Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sweet Retirement!

September 1, 2014 was my first official day of retirement and how sweet it is.

Here's my plan: I am going to spin, knit and weave a little every day instead of trying to fit it in a very busy day filled with minimally 8 hours of work and an hour and a half to two hours commuting.

So wish me luck, and here is some spinning eye candy for your enjoyment.

Saturday, October 19, 2013


I recently bought a Schacht Zoom Loom. It is a little 4" X 4" pin loom and I have been making little squares on it.  There are groups on Ravelry devoted to the little pin looms and there are patterns offered by Schacht and by Eloomanation.  There is something really intriguing about them. Whenever I have posted my squares I always get lots of remarks from individuals who just love them. Not too sure what I'm going to do with mine yet, I will let them tell me. So far I have only made squares with sock yarn. If you are so inclined, the little looms are not hard to make.  Give it a whirl.

For patterns take a look here or here

Sunday, June 24, 2012

A New Obsession

I bought a beautiful Julia spinning wheel over a year ago and I have spun one whole spindle and now it just sits there. A few of my friends are drop spindle spinners and I got hooked after watching them. I went to a fiber retreat a couple of weeks ago and dyed some Polwarth with Kool-Aid.

Here are pics of my spinning this fiber.

I think it is fairly respectable thick and thin yarn by a beginner.

There is something exquisite about spinning on a drop spindle.

And for those of you who have dyed yarn with Kool-Aid and don't like the smell, I discovered how to remove that odor. Simply soak your fiber for a couple of days in plain tap water and visit it occasionally. You will notice little bubbles--simply use your fingers to break up the bubbles which have a kind of cornstarch texture. After a couple of days, simply remove from the water, squeeze and hang to dry. No more smell!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

My First Fair Isle

I have never knit any Fair Isle, only admired from afar. But recently, I found a pattern that is in a worsted weight and I thought that would be a better experience than starting out with fine needles and finer weight yarns. I am pretty happy with it. I did tack down some of the strands but some could not be because on the purl side you were asked to knit.

The pics are not true to the color...the small close-up shows the real color. I don't know why my camera would not capture the true shades. I don't normally have this problem with today being the exception. I did try to touch them up so they would appear like the true object. In short, the pink is a fairly dark shade, but bright and the green is almost lime in color.

The buttons are from my collection of buttons which has grown by leaps and bounds. I might have more buttons now than yarn.

Some little girl will wear it and look great!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Loose Ends

I am posting a picture of some of my favorite yarn, Malabrigo Silk & Merino. You will find it in my Etsy shop should you be interested, but that's not really what I am writing about today. No, today is different. It was a day of frustration that has grown to be the usual thing rather than an oddity along the way. I'm sure that many of you will identify with this.

I logged on to the USPS site today to confirm a shipment of yarn to an Etsy customer and lo! the site was having "difficulty." I am to try again later. I recently made a change at my bank that is rather important, and I've been waiting for acknowledgement...still don't have it. Also, there is a legal matter pending (interpret as hanging over my head) that was mishandled due to incompetence or someone having a bad day--I'd like to think the latter, but lately it appears that everyone, everything ends up with some kind of misery attached to it. I have to make phone calls every day trying to straighten out the most simple things that have gotten all twisted and snarly because someone hasn't done what they said they were going to do or someone didn't do something correctly and the result is that I am the one who has to clean up their mess.

Another scary thing that happened was an alarming discovery that my pharmacy put an address on my prescriptions that does nto belong to me. I found this out late last night when I reached for some medication and there in extra small letters under my name was an address that was not mine. This sent me looking at the other bottles (just a few) along with the Flonase (life saver) that I take. Yes, that's right, all of them had this other address. I called the pharmacy and asked: how did this happen? The pharmacist replied we did a "central search." My reply: but I transferred them online from another pharmacy and I provided my address which is not the one on my medicine. Dead silence. I ask again "how did this happen?" Response: We did a "central search." Dead end.

This would not, normally, concern me outside of the moment, however, I just had a friend of mine who was given, by her pharmacy, a sleeping narcotic instead of her thyroid medication. So she was taking this narcotic when she arose in the morning and waiting for a half-hour before she ate because this is the way thyroid medication is taken. The second day had her completely unstrung, blurry vision, vertigo...I need not go on, but it was not pretty. She was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea and found out from her physician that this was a very, very bad combination. Don't fault her, she thought they had changed to a generic medication that she had discussed with the doctor who prescribes the thyroid medication. Only upon close examination of the label did she see that the name was similar to hers, however, the bag was correct. So one cannot place the blame on her. All of this turmoil was created because someone was not paying attention to what they were doing. We all have bad days, but when you serve the public in such an important capacity, it is important to remember one's responsibility.

My small trials can't compare with this and yet the number of small things mount up and they end in this rant. My apologies. Look at the yarn, and if you would like, visit my shop, Prisknits, on Etsy. We will hope for a better day tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Think Fall

I do love Spring! The beautiful light, fresh green that you only see at this time of year holds such mystery and it fills me with awe. But it is so fleeting. All of the birds have hatched their young, and as I was looking out the window a few days ago I started thinking about their cycle of life and how fiber could fit into that. So...I pondered Autumn for awhile. The air is filled with a different kind of excitement when the air turns just as brisk as the green that Spring brings. I have watched the birds as they, almost frantically, hunt for just the right size grasses, twigs, dried leaves to create their nests. Voila! A light went off and I thought of all the weaving thrums I have saved...for just such a moment. The hunt was on in my studio for wool and I knit a neat little round ball, felted it, put a balloon inside and blew it up. Then I pulled out my little pieces of fabric and a colorway that appeals to me and began to embellish. Not too much, just a bit.

Then I decided to use a little pictograph so actually drew free hand (believe it or not) a little bird on a piece of felt and I cut it out. Then I did the same with a house and here is what I came from that effort.

What do you think? Will the birds find it attractive? My hope is that they will pull out the little pieces of fabric and felt that I embellished with and use it for their nest inside. I have also collected a few little thrums from this one project and plan to put them inside to get them off to a good start, although they may have something else in mind.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Dilemmas Abound

Dilemmas abound at present--so many, actually too, too many UFOs and not just knitting, but I digress. Rather than focus on recent woes, I'll share some photos of recent completed projects. I had my friend CJ help me block my Hemlock Ring. I shamelessly knit it in the same color Jared Flood used. Can I help it if chocolate is the best color to use on my king size bed?

The other big project I am just about to complete is the Mirror Image reversible blanket that was knit for the den.

These were fairly large projects, the Hemlock Ring went pretty fast only because I was so excited to see what it would look like. I had never knit any large item in the round, only small facecloths. I think it was immense fun but there was a snafu with the cable breaking under the weight of the yarn. But it gave way on a "good" row.

The reversible blanket involved a lot of knitting and purling, so it defintely has taken longer, but very pretty and worth the energy.

But I did feel a bit cramped with the two large projects and that still did not keep me from taking on new projects which is why I have the dilemma of too many things going at present. I gravitate to small projects, and I have knit facecloths during these big projects but also have a lace shawl going.

I have to stop now or I will start thinking of all the other things I have going in my head pr on my project table--needlefelting, braiding, etc. I'm sure that I'm not alone in having a "stash" of projects, not just yarn. I must remain calm, and carry on.