So much better now…

24 07 2008

We’re still broke, but not needing to fork over three months worth of mortgage payments! The Husband has contacted the mortgage company and we’re in the process of getting an alternative payment schedule going.

I’m also currently looking for part time work so that I can at least pay for the gas in my car, and maybe help pay for the heating oil we’ll be needing this winter. If I knew I could make a decent wage, I’d spin more yarn and sell that. But from what I’ve been able to find out, it’s really hard to do. I’d also love to do some fiber processing, but I definitely don’t have the funds to open shop. Anyone in Southern Maryland need some help from a crafty person?

Now for a little bit of fun… Over on Ravelry, in the Completely Pointless and Arbitrary Group Group, we’ve been doing a little pirate and ninja themed swap. I got my package on Monday from Heidi(aka MissMoo).

pirate package 1

The yarn (if you can make it out underneath the sheepy tissues and envelope) is Berroco Jasper in a blend of reds and black with a bit of natural cream color, and I’ve already started knitting with it. I’m trying to make a mitered hat, but we’ll see…

merino superwash

And this is some superwash Merino roving that was tucked under the yarn! Yum! I’ve got to finish spinning the little bit of black alpaca I was able to salvage from the moth eaten fleece I bought back in November before I spin this… Must get more bobbins for my wheel…

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Slacker

3 06 2008

That’s me. I’ve been seriously slacking in writing posts.

So. What’s up?

I’ve been busy washing and spinning up the two Jacob cross fleeces that I got from Kari of Southern Comfort Berry Farm. She had these yearling rams who needed to be sheared, and I was looking for fleece. I paid a local woman to shear the sheep, and I got to take the fleece home. Once I can figure out where the Husband put the camera, I’ll post pictures of at least the entire black fleece and a portion of the grey and white one.

And if any knitters in Southern Maryland didn’t know already, Ellen of Crazy for Ewe is hosting two WWKIP events on June 14. One will be on the lawn of the La Plata store, and the other will be on the Leonardtown Town Square. I’m going to try and make it to La Plata that day, and I’m debating on weather I’ll just bring a knitting project or load the wheel into the car and spin up my fleece..

And among all this, this week the Husband’s parents are in the area (MIL has a week long conference in DC), and have taken Evalyn for the week. It’s just me and Tori and the Husband (at least until Friday), and Tori is talking our ears off. It’s like she doesn’t have to worry about her sister telling her to be quiet or talking over her, so she just babbles about ponies and helicopters and Godzilla…





Knitting content!

4 03 2008

Now that it’s finally been published, I’m going to show a few (poorly taken in the mirror) pictures of the top I test knit for Chrissy of Gardiner Yarn Works
Cable wrap topCable wrap top backCable wrap top sleeve

That’s the Knotty Wrap Top, knit using Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool in color #20. I so love this top!

Now I’m test knitting a new pattern for her. Does anyone remember me posting about participating in the MS3 KAL? Or the yarn that I spun for that? Well, I never used it for the KAL, so it’s now being used for this test knitting. I may post a few progress pictures of this, but I’m going to try and finish it by March 19 for the Husband’s graduation.





Sorry. I’ve been a total slacker…

12 02 2008

So. I haven’t posted since December. Not a whole lot going on, other than waiting for the Husband’s training to end. They just recently extended it by an additional three weeks because of a very small training issue regarding about a dozen classmates (which even the instructors said should just be taken care of with in-service training at the end of the year), and the availability of a top department official.

I’ve been spinning up my gorgeous grey alpaca, and am planning on making a sweater. Last year, I participated in Journey to a shawl. This year is my own Journey to a Sweater. If anyone is interested in a SAL/KAL, let me know and I’ll set up a blog (just leave a comment)…





Heifer?

12 12 2007

Okay. Since I read yesterday that Wendy isn’t going to be doing her Heifer.org project this year, I’d be interested in taking it on. I set up a poll to see what others thought, and as I really don’t have much of anything to donate as a prize (maybe some sheep stitch markers, and a skein of sock yarn) I would be looking for folks to donate prizes as well. Please check out the poll, as it will end at Midnight on the 19th.

Heifer pollTake Our Poll





Slacking on NaBloPoMo…

19 11 2007

Yeah. I’m missing a few posts here and there, and I think I may miss a few more by the end of the month. But I’ll still try and post nearly as frequently as I have this month.

I missed my first blogiversary, and as of this post, I’ve got 91 posts. Can I make it to 100 by the end of the month? Maybe, if I can get my deadline knitting out of the way…





Holy alpaca fleece, Batman!

17 11 2007

I went to a church bazaar today to view fleeces from Villa de Alpacas Farm, and boy was I glad I did!

Alpaca fleece

That’s just the Huacaya fleeces. I only payed $20 essentially for the grey fleece in the front, and Angel sent me home with that as well as a black Huacaya and black Suri fleece, all about the same size. She said that the grey one alone she used to sell for $100!!!

Now that my excitement is out of the way, Evalyn had her first dance class today. We watched her on the CCTV set up in the studio (no parents allowed in the studios), and watched her just run wild. I’m hoping that she’ll start to mellow a bit and follow the instructor instead of running for the closet in the class.