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Entries from November 2008

Giving Thanks

November 27th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Happy thanksgiving to all. The kids are enjoying the indoor pool at the hotel. As am I, especially the hot tub!

Craft on!

Tags: Family

Follow Up

November 24th, 2008 · 12 Comments


I guess its time to come clean. ¬†I mentioned recently that I was trying to get on the waiting list for a Wyatt Pegasus. ¬†Well on Friday I saw a sales post on the Spin-Sales group where someone was selling hers. ¬†Fortuitious no? ¬†Naturally I lept and sent an inquiry regarding the wheel. ¬†It was still available, however it was a right flyer and a miner’s head too.

Miner’s head scare me. ¬†That pointy bit of metal sticking out scares this klutzy individual witless. ¬†Additionally I’m also left flyer kind of girl. ¬†Its a gorgeous wheel that I’d still love, but that configuration just wouldn’t work for me. ¬†

However, in the background of one of the pictures she sent, I spotted a beautiful wheel. ¬†I re-read her posting, which had listed some 6 different wheels. ¬†Below the Jensen Tina II (which I usually remember last minute that I have one too) was a Van Eaton 24″ Production wheel in Black Walnut with many extra bobbins. ¬†I requested pictures of that if it was still available. ¬†It was and those pictures I received are the ones I posted as a teaser the other day. ¬†After doing some research into the wheel and getting the sellers opinion as to how it compares to say the Tina or a Schacht, i decided I had to have it. ¬†I sent off a check and when it clears, she’ll be shipping me my new wheel. ¬†I can’t wait.

You know what a new wheel means, right? ¬†One has to go. ¬†This one is a tad bittersweet for me. ¬†I sold my Lendrum folding wheel. ¬†My very first wheel. ¬†I know I can’t use it, it hurts the ankle too much, but she was my first. ¬†I also sold my drum carder. ¬†I don’t use that either. ¬†I have so little craft time that when i do have craft time, I’d much rather spin, then prepare fiber. ¬†That baby went off to her new home in Utah today.

So there you have the rest of the long story 🙂

As I don’t have enough going on, remember my sister is with child. ¬†A baby girl. ¬†Remember also that I spun me some yarn to knit the wee one a sweater. ¬†Well, last week after injuring my knee and spending the weekend laid up, I got some serious baby knitting done…

Whatever could this be?

Of course, it’s a Baby Surprise Sweater!



¬†Here’s a closeup of the cute little buttons I found in my stash:

Awww widdle bunny

Awww widdle bunny

We’re headed out to my sister’s house for the holiday. I’ll finish up the seams and sewing the buttons on before we leave on Wednesday. The baby girl keeps threatening to come early and this weekend provides to be a good time for sweater turnover 🙂

And because I don’t have enough going on, I took the kids to buy new coats last week. ¬†Three winters out of a single pair of coats just wasn’t to be 😉 ¬†Alex’s arms were finally getting too long for his, though Kat could probably have worn hers for another year. ¬†She just hates to wear a coat and had refused to put it on to day. ¬†I figured that maybe being able to pick a new one would take some of the coat sting away. ¬†So off to Sears and the Land’s End section we went. ¬†Out we walked with 3 new coats. ¬†One each for the monkeys and one for their mama. ¬†Got tired of that hideous raspberry coat I’ve been wearing for 4 winters now. ¬†Problem I generally have is that I wait until late in the season to buy and wind up with one that fits, but the ickiest to me color. ¬†Not this time. ¬†My new baby is a Land’s End Weatherly Parka in Spice Brown. ¬†Not surprisingly, this brown coat has pink and cream accents. ¬†Go figure. ¬†After years of Neapolitan rovings and yarns, my winter coat now matches. ¬†But it does mean that the charcoal and pale pink that I bought to make the Fiddlehead mittens now doesn’t match so well. ¬†I picked up a skein of Cascade 220 Superwash in a perfectly matching brown yesterday at MY. ¬†Last night I got busy:

Neapolitan Fiddlehead Mittens

The mittens will have a cream alpaca lining. MmmmMMmmMMM. Can’t wait!

That’s about it for today. ¬†I’m far behind in just about everything right now. ¬†Sorry 🙁

Have a happy Thanksgiving to all!

Craft on!

Tags: Adult · Gifts · Stash Enhancement

A long story

November 21st, 2008 · 9 Comments


….sorry no time right now to tell it 😉

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Tags: Spinning

Like Coming Home

November 14th, 2008 · 9 Comments

With all the sweater and other knitting recently, I’ve been seriously jones-ing for some lace. ¬†I’ve managed to fight the urge for a while now, but after finishing the mittens yesterday, I couldn’t fight the fight any longer. ¬†I spent some time perusing my lace queue at Ravelry but nothing jumped out at me. ¬†I then moved to the large pattern collection on the whole and found what I wanted to do. ¬†Adamas. ¬†Last night fortunately was SnB night and MY has a nice selection of laceweight yarn. ¬†I found me a yummy skein of Misti Alpaca Handpaint Laceweight in shades of green. ¬†Reminds me of the ranges of greens in summer foliage. ¬†Naturally I cast on immediately 🙂


Adamas is born

Adamas is born

Not the greatest of pictures, but the best I could do this morning on the train.  I likes it.  And it is like coming home again for this lace knitter!

Kat discovered her newly finished mittens on the kitchen table this morning and immediately put them on.  A happy kitten in her new mittens (and hat)!


Happy in Mittens

Happy in Mittens

And yes, she is wearing a nightgown. ¬†They have pajama day one Friday a month at school. ¬†I like those Fridays as we don’t have a fight over what to wear.

Lastly, I haven’t neglected my teacher gift knitting duties. ¬†I worked on the second bag on the ferry this morning…

Teacher Bag 08

Teacher Bag 08

The color isn’t quite right in this picture. ¬†The yarn is a darker purple in reality.

Have a good weekend! ¬†We have a birthday party at Build-A-Bear tomorrow. ¬†Yay 😉

Craft on!

Tags: Gifts · Lace

Busy Busy

November 13th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Sorry for the recent dirth of posts.¬† Life has gotten a bit busier recently for a couple of reasons.¬† We’re on a pretty tight development schedule at work (I’m actually ahead of my project plan for a change), and I started studying for the first exam on my way towards the Microsoft Certification (MCPD in ASP.Net for those that care).¬† I’m hoping to take the test next month.¬† I’ve been juggling spinning with video gaming and knitting at home… oh and the twin wrangling and other assorted household things.¬† I sort of prefer to be busy, but I could definitely use a vacation.

I finished the main body of the first teacher bag. 

Modified Booga Bag for Miss M.

Modified Booga Bag for Miss M.

As a reminder, this is a combo of Patons Merino and Lion Brand Wool.¬† I’ll be knitting the idiot-cord on the knitting machine when I have both bags finished.¬† That varigetated skein to the right (on the guidebook for the current gameplay) is what I’ll be using.¬† I’m pleased with how it came out.¬†

I started the second one on the train yesterday morning, though haven’t gotten very far as I’ve been working on Kat’s Mittens.¬† I finished the second one while waiting for the ferry this morning.

Kathryn's 2008 Mittens

Kathryn's 2008 Mittens


Actual knitting time was far less than that.  I know I cast on for the second mitt yesterday and finished it this morning.  I could have finished it on the way home last night but was busy reading about the .NET Framework.  Now to knit her a scarf or cowl.  Probably a loose cowl as she hates anything tight around her neck (turtlenecks are a big NO-NO!) and I can see my klutzy little girl tripping over a scarf ;)  Just need to take some measurements and mod a grownup cowl.  More pink yarn.  Joy.

That unfortunately is all I have for today.¬† I thank all who pulled for the eBay auction, but alas I did not win.¬† Probably not a bad thing as I’d have to part with another wheel or two.¬† For those who are curious, it was this Norm Hall wheel and assorted goodies to go with it.¬†

Taken from eBay

Taken from eBay

The final price was $2,710.69 which I just could not justify, especially with $175 of shipping above and beyond that, and not being able to judge the actual condition of it. It wasn’t meant to be. I would, however, like to get on the waiting list for one of these beauties, but I’m not getting a response from either email or phone messages!

Craft on!

Tags: Gifts · Kids


November 7th, 2008 · 7 Comments

There is definitely an advantage to having small feet. ¬†I can get cheaper sneakers and flats because I can buy them in the children’s department. ¬†It isn’t great for buying high heels and dress shoes (unless you want bows or beads on them). ¬†The best part? ¬†I don’t have to worry about having enough yarn to knit a pair of socks. ¬†My problem with the standard sized skein of sock yarn is what to do with the leftovers.

Right now it is a tossup between that sock yarn leftover granny square blanket or making monkey socks.  

Monkey socks won this time:

Little Girl Socks

Little Girl Socks

I finished them this morning on the ferry.  I had an ooch more yarn.  I had been nervous about running out before finishing the second sock.  Details on these:

  • Pattern: ¬†My basic sock recipe – toe up over 44 stitches
  • Yarn: ¬†Socks That Rock lightweight – Firebird
  • Needles: ¬†US1 – magic loop

I just have to weave in the ends and present them to her highness later.

That’s about all I have for today. Have a program I’m rewriting from J++ to C#, bringing it into the modern era, which is giving me a few fits and starts, and a technical specification I need to write. Ugh. I hates writing in english. Hope everyone has a good weekend. Look for spinning kid pictures next week as the Babe Pinkie I bought arrived. Yay!

Craft on!

ps.. think happy ebay bidding thoughts for me…

Tags: Kids · Socks

Moving Forward

November 6th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I’m still on a hopeful high. ¬†Judging from all the blog posts, email exchanges and smiles yesterday, I’m definitely not alone. ¬†One other thing I’m hopeful about, finishing the teacher gifts early this year! ¬†I’ve already started..


Booga Bag Modified

Booga Bag Modified

Since the kids have the same teachers this year as last, I had to do something different from the scarves. ¬†I opted for making modified Booga Bags for the ladies. ¬†Here I’m using Patons Merino for the black and that multi colored bit, and the Lion Brand Wool in red. ¬†I used the Random Stripe Generator here. ¬†Loving it so far. ¬†I think I’ll pull out a knitting machine to do the dumb i-cord handles though. ¬†I don’t relish hand knitting 80″ of i-cord. ¬†Ugh. ¬†Should take about 15 minutes, if that long, on the machine. ¬†Now to find where I stashed that!

I posted some two weeks ago a picture of local gas prices, here’s an updated shot from the same station.

I took that a couple of days ago. ¬†It was actually even better this morning. ¬†No picture as I didn’t have the advantage of the red light 🙂

And now, to write some technical specifications.  Fun!

Craft on!

Tags: Gifts


November 5th, 2008 · 7 Comments

For the first time in a long time (about 8 years), I’m once again proud to be an American. ¬†I’m proud of how this country came together and voted the right man for the job.

After 8 years of Dubya-speak, Obama’s eloquence is refreshing, envigorating and enouraging. ¬†I might be an east coast elitist, but I like the idea of a man who can speak in full sentences and who uses big words correctly.

I’m hopeful that this country will once again move in the right direction, both at home and on in the international stage. ¬†

I’m relieved that we’ll have someone in the White House that will think before shooting from the hip if the phone rings at 3:00AM. ¬†

I’m encouraged that the world will once again look upon this country favorably since we won’t be led by a bully who won’t even discuss matters with other countries unless they first comply with his terms.

I could go on and on, but will leave it here. ¬†I’ve never been so completely engrossed in an election, though I’ve always voted. ¬†Always. ¬†I’ve never sat in front of the TV watching returns, let alone stayed up until the winner spoke. ¬†This is an amazing time that brings tears to my eyes as I once again have hope that this country can be great.

Yes We Can!

Tags: Current Affairs

Did you?

November 4th, 2008 · 10 Comments

Tags: Current Affairs