Monday, August 9, 2010

no idle hands here

First 6 leaves of the Saroyan scarf
Crow Prints Shawl
My first yarn basking in the sun to dry.

Monday, August 2, 2010

a helpful vid from Ravelry

Are you a Raveler who has been confused by some of the new features the code master Casey has come up with lately? You're not alone! Today's Unraveled blog features a video how-to to clear up some of the confusion surrounding the new pattern search. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 1, 2010


...even my roving lounges

Sunday has been my favorite day of the week for as long as I can remember. Even when I knew I would have to work Monday, and go thru the work-week blues the night before, Sunday is still the best day ever. When I think of Sundays I think of waking up and not having to move quickly to go anywhere. Stay in your grubbies all day, because football or a hockey game is on. Make coffee and go grab donuts to bring back to bed. Flick on the tv or grab the newspaper because there's nowhere better to be. Regardless of the fact that my life is now run by a small person who is about 3 feet high, and instead of lounging the day away I have to be the potty drill sergeant, I still love me some Sunday.

Like today ... I was awakened about 9 am (this is some serious sleeping in btw) by aforementioned small person saying, "happy mother's day, mom". (yes, I'm aware it's not) Then she moved to hubby's side, where she wished him a "happy father's day, daddy." I'll wait while you exclaim "awwwwwe" to yourself :)

From there it just got better. Not one wet pair of princess undies from our kiddo in training, the coffee perked just perfectly, the temp outside was on the cool side and the humidity didn't come as it has been a lot lately. The man of the house got to watch the shows he wanted, the little one read to her heart's content and then hosted a tea party for herself and few (stuffed) friends, and I... well, I got to play with roving!

The deliciousness in blue is Winterhaven Farms Cormo Top in "Seascape". The creamy blue/green is a yummy Falkland wool from the cosySpins Fiber Club I recently joined - the color is "Memory".

It's been a few weeks since I was able to break out the Bee and spin so, still be a novice and all, I had to get back into the spin of things and relearn what works and what doesn't when it comes to spinning fiber into gold. The thinner the better or so I'm finding... at least for me. And this only applies when talking fiber, too ;)

Moll was very anxious to help me with my roving but instead of that, I asked her to help me get a good shot of a FO.

Molly showing off 198 Yards of Heaven

Saturday, July 31, 2010

a great tutorial

oh yes, wait a minute, Mr Postman

I do a lot of yarn swapping on Ravelry. I know that you've read me sayin' this before, but its getting worse! I'm quickly becoming quite the swap hoar! Today my favorite mail deliverer dropped a hank of gorgeous Malabrigo in Tiziano Red.

This is what Sasha the Pug thought of the Mal!

With all the projects that I have in mind right now, I figured it was high time I got to winding some of these swappy gems up! The red is the Malabrigo, the green is "Kerosene Pickles" from Knit Fit Knitting, and the juicy looking multi-colored cake is Cascade 220 Painted Superwash in a "fruit punch" kind of color.

Thursday, July 29, 2010


as the Queen
cake would be for all
Death - a faded, bad memory.

~jlkg 0024 2010/07/30

Marie-Antoinette - Joseph Ducreaux, 1769

from the Poetry Foundation -

What's a Fib? Math plus poetry.


Spiraling mixture:
Math plus poetry yields the Fib.

Gregory K. Pincus wasn’t expecting to start a movement when he posted this Fib—his very first—to his blog last year. The Los Angeles writer, volunteer librarian, and dad was simply commemorating the opening of National Poetry Month by sharing the six-line, 20-syllable poem.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

{daily fiber}

Recently I joined my very first fiber club! Just check out my booty ...

4oz Falkland Fiber Club in "Memory"

Cosette Cornelius Bates is the lady behind the cosymakes Patterns and cosySpins Yarn & Fiber Shop. She's also the author of the fab crafty book Knit One, Embellish Too.

I adore her crafts, and am positively green with envy over her hand embroidery! I've looked at fiber clubs before but this one was just the right amount of time (3 months) at a very reasonable price ... and my budget doesn't have much budge. Also being a spinning n00b, I don't reeeaally need a bunch of roving, now do I? A least I keep telling myself that ;)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Lorax would be pleased ...

Found while roaming the interwebs today; Woolly Fabulous' tree project flickr set.

*I would love to share photos but, blogger is being testy right now

Monday, July 19, 2010

I fall down go boom!

Oh my gawd! I'm in such a hurry right now to get offline but I had to share this delish find for all my pretty-pretties hoars ;) How nice of me, I know.

I just fell down at Jenny M. Jewels Etsy shop. For the love of all that is sparkely, go there now!

Friday, July 16, 2010

what's goin' on? {in pictures}

If you look closely, you can see my little chipmunk buddy on the stairs (right next to that ugly ass bush I'm allergic to). I want so much to get better pics of this little dude, as he's adorable! When I snapped this, he was grooming and keep a close eye on a couple of robins bopping around my yard.
Baby girl on her way to dance class. I really have to get a pic of her in tap shoes to share!

Our new roomie. She has kids on the way and likes to hang outside my backdoor at night. I *think* she's a sac spider.

My dreads need a root touch up but, I looove how they are looking these days! In a few weeks they will be 2!

What would you do with a ball of recycled silk Sari? Now fielding suggestions!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

{Friday Fill-In}

I haven't done a Friday Fill-In for a loooong time so, here I go!

1. This is what life does. It lets you
_live, live, live_.

_Why can't more people just_ appreciate the moment?

3. Upon reflection
_maybe grabbing that hot dish right from the oven wasn't so smart after all_.

_I hope to live_ for quite a long time.

5. Later, you wake up
_and realize it's still dark out and there's still plenty of time to sleep_

_Sail away with pirates_ to the far and boundless sea.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to
__knitting and a local band with friends_, tomorrow my plans include _going to a birthday party_ and Sunday, I want to _make love to my husband first thing in the morning_!

Monday, July 12, 2010


This is the delicious hand dyed roving I've been practicing with ...
This is what resulted from my first try at plying. It's 2 ply. No weight, as of yet...
Not too shabby!