Tag Archives: knitting

breakwater progress

5 Jan

The color isn’t great because I took this picture with my iPod, but it looks beautiful in real life. Squee!

magnolia merino

3 Jan

I’m making this sweater:

Out of this fingering-weight merino yarn:

As per usual I’m a little obsessed with it at the moment. I think knitting is sort of a zen activity for me. I can’t wait to wear it!

leicester longwool

15 Oct

I finished the drop-stitch scarf I was making out of the handspun 100% Leicester longwool yarn I got at the fair. I chose a to do a drop-stitch because it allows you to see the texture of the yarn. It’s just the tiniest bit scratchy, but not too bad for wool. I don’t think I’ll have any trouble wearing it. I still have about half of the yarn left so I may make a hat.

things i enjoy greatly that make me seem like a geriatric

29 Sep
  1. knitting
  2. jigsaw puzzles
  3. butter pecan ice cream
  4. Masterpiece on PBS
  5. documentaries about random things
  6. crosswords
  7. canning
  8. tea
  9. tea cozies
  10. NPR
  11. murder mysteries (Murder She Wrote, Poirot, Inspector Lewis, etc.)

*Alternatively, one could argue that many of these things could also make me seem British, which would be vastly preferable to being geriatric.

mother earth news fair

27 Sep
Me with sheep

Me with sheep

I spent the weekend with my parents at the Mother Earth News Fair at the Seven Springs Resort in northwestern Pennsylvania. It was great! There were vendors and workshops related to anything a do-it-yourself homesteader could want to know about: keeping bees, spinning yarn, electric fencing, low-impact and organic ways to farm or garden, how to use herbs, butchering your own meat, soap making, composting, preserving food, and how to be an overall responsible consumer. I got some tips from one of the beekeeping presenters, so hopefully we’ll have a successful hive when I try it again this spring.  I also got to see a lot of really cute animals. I wanted to smuggle one of the alpacas home with me. I think I do finally have mom convinced that we should get some angora goats for fiber. She saw how much the handspun yarn was going for.

I heard many wonderful speakers, including Joel Salatin and Ed Begley, Jr. They inspired me to do more to become environmentally aware. I teared up at several points (not that it takes much to elicit that response these days).  It was also great to be around thousands of like-minded people who place a high value on quality food, low carbon footprint, and the satisfaction you can get from being able to make your own food, clothing, etc. If you are interested in any of these things I highly recommend Mother Earth News magazine. It’s a wealth of information.

Here a some more selected photos from the fair:

At a workshop about going packing with your llama

A llama all packed up

A llama all packed up

How to spin with a drop spindle

How to spin with a spinning wheel

Ed Begley, Jr. giving his keynote address

The fair grounds

In the ski lodge

Right before Bill gave me the finger for taking his picture

Alpacas!

My spoils

i have knitting fever

26 Mar

It can’t be denied.  I guess it’s nice to have something I’m actually interested in.  It’s been a while.  I spent hours looking at patterns and drooling over fancy yarn over the interwebs.  If you are also interested in the fiber arts (don’t I sound snooty) there’s an awesome website called Ravelry that has a whole knitting community with hundreds of free patterns.  It’s very exciting.  Check it out if you are knitting/crocheting/weaving inclined.

Okay.  Gotta go.  I have eleven more inches of ribbing to knit.

mmmm….lacy

20 Mar

Ok, I skipped a few days there.  That’s because I’ve been doing things in, you know, real life.  Amazing.

Anyway, one of those real life things is knitting this:

It’s not as hard as it looks.  I’ve started the lacy part and the ribbed part, and neither is terribly difficult.  Now all I have to do is manage to do it without any mistakes, because I’m a perfectionist.

stitch and bitch

22 Feb

I’m getting seriously discouraged.  I’ve been applying for jobs for six months and no joy.  What is going on here?  Seriously, I’m a good employee.   Hire me, for chrissake.  And I better not have to do multiple interviews someplace again, totaling five hours, and then not get the job.  I am not a circus performer, people.   I am not jumping through your hoops.

Anyway, since I have an overabundance of free time I’ve started knitting.  At least you get a useful end product that way.  And, it’s kind of soothing even though I keep getting little pieces of fuzz everywhere, including up my nose.

I need a job.  For reals.

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