I finished Fylingdales last weekend and Earl helped me opput the buttons on. He’s such a helpful kitty!
November 15th, 2013 · 1 Comment
October 22nd, 2013 · 6 Comments
Saturday was the annual pilgrimage to Rhinebeck, NY. I had my trusty festival buddy, Miss Kat, along for the ride this year. The weather was beautiful, the wool fumes intoxicating, and it always feels like being home amongst my kind. Nowhere else can you wander up to someone, touch their knitwear and compliment/question it. It is a tactile persons heaven, though it can be a tad overwhelming at times. Its become extremely crowded, making it difficult to see and touch all the things, but I wouldn’t miss it for the world.
I went this year to deliver my Hansen MiniSpinner to Jessalu as it and I just never made good friends. I liked spinning on it, but sadly, the motor would overheat and shut down with my style of plying. Not a problem I have on the Womack so it was time to move it along. Jess was in the market, I was ready to sell, so the stars alined. Which they truly did because as she was texting me that she’d arrived at the fairgrounds and was at the gate, I was yelling her name as I too approached the gate. Serendipity indeed!
Other than the delivery, my shopping list was small, and honestly not much of a list. I was finally going to get the spinning chair from Norm Hall that I bought from him at the fair last year. I wanted some fiber from Cris, wanted to see what Loop had (conveniently right across from Cris), and wanted a sweaters worth of some crisp fiber to spin something else from A Fine Fleece now that Fylingdales is well under way. Okay so I got those things, and some Fiber Optic, a new spindle from the Bosworths, and a new wheel.
There. I said it. Yet another wheel. I had been wandering through a barn, happened on the Robin Wheel booth and asked if I could try it. I’ve never been a big fan of bobbin-lead but then my exposure has been relatively limited. I tried I think 3 of them in all these years of
wheeling and dealing spinning, the last one being a Babe Pinkie. Not exactly some of the smoothest spinners out there. So anyway, I decided to give these beautiful wheels a shot figuring it might just be a better experience, after all, others I know and respect love them. I sat and spun. And spun. And spun. Then I decided I wanted one to discover there were two available for sale: one in cherry and another in black walnut. I had trouble deciding which I wanted, cherry would match all the other cherry, but since the Van Eaton left, there is no black walnut (other than maybe the accent on the Schacht). Angela, who was booth helping for Gil, suggested the only logical thing, try them both. So I did. And I spun. And spun. And spun. Swapped wheels. Repeat. Repeat again. I decided on the Walnut because it is different from the others in the herd in more than one way.
I spent Saturday evening trying her out with a Loop batt while watching the Red Sox beat the Tigers and move onto the WORLD SERIES!
She spins very nicely and I can spin my standard thickness (or lack thereof) without fighting the bobbin lead! Nice. Opens up a whole new avenue for the collection
I’m going to have to keep up the quest for the travel wheel because I just lost the last one I acquired for that purpose:
That’s little miss tucked between the end of her bunk bed and dresser (smallest spot in the room) with
my Joy spinning away on some of the Falkland batt I bought her from Cris. Saturday evening after we got home and unloaded the car, she pulled out her spindle and the fiber and started to go. But had little success, getting terribly upset, and maybe a little mad. She hasn’t spun since June and the bash at the Goldings, so no surprise that she was having trouble. Add in that she was trying a merino/silk blend iirc and a new spindle. I knew that she’s got the spinning action down so I suggested that she try a wheel again. So she did. And spun. And spun I found her like this Sunday evening before bed. No spinning last night but she went to sleep at 6 complaining of a headache. Poor smidgen.
I can’t tell you how happy it makes me that my kids are spinning. For one, it will give us something to share, some common ground that hopefully will pull us together as they grow up. Kat and I spent a while Saturday night, sitting side by side, spinning on our wheels. It also means that my herd will be recognized for what they are, what they are worth and appreciated. Kat’s goal at this point is to practice enough to be able to spin on <gasp> on of the Goldings
August 29th, 2013 · Comments Off
While I might not be taking the train everyday or even working from home most of the week, the new job is awesome. And when the boys ( my partners in crime ) aren’t in because they work from home and when I don’t go to the gym, I can have a nice quiet lunch. Like today. With my clown barf yarn slowly becoming a sock.
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August 17th, 2013 · Comments Off
Because I haven’t started something new in a while, it was time to cast on a new project. I had this yarn for a while, as well as pattern, so it was time to work on this cute little tee shirt pattern that I bought on Amazon: Miley Tee. Seeing as it is a summer sweater there was no better time than now.
Casted on the Lavold Hempathy on US4 needless. So far so good.
August 16th, 2013 · 1 Comment
I dug out an old project to see if I could still actually make it happen. This is the crazy socks in crazy thin silk. I am almost done with the increases for the calf. Getting there. This is also the first time that I put the stocking on and I am happy to find that it will probably fit
July 29th, 2013 · Comments Off
I ran my first 5K a week ago as part of a relay team for the NJ State Triathlon. It was pretty awesome. I did it in 41:16.7, which is better than I expected. It was pretty hot and humid. Someone took this as I was approaching the finish.
I’ve already signed up for the next 5K, this one in October, the Perfect 10. Hoping for better time
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July 28th, 2013 · Comments Off
I know it's been yet another blogging break for me. Been busy. Between the road trip to Vermont for the Goldings bash, which was AWESOME for all sorts of reasons, the road trip to Pennsylvania (more on that in a bit), starting the new job and running my first 5k, I've been busy. I bought some new spindles and started spinning some super fine silk:
I received a new wheel (pocket wheel) and have since sold it. Which is a shame as I was hoping that it was the holy grail of travel wheels. Alas it was not to be as it didn't agree with the ankle and I kept getting hit in the leg by the flyer Road Bug style. It sold super fast and I ordered the best of the past, an Ashford Joy, which is a smaller light weight wheel that isn't bad to spin on. It should be here this week. The Golding Travel Wheel is an awesome spinner but a tad large and heavy and something that I will definitely not be taking to the boat.
The new job is awesome so far. Three weeks in and I am over the moon happy with the chance I've been given. It is the best of all worlds. The commute is all of 8 miles and I can drive there in less than 30 minutes even hitting traffic and all lights red. Yes I had this with the consulting gig but the job itself was terrible and non-challenging in anyway except trying to contain my growing frustration and not snapping heads off. This job is making use of all my skills. We've got a new developer starting tomorrow that ill be leading
Ok now for the new wheel. I found this wheel listed on Ravelry and Etsy and couldn't let it pass me by. I've finally got a Norm Hall for the herd.
She spins super nice too. Came with FIVE bobbins which are just immense!
Bobbins from left to right:
- Journey Wheel
- Pocket Wheel
- Schacht Matchless
- Norm Hall
I've made progress on Wingspan as well:
That brings us closer to caught up. More soon.
June 27th, 2013 · 1 Comment
I can definitely be accused of having a busy monkey brain. I flit hither and thither on all hobbies big and small. I’ve been bouncing between coding for fun, spindle spindle (drop and support), wheel spinning and knitting. But this is nothing new for me (nor you if you’ve been around these here blog parts long enough). I added features to the iOS version of my knit counter and its been approved by Apple. Thanks to a query by an Android version user, I’ve been prodded towards making the same modifications. Towards that end, I picked up a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 so that I had a modern platform to test the code on. My ancient (and no longer used/updated) Droid X just wasn’t going to cut it. Got my development platform updated and now just have to decide the best way to add the features without breaking everything!
I have an insane number of spinning projects going. There’s the remainder of the 40z of BFL fiber that I started last summer during the TdF on my Bosworth moosies. I think I finally hit the halfway point on that project.
I have another drop spindle project, the Shetland wool on a bunch of Goldings that someday I hope to make a hap shawl out of. I’m almost done with the first 4oz of the multi colored stuff, but have a second 4oz, as well as 4oz each of coordinating solids. I’m leaning towards the multi being the outer color on the shawl, so I guess I should have started with a solid
I think this one is going to be my TdF project for this year as I’m on Team ITW and Team Golding. This one covers both bases.
No pictures of any wheel spinning, but I’ve now added yet another knitting project: Wingspan, in leftover Kauni Effektgarn from my second Kauni sweater. I wooshed thru the first two triangles and its languished there for a couple of days. Oh well. I’ll return to it when I can stay up past 8pm.
I think I’m just a US4 knitter as I’m happiest on that sized needle. Also, I’d like to add, the Signature Stilettos that I bought at MDSW are probably my favoritest needles of ALL.TIME.
And now for other news that I announced on Facebook yesterday because it became official. I applied for a permanent position at the company where I’ve been consulting for the last year. It is in a different department and not a support developer role but as Lead Developer in the Marketing Communications group. I’ll be working on the public facing web products rather than the internal tools as I’ve done for the last year. It was a position that they sent an email around to all IT on 6/10. I saw the description and felt as if it had been written with me in mind. I tweaked my resume and applied. Two days later I had an interview. The next day I had a second rounder with the VP, as well as HR (Thursday). Monday I was told they were going to make an offer, but needed to have their lengthy process play out (signatures on it from VPs, Moses, G-d, etc) and i should hear something by Thursday. Well, didn’t take that long. On Wednesday, Fedex delivered an offer package. Yesterday, after signing all paperwork, surviving a background check and passing a hair drug test, my start date became official: July 8th. It will be nice to become a FTE again with benefits and time off (yes I know my time off was built into my hourly rate as a consultant but I’d have to keep reminding myself that when a holiday rolled around and I could no longer bill or get paid for a 40 hour week!).
This weekend, Miss K and I are heading to Vermont for a bash at the Golding Farm. I’m really looking forward!
June 21st, 2013 · Comments Off
I’ve been lacking in the knitting mojo recently. Beyond making a couple of hexipuffs and working on a sock when out and about, nothing has been really speaking to me to work on it since I finished that last sweater (which I just remembered needs to be blocked – along with the one finished before it). I finally struck on something that I’ve wanted to knit for a while…
Meet Wingspan! I’m using the Kauni left over from the second attempt at Kauni. I’m zipping along on the first triangle. Hopefully it continues to hold my attention. I guess my happy place involves lots of stitches on a US4
I have some changes that aren’t quite official yet, but fingers crossed the formalities will be met and I can announce it in the next week or so.
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June 14th, 2013 · 1 Comment
I’m late to this party, but I’m having a great time. After seeing lots of people do the Beekeeper’s Quilt, I decided to join along. I have a lot of leftover sock yarn considering I can make a pair for myself out of a single skein of Lorna’s. The full sized skeins of hand paints these days gives me more than enough yarn for a pair for me, a pair for one of the kids and then leftover. I got off to a slow start, but am starting to book on these:
I have a ways to go before there are enough for a blanket, but its moving along.