Or how to keep in touch with your best knitwits when you live 3,000 miles away from them

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

dude, where'd everyone go?

every night i check the blog, waiting and anticipating and hoping while the page takes a decade to load on my completely crappy dsl connection, and, alas, nothing new. of course, i've written nothing in over 2 weeks either, so i figured i'd be as good as anyone to get the ball rolling.

vacation was fun. yachats (pronounced ya-haughts) was down-right cold the first couple days. there were times that i literally wished i had brought a wool hat with me-- not to knit but to wear. i checked the weather report before we left, and it said it would be in the 60s, i think it was really the 50s. august. the beach. wool hat. a year ago i would have never thought that those words would go together. of course no one calls it the beach here, it's "the coast." but here's a pic during low tide of a rock that was about the size of a vw bug and completely covered with mussels and a few colorful starfish.

we rented a house that is owned by someone who used to work at the paper here. he also owns the house beside the one we were staying at and that was being rented by a pulitzer prize winning photographer, dave kennerly. and it turns out he knows my uncle charlie, they worked in the ford white house at the same time. small, small world.

after yachats we headed further south and a little inland to ashland for the shakespeare festival. we saw 3 plays, thankfully only one was shakespeare. bus stop was my favorite by far. there's also a sweet little yarn store there and i walked away with 55 dollars of alpaca. it's 600 yards, is that enought for a shawls of sorts? would my best bet be a really wide scarf?

at work i'm currently working on the race for the cure tab. 28 pages of almost no art. my solution is pink tint boxes on almost every page... it's really not an exciting assignment at all, but i must say that i'm enjoying it. i guess it's just nice to be doing something a little different. and i only have 3 days to do it, so being so busy is making the work day fly by.

well, you're probably wondering if i'll ever shut up, so i will, but someone else needs to write too!!!

Sunday, August 13, 2006

lost and found

kristin and vv, i am jealous of you both. instead of yarn needles or stitch markers i lose the actual knitting needles! but you won't believe what i found today, ANOTHER LOCAL YARN STORE. that brings the total (of the ones i've found so far) to 7. it's called abundant yarns and it's my new favorite. the have roving for spinning and told me that next month they're going to start carrying wheels. and they have dying classes. i asked about books about dying and one of the ladies who worked there showed me the yarn they were currently mordanting to dye themselves. it has a great cafe where joe had some coffee and read the paper and let me shop in peace.

in non-knitting news our sewer line died and we spend last week living with my parents. surprisingly, it was fun. we got sarah's room because it leads to the 2nd floor porch where we could leave bear while we were at work. my sister has the most comfortable bed ever. she spent months researching and shopping and we made so much fun of her, but she got the best bed ever. and my parents finally like bear now and realize that he really is a great dog, despite needing a good bit of time to warm up to new people. and tomorrow we leave for vacation! sarah and her boyfriend mike and joe and i are going to yachats on the coast (were the highs are going to be in the low 70s and high 60s) for the first half of the week and then we hear further south a bit inland to ashland for some good eating and great plays where our parents are going to meet us.

vv, how was your parents' visit?

Monday, August 07, 2006

Kristin, I right there with you.

Don't feel bad, I think I lose a stitch marker a day and a yarn needle a week.

And I'm working on this project right now, and you DO NOT WANT TO SEE MY HOUSE RIGHT NOW.

Or my desk at work right now, to be quite honest.

And my parents are coming for a visit on Friday!

I am so disorganized!

Mims, your yarn looks great. I'm really impressed with your spinning, considering I've had a wheel for two years and still haven't learned to ply.

I just have to tell you all how pathetically disorganized I am. I finished my tank that I've been working on forever, just needed to seam up the sides and weave in the ends--except I couldn't find any of my yarn needles. So I went to Great Yarns Saturday and bought two. As I put them in my change purse, I said to Julie, "I'm not going to lose these." And then, on Sunday, when I opened my change purse to get them out, they had vaporized. Gone! So I still couldn't seam the damn thing. Just went to AC Moore and bought two more. I hope I don't lose them too.

I have also decided to knit the One-Skein Wonder (that little shoulder cover thingie) out of the Sundara VV gave us all. But, I need to measure the length between my shoulder blades to figure out what size to make. And guess what? I can't find my tape measure! And I forgot to buy one when I was just at AC Moore! I suck.

Friday, July 28, 2006

stupid computers

blogger did not want to upload photos last night and the night before, and with all my various attempts i forgot the photo i wanted to post most of all. i finally made the 2 ply yarn. i think it's way over-plied, or maybe it's the singles that are over-spun. i have no earthly idea if i'm using the right terms here. anyway, here it is:

the 2nd bobbin of singles for made me pretty happy because i was getting it a lot finer and it was relatively consistent. (the emphasis in the previous sentence would be on "relatively.")

vv, common sense makes me think that the more twist i put in the singles, the more twist i should put in the plies to make it balance. is that right? all of the pound of white wool i bought when i started is now spun. there is about 1/3 of a bobbin of singles left. i'm thinking about making a double ply using that and the light green wool you gave me.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

sorry i've been so silent for so long ...

the photos of the hike are so gorgeous. i really need to get out there. al and i are going camping with some friends this weekend near mt. ranier, and all i'm taking project-wise is the kristin nicholas steeking bag. i think i've been using the dyeing as an excuse not to finish the bag. the pattern isn't particularly difficult, which is why i'm dragging my feet a bit.

i'm going to talk about this in my other blog, but when i told sundara about how i dyed the yarn, she totally put her hands in her head and asked 'what were you THINKING?'

she did all these calculations, and sent me home with some dye to sample on about 20 grams of yarn.

sheesh. but she's genius, and somebody probably should have stopped me earlier.

by the way, i think i can get a t-shirt or something made with the clockwork orange angry girl on it through cafe press, so if anyone wants one, take a look at the stuff and let me know what, 'cause i'm making a high resolution version of her just for that purpose.

Knitting Heaven!!

I've gotta have some of these needles. They light up! Kpixie has some but they're not the same and the cost is more than twice that of these. I've found them on a couple of other site but the price is the same $15.95 but this site has the cheapest price for the replacement batteries - $2.95. Patternworks wants $7.95 for the replacement batteries! The link is: http://laknitterieparisienne.com/Knit_Lite.html
I mean, think of the possibilities! I'm imagining going to a movie that I really want to see, alone, without kids, and having my knitting with me. Oh my gosh! I could go to the Rialto and drink beer and watch a movie and knit! I think I'm having some sort of out-of-body experience just thinking about it!

Oh and another thing - I talked to VV yesterday! Nonny nonny boo boo! Aren't you jealous? You've got to check out her post at her blog - the one with the "angry little asian girl". Printed it out and showed it to Julie last night at Caribou and she was laughing out loud! I've got to have the "angry little asian girl" with the head of beautiful multi-dyed yarns on something I own - a bag, a t-shirt - something!

Check it all out.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

i got your pictures right here

before i get to the fibers, a week and a half ago joe, sarah (my sister) and i did one of my all-time favorite hikes, mirror lake. it's only about 4 miles (the 1st 2 are up, then you turn around and head down) but all of it is gorgeous. at the top of the trail there is a little lake that gives you a great reflection of mount hood when you're standing on the right side. i only took a point-and-shoot, so the lake pics are over exposed, but here are a couple from the trail that turned out a little bit better:

back to fiber related stuff, here's the bag that i got last week and the new lys.

and here is the yarn i bought a couple weeks before that at a fabulous sale at a different lys. the color of the rosey yarn is pretty off. in real life it's more earthy. and i just noticed a couple days ago that the skeins do not match at all. one of them has a really dark color in it that is no where at in the other. oh well. they are destined to be my first lace shawl.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Fun Was Had By All!

Julie and Kristen and I knit at Caribou on Sunday. It was packed! Normally it's fairly empty but it was crazy this past Sunday. Kristin's plugging away at her Calmer tank. I know the color will be beautiful on her. And the most amazing part of the day? Julie actually brought a knitting project for herself! It's the tank that she was working on months ago out of the beautiful multicolored ribbon yarn. If you remember, she's knit the pattern before but this time she's trying to knit it in the round. I have the yarn for the darn pattern. Bought it last year to make one for Nicole. Of course it's still sitting in a container - languishing. Sent the Diamond Fantasy shawl pattern to Mims - along with a rectangular one I just purchased. Let me know if anyone else would like a copy. And Mims, don't forget to post a picture of the yarn. I'm dying to see it!

Anyway, our plan is to meet again on Wed. night at Caribou to knot. Hope to see everyone there!

And, as I always say - we miss you VV and Mims. And VV - you haven't posted since Thur. or Fri. Where are you?