Wednesday, December 20, 2006
I revieved my sock-ret pal gift at a great time. It has been a rough week and I really needed those M& M 's Thanks!
Holiday shopping- almost done and out of money
Holiday knitting- getting there,
Mom H's socks- done but ends to be woven in- the pattern is in the sidebar from Funky Knittier Deb-
Mom D's sweater- knitting the button band as we speak- it came out really nice!
Dad's mittens- tops need to be knitted, they need to be felted (my own design)
Grandpa's mittens- on the blocking board
Dad H's mittens- done (completely!)
J's Teacher's hat- done - I really liked the pattern- here is a photo of Nate wearing it and looking like a hoodlum
Linda K's socks- done-
Eileen's socks- done (really a birthday present, but I'll count it anyway)
So, I was finishing up on a pair of mittens this past week and DH said, I really need to buy myself a new hat, mine is too tight and it always feels like it os going to squeeze off the top of my head. He meant his store bought knit hat- I just looked at him. How many millions of hats do I have to knit in front of the guy before he realizes I know what I'm doing? Buy a hat? is he insane. I have a stash that is threatening to take over the living room completly (and would if I had all of fiber in there as well. One advantage of owning a fiber mill, you can sort-of hide your fiber stash admist the bags of wool and no one is the wiser- you just call it "inventory") and he thinks he needs to buy a hat?
Thursday, December 14, 2006
I didn't have the best of weeks, so imagine how thrilled I was when I got this in the mail from Austria!
Three beautiful skeins of handpainted yarn in a really pretty pink and orange colorway, and a pair of wristwarmers and toys for the brats. You may notice the toys again didn't make it to the photo. They loved it and so did I- Thanks so mucjh- the yarn is beautiful and I'm going to save it for something special for me.
The holiday knitting is coming to a close. I finished knitting the cardigan for my Mom, it needs finishing however. I knitted a pair of socks for MIL, my sister Eileen and my boss. They are all complete. I knit a scarf for my SIL and I made up and knit a pattern for felted hunters mittens for the FIL. I have to make two more pairs, maybe three for the rest of the guys.
My hands hurt. I have been getting up at 4am to knit for a few hours in the morning and I think I like it. My stomach doesn't like all the coffee, but I'm feeling peppier than I have in a while. When this is done, I'm making myself a cardigan, dammit!
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Used to be things got busy in August and it died out in mid-oct only to get busy again in March. well things are still crazy and it is all of my own fault. I was warned not to do a good job, they just find more for you to do.
Today sucked- really sucked. Last Saturday, I was all set to go to spinning guild- I hadn't been in over a year. I pay the dues and then never go, so I had Tim watch the kids and I was all set to go. Then the car wouldn't start, so I speant all day watching Vanity Fair- the BBC one and knitting on Eileen's socks. So Tim figured out what was wrong with the car, so valve was sticky and said I needed to get a tune up
So I took it in this morning- now I owe them $542 and my ride to the dealership went home sick today
Then I got a call from the school that Nate my youngest threw up at school and I needed to come get him- well no car to go, called the college where Tim works- they don;t know where he is- called MIL, she was all set to go and we finally found Tim
Now I feel sick- $542 for car repairs! just before the credit free christmas? I hope those kids understand why Mommy has nothing under the tree this year. Can I knit more things in just 26 days? I suppose easy fun fur scarves won't make it for all of the neices and nephews will it? Does the dollar store sell anything I can pass off as a real gift?
Monday, November 27, 2006
First and foremost, I want to give a huge thankyou to my sp9 spoiler! I got the below all beautifully wrapped and shipped all the way from Austria! The socks fit great and I can't wait to use the yarn. What is missing from the photo are the gifts she even sent the boys- they grabbed and used these great little puzzles before I could get the photo taken. Thank you so much!
Monday, November 06, 2006
So, in general it was a lousy week, followed by a worse weekend, so the bright spot of getting goodies in the mail was a bright spot indeed! I'm at home on dial-up so I'll have to add the phnoto tomorrow
We also got our first snow last week, on the 2nd, most of it is gone now, but it was definately there-
Thursday, October 19, 2006
In other news, I am going to Baltimore for a couple of days to a confrence next week and I look forward to finding new yarn to play with.
Saturday night we are taking the kids to the Welsh heritage festival at Green Mountain College in Poultney, VT. We processed a bunch of thier fiber one year and we have always wanted to attend the festival. With Brenda Dayne now in Wales, I feel like a welshwoman already-
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? I really enjoy wool over everything else. I dislike knitting with eyelash yarns or anything with trailing sticky things.
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? I have a roll up case for my straight needles and I’m trying out a solution for my circulars, but generally they all end up in a basket where I keep all of my tools and notions, mixed in with half used balls of yarn and other detritus of knitting.
3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I would call my self an advanced intermediate. I’ve tried almost everything to varying degrees of accomplishment. I am self taught from a Coats and
4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Not yet
5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.) I don’t like scented things, they give me a headache. If I had to choose one, cotton from Yankee Candle
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? I like M&M, and can’t eat dark chocolate
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I spin, and felt. I teach fiber arts to a group of elementary kids, so I generally learn new things to teach to them like braiding or beading, but I wouldn’t have sought them out on my own.
8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) I like instrumental and soundtracks, I have an ipod and listen to audible books and podcasts when I commute.
9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand? I like greens, blues and purples to wear, but I also have a thing for reds, pinks and oranges. It depends on the day.
10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? I have a husband and two boys, 7 & 9. we have two barn cats, 9 shetland sheep and some chickens
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? I wear scarves, hats and mittens, and shawls- not ponchos. I live in upstate NY and the weather here can get pretty chilly!
12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? Socks at the moment, but I have been doing a sweater that I am enjoying
13. What are you knitting right now? I am working on Christmas kntting, a sweater for my mom, the last sleeve is started at last, I have a pair of socks on the needles for my MIL and a I have an afghan I have started for my oldest son. He likes cozy things.
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? I love handmade gifts
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? I use all of the above and it depends on the project. I’ve always used Addi’s, but recently discovered the KnitPicks needles and they seem to be working out for socks. I like sharp points
16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? I have both and love them very much
17. How old is your oldest UFO? Well I never finished the sweater I started when I was 15, but I finally threw it out. I have a sweater I started from handspun two years ago and ran into design issues. Someday I need to revisit it and finish it.
18. What is your favorite holiday? Halloween, it was when my husband and I met
19. Is there anything that you collect? Dust and yarn
20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? I would like to get one of the Cat Bhordi’s books on the mobius techniques. I have subscriptions to most of the knitting magazines around.
21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? I am taking a class on steeking in November
22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? I am a sock knitter and I wear a size 10- no idea what the measurement is
23. When is your birthday? (mm/dd) 09/13- just past!
Friday, September 29, 2006
If you do items by seller, my seller name is Highlyn- bid away- this means toys for the kids under the tree this year-
Thursday, September 28, 2006
here are my answers to the Sock-ret pal questions. I have to work on my wish lists.
How long have you been knitting? 22 years, but I got back into it about 4 years ago- I’ve been spinning for the past 15 years pretty consistently.
Do you consider yourself a beginning sock knitter, an intermediate, or have you been doing this so long you could probably knit a pair in your sleep? A high intermediate I guess, I don’t have to look at the pattern anymore unless I’m branching out into a new style.
While your pal may ask for some additional info to ensure a great fit, please provide your shoe size, or any other fitting related info you think is pertinent. Sorry, wms size 10. Big feet
(fiber related) Favorites:
What colors do you love? Lately I’m into pink, but I also like greens.
Do you prefer solids or variegated? variegated
What fibers do you most love to knit with? wool
Who do you consider your favorite yarn vendors? My
What projects (other than socks, of course*S*) do you most enjoy knitting? Felted bags, hats, sweaters and I’ve just started into lace knitting, mostly shawls
(fiber related) Dislikes:
What fibers can you not stand to knit with? To wear? I don’t like to knit with cotton, with cotton/wool blend sock yarn as an exception. I don’t like to wear acrylic too much, and I hate things made eyelash and railroad. I’m not much of a novelty user.
What colors would you never wear? I don’t wear much yellow, orange or lime green, not to say I wouldn’t, but they just aren’t in my wardrobe much.
Plastic or Metal? Bamboo or wood? I prefer wood for sweaters, and metal for socks
Circs or Straights? Circs for socks, straight for mostly everything else (depending on the project
DPNs or Magic
Are there any knitting accessories you don't have in your collection but would like? Not that I can think of
Do you have a wish list? If so, please share the link!
Do you like sweet, sour or salty? (or all of the above? *S*) sweet and salty- like chocolate covered pretzels
Do you have any allergies your pal should know about? (Certain foods, smoke, pet hair, etc) no allergies
Favorite scents? Scents you can't stand? I’m pretty sensitive, but I like lavender and lilac and hate vanilla
Do you collect anything (other than yarn and knitting toys of course)? No main collections, but I like hummingbirds and little interesting, funky things
When is your birthday? (month and day is fine!) Sept 13
Do you spin? Dye your own yarn? I both spin and dye my own yarn
Your favorite author/band/vacation spot, anything you think will help your pal know you better...
Favorite authors- Jane Austen, JK Rowling, Sue Grafton, Janet Evonovich, Nora Roberts. I love trashy romance especially if it has a cowboy or babies in it.
Favorite TV- we have been watching old Adventures of Brisco County Jr lately as tv sucks, but I also try to watch Lost and the Amazing Race
Favorite Movie- Pride and Prejudice- the Colin Firth version
Monday, September 18, 2006
So, my one skein swap partner gifted me with a great pay it forward gift. I took a photo and left the camera at home- but it is some hand-dyed merino and beads to spin some beaded yarn- I can't wait to get started!
In other news, I begin teaching fiber arts again today at Nate's school. Last year I taught an hour every Tuesday afternoon, this year I have two hours every other Monday. We can certainly use the extra time. it seemed like the kids learned alot, but they never accomplished anything. So with the time we can tackle bigger projects and I can have some time with each kid. We start today with tie-dyeing and finger knitting with big loops. Another thing I learned is the kids need a lot of finger work before they learn how to hold needles. They lack some fine motor control at thier age- 6-9 so we started doing a lot of braiding and other small objects to increase thier finger control.
I have to go back and redo the whole teaching curicullum soon. I went to AC Moore and dropped a bundle on supplies for this next year. One thing I got intop last year was having no idea what I was going to teach that week and rushing to get it all together on Monday nights, or even Tuesday morning. I need to be more organized about it this year.
I also never put anything away last year and I still have bags of materials all over the living/fiber room with kids half finished projects and unopened bags of beads etc. So, I need to take care of that as well- With everyother week, I least I shouldn't have to scramble as much to come up with fun ideas all the time!
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Well, Karen's sale is still going on and I found some Lorna's Laces Swirl for only $7 a skein, so I bought enough to make the Flower Basket Shawl. Karen threw in a bunch of free patterns also. As I have plans to make my sister a shawl with it- Can I call it Christmas shopping instead of yarn buying? I didn't buy any sock yarn however, so I was behaving on that side of the shop.
Well, then yesterday I stopped at Walmart and bought some Lion Brand Homespun. I admit it I am a yarn snob, I rarely will even look at this stuff. it is my assistants birthday next week and she has been strongly hinting she would like a hand knitted gift. There is no way in hell I'm allowing any of my coveted stash yarn to end up in her house and ultimately in her washer. So, I decided a quick shawl in Homespun is appropiate. If she never wears it or does decide to wash it I won't need to cring when she tells me the story about how she "accidently" felted it. Have I ever mentioned- she's a moron- I hate to say it but it's true- she's a moron and I can't fire her.
So I'm only lying about the yarn buying, not about her being a idiot- that is true
Thursday, September 07, 2006
It is hard to let go of the special school he has been with and let him go to the public school. I know he will be fine, and I'm having a hard time not letting mt trepidation show. We seriously agonized over home schooling this summer. Between my crazy schedule and Tim's adjunct teaching schedule, it just couldn't work out at this point. So, we had to make this decision. He will be fine, I have to trust that I have raised a strong, smart kid who can deal with new situations and will be stronger for this experience.
I realized how sheltered he was at a point earlier this year, we went to McDonalds and Jake was really having a problem with going to the counter to order a McFlurry. So, I have been making a point to have him make phone calls to grandma or friends and talk or to pay for his purchases at Target. He is old enough to begin interacting with the world more fully.
Yes, he will be fine and he will make friends- all will be well- that is what I keep telling myself anyway.
Friday, September 01, 2006
I feel like that home improvement show where they look at the project and then do the great big done! over it- at long last (3 weeks maybe) the dratted Jaywalkers are complete. Things imrpoved after I bought the new KnitPicks needles. Now I think I need the whole set and may ask for them for my birthday.
I stopped the pattern at the leg and did the foot in plain stockinette to get this project complete. I did some k2tog and SSK's to get the stitch number back in line after converting to stockinette and it lined up perfectly with the gusset.
And that goes to show I can indeed make top down socks if I choose to. Good to know-
So, I immediately cast on for the plain widdershins, hated the toes, ripped it back and did the short row toes that I like. I'll try to do the heels widdershins style however. The best part, I used stash yarn for these, some Brown Sheep Wildefoot I have had for years. I tried to knit this 4 or five times and always hated working with it. On the bamboo needles, it split all the time and then I tried on thr Addis and finally gave up. It seems to be working much better on the KnitPicks, these will be a birthday gift for my assistant. I know she won't appreciate them, but maybe it will stop all the poorly veiled hints about me knitting for her. Then I can give a snarky comment back about her socks. Hereis a link to a pair that Nat from KnittingNatty made. I only hope mine come out so well. I think I will do the legs in a lacy rib.
Monday, August 28, 2006
My One-Skein Pal revelaed herself-
Fyberduck aka Sara Morris from Eugene, OR
Fyberduck is an alumnus of University of Oregon in Eugene- Go Ducks!
My older sister Eileen is a duck as well!
Here is her, Sara's blog and a photo of the great mittens she sent! They are hand-dyed dk and I have already used them- We went camping this weekend in the Adirondacks and it has been quite chilly lately-
Thank you Sara!
My one-skein pal also recieved her box of goodies- and here is it on her blog
I find it odd that both my upstream and downstream pals were from the same general area-
I was really pleased with the felted bag I made for my pal and I have bought the yarn to make myself one- I got the cutest button to go with them- I chose the button first and bought the yarn to match.
Monday, August 21, 2006
I spent some time alone this weekend- The kids were with Tim, so I spent some time dyeing sock yarn. I really pleased with the color. It came out as a light to dark periwinkle. First I had to reskein it to a longer length- then soaked it in Synthrapol. I drained it and just covered the yarn with cold water. I was afraid hot would encourage the dye to dissipate too much. This is after 10 minutes of the dye being in the water.
The copper curled thing is the water pipes coming into the washing sink in the fiber mill. Tim designed them, and they work really well.
This is after 30 minutes in the water. I expected the yarn on top of the pipes to suck up the color, but it didn't so I stuck it under water for a minute or so- And here it is hanging on the fence- well this is sideways of course, I couldn;'t get the picture to go the right way- but I'm really happy with the yarn
Friday, August 18, 2006
So, I need to know how to steek to cut the armholes. As this is all in homespun Shetland, I'm a little nervous about doing so- also because of the way I knit it, I can't reclaim all of the colors if I screw it up- so I thought a class would be in order.
That and I've always wanted to visit Webs. I love the website, I can just imagine what it will be like in real life.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
I'm still working on these Jaywalkers. I remember being able to knit a pair of socks in a weeks or so, but these are going on a month and I'm now just turning the heel- I can't wait until till these are done.
I made a commitment to myself to not begin a new pair until these are done, so I'm trying really hard to stick to it. So, I'm a little further along than here, but I will do this even if it kills me. I love the yarn but hate the knitting.
Monday, August 14, 2006
I hate turmoil- I really just feel like going home to hide and knit.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Well, Karen has decided to close her business- as we did the same earlier this year, I know how hard it is- making the deicison once made, was the best thing for us, but making that decision was one of the hardest things I've had to do. Karen, we are all there for you, and I'll miss the shop
good news, the sale begins on August 15th, so the yarn diet is officially over and I actually have some money to spend!
Friday, August 04, 2006
And here is all the yarn I bought in Argentina and Uruguay- minus the skein I sent to my one-skein pal
Despite having bought all this plus a trip to the Periwinkle Sheep about two weeks ago, I realized fair season is in two weeks and I only have one finished project to enter- the cabeled socks below- so I made another quick trip today to pick up some yarns for the coronet hat from Knitty, the wavy scarf from Knitty and the Sophie bag from Magknits- I made one of these already and I love how it came out. i bought a really cute button for the closure and bought the yarn to match the button. I add an Icord loop in the middle for a closure.
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
I had a great time with my students and they got to see a side of me I'm sure they didn't know existed. It was funny, one of my married male students (when drunk) confessed he and a group of other guys ended up a brothel one night and how scared they were- he thought I would be shocked. Well my husband was in the navy and I have to say this guy's story was rally tame-
here we are
I'm in black in the middle with the drink- part of this picture are some of our Argentine hosts as well- they all left at about 2 to go home as they had to work the next day- the rest of us stayed out till 4:30 am- and I still made it to the ferry the next day. This isn't all of the group- 32 of us travelled- only 6 of of us are in the photo
I hate this pattern- I'm working top down (already an issue for me), but I got two socks on two circulars, and having to count every other row is killing me- we are about 4 inches into the leg and already I hate them
And the yarn, Lorna's Laces isn't cheap and it feels wonderful, but I'm not so happy with that either-
Maybe the summer is making me cranky- Oh Albany is up to 91 degrees, maybe we should shut down the office and send everyone home becuase it is too hot out! Hello, its summer- its supposed to be hot- like in winter when the snow comes- hello we get snow in the Northeast-
Monday, July 31, 2006
I'm back- well I've been back nearly two weeks now. I first want to say think you to my one skein secret pal fpr the beautiful handspun yarn- the colors are great and I am in awe of the softness of this yarn. I knew there was a reason I no longer spun. I can't get my stuff to be half that nice. My yarn is all utility yarn - useful, but not pretty. Anyway- thank you so much- I think I will take your advice and make a scarf- it will look great with my winter coat- not hat I want to think about a warm coat on a day like today!
I will post a photo as soon as I unearth the camera from under the pile of mail that is covering it.
Monday, June 19, 2006
I frogged it and started over, only to rip again and turn to toe up's on two circulars and and a different stitch pattern. I'll have to try again, when I have some quiet and a little more patience.
Tim painted the end of the house this weekend, so the kids were driving me mad.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
I wanted to say think you to my one skein pal- I got my package on Saturday and was really pleased! I think I may save it for myself to make a new winter hat! I made one last year out of some Andean silk I got from KnitPicks, I loved the yarn, but it just didn't have enough wool for memory, the brim got all stretched out and it fell off whenever I tried to shovel the driveway. So I have plans for this ball of yarn.
I shipped my package off to my pal and she did recive it and seemed to like it. Next month's will be sent late, I will be in Buenos Aires for 10 days in the beginning of July, so I hope to hit the yarn stores there and buy a whole new stash for myself. I have an extra suitcase I'm bringing just in case. The exchamge rate is 1USD=3 pesos, so $1=$.33 basically- I can get a lot of yarn- Just need to find it!
Nathan (the youngest son) is knitting Dulann Projects with me. I have two hats and neck warmer done, he is trying to make a scarf. His knitting is really coming along. I have been using all stash yarns for theis knitting, so some of it looks a bit intresting, but it will all be warm.
Jake shows no intrest, but likes to play with the ball winder. We had the fiber arts class visit the farm and the mill for the last fiber arts project of the year. Tim sheared one of the sheep that had been at the school all year, and the kids really enjoyed it.
I always have to remember that the basement is also full of fiber, both raw wool and clean roving when I think about buying more-
I have been so busy with the end of the school year here at the University. We all love graduation and seeing the students achieve great things and how happy their families are, but it also exhausting. The worst part in my program is….it isn’t over yet! I still have my students until the end of June.
But, then in the second week of July we are taking a group of 35 of them to
The other great thing is one of my students, Jonathon is traveling to
After graduation was over on Saturday, I stopped at Wool and Word for their fire sale. I bought out all of the BaBa Joes in two different colors to make two cable knit sweaters this winter. I also got more sock yarn (like that was needed!) When I made it home my box from knit picks was waiting and again more sock yarn, and the yarn for Jake’s new needle felted sweater. So, on my day off on Monday I reorganized the wool cabinet,
Part of the end of Spring fun was the Massachusetts Sheep and Wool Fair. This is the only fair we made it to this year as vendors. It is usually our best and we know so many people, it make the fair more fun. Saturday began with the truck breaking down in a mountain road- I was following in the car, so we were stuck for about 40 minutes, until Tim got the truck patched up.
We made it to the fairgrounds and set up in record time, only 40 minutes past when the fair opened, and both sweating profusely (it was a very hot day in the Northeast).
Sales of the colored roving was great on Saturday- we made more than Sat/Sun of the previous year and we picked up quite a bit of processing. Sunday was awful for sales (only 2 customers bought) but picked up loads for processing. I think Sunday was just too hot, no one was buying anything.
I did buy something however, I bought myself a new swift to match my new ballwinder.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
I finally remembered to take photos of my cabeled socks and then remembered to bring the camera in. These are cabeled socks from the Spin Off Socks books. I used our shades roving, split it in half lengthwise and spun each half separetly. I then knit the socks as singles toe-up. I'm really pleased with how they came out.
I'll have them with me in out tent at all of our Spring shows, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Massacusetts.
I'm really looking forward to show season this year.
Tim roo'ed the Soay sheep this past week and it is incredibly fine- I'm looking forward to spinning some of that soon! The weather has been so beautiful lately, I've been trying to get out of the house more. The boys and I have begun geocaching and have been pretty sucessful at getting the cache. Here they are with their first find.
Monday, April 10, 2006
Now once there I doubt they work on it, but at least I gave them a start, and they may remember later some of the steps to create it again.
I loved going to knitting guild on the third Monday of every month, until I realized that the hour drive was cutting into knitting time. That and I was too lazy to leave the house once I was in it. So, I will try the blog thing again. I’ actually joining the one-skein secret pal list, so I will attempt to let people know what is happening in my life.