Monday, March 27, 2006

Cute cute cute

Tada! I just finished (but not blocked) the Northern Nights Baby Blanket from Hand Maiden. Started March 25, finished March 27. Gotta love the quick and easy projects.
My baby brother and his girlfriend are having a baby girl in August, so I'll be knitting up all sorts of little girly things. A dress in Mandarin Petite and the Bee's Knees hoodie are on deck.

Then there's the socks. I made the mistake of going through the stuff in my Lantern Moon basket in the den. There should be a warning label on those baskets! Something like, "this basket can create a blackhole that will suck in and breed UFOs". I found 8, yes 8 half pairs of socks! I so suck. How on earth did this happen? Have other knitters snuck into my house and left their unfinished socks tucked neatly in the basket and run away snickering?!
Anyhow, I have managed to finish some of the socks. From left to right: Confetti, Opal, Cherry Tree Hill and Blue Moon.

And here's another member of my little family. His name is Loki and he's a 10 year old Schipperke.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

How I Got Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Ah, the Nihon Vogue course. It seemed like such a good idea at the time. This is sweater six of year two. I want to have it done by Saturday.
Stop laughing.
I mean it.
Stop laughing.
There you go Angela. Can you see the Tri Wing now?
It's very cool. You wish you had one. Nyah

Not an Excuse to Buy Spindles...Really!

It has come to my attention that everyone thinks the Spindle Research Project is about as real as most of Cher. This is not true. Okay, mostly not true. Sort of not true?
I do plan to make spinning supplies and drop spindles are high on the list of things to make. Unfortunately, there is very little info anywhere about what makes a really good spindle. To find out what makes a really good spindle, I have to try a lot of spindles right? Right!?
So. here's some pics of the spindles I have researched so far. I've learned a lot. I now know what makes a truly heinous spindle. Cup hooks (insert involuntary shudder here) are just one of the problems.
And hey Irene, this is for you..."dyeing"

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Yay! More spindles!!!

Two more spindles for the Great Spindle Research arrived this morning. A Deluxe Tabachek and a Hatchtown Amelia. They're sitting here next to the Golding that came on Saturday, waiting to be tried. I have to figure out some sort of spindle storage thingy now as the spindles seem to be breeding at an alarming rate.
So far, the Bosworths, Forresters and the Tabacheks are my favs. I think I need to be 8 feet tall to take full advantage of the Forresters! Oh, I almost forgot the Kunderts! Also amazing, and very pretty.
Mur and I spent some time on the weekend clearing crap out of the workshop and it's looking more and more spindle ready. In his favor, he said nothing of the massive quantities of yarn and fibre that had to be put in the attic.
It has also been decided that the gardening store room will become the fibre store room. Hooray! Garden shed to come. Which I'm sure will be good for some very entertaining posting and much threatening of my man's well being.
The gansey for the sixth project of the Nihon Vogue (year 2) course is down to just the sleeves.Pics to come...

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Say hello to Spike

Well, that's Spike. He loves fibre as much as I do. I'm pretty sure he has different reasons than I do, such as, "mmm smells like sheep". Other than chewing through my Suzy drive band (in four places) he's fairly well-mannered. Okay, he does climb guests every once in a while, but who doesn't enjoy having a furry stole?