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2012 Wrap Up

December 31st, 2012 · 1 Comment

Wow, another year blew past.  They are getting faster and faster.  Must be getting older 😉  Anyway, this was a year of much change. But then again, aren’t they all?  I added two beautiful new wheels this year that might have supplanted all the other wheels here.  I spun a lot.  Changed jobs a lot.  Hopefully that job hopping thing has stopped for a while.  I’m liking the current situation.

I tried to challenge myself to knit 12 pairs of socks in ’12 and did it!  Actually managed 13 pairs with only one pair of kids socks in the mix!  I also managed to complete  long term knitting projects (I finished Kauni 2 yesterday. It is laying on the matt in front of the central heating vent now along with Kauni Damask)!  All in all, a good year.


Hope everyone has a very happy and healthy New Year! We will be spending it quietly at home.

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Riding the Rails

September 10th, 2012 · Comments Off on Riding the Rails

And after another last day I’m on another first day at a new job. Hoping this one is the last for a while. It feels right.

Ok it feels familiar 🙂

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July 3rd, 2012 · 2 Comments

I find myself at yet another Last Day.  I know I’ve used the hand clock/carousel thing in the past as I’ve left a job.  It just fits.  And it makes me smile 🙂  My two weeks are official over today.  I guess it goes without saying that I will be leaving early today.  I’m already packed, bags are on desk and ready to go.  I might stick it out until lunchtime.  We’ll see.  One thing I will miss is the walk through Madison Square Park each morning and afternoon.

I really love the oasis of nature nestled in the big bad city.

Now, since the new office is going to be a car ride away, I will be missing my knitting/reading time on the train.  In honor of the last day of train commuting, I managed to bind off what will be the last pair of commuter socks on the PATH ride.

I just need to work the tails in, but they are for all intents and purposes done.  Project details:

  • Yarn:  Into the Whirled Manchester Sock
  • Colorway:  Fierce & Flawless – June 2012 club yarn
  • Started:  6/19/12
  • Finished:  7/3/12
  • Pattern:  Own mishmash of sock goodness – toe up over 52st on US1

Must apologize for not realizing that there was a window with a serviceable ledge with NATURAL LIGHT before today.  Oh well.  Love love love this yarn.  The colors yelled at me the moment that I opened the mailing pack and cast on immediately.   This also brings my total to 7 pairs of socks for 2012 with 10 skeins of sock yarn at least partially used ( Simple Things and Stripe Study Shawl used 3).  Since sock yarn officially counts now, I need to stay on top of it.

For the first year, I’m also participating in the Tour de Fleece, joining the Rookies and ITW teams primarily.  Pretty sure there might be another one or two (support spindlers and schacht come to mind) .  The goal really is to spin every day with some side goals of finishing a number of pending projects.  The first project is one that I’ve been hanging onto for a while for the TdF.  I have 12oz of May ITW club romney fiber in the Inara colorway, as well as 12oz of a coordinating colorway.  Ideally, I want to knit a top-down raglan.

Day 1 was spent outside on the patio with the first 4oz bag of Inara and my SpinOlution Queen Bee.  I fractal spun (which is what I’ve been doing for years, just didn’t have a name for it!) it:

Yes well, I didn’t divide the length in exactly half.  The solid half was a tad thicker.  I had it spun and plied.  Day 2 was more of the same, just inside as it was beastly hot on Sunday 🙂

There are now two skeins of fractal spun Romney measuring in at 500 yds @8oz.

Day 3 I had to go to work (notice I didn’t say I worked, because other than fixing one bug and going for my exit interview, I didn’t do a heck of alot) so the spinning time was greatly reduced.  I wanted to take a break from the colorful stuff and pulled out a bag of the coordinate.  I have the first bobbin done (2oz).

After work today, we’ll be heading out on the boat for the yearly fireworks from Bowline Park in Haverstraw.  I’m debating leaving the wheel at home (its going to be another hot one) and “making do” with the spindles.  I’m probably going to do the latter.  I still have 5 more oz of the alpaca/bfl/silk that I was spinning on the Russians, have some yummy 18.5 micro merino/cashmere on another Russian, and can always go for a little fiber on a drop spindle.  Might work on some ITW Chromatic on a Bosworth too.  We shall see.  Whichever tool I take with me, there will be spinning!

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June 26th, 2012 · 6 Comments

I hints at something in the air last week but was waiting for some things to finalize before I let you all in on the news. Well those things have now settled so now I can share with you what the latest the winds of change are bringing my way:

I’m changing jobs. Again.

There I said it. This time, like the last, is also by choice. Initially I really liked this company and my job. That changed when I was traded to a different team, without consultation, to do stuff that I just don’t like doing. This is a team of consultants working on a huge new product with a few token employees. Well I was cherry picked by them to replace another employee who’d been fired (some political nightmare) as a new token employee. Add in that the corporate environment has changed considerably since I started here and a global reorg was announced last week that I predict will have trickle down streamlining effects.

So in the setting, my fired former coworker and I have been in contact over Skype since he left. A couple of weeks ago he said hello from his new spot. A spot in a location 8.9 miles by car from my home. I casually inquired as to whether they were still looking for senior developers. Oddly enough they were and after he verified with his superior, I decided to update my resume and give it a shot.

A week later, my buddy skyped me, could I be available for a tech phone interview the next day. Thanks to a number of Starbucks locations (can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a Starbucks) I had my screen call. I had very mixed feelings over my performance. Always hard to tell.

Two days later I get an email, they would like me to come in for a face to face panel interview and write some code. This meeting was last Tuesday, starting as 9am. Three questioned me for an hour and then I wrote an web app. I left there at 11, home by 11:23. Phone rang at 11:56, they would very much like me to join them. However since they only use consultants on this open ended indefinite contract, did I have a company or would I like to be in contact with one of their preferred vendors, I went the vendor option, worked with them to set my hourly rate, which was approved. I gave notice on Wednesday after getting a countersigned contract. My last day is 7/3.

So there you have it. I’m divorcing NJTransit, whom I’ve been married to since 1997. I will miss the knitting/reading/detox time but I won’t miss being on their schedule. Not to mention, I’ll jut be closer to home! And working as a consultant, hours are going to be fixed, anything over 40 needs approval, I’ll have more me time. My hourly rate has time off built into it so I won’t resent holidays and can still take a sick day or vacation or two.

Oh and my boss fist-bumped me when I handed him my resignation letter!

So taking advantage of the remaining train time, I’ve been knitting and reading, sock one just about done. Actually I finished last night at a baseball game, but I took this picture on the way in yesterday with the intent of writing this post yesterday.

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June 20th, 2012 · 2 Comments

The only constants in life are that there is always change. As much as I’m not a fan of change, it is there. The last year or so has had more change than I am used to and there’s more on the horizon that I can’t publicly announce quite yet. Soon. I can highlight one change though (the eagle eyed among you might have picked this up from the spindle picture on Sunday).


Became this…

Please ignore the stopes “smile” on my face. I had margarita at lunch that day 🙂

It was time. The hair was totally annoying me. Was long enough to get tucked into my waistband, the cat was always laying on it. Ugh. Loving the lighter feeling too.

And yes I still knit:

June 2012 into the whirled yarn club offering.

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Sunday Scenes

June 10th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Breaking myself away from watching the Cornell Red-Tail Hawks, I thought I might try and re-establish somewhat regular posts.  Or at the very least, catch up what’s been happening recently.

First up is another pair of socks:  Sox Socks.

  • Pattern:  basic sock pattern over 56st on US0
  • Yarn:  ITW Pakokku Sock
  • Colorway: Serenity
  • Started:  May 11 2012
  • Finished:  June 4 2012

I frogged the collar and hem on Featherweight.  If it hadn’t of taken two hours to get those two parts out I would have frogged the whole thing.  Instead I got the needle back in and decided to make it longer.  This time instead of a 1×1 rib, I’m using garter for the borders.

I do realize you can’t tell squat from this picture, but there it is anyway 😉  Trust me I’ve made the sweater body several inches longer than it was, then added some 2.50″ inches of bottom border.  Now I’m working on the collar again.  I’m ready to be done with this.

But then again, if want to finish it, then I should quit working on other things like this golden oldie.  Anyone remember what this is?

I pulled it out of its hidey-hole last night and actually added a row!  Oh my.

I’ve also discovered that I really can use a support spindle and actually enjoy them.  I lucked into this Spanish Peacock Russian spindle on Ravelry.  I’m spinning some Cupcake Fibers Merino/Alpaca/Silk in Copper Penny on the spindle.  Love it.

You can spin some might fin yarns on a support.  Not sure if you can tell from the photo, but that’s a dime with singles from the spindle criss-crossed over it.  Totally enjoying it.

Now to decide what to spend the evening with… decisions decisions decisions

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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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Sunny Sunday

April 8th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Wow another week has flown by.  This one brought the return of BASEBALL!   We’ll ignore for the moment that my team isn’t doing so very well so far.  Season is still young, there’s plenty of time to panic. I just had a spinning playdate with Tami so its time for the weekly update.

On the Needles

1.  Hermione’s Deathly Hallow Socks – The first sock is done, but this isn’t news as it was at this time last week.  I’ve dawdled with the knitting this week, but am catching up now.  I finished the foot on the second sock onFriday while getting a pedicure 🙂

2.  Mawata Lilies Shawlette – Finished! I totally enjoyed working straight from the mawata’s and will definitely do more with silk.

3.  Featherweight Cardigan –  The finishing of one object marks the point where I can start something new.  Next up is a second featherweight cardigan in Malabrigo Lace.

I started this on Friday night and put the sleeve stitches on the waste yarn yesterday afternoon before the Seder. The colorway is Vermillion.  I love it.  I made this sweater once before, but it came out too big, so I gave it to mom.  Since then, the designer has added additional sizes to the pattern, including smaller ones.  Yay!

On the Fiber Front

First up, I owe a picture of the finished yarn from last week.

I dug out the never-ending bag of CVM roving that I’ve been spinning on and off for years now on the Vermont Wheel.  I actually weighed the bag and there’s 1.5 lbs left to spin.  I’m going to try and do a little every day.  I have a good beginning on the next bobbin’s worth:

At today’s playdate, I started new fiber on the Schacht.  This is Targhee from Zarzuela in Redwood.  I’ve split the fiber lengthwise into strips about the width of my index finger.

Other spinning – I filled another spindle on the Charkha with the Shetland, and managed to add a little more of the silk to the Bosworth spindle.  Not interesting enough to take another picture of either.

Other Stuff

Dad took the twins to Toys R Us yesterday afternoon before the family showed up for the Seder.  He came home with this:

Just what we needed, a 14′ trampoline for the backyard.  That’s Kat jumping with a friend of hers a little while ago.  It was a family affair in assembly.

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Once More

April 1st, 2012 · 2 Comments

Wow am I tired today.  There must be something in the air this weekend because I’ve been pretty draggy.  Though I think today is a result of yesterday’s driving two states away for a baby shower.  It was excellent, and I don’t like showers 😉  I’m glad I went but am paying for it today, which started somewhat early as the CPW moved along to its new home this morning.  Getting right into it:

On the needles:

1.  Hermione’s Everyday Socks –  Stick a fork in these babies, they are done!  I finished them up on Monday.

This is the first time that I did this stitch pattern and I have to say that I really liked it.  I think it works very well with handpainted yarns and was easy enough for my fuzzy brain to hold onto, though I did have issues seeing the stitches in low lighting conditions, like Panera.

2.  Mawata Lilies Shawlette – is still in progress.  It doesn’t look much different than the picture from last week.  I managed a few more repeats of the edging lace and have at least made it past the halfway point.  Each repeat is taking less time as I’ve mostly memorized the pattern, well after the third or so repeat of each sitting.  The first one or two are slower.  But, progress is being made and I’ll probably be working on it tonight when Game of Thrones Season 2 starts!

3.  Hermione’s Deathly Hallows Socks – I started these Tuesday morning on the train and bound off the first one late this morning.  As part of their homework, the kids need to read for at least 20 minutes each day.  Due to personality conflicts, Alexander usually winds up reading with me and while he reads to me, I work on the current sock project.

The yarn is Forbidden Woolery Lush in the Deathly Hallows colorway.  The pattern is, surprise surprise, the Hermione’s Everyday Socks pattern.  Figured the names of the two went well together.  I’ll start the second sock tomorrow morning.  Probably.

Mods on this sock:  working toe up instead of cuff down, plain foot and a 2×2 rib.  What can I say, I’m particular with my socks.

On the fiber front

I’ve actually made some progress this week.

1.  I finished spinning the singles of the Blackforest Cake Merino (been mistakenly calling it BFL) on Thursday night.  I n-plied it on the Schacht today.

It came out to be some 468 yrds of n-plied at 4.2 oz.  I think it’ll make some lovely socks.

2.  Friday night I plied the Merino/Bamboo/Nylon blend from River’s Arts.  It is 528yds of 2ply and somehow I forgot to take a picture of it off the bobbins and I’m too tired/lazy to do it now.  Maybe during the week 😉

3. Tussah Silk – this is still ongoing. I managed to finish off another length of silk that i had batched up oodles of ages ago to facilitate this project. no clue how much silk it amounts to, but it worked through 3 different colors. I wouldn’t expect rapid progress on this project, but you knew that already 😉

4.  Charkha Shetland – this one was idle this week.  Oh well, can’t work on everything 🙂

This brings up the big question, what to spin on the wheels next?  I think I’m going to dig out the never-ending bag of processed CVM that has been ongoing on the Vermont wheel for ages.  I usually fill up 3 bobbins, wind off and repeat.  I have some 9 cakes of wound singles sitting downstairs and yet, the prepared fleece bag doesn’t look any emptier.  Maybe if I work on it somewhat regularly I can make progress.  Finally.  Now to find where I stashed it.  I think I’ll alternate this week with this and the charkha before pulling out something else for the Schacht 🙂

That’s about all for this week.

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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.

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