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.

Friday, August 05, 2005


Hey - does anyone out there use Connect? If so, and you want a code for 5 song downloads, please let me know. I don't use it, nor do I tend to download music. So...first come first served. :D And while this may seem like a blatant plea for comments, it's not. ;) not really anyway :D

Thursday, August 04, 2005

A new Fiberly Pursuit!

Fantastic time was had the last few days hanging with other fellow crafters...

First was a farewell to Alison as she is moving from the Southwest to the Southeast...and while my time was limited, it was certainly good to be able to put some faces to blogs as a goodly portion of the ladies present were from the local SnB.

And yesterday I met up with Chris for a delicious Indian food dinner, lively and thought provoking conversation....and Crochet!

That's right - after all, you must have seen it coming, what with the small herd of Japanese Crochet Books that have landed in my library. And can you guess what I've cast my hook out on? Why it's a the style of Matcha. Crochet is great - and there's only the one loop to worry about :) Perfect for portable projects :D Sorry, no photos yet, as I've just got a bit of a circle goin' on!

Tuesday, August 02, 2005


Thanks to the pointers to CafePress and Etsy :)

I'm also going to check out Zazzle too.

I haven't been very happy with the available apparel products on CafePress - and I've not yet had a chance to look very closely at Zazzle yet. My main problem is ideally i'd like high quality organic cotton or hemp shirts - but the only way that is going to happen is if I print the darn things myself. As for the cards, cups, mousepads and such, I still haven't decided which way to go. Anyone have anything to say about either Zazzle or CafePress's print on demand for those types of items? Good quality? Crisp images?