Saturday, November 24, 2007

Finally did something

I made a set of stich markers:
And a set of wine charms:

Knit the pieces for the Brea Bag, but ran out of yarn so I'm not sure how to finish it: Knit a kitty, and several more have already been requested:

And started a sock:

Now I don't feel like such a slacker :-)

Friday, November 23, 2007

Still here!

I haven't been posting much, or on line much at all lately, so I'm just popping in to say I'm still here! I haven't been knitting or doing anything fiber related all that much lately either. I think I'm going into a bit of a slump, which really sucks b/c I'm supposed to be in knitting over-drive to get Christmas gifts made.

I finished the knitting on the Brea Bag I was making, but I don't have enough yarn left for the finishing. I have to pull out my stash and find a yarn to do the finishing with that doesn't look like crap with the bag. I made a little something-something for my Secret Pal's daughter, so I think I now have everything for the final package and will mail it out next week. I hope she likes it. I have patterns and yarn for a billion other projects I was intending on making, but I really don't know if I'll get to them. I know I'll get the Stuffies made for my nephews and my kids, and I really ahve to make my MIL's Christmas gift, but beyond that I really don't know. I also don't know where I'm gunna come up with funds to purchase gifts that I'm now not knitting. It will all work out in the end, right? It always does.

OK, time to hop in the shower & see if I can get playdates set up for the kids. No way am I braving the stores today!

Friday, November 16, 2007

sick and tired

Everyone is sick, and because of that I'm tired! Devin has "Bronchitis with a touch on Pnemonia" according to her Doctor. George FINALLY went to the Doctor thismorning & his lungs are pretty clear, but the doctor heard a little something, so he's on Abx just to be safe. Devin is on Abx too & after one day they're already messing with her tummy.

On the fiber front, I made a little something for my Secret Pal, but since she's used her Super Sluth Skillz & figured out who I am I can't post about it here :-P (Hi Stormy!!) I'll put it up after she gets the package, but I think it's pretty cool :-) I'm also still working on the Brea Bag, but had to rip out the gusset b/c I ran out of yarn, so I'm re-making it narrower & hopefully I'll have enough yarn! Then I'll take a trip to my Mom's house to go through her fabric stash to pick out fabric to line the bag with.

A guy that George knows through his work came over last night to give him some charts for the boat (waterway stuff) and he asked me if I would knit him a hat & mittens in exchange for the charts, so I'm off to the yarn store today to get some Cascade 220 superwash :-)

And that's that :-)

Sunday, November 04, 2007

First handspun on my Joy

My first skein of yarn spun on my Ashford Joy! 93 yards of soft fluffy goodness!Yeah! It's one ply soy silk in purple green and blue and one ply merino that I dyed in shades of purple (see the post below). It looks like brains in this picture: And here it's a little neater:
Devin has requested a cabledhat out of this. I think I can do that :-) I have some more fiber in the crock pot right now that I'll be spinning into yarn for my secret pal. One ply will be alpaca and the other merino. Hopefully I'll spin it a bit more evenly than this! For my first skein on the wheel I don't think it's too bad though. And the merino- which I spun second- was WAY mpore even than the soy silk, so I take that as a sign that I'm improving.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Sailing and fiber

I feel like it's been mostly Georgie pictures lately. Next time I'll have to post some more of Devin.

So, first, this is Georgie with a guitar he made out of rubber bands and plastic containers. He completely made this on his own, and even knew how to play it and make the rubber bands create different sounds. I don't care what he gets on his spelling and math tests, the kid's smart! Georgie and George steering to boat:
I don't know how clearly you can see it in this picture, but the water was ROUGH while we were out!
Some merino I dyed. I spun up a little sample on the drop spindle and it was quite lovely!!
It will be plied with this- a soysilk/wool blen in green blue & purple.

And that's it for now!
Juli is getting settled in Ohio. They found two houses they like & should have an offer put in on one soon, so I expect that we'll have Episode 4 of the podcast up soon. Gloria is even trying to get her computer set up so she can get in on it too

Thursday, November 01, 2007

So much to say

So much since my last post... Georgie turned 6:
Demonstrating his new Shark Attack toy :-X Ya, that's a diver hanging out of the shark's mouth!Halloween, Georgie was a skelaton
The kids carving a pumpkin with George

Devin was a woodland fairy. Sometimes she said she was Mother Nature, othertimes she was just a fairy. Whatever you call it, she was adorable! Ready to go Trick or Treating
There was also a boat ride, spinning, dying and a little knitting. Will post more about thos at a future date. I know all anyone cares about is the pix anyway!