Friday, October 24, 2008

My Best Girl

I don't think words are necessary here...It's just one of those cat picture moments. Brahms says "hi".

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Something Finished, More to Go

It didn't take me long to finish this sweater out of Noro Matsuri. It was the last past of getting the colors evenly distributed on the sleeves did take some patience. I'm happy with the results. In fact, I have it on as I write this!
Now that's done, I'm working on finishing up my other UFO's. Thing is, they all take charts of one sort or another. That leads me with the dilemma of needing a more mindless project. That next leads me to the dilemma of taking on YET ANOTHER project. What'a girl to do....
This is my friend Elizabeth's sock that she cobbled together using a long repeat colorchange yarn and a self-striping yarn together. Sock two is on the way....This photo doesn't even begin to do the colors justice.
And, one of those Gotta Have It fall folliage shots taken while I was waiting for the Sunday Knitting gals to arrive this week. The colors seem to have come out just overnight this year. Quite sudden.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

It Was an Idea

So, it wasn't MY idea, but that's probably just as well.
Some years ago when I got my copy of Stitch n Bitch I looked at that circular needle holder and thought, "My, how simple and useful!" But it meant taking out the sewing machine and that's been progressively harder to do. No good reason. Just impatient with that particular process.

On Monday I got over myself and gave it a try.
What happened is that they all curled forward making the thing look like some kind of evil sea monster. I walked around my rooms, trying to find a place to hang it and I found I just couldn't bear to look at it.
In a last-ditch effort to make it work, I took some old, large gauge Aluminum, straight knitting needles in the bottoms of several of the slots to make it lie flat. It's all pined in place right now and hanging on my door to see what becomes of its shape in the next few days.

Friday, October 10, 2008

It's Friday, Does it Matter?

This is fiber that I got in Sweden that was carded into thin sheets...
All of my days closely resemble the others these days.

Turned on the heat and took off the screens.
Went to a Portland Knitter's Guild meeting.
Started working on a new Portland spinning guild, Spinnerati.
Things that are the same?
Taking pictures of yarn
Mailing out yarn
Spinning yarn

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Fiber or Not

My first cashmere, plyed with silk
Well, I'm starting a local, downtown Portland spinning guild with buddy, Bobbie. We're not calling it a guild because I think for some new spinners that name can be intimidating. But it's all about trading information, community and teaching, regardless of what you call it.
What we are calling it is Portland Spinnerati!
As I sit here, drinking too much tea, destashing on Ravlery and knitting and spinning like a wild woman, I realize that I'm on quite a role. The job market has tanked even further and this is my version of productivity. Two weekly knitting groups and a spinning guild. Not a bad contribution to society in spite of it all.

Manic? Do I sound manic? ::::::turning off CNN:::::::::switching on the Soundscapes music channel::::::::
As usual, I wake up in the morning and turn on the news, wondering what the hell is already going on. These days I forget, or resist turning it off. What's up with that. The pundits just keep spewing and I am a deer caught in the headlamps, a fish on the hook.
I need to take back my brain. Oh yeah, meditation.
I'm also obsessing about my older cat, Brahms. She quite clearly has dementia, amoung other things. She's cold but can't remember where the heating pad is that's on for her. She can't remember that I moved the bed so that she can hop up from either side. She still comes up the same side and jumps right over my head. One day she's gonna miss. I won't cuss her out though. She's my baby. She gets confused and I just lead her in the right direction.

I love her so much it makes my heart want to burst.

Friday, October 03, 2008

New Destash

10 skeins for $26
4 mohair blend $18
2 Cascade Quatro wool $12
Misc luxury skeins $13

3 skeins $13
6 skeins $18
7 Skeins $28
2 for $7
2 for $7

4 for $21
1 for $5
1 for $5
6 for $23

9.5 for $24

All prices include US postage

My friends joke that when I do a radical destash, you never notice a different in my apartment.

Plus, I still have two big bags of other stuff to distash on Raverly under Knitfemme. Lookie see, will ya? I've got lots of blue and black mohair!

Hmmmm. That said, here we go again. A new level of reality on what I will really use.