Friday, October 27, 2006

Finally some yarn pr0n

I've spun up some of my Lime and Violet Blue Faced Leicester Roving from Lisa Souza (http://www.lisaknit.com/fibers/bfleicester.html).

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It's a fingering weight and navajo plied and will most likly be woven into a scarf or if I have enough yardage a shawl.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

A Socktoberfest entry

Yes I have made some time to knit or rather my Anthropolgy techer has still been covering the same stuff as last semester so knitting on my socks has kept me from falling asleep in class. Still no pictures. So here are some questions and answers about my sock knitting:

When did you start making socks?
Socks were the the first thing I ever knit. No really, they were. I had done a little piece of knitting done flat to get the concept but sock were the thing I completed.

Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class?
I taught myself from a book. Folk Scoks by Nancy Bush.

What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time?
My first pair held up rather well until I accidently put them in the regular wash. They were knit out of handspun wool. Need I say more?

What would you have done differently?
I would have learned to knit without twisting my stitches. I'm dyslexic and left handed so when I taught myself to knit I was doing it wrong. I was knitting into the back of my stitches. When I started to hang out at the LYS, where I know work, Betty was watvhing my knit one day and pointed out that I was doing it wrong. I had wondered why my socks always seem to hard to put on. Doh!

What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?
I love handspun but in commercial yarns I really like Step by Austermann, Lornas Laces, Claudia's Hand Painted, Schafer Anne, all which is in my stash wating to be loved.

Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?
I'm a DPN girl. No one told me knitting with them would be hard when I started.

Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)
Flap, but I have a grand plan of some day working thru all the different sock heals in all of Nancy Bush's books.

How many pairs have you made?
20 or so, most of which have gone to live with other people.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

This is my weekend to knit stuff to give away

Since my last post some good things have happened and some really bad things have happened. The bad news first, my Social Psych teacher anounced that she is out of remission from ovarian cancer and has to have surgery and chemo. She's going to try to get back to school to teach at least some of our classes and she'll do as much as she can from home like grading our tests and homework but she had to turn over most of the inclass stuff to another teacher. I'm worried about her. The last thing I said to her on Friday (her surgery is Monday) was that she needed to tell her doctor that I'm going hold him resposible if anything happens to her. She just has to be at graduation in 2008! I started to knit a chemo cap for her out of a cashmere/merino yarn. I just can't sit by and do nothing. So I'm doing the only rational thing I can, knit for her.

I can't really get into it but another friend is going thru a rough time of it so a bunch of us are working on a project to cheer her up. Don't want to spoil the surprise so details have to wait until the gift is given.

On a happier note another friend is preggers and so there is both a project from me and a group project on my needles for her. Again, can't go into it much so as not to spoil the surprise.

I've made the commitment to join the Dulaan project KAL. I need to knit five items and get them sent befor June 1, 2007. I can do that. Dulaan sends warm clothing and other stuff like meds and school supplies to Mongolia. The Lamb's Wool has already sent a box of knitted items. They included some balaklavas that had been intended for another charity project but our contact never got back to us. We didn't want all that work to go to waste so we sent them along with sample garments that we knit for the shop but no longer needed, scarves, mittens, hats, etc. A button is now on the side bar if you are curious and or want to join.

The good news as far as school is concerned is that I finished my first paper for my Art Therapy class and gave a presentation of said paper along with a art task to my class. I'm so glad to have gotten it done on time, the required length and it's out of my hands. I think it was very successful and that I'll get a good grade on it. The bad news is I totally blew my first test for Social Psych. On the brite side I have time to make up some of the ground that I've lost and now that I know what to expect on her tests I'll be able to prepare a bit better.

Now that the test and paper are done I have a bit of time to breath, spin, and knit so that's what I did last nite and this morning along with taking the time to post. I've still got homework, housework and food shoping to do along with stopping at school to my work with careing for the Psych Dept's rats so I can't ake too much time to play but I'm greatful for even just some play time.

Friday, October 06, 2006

It's cold and rainy here today

Fall has definitly arrived. All I want to do today is first go back to bed and snuggle a warm cat, get up sometime mid-morning and make a pot of tea, sit down at my spinning wheel and work on some wool. I'm in a Blue Faced Leicester kind of a mood. I want to feel the soft warmth of the fiber resting my lap as the wheel turns and sooths away the stress of the last week. As the fiber turns into yarn it will speak to my soul about it's possible future. It will tell me if it want to become mittens to keep hand warm and dry while throwing snow balls at Dr. B office window or a shrug to keep the chill of my back like a warm hug while I sit and study or will it say, I want to be woven into cloth that can be transformed into so many things, the potential is endless. What I'm really going to do is go to my work study job then psych class to hopefully get my test results back. I either did really well or bombed completely on this test. I'm kind of scared to find out. Perhaps when I get out of class I can come home for a bit of a nap and then let the wheel and wool work their soothing magic on me.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

I've joined two new groups, The Lime and Violet KAL and Socktoberfest. Not that I have a lot of time for either but they are sort of realated. For Soctoberfest the idea is to knit socks for the month of October. Simple and since the only knitting I carry with me ever day is socks it's very easy to participate. The Lime and Violet Knit-A-Long involves using yarn from Lisa Souza, http://www.lisaknit.com/index.htm in her new L&V colorway. I've ordered 8 oz. of her Blue Faced Leicester spinning fiber and most likely will make socks out of it and a hat with the left overs. So you see, socks are the link. I'm also using the fiber as my carrot to get me thru to Thanksgiving break at school. Social Psych is kicking my butt, I have a 10 page paper due, for Art Therapy next Wednesday and I have a test from Anthro to get done (it's a take home). I also have a hat that I'm working on a for a friend. It's so goofy that I'm not even going to try to describe it. You just have to wait for the pictures. It's slow going because there's a lot of I-cord involved. That's the only hint I'm going give.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Todays procrastination, another quiz

This pretty acurate.


My Personality
Neuroticism
97
Extraversion
57
Openness To Experience
71
Agreeableness
44
Conscientiousness
0
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You are neither a subdued loner nor a jovial chatterbox. You enjoy time with others but also time alone. You can be easily upset, even by what people consider the normal demands of living. People consider you to be sensitive and emotional. Novelty, variety, and change spice up your life and make you a curious, imaginative, and creative person. You have some concern with others' needs, and are generally pleasant, sympathetic, and cooperative. You like to live for the moment and do what feels good now. Your work tends to be careless and disorganized.