Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Another Birthday Passes By

The only thing I really dislike about my birthday is that it is basically the call to end summer vacation. Another week and the school starts back. Sigh. Fortunately I have cool friends and family to celebrate the B-day. My very good hearted friends went with me to make earrings (girly, I know), but I love earrings. I just hate buying them. Maybe this way I'll actually have earrings that I really like. Anyhoo, I drug Mindy, Kara, Shannon, and lovely dear daughter to Lady Bug Beads. The store was great. I have been there before and didn't have the best experience, but I wanted to give them another shot. They had another girl come in just in case we needed an extra hand. However, the woman that helped us was absolutely fantastic! She gave us help in the finer points, made daughter's earring cause she does not have any crafty genes, and put together both of my pairs since I boshed the one I was making up.





After playing in the bead shop, we went to eat at the Roadhouse. Thank God it wasn't raining cause it was freezing inside, so to the outside we went. Carrie and Mike joined us for the eats. The food was great and the conversations were even better. Mindy had BBQ spaghetti that she referred to as "white trash" spaghetti to a friend of hers who works there. Of course in a low whisper, in good rumour, he said that they really don't call it that. Hehe! Too much fun.


I got home to Lawn Guy calling and asking me if I'd heard my phone because he tried calling me. Huh no, I didn't take it in the restaurant. He replies why were you at a restaurant? I say, remember earrings and dinner? He totally forgot it was my birthday. I know he felt like a heel because he doesn't forget very often. That's my job. I kinda laughed because I had a feeling he did, but why put the guy on the spot. Either way it was fun. Now I have lots of fiber and books to play with, not to mention a possibly new distraction.

Friday, July 17, 2009

From Fluff to Stuff


I'm done, I'm done, I'm done! I finished carding, spinning, and dyeing my Shetland fleece. I started this puppy on the 4th of July and dyed today. Oh my, that was interestingly scary. I wanted a burnt orange with some subtle tones in there. I knew I would not get just one color because the fiber went from blonde, latte, and milk chocolaty brown. Gorgeous stuff.

I have learned a lot working through the process. Carding gets easier with practice, kinda like all the rest of the fiber world. I love spinning the rollags because there so quick. The hard part was getting the amount of fiber onto the bobbins consistently in weight and in diameter. Overall, the thinness of the ply was pretty consistent. Point for me. Now I need to find a cute pattern for it. I have 1358 yards in 3-plied worsted weight, so a good amount of mileage for my $20 bag!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Dishrag Medley

Lawn Guy has a niece that's getting married in August, so I have been working on a shower gift, and the wedding gift that I just put on needles. Needless to say, all other knitting will be on hold until then. Dishcloths are fun to do. Practicing new stitches that is just slightly over a swatch size gives ya something in the end. There are fairly quick to make to boot.



Ballband, seed stitch, Bee stitch, garter stitch, basketweave

Tomorrow spinning and lots of it!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

And the Race is on....



That's right it's the start of the Tour de France, and the tour de fleece competition. I missed most of yesterday's due to the fact that only one station is carrying the coverage and of course I don't have that station in my package. Sigh. Hubby, on the other hand, called our provider and ungraded so I could watch it. Sweet truly he is. It just pisses me off to no end that we had to do that. Anyway, I really love watching the tour even though I don't get much spinning done while I'm watching due to the fact that a)I love the scenery and b)I get caught up in the action. Any ways, I have been working on some spinning and knitting some gifts for a niece that is getting married in August.



The mauve color in the middle is superwash merino. The Romney is yellowish purples is called Pansy. A very fitting name, and the last is Shetland called Selfish. All are singles of different weights. Pretty. I think I'll just leave them on the desk and pet them for awhile.