Tuesday, March 28, 2006


It seems my addiction of late has foucused on Moebii. This not a new concept to me, I've done several moebius scarves in the past. Without further ado... I've finished yet another purse. The bear on the stairs dediced to help me take a pic of it. See how nicely, he poses there, nice and still, not like Thelma who likes to move a lot. Have to be quick when using Thelma in pics, but Mr Bear is very easy to work with.

The scarf with a hood I've been working on for my cousins daughter has stalled. It's being suitably punished in a corner while I try and figure out how to get a hood on there. 2 tries and it simply doesn't want to cooperate.

I cast on yet another Moebius purse, hoping it will felt out to a tote size, I suspect it will, but one never knows when it comes to trusting that precious knit to the washer.

I'm still working on the other thing that's hiding in my bag, I'll get pics up once it's been gifted, since the recipient reads this.

There was a scarf in my bag, it was supposed to be a gift, but I didn't like how it was turning out, so off it went...hippity hoppity to the frog pond. The intended recipient, instead got a set of Denise Needles....Happy B-day Mercene :).

So that puts me at 2 projects in the bag...hmmm that means room for 3 more. Now the hard decision, do I start something new, or should i just grab something that's already OTN. Oh well let me know what you think and I'll let you know what happens.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Kitty cuteness

Oh look what I found when I came home from work The kitty in the front is Louise and Thelma is the one who looks like she doesn't have a care in the world.

Looks like they figured out how to share the bed, so I'm not as pressed to WIP out another one.

No I'm not being a mean mommy, the really like to be that close together, they always have.

We adopted Thelma and Louise (those are the names they had when we adopted them and they stuck) through Cats in Need, a "non-profit/no kill" pet adoption organization. They came from a household with several cats and were severly neglected. DH and I saw an empty cage with a moving bed and decided that that the kitties under that bed needed us, we didn't even know they were tabby's. The came home with us and hudled under the bed for days. Thelma finally came around to whip cream, and she hasn't crawled back in her shell since. Louise, on the other hand is my skitty kitty, she is still shy and jumpy, while she doesn't hide under the bed often anymore, she does demand attention but you can't make it look like it was your idea, it's always her idea. Both still run from strangers, but Thelma will run up to you eventually, Louise will stay hidden.

Monday, March 20, 2006

My wonderful DH found batteries :)

DH strikes again, he found my batteries, so I can actually post pictures of the Moebius Cat Bed from A Second Treasury of Magical Knitting by Cat Bordhi I added green stripes, and left the ends dangling before felting to give the girls something to play with.

My photographic kitty, she's not a bit shy, is Thelma. Her litter mate Louise is a skitty kitty and she won't stand still long enough for me to take a picture of.

Here's Thelma waiting patiently for me to finish taking the picture and waiting for the okay to test out her new bed.

I think she likes it.

definite approval...

Nap time.

I think I'm going to have to make a 2nd one. Poor Louise waited for hours before Thelma would let her anywhere near it. Thelma finally walked away, heard Louise heading for the bed, and couched. Then Thelma launched herself at Louise. Finally, just a little while ago, I found Louise in the bed, but Thelma was right there waiting to get it back.

Cat bed done :)

I cast off the cat bed the other day. It's felted and finally dry. As of this moment the cats are exploring it. I do know exactly where my camera is this time, but now I can't find the batteries, so no pics today.

I'm enjoying learn the new spinning wheel. I've figured everything out, now I just have to work on drafting the fibers evenly so I don't get really really thing pieces of yarn in between normal and fat pieces of yarn. Great if that's what you're trying to spin, but I know with practice I will get better.

I've really got to come up with a plan to get some of these WIP's done. For the moment I'm settling for some form of WIP control. I've decided to start by not starting anymore WIP's until I get a 3 more WIP's off the needle. 3 WIP's off one started, I think that's a good trade. Maybe I'll go with that as a rule of thumb at least until I get some of these WIP's out of the way. I got out my most favorite knitting bag and there are 5 projects OTN in it right now, granted some are small, some are newly started, I think I'll stick with these 5 for now. 2 that are in there I won't share on my blog until after the recipients have received them, the other 3 are dad's golf shirt, my cousins scarf with a hood and a moebius purse. I am going to do my best to work on those 5 projects for the time being and slowly add projects to the bag, as room permits or take some out as WIP's grow. Granted one of the surprise projects is quite large, or at least will be, so I may not have room in there for 5 and I'll just have to finish that one before I add anything to my "working" bag.

We'll see how it all turns out, if it works I'll stick with it for a while. Oh, when I get some yarn spun, that yarn will be the exception to the rule.

I'll get pics up later this week of the cat bed and maybe some newly spun yarn :).

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Spinning...as if I'm not dizzy enough

I did it, I'm now the proud new owner of a Louet S17 spinning wheel :). It's sitting downstairs right now. I even spun a wee bit of wool. Now to get more roving. I do have quite a bit of angora roving sitting in my stash, inherited from a friend. Almost 2 years ago, she purchased some wonderful angora on eBay, but didn't really read what she was buying. In the pics it looked wonderful, when it showed up she discovered it was roving. Well it had been sitting around for a while, and I have a drop spindle. The long and the short of it, I need to get more wool and practice spinning before I turn the angora roving into yarn.

Turns out DH is a closet fiber fan of sorts. When he was younger he had some friends with a farm who happen to sell yarn for a living. DH knows more about my new spinning wheel, at least how to use it than I do. He says he's rusty, but we'll see.

No pics yet, my camera has wandered off again. It'll turn up soon.

Monday, March 13, 2006

The fates have intervened

As if all the fiber arts have a hand in weren't enough. I've been dreaming of spinning my own yarn for years, long before I ever started knitting. Now it looks like the Fates are playing a hand in this dream. There was a post to the Stitch N' Bitch LA mailing list about a Louet S17. I responded, thinking well she's in the neighborhood and it can't hurt to look, the price and I were very agreeable.

So I've been emailing back and forth with her, turns out she lives about 2 miles from my place, and actually has to drive by my house to go pretty much everywhere. The long and the short of it all, is that we're going to meet Wednesday (3/15/06) so I can take a first hand look at the spinning wheel, and in all likelihood I will be the proud new owner of a Louet S17 before we part ways.

Here's the pic:

More on this venture will definatly be posted later.

On the knitting front:

Last week DH told me he wanted to go play in the snow. I not a big fan of driving to see snow (it's very cold), but since DH really wanted to do this I agreed. So late Thursday night, I decided I needed mittens for the trip, not just any mittens, but I needed these convertible mittens, which I found the pattern for, late Thurday night. Just so happens I have the perfect yarn for them (imagine that having the right yarn not only on hand, but readily found). So I cast them on. No problems so far. Well I woke up Friday morning and discovered that I had cast on in a one color when I wanted the corrugated ribbing. Rip rip rip. Get home from work, finaly get the corrugated ribbing done, try it on and look at that they were just too big. Broke out the DPN's that were one smaller, and started knitting again.

Now it's 6 or 7, which gives me just about 36 hours to knit these gloves in, so I decided some minor alretations were in order, I wasn't going to knit the fingers. things are going great, but the time I collapsed went to bed late Friday, the left hand wes nearly done. Woke up Saturday and the fingers had been started. Oh well that short cut went out the window. One thing led to another, and DH tells me just as I had cast off the 1st glove that he doesn't want to go anymore. Well lucky me, I just wasted spent an enjoyable evening knitting on this @#%& lovely glove.

Ok so now i have a glove that may or may not ever have a match with a bunch of ends hanging from it. Oh well, I got to knit :) That's the important part, right :)

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Vintage Velvet done

If you're expecting to see regular updates, you've got the wrong person, but I will do my best to post on a semi regular basis, no gaurantees. (Yes Mary, I'll do the best I can, but I've never been very good at keeping anything updated that I wasn't being paid to maintain)

So I finished Vintage Velvet at our Tuesday SnB meeting. Wove in those pesky ends, then threw it in the wash. I'm of the firm believe that this scarf should be renamed to fondle me....every time I look at it I swear I can hear it crying out "fondle me...fondle me" It's so soft to the touch. If you ever get the opportunity to treat your self to Touch Me yarn, I highly recommend it. It will be quite a while before I can buy myself some more after this scarf.

Well without further todo, I introduce you to...... << drum roll >>> ...... VINTAGE VELVET!!!

Here she is pre felting:

A closer view, so you can really see what she looks like.

Threw her in the wash in hot water and voila

Again closer views: they may be a little fuzzy, i had to turn off the flash, when I took the close up's with a flash there was quite a bit of glare, there is still some glare in some of these pics, but it's all in the way the velvety fabric shines in the light.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

It's a boring day, not much to say, just wanted to post this.

You are interchangeable.
Fun, free, and into everything, you've got every

eventuality covered and every opportunity

just has to be taken. Every fiber is

wonderful, and every day is a new beginning.

You are good at so many things, it's amazing,

but you can easily lose your place and forget

to show up. They have row counters for

people like you!

What kind of knitting needles are you?
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OTN: Felted Mobius Cat Bed from A Second Treasury of Magical Knitting, Building Blocks Shawl from Modular Knits, Vintage Velvet from Scarf Style.