One Crazy Fiber Lady

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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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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Eva // Dec 29, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Oooooh love love love the hat and I think I will have to make myself one too 🙂
    Seriously??? 2 hours to ply that yarn on an electric wheel??? oh boy, I don’t even want to think how long that would have taken on a regular wheel 🙂

    Cheers Eva
    PS: Kat looks great with the short hair!!!

  • 2 sophanne // Dec 29, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Nice job on the haircut. She looks A-Dor-Able.

    I own 2 skeins of the same color of misti alpaca laceweight. I have no skills to do anything with it but it feels like a magic fairy princess yarn in my hand every time I pick it up.

  • 3 lynne s of oz // Dec 29, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Is there a child on the planet who when left with scissors in easy reach did not cut their own hair? I’m guilty. Worse, my last stupid effort was to clip my cowlick when I was about 12…
    Kat’s cut looks great! And much easier to care for.
    You’ve been having fun – that is some fine spinning 🙂

  • 4 --Deb // Dec 29, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Yay for Kat! That’s a huge step for her, and it looks great!

  • 5 paula // Dec 30, 2008 at 12:56 am

    cute haircut. I remember how it hurt when my mother brushed my long, fine, wavy, hair that I could sit on. That was decades ago, too

  • 6 Tina M. // Dec 30, 2008 at 8:00 am

    Awww… she’s gorgeous! My dad decided to trim my bangs on his own… I had a bangs-mohawk when he was done. Mom was PISSED.

    The bags look awesome, it’s so nice when your work is actually appreciated!

  • 7 Paige // Dec 30, 2008 at 9:21 am

    hey, what case do you use for your iphone–i gots me one for christmas, but now i need a case–yours looks nice and the reviews are perplexing.

  • 8 Daniele // Dec 30, 2008 at 10:40 am

    Her hair came out great! Wonderful job. I bet she is really happy with it.

    Also, LOVE the totes. The colors are wonderful!

    Happy New Year!

  • 9 Kathy // Dec 30, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Your kids kill me with the hair cutting! We all had hair cuts (and color for me) over the weekend. The FOs are great!!

    Happy New Year!

  • 10 Kim // Dec 30, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    You got hari cutting skillz. KAt’s hair looks so adorable and she looks so grown up. Love the felted bucket hat!

  • 11 Laurie // Dec 31, 2008 at 8:17 am

    You did it before she did…you were FOUR when you cut off your braids??

    Love that yarn, color and grist. Can’t Go To Espinner, Don’t Tempt Me.

  • 12 Ina // Jan 7, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Miss K. is looking so grown up! Hm, I could use a bucket hat.