January 30, 2005

I've been tagged by Susan!

1. Total amount of music files on your computer?

A lot, but they are all my Dave's. Now that I've taken over his old i-pod I believe I will be adding to that myself.

2. The last CD you bought was:

Cake Pressure Chief My favorite song is Tougher Than It Is. I listen to this in the car and the kids' favorite song is End of the Movie. We have to take turns, but this is still better than getting stuck listening to Pirates of the Caribbean ad naseum, which somehow got to be Noel's absolute favorite CD. (Thanks, Dave!)

3. What is the song you last listened to before reading this message?

Lily-a-Passion by Grant Lee Philips (love this song, I can listen to it over and over and in fact, do)

4. Write down 5 songs you often listen to or that mean a lot to you:

Heaven or Las Vegas Cocteau Twins

With or Without You U2
Reminds me of my first high school boyfriend because it was playing on the radio a lot when we were going out. Also reminds me of breaking up with him at Hershey Park! Not really a positive thing, eh?

The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh) The Tokens
When I was studying abroad in Bayreuth, Germany, my friends and I used to go to this one pizza place in the middle of the town. They had a jukebox there and we always picked this song because it was so funny. Then we sat around eating pizza and drinking Maisel Brau and practicing how to say "pretty" in German (did I mention it was only my 2nd semester of German when I went?) Now, when I hear it, it makes me think of those times waaay back in January 1990.

Girlfriend in a Coma The Smiths

Let's Take a Trip Together Morphine
Best concert ever went to. (The The is a close second.)

5. What 3 people are you going to pass this baton to and why?

I'd like to hear more about Mary's, Kerstin's and Kerrie's tastes in music.

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January 26, 2005

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January 24, 2005
Just the facts...

The front and back of Becky's Weasley are done. I seamed up the shoulders with 3-needle BO and will work on the collar tonight.

Intarsia was almost pleasant this 2nd time through.
Becky's Weasley in Rowan Felted Tweed (Bilberry and Corn)

(Good grief but that's a bigger popup than expected, isn't it? Be prepared for the next one...)

Here are a few skeins of finished yarn. I have been spinning these up here and there for a few weeks.

(L-R) Indigo Moon, Spinner's Hill (remember my long draw revelation--this is the skein), Jacob from Spirit Trail, Grafton Fibers.

AND, do you remember me saying I would never knit another sweater for me at fewer than 5 stitches/inch?

You didn't believe me, did you?

Here's a hint.

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January 19, 2005
Fair Isle Bag

Finally, a picture*:

Fair Isle Bag from Woolgathering using Jamieson's Spindrift

*Camera is still broken. Estimate to fix it is $157.43. Is it worth it?

PS--finished Chevron Scarf:

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January 18, 2005

I am this close to ripping out my Rouge Rogue to reclaim the Magpie yarn. While I love the color of the magpie in my rogue, the yarn is just too heavy for my tastes. The hood keeps choking me and driving me nuts. Not only that, but I just didn't knit the sweater long enough.

I have some Jamieson's I could use to make a new Rogue cardi.

And the Magpie could be put to a better use.

But something is stopping me. What?

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January 14, 2005
I am writing this post.

Right now, I am sitting in my kitchen at my kids' little IKEA table knitting on Becky's Weasley*. I am waiting for Apple Cake to finish baking and watching What Not to Wear.

So, I am using Rowan's Felted Tweed in Bilberry for this Weasley. Felted Tweed is awesome. For some reason and for the longest time, I'd had this prejudice against it. It was too fuzzy. Too much like a ball of spun lint.

I was wrong.

Well, not really, but a ball of linty stuff isn't so bad. All knitted up, it makes a great drapey fabric. I am just starting to realize that I like a light drapey (felted tweed) but not a heavy drapey fabric (cotton).

Maybe what I really like about the Felted Tweed is just that it is light and fine. I had a revelation a few weeks ago but didn't bother to post about it then because revelations demand pix and I'd optimistically believed then, as I no longer believe now, that I could get you a pix.

But my camera is somewhere in a box, hopefully at Nikon's fix-it HQ. And it won't be taking pictures for a few more weeks at least.

Anyway, back to my revelation. My revelation was simply that I will never wear a sweater, no matter how much I like it, if the gauge is under 5 stitches/inch.

I hate bulky sweaters. I am not too crazy about knitting at small gauges, but then, how many sweaters do I need? Knitting a ton of stitches should slow me down to only about 2 sweaters a year (for me anyway).

Now, what am I going to do about Rogue at its 4.5 sts/inch?

Oh, this will be fun.


*Technically, I am really typing this.

PS--Who else loves Shaun of the Dead?

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January 12, 2005

Afterthought Heel Socks, Randomly Made Up on hillside outside Main Exhibition Hall at MDSW, Trekking (Shade 100), May 2005.

Latvian Socks, Nancy Bush, Folk Socks: the History & Techniques of Handknitted Footwear, Dale Baby Ull (Ecru), April 2005.

Whitby Socks, Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush, Spirit Trail sock yarn (green mix). November 29, 2004.

Regia Mini Ringel Socks, Regia Mini Ringel (shade ), November 15, 2004.

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January 11, 2005
In a dining room, long, long ago...

Well, not so very long ago.

No fixed camera yet, but I managed to raid my old pix files and find something I don't think I posted up yet. It is a little spinning I did before Christmas. I was practicing the long draw on my wheel. At first, it was a little hard to let go and not fix some of the slubs that occurred as I first began spinning, but, after a bit, my hands got the feel of the fiber and the draw was less slubby.

The skein, which sadly I do not have a picture of yet, turned out so beautiful! It is so elastic! And all those slubby bits sort of evened out in the plying.

Before this skein, I'd always striven for a perfectly unslubby single, and now I see, with my spinning, that it can be a little slubby and the plying smooths over some of the imperfections. I like it that way.

A cobalt blue single spun from a Spinners Hill batt. The plied yarn is worsted weight.

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January 07, 2005
A few words worth a picture

I finished Noel's Weasley! He wore it to school where the teachers asked, "What's the 'H' for?"

Why, Harry Potter of course!

Wish I had a picture of it for you.

Becky is clamoring for her own Weasley now. Out of the blue, she said yesterday, "Mommy? I'll take my sweater in, uuuuummmm.....PINK! Like Noel's!"


But this time around, it won't be knitted flat.

Update: Noel's Weasley sweater incited a mini riot during circle time today...apparently, Noel's friend wanted his sweater and tried to take it off him. She started to cry and said she wanted one "just like it!!!"

Oh my!

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January 05, 2005

Something weird happened to my digital camera(Nikon Coolpix 4300). It is no longer focusing and all the pictures are overexposed and haloey.

I think perhaps it overheated (?) because the last time I uploaded pix to my computer, I noticed that the camera had not automatically shut off and was very hot. Usually, the camera shuts off by itself.

Really, I have no clue.

After playing with the settings for a while and switching memory cards and uploading some test pix, I've come to the conclusion that something is Definitely Wrong.

I have a lot of things to photograph, but unfortunately, it won't be happening for awhile*! Boo Hoo

*Awhile=The Length of time it takes me to find a box + Package up the camera and ship it to NY + Have them hopefully fix it and send it back. Sigh

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January 03, 2005

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Golding Ring Spindle a.k.a The Pretzel Spindle as so dubbed by Norma

Dave surprised me with a spindle for Christmas! He, internet shopper and misanthrope that he is, even went so far as to actually pick up the phone and talk to a unknown human being to order it. (One cannot order from their site directly.)

Ever since Norma let me try out her Golding spindle she bought from them at Rhinebeck, I've been wanting one too.

Indeed, I'd forgotten I wanted one until December 21st, when I opened up the new Spin-Off and saw the full-page ad for Golding. I then commenced so unsubtly to say, "Ooooh! I LOVE this spindle! My friend from Rhinebeck got one and I would so LOVE to have one." (hint hint)

Then I shut the magazine, went down to watch tv and forgot all about it. I never expected him to remember the spindle, because there is such a mind-boggling amount of different spindles out there. I'm sure it boggles his mind in the same way comic book stuff boggles my mind.

It is the best spindle I've ever spun on. For example, at my inlaws, they have an open stairway. I would stand at the top step of that stairway, give the spindle a spin and throw it over the rail and start spinning. It would keep spinning till it touched the ground 9 or 10 feet below! That was fun. It was nice to ply that way too. I need a new stairway now.

Now, I'm ready to sell my other spindles.

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