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…


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.


12 12 2007

Okay. Since I read yesterday that Wendy isn’t going to be doing her 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

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.

Not much to say

12 11 2007

It’s a quiet day today, and the sun didn’t come out long enough this afternoon for me to take any good pictures of my Caffeine swap package. I should have something better to post tomorrow.

Fleecy goodness!

9 11 2007

I am totally excited! I just found an alpaca and llama farm locally that has a ton of fleece available! The lady that owns the farm is going to bring some of the fleece to a craft fair/market at a local church next weekend for me to look at and possibly buy. I am just so glad that I didn’t buy any fiber at the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival a few weeks ago, because I think I am now set. She’s got both Huacaya and Suri fleece, so I might get one of each.

I didn’t get much more done on my test knitting, but I hope to get a few repeats of the cable pattern done today. I was hoping to have the body done by this weekend, but the lack of sleep kind of hindered progress there.

Now, as far as sleep goes, Tori is sleeping longer in her new crib in her bedroom. She made it to 3 am this morning which is an hour later than the night before. I just can’t get her to take a nap in the crib. She likes to snuggle.


2 11 2007

Okay. I did it. I joined NaBloPoMo. It’s got to be easier than NaNoWriMo, which I tried to participate in about three years ago (never even wrote a whole page there). I am going to try and post every day for the rest of the month. And who knows I may have a contest later, as we’re approaching my one year blogiversary!