Sunday, July 23, 2006

Well, this weekend has been somewhat looong and uncomfortable! I don't do well with hot climates. Yep, I'm the epitome of the famous "weather weenie". As I get older, the affliction gets worse. That's part of the reason I live in the great Pacific NW. After all, everyone knows that it rains ALL THE TIME here, right? hahaha

Not so this past weekend. Friday, 98 degrees. Saturday, 97 degrees. Sunday, 95 degrees. Now, if you're blessed with central air, no problem! Unfortunately we're not blessed. We have ceiling fans, floor fans, and table fans. They do a credible job of pushing the hot air around, but that's about it. Right now it's 10:11 pm and 82.6 degrees in our office/family room. 80 degrees in the main hall to the bedrooms.

Ok ok, enough whining. I only did a little knitting this weekend, getting another 6-8 rows of stockinette done on the Seraphim shawl. It's going to be beautiful, no doubt about it.... if I EVER get this frigging stockinette section done!

On a more cheerful note, I found a couple of wonderful bargains at a flea market Rick and I ran across on Saturday. Folk Socks (new!)and Knitting in the Old Way for 75 cents. Yep, total cost for 5 books we bought was 75 cents. Sheesh! Can't beat that!

I also dyed a blank scarf from Dharma trading on Friday. I was going for a salmon color that I've successfully achieved on cotton fabric, but on this silk/rayon scarf it's way more pink than salmon. Oh well, it's a beautiful color and the cut velvet just sparkles. Once I get my Dharma dyes from the coop I plan to order more of these scarves and dye up a bunch... see if I can sell them on eBay or etsy or somewhere!

Ok, back to sweating! Have a good week!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

I have so much fiber here that needs spinning! I spun a bobbin of some hand dyed Romney last night, and have been plying it with another bobbin of the same this morning. Looks like it's a nice sport/DK weight when plyed. I still have a good half a pound of this left, but I think that once these bobbins are plyed up I will dive into some Interlacements silk that I bought through the yarn coop group.

I love to spin silk! Something about the long fibers or maybe its the luster... who knows but I really enjoy it.

OTN I have the mystery stole 2 (hmm, well it WAS on the needles!) I had to frog it yet again the other day and haven't recast on yet. I also have Seraphim going, knit in Fleece Artist Kasula dyed in the Marine colorway. It's going slowly.... those 100 or so rows of stockinette get boring after a while! Soon I'll be at the lace section and it should speed up. I'd like to have it done before my birthday!

Quilting has basically been set aside till school is over. I do need to do my Washington state swap blocks, but I plan to start those once my summer class is finished. I can make any quantity between 5 and 40, so it shouldn't be too hard to get those done by 9/1.

I need to figure out how to post pictures to my blog. Once I figure it out I'll get a few pics of the current projects. I hope everyone is having a wonderful fibery day!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

My first blog post... how exciting! To introduce myself, I'm a spinner, a knitter and a quilter who also goes to nursing school full time. I don't expect I'll be able to keep this blog up daily, but I'll give it my best shot!

I live in WA, have 3 kids (DD, DD, DS), 5 cats and a bunch of fish. My SO and I (yes, we're living in sin, what fun!) love to go yard saleing and do some business on eBay with our treasured finds.

Right now I have tons of unfinished projects! I hope to get some of them completed when summer school is over in August. I'm taking a statistics course right now and it's turning out to be rather fun (who'da thought?)

I should also admit that I'm a stasher... I stash fiber, yarn, fabric, thread, buttons, beads, knitting needles, books, magazines, etc!

More later.........