Thursday, April 26, 2007

Helping out

I just found out about this through Lulubeans' blog, and linked to Pippi's to find out more. This is an amazing thing these ladies are doing - can you help them out? I am forever amazed at the kindness of those men and women in the fiber community - over 5 days left, and the bid's as high as it is. Go bid, help out a fellow human in need - this kind of thing gives me hope in humanity.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Customer Creations

I've been selling batts like crazy in my Etsy shop, and some of my customers have been great at sharing with me the yarns (and other creations!) they've made from my batts. So I've decided to show my appreciation (and use it as blog fodder) by posting pics every once in awhile from my customers!

Here's three skeins of yarn spun from three 2 oz. batts I carded up for Joy of Fabulosity. I got some great wool/mohair blend hand-dyed fiber in exchange. Here's the yarns:


LEFT is a wacky batt I carded up from the leftovers from other batts. Whenever I get a decent amount, I throw a whole bunch of different fibers through the carder just once to keep the crazy texture. MIDDLE: a blend of light blue gulf coast wool and angora, cream colored llama (SOOOOO soft - I was very surprised at how soft it was!) and a light brown superwash lamb's wool. Oh, and some silk noil, too! RIGHT: white wool/mohair blend mill ends with bright turquoise hampshire X wool locks, sari silk in a gorgeous deep peacock green, and some cream-colored raw alpaca.

I love the way they spun up! Thanks for sharing, Joy, and for your support of my products!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


No, really!


Basic, top-down stockinette socks in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock "Vera". 64 stitches, knit with a 12" Addi Turbo circ down to the heel, then put on Crystal Palace DPNs for the rest. LOVE these socks - the yarn is a great color combo, and nice and squisy (as Hurricane calls it!). This is the first sock yarn I bought, and it's been marinating in the stash for over 2 years!

Here's a (blurry) closeup of the Eye of Partridge Heel, which I've done on this sock and the one below. Me likey!



Trekking XXL, color #6, knit the same as the Vera socks. Love this yarn, too! Not quite as soft or squisy, but still nice. Notice how the stripes ALMOST match? Didn't plan that at all - they were actually only 2 rows off at the heel split, but came out different through the foot. I figured they'd be totally wrong (wouldn't have minded, either) but they came out pretty close for no planning!

Oh, and Clapotis is done, too, but unblocked. When I get up the gumption to clear off the bed and block it, there will be pics!

And what's this? This is the reason (well, one of SEVERAL POUNDS of reasons!) why I told Col no raw fleece for me at MDSW. This is Cacao, 3.8 lbs. of CVM fleece from Kim at White Barn Farm. LOVE LOVE LOVE! See that glisten? Gorgeous!


I took a big chunk and soaked it in the tub in Dawn with Bleach.


I threw the locks on top of some tulle so I could lift it all out, drain the tub, and refill for a second soak. Here's how clean this fleece is: the water wasn't NEARLY as dirty as other fleeces I've washed!


There's very little VM in this fleece since it's coated from day one. And SO clean and soft! I love the black base and the brown tips. I'm going to throw some through my drumcarder and see how it comes out. I may send it out to process, or just card it all up myself. I've already reserved 1/2 of Puffy's fleece for next year!

So there! I DO actually knit! Spinning? What's that?

Friday, April 13, 2007

Thank goodness for Colleen...

And her love of quizzes!

You Are 48% Abnormal

You are at medium risk for being a psychopath. It is somewhat likely that you have no soul.

You are at medium risk for having a borderline personality. It is somewhat likely that you are a chaotic mess.

You are at low risk for having a narcissistic personality. It is unlikely that you are in love with your own reflection.

You are at high risk for having a social phobia. It is very likely that you feel most comfortable in your mom's basement.

You are at low risk for obsessive compulsive disorder. It is unlikely that you are addicted to hand sanitizer.

I think I'm WAAAY more abnormal than this, but at the same time, I think the social phobia is 100% right. I'm a freak who'd rather huddle in the dark alone like a mushroom than socialize.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

RIP Kurt

(pic courtesy of obit)

Thursday, April 05, 2007

From Colleen

Your results:
You are Kaylee Frye (Ship Mechanic)

Kaylee Frye (Ship Mechanic)
Dr. Simon Tam (Ship Medic)
Wash (Ship Pilot)
Malcolm Reynolds (Captain)
Zoe Washburne (Second-in-command)
Inara Serra (Companion)
River (Stowaway)
Jayne Cobb (Mercenary)
Derrial Book (Shepherd)
A Reaver (Cannibal)
You are good at fixing things.
You are usually cheerful.
You appreciate being treated
with delicacy and specialness.

Click here to take the Serenity Firefly Personality Test

NEVER watched the show - is this a good character to be? I am SICKSICKSICKSICK again, so trying to stall for time! Dr. appointment tomorrow...hopefully drugs soon to follow!
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