Thursday, October 30, 2008

Out in the backyard this morning. Watching the dogs play, and playing with my new camera!

video

Saturday, October 11, 2008

life

I have been remiss in blogging. I have received my packages from both Summer of Yarn and SP12 spoilers. Thank you to both wonderful ladies. I really appreciate all the time and effort that went into my wonderful packages!!!

My life has been weird lately. Life itself not weird, my head is in a really weird place. I am having some health issues as well as other things that life is bringing my way.

I am trying to decide what to do. Do I keep this blog or not? I think that I have decided that the blog was a wonderful thing, but I just don't want to keep it up. It is becoming a burden to me. I know, what is she thinking, a little blog being a burden!?!?!?! I feel bad not keeping up on it and yet I don't want to add to it. For now, it will stay up but inactive. Maybe later I will try again. Thank you everyone for your time reading my blog and the ones that left comments.

Until next time...........

Monday, August 18, 2008

Thank you!!!!

I am so very behind! I recieved a package from my SP12 Spoiler about a week ago, and haven't blogged about it. Bad me!

My wonderful spoiler sent me a book that I have been looking at for awhile.

It is called "a fine fleece" by Lisa Lloyd

I have had my nose in it devouring the information and the beautiful pictures. I like the fact that the author made two of each project - one from hand spun and the other from mill spun. Sometimes I mixed up which was which! Great information source and wonderful patterns!
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

I went to see a man about a horse

Actually a lady about a car, but I like that saying :)

My truck is getting older (it is just old actually), an 1989, and a gas HOG (10mpg!!). So, yesterday, I went and testdrove some vehicals. I wasn't really wanting/needing/expecting to buy at that time, but it happened! I did my research extentively for about a week and narrowed it down to three. The Nissian Rouge, the Honda CRV, and the Mitsubihi Outlander. I ended up going with the Rouge. This is not a picture of my actual car, but off the Nissan web site.

It is a Nissan Rouge SL AWD. And this is the key.



Neat huh? I can leave it in my purse and as long as I am withing 2-3feet, I am able to open the door(s). Also, I don't need a key to start the car. I was very concerned about that until the saleslady told me all of the security features about the keyless key. Very cool.

I have AC again!!!!!!!!

Monday, August 4, 2008

I got a Box!

A box was waiting for me in the mailbox a few days ago. Been working, so here it is! It is from my Summer of Yarn spoiler. This box was the in the theme of "red".
There is:
One skein of "Lace Wing Sock" in Crimson
Three balls of "Baby Star" in color 25
Skittles Original flavors
Lindor Milk chocolates (gone!)
Pomergranate Grenade body wash
Strawberry fraise soap
a red hankercheif
and
Loin brand yarn "Just Socks"
I am so excited! Thank you SofY spoiler!!!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Question #8

What is your favorite supper for a hot summer evening?

Ceviche (sp?). Hands down. My ex some years ago brought home this stuff and asked me to try it. It was this salsa looking stuff that had fish in it. It was good!
So, I started making it at home, but I tweaked it some. Instead of fish, I use shrimp. So light and fresh. Now, I need to go make some.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Venting!!!

Warning - this is a venting post. Also a VERY biased view. MY view. Please just bare with me.

There has been a lot of family stuff going on around this house. Stuff I am not really happy about. R left yesterday to move OUT OF STATE to take care of his mom. I know, it sounds all great humanitarian and all, but it's not. The woman needs a husband, not a son trying to take care of her like a husband does (not in that way though, get your head out of the gutter!) You know, honey do stuff.

Granted, we were going to move up to that area (two hours away) after I pass the Nursing Boards. We were going to move TOGETHER at ONE time, not separate and twice.

So, R is on his way up there yesterday and today. A thousand miles away. I am so sad.

Summer of Yarn

I got a box! Well, I got it about a week ago, but between dead camera batteries and family stuff going on, I am just now telling the world what a wonderful spoiler I have.

Camera batteries still dead, will get some tomorrow.

The box is from my Summer of Yarn Spoiler. She (?) sent me a PURPLE (!) themed box. I love purple!!!! I recieved 4 skeins of Rowan all seasons cotton in Pansy. A chocolate bar that I have never tried before, it was very good. I also recievd some chocolate covered candy sticks from Purdy's called Mystics. Very good. And a really cute card.

I will get pictures this weekend. This weekend. I have the whole weekend off. SWEET!

SP12 Question week #5

Ok, I think I am caught up now with the weekly questions.

1) Where is your favorite place to go for vacation/holiday?
Any place where the average daily temp in the summer is less than 90 degrees!

2) Where is one place you’d like to go?
I would like to see Ireland someday.

SP12 Question #4

Iam really, really, late.

1) What yarn (that you don’t have/haven’t used) would make your stash “complete”?
I really like lace weight and sock weight yarns. So, my stash is mainly those weights. I would like to expand the other weights.


2) What yarn do you never want to be without?
Sock yarn!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Fiber!!

Warning! Very Picture heavy.

I laid down this afternoon because I was getting tired and when I got up, R said that I had a box. No, two boxes! Big ones! I got my alpaca fiber!!!!!!!













I ordered them from Angel at Maryland Alpaca Farm. Wonderful lady, great to work with, and reasonable prices. She sent me some Suri and some Haucaya. I told the colors I was looking for and here is what she sent me. The Suris - Panty Raider, Magruder, and I think Seamus. The Huacayas are Georgianna, Jasmine, George, and Titanium.

Georgianna.









Jasmine.









George.









Panty Raider (the first thing I said when I felt this was "silky" and then saw what the name was!He is the darker one on this page









Magruder.









Titanium.









Seamus. Neck fiber only.










Thank you Angel!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

flicking locks

This is how I flick locks. It works for me at this point in my fiber journey.

I got this Alpaca fleece off of Ebay. I got a really good price for about 4 pounds I think. I have had it for about a year now. When I first got it, I opened the box and smelled cigarettes. Phew!

So I grabbed a large handful and washed it. I don't remember what soap I used but I used soap and hot water. It took about 3 days to dry completely indoors.

This is one half of a pair of 120 count hand carders for Howard Hand Cards. I got them here on Ebay. Good prices and fast ship!










Setup. I usually work in front of my computer as I really don't have space anywhere else. I do put up my keyboard and such so fiber doesn't get them.

Pile of fiber. When I washed this bunch, I didn't know about trying to save the lock formation, but it worked out this time.









Waste bag. Will be used for stuffing down the road.










A lock. The tip is on the right and is lighter and you can see some second cuts on the cut end.










I press the tips lightly against the carder and pull towards me. Then I turn it over so I can get the other side of the tips.



















Flip lock over and do the same for the cut end. See the second cuts?










Repeat above steps until nice and open.










Basket with flicked locks.













I hope that you enjoyed this!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Week 2 Question

As a kid, what did you look forward to most about summer vacation/break/holiday?

When I was a kid, every summer my grandparents would take me up to Washington State to visit Grandma's family. We stayed in a place called Maryhill, WA. Across the road from us was a peach orchard. Since we knew the family that owned the orchard, we could go pick after the pickers were done. Those peaches were so sweet and juicy!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

This week's question

Sp12 has weekly questions for us to answer. I believe that I am late this week. The question is:

What is your favorite summertime drink?

Well, since I live in the desert, it is water. Ice cold. No ice though, just put it in the freezer until it almost freezes. Other than that, iced tea.

Friday, June 13, 2008

eh

Sorry for the lack of regular posts. Just haven't felt up to it.

R is out of town, was supposed to be back yesterday, but something came up and he won't be be back for at least another week. I was upset when he told me why, but now it is to "whatever". I haven't been feeling all that great. I am moody. I really don't want to talk about it over the internet, but I had to say something to someone.

I have startistis. I have started a crochet shawl and knitted scarf thing. The shawl is being made up as I go, trying to see if I can make what I see in my head. The scarf is "My so called scarf" in sock weight on size 10s. It looks pretty good. Nice an airy without too much. I thought about blocking it out when done, but when I dry block it, I don't like it. Loses all stitch definition. It isn't curling too much right now.

Thank you for listening to me vent. Thank you.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

It's only words

I saw this on a blog that I read from time to time.

It's Only Words
You.
Can.
Only.
Type.
One.
Word.
No.
Explanations.

1. Yourself: me
2. Your boyfriend/girlfriend (spouse): sweet
3. Your hair: wavy
4. Your mother: ok
5. Your father: sick
6. Your favorite item: cheezits
7. Your dream last night: nightmare
8. Your favorite drink: tea
9. Your dream car: Bronco
10. The room you are in: den
11. Your ex: unhappy
12. Your fear: depression
13. What you want to be in 10 years? nursing
14. Who you hung out with last night: pets
15. What you're not: Healthy
16. Muffin: chocolate
17. One of Your Wish List Items: yarn
18. Time: 11:39
19. The last thing you did: meeting
20. What you are wearing: comfy
21. Your favorite weather: cool
22. Your favorite book: knitting
23. The last thing you ate: sushi
24. Your life: trying
25. Your mood: anxious
26. Your best friend: R
27. What are you thinking about right now: house
28. Your car: Bronco
29. What are you doing at the moment: Typing
30. Your summer: hot
31. Your relationship status: good
32. What is on your TV: Nothing
33. What is the weather like: hot
34. When is the last time you laughed: yesterday

Copy.
It.
Do.
It.
Post.
It.
:)

Monday, June 9, 2008

more questions

Some more questions for my SP12 and Summer of Yarn spoilers:

Age: early 30's
Favorite color? to wear - jewel tones, to knit - any color
Do you prefer cats, dogs, or some other kind of pet? I prefer cats but have both
Do you play an instrument? If not, which is your favorite to listen to? I played clarinet, flute, and saprano sax in highschool but haven't played since
Favorite flower? carnations and pansy
Favorite foods? salty and chocolate (not necessarly together though)
Favorite season/time of year? anytime but summer here in the desert
Favorite day of the week? the day after my last day of work for my week
Are you a morning person? no
What is one thing that makes you happy? my boyfriend and my pets
What is one thing that irritates you? clutter
What is one personality trait that really impresses you in others? honesty
What is one personality trait that really irritates you in others? nosiness
Country or Countries you’d like to visit? Ireland

Sunday, June 1, 2008

SP 12 questionare

SP12 Questionare!

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I like most yarns, I don't have a LYS in town, so my "knowledge" of different yarns and fibers is small. I really don't care for acrylic yarns but they have their place.
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
In a wooden toolbox my boyfriend gave me for Christmas last year
3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I learned several years ago, but didn't really keep it up. Relearned about two years ago via the internet. Probably intermediate.
4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Yes, Amazon
5. What's your favorite scent?
Clean and citrusy
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
Yes, anything chocolate
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I bead, quilt, sew, and crochet. Yes, I spin. I have a few spindles and an Ashford Traveler
8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I mainly listen to Country music, but like most music but rap. Yes.
9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
To wear, jewel tones. To knit, any colors as long as they look good together
10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I live with my boyfriend, we have four dogs and three cats
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
yes, yes, yes, and no
12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Baby things, hats, scarves, sox
13. What are you knitting right now?
three pairs of sox, a shawl for me, and a secret project for a good friend
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
yes
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I have both, I use both. Straights, I love my Lantern Moons, and circs - Addis
16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
yes to both
17. How old is your oldest UFO?
A sox that I just frogged from about two years ago
18. What is your favorite holiday?
Other people's birthdays
19. Is there anything that you collect?
yes. dogs, cats, dust bunnies, yarn, fiber, nursing books, Ansel Adams.
20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I don't have a lot of "knowledge" of the different yarns out there, so really anything would be very appreciated! I have been eyeing EZ's books.
21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
Continental knitting and colorwork
22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Yes, ball of foot - 9", length - 10.5"
23. When is your birthday?
In April
24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID? Yes, theknittycrafter

Also, please know that I am unable to wear scented lotions. Also, anything with a mohair % of 25 or more and I sneeze the whole time I am knitting and wearing it.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

It's a BABY!!!

A friend at work told me recently that she just found out that she is pregnant! But this last Sunday was her last day at work. What can I make in less than a week? This little blanket was done in two days in fact! I used two skeins of Knitpicks Cotlin yarn in Kohlrabi. Wonderful to work with and blocks great to boot! I bought four skeins to try out the yarn and I will be buying more of this! The momma loved it!














p.s. the color is closest to the knitpicks color

Friday, May 16, 2008

Summer of Yarn!!!

I joined a new swap! It is called the Summer of Yarn! I can't wait to start spoiling my person!!!

Amy posted some questions for us to answer:

Here's the list of questions for the swap! Have fun! Please post this to your blog and make sure your pal and I can easily find it!

Do you knit or crochet? How long have you been at your craft? I knit and crochet, crochet on and off for about 3 years and knitting about 2 years
Do you spin? What type of spinning? Yes, I have a few spindles and an Ashford Traveler
What are your favorite yarns/fibers? What are your least favorite yarns/fibers? I like most yarns, I don't have a LYS in town, so my "knowledge" of different yarns and fibers is small. I really don't care for acrylic yarns but they have their place.
What are your favorite colors? What are your least favorite colors? I like most colors as long as they look good together.
Are there any yarns/brands that you are dying to work with but never have? I have been wanting to try Socks that Rock. Also, almost any yarn/brand that is not available in a bigbox store
What is/are your favorite types of projects to knit/crochet? Sox. I am willing to try just about anything.
What are you currently working on? Anything you plan to work on this summer? A couple pairs of sox, a blanket for my dad, and Christmas presents
What is your favorite FO? (Post a pic if you would like.) Clapotis out of Koigu Painter's Palette Premium Merino
What is your oldest UFO? I just ripped out a sock from about two years ago that I didn't finish
Are there any techniques that you want to learn? Continental knitting and colorwork
Are you on Ravlery? What's your ID? Yes, theknittycrafter
Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? Yes, ball of foot - 9", length - 10.5"
Do you collect anything? yes. dogs, cats, dust bunnies, yarn, fiber, nursing books, Ansel Adams.
Do you have a yarn winder and/or swift? Yes
Do you love sweets? What are your favorites? Yes, chocolate, peanut brittle, m&ms, See's candy, basically anything chocolate!
What are your favorite scents? clean and citrusy
Where do you keep your needles/hooks? In a wooden toolbox my boyfriend gave me for Christmas last year
Do you have a wishlist (Amazon, Etsy, etc?) Yes, Amazon and Etsy
Having a birthday this summer? No
Are you allergic to anything??? Please let your pal know! Yes, I am unable to wear scented lotions. Also, anything with a mohair % of 25 or more and I sneeze the whole time I am knitting and wearing it.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

I am done!! Almost.

I have the pleasure of presenting the Nursing Class of Spring 2008!!!

















Now all that is left to do is pass the State Boards.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Hello, Hello

Hello. Work and school combined has been really busy. I am loving having a job! There are quirks and stuff like that with this job, there are quirks and stuff at all jobs. There was a lady that I thought had died on me when I was doing rounds. But she responded to me. Thank goodness! I am sure that will happen someday, but I would like for that not to happen too soon!

Yarn. I got Yarn!! And Fiber! And Spindles!!! Oh, I almost forgot, and Needles!!

Yarn. I finally broke down and ordered from Knitpicks. I got Cotlin in the color Kohlrabi. The color is pretty true from the web site from my screen. I got four skeins. The plan is to make something for this winter that isn't wool. Most likely a scarf. I also purchased a skein of their Bare superwash sock yarn. I think that I will only buy superwash yarn for socks from now on because I made R a pair of socks recently that are already felting. And I wash all our handknit socks in Soak.










I also made a Loopy Ewe order. I ordered GK Sock Twitter Pated and ShiBui sock yarn in Autumn. Both of these are for my socks, as I has at least a dozen sock yarns stashed for R.











Fiber and Spindles. I found on Ravelry ( such an enabling place!!) a fiber and spindle subscription from Butterflygirldesigns from Etsy. R found out and ordered a subscription for my birthday! I recieved the first month about a week ago. She sent me Carnivale for the fiber and this spindle. I am so excited! Then, for my birthday, I got me a Golding spindle!! I got the 2" Solid Lignum Vitae RingSpindle. It spins like a dream. I was disappointed at first because I like a longer spindle shaft, but then I spun it. Heaven! Yes, I wrote on it. I did that for my own sanity. I get in the grove and if I don't have that little reminder, I will spin it the opposite way one time and the spindle will drop. Then I get all frustrated and upset because I then can't remember which way I was spinning it. It is just for my sanity. Butterflygirldesigns from Etsy











Needles. While brosing Knitpicks, I saw that they now have 40" and 47" sock size needles in the new wood. So I ordered some. I alos ordered some of the same lengths in the nickel plated finish. In the wood, I ordered the 40" in 2.0mm & 2.25mm, same for the 47". I also ordered the same lengths and sizes in the nickel. I want to learn how to do two sox at a tim, toe up, magic loop method. Wood is on the left and the metal ones on the right.










I have a test today, so I need to go eat a good breakfast. Happy Knitting!!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Socks!

I have been knitting. Honest. Here, I will show you.

These are R's. I finised them about a week ago. He loves them. I lost the ballbands but if I remember correctly, the yarn is Claudia Hand Painted Yarns. I don't remember the color. Very nice yarn to work with.














I just finished the first of a pair a few minutes ago for me. The yarn is Claudia Handpainted Yarns. The color is "Hawaii". I will be buying more of this from the Loopy Ewe.















Both pairs are my personal patterns that I have put together from several different patterns. They are toe up Magic loop, started with Magic cast on. They have a heel flap and a gusset. I do basic vanilla pattern to show off the yarn. I have even started the secend one. See?














Sorry that this post is sarcastic. I am trying to stay awake so I can sleep tomorrow so that I can stay awake at work tomorrow night. Happy Knitting!!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Wish List

Warning - this is a selfish post.

I need a place where I can list my "wishes". Now that I have income again, I am dreaming about things that I would like to have in regards to my fiber obession. Since I want to start my own business, I will need equipment to run it more smoothly and at most cost effective to me. Granted, I could have someone else prepare my fiber, but if I have my own, then I could do it myself. Yes, I am very aware how time consuming perparing fiber from raw to spinable is.

I would need a picker and a drum carder. I would probably start out with a non-motorized carder, then upgrade to a motorized one. The picker I would probably buy, but R could also make me one if I got the plans. I was thinking this one, this one, or this one for a carder, and this, this,or this for a picker.

Another thing is dying. Do I, or don't I. I was thinking for a while that I would like to carry only natural colors in fiber and blend those to make other colors. But there are so many gorgeous colors and color combos out there! So, I will probably need an outdoor stove and pots, pans, and utensils so that if I wanted to use acid dyes I could.

Personal wishes. Spindles and more spindles! I have fallen in love with the Golding rim weighted spindles! Although I prefer the nonpainted ones, all are BEAUTIFUL!! And any of these that are under 1.5oz are on my wish list! And Butterflygirls! I would also like to try a supported spindle.

Fiber. I bought some of this just to try it out. I didn't like it by itself, but blended up to 50/50 with another fiber and all the blends that I have tried spin like a dream!! I will definately be getting more of this!

I am sure that there is more wishes somewhere in my brain, but I need to go nap before going to work tonight.

Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

R's new blog

Hello! R just started his own blog! You can find it here. He is an artist. I hope that you like some of the drawings.

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

AUGGH!!!

The other morning I noticed that one of my skeins of yarn was missing. It was one of a pair that was gifted to me by a friend. I had wound them up and set them prominently on my yarn shelves so that I could admire them and pet them as I walked by. Well, that morning, I noticed that one was gone. I looked on the floor, under the bed, etc. no pretty little cake of yarn. I told R to please keep an eye out for it as the puppy loooooves my fiber. Yarn, fiber he looooves it. R and I went running errands later, and when we got back I found this:















This is the other one:














and this is the puppy:















"I didn't do nothin'. I'm just layin' here on your pillow bein' good!"

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Update

Well, I went in yesterday to sign all the paperwork that comes with starting a new job. Then HR took me to see my boss to see when I would start and she said she was going to start me that day! I said that I was ok with that and went home to go change into scrubs. I had forgotten how long a 12 hour shift is! I did get to leave early, so I was only there for about 8 hours. That is still a long time when you haven't worked in almost a year. I start my regular shift this Thursday night. I like the job so far. It is also a really good feeling to be using the skills that I have gone to school for. Although, I still feel like I have to go get my clinical instructor if I want to do a procedure or skill so that I can get checked off! I am sure that that will go away soon.

Knitting. Haven't really done any the last few days. Did some frogging though. R had to help me with one skein as it tangled up really bad. It took the two of us almost an hour to get it right. I really, really don't like this yarn. I don't like how it feels going through my fingers and I don't care for the knitted fabric. It is sock yarn. R loves it, so it will become something for him after it sits awhile to learns to behave itself. Or I forget how it behaves.

Need to go get ready for school. Only 2.5 months left!!!

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

A Secret Project (pic intensive)

I have a secret project that I am working on. Well, I guess that it isn't too secret if I can post about it here as the person doesn't read my blog, but other person does that talk to her! I already asked and made sure and that person wouldn't say anything anyways. This person "K" loves elephants. I mean really likes and collects things that looks like elephants and has elephants on things. Last year for Christmas I made her this. It is a wirewrapped elephant scuplture.




















This year, I wanted to make her a shawl or wall hanging of a knitted elephant. So, I trolled the internet for pictures that I liked. This is one I found that would work the best.




















I messed with it until I got this:




















This is a corner of the drawing and the prgression to chart.








































I only graphed out a corner so far so that I could knit up a swatch. I don't have a swatch done yet. I started one last night and I had marked two squares with the wrong number so I was off count twice. I decided that I was too tired (it was 10pm at the time) to continue. I will try tonight after dinner maybe.

I wanted to do this in cobweb/lace weight, but then it would be wall hanging size to frame when done. If I do this in say sock weight, I might be able to add borders and such to make it shawl size. I am waiting on a reply if K wears shawls or not.

I hope that all is well with you out there. Until next time, happy knitting!