Thursday, May 31, 2007


Rob is sick, he gets sick a lot, working with small children can be hazardous to your health. He thinks it's strep, and well he's probably right. I kind of feel bad for not babying him, but he gets sick so often I just can't coddle like I used to. He's been out of work way way way to much this year and I'm not sure he'll have a job for next year. It sucks, but it happens.

I went to the dentist yesterday, I know this is an odd thing to say, but I love my dentist. He is such a nice man, so patient and smart. I got my cleaning, no major surprises (thank god) I have to have an old filling redone, which I'm not looking forward to, my dental insurance sucks ass, but it has to be done. On the way home I stopped in Urban Outfitters. I know a lot of artists have issues with that store because they steal ideas from indie artists and mass produce them, but they were having a sale and the bargain hunter in me couldn't say no. I picked up a pair of maroon tight pants with a tapered leg, they look very 1950's, and they also make my hips look HUGE!! I'll probably have to whip up some longer tops that hide the hugeness so I can wear the pants. I also got a retro flowey top that looks very Wonder Years and a cute pair of espadrilles in bright red with rattan heels. I spent under 40 bucks for everything and was quite proud of myself.

I had purchased a bag making kit from wal-mart over the weekend while at my fathers weekend house and sat at the sewing machine to construct it. It really wasn't worth the money, much cheaper to buy a yard of quilted fabric and figure it out myself. Oh well live and learn. I'm at the second row of decreases for the IK Josephine top. I really hope I can finish this sweater, I have a nasty habit of leaving UFOs all over the house. And I'm working on finishing the roving from Spunky Eclectic, long draw spinning generally takes me a bit longer to do. I'm impatiently waiting my new wheel. I love my Babe, but I need something better. The Babe will be relegated to plying and travel when the Louet S10 shows up. Still no flowers in the garden, I'm think I'm going to have to swing by the garden center to pick up some marigolds to keep the bugs away. Jersey City mosquitoes are lethal.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Picture Post

Dessie-pup says "Bring on the photos!"


I recieved the new Spunky Eclectic Fiber of the Month this weekend. It's definitly not what I was expecting.
Sorry I had to use the flash and fiber and flash just don't mix.

She calls the colorway "Nightshade" it's 4 oz of wensleydale, a fiber I've never worked with before. The roving reminded me more of a rolag so I've been spinning it using the long draw method. It's turning out quite nice and I think I'll navajo ply to preserve the colors. I'm afraid it might be too itchy for a scaf, but I'm hoping to get a Clapotis (a Knitty pattern) out of the finished product.

Here's a progress pic
Again, more flash, but this time you can see the color variences that didn't show up when I didn't use the flash.

I sat in the backyard last night trying to make up the unraveled section of the Josephine I'm currently working on, when it occured to me that here we are almost June and though my garden is green there is a severe lack of flowers

What's up dudes, I see you growing now how about some showing.

In fact the only flowers in the yard at this point are the wild honey suckle, which makes the bedroom smell amazing when the window is open. Its a thick sweet musty smell with hints of grass and night air. The other flowers are in the hanging baskets I bought, which are threatening to commit harri-kiri on a daily basis, and the tree which has developed the white tiny blossoms that it did last year


Not that I'm complaining, but when this sucker drops it's flowers its a chore like you wouldn't believe getting the petals up before they rot and attract the steroidal mosquito's that inhabit the yard. It's so sad since I love to sit out there, but the buggers, well they just bug me.

The knitting needles I worked on this weekend didn't come out right, the beads fell off and well just sad. I think I'm going to have to break out the glue gun to fix them right. I used the chopstick knitting needle tutorial on craftster, and I'm thinking if they come out okay I'll post them on my etsy. Keep your fingers crossed!!

I'm about almost back on track with Josephine, and hoping I can get her done before my itchy fingers try to take on another project.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Ribbit Ribbit

I had to frog about 4 inches off the Josephine top I was knitting from IK summer. I was so sad because I hate frogging to the point where I've completed entire pieces knowing there were errors and not caring and then getting depressed when the FO looked like doo-doo. So in an effort to be a better knitter I closed my eyes and started ripping away and that yarn.

Here's where I'm at now.


Its the same as where I was before I devoted some serious knitting time this three day weekend. I'm working this in redheart luster sheen, (yuck) but it's keeping with my stash busting promise.

Speaking of the weekend it was so lovely and sunny up at my dad's weeked home in CT. Friday I went drinking with the girls and my sister and the city was empty. Well almost empty, it was full of sailors (here for fleet week) and Long Islanders (here because when the cat's away the mice will play.) And Saturday Rob and I had a lovely outdoor lunch/dinner at this cuban place in the hood we've been dying to try.

I took my drop spindle to the house, I would have brought the wheel, but its cumbersome and we were in a rush to escape the city, and about 1 1/2 - 2 oz of the silk hankies I got from wollymanorcom on etsy. I plied them and dyed them with grape kool-aid in the microwave. Dying with kool-aid has got to be my favorite way to dye because the fiber takes on the smell of lollipops. I'll post pics later in the week, sadly I can't keep the finished product because it's going out to spolowitz for the Handspun Handcrafted 3 swap.

On a side note I picked up my new blythe from the post office on Friday. She needs a new outfit and a good hair washing but I present Lola:

Monday, May 28, 2007

First Post

Here's the obligatory first post that any good blog must have. This is not my first blog, but it is my first blog about my hobbies. My last blog was about the trials and pitfalls of my working world and to be honest it just got too damn depressing and tedious to keep posting. I may every once and a while indulge in my inner monologue and bitch about the corporate dronery that is my daytime life, but mostly I hope to keep track of the things I like to do that help me forget that I make rich white men richer for a living.

I hope to share my love of the fiber arts, knitting, crochet, felting and spinning and indulge my conceited side to show off these projects. If you love something leave a comment and check my etsy, you may be able to make it yours.