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

Like Mama

December 29th, 2008 · 12 Comments

I think I’ve mentioned before that I have a “mini me”.¬† Kathryn.¬†¬† When I had my hair cut last week, she was with me.¬† I had my hairdresser give her a trim and halfway through it, Kat declared she wanted her hair short, like mama.¬† Seemed a little too spur of the moment so I told her that I’d be going back for a trim in 4 weeks.¬† If she still wanted a haircut like mine, she could certainly have it then.¬†

Bugger has the same patience level I do.  Mini Me indeed. 

Anyway, late Wednesday afternoon the kids were home, I was busy upstairs doing something while they played in the den.¬† And they had scissors.¬† You know where this is going.¬† I called them upstairs for dinner and I noticed that Alex’s hairline was a little odd.¬† He’d taken a snip almost to the roots right front middle.¬† Nice.¬† Also took a couple of just above the root snips at a few other spots going back.¬† As I was questioning him as to why he did this (and he was surprised I wasn’t mad.¬† Disappointed, but really, mad?¬† Not my head.¬† ) he said Kat did it too.¬† Oy.¬† Yes, she had almost 2″ trimmed off on Saturday.¬† Great.¬† I took a look at her head.¬† Nothing as bad as her brother’s work.¬† Though there were small sections that were cut to just below shoulder length.¬† Bugger forced my hand.¬†

So after dinner, I gave her a shower and washed/conditioned her hair.¬† After repeatedly questioning her desire she insisted Yes.¬† Like Mama’s.¬† Sigh.

Before

Before

This hair was a lot of work.  I had to seriously condition it every washing as it knotted badly.  I had to also repeatedly braid it and then chastise her for taking the braids out at school.  It was pretty hair, but I have to admit it, as much as I loathed to cut it, I think she looks adorable (and older) now.

Like Mama

Like Mama

Her’s is a tad shorter than mine. What can I say. I’m a lawyer turned software developer. At no time did I cut hair … other than when I wasn’t supposed to like when I cut my butt length braids off at 4yo ;)¬† Goodbye painful brushing and nightly braiding, hello hair dryer 😉

This year’s teachers gifts were very well received.¬† The two main teachers received the felted tote bags.¬† One even hugged me thank you!¬† They were both floored that I actually made the bag but with the sewn in “Knit by Risa” tags there was little denying it.¬† I cranked a pair of socks out of some stash Trekking for one of the afternoon aides while the other got a Noro Multidirectional Scarf I knit 2 years ago or so and promptly misplaced when it came time for teacher gifts.

Teacher Gifts 08

Teacher Gifts 08

I took a short break in knitting the had for dad¬† on Thursday and whipped out one for me.¬† It’s Chicknit’s Felted Bucket Hat done completely in hand spun.¬† The brim is some BFL I found in stash.¬† Not sure when I bought the fiber or even spun it up.¬† Just shoved it in the drawer with the rest of the stuff years back.¬† The others skeins near it were labeled 1999 so it has been marinating for a long while.¬† Very soft.¬† The middle and crown are ummm handspun.¬† Not entirely sure what the hell it is beyond that.¬† But it matches my coat nicely 😉

UnFelted Bucket Hat

UnFelted Bucket Hat

It went into the machine on Friday. Here it is felted.¬† Sorry for the crappy photo.¬† I took it quickly this morning and didn’t notice that the camera was on the wrong setting.¬† Mea Culpa.

Felted Bucket Hat

Felted Bucket Hat

Speaking of Mea Culpa, I plied up the two bobbins worth um Friday while the kids were at school.¬† I naturally used the electric Womack.¬† Like there’s any other way to ply 8oz of 40wpi ;)¬† Took almost 2 hours as it was.

Corriedale in Mea Culpa

Corriedale in Mea Culpa

I have it here with a skein of Misti Alpaca Lace.¬†¬† I have to confess to owning many skeins of this Misti in this colorway.¬† I was considering weaving these two together with the alpaca as warp and the MC as the weft.¬† I’ve since changed my mind and have decided to use just the MC.¬† I did the calculations last night and will probably wind the warp this evening.¬† I’m going to weave a scarf with it.¬† I haven’t a clue on the yardage but its 22wpi and 8oz.¬† I’m sure I have way more than enough for the scarf I’ve planned which is approx 350 yds.¬† Not to mention having enough left over to knit a pair of socks for me!¬†

Finally, here’s a face I haven’t shown in a while.¬† She’s finally in full coat and seems to have escaped the yearly trip to the groomer without being shaved.¬† Her undercoat didn’t grow back from her last shaving until about October.¬† I’ve been trying to regularly groom her since then.¬† I warned her that if she didn’t let me brush her, I’d have to have her hair cut.¬† Threat used to work on Kat ;)¬† Her tummy did get shaved, but no one really sees that!

Serendipity

Serendipity

She’s perched on my spinning stool in front of the Van Eaton.¬† Ahh Fabio.¬† Such a sweet wheel.¬† Ashamedly, I haven’t touched him in a few days.¬† I spent yesterday in the den playing with the Vermont wheel where I spun up two and a half more bobbins from the never ending bag of CVM roving.¬† I swear,¬†6 bobbins down now and it doesn’t look like there’s anything missing!¬† I haven’t a clue how much was in there but it was a 5+lb fleece at one point.¬† Sigh.¬† Someday I’ll finish it.

Craft on!

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