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|Sunday, October 29th, 2006|
ah. this is what i did today! oh how very nice.
|Thursday, October 19th, 2006|
|Thursday, September 7th, 2006|
veggie burger, corn, and sweet potato fries. MM!
|Thursday, August 31st, 2006|
|what i've been knitting
lotus lace tank from interweave knits made from bamboo!
swallowtail shawl. from something i usually never use-- commercial wool... but i'm making it for someone and i think she'd want something other than synthetic or cotton. it's shaeffer anne... nice to knit with but i feel a little bad.
|Saturday, August 19th, 2006|
i love it!! mmmmm!!!
i want to make a yummy butternut squash soup! and oh boy i've got some tomato canning to do.
i'll have to make time for that in between being exhausted and exploring other career options.
|Tuesday, August 15th, 2006|
ARGHHHH! tomorrow is the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!
please SAVE ME from 22 brand-spankin new KINDERGARTNERS!!!!
|Sunday, August 6th, 2006|
|Friday, August 4th, 2006|
|wip and a very full bobbin
it's my last day of summer vacation :(
i'm sooooooo sad. but knitting and spinning still makes me happy... so here's my most recent wip... http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/PATTknucks.html
-knucks i am making for misshawklet
from her handspun yarn:
it's going well, except i should not have done the crab stitch at the cast off edge... i really don't like to crochet.
then yesterday i worked on sock yarn for a friend. i filled the bobbin as physically full as it could get!
it's my first venture into sock yarn... it turned out to be 450 yards, two ply. that's a lot! well, for me at least! now i get to dye it. :)
|Thursday, July 6th, 2006|
|world cup is done!
BEHOLD! my clapolapblanket! i am finally finished with my world cup project! hooray team laura!
me modeling it in the garden-- notice my newly cut and dyed hair!( two more picsCollapse )
|Sunday, June 25th, 2006|
|more fun and knitting
we had a yard sale this weekend. our friends came and added stuff to the sale. they made more money than we did~ but they did have better stuff.
we at least got rid of a whole bunch of concrete backerboard and drywall (for free)... some lady said she was going to build a house for her birds and dog. huh? with concrete backerboard? whatever- take it! yay! gone!
business was sorta slow so i tried to advertise
didn't work so good! oh well- we took the rest of the stuff to the salvation army and now the garage is clean-ish! maaaaybe i'll paint it next weekend. maaaaybe.
then i worked on my world cup clapotis!
i am over half done... i'll probably start decreasing tomorrow. it's more of a clapotis lap blanket than a shawl or scarf. it's HUGE and heavy. well that's what i get for using this cotton yarn. i love it anyhow! let's be real-- would i actually ever wear a shawl? a shawl????? um, no. it's better this way.
|Thursday, June 15th, 2006|
|a heartwarming tale
here's a little sweet little story...
every year my class watches the life cycle of a butterfly... i buy a kit online which comes with 5 caterpillars in a container with food. you leave them in the container until they turn to chysalides, then put them in a big net and wait for them to hatch. of the 5, you're guaranteed 3 butterflies. usually one or two just don't make it.
this year, 4 caterpillars got huge and one just stayed tiny. i told the kids he probably wouldn't make it. the 4 big caterpillars made their chrysalides. we took them out, but left the little guy in the container. slooooowly he started to grow... veeery slowly. the 4 chrysalides hatched and we set the butterflies loose. the caterpillar still grew very slowly. finally, the last week of school, he formed his chrysalis! the kids went off for summer break and i took the chysalis home. he was in there a long time, but finally...hooray!
he made it! he's a little gimpy... he wasn't flying too well, but i let him out anyway because he needs to at least feel what nature is like for awhile. he was in the same place for a long time, but then tried flying again and did a pretty good job... he landed on a plant... i went in for awhile and when i went back out, he was gone. i'm going to imagine he flew off to find some good flowers and a mate... not going to think a bird snatched him up!
anyhow, it took him almost 4 times as long to go through the cycle as the other caterpillars. i'm proud of him! it made my day.
i am a big dork.
|Saturday, June 10th, 2006|
|world cup kick off!
woo hoo! i started my world cup project!
so far this clapotis is easy. even when drinking. hopefully it will remain easy tomorrow when i meet with my teammates at the cantina for margaritas and WWKIP day!!! goooo world cup!
i also carded up some grey wool with hot pink acrylic (whoa) and rainbow firestar for Spinners Day on the Farm, which is also tomorrow! yes! it's going to be my crazy 80's style yarn. hee hee!
i'm waaaaay too giddy for 12:15 a.m...
|Thursday, June 8th, 2006|
|last day of school!!!
awww... it's the last day of school and look how SWEET brian is! This is what was waiting for me when i got home:
yay! chocolate and wine! and flowers! and look at the little certificate he made (so stylish!)
it's for a hot stone massage! i said i really don't think he needs to send me to a spa, it's so friggin expensive... but maybe i'll change my mind! awwww he's so sweeeeeeet!!!
and now it's time to drink that wine! hooray for no kids, at least until next week when summer school starts... argh!
only 2 days until SPINNERS DAY ON THE FARM and WWKIP DAY! oh what a nice day of fiber arts it will be!
|Saturday, May 27th, 2006|
|cotton yarn bargain!
today at the farmer's market, the wool lady had a 1/2 off bin with a bunch of cones of inca cotton yarn! i got almost 2 pounds of oatmeal colored, which i will keep natural and use as a sweater?? and then a little more than a pound and a half of off-white:
which was nice on it's own but i thought it would be prettier dyed:
and i think i will finally knit clapotis with that. hooray for bargains!!!
|Sunday, May 21st, 2006|
uuuugh! only 2 more report cards to write!!! then i can officially be done with report cards for the 2005-2006 school year! with the end in sight, you'd think i'd jam though to the end, right? wrong. i'm doing this instead.
here's a picture of a lace mesh scarf i started the other night with my "lush" bamboo/tencel yarn i spun up for fiber friday awhile back:
i really like how it's turning out and it's easy. i didn't know what to do with this yarn, but i think this is a good solution. i started this in an attempt to do something other than what i should have been doing, namely, report cards. or memory books, which is a whole other project that needs to be done within the next 3 weeks... 20 students, and each book takes me about an hour. UGH!
and here is grommit, anxiously waiting for his walk...
i told him i'd take him as soon as i'm done with report cards. i guess i better get back to it!
|Monday, May 15th, 2006|
oops... what have i been up to?
we did some recording-- here's dwayne doing what he does best. drinking and drumming?
then i gave everyone the wristbands i made:
i like krisin's martini glass the best...
|Monday, May 1st, 2006|
|down on the farm!
i recently went to visit my mom in michigan. not a really *exciting* place, but we managed to have a lot of fiber fun!!! i was most impressed with the yarn shops (we hit 6 of them in just a few days), especially one in flint that was more like a little house than a shop... yarn in every nook and cranny! we totally scored... for the first time, i bought enough of one kind of yarn to actually make a sweater! i guess i'll actually have to attempt a sweater now...
it was really pretty pink cotton/rayon blend on sale, and when the owner saw me contemplating it, she offered to give me an extra 50 cents off per ball... can't say no to that!
then we went to a little farm to learn how to navajo ply and, more importantly, buy FIBER!
see that blank spot near the bottom? i bought that. rosie the sheep's chocolate brown wool. i also bought thomas the llama's fiber. the awesome thing about bonnie's farm is that her sheep are her pets. she doesn't breed to sell them off, and she only has about 9 sheep and just two llamas (and several cats!).. so i can feel good about buying fiber from her. i know her sheep are well-cared for and truly loved, and won't end up on someone's dinner plate! she speaks of her sheep with such fondness, and who could blame her?:
they are so precious! what a fun experience!!!
i had a great time with my mom... now i need to get her to come out to california! she needs to bring her wheel-- it's a folding lendrum so it's totally possible. then we can bring our wheels out to a winery in the middle of the dry creek area, buy a bottle to split and some sandwiches from the shop down the road, and spin in the afternoon sun! ahhhhh!
|Monday, April 24th, 2006|
|a beautiful gift
i am so lucky to have jill bliss of blissen
as a friend, not only because she's a nice and fun person, but also because she's uber talented and makes very cool things, like this!!!!:
oh my gosh! have you ever seen a cuter needle case in your life? i didn't think so. and it's so perfect-- it fits all my needles and the top flap folds over before it rolls up to keep everything in nice and snug. thanks jill!!!
|Saturday, April 15th, 2006|