Wednesday, February 22, 2012

spinning and listing

I was able to finish the last of the hand painted rovings that I did in class. I liked the way that most of them turned out, but i'm not 100% sure of what I'm going to do with the spun and plied yarn. I do know that one of my cats tried to eat/swallow the roving, so I really am thinking of turning them in to cat toys.

I have been listening to the Iron Druid Chronicles on My wife first started listening to the series, and I picked it up on a lark. It it a very well written series, and the narrator is quite excellent.

I still need to re-cast on the socks, as that is the next item that I want to knit.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

It is February again

Hey look it is February again and I'm doing a post. It seems odd that i feel the need to try to blog about the same time every year.
I had another successful year knitting Christmas presents, but I believe that was the last year where I'm going to try to knit something for everyone.  There is just only so many hats, scarves, mittens, etc. that one group of people can have.
I went to a winter retreat in Ashville, NC, and learned to hand pant roving.  It was a roving sampler with angora, llama, white wool, and brown wool.  I have spin up two of the samples, and I have started the third.  I also took a class on cardboard looms, and did a small sampler.
I started my first pair of socks, and they failed.  I tried two at a time on two circulars, but my yarn ended up going in all of the wring directions and at least one of the socks was having some bad laddering.  I'm going to try them again soon, but I think I want to finish spinning up the hand panted roving samples first.

Friday, February 12, 2010

A slacker I am

Well it has been a year since i have posted. I would say that time flys, but I know that I could have made the time to be better about posting.

As a quick catch-up, last spring I did some knitting, and freelance work. In June I got a contract job, which I’m still working. Starting in October I knitted my fingers off trying to get all of my holiday knitting done, and I was actually mostly successful.

And now for more details.

While I did enjoy some of the freelance work, there were many parts of it that were frustrating. I think one of my biggest problems was that I accepted too many projects, so I had to work longer hours than I wanted to make progress on the projects. Also I found out that communicating with international clients proved to be more challenging than I was initially expecting.

The contract position that I got is working for A.D.A.M. I was initially brought in to finish out another person’s contract, which was supposed to expire at the end of June. The contracts are 3 months long, and as of right now I will be here through the end of March.

Since this is supposed to be mostly a knitting blog, now it is time to talk about fiber. This year for presents I knitted a hot water bottle cozy, 2 scarves, 3 pairs of glove-mitts and two gift card holders. I’m sure I’m missing one or two items. I had to re-knit one present as one of the pairs of glove-mitts was too small for my father-in-law. This year I’m hoping not to have the same knitting time crunch. I have already started the knitting for this year’s presents. I would love to be able to do one present a month, but I’m already a month behind for that goal due to the re-knit.

In November we lost our oldest kitty. She was 17 years old, and the only one of our cats that my wife had before she met me. Early this year we started to notice some strays in the neighborhood. One of them looked a lot like the one we lost, so we started to feed them. As we got more and more to show up, a total of about 6, we decided we should be responsible and get them fixed. My wife found a place that will spay/neuter and administer a rabies vaccine to feral cats for $20. So far we have taken 5 in to get fixed. One of them obviously was a pet at one time and he is currently residing with us. He is still on probation, but depending on how he gets along with the other cats at the end of the month, he will most likely stay.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

fiber, toes and cats

Well I have finished my first skein. I still have a lot of the roving to spin, but my first spindle got too full for me to spin any more. I Andean plied it. I think I may use it to knit a hot water bottle cozy.

Before I get to the ugly pictures, I was out walking around the house and saw these crocuses. They are about a week and a half old now, but it has been really nice outside lately, and I couldn't resist the picture.

So earlier this week I tried to step over a chair and struck my toe in it. I got a nasty bruise, but my wife and I don't think I broke it, it was still rather sore for that day. The first picture is what it looked like a few hours after I hit it, and the second picture is what it looked like the next day.

We have five cats, so I figured I would introduce some of them. First is Dewi. She is the smallest of our cats, weighing in at only twelve pounds.

Next is Hammie. He is the youngest of our fur-kids and quite often hyper.

Pala is our fat kitty. She loves to sleep and cuddle, and is happiest when she can do both at the same time.

Matahari is the last one in this round. He is about seventeen pounds and loves to lay on my lap, or at night, on my chest.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

knitting, spinning, work and fish

My knitting has been progressing.  I have finished the red band that was in my last post, as well as the white band and I'm starting on a black band.  As I get further along  will take another picture.  I am about halfway through the broken rib scarf.  I have started another scarf, a 3x3 rib, that will be a Christmas present for a another extended family member.

I was putting away some of my Christmas presents and found a book on spinning yarn that my wife gave me.  This got me to want to try my hand at spinning again.  I have taken a few classes in the past, so I grabbed one of my spindals and some roving that I bought many years back.  I'm still having some issues with a consistant thickness, but it should be some interesting yarn when I'm done.  I have no idea what I'm going to do with the yarn, but practice isn't a bad thing.

I got my first freelance project done.  I was having trouble maing sure that I was working on the project effectively, so I started moving the office from the spare bedroom upstairs to the living room downstairs.  One of my first projects in this move was to shift the aquarium.  This is a 55 gallon tank that my wife bought for me many years ago.  I had it running for a while, and i ended up letting the fish die.  It was in a room that we hardly used, and as you can see it started to get some nasty hard warter stains.  I'm going to need a bit of time to get the aquarium cleaned before I can refill it.

Monday, January 26, 2009

silly and odd songs

I was listening the the Cast On podcast today and she played a song that I liked called "Code Monkey" by Jonathan Coulton.  I find this musician very funny, but admittedly I have a rather twisted sense of humor.  Some of his other songs that I like are "Re: Your Brains", "Ikea", "Mandelbrot Set", "Bacteria" and "That Spells DNA".

Sunday, January 25, 2009

knitting updates

I have gotten a bit done on the baby blanket for which I was commissioned.  It is turning out rather nicely I think.  It currently measures about 10.5 inches across, and the request was for it to be about 48 inches square.

The other project that I'm working on is a scarf for a friend of the family.  It is the first present that I'm knitting for Christmas.  

It is an early start, but I have a few small, easy travel knitting projects for Christmas presents, so I'm using them as filler knitting, when I have only short periods of time to knit.