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Again

October 19th, 2014 · 1 Comment

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m  knitting a very familiar pattern that I have not done in a while.

This is the sixth time that i have knit drive_thru. I’m making it for my youngest niece.  I have the body and the first sleeve done and am at the half way point on the second.  I want to finish this quickly so that i can start some of the projects that I picked up yesterday at the festival.

Craft on!

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Wednesday Words

December 14th, 2011 · 8 Comments

I know it has been a long time since my last post. And no, my prolonged silence does not indicate that I’ve been job hunting again! I am quite happy at my new job. While I won’t go into all the reasons why I could be lured into interviewing by the recruiter in this very public of fora, if you should really want to know, email me or leave a comment.  Suffice it to say, the things I didn’t like are no longer a problem.  I hit the one month mark today.  Yay!  I’m still loving it.

However, the learning a new company and new gig has me somewhat, well quite exhausted by the end of the day.  When the kids go to sleep, I’m ready to call it a day, which is why you haven’t seen a post from me in a bit.  It also means that the development work that I had started on the iOS port of KnitCounter is once again on hold.  I’m still plodding through the books, but not writing anything yet.  Soon.  Be patient grasshopper.

I am knitting though!  And I have lots to show progress-wise since my last posting.  Right before leaving the last job, I needed a bus project.  Enter another pair of basic socks.  This is Cherry Tree Hill Supersock that I got from Deb when we went to visit her towards the end of October.


I had even made some decent progress before ending that job.  I vaguely recall finishing the first sock and then the knitting sat and sat in my bag untouched.  I’ve been reading on the train/path (yes shorter commute!) and had other portable projects steal this one’s thunder.

Having finished the boy’s DriveThru, it was time to make the girl one.  Since she kvetched that the last one made from 220 was itchy, it also meant a trip to the yarn store for something “softer” for my princess.  She picked ack-rylic.  Decent ack-rylic, but still ack-rylic all the same.  It was Patons Canadiana at least, and not something terrible.  Glad I took her to a real yarn store and not a big-box. Goodness only knows what she’d pick there!  Anyway, here’s her finished DriveThru:

Drive Thru

  • Size:  10
  • Yarn: Patons Canadiana
  • Needles: US7 & 8
  • Started: November 12 2011
  • Completed: December 4 2011

The kid is happy.  And mommy is happy that the kid wish list is now complete!  I can go back to knitting for me 🙂

I have a couple more that are finished in name only.  One is waiting on a picture of the finished item:

The yarn is some Jade Sapphire 2ply Cashmere lace weight that I tried to knit a number of items out of but the original color just made me ill working with it.  It was a clown-barf inspired bright pinks and greens.  Don’t know what I was thinking when I bought it but it was cashmere in the 50% bin at the yarn store.  Leann was awesome enough to overdye it and make it useable and gorgeous!  It is now a finished cowl that I’ve been wearing daily since the weather got cold.  Thanks Leann!

The other is waiting for a trip to the washing machine to felt.  I’ll give the project deets when all is done.

It will end life as a felted hat for Alexander’s teacher.

Finally, I just need to show this!  It made me smile when I saw the request to follow my twitter feed…

So say we all!

Craft on 🙂

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Tags: Gifts · Kids · Socks

Sunday Catchup

November 8th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Since my last post, we had halloween!

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I started and finished a sweater for the little miss:

girl_drivethru2

Project details are over here.

I started a sweater for me:

eyeletcardi1

Project details are over here.

I started a sweater for the little mister:

boy_drivethru1

Project details for this one are here.

Yesterday, I saw this pattern and just had to make it for my littlest niece.

monsterbutt1

All this knitting, with the exception of a purchase of a single skein of red yarn for the Monster Butt has been out of stash. ¬†The youngins went shopping in my stash to pick out the colors for the Drive-Thrus. ¬†That sweater remains my absolute favorite pattern for kids. ¬†The yarn I’m using for Eyelet Cardi was added to stash in February to knit another ChicKnits pattern but was redirected to this one.

This morning we got up rather early for a Sunday, got dressed quickly and had some breakfast before heading out to stand in line. ¬†The pediatrician’s office received their requested H1N1 vaccines and scheduled today from 9 to 1 to give the vaccines. ¬†We got there about 9:30 and after an hour wait, wrestled two reluctant kids into holding still and baring their arms, they were inoculated. ¬† This was followed by a trip to the dollar store for a reward for being good. ¬†Ha. ¬†Anyway, the rest of the afternoon has been spent outdoors, enjoying the surprise 66F day.

While the twins did this:

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I played with this:

kromski

The fiber is BFL from SeeKay in Sunshine Day. ¬†I bought this fiber at the NJ festival in Sept. ¬†As you can see, I’m spinning it on the Kromski Sonata. ¬†She makes a lovely outdoor wheel 🙂

When I finished the second bobbin (the first 2oz were spun at Jessica’s house yesterday), I pulled out another project.

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Oh yeah, that project was on another wheel 😉 ¬†This would be the second half of the 4oz of BFL, also from SeeKay at NJ, but in Rubies.

When that was done, I pulled out yet another spinning project in progress:

pumpernickel_1

Bet you thought it was going to be another wheel 😉 ¬†This is the Pumpernickel n Jam batt that I got from Into the Whirled at Rhinebeck on the midi Bosworth spindle also from Rhinebeck. ¬†I’m tired now 😉

Outside the hobbies, I’ve been downright exhausted. ¬†We’ve changed development methodologies at work moving to an Agile system. ¬†Instead of only working on one particular area of the application, I’m now working on things across the entire system regardless of expertise. ¬†It has been like starting a brand new job. ¬†My brain is overloading with all this knowledge! ¬†I come home, have dinner, get the kids in bed and then by 9, I’m having a hard time keeping my eyes open. ¬†I’m hoping that as I get experience in the other areas of the app, I’ll be able to stay up like a big girl again. ¬†On top of this, there’s been drama that I just didn’t need. ¬†Oh well.

I’m off to ply the SeeKay singles into some yarn. ¬†The kids picked those rovings for their winter hats for this year. ¬†While it might be 66F today, that will not last much longer!

Craft on!

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Tags: Adult · Family · Geek Stuff · Gifts · Kids · Spinning

Always Moving

April 12th, 2009 · 5 Comments

If you’ve been around here long enough, you’ve probably discovered that I’m never idle.¬† I just can’t sit still and do nothing, which explains all the hobbies.¬† Well, I’ve added another one!

marudai

I’ve been eying this one for a while now.¬† A long while.¬† Way back at either my first or second NYSW, I saw someone demonstrating the using of a marudai and was fascinated.¬† Last year I bought one of those cheap foam discs to try it one.¬† Liked it but didn’t like the slowness in the foam disc, moving one strand at a time.¬† It was limiting.¬† So when a local fiber friend posted on a mailing list that she was selling one of her kumihimo set for less than I could buy a new one, I jumped.¬† Yesterday I drove out to her house and picked it up.

Love it!¬† Now I need to figure out a use for all those braids 😉

I’ve been off since Wednesday afternoon and have managed to keep myself busy.¬† I whipped out a tiered skirt for Kat in pink quilting fabrics that she picked out.¬† She was able to wear it for the family gathering at the Seder on Thursday.¬† And then she wore it again Friday.¬† And again Saturday.¬† I have no photos as the thing now needs a wash 😉

However, I did manage to finish Alex’s dinosaur quilt.

dino_quilt_done

As with Kat’s, I did in the ditch quilting and machine applied the binding.¬† While my new binding foot arrived, it was too small for the wide binding that I picked up at Joann’s.¬† Sigh.¬† Oh well, maybe the next one will have a binding that doesn’t look like ass.

Another finished sewing object is this:

laptop_sleeve

It is an Alexander Henry fabric, that I lined with the coordinating fabric:

sleeve2

I found this tutorial and made a home for my beloved MacBook.¬† It fits perfectly and I’m quite happy with it.¬† I have more of the fabric and a few plans 😉

I finally finished the Tulip Cardigan for my niece.  I spent a few hours on Thursday finishing the second sleeve and weaving in all those stupid ends.

sublime_tulip_done

While I love how it came out, I seriously hated the yarn.¬† Sublime Cashmerino Baby.¬† It was awful to work with.¬† I also thing if i were to make this pattern again (and I probably will since I bought some 220 in similar colors to knit it for Kat), I’m going to modify so that the button bands aren’t picked up at the end but knit along at the same time.

It isn’t all about finishing at Chez CFL.¬† Oh no.¬† It is time to start something new!¬† I watched Amy knitting this sweater and decided I had to have one too!¬† I had taken advantage of Web’s recent sale on Cascade and stashed up recently.

fair_isle

I cast on a few minutes ago.  The base color is reading purple by the camera.  Which is not how my eyes see it.  In my oddly lit bedroom, I see brown.  But then you look at the closeup at Webs and it is a rainbow of colors.  It is color 4006: Galaxy.

4006

Galaxy indeed.¬† It is a galaxy of colors!¬† I kept Kat busy for a while this morning with the ball winder 😉

Since Dad has the kids off at the duck pond, I’m off to play with something.

Craft on!

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Tags: EZ Patterns · Gifts · Kids · Quilting · Sewing

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.

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Chilly Monday

December 22nd, 2008 · 12 Comments

Oh. My. G-d.¬† It is serously cold outside today!¬† Currently 16F in my hometown.¬† It is an established fact that I HATE WINTER.¬† It is so cold today that dad drove me to a different station that actually has a building so I could wait inside rather than at the curve in the road that I normally stand alongside.¬†¬† He’s going to take the twins to daycare.¬† Or not.¬† He’s a good dad.

Speaking of dad, for the very first time, he requested a knitted item.¬† I know, what’s with my family?!¬† First it was my little sister asking for a sweater for her older one.¬† Then my middle sister requested first mittens which then morphed into hats for her boys.¬† Now dad.¬† None of them have asked for anything before.¬† I’m totally amazed.¬† I can’t discourage this whatsoever.¬† So what did I do last night but cast on a hat for dad.¬† I’m using the STR from my nephew’s hat in the blue colorway, but a different pattern.¬† This is simply a 2×2 rib for 11″ and then 3 reduction rows at the crown.¬† Easy peasy.¬†¬†

Man Hat

Man Hat

I know i said I was going to make a scarf for the boys out of the leftovers.¬† I started one, I just didn’t like the feel of the yarn.¬† It is great for hats, I don’t think its soft enough for scarf.¬† So…

After dad’s hat, I’m making one for me.¬† I can’t seem to find a single hat I’ve knit for myself, just stuff i bought at J.Crew when i worked there.¬† They just aren’t as good.¬† I had a felted bucket hat that I can’t seem to locate.¬† Not sure what the yarn is going to be.¬† I do have some brown cascade 220 to match the coat in stash, but there’s probably some yummy handspun cormo in stash.¬† Must dig that up tonight after I wrap the teacher presents.¬† Must also remember to photograph them.¬† I threaded the straps into the bags last night.¬†¬† I’m quite pleased with them.¬†

I didn’t ply the Mea Culpa yet, but did start a new fiber on the Van Eaton.¬† I’m spinning more from CMF, this time it is a BFL in the Black Sun colorway.

Black Sun

Black Sun

This wheel wants to spin very fine.¬† Not sure what the wood is on this bobbin but it isn’t black walnut.¬† I have 7 bobbins for this wheel, 4 of which are the walnut and the others are a mix.¬† I think this one is bubinga.¬† I also decided it was time to spin a little bit more of that toasted banana on the Reeves, another wheel that wants to spin fine!

I showed a picture yesterday with my head all wrapped in cellophane.  Well, a few weeks ago Wendy posted about using henna on her hair.  I followed her links and long story short, bought some for me.  This is the after picture.  I sat with that stuff on my hair for 3 hours yesterday and am most happy with the results.  The gray is covered and appears as copper highlights.  I love it!

Day 1

Day 1

Mom, who agreed to apply the stuff, was most happy when I returned home from the hairdresser on Saturday with much shorter hair! I hadn’t planned on cutting it when I ordered the henna so I have a great deal left.¬† Which is good because I’ll have roots to deal with before I know it.

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Big and Small

December 18th, 2008 · 6 Comments

While I’ve been spending my quality time getting to know my new wheel (and naming it – but more on that later), I’ve had the kate from the Reeves and the Van Eaton sitting near each other. ¬†Makes sense, the wheels are next each other. ¬†They looked awfully similar in size on the kates but I really wanted to see how they compared. ¬†I figured you’d all want to as well. ¬†Humor me. ¬†And then I wanted to compare these bobbins against a few others for some reference. ¬†

All of these are with the larger end up in the cases where the two ends are not the same diameter:

larger bobbin ends

larger bobbin ends

From left to right:

 

  1. Ashford
  2. Lendrum
  3. Schacht
  4. Reeves
  5. Van Eaton (bubinga too 😉

Side View:<

Same bobbins

Same bobbins

This is the same order. ¬†As you can see that while the Reeves and the VE are the same width around, the VE is a smidge longer. ¬†Of course there are two other wheels in the house who’s bobbins are not included (Tina and Vermonter) but I’m too lazy to get downstairs to fetch a bobbin. ¬†IIRC, Tina’s bobbins are awfully close to Lendrum size. ¬†And yes, I realize I don’t have the Lendrum anymore, I did manage to find two stray bobbins the other day. ¬†Oh well. ¬†The wheel shipped off with ¬†7! ¬†I didn’t realize I had so many of the damn things.

Another thing to note, the only wheel I use with any regularity (other than the electric Womack) that has a Woolee Winder is the Schacht. ¬† The Tina has a WW but I don’t think I’ve used it in the last year. The rest are standard bobbins. ¬†I know there’s a WW available for the Reeves, but the regular flyer is so gorgeous that I couldn’t replace it with the wonderfully functional but less than attractive WW. ¬†And really, I ply on the Womack so stopping every now and again to change pretty hooks isn’t that bad.

As for capacity?  The VE bobbin easily holds four ounces!

 

Mea Culpa

Mea Culpa

Yup. ¬†Finished the first four ounces of the Mea Culpa roving! ¬†No wonder they call it a production wheel! ¬†I did this bobbin of 40wpi singles in a little over three hours. ¬†Dude. ¬†That’s production, even by my standards. ¬†Did I mention that the VE is QUIET? ¬†No need to adjust TV volume. ¬†The only noise is a slight whir from the bobbin. ¬†Its amazing. ¬†

While I was bonding with him, definitely a him, last night, he spoke his name to me: ¬†Fabio. ¬†He’s dark, exotic and sexy! ¬† And rich too 😉 I’ll be spending quite a few nights with Fabio, including this one!

Before I return to my dear Fabio, I finished the second nephew hat.  This is the same pattern, same yarn but the Stormy Skies colorway.  I finished it on the train this evening.

 

Nephew Hat

Nephew Hat

Tomorrow is the office children holiday party.  Wish me luck as I schlep the monkeys into NYC and back in the snow.  Sigh.

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New Baby

December 17th, 2008 · 11 Comments

no.. not my sister’s new baby.¬† This BIG box arrived yesterday.

BIG box

BIG box

Whatever could it be?¬† That bit of wood behind it is the top of my Jensen Tina II.¬† It does give some idea of scale, unless of course you haven’t a clue how big the Tina is.¬† For those, I’ve included the required iPhone for scale ;)¬† I know, but I always have it on me so it makes for the perfect ‘for scale’ item.

What was inside it?¬† My new baby…

24" Production Van Eaton

24" Production Van Eaton

Not the greatest of pictures, but the light in my room sucks, especially since I replaced the regular high hats with the energy efficient ones.¬†¬† I must say, after only a few moments, i was totally in love with this wheel.¬† It is SOLID!¬† I won’t be toting this baby around anywhere.¬† It spins like a dream.¬† No noise, except a gentle whirrr sound of the flyer.¬† She’s FAST.¬† That 24″ wheel helps there.¬† You can see tucked behind her my Reeves, so you can get a better sense of the size of this.¬†

We bonded last night over some Crown Mountain Corrie in Mea Culpa.

Mea Culpa

Mea Culpa

I loves this wheel.  She came with a beautiful kate, 2 whorls with 2 speeds each, and a whopping 7 bobbins in beautiful woods!  Better pictures when the light is around this weekend.

In knitting news, here’s a look at the finished hat for my nephew M:

STR Heavyweight

STR Heavyweight

and the one in progress for his younger brother D:

STR Heavyweight

STR Heavyweight

That’s about it for today.¬† Got lots to code.

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More Machines

December 15th, 2008 · 4 Comments

This post is another about machines, but this one is less computer-y and more knit-y. Last post I mentioned I was off to pull out one of the knitting machines to make some i-cord. Must be the Apple fanboy in me that has me correcting iCord “typos” 🙂

 

Brother KX-350

Brother KX-350

This machine is a Brother KX-350 plastic flatbed machine.  I bought it off eBay a few years ago and tucked it away.  There are 3 different basic knitting machines out there.  Standard, Mid and Bulky.  The standard takes fine yarn and does insane things like 16 st/in or better up to about a sport weight.  The bulky is just what you thing, worsted to bulky yarns.  The Mid-gauge handles the yarns that most hand knitters are used to working with:  fingering to worsted.  The other two have added toys like ribbers, and fancy electronics, but are way way more expensive.  The mid-gauge, which includes the Incredible Sweater Machine of TV infomercial fame, is far cheaper and with hand manipulation, can do just about everything the fancy guys can do, just more work.  The Brother is modeled after its fancier siblings made by the same company and has a tensioned yarn mast.  The ISM does not (btw, I had an ISM, it was my first and I hated it).

Flat bed knitting machines have a carriage that runs back and forth along the length of the bed.  In each slot is a needle with a latch hook type end. As the carriage moves, the needles are pushed out, the stitch on the needle is moved to the other side of the latch, yarn is set in the hook and the needle is pulled back into position sliding the yarn through the old stitch.

 

i-cording

i-cording

To make i-cord, the carriage is set to only work the needles in one direction and “hold” in the other. ¬†I have it working the stitches when the carriage goes to the left. When I moved it to the right, the yarn went unworked, just like when you slide the stitches from one end of the DPN to the other.

Here’s a quick (and not so good video):

It’s not easy to hold the camera and move the carriage one handed, but I think you get the general idea of how it works.

It took about 30 minutes and I had about 160″ of iCord. ¬†Can’t beat that 🙂

 

I like iCord

I like iCord

There’s as much of the darker stuff on the left as there is of the pinky stuff. ¬†It just didn’t want to sit nicely on the bed for a photo op. ¬†Here’s the cord with the bags.

 

pre-felting

pre-felting

They’ve since had a bath in the washing machine set on heavy duty along with a pair of jeans and felted beautifully! ¬† Both bags are busy drying in front of the heat vent in the living room.

I’ve moved onto the hats for my nephews. ¬†The first is for the older boy, M, who will be 12 in a few days. ¬†This is the STR Heavyweight in In the Navy, pattern is here. ¬†

 

Seaman's Cap

Seaman's Cap

The color is off here.  The blue is way more navy.. and honestly, the photo is out of date as I finished it on the ferry coming home this evening.

This is the color…

 

In the Navy

In the Navy

I cast on for the second kid’s hat during the train portion of the commute. ¬†When both hats are done, I should have enough yarn and time to make them coordinating One-Row Scarves.

Time to get the monkeys into bed.

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Busy Busy

December 13th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Thank you everyone for your congratulations on the new addition to the family.¬† My sister and baby J are both doing well.¬† Not sure how S is adjusting to being a big sister, but she’s all of 17.5 months, so I’m sure my sister is in for some interesting times over the next couple of months.¬†

The downside to this new baby thing is that I lost my housewife for a week or so ;)¬† Mom went out to my sister’s house in Lancaster county to first watch S whilst J was being born.¬† She’s staying for a week to help Rikki out.¬† Sadly, that means I have to do all the domestic stuff that I’ve turned over to my mother a couple of years ago.¬† We can’t exactly eat out every night!¬† So this morning I got all Suzie Homemaker and made a pot of tomato sauce (gravy for those that call it that) and about 2lbs of meatballs.¬†

That simmering for hours, I put a load of wash in (somehow Kat had run out of clean undies) and set about dealing with the aging food mom had purchased earlier in the week.  Next up was slicing some london broil into very thin slices, browning and then simmering in brown gravy.  What we call Chicken Meat. Long story there but it got its name in an attempt to get Kat, the devout Chickenatarian, to eat some beef.  We called it chicken meat, she ate it, and the name stuck.  Its awesome over rice.  After that was a second load of wash, followed by folding and putting away of the first.  Whew.

I get to roast a turkey breast tomorrow.  Yay. 

I did finally manage to sit down for a while between the laundry and actually serving dinner and finished off the second of the felted bags for the teachers.¬† Here’s a picture of the two bags side-by-side.¬† iPhone once again included for scale.¬† Why yes, it is my favorite item for indicating scale 😉

Teacher Bags - before the bath

Teacher Bags - before the bath

After the kids go to sleep, I’m pulling out the flatbed mid-gauge knitting machine and while attempt to whip out a mile of iCord for the handles.¬† I’d like to get these into the washing machine tomorrow.¬† When they’re done, I’ll do a roundup of all the gifts including the rediscovered multidirectional scarf that I knit a couple of years ago for a teacher gift, as well as the socks I cranked out last Sunday.¬† Not a heck of alot of knitting, but some nonetheless.¬†

I’ve also been working on the Adamas shawl on the train, when not studying or otherwise occupied with the new electronic toy.¬† I got it in my mind that I only needed 12 repeats of the center chart and got all excited when I started that repeat.¬† For giggles, I pulled out the pattern to check if there was something different about the end of the 12th repeat only to read and find I needed 14!¬† I hate when that happens.¬† Oh well.¬† I still need to finish up the BSJ and ship it off, though I might just hold it for the family holiday gathering on Dec 27th.¬† Have to check to see if my sister will be heading out for that.¬† Oh and I need to make hats for my nephews and if there is time, coordinating scarves.¬† I got some STR Heavyweight in the semi-solids to knit those.¬† Busy busy.

I did get a chance to be seriously geeky yesterday though.  Check this setup out!

Why yes I was using em all!

Why yes I was using em all!

You can see the tiny little Acer Aspire One between my 17″ iMac and the 14 or so inch Dell Inspiron.¬† The Dell was busy decrypting files I downloaded on the iMac while the hard drive was being repartitioned on the Acer.

For what you ask?  Why so I could do this:

Installing OSX

Installing OSX

A while later and a few hacks:

Finder on my Acer Aspire One

Finder on my Acer Aspire One

I love seeing that Acer right about the Mac Apple 🙂



Acer Dude

AAO Hackentosh Air

You can see on the left there that I have three “drives”:¬† MacOS, Acer and Share.¬† They are each about 50 gb.¬† Obviously I installed Leopard on the MacOS partition and formatted it appropriately for it.¬† The Acer partition is where Windows XP still lives and is NTFS and the third is for both to use for storage.¬† Nice huh?¬† I know, pretty geeky.¬† I’m dual booting the two OS’.

You see, I’ve been totally loving my little netbook.¬† The one thing that would have made it better in my eyes was if it was a Mac.¬† That had my looking at the Macbook Air.¬† It’s all of 3 lbs, which puts it in the okay to carry regularly category along with my 2.6lb¬†Acer Aspire One (hereinafter AAO).¬† So I started googling to see if there was a way to run MacOS on my PC in a similar way to how I run Windows on my Mac.¬† After much link clickage, I stumbled on someone who had installed MacOS on his AAO and that started the wheels in motion.¬† I now have an Acer Hackentosh Air for way less than the $1100 for last year’s Air.¬†

There are some limitations, like Sleep doesn’t work¬†and neither does the¬†wifi.¬† The wifi card that is pre-installed in the AAO isn’t compat with Mac.¬† Fortunately a Dell card is and readily available on eBay for under $15.¬† Yes, I’ve ordered one already.¬† There’s a how-to on the net as to replacing the sucker too.¬† Sweet.¬† I’m writing this post on the Windows portion of it now, hopefully by next week I’ll be able to do it on the Mac.

Call me a happy geek 🙂

Time to get out the knitting machine.

Craft on!

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