Thursday, May 26, 2005

Spinning and shawl..

I have been having a bit of success with my drop spindle. On my third attempt I have produced something that looks more like yarn. I am using the pinkish fiber from the beginning kit.It seems easier to spin than the other. I have been reading about spinning on the Internet. There are some wonderful sites out there. I am trying to locate a Spinning Guild in my area. So far...I have been coming up with links that are very old. I think many of the Guilds have disbanded.I know some day I want a spinning wheel. I can feel a whole new addiction coming on. I have been eyeballing these gorgeous Bosworth spindles. They seem to have a great reputation. If anyone out there has one, please let me know how you like it? I posted a few pictures of the Trellis Shawl. The pictures are not very flattering. It really is a beautiful shawl and has a nice drape. I will try to get someone to model it for a picture. Obviously , you have figured out...I hate to have my picture taken. I joined Weight Watcher a few weeks ago. I have been using the flex point part of the program. This morning was my meeting. I lost four pounds for a total of 9.2 pounds. I was very excited because I had worked hard at writing everything down that I ate for the week. I have quite a bit to lose. I set a goal for 25 pounds as my first goal. I am taking it one day at a time. It is amazing how psychological the whole weight issue is. I feel so much thinner already just eating healthier. I have planned out my weekend so I can stay on program. My stepchildren are driving up from Pennsylvania. Today has been the sixth straight day of rain. I am so hoping it clears for the weekend. They always like to go to Hampton Beach. I think I will do a little Sun Dance around the living room tonight. Hope everyone enjoys their holiday weekend, whatever your plans.

Trellis Shawl/

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Monday, May 23, 2005

Quick Post

Just wanted to write a quick post about my spinning attempts. I had some time this evening to break out the beginning spinning kit. I played around with the top whorl spindle for about a half hour. It is quite a bit of fun. I produced a small amount of somewhat lumpy yarn. I think with practice I am really going to enjoy this. I am going to play around with it after work tomorrow. I finished a great shawl for Adrienne. It is a crocheted "Trellis Shawl". A very simple V stitch which has a gorgeous result. I will post some pictures tomorrow evening. I am also working along on a pair of socks to put away for next Christmas. Annie over at Knitty Gritty had a great post today. She linked to This blog. You have to scroll down and read some of her earlier posts. I could not stop laughing when I read the Barbie and Ken post. Some very funny stuff.... I am off to bed . I have a busy day at the shop tomorrow. Sleep well friends.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Wonderful Surprise....

I am trying to load a picture, of the wonderful surprise that arrived in the mail.It is a beginning spinning kit with a top whorl. There are two types of fibers and an awesome book. It came from a place called Mount Ampato Alpacas in Trotwood ,Ohio. The note said it was from a friend who would like to remain anonymous. I thought it might be a final gift from my Secret Pal 4 partner. I have not heard back from her as of yet. I would like to thank who ever sent this package. I have wanted to learn to spin for quite awhile. I am hoping to play around with it on my day off. It was a great surprise and really made my day.

Saturday, May 14, 2005


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I want my Gmail!

I have not been able to log into Gmail for over two days.It is the account I use for all my knitting and blogging endeavors. I am in the throes of Gmail withdrawal.If you have dropped me a note? Please know I am not ignoring you. How dependent we have become on our computers. I finished the Truly Tasha Shawl. She has all her ends woven and is ready for a picture. I hope to get one of my nieces to model it for me. I just casted a pair of socks on the needles. I usually have a pair going with other projects. I am using some Sock it to Me in the Moonlit Lake color. I really like this yarn. The socks I made for my sisters and nieces have really held up. My younger sister throws her and the girls in the washer and dryer. There has been no pilling. Once the yarn is washed it really softens up. If you are in need of a smile today.... Hop on over to Kim's blog. Can you see what is nestled in the picture of that gorgeous yarn. I am such a sucker for anything furry. I just loaded some pictures of our visitors last night. My husband works second shift, so we are night owls. The pictures below were taken at 2:30 am this morning. My husband heard something out on the deck. It seems these guys were hungry. I have had flying squirrels that we had been feeding at night. We had bought this feeder just for them. I am sure they were not happy when the raccoons came a visiting. If I don't feed the flying squirrels separately, then they empty all my other feeders. We also have a pair of geese and six little gosling that are on our beach every day. I will try to get a picture of them too. I think I will head off and surf some blogs. Have a great day.

Saturday, May 07, 2005

The Eternal Edging....

I am working on the edging of the Truly Tasha shawl. The edging really makes this simple shawl beautiful. I have worked for about 10 or 11 hours on this edging. I have two thirds left to finish. This is going to be a warm and practical gift for my mother in law. She gets very chilly in the evening. I can picture her wrapped up in this beauty. I also started a Pinwheel Baby Blanket. I am making this one in acrylic , so it will be machine washable. It is a nice easy project to take anywhere. I picked up my new glasses on Monday. They are my first pair of bifocals and have the Progressive lens. I have been having a heck of a time with them. Especially at work.... Looking in the mirror then dropping my head to cut hair. I have been nauseous all week. I knew it was the head bobbing that was the problem. During a haircut, I need the mirror and to be able to look down. I went and had them adjusted yesterday. The distortion seem better. I also have a stigmatism in both eyes. I really want to get used to these lenses.I have been faithful in wearing them all week. It is funny.... My fear of bifocals was falling down. That is not a problem at all. Wish me luck as I plod along. It seems many people in blogland are at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. I imagine they are having a ball. Maybe next year I will try to go.It is another rainy weekend her in New Hampshire. I believe this is the fourth weekend in a row. I don't think I will be buying flowers anytime soon.I also revealed myself to my Secret Pal this week. It was the lovely Liz from Dalai Mama. I really enjoyed sending her things. I had accidentally left my signature on an email when Secret Pal started. It was one of those automatic signatures from Yahoo. So , she knew off the bat I was her Secret Pal. Jacqueline wrote her and told her she assigned her a new pal. So ,I was very careful to not reveal myself again. She says I fooled her , so that makes me happy. Well... I am off to put on some coffee and catch up on some knitting. Have a great weekend friends.

Truly Tasha Shawl/


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