Sunday, April 26, 2009

Quick Update

This is just a quick little post. I finished the body to the underarms of LG's sweater. I have the sleeves to do before I can join the body and sleeves together to finish it up. I have been just working through this considering the next step when I get there. I decide to do a raglan style. I think it will look best with the stripes. So now about those sleeves, I wanted to knit them at the same time hopefully using magic loop. Well, here's a newbie for me. I googled last night and found a blog post that did an excellent job showing what to do. I sat at the computer and got it started. Yeah, it worked and is so much easier than I thought. I finished the ribbing. Only 16 inches to go before I can join! Ugh!!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Finito my Binito!

Hey! I actually have a couple of finished projects to share. I started a pair of socks about a month ago that I spun and knit toe up. I love how they turned out! The colors are beautiful and over all the spinning is really consistent. They still need a good dunking before they will be ready for fall, but here they are!

Look at that short row heel!

Also, my closest friend at work is having a baby girl. She is due on Tuesday, but I don't think she go that long. This past week has been difficult for her, and yesterday was her last day. I thought we would both start crying because it's literally the last day we worked together since I'm moving schools in the fall. No one likes change, and it is even harder when we have been working together for 6 years. Sigh! Hopefully some people will retire next year and I can come back. Anyway, I made the February Lady's baby version for her. The buttons set it off nicely.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

There's a what in my house!!!!

Holy crappers! I thought I was going to sh@?1 my pants Monday night. I got home from work, and went down to the laundry room on my daily routine to start a load of laundry. The bigger dogs were just going nuts by the hot water tank. I moved everything away and didn't see anything. The hot water tank looked like it was on, and I didn't smell gas. Since I didn't see a problem, I just figured the dogs were a little nutty. They did the same thing a few more times during the evening, and again I couldn't see any problems other than a half broken window pane on the door. I thought the pane was damaged from the thunderstorms on Sunday, so no big deal. The window would get fixed when Lawn guy got home. Around about the time it was bedtime, we went back downstairs, and again the dogs went directly to the water tank. By now I'm a little frustrated with the game. I shooed the dogs out of the room just in time to hear some scurrying going on by the hot water tank. Now what I thought as I started looking again only this time I looked up. Low and behold is the back end of something fuzzy. Great a stray cat got in the house. I hollered up the stairs to LG that it was a cat. Dear daughter and I, armed ourselves with mop and broom handles, headed over to remove the pesky darling from the rafters of the basement. I poked and it swatted. I was looking at its tail and thinking, "gosh that tail looks mighty thick for a cat. Maybe its really a squirrel." So, I decided to try to poke it again. This time I could feel that the thing was biting on the stick. Next poke I try to lift its tail to see what varmint I was really dealing with, when a flipping RACCOON turns around and looks at me like WTF? OMG!@!@!!! I start yelling its a raccoon and scare the stuffins out of DD and LG.

Now its 10:00 at night, and we start making phone calls. To no avail mind you! Finally, animal control has answers, but not one I want to hear. Did ya know that they only come out if its a bat? Yeah lovely! We call an exterminator and we looking at 600 bucks to get this thing out of the house. Bless my country father-in-law. He came back with LG and started poking the already ticked off raccoon until it finally went out of the basement. What a fiasco! Here's a couple of pictures of the butt of our friend. Unfortunately, I wasn't taking any pictures during the removal. Somehow, I didn't think that was a smart plan!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Quarterly Check Up... a shy late....

I thought I would go through my list of things I planned just to hold myself accountable.

Stash busting
1. knit 3 sweaters for the year - 1 completed, February Lady. #2, started, Stripes for Lawn Guy is about halfway.
2. learn to knit a pair of socks toe up - I spun the yarn for these. They are nearly completed. I just have the ribbing to do on the 2nd sock.
3. do one project with cables
4. do one project with color work
5. one lace project
All of the items above must come from my stash. I have some great yarns in there.

1. spin more - I have definitely been spinning more. I only have 1 monthly fiber that I am behind in. Bought more though.
2. learn long draw - yes! It's fun and makes spinning go a lot faster when I can use it.
3. make a 3-ply sock weight yarn
4. learn how to do core spinning

1. be more active - sort of
2. read more - check! I have read 8 novels since Jan and finished three that had been lagging for a very long time.
3. keep up with paperwork for work - better, but I still hate it!
4. get out more and find fun things to do - yeah, I been trying. Tried 2 new restaurants, went to the Art Museum to see the Ming Dynasty exhibit, and took a trip for a spinning class, and went to a fiber fair. Not bad for a start.

Not too shabby. I have made 7ish of 13 goals. How's your goal area coming along?

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Southern Illinois Sheep Festival

What a great day to attend a sheep festival! The weather was a bit windy, but sunny! I have been waiting to go the festival for over a month. The fairgrounds were nice and clean. I parked and travelled along the road to the tractor exhibit. I thought the exhibit might have some antiques, but not as far as I could tell.

Border collies are amazing sheep dogs. I watched this pint sized little doggie herd the sheep around a few fencing places, and then penned them in no time flat. Boy are they quick runners too! The guy just whistled or yelled commands like lie down and away, and dogs knew exactly what to do.

Don't mind his butt, but this was the best picute I could get of the sheep shearing.

I continued on in the exhibit hall where most of the action was taking place. Lots of exhibitors where there. There was sheep judging. I saw a Border Leicester, Shetland, and some goats. One of the sheep, I think Clun Forset, was a little jumpy, as in jumping into the pen with the Shetlands. The momma Shetland was none to thrilled about this since her babes were in there. The was sheep droppings bingo. Yes, just what you think, pick a number and hope the sheep poops! Rabbits and rabbits galore. The woman ever was demonstrating how to pluck a rabbits coat. Oh there was this adorable little baby Shetland lamb. He was only a couple of weeks old.

Tons and tons of fiber to be had from raw Merino to already dyed batts. I did buy a fleece that is already clean and ready to spin. The coloring is a Moorit, and should spin up to a nice tweedy oatmeal color. I think its Shetland, but I am not positive.

I was browsing the display of hand made soap when I ran into Rachel and Scott. So cool to see friends from St. Louis. After chatting about the different exhibits and how nice the set up was, I forgot to go back to the soap for a purchase, sigh.

I had some goat cheese that was just heavenly! Oh and of course, I came home with apple butter. I just love that stuff!

I wanted to have a lamb luncheon, but I picked up a friend on the way into the hall that sort of detoured my plans. He's terribly cute though, and I must be out of mind to have picked him up in the first place. This is Pepper. He's am Aussie sheepdog mixed with a miniature collie. Look at that face. Could you resist?