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Entries from September 2009

Mixing it up

September 30th, 2009 · 11 Comments

This is going to be one of those “little bit of this, little bit of that” posts.

Here are the monkeys heading off for their first day of kindergarten..

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Aren’t they cute? ¬†Okay, so this picture is almost a month old at this point. ¬†They’ve been doing very well, getting homework every night except Friday and are generally enjoying it. ¬†Last week they had a class field trip to the Museum of Natural History in NYC. ¬†Mom went as a¬†chaperon/helper type.

They are still at the center where they spent the last two years in Pre-K. ¬†My town does not have full day KG so this offered the best option for us. ¬†The program is fully accredited and children usually come out of it way ahead of their public school future classmates. ¬†It also offered the advantage of being able to transition into the KG class for summer camp. ¬†They joined this group right after graduation in June so they were more than ready for a day without a nap. ¬†Sort of. ¬† Once school started, Kat was wiped out and on more than a few nights, she’s punked out way early. ¬†Its all good though.

I took the monkeys to the Garden State Sheep Breeders show a couple of weeks back. ¬†The car is amazing still covered in mud from the field. ¬†The recent rain hasn’t cleaned it. ¬†I’m going to have to suck it up and wash it 😉 ¬†Anyway, we had a good time at the festival. ¬†Its the perfect size for bringing the monkeys to before their heads explode. ¬†I forgot to take pictures. ¬†Again. ¬†Yes. ¬†But I did get this one:

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Again, how cute are they? 🙂 ¬†There was some stash enhancement, but needless to say no pictures of it.

In other news, I need to update the herd status.  There have been some transactions with regards to the spinning wheels.

This wheel?

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This wheel?

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SOLD.

This wheel?

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BOUGHT 🙂

It was requested that I provide a closer up view of Fair Isle.  You asked for it:

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Taken this morning in the car (duh) while waiting for the train 🙂

Finally, with 17 days left until Rhinebeck, here is how Rhinebeck started off this morning:

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It is approx 6.5″ at this point. ¬†The plain knitting starts at the 13″ mark. ¬†I’m getting there. ¬†I’ve found it is perfect knitting for playing Sims to while watching the ballgame. ¬†Yes I am a multitasker 😉

Craft on!

Tags: Adult · Family · Stash Enhancement

Finishing Things

September 28th, 2009 · 9 Comments

The last 4 or 5 days have been primarily about finishing off projects. ¬†Partly because it is a new year, but mostly because NYSW is coming up and I need to justify the purchases 😉

Thursday night at SnB, I finished the socks from the Into the Whirled that I apparently bought from Cris at the Clermont festival during the spring.  As a reminder, I spun it on the Victoria over the July 4th holiday.  I just loved working with it!

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Full project details are here (Ravelry). ¬†This means I can buy more fiber from her 😉

Saturday, I spent the day with an old hobby that has gotten the short straw. ¬†Every now and again I really get the weaving bug. ¬†Well, I got it again. ¬†Nope, didn’t get the big floor loom out of storage, nor did I use the table top loom I bought last fall. ¬†I did get my Kromski Harp Rigid Heddle out of storage and used that. ¬†As a matter of full disclosure, I’ve placed an order for a 20″ Schacht Flip RH loop with stand that should be delivered tomorrow, but I couldn’t wait. ¬†We’ll also ignore the 16″ Ashford RH that I have still in the box. ¬†I have since sold the Kromski and am debating selling the Ashford. ¬†But I might keep it for the kids to use. ¬†We’ll see.

Anyway, I had picked up at MY from the 50% off shelf a couple of skeins of Rowan Handknit Cotton. ¬†I know, Risa bought cotton. ¬† I still won’t knit with it, but weaving is a different story 😉 ¬† I warped up the Kromski using the 10 dent heddle with 160 ends approx 62″ each. ¬†That direct warping method is amazing. ¬†I had it fully dressed and ready to weave in an hour and a half. ¬†AMAZING! ¬†Even more amazing, I finished weaving by dinner time. ¬†I had a miscalculation somewhere and while I was aiming for two kitchen towels, I wound up with one 14.5″ x 25″ (plus fringe) and one that was quite a bit shorter at washcloth length. ¬†I ran it through the sewing machine on Sunday to zigzag the ends in place.

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I’m pleased. ¬†Looking forward to the new loom to arrive so I can eat up some more yarn. ¬†I’m thinking this year’s teacher gifts will be woven scarf/shawls. ¬†I saw examples on Ravelry of gorgeous scarves woven from one skein of Noro Sock. ¬†I have a few of them skeins! ¬†Though I figure for teacher gifts that I was thinking a sock yarn that is soft and squooshy and kettle dyed. ¬†Tina, you have anything like that? 🙂

While I had the sewing machine out, I remembered the fair isle cardigan that has been moldering waiting for me to sew the steek.  So I pulled it out and finally did it.  After cleaning up the sewing area of lots of cut yarn (think fringe), I grabbed the button tin and picked out some lovelies for the sweater.  By dinner the bands had been knitted and the buttons sewed on.

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I said I had been busy.  Full project details are here.

While I was busy finishing things, there was something else that needed finishing. ¬†Ballerina. ¬†Over the last couple of weeks I’d finished the last short row triangle for the front, picked up and knitted the front band. ¬†The only thing remaining was the white bands at the ends of the sleeves, sewing the arm and weaving in ends. ¬†By 1opm last night, I was done.

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Now I have my choice of Rhinebeck sweater 😉 ¬†Project details are here.

This meant I had no active knitting projects. ¬†That just isn’t acceptable! 🙂 ¬†So today while trying to keep my mind off food, I pulled out the border leicester yarn. ¬†I spun this yarn on the Van Eaton wheel and plied a couple of weekends ago on the Womack. ¬†That was ALOT of plying. ¬†Two bumps of roving purchased last year at NYSW translated into 1500 yards of worsted weight yarn.

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I pulled out my favorite book, A Fine Fleece, ¬†and cast on for Rhinebeck. ¬† It tickles me no end to be knitting a sweater named that with fiber I bought there. ¬†There’s an outside chance I could finish it FOR Rhinebeck. ¬†Now wouldn’t that be something!

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Craft on!

Tags: Adult · Ballerina · Socks · Weaving

Keepin’ Busy

September 7th, 2009 · 8 Comments

I’m going to skip the whole apology for not posting more often. ¬†I’d like to do so, but it just doesn’t seem to happen. ¬†This past week while I wasn’t at work but at home on a staycation, I was busier than if I had gone to work.

I gave the kids off as well because they haven’t had a vacation since last summer either. ¬†What with starting kindergarten {shudder} tomorrow, I figured they were due. ¬†We took a bunch of day trips including a visit to the Liberty Science Center and the New York Aquarium in Coney Island. ¬†I even got some bonus time to myself to sort through some of the clutter that is my space when the folks took the twins off to the boat Saturday morning returning for dinner on Sunday.

I have some pictures of the day trips but need to get them off the small camera. ¬†In the meantime, I’d like to catch up on the important stuff, the crafts! ¬†What with WOOL being a warm and fuzzy recent memory, I’ve been spurned to do some serious spinning, though these skeins aren’t necessarily limited to WOOL activity. ¬†This first skein is what I was spinning on the boat over July 4th weekend.

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This is 8o’s merino wool top in colourway 9c09 that I bought from Cris. ¬†It is 40z spun up to 502 yards. ¬† If memory serves, I spun this on the Victoria and will be the last skein I get off her, but that’s a story for later.

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This is superwash that I bought from Carolyn on Thursday at WOOL in the Moonflower colourway. ¬†I spun this on the Schacht. ¬†If I didn’t finish it at Lake George, I got most of it done there. ¬†If memory serves, and it kind of fuzzy at the moment, I finished it up Sunday night after getting home. ¬†It is navajo plied. I might have had a bit of a brain fart as the first half of the bobbin was done very fine while the second half wasn’t so much. ¬†I think I planned on plying from both ends of center pull to come out with an even yarn. ¬†As it stands now, almost half of the 316 yds is sock weight while the rest is a DK or so. ¬†I think I’ll fold in half and knit the boy a new hat from it.

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This is 58’s Domestic Wool in colorway 9B16 that I bought from Cris at the Claremont festival back in April. ¬†I spun it on the Kromski Sonata after WOOL was over. ¬†It is 374 yards at just shy of 4 oz.

The last bit of spinning to show has also been knitted up.  I know a miracle has happened!  This is also superwash from Carolyn that I spun at WOOL.  It is the Superhero colorway.  This roving practically spun itself.  I still have a bit left (that little skein is about 100yds)  and will probably make the girl a pair of socks.

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I have to admit, for all the spinning I do, I rarely knit with the stuff. Boy what a goof I’ve been for that. ¬†I loved knitting those socks and am now debating which skein sitting around here is next. ¬†I think that merino I showed above is next 😉

I finished another pair of socks. ¬†These are the socks in my apology post from a couple of weeks ago. ¬†They are also from handspun. ¬†I haven’t a clue where the fiber is from nor what it is. ¬†It could be merino, but it could also be BFL. ¬†I think it is Spunky but won’t swear to it. ¬†I do remember spinning it over the course of several months on the Majacraft Rose after the move to the house so the timeframe is um, within the last 3 years. ¬†That’s about as far as I can narrow it down. ¬†Love em though. ¬†54st on US1 needles.

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That’s it for now. ¬†Must go off an entertain the troops during our last day off. ¬†Happy Labor Day to those that are celebrating.

Craft on!

Tags: Socks · Spinning