Sunday, April 24, 2005

What I've Been Doing Instead...or Long Sunday Post

What I've been doing instead.......

This was Sarah P Duke Gardens last Sunday. The girls and I have been "touring" the area arboretum and gardens on Sundays as that has been my only day off recently. First was the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh and the Sarah P Duke Gardens. Today it is too cold (after a week in the 80's!) to go anywhere. We have been packing a lunch and taking the camera and "playing". Of course, that leaves little time for blogging. Ok, let's see....time outside in springtime gardens....sit inside and blog....outside won!

Spring has sprung! I've learned (amazing what you can do when you read the manual!) how to do closeups of the flowers. Of course, the rest of the world walking by sees my hind end stuck up in the air. And I was out at the Farmer's Market early Saturday morning and the NC strawberries are coming in now. Fresh, not plastic, strawberries!

But on the knitting front I have finished up a couple of things......

Felted flowers to be sent to sister

I still have several to do. Am learning as I go along on better ways to do them and more and more different patterns. It's fun to watch them go from knit to felted.

Multidirectional scarf out of one skein of Mountain Colors (if memory is correct--too lazy to go check). This is just heavy enough to take to work and wrap over heck and shoulders as protection from the air vents, which tend to blow hot/cold with all the predictability of a menopausal woman. We are the only office that wears long sleeves in the summer!

This is what I'm working on currently...Charlotte's Web shawls. Have 2 to do, one for friend and another for me. Have started out several time and think I finally have the hang of it. It's really not difficult, just me being difficult.

Start of Charlotte's Web for friend

My colors for Charlotte's Web shawl. For myself, I must be on a blue kick, because I have some more blue Koigu for another shawl. Blue, blue my world is blue!

Actually, today my goal is to pick up the "big chunks" as far as housekeeping goes and move from couch to bed in random order, catch up on reading other people's blogs, and generally doing nothing. Last night was spent with cat at vet clinic getting his hind end stitched up where his "male ego" got over run by larger cat. So I have a six month old cat running around with a plastic collar around his neck and a shaved behind and there goes any yarn money for the next couple of months! Am also wearing my 'NO CRISIS ALLOWED TODAY. MY SCHEDULE IS FULL' t-shirt to ward off any other problems. And since it is a cool (very), grey day, don't mind staying in and "resting".

So off to refill coffee cup and read up on what others have been doing!

Thursday, April 07, 2005

First Yarn and a Revelation

I have wrapped my first yarn into a ball. I had a little green roving that I spun first, followed by some NZ Jacob. I think I'm getting the hang of it, but I seem to be stuck on "chunky". I have to work on getting "thinner". Guess my waistline isn't the only thing needing slimming!

My first "baby" ball. It is my green roving over my NZ Jacob. Don't feel it's too bad for my first. Does this mean I'm no longer a "virgin"?

But I have had a knitting revelation. It only took me four plus decades to realize that you don't have to actually finish a book when you pick it up if you don't like it. You can actually stop reading, close the book and the book police don't come and get you. I have had the same revelation about knitting. If I don't enjoy something or like it, I can actually stop knitting it and frog it and use the yarn for something else. Goodbye 1/2 Spiral Busters Sock! I was having to tink you anyway and I decided I would much rather use that yarn with some other that I have and make a striped, sleeveless top for summer since I am using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino. It's so soft and I think it will make a fun top. So there! And I don't have to do the second sock that I have out there to do either! I have come, made a sock, and am leaving the joy of sock knitting to least for a while.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Beautiful, beautiful Monday

Wish the 4 days of the Ren Faire had been as picture perfect as today was. Stayed at home (traded today for working Saturday...when it is suppose to be a crappy weather day) with Goth Daugher, whose fair face, meaning this in the sense of complexion, managed to get extremenly sunburned while the rest of us were freezing. She also had "fish lips" as she called them. So I was spraying her and dosing her with burn relief aloe and aspirin. Trumpet Princess had an upset stomach, or an overdose of socializing, but we all stayed home. Somehow they managed to nap and laze around.

I, on the other hand, (insert drum roll and halo) mowed my large yard, ran a couple of errands, started defrosting my large freezer which looked like a Siberian winter scene and pick up a little of the sewing mess in my kitchen area. Please note, no mention was made of getting to the mess in my room. I'm not that good!

But I did just happen to pick up the new Vogue Knitting and decided the tons of skeins of purple microfiber could be made into this
sleeveless top . So after all my tireless work of the day, I sat down and watched Oprah and started on it.

The start of my summer sleeveless "fix". I have this desire for sleeveless tops this summer and have been eyeballing several, so this is the start. Doesn't it look lovely amongst the violets.

Ok, I will admit, I am probably the only person in the state of North Carolina today who is not interested in the outcome of a certain game. Hang me. But could it be from this tree?

It's a beautiful spring day. Couldn't be prettier. This is the white peach tree in the back yard.

This is the whole peach tree, compliments of Trumpet Princess who is now over her upset stomach since I'm tired and can't really be concerned with her "doing" anything.

Ok, I did have a hot flash today. And Goth Daughter was right along with me. Have a new CD I have to get to knit to..... Il Divo. Saw them on Oprah today. And the CD won't be out until 19th of April. Who cares if they aren't singing in English. Four fantastic voices....and the bodies aren't bad either!

Oh, well off to knit and dream. Will need that sleeveless tee for my hot flashes!

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Faire is finally over!

Well, today the sun was out, along with the 90 mile an hour wind which still made it chilly. I have decided I know exactly the way to have beautiful, warm weather for next year......make myself a cloak! I will be prepared for a chilly time and it will be hot! Works every time!

But the great thing is the people I met. It is amazing the number of people that will come and stand and watch you knit and spin and ask a few questions. And can you imagine a more pleasant way to spend your time. Hopefully, over the next year I will have the "hose" finished and then I want to do a shirt with blackwork on it. We decided we needed cushions for the benches and we could embroider them in an Elizabethan style----no stumpwork on the cushions though.

Nestled down amongst the knitting, mug and roving is my new drop spindle. I learned to spin this weekend! Big, chunky strands, but I was spinning! The darker, brownish-gray is NZ Jacob and feels nice. The light gray underneath is alpaca which I was told to put up until I have experience as it is very silky and slippery.....but I can see it spun fine and done into a lacy shawl.

One of the greatest bonuses of the whole weekend (besides the free admission) was meeting this young lady....I can call her that because I have 10 years on her. She spun from 10-630 all four days of the fair, answering questions cheerfully except for the break she took to show me how to spin with my new drop spindle.

This is the spinning goddess! She spins and spins and doesn't knit much! She showed me how to use my drop spindle. And she makes dragons! The cutest little dragons. Her friend watched over her booth while she spun. My problem was she had a whole basket of finished skeins, roving, and all kinds of goodies and I tried to figure out if I could make it very far before she discovered them missing. Isn't it terrible when you have yarn envy? Or ability envy? She could spin away, not missing a beat and talk to people, to me.....kind of like me with the knitting. One day I too shall spin like that........

Sunday Of the Last Day of the Faire

Not only do I have to get up an hour earlier today, but no one told me about learning to spin and how your arms and back might be a little sore for holding up your arms for 3-4 hours on a wooden bench. But it is a pleasant feeling.

Trumpet Princess knows no strangers. I am thinking about placing a sign around her neck in public places "You talk to me, I'm yours!" Anyway, she took up with the Purple Fairy yesterday and they had their picture made with the tiger. (Proceeds to aid animal something-or-another) So this morning I had to rehook up my scanner so that I could scan the picture to get a copy to the Purple Fairy. If you give gifts to fairies, I hear, they won't make mischief at your house.

Trumpet Princess and Purple Fairy and Tiger. Trumpet Princess makes friends very easy, but which one should have I over for dinner?

So for the last time, it's back into the costume and today I am pushing a friend around the faire. Then my two hours of knitting/spinning duty (isn't life tough!) and then a house.....which looks like a tornado went through it.....and then back again! You know it's bad when you are actually looking forward to cleaning house!

First knitting jobs on hand....tinking a sock and a scarf!

Saturday, April 02, 2005

What the "Hail"? or Ren Faire Part II With Pictures!

Ok, for the second weekend we started out. Once again I have drafted/inherited another child. Once again, it was overcast, but the clouds were starting to break up. Tricky, deceiving clouds!

The gruesome threesome. The one in the middle is not actually mine. One peasant, two gypsies.
Goth Daugther's costume was planned. And actually finished and looks great. Except for the blue bag. Please note blue bag. What you don't see is the bandaid around my index finger on my left hand where I "sewed" through it this morning making said bag at last minute. It hurt then and it hurts now.

Goth Daughter as Peasant Daughter

Trumpet Princess was a last minute gypsy. Today, the bottom 1/2 of her skirt was wet and muddy. Her chemise covered in mud and food and she managed to step on the bottom of the hem and rip it up past her knee. Next year, she's a fairy!

Trumpet Princess as gypsy. Next year I am putting her down for social fairy!

Now here is the scary part. I debated about showing/not showing the following, but decided we were all mature adults (for the most part). But part of the facts of life is that a Ren Faire there are certain parts of the human body which are exposed........

This is one of the reasons I am now in Weight Watchers. Other people have tops overflowing, mine slipped a bit!

But as we arrived at the Faire the clouds were breaking up, the sun coming out. Going to be great day. Then the lighting came with the thunder and the wind changed direction and it went from about 60 degrees to about 45 degrees in about 5 minutes!

We finish our duties today and came home through the rain. Got home and lost Goth Daughter on the way inside.....

What is Goth Daughter picking up?