Thursday, May 31, 2007

Blue Baudelaires...and yarn for sale

Look! Finished objects! And only ripped and redone once ;)

Knit from yarn left over from my Swallowtail. Full details, as usual, are available over here at the Finished Objects Blog

While I'm directing you hither and yon, I should also mention I did list the Tropical Sea yarn in the shop, but I apparently forgot to activate it. Oops. It's there now for the taking ;)

There are a total of three skeins available, 2 in a DK weight (linked above) and one in sport weight.

While I'm showing yarn for sale, don't forget to check the Stash Redistribution Blog...there is a bunch of stuff over there.
-SWTC Gianna, Karaoke, Pagoda, Melody,Optimum and Optimum DK and Twize
-Skacel Fuego
-Reynolds Lite Lopi
-Heirloom Aristocrat
-Cascade 220
-Berocco Uxbridge Tweed
-and a bunch of others.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Knit from the Stash.

I love Ravelry! It's still in beta, but they are slowly letting more and more people join - it's a fantastic way to organize and keep track of projects and project notes...and your stash.

Because I'm such a sucker for organizational tools, I took the opportunity to load in my previous projects as well as my stash.

Now, I've been knitting from my stash for quite some time. I know that I have a lot of yarn....I did not realize just how much yarn I have. Needless to say, after cataloguing yarn - only the full balls, mind you - none of the remnants or reclaimed yarns nor any of the cones that I have laying around (yes, cones) nor does it include any of my own handspun - I have approximately 70 different yarns in the stash - some are the same, with different colorways, but not as many as I expected. I haven't been brave enough to try the excel export yet.

Anyhow, there are an awful lot of yarns that could do well in someone else's stash, so I have taken the opportunity to list em up over on the Stash Reduction blog. If you like something just send me a note via the "contact me" link in the sidebar. In the meantime, I'm going to try to figure out what all I should queue up :) I have a big stash to knit thru!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

More OPK!

I am always amazed when I spend time with the Luscious Gracious Clan - they all knit, and they all knit together :) It certainly doesn't hurt that they like to knit with my yarn ;) Check their blog for their creative creations - and make sure you check their sidebar for all kinds of additional goodness.

All of the members of the family are prolific knitters, the above is just a small sampling - from a baby hat in Globe Mallow in a unique parallelogram stitch pattern, to a pair of hats from Domiknitrix: Whip Your Knitting into Shape, to a wonderful scarf to a completely original top down sweater...did you know, it only took two skeins of Sylph to knit that lovely sweater?!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Freshly Buttoned...

For the longest time, I have been using this button in my sidebar...while it conveys the idea of yarn, hopefully handpainted, and in my own "favorite" color, though you'd never know it by looking at what's in the shop - which, for some reason, seems to trend to pinks and greens. I don't know what it is, but somehow, every time I set aside time to dye, I wind up with an awful lot more pinks and greens...

Anyhow, I now have a new logo, and a new button to go along with it! She doesn't really lend herself to small buttons, but I am rather pleased with her. So far, she's unnamed, going by Sassy Sprite - she was designed by a friend of mine who loves to draw. I've been looking for a Sprite of sorts to represent the shop for some time, but I'm personally a little lacking in the illustration department. I adore the fact that she is happily clasping a yarn ball!

Anyhow, either button can be used to link to Spritely Goods - all I ask is that you save it to your own server. If you need help or instructions on how to do this, please let me know and I'll do my best to help you out :)

Friday, May 18, 2007

Carb Loading...

Well, not really ;) though the running is coming along (slowly - I'm still relegated to jog/walk intervals while I try to figure out if my shoes are dead, and while I bide my time for my new orthotics to arrive)...

I had a rare non-dye weekend at home, and was thinking of baking some bread...but I wasn't relishing having the oven on for the length of time it takes to bake the bread. Conversations with Raquel the Enabler, got me thinking of possibly doing it on the grill....but since I've not cooked or baked anything on the grill yet, I figured I should try something a little easier...

Pizza! (sorry, we ate the grilled one before I managed to get a photo of it with its lovely grill marks). I love my stand mixer - it made quick work out of making the dough :)

Read on for my comments.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Willows, Pottery and Leather....

Sounds like I'm redecorating, doesn't it?

Actually, willows, pottery and leather are the traditional (and modern) gifts for a ninth anniversary :) I, of course, ignored it all and opted for tech-fabric. And my husband ignored it all in favor of a lovely potted plant (that I certainly hope the cat keeps his little teeth from - he seems to have a thing for tasting the greenery in the house). Apparently there are other surprises in store, but he's not saying what :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

It's an Ice Cream kind of day.

Good thing it's free scoop day at Haagen Dazs ;)
Actually, it's New Flavor Day so your scoop is limited to one of two flavors...but's ice cream :) who could complain about that?!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Celebrating Project Spectrum

Pinks Greens and Yellows - the color triad for Project Spectrum for April and May. If you want to find out more about what each of the items are in the photo above, visit its flickr page.

I've been surprised this month - I honestly did not realize quite how much pink or green I had in the Shop! I had noticed that I seem to be trending towards the greens an awful lot with the dyework, and it's one of the colors I am always fascinated by out here in the desert. While we don't have much of the "bright" greens, there are plenty of greens to be seen, even more so if all the elevation ranges are included. They say in some places of Arizona, just due to the elevation changes, it can be like seeing life zones all the way from Mexico to Canada!

I'm really enjoying Project Spectrum because it's really opened my attention to colors all around me!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

I must be getting old...

because I am wishing I could visit this shop.

Seriously, I've been anxiously waiting for my vacuum cleaner to kick it so I can get a new one :) I keep thinking between the dust bunnies, fur balls and wool bits, it surely should have decided to go to the big vacuum repair shop in the sky....but nooo....

Another thing I covet is the Nature Mill - though what I'd do with all that compost is beyond me. I got interested in it after doing a whole mess of googling on indoor composting as I can't have an outdoor compost heap - the idea of messing around with worms was wigging me out, so I was pretty excited when I stumbled across the Nature Mill - though I will admit, worms would be much more economical....

Wednesday, May 09, 2007


What on earth is OPK? OPK is other people's knitting :)
Spring must be in the air as two projects have been photographed and emailed to me - both, serendipitously, in the Spring is Here colorway!

The first, is a pair of socks in Fey, knit by Naomi - the pattern is Tropicana from Magknits. I love how the colors came together :) nice and ripply - just gorgeous.

The second lovely Spring is Here goodness is a scarf - knit from two skeins of the Sprite DK/Sport weight yarn. This wonderful scarf was knit by Lalana - she has angora anyone who has a need for angora wool, go pay her a visit - I hear she's harvesting bunny fluff for selling - very few guardhairs she tells me :) I'm still working through a rather large purchase of angora fluff otherwise I'd be all over it!

Both photos are featured in the Shop Gallery - and of course, if you have finished objects knit with Spritely Goods please feel free to point me in the right direction! I'd love to see it :)

Monday, May 07, 2007

As the heel turns...

In addition to moving forward with the all clear to run (or wog in my case) on the treadmill, eventually to move to pavement and outdoor running (though that's not likely any time soon just because the summer appears to have made an appearance)... the tendinitis is also diminishing!

I picked up the knitting, and after reacquainting myself with my location in the chart, I happily turned the heels on these socks :D

Incidentally, I've also been knitting on some sleeves (though I apparently have a long way to go yet!) but they don't look very exciting, what with them being miles and miles of stockinette ;)

Thursday, May 03, 2007

a Duck in the Desert?

While I have indeed seen mallards and herons and other waterfowl (even a misplaced pelican!), I had thought this was more of a recent thing with the "developed" waterways out here.

Apparently, there were indeed ducks, or something that looked an awful lot like a duck out here a long time ago, as there is a petroglyph of one out here.

I will admit, this is the only duck petroglyph I've ever seen. It is certainly unique and different. Incidentally, out of all the other petroglyphs in the area, this was the only duck or bird that I saw.

More interestingly, the duck wasn't on its own - it's actually a part of a panel of petroglyphs that feature a human-like figure, along with at least a pair of deer. I say at least a pair because there seems to be a faint deer in the background that I really didn't notice when I took the original photo. I admit it was difficult to really see the panel very well as the sun shining strongly on it, making it so I nearly missed it completely!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Baa Baa Black Sheep...Have You any Wool?

Yes ma'am, yes ma'am way more than three bags full!

In addition to getting in a whole slew of new products last month, from wonderful bamboo tools for knitting and crochet as well as for your kitchen to wonderfully soft merino wool yarns from Malabrigo to an adorable postcard that features a little lamb on yarny hills - it's perfect to use to send greetings or thanks to another yarn lover - mail it as a postcard, or pop it in an A5-sized envelope!

Of course, in addition to hunting down new product, I wouldn't have been doing my job if I wasn't keeping up with the dyework ;) I've been getting a workout moving the dyepot around, and the house has been filled with the smell of wet vinegary sheep. The dust-bunnies and fur-balls from the cats blowing their coats have been joined by bits of wool (my poor vacuum cleaner has been earning its keep!)...and the shop has been updated.

In case you're wondering, this last update was the biggest one yet...with over twenty-two pounds of fiber being dyed. Any guesses as to how many trader joes bags that is? Well, I already gave away the fact that it's quite a bit more than three...I will admit that the bins I currently have for storing skeined yarn and prepared fibers are not sufficient to contain it all. The bins are full to overflowing, and I've had to do up some make-shift containers to hold it all in an organized of I could only figure out how to use all this yarn to add to the insulation of my house ;)

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So...Any guesses?

Well, if you guessed seven, then you're way better at estimating that I was :) And yes, there is one whole bag of newly dyed spinning fibers in addition to all that yarn!

Cruise over to the shop to check it all out!