One Crazy Fiber Lady

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Entries from January 2011

Moving along

January 31st, 2011 · 2 Comments

I want to thank everyone for the warm thoughts and healing wishes you sent me. They we very much appreciated. Im recovering slowly though far slower then I would have liked. On the upside I can sit in my tube and either type or knit 🙂

In the pictue is the current knitting project – a cover for my beloved nookColor. The yarn is noro kureyon sock on a US1. I started it last night and should have it done. See it comfortably reclining on my very chic swim tube gum butt cushion.

Oh well, back to work. Craft on!


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Tags: Adult

Good excuse?

January 27th, 2011 · 19 Comments

I know I had promised less radio silence but this time I have a really good reason.  You see, two weeks ago on 1/11, I looked like this:

On the way to work on the bright sunny Tuesday morning, I was heading from the car to the train to get to work.  There’s a two block walk between my parking lot and the station and I was crossing the street.  I actually was in the crosswalk with the light for a change when a car making a left turn never saw me and hit me.  He caught me with the front left corner of his car at around my hip level, spun me around and I think I hit his sideview mirror with my lower back.  I stumbled a few steps and then found myself laying on the ground. The driver stopped immediately, a crossing guard was there within seconds and a police officer had apparently just missed the accident and was a couple of cars back from the light.  He was there within seconds.  A gentleman driving one of the cars I was laying in front of gave me his parka as a blanket.  The crossing guard had a blanket in her car that she put on top of me, and the officer covered me with one of those crappy table cloth like disposables they carry around.

The rescue squad (township volunteer ambulance) and local hospital paramedics arrived in somewhat short order, like 30 minutes.  I managed to call my mother and my boss to let them know what happened without falling to complete pieces.  “Mom, change of plans.  I’m not going to work today.  I was just hit by a car, I’m going to the hospital instead”.   I was less specific with my boss and a a result, the office thought I was in the average run of the mill accident, not the pedestrian kind.  Boy where they surprised when I spoke with them later in the day 😉

Anyway, full neck restraint (pictured above), back board, head chocks and I rode off to the hospital with discomfort in my left hip and coccyx area.  Paramedic shredded my beloved J.Crew burgundy cords trying to look at my hip.  And because I had mentioned some discomfort in my left foot/ankle he CUT OFF my handknit malabrigo sock!  Just one.  Roundabouts.  Never did manage to photo them for the blog or Ravelry. Ugh.

Okay, ride to the hospital, made me pee in a bedpan before they’d x-ray.  Had to make sure I wasn’t preggers or something even more magical.  About a million x-rays, a percocet and a lot of waiting later, nothing broken.  Just bruised.  I’m ever so damn lucky.

I’m recovering slowly.  The first week totally sucked.  I couldn’t sit, I couldn’t get comfy laying down.  Just all around sucked.  Now, I can sit on a large donut which as actually one of the kid’s swim tubes.  Makes them giggle when I shift around and make that farting noise 😛  I’ll survive.  I still can’t stand or walk for too much so I’ve been working remotely.  Thank goodness for that option and a totally understanding company.  But heck, they put up with it for six weeks last winter when I ouched my left foot.  Hopefully before the cruise I’ll even be able to sit or heck, make it into the office!  I have 3 weeks to go for that.  We’ll see.

Anyway….

What with the injury and all the other distractions, I haven’t been able to keep up on Serendipity’s evil coat grooming.  So she got a bit matted.  Mom took her to the groomer on Tuesday.  I thought she’d come home with that full body shave.  Groomer surprised me this time and left her with actual fur!  Looks funny though 😉

It was a very expensive fancy haircut!  But at least she’s not matted!

Craft on!

Tags: Family

Sweet Caroline

January 5th, 2011 · 1 Comment

I figured it was time to give a better, picture of the current sweater project.  Might not have exactly met the “better” part of that, but you can see it is a sweater.  Meet Caroline.  She is a wrap v-neck designed by Leann.   She modeled the sweater at WOOL this summer and I knew I had to make it.  I begged her to let me test knit it.  Thank goodness she took pity on me and let me have a go at it.

The yarn is Tosh Merino Light in Sequoia.    Gotta love the colorations.  It is worked in one piece first from a provisional cast on up to the shoulders.  Then top down creating the wrap and the skirt/bottom.  I’m almost through the increases in the skirt part now.  Love it!

The Tosh Light has some color variation between skeins, and within them!  That’s the joy of hand dye without dyelot 😛

Ok.  Need to finish up a few things this morning.  Having lunch with Kim today!  We’re taking advantage of my remaining time in the city.  I haven’t mentioned this here yet, but my office is moving the software development staff from Lower Manhattan to a space in NJ.  Somerville.  Its a bit of a mix for me.  No train, but lots of car.  Lower taxes, but higher car expenses.  Similar commute times, but inability to do anything else at the same time.  Unless of course I’m stuck in traffic.  I could knit then.  I’ll miss the reading/knitting/gabbing/coding portion of the commute, but won’t miss being married to the train schedule.  I’ve never enjoyed that.  Not to mention, I haven’t been enjoying the way NJTransit and NYWaterway are cramming us on as if we were cargo.  That I won’t miss.   Not sure when the change is coming but the lease was signed for Jan 1.  Build out is necessary in the space, as usual.  Last I hear mid-January was “aggressive”, with Feb being more likely.  Change is good, right?

Craft on!

Tags: Adult

Anticipation

January 4th, 2011 · 6 Comments

OK people, get ready.  Its been known that Schacht has been working on a folding travel wheel for a couple of years now.  Well they finally have one!  You know I’m giddy with anticipation.  I spotted details of it on Ravelry last night and just had to give you a preview of my future new wheel 😉

Schacht SidekickSchacht Sidekick Folded

Here are the details as posted on Rav:

  • Folds to 21 1/2” x 15” x 8 1/4”.
  • Integrated storage of bobbins, flyer, and whorls for transport.
  • Lightweight at 13 pounds.
  • 13 3/4” drive wheel allows for ratios between 4.25 to 15.25.
  • Long, comfortable treadles.
  • Uses the same bobbins, whorls and flyer as the Schacht Matchless and Ladybug wheels.
  • The Sidekick can be purchased without the bobbin-flyer assembly.
  • 25” orifice height for comfortable spinning.
  • Employs Scotch tension with precise control knob.
  • The drive wheel spins on ball bearings.
  • The flyer turns on self-aligning bearings.
  • Drive band tension adjuster allows for all whorls to be used with one drive band.
  • The Sidekick comes with 3 bobbins, 2 whorls, threading hook, and carrying strap.
  • Also available: The Sidekick Bulky Plyer Flyer Package can be added at any time.

And look at this from the Schacht blog:

The leash is actually the carry strap.  I do believe this is the folding travel wheel that I’ve been looking for!  I might just go for the flyer-less route as I have both the regular and woolee winder flyer for my Matchless.

Looks like May 2011 and the price is still to be set.  I’ve put my name on the waiting list.  Like that surprises anyone. Hehe.

Craft on!

Tags: Spinning

Still Knitting

January 3rd, 2011 · 1 Comment

Why yes, amongst all the other things that demand my time, I do still knit! This is the test knitting that I’ve been working on. I wasn’t able to show it before because Leann had submitted it to Knitty. Unfortunately they declined the pattern (leading me to further question their recent design decisions as I knew I had to knit thus as soon as I saw it this past summer at WOOL). Their loss. The yarn is Tosh merino in the Sequoia colorway that I’m in love with. Can’t tell much about it from this picture that I took on the train this morning. And yes that is my rooted Nook Color behind it. 🙂

Off to knit a bit before bed and watch Monty Python And the Holy Grail on IFC.

Craft on!


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Tags: Adult