One Crazy Fiber Lady

The ramblings of a fiber-affected single mother of twins who makes a living as a code monkey

One Crazy Fiber Lady

Going for two

April 21st, 2014 · 2 Comments

Way back in the olden days, I used to post very regularly.  When I can stay on top of things, it is easier to stay up to date, the backlog/deficit doesn’t continue to grow and discourage me from posting.  So, now that I caught up, mostly, yesterday, I’m going to give regular posting a try again.  If anything it will serve as a distraction from work ;)

So yes, I have more cruise pictures.  This trip it was just the monkeys and me.  No grandparents along, just me spending more time with my kids than I have in a very long time.  It was pretty awesome (with some minor wrinkles).  We did things on the ship that we’ve not done in the past.  Yes, it was the same ship (Explorer of the Seas) that we’ve been taking year in and year out.  Its just to easy to drive the short distance to Bayonne, NJ and get on whatever ship is docked there.  In the past, and until November, it is the Explorer. Sooo…. we went ICE SKATING!  At sea.  Yes.  I haven’t been ice skating in over a decade and I know for sure, the rink wasn’t rocking gently either.  Woo boy.  The kids enjoyed it though :)



And yes, I really was on board.  Tough getting into the picture when you’re the one holding the camera most of the time.


We had a super awesome bonus of beautiful weather our last day at sea.  A day that is usually cold and has us hiding inside and mopey cause we’re going home, was warm with a wind directly behind us. That allowed us to go somewhere we’ve never been while underway – this is the edge of the helipad right up at the bow.   Notice how tall boy is getting.

Anyway….I think i finally have the perfect portable wheel.  I brought the Wee Robin with us in a 24″ hard sided suitcase.  I bought the wheel right before the trip and it arrived oh so timely.  I spun almost 8oz of fiber over the course of the cruise and had no issues with this wheel at all.  So much so that when we got back I sold the Cooper Sabrina.  She was a pretty little wheel, but I preferred the quicker setup/breakdown and the two treadles of the Wee.


The wheel lived on the coffee table tucked next to the TV at the end of the bed when she wasn’t in use.

And finally, I have yet another sweater on the needles.  This is my handspun yarn, that was done on the full sized Golding.  Fiber is Into the Whirled.  Natch.  I’m past the armpits and cruising along on the body.


Craft on!


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Still Alive

April 20th, 2014 · 3 Comments

I know its been a while since I last posted. Stuff has been going on. Work hasn’t gotten any better and as a matter of fact it is gotten worse. Can’t go into details but it is what it is. The kids and I went on a cruise with stops in Nassau, where we did this at Atlantis


and Florida where we went to Disney.


I both bought another wheel and have sold one.  Both are in this picture :)


I finished a pair of socks:


Started a new pair:


And I’ve been spinning!


That should catch us up.  I’ll try and post more regularly now that I’ve caught up ;)

Craft on!

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Stitch by Stitch

March 5th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Not sure why I didn’t adopt the cafeteria at the office before for lunch, but I have now. The food is surprisingly good (today was teriyaki salmon) and it is plenty big and quiet. I have my kindle and my knitting.

The sock is growing nicely. Work is meh. I have an obnoxious coworker who makes me want to throat punch him. Most of the actual work is still good. I’m currently porting the iPad apps to Android. But this guy is making it tough to want to make this place my long term home. We shall see. Going on a cruise with the kids two weeks from Friday. Maybe a vacation with remove the knot from my chest and reduce the impulse to update my resume.
 Craft on!
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Still life

March 4th, 2014 · No Comments

I had a nice normal length lunch today where I even got to knit! I’ve finished the first sock and now past the toe increases for its mate.

 Why yes I do have a French press at the office. It makes a much better cup of coffee than the coffee maker here.
 Craft on!
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Impressionable youth

March 3rd, 2014 · 2 Comments

You want to see what happen when you let a ten year old boy watch a little Game of Thrones? Well you come home from work to find this by the front door (or castle gate if you prefer)…

 So very proud of my son Joffrey Alexander.
 Craft on!
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February 24th, 2014 · 2 Comments

I did quite a bit of spinning yesterday. I’ve split the 4 oz into thirds and have the first two done. I’m about to sit down and start the last bit while I watch the Bachelor.

 I included a standard Schact bobbin to show how very huge the bobbins for the Norm Hall are. They are immense! And yet the wheel is very fast. The hugeness makes it look like I’ve barely spun anything but there is well over an ounce each. They should all ply up to a nice fingering weight. Have to love the speed of a CPW with more than one bobbin, and a giant one at that!

Today only sucked a little. I went to the mall for lunch and did a little retail therapy. Made my first stop in a Vera Bradley store and picked up my very first of her bags. Much lighter than the leather Coach bag that I’ve been toting around. Though it is far more colorful than I am used to!

 Craft on!

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February 23rd, 2014 · 2 Comments

Once again it has been a long time between posts.  I guess I’ve fallen out of the regular habit of posting.  That doesn’t mean I don’t think about it, I do.  Often.  I still take pictures and look at projects with an eye towards posting.   I just don’t get around to do it, or take the shortcut and post the picture directly to Facebook or Ravelry.  Since I’ve paid for yet another year of hosting, I might as well try and take advantage of it.

Work has been stressful recently and not because I have too much to do and not enough time to do it.  That’s pretty much S.O.P.  I’m busy re-writing the company’s iPad apps in a cross platform way using Xamarin so I only really have to write the real code once and just add pretty front ends for each platform we’re targeting.  For some crazy reason, my boss thought I could do three apps on three platforms each in two months, on a part time basis since I spend half my days putting out fires in the current website codebase and tilting at windmills.  Fun.  Not.    I’ve grown to like my job less and less over the last month or so since I’ve gone from a Lead position to one of peon.  My 15 years of programming experience were recently compared to 6 months of side learning from videos.  Yeah.  Not so much.  The stress level is increasing daily and my coping mechanisms are being challenged.

This weekend I remembered how much better fiber makes me feel.. and not the bran kind of fiber.  The wool kind and particularly when mixed with whirling wood.


The fiber is merino/sw merino/silk in Courtly Frog from Into the Whirled.  It arrived yesterday and I started spinning it immediately!  No marinating time at all! The wheel is my Norm Hall on the fastest whorl.  Think CPW with Jumbo bobbins for this wheel.  She’s super fast with massive amount of storage.  I haven’t used her all that much, but will be doing more in the future.  I’m going to make an effort to spin more as it really does help me unwind and I can seriously use that about now.  I’d rather not continue coming home ready to rip someone’s face off.

I’ve also been knitting, though that seems to be limited to Hebrew School Sunday mornings while waiting for the kids to get out.

IMG_1547I’ve taken to hanging at Panera with a tablet to watch Netflix while I knit :)  That’s the first of the latest pair of socks that I cast on probably in October now.  I do miss the train for knitting while I don’t miss the hour+ commute.

Craft on!


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January 13th, 2014 · 2 Comments

This feels like the old days when I knitted every day. Doing a little lunch time sock knitting. Yarn is Miss Babs if I remember correctly.

Craft on!

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January 12th, 2014 · 5 Comments

I must confess, I added yet another spinning wheel to the fold.  I’m still sort of on the quest for the perfect spinning wheel for serious travel when I won’t be a short walk to the car to get whatever I don’t feel like schlepping right then.  I have some grand ideas of taking a wheel onto a cruise ship and spinning.  A girl can dream. 

Anyway I’ve gone through a number of small wheels that fold/break down but don’t pass muster for one reason or another.  The Sidekick went because assembly was just too many steps.  Some others (Victoria) didn’t keep the position because while they went together quick, they just weren’t enjoyable to spin on. I *might* have the solution this time.   I spotted this wheel for sale on Ravelry – the usual source—and decided to take a chance.  I had an exchange with the craftsman who fashioned it wherein he described the breakdown/setup process.  I couldn’t get any idea of real size of the thing but the images I could find online gave me an idea that it was small.   I wasn’t prepared for how small.  This is what came out of the box two nights ago (iPhone included for scale):

Fully assembled and sitting next to the Matchless:

How cute is she??  She’s also got the niftiest of flyer designs:

And yes. She can spin.  This 4oz ball of fiber looks huge:

She’s a Carson Cooper Sabrina wheel in a mixture of woods, primarily cherry with a 12" metal drive wheel and metal flyer.  I thinks I love her Smile

Oh yes, I still knit.  I started a test knit project.  Not sure how much I can divulge, but I feel this picture is safe:

It’s a pullover in Cascade 220 Fingering, held double throughout.  What you see is the folded hem with the dark on the inside. 

Craft on!

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Happy New Year

January 7th, 2014 · 1 Comment

I know that it has been a while since my last post. It should go without saying that I have been keeping busy. I’m still making progress on the plying on the fly spindle, as well as a number of other things. Hopefully more soon.

Craft on!

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