August 31, 2006
Ah yes, it's that time of year. Upstate New Yorker's know what I'm talking about. Well that is everyone outside of the New York City suburbs.....
A week and a 1/2 of sausage sandwiches, beer, good and bad music and oh yes, farm animals, food, and rides! What's not to love?
I don't usually like going to the fair. I don't like crowds. But this year I am going. Why? Cause of these guys:
Who are they? Why they are The Flaming Lips that's who. I am soooooo excited. If you have never seen them live, RUN! Get your tickets now!!!! They are most excellent. Oh I guess I should mention the rest of the line up: Sonic Youth (not one of my fave's - hubby loves them), Ween (again, they are mildly entertaining) and The Magic Numbers (don't know anything about them)
Typically the Fair draws your country music crowd. I am not really properly equipped to appreciate the country music that is played at the fair. Give me some alt country or the old stuff any day (don't want to appear a snob....)
Oh and my big brother is in town from California for a week! Wahoo! I don't know what I will be getting done this weekend......I am almost done with the shawl. THANK YOU ALL for your very encouraging comments! I really have a bad feeling that I will run out of yarn. I will let you all know on Tuesday or Wednesday. Holiday weekend coming up! I am off tomorrow and Monday!
August 28, 2006
I think I can, I think I can, I think I can....
Holy nighmare of a knitting beast batman! This is going to take me forever! I have started my last ball of yarn. I have 316 stitches left (exactly) I don't feel I will run out of yarn. I feel like I will run out of steam. I hope I finish this thing before I get bored. I didn't work on it at all yesterday. I couldn't stand to look at the damn thing.
I am NOT giving up. Hence the absence from this blog. Really. This is all I have been working on.
August 22, 2006
It looks like a giant Rasta hat or an octopus head doesn't it? You would never think this could be a shawl now could you. I am almost done with this bad boy. Really! I am now at the point where I am to add an edge. I don't like the one the pattern calls for so I am going to experiment with others. I am a little nervous as this is all I have left:
maybe even less as I had used some of it up already.... Can she do it?
This thing is going to be huge!!!!
August 15, 2006
I did a spinning demo! Well, me and some other gals..... See The Erie Canal was a big deal a long time ago. Parts of the canal have been shut down but some are still used today. In my town they have Towpath Days every year. This year I volunteered to spin at Towpath Days. They like to show how things were done WAY back then.... course I didn't wear a bonnet. I don't do bonnets. It was a lot of fun and a great excuse to spin ALL DAY.
Here is a picture of Amy, she is a most excellent weaver and I plan to pick her brain quite a bit
Next is Christina, she is a most excellent spinner. She has the patience of a saint. She has to, she has triplets and she answers all my questions. Oh and she weaves too!
these 2 live VERY close to me. I want to learn everything they know... yes......
Okay, next we have Dodie, she belongs to another guild. We like her. She has a very nice wheel..
Then, just so you don't think I wasn't doing my job, here is an action shot of me spinning! Marilee is next to me. She has a most excellent wheel too...
Mr. Big Geek and Not So Little Geek showed up and took some pictures of the actual goings on. Here is a cute little boat that was giving canal rides
And here is a shot of the canal
Here is a shot of what I produced that day at the festival
I am totally gonna do this again next year. I really enjoyed all the kids that came through and were actually interested in what we were doing. I had to correct some of the mom's because they would say "Look she is making string!" I would shout out "YARN, I am making YARN!!" I also had some of the little girls telling me the story of Sleeping Beauty, because I am ancient and I don't know that story any more (smile)....... I think we were able to ensnare 3 kids into the fiber world. They bought drop spindles and some wool. Ah yes, get them while they are young.....
Okay, I also finished up the crazy mixed up spinning I started last week. All the roving came in a tube and for the life of me I don't know what I did with the instructions. So I am leaving this yarn as singles. I hope they make nice socks. It's about 390 yards.
I hope they will look okay. There are some different fibers in there!
August 11, 2006
My new project!
I am so excited! (said like Austin Powers - yeah baby)
I have been searching for a mindless, perfect shawl. Something I want to rush home after work and immediately work on. I found it!
Elizabeth Zimmerman was a cool, cool lady. This is the beginnings of her PI shawl. Do you think she would have had a blog? I think she certainly would have found them amusing....
I wonder how far I will get on it this weekend.....
August 10, 2006
OIY! I completely forgot! Luckily I have some fiber to share!
August = Neutrals right?
I did this a while back. It's just plain old wool. But I love it. Couldn't even tell you the yardage. I think it's approx 10 oz. though.
Below is a shot of all my neutrals:
Various stuff there, Icelandic wool, plain old wool, alpaca....
I wanted to spin up this for the last hurrah.......
But I don't know if I will get around to it.
I thought this shot could say it all
I really loved Project Spectrum. It kicked me in the ass! Look at all the spinning! Now, what to make with it all.......
Up tomorrow: I have started a new shawl and I am very excited about it! Woo hoo!!!!
Oh and PLEASE go wish Missa a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Today is HER birthday!!!!
August 07, 2006
The heat broke and I got stuff accomplished. I was actually COLD on Saturday! But let's start with Friday Nite, shall we?
Diana had Knitstock! Bunch of us got together and knit! Let's see, I saw Susan, Carla, and Elizabeth (I confused her with someone else and felt like a total idiot - sorry bout that Liz!) and of course Mia (she rode with me) and blogless Liz and blogless Sherry! We had a good time with GREAT food and drinks. Diana want's to make it a yearly event, I say why wait a year? How about a monthly event?? It was a lot of fun.
I did a little spinning on Saturday and Sunday. I felt the wheel calling to me......
I had gotten a "tube" of roving from Audrey for Christmas last year. I keep knocking it over so I figured I should spin it up. Below is a picture of some of the samples of roving in the tube
Pretty stuff eh? Now I am supposed to be spinning this as sock yarn. I don't see that happening unless I use it as singles. If I plyed it, it would be a worsted weight and I wouldn't have enough. I haven't decided yet what to do so I will just finish the spinning and let it sit.
I almost forgot to mention that I won a prize in the dye-o-rama swap! How cool is that? I received it Friday and just had to share:
It came with a origami kit too! I love this stuff! Thanks Noelle! It's beautiful!
August 02, 2006
Is it hot enough? Jeesh! So this is going to be a pictureless post. I got nothing people. I started my second sock (the blueberry pancake one) and got as far as picking up the stitches for the gusset. Then I totally f'd it up and ripped the whole damn thing out. I am a perfectionist. So now I am back to the leg. That's as far as I got. It's just too damn hot. No AC at our house either. Please don't ask. But relief is coming. Work does have AC and I bless my good fortune of having a job.
I have been cruising a lot of web sites this week and found some keepers! I am sure you all have seen them already, but if you haven't then you must check them out.
Here is another spinning blog I have been drooling over:
Two Left Needles
I don't know her name (yet) but her spinning is GORGEOUS! Her knitting projects aren't so bad either. She also gives some good tips!
Another knitting/spinning blog I have been enjoying is Seed Stitch. Truly lovely stuff.
I really need to get my ass in gear for this Muff Along! There will be prizes! We still don't know what we are doing yet. I don't know how some of you all organize these things and we only have less than 10 people! I give you credit.
Okay, that's it. I need to have a popsicle.