Monday, January 26, 2009

Last week

I purchased a Nintendo Wii!!! So far the only game I have is the Sports one that came with it, but I'm planning to get the Wii Fit when I get the $$ together. I rented Super Mario Galaxy - this game is CRAZY!!! You actually have to figure out how to deal with waling upside down and such.... It probably wouldn't be half as amusing if I wasn't currently reading Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Ender is dealing with orientation in zero gravity. Having just read this and suddenly finding myself not in zero gravity, but in a totally disorientating game, I've found this hilariously fun.

I also rented Animal Crossing: City Folks. I'm not sure about it yet. I think I would enjoy it more if I were connected to the internet on the Wii and could talk to friends.

As it stands now, I will purchase the Wii Fit when $$ is available, and I also plan to purchase Super Mario Galaxy. Beyond that, I'm not sure of any other games. A friend has highly recommended Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition. I may give it a try. I'll have to see if I can rent it at the video store. Oh well. Enough for now!

Loopy Ewe Swap Package

Mine arrived last week! What until you see all the goodies I got!

Pretty isn't it? Well, here is the unveiling:

Enclosed were:

* a wonderful pair of blue/green socks - the photo doesn’t even come close to showing how beautiful the colors really are.
* a “knitted mug” full of dark chocolate (I’ve been eyeing that mug),
* a skein of Nova Scotia Casbah!!! My very first skein of yarn with cashmere! and talk about being my favorite colors!!!
* a box of butter waffle cookies - amusingly enough, I was talking with a workmate just before coming home about waffles - and we were looking at waffle irons online… how’s that for precognition??
* Peet’s French Roast Coffee. I LOVE Peet’s coffee. That was my favorite when I lived in Portland, OR. I was a regular at their shop
* a Burt’s Bees Overnight Bee-uty Bag - Burt’s Bees is fantastic stuff!
* a package of Dark Chocolate Mint Creams - how can anything ever be wrong when you have dark chocolate and mint??
* a copy of “Things I Learned from Knitting” by the Yarn Harlot! A lady in my knitting group keeps telling me how good the book is - she was supposed to loan me hers… now she doesn’t need to!
* a bar of Hand Repair Soap - Jasmine - from The Blue Ridge Soap Shed - soap specially made for knitters!!!
* a package of coffee candy - again, how can that ever be a bad thing???
* a skein of Malabrigo sock yarn in Violeta Africana - what can I say - it’s MALABRIGO…..
* and an absolutely adorable card.

WOW…. how’s that for a list? I’m flabbergasted. Thank you so much cjaknit!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Knitting Goals - 2009

1. organize my stash and get at least 75% on ravelry
2. get 90% of things off needles - either finished or frogged and inventory my needles
3. finish Icarus shawl (first quarter of the year)
4. start a complicated shawl (one of two - not sure which) to be finished in a 2 year period
5. design 2 patterns - at least one will be a cowl - and have them ready for publication

For the Sock Yarn Marathon (starts Feb 1):
Overall :use up about 3 miles of my 9.56 miles of sock yarn
1. Clapotis with 2 skeins of Wollmeise Franz
2. Socks with opal Harry Potter yarn
3. Beaded scarf
4. Mitts. I definately need some fingerless gloves or mitts

Not sure after these 4. I'm sure I can come up with something!!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Socks finished!

Well, I finished the socks I've been knitting for the past month. Now if I can just finish the other pair on the needles. /sigh

Not much else going on. I'm trying to decide what patterns to knit with the beautiful Wollmeise Laceweight from the last post. I have a good idea, but it will require some modification to the original pattern I have in mind. I'll have to do some testing first.

In the mean time, February 1 is fast approaching, which means it's time to start balling the sock yarn to be knit. I'm planning to start with a Clapotis in the Franz colorway of Wollmeise sock yarn. I have 2 skeins so can make a nice large wrap (which is a good idea since I'm a large gal). Originally, I thought the colorway I had on hand was Franz with chicken pox. I was rather confused how my yarn suddenly was healed of its malady, but then I realized that I had given a skein of Franz with Chicken Pox to a friend and that I had only had one of those, hence finding the two skeins without chicken pox. Oh well.... Either way, that will be cast on hopefully February 1. The only potential problem with that is that I will be working that day. Seems I end up working every year on Superbowl Sunday. Of course, I thought yesterday was Superbowl Sunday, so it's not like I'm a sports fan who cares....

Enough blather for now. Time to get back into librarian mode and man the reference desk. Oh... and Happy Robert E Lee Day as well as Martin Luther King Day. Seems they are both the 3rd Monday of January here in Arkansas. What a pair to share a holiday...

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

wollmeise laceweight

Got 2 skeins of the coveted wollmeise laceweight yarn in yesterday:

just had to share....

Monday, January 12, 2009

L&V Sock Marathon 2009

I mentioned it in the previous post, but.... Now I've gone though and calculated how much sock yarn I have and I've set my goal. It seems I have acquired approximately 9.56 miles of sock yarn. I have no idea how that happened. I think it's multiplying while I sleep. That has to be it. Well, with no further adieu:

That's a LOT of sock yarn. Sadly, I'm sure I've missed counting a few skeins because they are hiding behind all of my lace weight yarn or hiding under the bed or something.

My goal: Between Feb 1 and Aug 1, 2009, I hope to knit 2 miles of sock yarn.
There. I said it. I'll have to post progress posts along the way to keep myself honest.

I shouldn't be buying anymore sock yarn - not for a while anyway. I looked at my credit card statement and almost had a heart attack. No, not from all of the sock yarn purchases - those have been a slow accumulation over the past 5 years. I find myself in 2 fiber clubs (spinning fiber) plus I bought 2 skeins of wollmeise laceweight yarn ($$$). I'm also going to the Loopy Ewe Spring Fling and paid my deposit on that. I think the heart attack comes with the idea that I still owe $400 for the Spring Fling and I have no idea where I'm going to come up with the $$$. Fortunately, I should get a tax refund. That will help LOADS.

I did manage to sell 10 skeins of my handdyed yarn on Saturday to Yarn To Go in Memphis. She also wants some roving, so hopefully I can get that dyed up pretty soon. Rainbow Yarn and Fibers purchased a couple of braids of my roving also, so that was a rather successful trip. I made enough to almost pay off the drum carder I bought from the Raven's Nest going out of business sale. Maybe I can card up some batts and sell them soon. We'll see.

I think that's enough typing for today.

Friday, January 09, 2009

New Year, New Blog

I'm tired of my old blog, so thought I'd start fresh with the new year.While the past year was productive, I'm hoping this year will be even more so.

Currently on needles (only the ones I'm working on now):

1. Socks. I'm on the cuff (toe up)
2. Cowl - in Wollmeise!
3. Icarus - in a holding pattern

1. Scraps
2. Enchanted knoll farms batts - Tia Dalma from Happy Hooves
3. Troll in Romney from Spunky Eclectic

Currently Reading:
1. Free Range Knitter
2. It Itches
3. The Waste Lands (audio book to listen to while knitting)

I just got Indie Dyer Experience: The Superwash Manifesto DVD - I'm hoping to watch it and review it here. The little bit I've seen of it so far is very good.

Goals for this weekend:
Figure out how much sock yarn I have for the Lime and Violet Sock Marathon 2009. If you aren't sure what that is, this is what is said on Ravelry -
-Post a picture of your stash, telling us how many yards/miles you have.
-Then set a goal for yourself (if you are participating, cheerleaders encouraged), say I have 10 miles of sock yarn, my goal would be say 2 miles.
-The Ending Date would be August 1st, the starting would be February 1st. That gives everyone 6 months, perfect for those gifts coming up in the cooler months.
-You must hand make the garment. Machines can only be used for only 20-30% of your goal.
-Buying sock yarn is still ok. Don’t worry there are no police for this. You can knit and buy. I might do that as an incentive for myself.
-Socks/projects that are in progress only count for the sock/part you knit during the Marathon. So if you are knitting a pair with 400 yards of yarn and you have one sock done before February you only count the last 200 yards.
-You don’t have to make socks, make anything that uses sock yarn.
-Use up as much sock yarn as you can, incentives are good (mine is Stitches West).
-Have fun!

Not much else is going on. I hope to do a better job of updating this blog than I did the last one.