Thursday, December 28, 2006

Where Wool Comes From, a Blonde Joke

A little blonde (and brunette) humor. A commercial for the L.A. County Fair.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

OK Fine!

Ok Fine, I'm in.
I have been a bit smug about my very small knitterly stash. I scoffed at the idea of Wendy's Knit from Your Stash in 07 Challenge. Last night I went for a pair of needles and reallized just how many projects I've got lined up. So I'm in. Granted it's the total lack of organization that's the real problem.

But I do have plenty of yarn to last me a long long time. I've just ordered the yarn for The Perfect Sweater, I've got at least 6 pairs worth of sock yarn NOT counting my own hand dyed. I've got cotton in case there is a dishcloth emergency. I've got yarn for the scarf and mittens that I need for myself. And for several extra scarves. And I've got plenty of various yarns for the baby gifts I will be making.

So here is my version of Wendy's rules.

Knit From Your Stash 2007

1. The Knit-From-Your-Stash-a-Thon will start January 1, 2007 and run through December 31, 2007 -I'm going for the whole year

2. We will not buy any yarn during that period, with the following exceptions:

If I need to make a specific knitted gift that we really and truly do not have the yarn for, we may buy yarn to knit that gift.

If we are knitting something and run out of yarn, we may purchase enough to complete the project.

We each get one "Get Out of Jail Free" card -- we are each allowed to fall off the wagon one time.

3. We are allowed to receive gifts of yarn.

4. Yarn needed to teach a class is allowable

Wendy had provisions for sock yarn and spinning fiber. As mentioned I have sock yarn, lots of sock yarn and I don't spin, so I took those out. I added in #4 because I hope to teach at least one if not more sock classes next year and I'll need some heavier yarn for that.
So there it is, it feels good. I don't much like having all these projects lined up, it's kind of like pressure. There's no pressure in knitting.
I guess it would be a bad thing to go over to Destash right now. Kind of like walking by the bakery on the first day of a diet.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Great site

Everyone should know about this website.
This site tracks the positions and predictions for all the satellites in our orbit. Including the shuttle, the space station, and a group of satellites known as iridium flares. I have no idea if you city folks would have much luck, but it's at least worth a try, the flares especially are brighter than any star. I love seeing the shuttle and the space station, it's such a rush to realize that the tiny dot floating past is really people out there doing their jobs. The flares are cool because there are a lot of them, so you can see them several times a week. It's like a slow shooting star that's brighter than anything you've ever seen in the sky. Negative numbers are brighter, there is a -6 tomorrow night at 7:10 from my location that I really hope to see. Your global position makes a difference so log on and find your area.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Sock Story

Last week on the studio tour one of my very good customers bought a few skeins of sock yarn. She had never knit socks but her daughter had sent her a pattern. Today, one week later, I stopped by her house and she had finished her first pair of socks, and they're tall socks, none of this ankle stuff I usually make. I'm impressed. She said they were great sleeping socks and she'd even figured out a way to hand wash them. She wore them into the shower this morning! Nice and clean and layed out to dry. I'd have never thought about it, but why not?

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Back again

I didn't realize it had been so long since I had posted. Lots going on, but not much to blog about I guess. The Studio Tour went great, we had lots of people and sales were as good as ever.
The sock class I'm teaching started on Monday, I think it went well. My 5 students didn't seem nearly as confused by the end as they were at the beginning of the class. I guess we'll really see next Monday if their socks are still socks. Next week we do heels.
I had cast on a sock so that I'd have an example of the first step. I carried it around the whole time and never knit a stitch. So I've got to get on it to get it ready for a heel. I had hoped to have two ready, that's not going to happen, I guess the other will have to be faked.
I took a few pictures, but any hope at natural light failed me. You can see why.

Even when the sun is peeking out it's really glarey. It's going to be 14 degrees by this evening. Yikes!

This is the sample sock for the class. My favorite Cascade Fixation color yet.

And this is almost a sock from my own dyed yarn. I really want another inch or so of the dark blue at the top. I hate ribbing, what was I thinking? The second sock is going to be so slow.