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Wool and whimsy in the frozen North.

April at last April 2, 2011

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That means Spring is well and truly on the way. It also means I can stop waiting for the next Nerd Wars challenges and freakin’ cast ON, already.

Things of note this week:

  • I went out to 3 Kittens Needle Arts with my sister to use the gift card she and her husband gave me for my birthday. I got these:

Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Magenta (apparently because that’s what color the water turns when you dye yarn purple) and

two skeins of Lush angora/merino in a gorgeous dark forest green.  (before anyone says it, yes, I know it sheds. It’s angora. DUH, it sheds.)

  • My video podcast was mentioned on several other video podcasts, and has gotten over 100 views on all three episodes now.
  • The CPAAG Action Auction for Japan started today (well, besides the flash auctions that went on over the week- this was the real, all day long start of the auction, which goes until Sunday at 10:30 EDT) and my offering, a custom shawl in any color and pattern, sold for $175! I had the winner donate the money to Doctors Without Borders, and she’s going to get back to me later this weekend or next week about her choice of pattern and yarn.
  • The Nerd Wars challenges were indeed posted and are FRIGGIN’ HARD. I’m not sure what I’ll do for most of them, but at least a couple will be pretty easy- one is to do something to help Japan (yeah, got that in the bag, see above) and one is to make something relating to pi, which is convenient because I just started a pair of Froot Loop socks. No photos yet- I’m tired and need to go to bed- but I’ll post some later this week. At the rate these socks are going, I’ll probably even show a finished sock later this week!



Stashbloom February 26, 2011

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Nothing else around here is blooming yet (we’ve gotten another foot and a half of snow in the last week. What a leadup to my birthday) but my stash has certainly seen some growth recently! I’ve been updating my ravelry stash page this week, plus I took a trip over to The Yarnery to donate a pair of mittens and fell madly in love with some yarn and had to have it. Here’s a collage:

Top row: Knitpicks Palette in Black, 6 balls; Lion Brand Hometown USA in Savannah Sage, 11 balls (I really loathe this stuff, but it’s for a blanket for my grandma who needs something easy to wash)

2nd to top: Knitpicks Aloft in Pennyroyal (their new yarn, it’s like Kidsilk Haze but half the cost), three balls; Madelinetosh Lace in Tart, 1 skein

3rd to top: Fleece Artist in a pale purple, 1 skein; Knitpicks Shadow Tonal in Deep Waters, 3 skeins

Bottom row: 4oz Shetland in Ruby (I call it Plumberry, it is NOT ruby); 4 oz merino/silk in Black Pearl (I call it Silvered Lilacs, it is neither black nor pearl); both from Picperfic on Etsy

The only one of these that has a project set in stone is the Hometown USA. I’m going to make the Autumn Leaves Afghan for, as I said above, my grandmother.  I’m pretty sure the black Palette will be a Shipwreck Shawl, but I might end up using some Shadow for that and using the black for something else.  I have so, so, so many shawls and shawlettes I want to make, and I want to start them all NOW!! But I can’t, because a. I want to get credit for these things in HPKCHC or Nerd Wars, and b. I’m supposed to be working on the *&^^$$@# Alice mittens and some boring socks for my husband.

(the *&^^$$@# Alice mittens, by the by, look like this currently.

Let it not be said that I’m ignoring them. I just am dead sick of them, that’s all.)

I may cast on a shawl on March 1, anyway, as a birthday present to myself, and just work on the mitten as my videocast watching project. I mind it less when I have knitting videocasts to watch, but there is usually only one episode every other day or so. There are many more videocasts about knitting than there were a month ago, but there aren’t hundreds or anything. I added a list on the sidebar there —-> if any of you want to watch some.

Speaking of which, Liz from Needle Bound is having a project bag giveaway, so if you like awesome sewn project bags, go watch and leave a comment to enter!


How to get return customers June 3, 2010

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The Loopy Ewe apparently could’ve written a book by that title. Seriously.

First of all, not only did I order the yarn on Friday evening and it came today (remembering, of course, that Monday was a postal holiday), but they got my order exactly right.

(Lorna’s Laces in “violet”, or as I call it “Rockies purple” since they’re for my dad’s Colorado Rockies socks)

But that wasn’t all, oh no. They also sent a set of needle inventory cards AND two samples of other sock yarns, AND a handwritten note on the back of the receipt!

Very, very cool. I will most certainly be ordering from them again.

I spent my evening at Brits Pub with Kelly, which was very fun. I intended to knit, but I ended up ordering wings, so my hands were all gross, and we also were sitting in a rather dark corner so I didn’t end up taking my knitting out at all. That’s fine, though; I’m still right on schedule to get this done before Owen’s birthday.


Unheard of April 28, 2010

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I know what you’re saying to yourself right now. “What?” you’re thinking. “Two posts in two days? I must be hallucinating!”

But no. What happened is… well. I checked my blog stats. And do you know, even though I stopped posting daily almost a year ago, and have only posted twice in the last month, I have been getting a steady 2-5 blog views per day? I can’t understand why, though I suppose hope springs eternal, but… I was sitting there, looking at my stats, imagining some kind soul clicking over to my blog every day, actually hoping I might have posted… I can’t leave that person to hope in vain. I knew people had been checking, but it somehow hit home a little harder to imagine someone checking every day.

And you can all blame them if you get sick of me.

Anyway, you want yarn pictures? Here is yarn.

That’s some of my Christmas and birthday yarn, all in a heap. Yes, it IS all Malabrigo Worsted. If you need to ask why, you haven’t knit with Malabrigo Worsted. Or you just don’t like wonderful things.

Here’s a subtle (hah!) hint of my mom’s Mother’s Day present. I’m going to be finishing it at the craft retreat next weekend (AGH SO EXCITED) so she’s going to see it anyway… so here’s a sneak peak.

And here’s some proof that my husband is incredibly sweet. I came home one day a couple of weeks ago and he said he had a present for me. Someone was getting rid of this nearly brand-new chair, so he snatched it up for me- because he thought it would be a perfect spinning chair! How sweet is that? (he was right, too)

(background cat is bonus.)

As a side note, does anyone else loathe the abbreviation “FML”? ‘Coz I really do. Not sure why, but it just seems so obnoxious.

PS: extra bonus, a photo of our dinner. It’s called Tuna Pie, and I think my mom made up the recipe when we were little. It’s sort of like an upside-down quiche.

Oh man. So nom.


last minute July 31, 2009

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Yesterday was my father’s birthday. 2 weeks from today, Cory and I are flying to Colorado to visit (among other people) my father. Prior to today I had no present for him, but now… now I have 2 inches of ribbing.

Er, I mean, the beginning of a hat. This hat. In this yarn.

SedonaTahki Yarns Sedona. Had I been blogging last year, you’d recognize this yarn as the same that I used for my FIL’s Christmas present hat (which, I might add, I’ve never seen him wear). I bought two skeins and only needed one, and since this is a nice warm manly sort of yarn, I thought it would be perfect for a last minute hat. I only hope I have enough!

I also got the yarn that I bought from my friend’s emergency destashing sale on Ravelry.

Malabriiiiiigo2 skeins of Malabrigo laceweight in Cognac, and

KauniA skein of Kauni Effektgarn in color ER. I’m thinking about making a baktus with this.


the waiting game July 29, 2009

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I really haven’t been knitting (or spinning) at all the last couple of days… first because I’ve been busy, second because I’ve been sick, and third because I really can’t get the two skeins of koigu I have set aside for Endpaper Mitts out of my head.  And I can’t start knitting those until August starts- because of the mitt-a-long we’ve decided to have in the Knitscape group on Ravelry.

So, you see why I haven’t had much to talk about on here. I keep meaning to take photos of the socks I started, but since those got ripped off the needles by an errant dog (my own fault, I left ’em on the floor), I need to get them back on track before I can show off. I should also share some photos of the things I bought this past weekend at both Detta’s and the Fiber Studio, but much of that is gifts.

I also bought some yarn, as a friend of mine had a monetary emergency and was selling some very good yarn for very good prices. I got two skeins of brown malabrigo lace and a skein of pink/burgundy/brown kauni. Not sure what I’ll do with either, but they are beautiful.

I’ll try to get those socks on track by the end of tonight, and share photos for you guys.


Triumphant June 1, 2009

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After a couple of hours of struggle, a yarn store visit, a stop at my old workplace, and a long ride home, I have a complete spinning wheel once again. Now with awesome woodburning and semi-awesome stain job!


Yes, you’re seeing that right- Nicole altered the original kiwi on the treadle to closer resemble my wheel’s namesake, Peter the kiwi bird.

Treadle Peter.

The wheel itself is also Peter-bedecked, this time tieless and dancing.


I’m also in the process of constructing a custom tensioned lazy kate, so I asked Nicole to woodburn that for me too. Here’s what she came up with.


So amazing. I don’t know how she does it. I owe her big time.

(Before you all ask, I mostly got yarn for Christmas presents at the yarn store, so I can’t show off… but I got this for me:


Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn in “Rosewood”. So gorgeous. It looks just like raspberry chocolate.)