarco Designs

Not only did I get my Sampler, I got my first Holiday Card of the season - which has just made me realize how far behind I am. eeek!

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Happy Belated Turkey Day!

I have lots and lots of things that I spent the last week celebrating :)

I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving.

I should be back to regular posting soon!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005


Apparently, according to this, courtesy of Raquel, I am mostly misplaced.

The top 24 places I should take up residence are as follows:
1) Medford, Oregon
2) Albuquerque, New Mexico
3) Reno, Nevada
4) Santa Fe, New Mexico
5) Salem, Oregon
6) St. George, Utah
7) Corvallis, Oregon
8) Las Vegas, Nevada (what?!)
9) Eugene, Oregon
10) Bellingham, Washington
11) Provo-Orem, Utah
12) Fort Collins, Colorado
13) Portland, Oregon
14) Boise, Idaho
15) Colorado Springs, Colorado
16) Carson City, Nevada
17) Bend, Oregon
18) Anchorage, Alaska (interesting)
19) Ogden, Utah
20) Missoula Montana
21) Las Cruces, New Mexico
22) Great Falls, Montana
23) Flagstaff, Arizona
24) Boulder, Colorado

I think I was most surprised that Oregon kept making an appearance in my list...perhaps I should have never left!

On that note, y'all should go stick your pins on the map - really. It's fun. And it's neat to see where people are hailing from. I know y'all are out there...some from as far away as Australia and Japan!

Monday, November 14, 2005

Everybody's Doin' It!

I've been watching my stats and have noticed I have readers from all over the place, but I'm a graphical type, and prefer to see things rather than just having them presented in Text...

I've created a Frappr Map! Go and add yourself! It's cool, it's fun, you can share a photo :) And you can leave a message or even a link to your blog, provided you precede your URL with http:// it will be smart enough to make it clickable!

On Kepler, I'm on track to finish by the end of this month - both sleeves are done, and since I knit em in the round, there's no seaming :D I'm done with body shaping, and am knitting like mad so I can start with the armhole shaping soon!

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Fruits of Fall

Back where I grew up, fall was the time of year when magnificent colors would fill the trees, there would be a certain brisk bite and scent in the air, and it would be a fine time in general for being outside.

Fall also brings to mind apple harvests. While I love all kinds of fruits, I yearn for apples of old, not those strangely perfect Washington Red Delicious - which beneath their fine appearance, these days anyway, are bland and often times mealy. A few years back, I discovered Braeburn apples, and they served me well as both eating and cooking apples (mmmm apple crisp!).

A few years back, I traveled back to my home state and stumbled across a magnificent apple - the Honeycrisp, a hybrid cross between a Macoun and a Honeygold - and originates from the University of Minnesota (go Gophers!) For a time, it seemed HoneyCrisps were available only in Minnesota for a brief period post harvest - every now and again, desperate for good apple eating, I'd mail order in a box of Honeycrisps. Accustomed to having to settle for boring and common apple varieties at my local grocery store, imagine my surprise when I found a whole display of Honeycrisps the other day! I've stocked up and both I and my refrigerator are happy indeed. Incidentally, the limited availability of these applies likely has something to do with the fact that they are patented.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Every Sock Knitter Needs a Pair!

Have you *seen* such cool footwear?!
available Here! (no affiliation, photo from offering store)

Here I thought I was going to have to only wear my hand knit socks around the house if I wanted to be able to admire them properly....

I've still got plans to knit some of the more ornate socks from Anna Zilboorg's Socks for Sandals & Clogs - and having shoes like these would make it even more fun to knit em, as they could be displayed in all their glory!

Anyone try em? The soles do look a little thin for much walking - granted, this can be fixed by adding an insert, assuming the footbed isn't pre-molded.

Note to self: Add to Covet List :D

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Business Growth!

I'm in the process of expanding my business. Prices have not yet been set, I'm currently "benchmarking" since there is no MSRP that I am aware of.

I'm pleased to say I'll be offering a selection of fine fibers from Ashland Bay - I'll likely carry a varied selection of multicolored Merino, Merino/Tencel, and Merino/Silk. I might get into some alpaca and angora blends, but I'm as yet undecided. I'll likely also offer some undyed merino, merino/mohair and Blue Faced Leicester Tops. Once I get the dyeworks going (*sigh* if only I didn't have this pesky day job!) I will likely have some hand dyed rovings, as well as some hand painted yarns. Of course, this is a work in progress, and I'm going to need to decide on an inventory before anything happens.

In any case, if you have preferred colors (either for fiber or for handpaint adventures, I'd love to hear em!

Monday, November 07, 2005

Cables in Triplicate

I've been cabling to the exclusion of all other activities lately, and I'm enjoying watching the braided bands churning off the needles (yes, those are three cable bands, and yes, they are all being knit at the same time. I'm impatient that way). I had cast on for Kepler, then realized that seaming the cable bands were going to be a smallish nightmare. They were all frogged back and were re-cast on using a looping provisional cast on (not recommended, the loops are rather floppy and untidy - I think a crochet cast on would come off much more uniform.) After four cable repeats, I kitchnered two of the bands together for the sleeves, and have carried on with the hip band....that one was Kitchnered by headlamp last night at about 1am.

I'm slowing coming to a horrifying realization that I might not have enough yarn for this sweater. The yardage on the yarn I am using is slightly different (though the gauge is the same) than the recommended yarn. I had 10 balls to start, and I've already used 5 (though it is fair to say I'm part way up the sleeves, and I've started on the body of the sweater). I had hoped to use this knit as a stash buster, and if I liked it, I have enough yarn in a different color to make another (incidentally I have more balls of yarn in the other color, but something possessed me to knit it up in this color first.) Though even knowing this, I'm determined to carry a slow motion knitting train wreck (the yarn in question is discontinued...did I forget to mention that?). While the cable bands look very defined up close, I think the tweediness of the yarn slightly interferes with them. Incidentally, I may have lucked out and found a source for some spare balls of yarn (though certainly they won't be of the same dye lot) - I'll have to call tomorrow to inquire after their inventory (they are closed Mondays).

Thursday, November 03, 2005

What Counts as Selling Out?

**warning, no knitting or spinning content in this post**

Those of you who actually know me know I'm in the throes of trying to plan my way out of a corporate career and have been for quite some time. Unsuccessfully so far. I dream of the day that I can make a living doing things I actually enjoy - and it doesn't even have to be a big living - I live simply. I don't thinkI ask for too much. While I am fond of food, I don't gravitate towards expensive delicacies.

I've got ideas brewing. Some of my hand crafts are already up for sale (*sniff* sadly, with no takers). I try to price according to material cost and labor, but there's one of the kickers. I don't have wholesale sources for things like fiber for my spinning, or for those magnets either. I've got thoughts on shirts, notecards, calendars and the like - but I'm fussy when it comes to quality...which is one of the reasons that part is moving so slowly...And as far as labor goes, anyone who sells crafts should be valuing their time higher than minimum wage. It's skilled labor after all! But talk about minimum wage is something that will get me going on a completely different tangent so I'll stop while I'm ahead.

I'm all for earning an honest buck, and earning the buck by passive means is even better - which brings me to the crux of this post. This blog does not see nearly the visitation of one of my domains. The domain in question does not earn any money, and is a labor of love. Yeah, we plan on doing something with the content eventually, publishing in various formats come to mind (but that also is a completely different discussion). So far, the domain has remained ad free. But recently, because of its high traffic, we've been approached by companies looking for adspace...not to mention the possibility of putting up other ads - adsense is the first that comes to mind. While the money brought in by advertising will help defray costs, and may actually bring in a very very tiny income, the internal struggle remains, and results in turmoil. I don't like being bombarded by ads. I think the United States culture is ridiculously wasteful and consumptive...but at the same time it could put me a few cents closer to my tempting, yet repugnant at the same time. See the dilemma?

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Flappin' in the wind

mmm. Please ogle the detailed shot of Cozy's stitches as she lays in repose on my hopbush in the back yard.

Full details and what not on Cozy can be found here.

Rejoice! The ban on new knitting projects has been lifted! At long last, I have finished my longest UFO! In celebration, I've cast on for Kepler. It's lovely. It's cabley. And best of all, I've taught myself to cable without a cable needle...that's right, stitches, flapping in the breeze, flirtin with disaster! I could have it no other way. I was going to put an eye out messin with that cable needle nonsense...Stay tuned, you might get a preview of the cable bands soon - impatient me, I'm doin em all at once - Cable overload for me, and much fun for the cats, what with me juggling three yarn balls!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Respun and ready to go!

A while back, you may recall I was unspinning some singles that came with some roving I bought. Well, after a weekend at home with my spindles, I had a small pile of merino-angora "eggs" (that's what they looked like after I pulled em off the spindle shaft)...I took a few eggs, paired em up and respun them into some rather luxurious yarn :)

It was definitely labor intensive, because even with the unspinning, the merino/angora retained a little bit of twist, and with several strips paired together for drafting, it was a mite hard on the fingers (having to try to make sure that each strand was untwisted and drafting smoothly). I'm glad I paired the two colors together - it made for a nice tweedy look and the ultra soft ecru made up for the not as soft silver.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

House Cleaning!

Well, we've gone thru the house, and identified a mess of items to either sell or donate away.

The first batch is the kitchen stuff listed on the sidebar. They are now listed on eBay. Over the course of time, I'll be adding some formal dresses - all very nice, and still stylish, I just can't get into them anymore, and honestly, I can't think of a time when I'll be needing such dresses again.

Items that don't sell or aren't worth listing will be shuttled off to the local Goodwill or consignment shop.

Joining up again

In honor of being about a quarter of the way thru my last skein for Cozy, I have joined the Kepler Along in anticipation of casting on for my new project. Not only is Kepler a nice looking sweater, the pattern is free, and I have enough yarn to do it in three different colorways! Hooray for Stash Busting!

Friday, October 28, 2005

Nearly Neverending

While I will finish eventually, it certainly seems as if Cozy is a nearly never ending project. Cast on over a year ago, she's waited patiently as I've gotten distracted with other things, and on occasion seriously frustrated and fed up. I've come a loooong way it seems. What used to be a rather challenging lace repeat is no problem, I can even work it while "watching" TV.

It's nearing time to rejoice - Cozy and I have reached an agreement. I've nixed the fifth ball of yarn (setting it aside for some worsted weight socks) and will be calling her done after this ball I *just* joined is's not quite time to celebrate, as it's no small ball of yarn, I've got nearly 200 yards of yarn to knit into Cozy before I'm done....but at least I'm nearing completion!

In preparation, anyone know if Wool Ease can be blocked? (yeah, I knit her out of Wool Ease. It's a Cozy for the car. It needs to be durable and easy to wash.)

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Goin' into Business

Well, I've always wanted to try to earn some money off my crafts, so I'm making a bigger attempt at it now.

While the stock is rather low right now, I have gone ahead and opened a shop :) I still have a shop space at Etsy, but I've decided to launch my own to cut down fees.

Please pay it a visit here, and spread the word!

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

The Calendar is up!

the Knitty Calendar is now available :)

Check it out! My Pasha is Ms. January! What a way to start the New Year :D

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Baa Baa Black Sheep...

Have you any wool?

Yes Sir, Yes Sir....way more than 3 bags full!

I finally got around to cataloguing my yarn and fiber, and it's a little bit shameful. I have 11.5 kilos of yarn (almost 25.5 lbs!) - and that's just the yarn. That does not include my piles of fiber - of which there seems to be a somewhat alarming amount in and of itself.

I've discovered that while I enjoy knitting lace, I have very little lace weight yarn. By far, I have mostly worsted weight yarns, and most are natural fibers. Yarns vary from a pile of recently discontinued Cotton Ease (earmarked for a miter square blanket) to a pair of skeins of super luxurious bulky Classic Elite Sinful (100% cashmere - earmarked for nothing other than gazing at adoringly and a little bit of petting now and again).

I've put some of them up for sale/swap - in case you're reading via RSS feed, these include:
  • Lion Brand Homespun
    • Gothic, 1 skein
    • Edwardian, 1 skein
  • Paton's Beachcomber
    • Dark Blue, 9 intact skeins + 1 full skein, partially unraveled
  • Steinbach Wolle Maxi Ombre
    • Yellow/Brown variegated, 1 skein
    • Green variegated, 1 skein
  • Southwest Trading Co Bamboo
    • Purple, 1 skein
  • Southwest Trading Co Oasis
    • Canyon, 1 skein
If you're interested in any of it, leave a comment, or click on the sidebar to contact me directly :)

Monday, October 24, 2005

Dreadfully Remiss

I've been terrible at keeping track of the food goings on, but recent posts on my favorite foodie blogs have reminded me that I've just missed out on two fun IMBB events: Sugar High Friday (featuring dark chocolate, my favorite!) and the original Is My Blog Burning (this last one featuring souffles - not as intimidating as you might think)! IMBB is currently experimenting with Technorati rollups, so the unofficial results are available for perusal while the host does the manual rollup. Incidentally I also missed out on a new IMBB event, Cooking the Old Fashioned Way, AKA Disaster Preparedness which sounds like something I should be reasonably good at - especially considering how tricked out I am in terms of outdoor equipment, which I presume, I would grab in the event of a disaster. Ah well, go check em out :) you'll be glad you did!

Friday, October 21, 2005


Some might argue I'm bonkers, but that's okay.

While I continue to churn away on Cozy (yes, I'm still working on Cozy, and I'm not allowing myself to cast on for anything else until that darn FO is finally finished!), and my experimental Karaoke Socks, I am also unspinning some yarn. That's right, unspinning. In my box of fantastically fluffy merino and angora were some balls of spun (but not yet set!) yarn - Because they are a bit slubby and aren't of the same thickness I would spin, I've decided to try to unspin the yarn to reclaim the far so good, and I'm getting some lovely pencil-roving like lengths. I'll probably bundle a couple lengths together when I respin it so I have more fiber to work with to set the thickness as I see fit.

As for Cozy, we had a little chat - she's agreed to be 1 skein shorter than planned, I've agreed to knit her til she's done. As for what's happening with the other skein, I think I'm going to cast on for one of the Sandal Socks by Anna Zilboorg - after all, the yarn is worsted weight, and if I remember, her gauge is 6 stitches to the inch! Perfect, and close enough to an instant gratification project for me!

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Sweet Sweet Handspun

Mmm. Delicious Yarn.

Lovely, isn't it? Looks a mite different now that it's plied, but more beautiful, I think - don't remember what they looked like unplied? Click for a refresher!

Incidentally, I'm an enabler...they're for sale.

Details? Why of course! Available here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Bunny on the Brain

This morning, as I was headed out to my car I spotted a bunny in the driveway! The cottontail community must be getting healthy as I've been spotting rabbits in the neighborhood - even caught one wriggling under my side fence once though I'm really not sure what it found enticing in my back yard.

To add to Bunny madness, I got a pile of Merino-Angora (50/50 - can you say soft!) fiber - I won't call it roving, since it seems to be in semi-squashed batt form. I have about a pound of "Ecru" and two pounds of Silver-Grey color - I might blend the two as I spin them, to get a slightly tweedy yarn - I'm not decided yet though. I'm thinking of making a sweater out of it once the yarn is spun up, but I haven't quite decided yet as I hear angora is ridiculously warm.

Speaking of bunnies, have you ever seen an Angora rabbit in person? They are quite adorable - and rather funny looking after they've been harvested for their fur!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Happy Tacks!

Those fancy colorful baubles there are thumbtacks, believe it or not...if you go look at my finished objects blog, you will actually be able to see the shadow of the pin part of the tack in the close up shot! Neat, huh?

Monday, October 17, 2005

Hoo hoo! I'm published!

Or I will be anyway. This marks the 2nd and 3rd calendars I'll have photos published in :)

The first was a canyoneering calendar for the American Canyoneering Association - for 2005.

The second is the Knitty 1st annual calendar - if you recall, my entries featured of those penguiny photos will be in the calendar, can you guess which one?

and the third is actually the 2nd annual American Canyoneering Association calendar :)

Saturday, October 15, 2005

A little cake, for all day munching

I woke this morning with an urge for cake. After purchasing some yogurt earlier this week for some curry experimentation, and then just not being in the mood for curry or the prepwork involved, the yogurt has sat, with nothing to contribute itself to. I generally don't like yogurt, especially that of the plain variety, but I do find it useful for cooking.

Wander over this way and see what became of said yogurt.

Pardon me. I have cake to tend to :)

Friday, October 14, 2005

All Wound Up

They look much more stunning wound up, don't they?

These three happy yarn balls are fresh off the bobbins, and are ready for plying. It was absolutely mesmerizing, winding them off the bobbins into center pull balls - and once wound up, they look just gorgeous. You can see the various colors in the yarn better in ball form than on the bobbin, I think.

Each one is about 90g (3 ounces) in weight, I can't speak for the yardage yet since I'm going to ply them up - stay tuned for results!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Singles Anyone?

Incidentally, you can click on that photo for a gratuitously large shot of singles...

I'm so are looking at three bobbins full of singles I've spun :) A total of 10 ounces of blue faced leicester space dyed (not by me, I bought it that way) roving converted into fingering weight singles. Because I personally have not had much luck knitting with singles that thin, I plan to ply these up - 2-ply most likely, as I've not had much luck at all with Navajo plying (3-ply to keep the colorway intact) - I made a right mess the last time I tried that.

It is possible that the yarn is knittable as is (well, once the twist is set anyway) since I have a tendency to over spin, but I figure why risk the frustration? Once plied, I will likely offer the lot up for sale, as individual 2 ply skeins. While they all came from the same roving, the way they were split, some sections had more blue and purple and some sections had more pinks. Stay tuned for plied results!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

A Fantastic ROAK

While I'm not an official member, I've been ROAK'd none the less. What is a ROAK? It's a random act of kindness. And I'm one of the multitudes of recipients of the ROAK planned by Elizabeth of My Favorite Things. After collecting all kinds of recipes from various knit bloggers, she formatted them, printed them up and bound them into a spiral bound book...272 pages of favorite recipes from various knit bloggers! She then proceeded to send a copy to each of the contributors! My copy arrived last night, and I've been perusing it for dinner ideas since then. Thanks Elizabeth!

You may notice the sidebar has been updated to include the various things I'm selling off. Please do contact me if you're interested in any of it. I'll probably keep it listed on my blog for a bit before taking it off to Ebay to try my luck there. I suspect various items will make an appearance as we actually go through our house and start clearing things out.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Apparently, I should go Purple.

No further cleaning has happened...and few things have found new homes. I figure I'll try here first, then perhaps post over to ebay.

Last night was spent going through a ginormous box of baseball cards - with a few football cards thrown in for good measure. Does anyone know how best to go about selling one's baseball card collection? (not mine, it's my husband's - I never would have guessed!)

Other things up for sale/trade:
a six inch black bladed Kyocera Chef's knife. It's in good order, and might need a sharpening (send it to Kyocera for sharpening) depending on how you like your cutlery, never been dropped or washed in the dishwasher.

In case you are wondering what's to be bought if I manage to sell off enough stuff? I'm drooling over digital SLR camera.

Oh and about that purple:

Your Hair Should Be Purple
Intense, thoughtful, and unconventional. You're always philosophizing and inspiring others with your insights.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Cleanin' Frenzy

I'm not sure what is going on, but my husband has gotten on a cleaning kick again. I think it had something to do with some crazy PBS show that was playing in the background this weekend about cleaning up must have worked its way subliminally into his mind because the next thing I knew, the front closet was being rearranged, and jackets and barely worn shoes were being placed in a pile for "redistribution."

I managed to escape unscathed so far, but will probably not escape for long.

Some items I know that will likely be looking for a new home include:

-A lightly used Omega 4000 Pulp Ejection Juice Extractor -why? I prefer smoothies, and love my Vitamix much more dearly.
-A lightly used Matfer Mandoline - because a sharp knife in my hand is much faster than fussing with a mandoline, even though I can't make crinkle or waffle cuts with a knife :D

In the way of Fiber, I'm likely going to be looking for a home for some of the following:
-Several skeins of Lion Brand Chenille - in various colors - I think I have a skein of purple, 2 skeins of black and quite a number of skeins (6 or 7) in Peacock (I think...actually, it's 8. I counted when I got home.)
-Numerous balls of Patons Beachcomber in dark blue

Any takers? Make me an offer...

Friday, October 07, 2005

just plain bored.

*sigh* I'm tied into completing some gift knitting and have high hopes for completing the other projects on needles before getting distracted and starting another project...

...sadly, I'm bored bored bored! The gift knits are easy knits, can be done anywhere, but I'm tired of knitting them (scarves. Two of them. At the same time. On the same needles. What was I thinking?!) The other unfinished projects? Cozy, of course - with 2 huge skeins of yarn to go (but I'm half way done!). I've considered ripping the thing out, and using the yarn for something else - but I don't know if I have enough yardage...the current candidate for the yarn should I be possessed to rip, is a wrap/throw from Alice Starmore...mmmm....aran knitting! The other project? Socks :D I'm on the cuffs...K2P2 ribbing...I've only got about a centimeter done...and it goes FOREVER because it's on US3 needles! The good news is I knit both socks together on the same circular needle (hooray for the magic loop - it's saved me from Second Sock Syndrome) so at least once I'm done, I'll have a pair of socks :D

Anyone else hitting a crafting slump?

BTW, I love my wheel...gratuitous yarn photos will be appearing sometime in the not too distant future :D

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

the Squid ate my Eggplant

...among other things.

Here at Half Baked, we seem to be troubled with minor technical difficulties....
First, yahoo groups is misbehaving, delivering messages all out of whack. It makes for wonderfully disjointed reading. Next, my email for my volunteer job kept wanting to do maintenance and kept logging me out (gotta love web based mail!) and finally, it seems I can't get into a couple sites from work today - one of them is SuperEggplant and I'm dying to find out what books she fetched from Kinokuniya (sadly bloglines truncated the entry, thus the tantalizing knowledge of a new craft book found...but which one?! Oh the curiosity is tremendous!) and it's not letting me into my volunteer webmail either. Both are returning various errors...but I've verified it is *just me* that seems to be affected. My computer has been rebooted, given a stern lecture and a time out, all to mostly no avail...after several tries using multiple browsers, I was finally successful in getting into my webmail using FireFox...but sadly, SuperEggplant's doings remain a mystery, a victim to a 113 no route found error.

Oh, and what's up with the Squid you ask? Beats me, I'm not IT savvy, but from what I can gather, it refers to this squid.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Technical Difficulties

My blog(s) seem(s) to have technical difficulties - pertaining specifically to photos uploaded directly to blogger....anyone else noticing these problems? The problem: The photos don't seem to load reliably - sometimes they appear, sometimes not. When they don't appear, often times the problem is fixed by refreshing the browser - other times, it doesn't work at all. I guess I'll have to post to blogger for assistance, and then if it's not resolved I'll have to move the photos to Flickr and update the blog accordingly. *sigh*

In other news, I did a little baking this weekend - if you are as partial to chocolate as I am, click here for details!

Sunday, October 02, 2005

A day to Lament

Attn: If you have not already yet discovered, the Matcha Green Tea Frappuccino is no more.

It has officially been "discontinued" and replaced with "Pumpkin Spice Latte" or some such.


Friday, September 30, 2005

Officially Thirty-Something!

Today is my Birthday :D And I'm officially a thirty something now. I think I'm starting to feel older, but I'm kinda hoping it's really just this stupid lingering cold.

But enough about that. Look! Look what my wonderful husband got me!! It's a wheel!!!!

Details, you ask? It's a Kromski Minstrel, in Walnut finish. Double treadle, double drive (though I have it set up as single drive with scotch tension right now). I've got the optional distaff on it (looks more castle like, no?) and an arch-style lazy kate (not in the photo). I've also got an extra large whorl for it, so I can try to teach myself how to spin much bulkier yarns (I tend to spin singles that are a bit thicker than fingering weight) .

It did require assembly, but it came together with hardly any tools (just a Phillips head screwdriver) and no difficulty at all. And yes, I have spun on it - there was a little bit of thick and thin going on at first, but I think I've gotten the hang of it now. I tried Navajo plying, but was having no luck with it - neither on my wheel nor on my I just went back to 2-ply - since i was too eager to ply up the first yarn off my wheel :D The yarn is currently sitting on a Niddy Noddy waiting for me to give it a bath to set the twist.

Oh - In case you're wondering, Marble doesn't know how to spin - but she does show surprising amount of interest in the treadles.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Freaking out about Holiday Knitting?

Not me...not yet anyway :D I've got only a foot done on each of the scarves (of which there will be two) - so I've got about 5 feet more to go! yeek. All other knitting has since been set aside, including my socks - and all they have left is boring K2P2 Ribbing for the cuff for as long as I wish to make them (they'll be slouchy socks I think - so maybe 3 or 4 inches of K2P2 - sounds all fine and good, but it's on US3 it takes longer than I would expect)

In any case, if you are freaking out about holiday knitting, the Harlot has some help and advice. Call and listen to her at 877-SOS-KNIT. It's a hoot. And it's free in the US and Canada :D

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Birthday Goodies

Not only did Amy treat me to crafting and Fruit Tarts, she also spoiled me with some birthday presents!! Such fun and colorful wrapping paper :) Tied together with coordinating yarn - and on the outside, a carebear and a skein of blue yarn - bet you'll never guess where it's from....Target! LOL! Off to the side, you'll see the fruits of my crafting time with Amy - she took pity on my pooor hands and we polymer clay'd my crochet hooks. Haven't had a chance to use them yet, but they certainly seem easier to handle now that they have proper handles on them. In addition to helping me bulk up my crochet hooks, Amy took some time to show me the basics of working with polymer clay - unfortunately, I can't show off my attempts (or the cute ebi pins Amy made while demonstrating manipulation of Fimo to me) as my camera refused to focus on such small items.

Anyway, I'm sure you're wondering what was in the wrapping was books! I looooove books!

I am now a proud owner of the ever popular Teva Durham's Loop-d-Loop - and the first project tagged is the leaf pullover :) I sure hope I have yarn in the stash already for it!

The second book is a Japanese sewing craft book - handmade Zakka. ISBN: 4579110080. It has a bunch of adorable little sewing projects inside...if I could just get past my issues with cutting fabric! LOL :)

Thanks so much Amy, you spoil me!

Monday, September 26, 2005

Pre-Birthday Weekend

What a fun weekend :)

Amy of Amyville had Chris and me over for some lunch and crafting, complete with surprise birthday treats for me! She's so thoughtful, Amy remembered I have a thing about AJ's Fruit Tarts :) and had some on hand for dessert! I felt so special and spoiled - thanks Amy!

Chris also had a surprise for each of us - handmade purses/knitting bags in our favorite colors! Mine is blue, Amy's Pink and Orange, of course! Perfect for storing a pair of knitting projects (I know, because I happened to have two - actually three projects on hand if you count both scarves I have on the same needle!)

And check out the inside - a zippered pocket and one that closes with velcro - Chris has thoughtfully placed the loop part facing out, so if you happen to have exposed yarn, it won't get chewed!

If you're interested in one for yourself, she's able to take requests on color :)

Pop over to her blog and leave her a comment - she's planning on opening an online shop soon.

Thanks Chris! I love it :D

Friday, September 23, 2005

Last bits of Summer

A little bit of summer trapped in a jar to welcome in the Autumn!

What is it? It's Prickly Pear Jelly! Made by a friend down in Tucson, and gifted to me. Yum! While my favorite season is autumn, summer in the southwest does have its delights - and prickly pear fruit is one of them. Unfortunately, none of my personal prickly pear seem to bear large fruit - I suspect part of the problem is they are cultivated for their appearance rather than their fruit - and I'm sure the fact that I don't supplement their watering doesn't help matters.

In any case, if you happen to have prickly pears on hand, and wish to make jelly, I hear the trick to making it gel is to throw in a couple unripe ones - as fully ripened prickly pears don't have much pectin.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

September's Sampler!

September's Sampler Arrived - it's like getting a semi-surprise self gift in the mail!

Some of my favorite items are pictured above...they include:

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Darn it, I missed!

I missed my official Blogiversary. How sad is that?

In the past year I've gone from knitting rectangles, very nice, but they were just knitting lace, the occasional garment, and I'm still cranking on my first official pair of socks. I've learned to spin, to support my fiber addiction...and I've learned how to crochet :) Not bad.

I've continued to cook and play in the kitchen, tho not much that has been blog worthy...

And I've managed to make friends with people who have somehow, one way or another, stumbled into my little piece of the internet. Thanks for popping by and dropping the occasional comment :) I appreciate each and every one!

Here's to more blogging and more random friendships!

Monday, September 19, 2005

C is for Cookie!

I love chocolate chip cookies. Especially fresh out of the oven with a tall glass of cold milk. Mmmmmm.

While I don't have a set recipe for the Chinese feast I cooked up in celebration of my Lunar birthday (a huge vat of hot and sour soup and fried dumplings :P), I do happen to have a link to the recipe I used for these tasty chocolate chip cookies.

Head over here for the details.

And no, the chocolate chip cookies were not served with the Chinese food - we had mooncake for dessert, of course!

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Celebrating the Harvest Moon

And my lunar birthday! I was born on the same day as the harvest moon in the Chinese calendar - and as such, I mark the date with the Mooncake festival every year :) I am partial to yolk free mooncakes, even though they are not considered as auspicious as those with yolks inside. This year I couldn't decide between Mung Bean cakes or Lotus Seed I bought a box of each. Yum!

Friday, September 16, 2005

Early Presents are the Best!

While I was delivering some Kilt Lifter to her and her husband as a thank you gift, Raquel surprised me with an early birthday present! Thank you Raquel! Isn't it lovely? Creative and reusable packaging (wooden wine bottle case) stuffed full with eight ounces of stunning blue-hued merino/tussah silk roving! Hooray! I haven't tried yet, but I suspect the wooden case will be just the perfect size to stuff my spindle inside along with some roving for a little bit of protection. I love it. And in my favorite color too :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Fire up those needles...

it's nearing holiday time.
That's right, Halloween candy is in the aisles...and next thing you know it it'll be stuff-yerself-with-Turkey day and then the official count down begins.

As such, the knitting needles have been pressed into action - various gifts are in the planning stage, others are in the execution stage :)

Of course, there's also some Personal Knitting going on...a pair of socks, Cozy (which actually got worked on this past weekend - 24 more rows done, and nearing the end of my 2nd skein of yarn - at least I *think* it's the end of the 2nd skein...I can't remember - the poor thing has been stuck on needles longer than I can remember. ) I'm flirting with the idea of knitting Leaves in Relief, though I'm thinking of doing it with a cabled braid down the sleeve instead of all those twining leaves....I certainly have the yarn for it - 1 full kilo of worsted wt cream colored Irish yarn...

Friday, September 09, 2005


Look! She's done! More details on her creation can be found here. She and Pasha are good friends - and they are going to be winging their way to a pair of sweet little girls who have been evacuated from their home due to Hurricane Katrina. I suspect when they evac'd they didn't take many toys, so hopefully these two will bring a bit of brightness to them.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Cat Bits

I've been taking a break from knitting to crochet....
... and I've found that while I can crochet reasonably quickly, and I love the fact that there's only one loop to keep track of, crocheting hurts my hand :( I don't know if it's the way I hold the hook, or if the hook handle is simply too small...

In any case, I have completed all the bits and pieces for a Matcha/Skimima/Flo & José - like kitty...and finishing syndrome has set in. What is it with finishing that makes me want to procrastinate and set it aside for later? Most of the hard work is done...all that is left is to put all the pieces together, after all!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

All Skeined Up!

:) amazing the difference lighting makes...I am continuing to struggle to get accurate representation of the color of this yarn. Anyhow, there they are...all skeined up :) Aren't they lovely?

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Pure Nerd.

Pure Nerd
69 % Nerd, 26% Geek, 21% Dork

For The Record: A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia. A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one. A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions. You scored better than half in Nerd, earning you the title of: Pure Nerd.
The times, they are a-changing. It used to be that being exceptionally smart led to being unpopular, which would ultimately lead to picking up all of the traits and tendences associated with the "dork." No-longer. Being smart isn't as socially crippling as it once was, and even more so as you get older: eventually being a Pure Nerd will likely be replaced with the following label: Purely Successful.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Prettily Plied

I'm very pleased to report that plying goes a lot faster than spinning :)

For a more details and bigger photos, go look here.

Of course, I haven't decided what I'm going to do with this yarn yet...I've got plenty more roving in this colorway - I think I bought 8 ounces total.

I'm currently contemplating keeping the small hank for myself to play with while offering up the larger hank for sale. In case you're wondering, the larger hank is 50g (about 2.5 oz) and contains about 79 yards (72.5 meters) of yarn.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Ready to Ply!

Well...Almost Ready to ply anyway :) I've got a full spindle of lovely Mojave colored Merino Roving spun up into singles - or one long single anyway. What is the proper terminology - does anyone know?

The plan is to transfer the yarn from the spindle onto a ballwinder so I can try to ply this into a 2 ply yarn using a center pull ball - I was going to try the Andean bracelet trick, but I'm worried that 1) I will wind up winding it too tightly around my hand and 2) the yarn will be prone to twisting on itself making a snarled mess.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Lack of Fiberly Pursuits

Well, work has got me in a slump. But perhaps you all have noticed...especially since I've been dreadfully remiss in updating my blog!

I seem to have recently fallen back into reading - mostly a wide variety of escapist reading...every now and again I work on a crochet project...but I've discovered that crochet seems to aggravate tendonitis in my hand. If I'm not reading or crocheting, I've actually found myself determined to completely fill my spindle so I can get to plying. It has to be close - it seems I've only got a few millimeters of unoccupied space before the spun yarn is flush with the edge of the whorl - the spindle still spins fine, and the accumulated fiber is not threatening to slide off the spindle shaft, so I guess I still have some more yarn to spin before I'm "officially" done. Interestingly enough, I've nothing on knitting needles at this time! How odd!

Monday, August 29, 2005

Gotta Love Technology

Well, it's been a while - needless to say, work has been keeping me plenty busy - the weekend was spent getting my weekly dose of sunshine (along with my fair share of bumps and scrapes...and apparently I got a bit too friendly with a prickly pear).

This morning I had planned on working from home (hooray for telecommuting) but that was quickly quashed by technical difficulties. I spent the first hour of my morning allowing the "Technical Assistance Center" break my machine further, only to have it returned to its semi-functioning self at the end of the call. Apparently if I decide to end the call, they consider the ticket closed, even if the problem is not resolved. How's that for customer service? *grumble* so after I get done with my phone meeting, I get to get back with the Tech folk to see if they can fix the problem.

Love it.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Recovery Weekend

Had a fantastic weekend just recovering - spent some time with Amy - and got a mixed assortment of stitchmarkers from her (all available at Amyville!) but sadly, I was too much the lazy (and hungry) individual to stage the photo shoots...lets just say it would have involved the stitch markers being displayed next to real size versions of the various foods...

Other than field trips to the north for food and yarn, we also popped into an amazing paper studio - I've always been fascinated with making paper - and they have a whole workspace and classes!! yeek! As if I need another craft! Lol.

The remainder of the weekend was spent either spinning (I nearly have my first spindleful of singles!) or curled up on the couch reading. I was a very much needed very relaxing weekend.

Monday, August 22, 2005

How odd.

Your Linguistic Profile:

70% General American English

15% Yankee

10% Dixie

5% Upper Midwestern

0% Midwestern

it would seem, that even though I grew up in the midwest, and never ever spent any time in the south, I somehow speak 0% midwestern american and 10% dixie. The Yank comes from my time in College, I'm sure.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Shop's Open

Well, I've gone and opened an Etsy Shop - for now it only has marble magnets for sale, but once I get my spinning in hand, I hope to have handspun yarns to offer. Sadly, my sewing is always the hardest for me to work on, so fabric-goods like totes and softies may be long in making an appearance.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005


Well, I subscribed to the Sampler last month, and I received my August Sampler package while I was at the OR show. Lots of goodies to be had, but I especially enjoyed the following:

Sorry, no photos, but you can certainly browse those Indie Artists and see their goodies for yourself :D

Tuesday, August 16, 2005


Well, I'm back :) Spent the last week ogling and petting gear at the Outdoor Industry Summer Retailer Show up in Salt Lake City, Utah. Needless to say, I'm exhausted, and the gear is loooovely! Nearly no knitting was accomplished during this time, but my August Sampler arrived :) More tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Spinning Bag!

Remember that floppy purse I made? Well, while it is a little floppy for regular use, I have discovered an excellent use for it! I use it to hold my predrafted roving while I'm spindling! I'm terribly uncoordinated and can't for the life of me figure out how to wrap roving happily around my wrist and feed it off for this turned out to be the perfect solution. Stuff roving in bag, sling bag on wrist, and draft away :) Sorry, no photos of spindling in progress - it's going reasonably well, if a little bit slowly - the spindle is nearly full, so I suspect I'll be trying my hand at plying soon! hooray!

Monday, August 08, 2005

Nearly Frogged

I nearly frogged this project to turn it into something had been on needles for what seems like quite some time - turns out it's not been too long - I originally had to rip it back out and redo math back in June - anyhow, I realized how close I was to being done, and I decided to finish it off. What is it? It's a Ribbon X-Back! Click on for photos and more details.