Friday, February 29, 2008

I almost forgot!

To blog that is. :) But here I am, getting it done. And I have pictures! Yay!

Here is the bamboo batt I spun up from Loop. It came out so nice!

Here is my Rocky Road batt spun up as singles.

And my Toxic, Navajo plied, superwash Merino.

Here's what is currently on the bobbin:

It's Raspberry Dreams by sugarbeestudios. It's a merino/silk mix, very nice!

Last, but not least, my completed 5 Spiral Hat!

I used handspun BFL dyed by Selah. I love it and I have received a few compliments, so that makes me happy. :)

Still on the needles is the Lucy Bag for my swap partner. It's coming along nicely.

I will also be starting on my square here in the next few days.

That's it for now, I have a toddler crawling on me!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Behind on my blogging....

And no pictures this week, sorry. I need to get something up for the swap. :)

Currently on the bobbin is my bamboo batt from Loop. Lovely, lovely. I think I may finish it up this weekend. I'm spinning it pretty thin and am hoping it will hold up while plying.

On the needles is the Lucy Bag for the HSKS swap. This was so frustrating to get started! I ended up using my bamboo needles after all. You cast on 8 stitches to start, 2 on each needle. It took many tries before I could get going on it. But now it's going nicely and I'm hoping to have it finished by next weekend. I've been taking it with me to knit here and there in the car.

I went to the knit-in tonight, it was great. Had a lot of fun and bought some very pretty batts to spin up. They're a silk/Merino blend. Tomorrow I am going back to the shop to try out the Little Gem. I am loving Fidelis, but I'm not sure I'll be able to get the fine yarn I'm now wanting to do in order to get a plied worsted or sport weight. I'm going to bring Fidelis with me to show off. Maybe I'll get some spinning done while I'm there.

So, I listed my embroidery machine and coverstitch/serger machine on eBay. The embroidery machine already has a bid. I honestly feel kind of bad selling them. Because I start thinking, what if I want to use them down the road. But I've been saying that about the embroidery machine for a year or so now. And I've had the coverstitch machine for 9 months without ever using it once. Two impulse buys.

My spoiler sent me a gift this week. A Gryffindor frame. It has Harry, Hermione, and Ron on it. Very cool and a great surprise! Thank you swap spoiler!!

I finally withdrew from my classes today. Fortunately I made it within the deadline to get a W instead of a F.

I made chili for dinner tonight and it was very good. I tried a different recipe for the slow cooker and it called for 12 oz of beer. I personally prefer my chili sweet, so I added some brown sugar to my bowl, but Ryan likes his not sweet and liked it a lot as is. It'll make great leftovers tomorrow. I'm thinking nachos. Yum!!

I think that's it for this week. I promise to have pictures next week. I have 2 completed yarns that need to be photographed, plus the Loop batt will be done too.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Quidditch Quiz #2

Quidditch ~ Round Two

Please post these answers to your blogs before the Snitch is released. Once the Snitch is found the questions will be removed and the game ends.

1. With whom does Ginny go to the Yule Ball?
a. Neville

2. When Harry arrives at the Burrow and Mrs. Weasley makes them all dinner the night before they leave for the Quidditch World Cup, what does her wand turn into?
a. rubber mouse

3. Since some of the sixth-year girls didn't have any quills on them, what did they think Krum might sign their hats in?

c. lipstick

4. How old does the Quick Quotes Quill say that Rita Skeeter is?
a. 43

5. What color cloak is wormtail wearing in the Riddle house?

b. Black

6. What color is "Mad Eye" Moody's magical eye?

d. Blue

7. What color are the robes that Rita Skeeter was wearing when Harry meets her at the Weighing of the Wands ceremony?

b. Magenta

8. What does Sirius Black tell Harry, Ron and Hermione to call him when speaking around anyone else?

b. Snuffles

9. Which team beat Wales, disqualifying them from competing for the Quidditch World Cup?

c. Uganda

10. What does Madame Maxime say is the only thing her steeds will drink?

c. single-malt whiskey

Picture Hunt
Goblet of Fire
Madam Maxime
Dragon from first challenge
Viktor Krum
Madam Pomfrey

Friday, February 15, 2008

No spiffy title today!

Sometimes titles just don't come to me. I don't have any theme for today, so no title. Thank goodness this week was better than last week. E is supposed to be in bed sleeping, but I hear him playing in his room. Oh, now he's at the gate, sitting so I think he thinks I cannot see him. Hmm...

Here is some of what I've finished up this past week.

BFL top dyed by Selah in their Thoughtful colorway; navajo plied.

Corriedale/Romney batts; natural color; navajo plied.

Romney in natural brown; singles.

Nothing currently on the bobbin, as I finished up plying the Corriedale/Romney last night. I am planning on starting my Rocky Road batt today.

On the needles, the same Calorimetry from last week! I finished it, it was way to wide. So, I frogged the whole thing and started over. I haven't been giving it a whole lot of attention, which is why it's not finished yet. I did buy a button for it from Knitwitz though. I'm going to bring it with me to the knit in tonight. Something easy and relaxing to work on. This weekend I am definitely casting on for my HSKS bag. I couldn't find my size 10.5 needles, so ordered some Harmony ones from Knitpicks. Yesterday I found my 10.5 needles, but want to wait to use the Harmony ones. :) I also volunteered to make an 8x8 square and need to buy the yarn for that soon.

This morning I cut and pinned 2 diapers and soakers. I'm making 2 Fattycakes fitted pockets. This weekend may be a sewing weekend. I need to get the pillows done for my mom too. I finally got the coverstitch machine threaded the other day. I probably will not be selling my serger. That coverstitch machine is a PIA to thread and I do not want to mess around with trying to thread the serger part and switching back and forth. I am so glad I finally got it threaded correctly though.

Well, I really think that's it for today, nothing exciting. Maybe I'll have more to post next week. :)

Friday, February 8, 2008

Thank Goodness It's Friday

But does that really mean anything to a SAHM? E has been pretty horrific this week. Monday and Tuesday were the worst, but it's been very trying all week.

Well, I took pictures the other day of what I had on the bobbin. That is when I was originally going to update my blog. However, it didn't happen. So today I only have pictures of what was on the bobbin a couple of days ago.

It's not quite half a pound of Louet Corriedale. I still have to finish up the rest of that half pound and I have another half pound to spin. Then I am going to ply them together and probably dye the yarn. It's pretty thin and is taking a while to spin up.

When I took that bobbin off, I spun up some dyed BFL. I had 6 oz, very nice stuff! It's from Selah, in their Thoughtful colorway. I split it in half on two bobbins and am going to ply it. The colors are very pretty.

After I finished that up yesterday, I decided to try out the brown Romney I've been carding. I was going to make it a thicker yarn, but changed my mind. I took off the little I had already done and started over making a more worsted weight yarn. It's very nice, I love this fleece. I bought if from hiramst on eBay. I have bought a few things from her, she is an excellent seller. I think I am going to use the yarn to make the Malabrigo Loafers. I think it'll be nice and squishy.

Here is what is currently on the needles. Handspun from Spunky Fiber Club's Snow Squall. It's a Calorimetry from Knitty. I've been wanting to make one for a while. I think I may finish it today.

I still have my mom's slippers on the needles as well. I need to get them finished up already.

This weekend I think I'll be casting on for my HSKS bag. I bought 3 skeins of Malabrigo for it, but I need to exchange one of the colors. My other goodies for the swap are arriving. The sock yarn and stitch markers are here and the needles are on their way. I really wanted to look at the sock yarn ( and maybe pet it some!), but the seller, Crazy4Dying, packed it up so nice, I don't want to open it. The stitch markers, from sunneshine, are also very nice. I hope my swap partner thinks so too! I am also planning on some edible treats and, since my swap partner is a spinner, I'm going to dye up some roving for her. I have also found some cool decorations for her bag from this eBay seller, intergalcatic. I have not ordered them yet, but will be. The seller is in FL, so shipping should be quick.

BTW, have I mentioned that my 2 year old is making me crazy this week?!?

Oh, my Rocky Road batt from butterflygirldesigns came yesterday. It's so soft and pretty. I don't want to spin it right away though, I want to wait and see exactly what I want to do with it. I am also waiting for this batt from Loop. How pretty is that? I can't wait to see it.

So, I think that is all that is going on right now. I'll get more handspun pictures for next weeks update. I am loving spining!