I’m back…

Much fun was had…

A ton of relaxing, much laughter and talking, some debauchery, some drinking…much merry  making…

Ah….  Only 352 days until we can go back!!

More later.
H.

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It’s almost time…

I leave for a much needed vacation next Wednesday, the 23rd.  I will be gone until very late on the 30th, might as well say the 31st.  So, it’s like 5 days until I leave…why am I telling you now????

Cuz, I’m BuSeeeY…  I am not gonna have time to post that I am leaving right before I leave.  So, I’m posting it now.

So, I am really looking forward to this vacation!!  It’s a road trip/camping trip/catch up with friends trip…  Everything I need it to be.  AND I have my little friend, the yet-to-be-named Hitchhiker spinning wheel.  Which I can actually spin on while Avery drives.  This will make the 12 hour drive out there better.  And I’m taking some knitting, of course, in case I get tired of spinning…

As for now…. I’m off to work.

Happy day,
H.

Knitting Meme….

I stole this from Jody over at Javajem…  Thanks for posting it Jody!!!

As she said, if you read this Meme…consider yourself tagged.  Leave me a comment to let me know you’ve stolen it from me, so I can check out your list!!

Instructions:
Bold for stuff you’ve done, italics for stuff you plan to do one day, and normal for stuff you’re not planning on doing.

Afghan/Blanket (in progress)
I-cord
Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Shawl
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn (I own some…I should use it)

Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Hat
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Sweater
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting

Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Cardigan (almost)
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Slippers
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns

Publishing a knitting book
Scarf
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding

Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars (done it, but never completed them)
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with DPNs
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit

Bobbles
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Steeks
Knitting art

Fulling/felting
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO
Purses/bags
Knitting with beads
Swatching
Long Tail CO
Entrelac
Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Baby items
Knitting with cashmere
Darning
Jewelry
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern

Gloves
Intarsia
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers

Pillows
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Rug
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Shrug/bolero/poncho
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public

Now, what’s your list look like????

I hate my hair…

I hate that my hair grows so slowly.  I hate that it’s naturally dark mousy blonde and that I have to dye it to see interesting colors.  I hate that it’s stubbornly straight and baby fine and horridly resistent to curl or even just a little bit of body…  I hate that I want to grow it out and am suffering so much because of this.  Bloody hell.  Today, I hate my hair.  Yesterday I hated my hair a little less than to day…but, I REALLY thought that I HATED my hair yesterday, so….I trimed my bangs…. Short…. Very short.  Today, I hate my hair more than I did yesterday.   Bugger. 

Anyway….

I am in a knitting funk. (I’m blaming it on my bad, bad hair)  I can’t seem to decide what to knit (yes, I do have a few projects, but I don’t want to knit them >whine<).  I mussed up the shrug I was knitting and haven’t the mind to fix it right now… Damn, and it was going so well.  I have all this sport weight alpaca and don’t know what to do with it.  I have all this other wonderful yarn, and just don’t know what to do with any of it.  Bitch, bitch, bitch. Whine, whine, whine…. 

I’m cranky….  Can ya tell???  :-P

I guess it’s just one of those days….
H. 

Ahhh…Exhausted Bliss

It’s the day after and I am beat.  Physically, mentally, emotionally and financially…most profoundly…beat.  But, damn, did I ever have a blast.  It all started Friday night with a phone call…  Dear Sarah wanted to know if I was interested in helping out at Tess’ Designer Yarns in the morning… SURE!!!  I said give me a call when you get up and I will pull myself together and get my butt out there extra early.  Well, at about 11pm I decided that it was time for bed…yeah, well, I was so jittery and excited, I couldn’t sleep.  I was awake off and on all night.  The phone rings at about 6:20ish…give or take…I just barely squinted at the clock when I rolled out of bed, threw myself into the shower, into some clothes and out the door.  I rolled into my parking spot at the fair grounds at 7:23am.  I started working at the Tess’ booth at 7:30am…took an hour break at 11:30ish and then went back and worked until 2:45…at which point I developed a screaming headache and decided to call it a day before the pain made me blind or worse cranky with a customer. 

Saturday’s take:A Hitchhiker wheel
– 1 lb of baby alpaca fiber, natural cream color.
– 1 lb of mohair fiber, natural cream color. 

Sunday, I was there, bright and early again, but this time to see the Sheep to Shawl competition get under way.  My friend Kyleen, a S&W virgin, came along and we had a blast.  We met up with Sammy, who had the little man in tow and the four of us wandered around looking for warm sunny spots that were hopefully out of the wind (we never did find any).  We poked around at this and that…and had a fine time.  I was going to help out at Tess Yarn’s again, but since it was a little slower, she didn’t need anyone during the afternoon.  I couldn’t stay for the break-down…Avery and I were celebrating 9 years yesterday evening (our anniversary isn’t until Tuesday, but he’s going to be out of town)…and he wanted to see me for a few hours at least, and go for dinner. 

Sunday’s haul:
– one pair of spinning wheel earrings
– 2700 yards of medium blue alpaca yarn, sport weight, from Tess’ Yarns…most of which was my pay for working at the booth.  Most excellent!! 

All in all, a great haul and a great time!!   Just for a moment, let me sing the praises of Tess’ yarns and the wonderful proprietor Melinda…  Beautiful, amazing, glorious yarns in every color you can imagine and a stunningly fantastic woman that brings them all to us!!  Melinda was a joy to work for…and I will, hopefully, be able to help out again next year.   

Adventures in Overdyeing

Before we get to the Adventure…  Just let me vent for a moment about the ineptitude of our leasing company…  Each year, in the early spring, they conduct a mandatory inspection of each unit to check for any repairs that need to be done…and whatever else they can bug you about.  Because we have a dog, they tell us to either crate him, put him in the fenced yard, or have someone in the unit when they conduct the inspection.  Well, we don’t have a crate…if we put him in the yard all day, without supervision, he will shimmy under the fence and run away…this is what he does…he is good at it…he is under constant survellience when out in the yard.  So, the first two are out…  Our inspection was three weeks ago, and Avery stayed home for it this year.  All went well, there are a few issues that need to be taken care of, no big deal.  Well………I get home from work yesterday and taped to the door is a letter from the leasing office that reads:

Per our mandatory inspection team, we need to enter your unit to do some repairs.  We will start some of the repairs on Thursday, May 3rd, 2007, if not all of them.  If you have a pet, please make sure the pet is secured in the back yard or have someone at the unit for the day.
If you have any questions…..blah, blah, blah…. 

Thank you for your cooperation in this manner….

NOT EVEN 24 HOURS NOTICE….  DO I NOT WORK FOR A LIVING????  THE INSPECTION WAS THREE WEEKS AGO….COULD THEY NOT HAVE NOTIFIED US EARLIER OR CALLED TO SCHEDULE A TIME?????  Bloody freaking hell.  So, guess who has the day off, since Avery is away for work.  Yay.  I just had Monday off, for Avery’s birthday…now I have to take today, too.  My in-box at work is over flowing as it is…tomorrow is going to be hell.  I love that my leasing company thinks that people only need a few hours notice to take work off.  F***ers. 

So, enough of the venting and on to the adVENTuring…  Heh-heh.  Yeah, so I know…cheeseball.

I have had a skein of Cherry Tree Hill merino lace for about two years now…  I loved the colorway in the skein.  I loved the colorway after I wound it into a ball…I hated the colorway knit-up… I mean HATED the colorway…  It was called Strawberry Mist or something of the sort (I’ve lost the skein band, of course…and the color isn’t on their site anymore).  It’s sat there, in my stash, staring at me for two years.  Last night at around 9 pm, I decide that I am going to save that yarn… I am going to Overdye it!!!  Yeah.  That’s what I’m going to do.  Hmmm….since the original yarn is mostly pinky-reds with a little lavender-grey tossed in, I decided a blue overdye would be the best bet…make it a litte more on the purple side.  Well, I tend to go over board on my dyeing….made the blue pretty dark….  I was worried that it was just going to turn dark blue, but thought I would give it a shot anyway, cuz I didn’t want to waste the dye by tossing it out and starting again.   So, in went the yarn (after a good soaking, of course).  It SUCKED that dye right up…and FAST!!!    I pulled it out of the simmer-soak after only about 10 minutes…the water was clear…the yarn was really dark…I was worried, but thought ‘hey, I love dark blue’.   I put it in a rinse and then I did a spin cycle in the washing machine (I just love that, take so much less time to hang dry!).  When I pulled it out of the spin cycle.  I was pleasantly surprised.  The yarn had taken the color up a little unevenly…there were still bits that weren’t overdyed much at all, some parts were a brilliant deep midnight blue, some purples…some pinky-reds peeking thru.  Wow, was it ever pretty…now to let it dry and see the real color.   Whatchu think??

 I saved a little bit of the original for comparison.  Now….I love it in the ball, will I love it knit-up???  I am gonna play with it and let you all know later!  After all, I *DO* have the day off!  ;-)

H.

Dreaming…

sheepandwooliscoming.sheepandwooliscoming.sheepandwooliscoming.

Yep.
That’s been the thought running through my mind for the past few weeks…
It’s coming…and soon.

I’ve been trying to decide what it is I am going to be hunting this year…  At first, I thought I would buy a ton of fiber to dye and spin…  Now, I am REALLY considering a Hitchhiker.  Don’t misunderstand…  I LOVE Charlotte…she’s more precious to me than gold….but, despite the fact that Ashford named her breed “Traveler”…she just doesn’t like to travel much at all…she’s quite fussy about it actually.  She’s cumbersome, albeit an attractive cumbersome….but quite unwieldly nonetheless.  I worry about her safety, every time I take her somewhere….She’s had a broken flyer once already… I need something that really actually travels well, something small, lightweight….affordable.  The Hitchhiker may just fit the bill.  I will be, at the very least, trying one out.  Besides, it takes Ashford bobbins….and THAT, dear reader, is a HUGE selling point for me.  I have a ton of them, they are easy to get (at the ever wonderful Cloverhill) and they are inexpensive.  I can use Charlotte at home, then pop off what ever I’m spinning with her and take it with me on the Hitchhiker (yet to be named…er, I mean, purchased…I mean, even looked at…..aw, crap…who am I kidding, we all know if I like the way it spins, I’m bringing one home…  Hell, I’m even thinking about what color to stain it already.  eesh.  I’m so transparent!)

Pleasant Wooly Dreams,
H.

P.S.  I had 18 inches of the Dr Who scarf done….  Yes, had.  I found a dropped stitch 8 inches back…  Frogging is NOT a stress reliever…I don’t care what anyone says.