One Crazy Fiber Lady

The ramblings of a fiber-affected single mother of twins who makes a living as a code monkey

One Crazy Fiber Lady

Entries from May 2014

Beginning

May 19th, 2014 · 2 Comments

I started my new job today. So far so good. The people are all really nice and my fellow geeks are super cool. And I have my knitting train time back!

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Craft on!

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Tags: Socks

Enjoying

May 14th, 2014 · 3 Comments

I’m totally enjoying my time off.  I definitely needed this week to do nothing, nothing work related anyway.  I’ve had social and fiber time for sure.

Monday I met Deb for lunch and knitting!  Managed to make a deal of progress on my handspun Caramel:

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I’m about a centimeter or two from starting the ribbing at the bottom.  Maybe today, or not.  Doing a bit of running around today, unlike yesterday when I didn’t leave the house!  I was busy bonding with Pegasus.  She has sealed bearings on the bobbins like the Golding (and the Sabrina which has since moved along)..

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I love the sealed bearings.  No need for greasing the shaft of the flyer.  No gunk on the hands when changing bobbins.  Smart engineering.

So what am I spinning on this?  A Loop batt that I picked up at MDSW.  Yes, this year.

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Fiber is merino, bamboo, tussah and angelina in the Lights Out colorway for a total of 40z.   Yesterday morning I finished the first two ounces:

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and went to work on the second 2.  I finished it last night.

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I foresee plying in my near future!  Production wheel indeed!  Oh yes, I do like this wheel.

Off to get a pedicure!  Craft on!

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Tags: Knitting · Spinning

Ooops

May 13th, 2014 · 4 Comments

So much for more regular postings 😉  My bad.  I’m finding that the stuff I used to blog are now quick status updates on Facebook.   Which makes it sort of weird as the people who wouldn’t be reading this blog are technically reading it.  There might be less postings about knitting there, but then there was a lot less knitting going on.  That’s not to say there isn’t fiber related stuff going down around here outside the work drama.  Which as of Friday last, I’m off.  I took a week to recuperate after ending the gig from hell and starting what looks to be somehting awesome.  Anyway, enough about that, here’s the other stuff.

I did go to Maryland this year, taking my little festival buddy, Kathryn, with me.

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Alexander stayed home with his grandfolk while we went to sniff wool fumes.  We were reserved this year, employment issues had me a little conservative, but we still came home with stuff.  This is my haul (Kat has her own)

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Not too shabby.  Some fiber.  Some yarn.  A spindle or three 🙂  If you look closely you can see that I already starting spinning some of it.  The white fiber in the box (2 of em) are 2oz of Cormo/Silk from Roclan’s that I started spinning froghair thin on the brandy new Spanish Peacock Amboyna Burl bead spindle.  Awesome is all I can say on that.

Moving along, I’ve been spinning on wheels too:

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This fiber is from Cris, fiber is BFL/Silk and the color is a 2014 club color of Cat’s Pajamas.  And yes, it is on the Golding.

The big news is that I’ve been wheeling and dealing again.   This time the herd numbers have remained stable though as I traded the Norm Hall for a new baby on Saturday:

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Meet my new to me Wyatt Pegasus in a gorgeous cherry.  She had a bit of a mishap while transporting in the trunk home from the meetup where the wheel exchange happened.  BTW, a wheel this size doesn’t fit overly well in the trunk of a 2010 Camry.  I really need a bigger car!  Sadly, the plastic tubing between the footman arms and the treadles snapped.  I tried a number of things to repair without success.  Until last night when inspiration struck.  I recalled the general repair for Canadian Production Wheels that have lost their metal footman.  Wire hangers!

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I was finally able to use her last night.  She’s FAST and super quiet AND super smooth.  LOVE LOVE LOVE this wheel.  While the decision to trade off the Norm Hall wasn’t an easy one, I’ve covetted this wheel for years.

Craft on!

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Tags: Spinning · Stash Enhancement

Last Day

May 9th, 2014 · 1 Comment

No work up to it this time, but today is Last Day! My clock is red (again)!.

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Time for carousel. (Funny, I’ve been working on a video carousel this week..)

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Yup, once again I’m changing employers. Hopefully this will be it for a while. I’m going back to NYC, to the Financial District, and an e-learning company. I’m really looking forward. But first, one more drive to the office, a couple of hours of wrapping stuff up, pack the remainder of my stuff (I’m not nesting quite as much these days) and then home for a weekend of family and fiber.

Craft on!

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Tags: Misc