Wednesday, May 30, 2007

I'm sorry if I gave anyone the impression from yesterdays post that I didn't wanna play. Please just chalk it up to the fact that I've had a head ache for the past few days that is definitely the cause of any crankiness. I re-read the post from yesterday and have now decided not to post until after the drugs have taken effect from now on.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

O.K. I'll play! 7 things meme

I have been tagged not once, not twice, but three times. So by popular demand:

The rules: Each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves. Those who are tagged need to write on their own blog those 7 facts as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag seven other people and list their names on your blog. Then you leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and to read your blog.

1. I hated playing tag in school. I was the slowest so I always wound up being "it".

2. I never liked chain letters either.

O.K. I'm done being grumpy now.

3. I'm very accident prone, some (like my hubby) would call me a klutz, but I have never had to have major surgery and have only broken bones in my toes.

4. I used to carry a picture of my Great Great Grand Uncle Isaiah who was a missionary and eaten by cannibals in Borneo. Yes its true. Seriously. Swear that it's true. When I was down I would look at the picture and know that yes my day could be worse.

5. If I had bee born on or even near my due date my parents would have named me Guinevere. I was 22 days late, born Christmas Eve so they named me Christine instead.

6. I have a (not so)secret passion for Elvis. Long Live the King!

7. I have had my drivers license exactly one week longer than I have been married and the only way I can remember how long I've been married is to look at a blanket that was a wedding present that has our date embroidered on it. Don't feel bad for Hubby he has to do the same thing.

Here are your next contestants:

Modern Gypsy

Always Knitting

Legal Needles

Crafts by Toni

Tara Knits

Julieanna

Pink Porcupine

My Audition

I e-mailed Crow Mountain Farms to see if they needed any more spinners to spin their Sock Hop Yarn. Teyani, one of the owners wrote me back and said yes they do. So here is my audition yarn. I spun up some merino I wanted sample anyway. The colorway ranges from baby blue thru light green to yellow but I wanted to make it have a bit more depth so I plied a single of the space died fiber with a single of just plain white. It came out to 14 wpi and 24 sts to 4" on a size two. I was shooting for that kind of a guage but I had wanted the yarn to have a bit more delicate feel to it. Not that what I've sampled is bad but it came out like sock yarn which is what I had on my mind when I was spinning and what I need to spin for Crow Mountain. For my baby things I think I'm going to try to spin the rest of the fiber ever so slightly finer with just a bit less twist. I'll think baby yarn while I spin it too. As far as the color goes for what I wanted the original fiber for, a baby sweater, booties, and, a hat the yarn will be great. Now I only hope that what I've spun is what the folks at Crow Mountain are looking for.








Saturday, May 26, 2007

How romantic!

This is one of the most romantic expressions of love I've ever seen. It's a dress that's part of the Smithsonian Collection. It's made out of a fly boy's parachute that saved his life. He Used it to propose to his girl and so she made her dress from it.


Check out the story of this wedding dress here:

http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/costume/object.cfm?recordnumber=834994

Monday, May 21, 2007

A meme I stole from Mama O Knits

A post about how the warp a loom for Moderngypsy

A friend, Moderngypsy, picked up a rigid heddle loom recently and she posted a picture of it on her blog. I'm posting these pictures and an explanation of how I warp so she can see how her loom should be warped to get the tension even.

Here is a snip of the picture of MG's loom. Notice that the warp has formed hills and valleys as it was wound on to the warp beam. This is going to cause the tension of each thread to be uneven.


To solve this problem when you are winding the warp threads around the warp beam you need to insert something between the layers of thread to keep them even. I use paper bags from the super market. I cut the bottom off and cut a corner to make a long strip. You can get rolls of craft or banner paper from most craft stores which works well too. As you wind the warp onto the beam also pull the threads tight, away from the back beam, to pull out any slack. See how the warp threads are all lying evenly.




Here is a view of the layers of paper that lays between the layers of warp.



I also put one strip of paper onto the cloth beam to make sure the cloth is going to lay flat as well because my loom has teeth to tie the warp onto. This step may not be necessary for other types of looms but it's not going to hurt anything to do it either.



In case your wondering I'm weaving with silk hankies stretched out into a long strip but not spun. It makes a very nice soft texture.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Spinning on a drop spindle

I found a new -along to join. It's called Spun Stitches. The premise of the -along is to spin the yarn for a lace shawl. I've decided to use a drop spindle that I picked up at last years Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. I can't remember the makers name. The wood is pink and white ebony on cocobolo. The fiber is a hand dyed merino and viscose blend from Divine Fibers. I've got 8 oz of this blend and I just love the colors but it's a little britght for what I have in mind. I've just ordered some plain white merino viscose that I'm going to spin up to go tone down the brightness in the dyed fiber. I'm not sure if I'm going to add one or two plys of the white. I'll decide that when the white gets here and I can sample it. Here are some pictures of what I've done so far.



Friday, May 18, 2007

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

Ravelry the newest addiction

Every morning I have a routine of blogs and other places I like to visit while I drink my first cup of coffee and now Ravelry has been added in a big way. What is Ravelry you say? It's just one of the best knitting/crochet/soon to include spinning and weaving site on the face of the planet. The premise of the site is that it's an organizational tool. You keep a list of projects, stash, needles, post pictures if you progress and finished items. You can keep a friends list to see what every one else is doing, you can look at patterns/yarns and add to a que of projects you'd like to do in the future. So far I'm one of about 650 people who have access to it. Their adding people slowly so the whole thing doesn't crash. And why are they adding folks so slowly? Because there's like 4500 (no lie) waiting to get to addicted to the newest crack in town. I don't know how I lucked into an invite but I'm so happy I did. Go sign up to be on the waiting list. Hurry, go do it now!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Podcasting Vicariously

So I'm listening to this weeks Lime & Violet podcast (I only got about half way thru before hubby got home) and so far they mentioned me not once but twice. I don't know why this makes me so happy. Chalk it up to being easily amused. If this keeps up I'll have my 15 minutes of fame counted in seconds but hey I'm O.K. with that.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Some fiber content at last!

So this is what I finally got around to doing and photographing for your viewing pleasure.
First I started a pair of Jaywalker socks in the yarn from Alicia.

Jaywalker with Alicia's Yarn

Sock with yarn

And I've been spinning some fiber that I bought from Voilet at Lime & Violet
More Eliza Fiber

Close up of Eliza Fiber

The color in the shot where you can see the flyer is a bit more true to what the color really looks like.

And this last picture is for my hubby who says I need more pictures of his cat on my blog.

Minuette

Thursday, May 10, 2007

I'm trying to make it a rule not to.....

cross post between LJ and here but in this case I'll make an exception. I stole this meme from Hubby. I can definitly live with this.


You are The Empress


Beauty, happiness, pleasure, success, luxury, dissipation.


The Empress is associated with Venus, the feminine planet, so it represents,
beauty, charm, pleasure, luxury, and delight. You may be good at home
decorating, art or anything to do with making things beautiful.


The Empress is a creator, be it creation of life, of romance, of art or business. While the Magician is the primal spark, the idea made real, and the High Priestess is the one who gives the idea a form, the Empress is the womb where it gestates and grows till it is ready to be born. This is why her symbol is Venus, goddess of beautiful things as well as love. Even so, the Empress is more Demeter, goddess of abundance, then sensual Venus. She is the giver of Earthly gifts, yet at the same time, she can, in anger withhold, as Demeter did when her daughter, Persephone, was kidnapped. In fury and grief, she kept the Earth barren till her child was returned to her.


What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Monday, May 07, 2007

What to expect some time today

I went to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival yesterday. I'm still exhausted even after going to bed as early as I could and sleeping like the dead. I have my final this morning but I'll do a comprehensive report on the festival including pictures, possibly video (but only if what I want to show you was captured on my camera and I can figure out how to post it) and all the specs on what came home with me (no I did not bring home live stock) this afternoon.

Wish me luck.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Today I should have been studying for my final but....

instead I created a net ring for the fans of Lime N Violet., which is my favorite podcast. The home page adddress for the ring is http://stalkinglnv.blogspot.com/ scroll down to find the link in the ring code and click on join. I was also playing with creating buttons. So what do you think?

Friday, May 04, 2007

I've been doing some house keeping.....

here at my blog. I upgraded to the newer and so far easier user inface for Blogger. I also added a few new features. If you scroll down you'll find I've changed the look of my Etsy shop, a Frapper Map, a link to my favorite books that you can purchase on Amazon.com. and chat box from Meep. Feel free to look around.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

I found something very helpful.

In my efforts to make substantive changes to my life and what I want in it I found this very helpful check list to help me determine just who I want in it.

The Narcissistic Vampire Checklist from http://www.angelfire.com/zine2/narcissism/narcissism_checklist.html

What scares me the most is that I used have a 12 in my life. I deserve so much better.