Friday, July 21, 2006

Happiness is warm bed with cat nip


I happened to catch the boy lounging in the bed I made for him. It was knit then felted. The yarn was Lamb's Pride Bulky in Blue Blood Red and the color matches exactly the color fabric in our living room furniture. The pattern is from The Second Treasury of Magical Knitting. If you not familiar with this book, all the patterns are based on a moebius strips. A moebius is a strip in the shape of a ring that has only one edge. This was an easy fast project. Both cats like the bed just not at the same time. Maybe I should knit Mindy one of her own.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Yarn for Mystery Stole 2

I took my yarn for the mystery stole with me to work today so I could use the yarndage counter. I have 380 yarns in 4 oz. There is 44 yards in the small ball of yarn that I plyed out of the left overs on one of the bobbins, but as I said in my last post about this I'm not using it unless I have two because of it being slightly under plyed. I bought the rest of the lot of fiber (3/4 of a lb) and if my fiber stays consistant in it's diameter I'll get about 1520 yards. The yarns is 16 wpi which makes it a fingering weight. I was hoping for a lace weight closer to 22 wpi. I know merino is very springy. I was hoping the silk would amke the merino less springy but the blend is only 20% silk so I've got fingering. I'm going to swatch but I don't want to have to buy another needle so I'm going to use which ever US 2, 3 or 4 I have in a 24" length. Doing the swatch is all I'm up for tonight. I've come home from work so tired that I don't dare try to work on any lace. I don't know why I'm so tired we wearn't very busy today. The most fun thing I did today was order fiber from Ashland Bay Fibers. Cultivated and Tussah Silk, A Merino/Silk 50/50 blend, Hemp Top, Black Tencel. A mother of a thunder storm has just rolled in in the last 5 minutes so I regail you with the fiber goodness in the A.M. Signing off befor electrocution.

Here you go

Tina asked to see pictures of my fance spindle that matches the pendant. The trurned brass shaft is about 6" long and the rest is sterling silver toped with a garnet and the whole thing weights about 5 oz. Very heavy for the size but what do you want out of a functional piece of jewlery. If I have a chance I'll post a picture that will show the scale of the spindle.



Kenhelms makers mark


Monday, July 17, 2006

No knitting or spinning today

So here is something vaguely fiber related. This is a pendant that Linda gave me for watching her cats while she was on vacation last year. It was made by a mutual friend of ours. What she didn't know when she bought it was that same firend had made me a full size spindle a number of years ago that looks almost identical to the pendant.




Sunday, July 16, 2006

Mystery yarn

Originally uploaded by CheekyRedHead.

Actually, I know exactly what the yarn is. It's the 80/20 blend of Merino and Silk for my mystery stole. It was just taken out of the soak to set the twist. There's 2 good size skeins and the inevitable small one that was plyed from a single, using the center pull ball method. I guess I was in a rush just to get this little bit done and it came out slightly under plyed. I'm not going to use this small bit unless I have to. Tomorrow it's off to The Lamb's Wool to use the yardage counter in order to get the most accurate count of just how many yards I have and get more fiber if I have to spin some more. I have the feeling I will.

An introduction is in order....

I am happy to announce that my best friend in the whole wide world, Linda is going to be a contributor to this humble little blog. Among her many interests are embroidery, weaving tapestry, coptic textiles and trashy romance novels just to name a few. I'll let her tell you more about herself but just let me add that I think she is just the coolest person, the bee's knees, the cats meow, ab fab. You get the idea.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Some pictures of Christines beasties

This is Oby

What so want, I'm trying to sleep!

And this is one of Oby's paws. He's polydactyl which means he has extra toes. Most cats have 4 on the from and 5 on the back. Oby has 6 on the front and 7 on the back.

Would you look at that mitten!

This Mindy and she is her Papa's little girl and he is firmly wraped right around her tail. This isn't the best picture I have of her but I love the way I captured her mid-lick.

MMMM, tasty

And finally Mitzvah. You might be wondering how a rat and 2 cats get along and I'm happy to say better than expected. Mindy is our little hunter so I've don't encourage close contact but Mitz and Oby have been nose to nose and they seem O.K. with each other. If Mitz doesn't act like prey then he won't be prey.


Friday, July 14, 2006

Butterfly Click for a better view
Sometimes you are at the right place at the right time.

Pink Wild Flowers
And some wild flowers from the same shoot. I was the Bowman's Hill Wild Flower Preserve

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Fiber content for the day

Today's fiber content actually started last nite when I began spinning an 80/20 blend of merino and silk for my mystery shawl. Lucky for me I habitually spin lace weights so this spinning is a no brainer. I started today by getting hubby off to work then spent an hour spinning more m/s. Went to work and woo hoo!! new yarns for the fall have started to arrive (I love my job!). We had two big boxes from Reynold and one from Needful Yarns. Be proud of me fellow addicts I managed not to grab the gorgeous pale pink merino cashmere blend and keep it for myself. I do not need more yarn!! At least that's what I keep telling myself. As much as I want to start swatching and knitting on my mystery stole I'm going to spinning the yarn for this myself. I'm going to reduce my stash. I'm going to reduce my stash. I'm going to reduce my stash.... (mantra continued for most of the afternoon). Tuesday's are the late nite for us (open until 8pm) at The Lamb's Wool so I'm pretty pooped. Hopefully I'll have some pictures tomorrow of drying yarn that will be my MS and I can start knitting on Thursday.

Monday, July 10, 2006

My father would be so proud and my occupational ethics teacher would be appalled:
1. Aquinas (100%)
2. Nietzsche (89%)
3. St. Augustine (86%)
4. Aristotle (82%)
5. Cynics (79%)
6. Nel Noddings (76%)
7. Jeremy Bentham (75%)
8. John Stuart Mill (67%)
9. Spinoza (67%)
10. Epicureans (66%)
11. David Hume (64%)
12. Thomas Hobbes (64%)
13. Stoics (63%)
14. Ayn Rand (61%)
15. Jean-Paul Sartre (60%)
16. Plato (44%)
17. Kant (42%)
18. Ockham (39%)
19. Prescriptivism (30%)

Taking a dive into the unknown

I've just joined the Mystery Stole Along 2006. If your wondering what this is, a pattern for a stole is provided in small increments and you have no idea what the finished stole will look like when it's completed. Like I needed another project!!

The best product to have if your going spin silk!

This is not an advert and I'm not connected to company in any way!!

I love to spin silk but what I hate is that it sticks to every rough spot or hang nail I have. Well no more! I've started using a product from Mary Kay called Satin Hands. Keep in mind I'm not really a girly girl. I don't wear makeup every day and my usual attire consists of jeans, keds and a t-shirt. Also I can hear some of you gumbling things about the big pink jugernaught but this stuff is really great. It's a bunch of products in one easy package. First you take this stuff that is something like pink vasaline and rub it into you hands, then you rub an exfoliate in on top of that, then rub a bit of the cleanser on and wash all of it off with warm water. The last step is hand lotion. It takes 5 minutes, my hands have never been softer and best of all silk, especially silk caps which grab onto the slightest imperfection, doesn't stick. One other thing, don't bother to try to do this on the cheap, using regular vasaline, it doesn't work and you come out with sticky hands. Use the real Satin Hands it is so worth the money. If you can't find it in your area here is a link to my Mary Kay Consultant. Lisa the first one I've ever met who's not pushy!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

I am an IPOD geek

IPOD Sock half in half out Click for a better view

I knit an IPOD sock out of some yarn that I had left over. The yarn was a gift from my last secret pal.

IPOD Sock Click for a better view

Some spinning

Silk Click for a better view

This is silk from Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks and the colorway is Opal. I'm spinning up some black tencel to weave with it for a shawl.

My Fiber content for the day

This is one of the things that I have accomplished recently. This is a panel that I wove for The Thread Project. This panel along with six others woven of the same warp color will be sew togther to form the complete cloth called "Lienzo Luminoso" which translates to Cloth of Light. The weft was all donated by folks from around the world. The different threads were tied togehter and to creat a visuale representation of the world in community. Some of the threads were from folks at school (I'm a Psychology Major at Archadia University). Guitar strings from Dr. Blustein, Data Tape from Dr. Miserandino, Cloth and lace from Dr. Wiley, a piece of thread from a thai(?)day bed that Dr. Powell said he did all his best dreaming on, and ribbons, pieces of blue jeans, and strips from a neopreen knee brace from friends of mine. I loved working on this. The guitar strings and some of the knots were a real challenge to weave. Follow The Thread Project link (you'll find it to the right) to find out what the project is all about and why this is just so cool!. Click on the picture to see a better view.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

O.K. it's not fiber but their pretty

I took this picture at Longwood Gardens a few weeks ago.

The first post of the Second Blog

O.K. I'm going to try to give this Blogging thing another go. I think I'm going to start by sharing one of my favorite quotes and one that I think suits.

The hands know how to solve a riddle with which the intellect struggles in vain.
C.G. Jung