Thursday, March 26, 2009

Spring Spinning

Bright and light!

On the AA wheel is a bright blue merino that I spun while watching Idol last night.

The white fiber is a mystery fiber from my stash.  I know I should label those bags of fiber.
I am spinning the white on my Bosworth Moosey.  I actually spun this at work yesterday afternoon while the kids were napping.  Those that were not asleep had fun watching me spin.

Trying to figure out what to take to PA this week to keep me busy.
Wish I had a truely portable wheel.  Anyone have a little hatbox wheel?
Maybe a hitchhiker wheel would work...but the ratios aren't what I usually use.
Guess Spindles it is.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Feeling Itchy

It is one of those days.
I feel itchy. Not allergy like itchy or mosquito bite itchy....
Mentally itchy and restless.

Like something should happen.

Like a storm is coming...which it may, we are due rain sometime tonight.
But it is like that feeling before a storm.

I can remember feeling this way when I was much younger and when it finally rained, stormed, I danced in that rain in relief and joy.


My grandma yelled "Victoria Susan you get inside Right Now!"

She didn't understand in the least.

Was it the dance that was needed?

I wish I could remember what changed that day.

Something is building, a tension that I don't know how to descibe.

I being wife and mama have to do mundane things like go to the grocery and take the dog to be groomed,
(he is very shaggy)
instead of figuring out where this itch is coming from, this tension.

Any ideas?

on the verge of something

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Signs of Spring

today is the First Day of Spring! Happy Spring!

These pictures aren't great, but at least they don't show the rest of the yard! It's a mess.
Spring is here though, buds and leaves are starting to pop out and the trees are having sex all over the place, so allergies are getting worse too.

The time change about killed me this year. I wake in the dark to the birds singing that it should be daylight already! I felt as if I could sleep the day away the whole first week! It was awful, but I'm getting used to it now.
If it warms up maybe I'll get out and start cleaning up the yard!


The Girls

Haven't posted much lately.
I found on my camera a few pictures from the last few weeks.
Jordan got her hair done last Friday and came by to show me and she looked so happy I just had to take a picture.

Mariah got all dressed up the night before to go to a LYPC (Louisville Youth Philanthropic Council) awards dinner.  A teacher at school invited her thinking it might help her get more involved.  It is a service organization that would teacher her how to write for grants to help charitable organizations in town.

We ended the weekend by going to Cirque du Soleil at Freedom Hall( Thanks again Chris!).  It was so much fun!  I would have loved to do this when I was younger.  In fact I did try to run away to France to do mime.  My parents wouldn't let me.  After the show, Mom turned to me and asked me if I missed not doing something like that with my life and I surprised her by saying yes.


Monday, March 02, 2009

A few of my Favorite Things: Socks!

It was a balmy 18 degrees this morning, no snow, but it is cold and crispy outside.

One of my favorite things about cold weather is the need for warm socks.

I knit lots of socks.


I wear them. 

That is what they are for after all.

This pair is made out of Opal yarn. I haven't washed them so they are not very soft, but they should be hard wearing. Hard wearing means a lot.  I used to only wear my hand knit socks with clogs so the heel's wouldn't wear through. Not any more. I wear hand knit socks with my athletic shoes too. 

The so called design element in this pair of socks is that for the leg area, if I came to a color I purled it, gray = straight stitch color = purl.  Easy.  For the foot area I of course just knit straight.

Since I am wearing my hand knit socks in more than just clogs I am checking them more frequently for holes.

If I DO get a hole in a hand knit sock, then I repair it. I always check my socks to see if they are getting a bit thin or holey so I can salvadge them before they get too bad.

Holly Shaltz has excellent darning instructions here.  Pictures and Everything!  Thanks Holly for sharing.  I need pictures.

I was checking out a pair of hand spun hand knit socks just last week and I discovered a hole.
Good news is that when I make socks out of my hand spun yarn I tend to make them a little big so they will felt a bit in washing.  This pair is thick.  It looks as if I could just wear them forever and that little stitch that popped wouldn't go anywhere, but I'm looking for the left over bit of yarn to darn these so they will last longer.  


Sunday, March 01, 2009

Ice Storm Cardigan is Finished

Okay, it has been finished for weeks.  I just needed to sew on the buttons.  My friend Sally gave me enough of these beautiful buttons to finish the sweater!  Thanks Sally!
It appears much lighter in the photo than it really is.  I used Brown Lion Brand Fisherman's yarn and a Pure and Simple pattern(#9725).  

I think I'll wear it to work this week.