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Entries from May 2012

There be monsters here

May 25th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Happy Friday. Congrats for making it through yet another week 🙂 I’m getting tired of this marine weather pattern the NYC area seems to be stuck in. This is the view from my desk. Tad foggy this morning, wouldn’t you say?



I swear, the Empire State Building is in that soup somewhere.

Finally finished the first sock last night on the train. I’m such a slacker. I cast on the second one this morning. No pictures as it looks just like the last toe, but just not in Fenway Park ;}

Ok, I’ve got 4 hours in the office today and then a long weekend. Hope to see some of you tomorrow at MASW in Cummington!

Craft on!

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Tags: Misc

Phases

May 23rd, 2012 · 1 Comment

I’ve always seemed to do my hobbies in phases. In the past, I would route through the hobbies, doing one for somewhere in 3-6 month bursts and then onto something else, eventually looping back around. This changed in 1999 when I started spinning.

While I still go in phases on some things (weaving, beading, etc), there are two main constants that if not both done every day, they both appear over the course of a week. Neither one disappears for very long, no more than a day or two, from active rotation. They are spinning and knitting. They are balanced in my repertoire like Yin and Yang, forming my fiber-y life.

On the spinning side, I’ve been actively working on a number of different things and different spinning devices. On Sunday, I finished that bobbin on the Journey Wheel of the never-ending-1lb-left CVM and started a second one last night. I’ve show enough of that fiber over the years that I won’t bore you with it until it is all spun up and I can show off the mountain of singles in their ball-winder cakes all ready for another 4 years worth of plying 😉

The other spinning has been on spindles (also not to display yet another half spindle full of silk) with probably more of that to come as my Tibetan Support Spindle is showing as out for delivery today so I’ll be obsessively trying to figure that out tonight.

Finally, I’ve been working on some targhee that I bought from Jessica in the Redwood Colorway. I might have mentioned it when I first started spinning it a while ago. Well, I pulled out the Matchless on Monday night and finished up the first bobbin’s worth. Started the second half last night.


I’m most pleased with the first half.

There isn’t quite as much going on on the knitting side. I finished the collar on Featherweight but when I put it on, found that the sweater was too short. I have a choice to make at this point before I start knitting the sleeves. Do I rip out the 4″ of 1×1 rib collar, remove the bottom 2″ of 1×1 ribbing and lengthen the sweater, OR do I see how it fits Kathryn 😉 Other than the length it fits fine. I think I’ll pull out the collar, lengthen and then just do a new stockinette collar later. At this rate, my nice spring/summer sweater will be done for next year’s cruise 😉

The other knitting has been limited to socks on the train.


This is the sock I started right before going to Boston to catch the game at Fenway (which was AWESOME!!!!). I started the top ribbing this morning. The yarn is from Cris in her monthly yarn club. This was the April installment and is just gorgeous. I love how it is striping!

All right, back to work. Have to fight with the system that I’ve come late to and try to shoehorn new functionality into it. Thanks for the break!

Craft on!

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Tags: Spinning

Perfect

May 20th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Kids are at a friends house. The folks are at a wedding. I’m enjoying the perfect afternoon on this beautiful day.


Craft on!

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Tags: Spinning

Woo

May 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on Woo

My new favorite knitting spot.


Sitting in the bleachers with the monkeys and loving it.

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Location:Lansdowne St,Boston,United States

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Tags: Socks

Excited

May 11th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Edited 5/14: this was stupidly posted by my phone to a page rather than a post. It was meant to post Friday night and I discovered that the default on the phone had switched to page from blog. Doh. Please pretend that this post came before the one AT Fenway :).

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I’m super excited. Tomorrow the twins and I hit the road for Boston and a game at Fenway Park! Since it is a night game we will be staying over and heading home on Sunday. Can’t wait. I’ve never been to Fenway!

I’ve got the important things ready:


my custom Jessalu bag and ITW sock yarn. Now hopefully the Sox will shake whatever is ailing them and we can see a win.

Craft on!

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Really?

May 10th, 2012 · 5 Comments

Is it possible that what with all the buying and selling of portable spinning wheels that I had the answer right under my nose all the time?  Could this be my portable spinning solution?

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It is portable!  I have this little bossie (I think this is my first ever, a spalted bubinga weighing in at 20g) tucked into my bag and it accompanies me everywhere.  I had it this weekend in MD and spun on at during free moments.  Managed to fill the spindle.  I offloaded it onto a skewer Monday night.  I find it is a restful way of waiting for mass transit.  And maybe, just maybe, I’ll finish off that tussah silk. 

Oh and yeah, Miss Kathryn has picked up the hobby as well.

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She came with me to MDSW this weekend while Alexander stayed home with the folks.  Sunday morning, before heading back home, we stopped into the festival for a look-see.  While I was testing the sole remaining orphan Moosie, Kat came over to me with a spindle and some sample fiber, requesting that I attach it for her.  I looked at her, she’s never used a spindle before, and I didn’t think the Bosworth’s booth at MD was the best place to start.  Sheila encouraged me, pointing out the cushy floor tiles they install to protect their backs and their spindles.  I got the fiber started, handed her the spindle and she was off to the races.  Both Sheila and I were gobsmacked by how quickly she took to it.  Not sure if you can tell from the picture, but she’s spinning a mighty fine, even single.  What you can tell from the picture is that she’s now the owner of her very own spindle, a bubinga in the 20g range too.

That’s my girl.  Now to get the boy going Smile

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Waffling

May 2nd, 2012 · 4 Comments

I’ve made a great deal of progress on Evenstar and while I like the pattern, I’m just not sure about the yarn. The gradient is far more variegated than I expected.


I’m just not feeling it. Spreadsheet says 31% complete and I think I should stop now and restart with a different yarn. Now. Rather than layer. Yes?

On other news I saw a rather unusual sight this morning on my way to work. Driving down the block on the way to the station I spotted something on the neighbor’s lawn that I initially took for a lawn ornament. Which moved. I backed the car up. This is what I saw:


Sorry for the crappy photo but the regular camera was in my purse in the back seat. My iPhone was in my pocket. Internet research leads me to believe s/he is a red tailed hawk. I interrupted breakfast. Shortly after I snapped this the bird flew with the catch to a nearby tree and I headed for the train.

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Tags: Lace