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Entries from March 2012

Simply Sunday

March 25th, 2012 · 2 Comments

This week was a glorious one, weather wise at least.  I can’t remember the last time it was almost 80F in March.  No complaints here.  As I posted earlier in the week, the trees are doing their spring thing already.  The cherry trees and magnolias are in full bloom around, as well as the forsythia.  I love spring.  Due to some non-fiber related events, my production was down this week.  I had one less day of commuting into the city as I had to work from home on Wednesday for teacher conferences.  Friday night, I went out with a bunch of other mommies for a girls night out.  Much fun indeed.  So while there is progress, it isn’t as much as previous updates.

On the needles:

1.  Hermione’s Everyday Socks – I finished the first sock on Tuesday and was able to cast on for the second one.  Because socks are my primary commuting knitting, this project is the one hurt by the additional day at home.

2.  Mawata Lilies Shawlette – Also progressing.  I’m just shy of the halfway point on the edging lace.  This project was hurt by the additional nights out of the house and reduced knitting time at home.

That’s it on the knitting.

On the Fiber Front

1.  Still need to ply those two bobbins of the merino blend spun up on the Matchless.

2.  Mis-estimated last week the amount of blackforest cake bfl remaining to be spun on the Vermont Wheel.  I weighed it after I posted and had a little over 2 oz left to be spun.  Okay.  Well, I’ve tried to do a little wheel time with this over the last week, at least 20 min a night, with a couple of nights off for good behavior, I still have about an oz left.  Its all good.  In the end I’m going to have two bobbins of rather fine singles that I want to n-ply.

3.  Tussah Silk – This is an oldie but a goodie project.  I tripped on a Bosworth Spindle bag tucked in the corner of my supply drawer.  Turned out to be my very first Bosworth spindle and 4oz of dyed tussah sliver that I bought at my very first MDSW back in 2003.  I was newly pregnant, attending the festival because I was either going to be VERY pregnant for Rhinebeck or have very tiny babies as my due day was within 2 weeks of the festival.  As it turned out, the babies were 2 weeks old (a week out of the hospital) and Alex’s brit milah was that weekend.  So anyway, I’d purchased this silk in MD way back with some project in mind that has long since escaped me.  I’ve been spending a little time with this spindle over the last couple of days.

This is the third spindle’s worth of spun fiber.  There were cakes wound off on the ball winder in the bag.  Still don’t know what I’m doing with it when its done, but I’m enjoying the process.

4.  Shetland ITW Fiber – There’s another project in the works here that I started back in January when I got a monthly fiber fix from Cris.  I showed the first skein back here.  I’m trying to spend more time with this in active rotation, both in an attempt to finish something someday on the bucket list, as well as to gain proficiency with the charkha.

You may notice that the charkha has changed a tad since the last time I showed it.  That’s because it isn’t the same charkha.  I need to admit to a little purchase not terribly long ago and this family portrait is in order:

I have a little Bosworth problem.  Back to front:  Journey Wheel, Attaché Charkha and Book Charkha.  The attaché was posted on the housecleaning pages and after a little hesitation on my part, I bought it to complete the set.  Though I don’t think I’m going to keep the set unbroken for very long.  I’ll probably sell the book charkha soon, if not at MDSW where Sheila has offered to sell it for me.  Look at all that yummy cherry!  That would also count for my Misc News department 😉

On the family front

I’m tired today.  We had two nights of sleepover playmates and last night resulted in quite a bit of musical beds.  Kat and her friend R started the night sleeping in the den, while Alex climbed into bed with me.  About 11:00pm Kat showed up in tears, she’d had a bad dream and couldn’t go back to sleep.  She climbed into bed with me, trapping me in between the monkeys.  They are getting too big for the three of us to sleep comfortably in my queen sized bed!  So after she fell asleep and I’d gotten hit once more than I cared for, I grabbed a pillow and headed for Kat’s empty bed where I went to sleep.  Around 2am, R came upstairs, jumped on Kat’s bed to say that she couldn’t sleep downstairs alone!  She wound up sleeping on the floor of Kat’s room after an hour of futzing around, calling her sleeping parents feeling homesick and other wise keeping me awake.  I finally fell back to sleep a little after 3:30 and was awakened at 8 by R again.  Sigh.  So very sleepy now.  I’m just hoping to make it to a decent bed time tonight.

Craft on!

Tags: Lace · Socks · Spinning


March 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off on Spring

…has officially sprung here in NYC.

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Tags: Misc

Weekly Words

March 18th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Wow do I have a lot to report on this week.  Let’s just jump into it…

On the Needles:

1.  Stripe Study Shawl – FINISHED! – I finished this up on Thursday night at SnB, which was very convenient as it was cold in Panera.  Love this shawl, though by the end of it, I did get a tad tired of the endless garter stitch.  Didn’t really appreciate the blue from the Misti Alpaca coming off on my hands.

All the project stats are available via the link above, which points to Ravelry.  What I really liked about this project is that it used up two skeins of sock yarn from stash!  YAY me 🙂

2.  I’ll Name Them George Socks – FINISHED! – I finished these bad boys on Wednesday night after signing the monkeys up for summer camp.  Paid for it in full as there was a discount for paying it off by the end of March.  That was a quick tax refund 😉

These socks are loved and yes, they have been worn already.  I wore them Friday when I participated in a parents night out with a couple of other parents from the ‘hood.  We all took our kids to this party/gym location where they were fed and entertained from 6-9pm for $40 for my kids.  The grown ups went to a local restaurant where we indulged in adult beverages, food and conversation.  I can happily report that this is a monthly occurrence at this gym and oh yes we are participating!  Anyway, this is the third pair (and 5 skein) towards the Year of the Sock Yarn.

3.  Basic Socks – started – I cast on new socks Thursday morning during the commute.

  • Pattern:  Hermione’s Everyday Sock
  • Yarn:  River’s Edge Fiber Arts Extreme Sock Yarn
  • Mods:  Reduced overall stitch count to 52 as I have wee skinny feet.

These require a bit more concentration, but that’s okay as I’ve been knitting them while listening to either audiobooks (giving those another try) or podcasts.

4. Mawata Lilies Shawlette – I picked mawata’s with the goal of knitting without spinning them first:

Aren’t they pretty?!  So I started the pattern yesterday.  The body is stockinette with a garter edges.  I finished it early this afternoon:

and started the lacy edging.  I totally love this process!  I’ve got another set in a different color way and will probably knit some mitts from those.  This is going to be the home/snb project as I can’t imagine commuting with the sticky, fly-away silk.  I’m definitely doing more with unspun silk in the future.

On the fiber front

1.  I finished spinning the merino blend on the Schacht (weeeee, I can go back to saying that now as I only have one that I’m using! 🙂  Now I just need to pull out the electric and ply it up.

2.  I went back to an older project in process on the Russo Vermont Wheel.  The fiber is from ITW and is 64’s merino top in Blackforest Cake.

I’ve still got probably an once or so of the fiber left to spin.  I’m planning on n-plying it.  And as usual, it is spinning up rather fine, but what else is new.

Other Stuff

I have a very productive week at work as well.  I’m now responsible for being the primary developer on a re-write of core functionality for the entitlements and access system.  While that’s pretty cool, the not so cool part is that there are no current specifications of what needs to be done, not all the current source code is available to review and there are a bajillion versions of everything being used.  Oh yeah, this will be a challenge.

Haven’t shown a shot of Serendipity in a long time.  Here she is sitting only spinning stool next to the Russo wheel.

Well that’s all for now,

Craft on!


Tags: Lace · Socks · Spinning

Super Sunday

March 11th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Once again it is Sunday evening.  And once again, a very busy week that started with Kat having a fever and has now ended with Alex suffering a terrible headache and vomiting this evening.  He’s now sleeping, though I fear he’s inherited his mother’s problem with migraines.   I’m calling the pediatrician tomorrow.

On the Needles

It must be getting boring to see updates on the same two projects week in and week out.  Though I guess it is encouraging to me that there is actually progress to report each week!  I think I’ve finally discovered the secret to finishing stuff, its to actually focus on it!  To wit:

1.  Stripe Study Shawl:   Oh so close on this one.  In the last week I finished the final contrast stripe and have moved to working on the last stripe in the main color.   I just measured and I have 2.25″ of the 4″ called for in the pattern.  It is sloooooow going as there are lots of stitches on the needles!    I started schlepping it with me on the train in the hopes I could knock the project out this week.  No such luck, but getting there.  I took it to SnB on Thursday to find that the dye was transferring to my hands by the end of the night. I was smurfy 😉

2.  I’ll Name them George Socks:  I finished the first sock and started the second.  I didn’t get as far as I could have since Stripe Study retook train knitting time.  PATH time was for the socks, still there was progress.  Oh and there was one day where I took the bus this week as the trains were futzed up in the morning.  That was always good sock knitting time.

That’s it for the knitting.  I’m starting to think of the next project for when Stripe Study is done.  There are a couple of possibilities.  Ok, a couple is a bit of an understatement considering my Rav queue is 9 pages long.  The top contenders though are either another shawl (Hitchhiker) also in Woolmisery, or a shawl from unspun mawata silk.  Or maybe one of the lightweight sweaters that would be perfect for the coming spring weather.

On the Fiber Front

I finished the first bobbin of Mountain Mist in Strawberries and have made serious progress on the second.  Probably another hour or so to go.  A few mornings this past week, I spent some time with the wheel before going to work.  Boy was that an awesome way to start the day.  I’m going to have to do it more often!


Other Stuff

There’s been assorted acquisitions this week.  My tax refund was direct deposited into my account this week, which was good!  I met up with Dorre at Purl Soho on Tuesday.  That was my first trip to see their new store.  Yes, I know it isn’t so very new.  I picked up some yarn for a cowl and a sashiko kit.

Time to get the monkey girl ready for bed and finish up the laundry before sitting down for a crafty evening.

Craft on!


Tags: Lace · Socks · Spinning

A habit begins

March 4th, 2012 · 2 Comments

It looks like I can just about commit to posting once a week.. and it appears that Sunday is that day.  Kat is in her room chilling before bedtime, Alex is off taking a shower, and I finally have some down time.  Its been a long interesting day but we’ll get to that in a bit.  Here’s the update:

On the needles

1.  Stripe Study Shawl is definitely moving along.  I had some good quality knit time yesterday and finished contrast stripe 11 of 12.  As of  a few minutes ago when I put it down, I was halfway through the last contrast stripe.  Almost done with this project.  Still need to do a load of the dark color garter stitch.  Hopefully this will be done by my next update.  It should be.

Will be nice to see it finished and spread out in all its glory.  I have to admit, I’m liking the Woolmisery and bought another skein off someone on Ravelry.  Nice that the price for the yarn has returned to earth.

2.  I’ll Name Them George Socks – The yarn is the ITW club yarn for February and is just awesome to work with.

It’s my standard recipe plain old vanilla sock over 56st, toe up, short row heel on US0.  The socks have been my purse knitting, being worked on primarily on the train and at work while reading.  I finished my coding project on Tuesday last week and moved to a research project that has me reading tech books.  The socks let me focus on the tedious stuff while making excellent progress.  I should have finished this sock during the week and honestly, can’t remember why I haven’t, but the train has been crowded on the way home and I didn’t get as much knitting done as I’d like.  Oh well.  It will probably get wrapped up tomorrow and then I’ll start its mate.

That’s it for the knitting.  I’ve been pretty darned good about keeping the WIPs under control, though the biggest part of it is resisting the urge to cast on something new.

On the Fiber Front

I haven’t done much spinning this week, though I have done some, on a new wheel at that!  Hold on, the wheeling and dealing hasn’t stopped. As you know, the Sidekick was boxed up and shipped out this past Monday.  Her new owner loves her already  Go figure that after scrounging for a box to ship her in, I found the original Schacht box in the basement this morning.  Ugh.  Anyway, I’ve also gotten a deposit on the CPW and she should be heading to her new home this weekend.  Neither is news…

So, I’ve been eyeing a Matchless, yes I know I have one.  But since the left foot injury to balance out the right ankle injury, I’ve found that my feet don’t really like a single treadle wheel.  But I loved the matchless.  I toyed with shipping her back to Schacht to convert, but decided to buy something else instead.  I saw posted on Ravelry an almost brand new Double Treadle (DT 072111 2) for sale in NYC.  After a bit of back and forth, I sent a deposit via PayPal to indicate my sincerity.  Kat and I drove into Manhattan this morning and picked the wheel up on the Upper West Side.  I got the new wheel home and sat her next to her older ST sister:

You can see the patina that my ST has developed (her bday was 5/2007).

There weren’t two Matchless wheels in this house for very long.  A dear friend, and SnB buddy, who was looking for a wheel to take places (has a S-R 24″) came over to “try it out”.  He he he.  I’ve never tried out a wheel that was for sale and not taken it home.  Didn’t happen this time either.  The ST is no longer her mine.  I’ll miss her, but know that she’s gone to a good home where she’ll get plenty of usage.  Too much competition around here!  I also look forward to seeing how the patina develops on the DT.

So what am I spinning on the new girl?  Well, I was scanning one of my favorite forums on Ravelry when I spotted a leap day sale (10%) for a fiber dyer I hadn’t spotted before.  I surfed over to her Etsy store and had to order a couple of braids.  They were shipped quickly and arrived just in time yesterday, err Friday.  Working from home is making me lose track of the days.

This fiber is the Mountain Mist fiber (60% Superwash Merino / 30% Bamboo / 10% Nylon) in the Strawberries colorway.  The braid is so squoooshy that you just can’t tell from looking at it, but just invites in person.  I broke the 4oz length in half.  I then split each lengthwise into smaller sections..

It is almost spinning itself..

I do love me good fiber on a good wheel..Just about done with the first 2oz.

Yup, happy girl here.  Tired as the day started early with a trip to Manhattan to get the wheel.  Then Tami came over to try the Matchless.. This was followed by a birthday party that Kat went to out in Fairfield.  Alex and I went with another family with one kid at the party to a restaurant.  Didn’t get home from the party until 6pm.  Alex still needed to do the rest of his reading homework, baths, teeth, bed.. you get the picture. So, I’m torn between spinning and maybe, just maybe, finishing contrast stripe 12.  I’ll probably knit and save the spinning for another night.  or…. maybe I can squeeze in 5 min or so before work.  Yeah.  I like that idea.


Beyond the boring (and inspiring) tech books on SOA and WS-Security, I’ve finally settled on a fictional book to keep my reading interest:  The Lion.  I’ve always been a Nelson DeMille fan and I’ve had this book for ages. Its just that he puts out books so slowly that I tend to hoard a new one. Yay me, just hope I don’t flounder for two weeks when I finish this one!

Garage Sale

I finally got around to photographing the various knitting bags / purses that I don’t use and would love to find a new home.  I posted them on Ravelry here, here and here 🙂

Well that’s it for this week.

Craft on!

Tags: Lace · Socks · Spinning · Stash Enhancement