One Crazy Fiber Lady

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Ahhh

January 13th, 2014 · 2 Comments

This feels like the old days when I knitted every day. Doing a little lunch time sock knitting. Yarn is Miss Babs if I remember correctly.

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Tags: Knitting · Socks

Another

January 12th, 2014 · 5 Comments

I must confess, I added yet another spinning wheel to the fold.  I’m still sort of on the quest for the perfect spinning wheel for serious travel when I won’t be a short walk to the car to get whatever I don’t feel like schlepping right then.  I have some grand ideas of taking a wheel onto a cruise ship and spinning.  A girl can dream. 

Anyway I’ve gone through a number of small wheels that fold/break down but don’t pass muster for one reason or another.  The Sidekick went because assembly was just too many steps.  Some others (Victoria) didn’t keep the position because while they went together quick, they just weren’t enjoyable to spin on. I *might* have the solution this time.   I spotted this wheel for sale on Ravelry – the usual source—and decided to take a chance.  I had an exchange with the craftsman who fashioned it wherein he described the breakdown/setup process.  I couldn’t get any idea of real size of the thing but the images I could find online gave me an idea that it was small.   I wasn’t prepared for how small.  This is what came out of the box two nights ago (iPhone included for scale):

Fully assembled and sitting next to the Matchless:

How cute is she??  She’s also got the niftiest of flyer designs:

And yes. She can spin.  This 4oz ball of fiber looks huge:

She’s a Carson Cooper Sabrina wheel in a mixture of woods, primarily cherry with a 12" metal drive wheel and metal flyer.  I thinks I love her Smile

Oh yes, I still knit.  I started a test knit project.  Not sure how much I can divulge, but I feel this picture is safe:

It’s a pullover in Cascade 220 Fingering, held double throughout.  What you see is the folded hem with the dark on the inside. 

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Tags: Adult · Spinning

Lunch

August 29th, 2013 · Comments Off on Lunch

While I might not be taking the train everyday or even working from home most of the week, the new job is awesome. And when the boys ( my partners in crime ) aren’t in because they work from home and when I don’t go to the gym, I can have a nice quiet lunch. Like today. With my clown barf yarn slowly becoming a sock.


Craft on

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Tags: Knitting · Socks

Tee knit

August 17th, 2013 · Comments Off on Tee knit

Because I haven’t started something new in a while, it was time to cast on a new project. I had this yarn for a while, as well as pattern, so it was time to work on this cute little tee shirt pattern that I bought on Amazon:  Miley Tee. Seeing as it is a summer sweater there was no better time than now.

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Casted on the Lavold Hempathy on US4 needless. So far so good.

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Tags: Adult · Uncategorized

Little stitches

August 16th, 2013 · 1 Comment

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I dug out an old project to see if I could still actually make it happen. This is the crazy socks in crazy thin silk. I am almost done with the increases for the calf. Getting there. This is also the first time that I put the stocking on and I am happy to find that it will probably fit 🙂

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Tags: Silk Stockings

Updates

July 28th, 2013 · Comments Off on Updates

I know it's been yet another blogging break for me. Been busy. Between the road trip to Vermont for the Goldings bash, which was AWESOME for all sorts of reasons, the road trip to Pennsylvania (more on that in a bit), starting the new job and running my first 5k, I've been busy. I bought some new spindles and started spinning some super fine silk:

I received a new wheel (pocket wheel) and have since sold it. Which is a shame as I was hoping that it was the holy grail of travel wheels. Alas it was not to be as it didn't agree with the ankle and I kept getting hit in the leg by the flyer Road Bug style. It sold super fast and I ordered the best of the past, an Ashford Joy, which is a smaller light weight wheel that isn't bad to spin on. It should be here this week. The Golding Travel Wheel is an awesome spinner but a tad large and heavy and something that I will definitely not be taking to the boat.

The new job is awesome so far. Three weeks in and I am over the moon happy with the chance I've been given. It is the best of all worlds. The commute is all of 8 miles and I can drive there in less than 30 minutes even hitting traffic and all lights red. Yes I had this with the consulting gig but the job itself was terrible and non-challenging in anyway except trying to contain my growing frustration and not snapping heads off. This job is making use of all my skills. We've got a new developer starting tomorrow that ill be leading 🙂

Ok now for the new wheel. I found this wheel listed on Ravelry and Etsy and couldn't let it pass me by. I've finally got a Norm Hall for the herd.

 

She spins super nice too. Came with FIVE bobbins which are just immense!

Bobbins from left to right:

  1. Journey Wheel
  2. Pocket Wheel
  3. Golding
  4. Schacht Matchless
  5. Hansen
  6. Norm Hall

I've made progress on Wingspan as well:

That brings us closer to caught up. More soon.

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Tags: Knitting · Spinning

Monkey Brain

June 27th, 2013 · 1 Comment

I can definitely be accused of having a busy monkey brain.  I flit hither and thither on all hobbies big and small.  I’ve been bouncing between coding for fun, spindle spindle (drop and support), wheel spinning and knitting.  But this is nothing new for me (nor you if you’ve been around these here blog parts long enough).  I added features to the iOS version of my knit counter and its been approved by Apple.  Thanks to a query by an Android version user, I’ve been prodded towards making the same modifications.  Towards that end, I picked up a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 so that I had a modern platform to test the code on.  My ancient (and no longer used/updated) Droid X just wasn’t going to cut it.   Got my development platform updated and now just have to decide the best way to add the features without breaking everything!

I have an insane number of spinning projects going.  There’s the remainder of the 40z of BFL fiber that I started last summer during the TdF on my Bosworth moosies.   I think I finally hit the halfway point on that project.

I have another drop spindle project, the Shetland wool on a bunch of Goldings that someday I hope to make a hap shawl out of.  I’m almost done with the first 4oz of the multi colored stuff, but have a second 4oz, as well as 4oz each of coordinating solids.  I’m leaning towards the multi being the outer color on the shawl, so I guess I should have started with a solid 😉

I think this one is going to be my TdF project for this year as I’m on Team ITW and Team Golding.  This one covers both bases.

No pictures of any wheel spinning, but I’ve now added yet another knitting project: Wingspan, in leftover Kauni Effektgarn from my second Kauni sweater.  I wooshed thru the first two triangles and its languished there for a couple of days.  Oh well.  I’ll return to it when I can stay up past 8pm.

I think I’m just a US4 knitter as I’m happiest on that sized needle.  Also, I’d like to add, the Signature Stilettos that I bought at MDSW are probably my favoritest needles of ALL.TIME.

And now for other news that I announced on Facebook yesterday because it became official.  I applied for a permanent position at the company where I’ve been consulting for the last year.  It is in a different department and not a support developer role but as  Lead Developer in the Marketing Communications group.  I’ll be working on the public facing web products rather than the internal tools as I’ve done for the last year.  It was a position that they sent an email around to all IT on 6/10.  I saw the description and felt as if it had been written with me in mind.  I tweaked my resume and applied.  Two days later I had an interview.  The next day I had a second rounder with the VP, as well as HR (Thursday).  Monday I was told they were going to make an offer, but needed to have their lengthy process play out (signatures on it from VPs, Moses, G-d, etc) and i should hear something by Thursday.  Well, didn’t take that long.  On Wednesday, Fedex delivered an offer package.   Yesterday, after signing all paperwork, surviving a background check and passing a hair drug test, my start date became official:  July 8th.  It will be nice to become a FTE again with benefits and time off (yes I know my time off was built into my hourly rate as a consultant but I’d have to keep reminding myself that when a holiday rolled around and I could no longer bill or get paid for a 40 hour week!).

This weekend, Miss K and I are heading to Vermont for a bash at the Golding Farm.  I’m really looking forward!

Craft on!

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Tags: Knitting · Misc · Spinning

Mojo

June 21st, 2013 · Comments Off on Mojo

I’ve been lacking in the knitting mojo recently. Beyond making a couple of hexipuffs and working on a sock when out and about, nothing has been really speaking to me to work on it since I finished that last sweater (which I just remembered needs to be blocked – along with the one finished before it). I finally struck on something that I’ve wanted to knit for a while…


Meet Wingspan! I’m using the Kauni left over from the second attempt at Kauni. I’m zipping along on the first triangle. Hopefully it continues to hold my attention. I guess my happy place involves lots of stitches on a US4 🙂

I have some changes that aren’t quite official yet, but fingers crossed the formalities will be met and I can announce it in the next week or so.

Craft on!

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Tags: Knitting

Bee Kind

June 14th, 2013 · 1 Comment

I’m late to this party, but I’m having a great time.  After seeing lots of people do the Beekeeper’s Quilt, I decided to join along. I have a lot of leftover sock yarn considering I can make a pair for myself out of a single skein of Lorna’s.  The full sized skeins of hand paints these days gives me more than enough yarn for a pair for me, a pair for one of the kids and then leftover.   I got off to a slow start, but am starting to book on these:

I have a ways to go before there are enough for a blanket, but its moving along.

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Tags: Knitting · Other

Speedy Catch Up

June 13th, 2013 · Comments Off on Speedy Catch Up

I didn’t realize so much time has passed since my last posting.  Rather than a whole bunch of recaps, I’ll do a quick photo essay of what’s been going on at chez CFL.

I was keeping busy for a change.  Writing an update to iKnitCounter on one, reinstalling OSX on another, listening to a baseball game on a third and honestly can’t remember why the fourth was there except it was the original computer I’d done the counter on :)  Updated version of iKnitCounter in the app store if you haven’t already gotten it. 

There’s more but I have to get to a meeting shortly..

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Tags: Family · Socks · Spinning · Stash Enhancement