Archive for April, 2009

Rain, rain, go away

Posted in Uncategorized on April 19, 2009 by needlefingers

Tonight, we have been receiving what I believe can be called a toad-strangler.  The ditches in town were full, spilling into the roadway, which makes a really good splash when you drive a 4×4 truck through it.  This does not bode well for Ramblin’s turkey hunt this weekend.

I believe I owe the blog readership some photos of the roving haul I got from The Loopy Ewe for my birthday, courtesy of Ramblin and Brando.

Loopy birthday haul

Loopy birthday haul

Clockwise from top left: Enchanted Knoll Farms BFL in Rainbow Stew, Creatively Dyed Ocean in Black Rock, Gale’s Art Alpaca Silk (particularly yummy!) in Deep Blue Sea, and Tempted SoySilk/Wool in Faded Love.  Do you need to see them closer?  Of course you do.

Deep Blue Sea

Deep Blue Sea

Black Rock

Black Rock

Rainbow Stew

Rainbow Stew

Faded Love

Faded Love

So, add this to all the roving I bought last week, and Needles needs to get on the ball and get the Parrots roving done, so that she can play with all the new goodies (plus all the other stuff from the past two years).

I did finish some socks today.

Salida Socks

Salida Socks

They fit great, I think they are beautiful, but man, I have got to take a break from such fiddlely socks!

By working on a fiddlely sweater.

Andy cardigan sleeve starts

Andy cardigan sleeve starts

In less than three weeks, we will be on vacation.  Eeeeeee!!!!!!!!

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I have a plan

Posted in Uncategorized on April 13, 2009 by needlefingers

I talked to my graduate advisor today, and I now have the rest of my degree mapped out, with an estimated time of completion of December 2009.  Wow.  Wow.  Wow. (It’s fun if you imagine that being said by Christopher Walken.)

Summer 2009 – I will be taking Multimedia Applications and Instructional Technology Theory and Practice (which is less than one month in duration – I could be crazy), the last two classes for my concentration

Fall 2009 – I will be completing a Culminating Project: designing an Online Student Orientation course with accompanying research paper, and be taking two, count ’em two, four-hour comprehensive exams.  My graduate committee will evaluate the project and paper, plus review my comprehensive exams, and fingers crossed, approve it all.

I could be done with this in about eight months.  Wow.  Wow.  Wow.

Then let the celebrating begin.

Greencastle 2009 – get ready for pictures

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on April 12, 2009 by needlefingers
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Because ya gotta know who your peeps are.

Greencastle was cold, once again.  Greencastle was also awesome, once again.

There were critters.

There were goodies.

The Unforgettable Yummy Nuts

The Unforgettable Yummy Nuts

Strawberry pie from Almost Home

Strawberry pie from Almost Home

(It should be noted that while the above pie is from Almost Home, sadly we forgot they require reservations, and only got dessert to go.)

And then there was yarn.

Briar Rose Fibers Wistful yarn

Briar Rose Fibers Wistful yarn

Knitting Notions Sock Yarn in Dark Rose, Thyme, and Dusk

Knitting Notions Sock Yarn in Dark Rose, Thyme, and Dusk

What’s important to note about this is that Knitting Notions is the inaugural selection in Ragged and Needlefingers Sock Yarn Un-Club.  The club came about from the two of us really wanting to be in a sock club to try new yarns, but not willing to commit to the possibility of yarn we might not be thrilled with.  How does the club work?  About every other month (or whenever we feel like it), we’ll take turns picking different yarn dyers we want to try, and each of us will purchase the color of our choice.  That’s it.  Want to join our Un-Club?  Just go buy stuff from Catherine.  We don’t get any kind of benefit from it, we’re just looking for neat new yarns to try.  (Interesting coincidence – when I told her my zip code, she commented that I was from southern Illinois.  Her husband is from a town 15 miles from where I grew up.  Small world!)

The middle skein is actually part of another of our schemes, a not-so-secret pal swap.  And since I picked out the yarn (which Ragged confirmed she would have totally picked for me), the yarn was not-so-secret either.

And finally, there was fiber.

Exquisitely Angora merino-angora

Exquisitely Angora merino-angora

Exquisitely Angora silk brick

Exquisitely Angora silk brick

The above fibers are from the woman I credit for inspiring me to spin.  I met Rosalie at an art and craft fair, and she had the most beautiful handspun fibers.  I bought two bags of fiber that day, even though it would be two years before I found a group to learn from.  It had been years since I had been to her studio, so it was wonderful to see her again.

And finally, an arrival on Saturday was icing on the cake for my fiber acquisition. (okay, so maybe it’s big enough to be the whole cake on its own)

fibers from Rivers Edge Weaving Studio

fibers from River's Edge Weaving Studio

From left to right are two braids of merino-seacell, three braids of merino-silk, and a braid of BFL.  Loverly.  I want to spin it all.  Now.

And last, but certainly not least, my traveling companions – Jenny from the Blog and Ragged, thanks for making the trip so much fun.  With good company, the wind wasn’t quite so cold (okay, it was still really cold, but we persevered), the road wasn’t quite so long, and the Wisdom of Ellen was ever so apparent.

Surprise – it’s a post

Posted in Uncategorized on April 2, 2009 by needlefingers

Ramblin’ reminded me that I needed to post, so, um – hi.

I’m still somewhat overwhelmed by Mom’s situation, but there isn’t a single thing I can do about it, so I just have to toss that one to The Universe.

I’ve made another speedy baby blanket.

Squishable.

I’ve been working on some socks.

Salida Socks

Salida Socks

Yes, more fiddlely stitches.  I would swear the next pair will be simple, but you just never know.

And I’ve finally found the perfect sweater for my Dream in Color Dusky Aurora.

I’m using the pattern for Andy from Knitty, but obviously, I’m not doing multiple colors.  I think it’s going to be quite striking in the single colorway.

We’ll be going to the Fine Dining Friday where I work.  This week it’s from the Pacific Northwest region.  I’m pretty excited about the whole meal.  Review to follow.   Eventually.

Next week brings The Fiber Event in Greencastle, In.  Finally.  I thought it would never get here, although with all the other excitement, it’s just about snuck up on me.

April promises to be as much of a whirlwind as March.  And May – whew.  Tape your ankles.  :)