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Wheels Wednesday

I am mixing things up a little (and not just by posting more than once a week :D) this weeks Wheel Wednesday is a variation on the theme. Instead of showing you the latest lovely on the wheel I am going to show you my newest wheel.  Yes you read that right, not only did I manage to snag an awesome new spindle (thanks again Ms. Marja!) but I also am now the owner of three wheels…Well sort of. You may remember that I have owned a lovely little Kromski Prelude for almost three years.

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My new wheel, Beatrice.

In the past year I managed to gain an additional wheel, a Honeybee double treadle.

20140219_130615Which brings the count up to two for those playing along at home. The newest wheel was in fact a belated birthday present from my in-laws. My father in law actually spotted it in a shop and managed to get it for a great price.

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The wheel is a little worse for wear, but nothing completely out of sorts. It came with tons of accessories, distaff, linen bowl ect. It also seems that it could be usable with a little TLC, but there is only one small problem… the wheel itself.

 

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It’s in fact a child’s wheel. I have put it next to the Prelude (a small wheel to begin with) as comparison. So maybe it would be fair to say I have 2.5 wheels?

In reality I know very little about the wheel, the previous owner(s) ended up attaching these weird ornamental bell type pieces ( I can’t imagine there were put there originally.) The in-laws were awesome and had taken the thing to their local yarn shop and the owner wasn’t positive but thought that there was a strong chance it wasn’t a reproduction…so wise and knowledgeable readers out there. Do any you have any guesses? No markings, or if there are they are covered by varnish (I hope it’s varnish and not legit paint, but some people’s kids and all.)

Anyway happy Wednesday!

Where to Start?

Readers, I have a new pretty to show you. Thanks to the awesome magic skills of Ms. Marja I am now the proud new-to-me owner of my very own Bosworth spindle. You may remember my not so subtle coveting of Marja’s Bossie spindle a while ago (hpurchase new (which isn’t terrible by any means.) The hunt continued as I toyed with combos, although I (and Marja) noticed that there seemed to be a severe lack of zebra wood middi’s available. Now of course I didn’t have to have the zebra wood, a Bossie is a Bossie…is a Bossie, but I have always kind of liked zebras and the striping of the wood is just gorgeous. So imagine my surprise when Ms. Marja sent me a quick little note mentioning that she managed to snatch one off a destash and asked if I would like it. I can safely tell you I read the email about three times (very quickly) before responding with a very enthusiastic yes. Thanks to some birthday funds I was able to buy it from her and this past Wednesday I received my lovely.

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I had decided to bring along some fiber I had been saving for a special occasion and this seemed like a great way to break in the new spindle. The fiber is a wonderful braid of Polwarth from Dyeabolical Yarns in the Thunderboom colorway. Ironically this is the second fiber Marja and I managed to by the same color of. The first was at the Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival this past summer. This fiber is a wonderful combo of greens,blues and grays that combine to make some lovely and interesting singles. The astute among you may notice the small ball in the background of this photo, that is the stuff I spun Wednesday night and part of Thursday evening after work. I decided to split the fiber vertically into strips and that ball marked the first strip. I am hoping to chain ply and end up with a lovely striping skein.

I am loving the colors and the spindle and have been spinning pretty much every evening (or day on the weekend) much to the cat’s enjoyment. One seems to be in love with the fiber and another is fascinated with the spindle itself. I do find it funny that at least two of the cats seem to have discerning tastes when it comes to fiber of the three of them one is a sucker for BFL (me too) and now the second one seems to covet the Polwarth (which who could blame him, right?) The last one as of now just seems to think spinning and knitting are a game that he must get involved with and play until I have to chase him off a little ways.

Speaking of cats, the three of them are finally starting to get along fairly well. There have been a few squabbles along the way but 3 months in we achieved a victory. Here;s to some peace in our little corner of the world.

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Just a Hat

Finally something knitted to share! This is the Barley hat, a free pattern on Ravelry. I ended up using handspun and fulling it slightly. The yarn definitely softened with use and another bath, although the dye bled a bit into the water. I made the largest size which was a mistake for a couple of reason. The first being the garter stitch section is way too large for me. That was my own doing I made the mistake of not reading the patterns needle size suggestions well enough and decided to over compensate by making the large size. (With the idea I would full it later. ) Oh well, what can you do? The hat is still warm and I am sure it will be a fine addition to the winter collection.

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Cross Stitch In Progress

Just a little update from the land of the Introverted Knitter. The next round of cross stitch progress for your Friday. I have added the tree branch and the little owl along the top, and ended up shifting a bit from the pattern (again.) Essentially I added some length to the branch the wee owl is sitting on, and I am planning on turning the branch into a tree, forgoing the candy pieces that make up the rest of the little sampler.

So far the cross stitch doesn’t seem to aggravate my hands which is fantastic news as I have been itching for something to do besides reading. Which leads me into random thing number two. I have finished the Game of Thrones Book Two (Clash of Kings) I actually finished about a week ago and have already started on book three. I definitely enjoyed book two more than book one, I think having an investment in the characters made the book zoom along for me. Book three is longer by about 200 and thus far has been a slightly different flavor in terms of story lines. I won’t say much beyond that in terms of plots but I can say that the series itself is very fun and definitely a well thought out “universe.” I would recommend it if you are into fantasy and/or middle ages type of “history.” I will be the first to say it isn’t for everyone, but I do think that the if someone is into that kind of concepts that they should give it a try. As a history/religious studies fan I definitely enjoy aspects of the universe.

In other news my birthday is coming up this weekend and while I tend to avoid any real big celebrations I do think the Giant and I will mark the occasion in some small way, the decision probably being determined with how I am feeling. Anyway happy finally Friday to you all and I hope you have a great weekend.

 

 

What’s in a name?

I always thought that being able to know what was “wrong” with me would make it easier to solve. Well there is a name for what I have been dealing with for the last who-knows-how-long. Fibromyalgia  (a link for those interested) All the pain, tiredness and general feelings of blah do in fact have a name, which is some relief in and of itself, I suppose. Unfortunately knowing is not “half the battle” as some would have you believe. Having a name does allow for a better set of plans in terms of management, but at the same time it doesn’t make it go away.  I am still in the learning phase (and probably will be for a while) but for now it is just a matter of trying to come to terms with the diagnosis as well as the syndrome itself. But in somewhat other news….

Life is moving slowly here at the home of the Introverted Knitter, this past weekend the Giant and I finally found a couch we liked for a decent price for our “formal living room.” In order to prepare for this we had to actually unpack a fair amount of boxes or at least move some of them out-of-the-way. Me being me I decided to take it upon myself to try to DO ALL THE THINGS and promptly sent myself into an exhausted mess. Sunday found me napping/resting for most of the day, it didn’t seem to do much good, but the cats definitely enjoyed having a lap (or legs, or face in one instance) to rest on. Monday found us both at work and news that the Giant’s parents would be stopping by for the evening on their way back from visiting other family. No problem, except it meant attempting to clean and organize the mess from Saturday as well as make space for them to camp out for the night. The Giant certainly did the lion’s share of the work, but I stubbornly tried to help (and drove myself into a further worn out mess.) So Tuesday was a day of pain and fatigue and I ended up leaving work early to come home and sleep, and sleep and you guessed it….sleep.

Speaking of sleep the Giant made an interesting observation the other day concerning this whole diagnosis, after taking a three-hour nap he asked how I was feeling. When I responded that I didn’t feel much better (aka was still exhausted and tired) he said that it’s hard for him to imagine what it must be like to sleep that long and not feel rested. Which for me really drove home the point between healthy and chronic illness. Luckily he is one of the most understanding people I know and has been a great support system through this whole mess.

So how was your weekend?

 

Counting Stitches of a Different Kind

It would appear the desire to craft is still quite present although the method may change depending on the level of energy and pain (or lack there of.) The latest crafty adventure has been occupying my time at the moment.photo (8)

A wonderful little pattern from the lovely ladies at the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. The stitching on this is slow going to be sure (and the weird orange line is not present on the actual cross stitch, so yay for wonky photo skills?)

I have managed to stitch a little bit of the branch for the wee owl, but I might omit the candy bits simply because I like the little couple.

I did make a slight modification to the pattern (which is amazingly easy and wonderful even for a beginner like me) the Lady Frankenstein’s monster was originally in a long white dress, I shortened it by a couple of stitches and changed it to purple, because I wanted to. I also changed the pant color on Mister Frankenstein’s monster, because I didn’t have the original color.

Like I said this pattern is great for a beginner, and I can definitely see me picking up more of their patterns in the future.

How’s your crafting going? Have you branched out lately? Any tips or tricks from those of you who have done cross stitch before?

Until next time.

The Halfway Point

I finally have something to share and not only that, but it is actually fiber related (woohoo!) I have reached the halfway point on a pair of socks, which of course means that I have one whole sock to show you! photo (7)

This beauty was started back in June and has been languishing in the WIP pile for all of summer. I would take it out to be worked on whenever I felt up to the task (which wasn’t often) the sock represents a lot of frustrated moments and times where I cursed my hands for failing me at something like this, but despite all of that I am in love with the thing.

It is the prefect colors for fall, and it makes me ridiculously happy to know that it is finally going to be cool enough to wear it (and its eventual mate.) It’s a little bit of progress that comes out of a sea of a whole lot of nothing, but the sock is a sock, is a sock. Ya know?

Anyway just wanted to share my little victory with you all.

I hope your Monday is off to a good start.

When I don’t Knit

It has been a few days since I even last picked up my needles, even then all I managed was a row before the ache set in. Saturday evening found myself in the midst of watching a couple of movies with the Giant and my dear friend. I was struck once again by how often I really did knit. As we sat watching the movies I felt myself becoming anxious my hands were itchy to do something while my mind was occupied. I pulled out a hand spun hat I have been working on for quite a while now and attempted a row. I barely made it around before the ache set in and I had to place the project aside.

Since I have not been able to knit nearly as much as I would like and so I have been forced to figure out other things to do with my time. The most recent has been reading. I had picked up the first book in the Game of Thrones series back at the end of July and had been reading it on and off for a few weeks making pretty decent progress the more my hands hurt. I managed to finish it already and have started on the second one. No, I haven’t seen the television show although I want to, but I picked up the book more out of a desire to have something pretty thick to sink my teeth into. Growing up I always read. I can remember having multiple books on the go, kind of like how I now keep multiple projects on the go. I would have my easy comfort reading (often something I had read before) which is like how you have a pair of socks going as almost background, something easy light and just enough to keep you busy. I would also have my short reads, which are like those quick projects you knit up for the near instant gratification of having something come off the needles. I had books where you had to have darn near complete silence, like a complicated lace pattern or color-work, and books where it was fun and interesting and seemed to be going great until the next thing you knew you were almost done, just like a prefect project.

Do you ever have multiple books on the go? How about knitting projects?

Holiday Knitting

There are few things as demoralizing as having to rip back a nearly finished sock because of an error way too far back to fix. (I suppose having to rip back two socks might trump that, and in which case I consider myself lucky and should just move on, but we all know I won’t.) This is in addition to the fact that the sock in question is/was meant for the Giant. I can say that having some wine and good friends around does help, but marginally so when one takes into account the fact that I haven’t been able to knit nearly as much lately and so that sock felt even more hard-won than usual. Color me a little bitter.

There is still no word on the cause of the hand issues, although one big thing was ruled out (for now.) Any knitting or spinning has been moving at a glacial pace which is okay, but still frustrating. Reprieve came by way of an unrelated reason, in terms holiday knitting, the  list has shrunk considerably thanks to people opting out of exchanging gifts this year. There are still a few people I plan on knitting for this year which means it’s time to break down and actually see what I have in the stash that would be usable for gifts. As far as I can tell from a cursory look there shouldn’t be a reason to go out and purchase anymore yarn which is good, because I really would like to start using up some of the stash.

Normally around this time I could be found gearing up for (or already in the middle of) holiday projects, but that is also when the list was quite a bit longer.

So far the plan is as follows:

1. Pair of socks for the Giant

2. Pair of socks for MIL

3.Bearded hats for the niece and nephews (4)

4. Dino hat for nephew (1)

5. Some type of hat  for niece (1)

No idea if I will actually be able to accomplish it all this year, between health issues and work there seems to be little time for actual knitting, or even a solid will to knit. This lack of desire has left me feeling rather odd; not quite like myself even. As someone who turns to knitting as way to de-stress and engage my introverted-ness I have felt something serious lacking. Which brings me to my next pointing serious  apologies for the lack of posts, content seems to be running thin and I sometimes wonder if it is better to not post as opposed to posting about nothing in particular. Thoughts?

Thanks and welcome to all the newest followers, I appreciate you taking the time to check out this little corner of the internet.

Blocked Writing

I had a professor who liked to say that there is no such thing as Writer’s block. They elaborated by stating that what we consider writer’s block is some combination of boredom, distraction, or a lack of actually trying. Essentially stating that writer’s block is an excuse. The first time I heard that, I will freely admit that I went from utter joy (believing that the secret to unleashing my creativity in written form was about to be discovered) to a little bit of annoyance (at the simple thought that they were telling me, and all the other students that we were sucking at the whole writing thing) to finally understanding what they meant (at least as far as I can tell.)

I can’t say I wholeheartedly agree with the fact that there is absolutely no such thing as being blocked when it comes to writing, but at the same time it is a little freeing to think that the whole writer’s block is just an excuse. If you are only using writer’s block like an excuse, then, in theory you can over come it, right? As an aspiring writer, who has fallen down the rabbit whole of being blocked I can say that (when not in the moment of sheer frustration because you can’t seem to come up with a single idea for this story) it makes sense. If I am not liking the way my writing is going, because I have either written myself into a corner or (as is more often than not the case for me) when I feel like my writing is utter crap and never going to get published anyway(despite the fact that it is only a first draft and in all actuality you don’t suck as badly as you think,) being able to have a reason for stopping writing can be mighty appealing.

I still say that I have writer’s block, in fact I did just the other day. I suppose in reality what I was trying to say is that I want an excuse for not actually blogging. That work and home had taken a lot of my time and the few hours I have in the evening not working was spent doing something other than thinking of things to blog about, or writing up posts. I wanted to be able to have some real and honest reason that I wasn’t living up to this goal I have for myself (of blogging twice a week.) If I can’t think of content then I can’t think of content and really should I be blamed for that?

What are your thoughts? Is Writer’s Block a real thing? Do you just see it as an excuse? Does your perspective change if you are in the midst of what you consider writer’s block, or after you seem to have broken through?

Let us know what you think in the comments. I look forward to hear from you.

Randomly on Wednesday

Despite my best efforts I seem to suffering from a serious case of writer’s-block and as such the blog has been..well it’s been about as barren as the Tundra in the middle of winter. Apologies for the long absences, the lack of actual knitting/spinning/crafting in general content has caused me to fly low under the radar, that and the fact that there seems to be some sort of lock on my ability to actually come up with anything that I think would interest any of you. I have been told that I can be a bit hard on myself (read critical) and so in an effort to make it up to you (and for a lack of better organization) I present to you all a random list for your Wednesday.

1) I currently have three pairs of socks on the needles, all in various stages of completion.

2) To the previously mentioned socks-in-progress only one has its mate and it is far and away the one I want to work on the least.

3) I also have a shawl, a cowl and a hat currently on the needles and although this doesn’t actually complete the list, they are the only ones that seem to be in the more immediate progress section

4) I say more immediate progress section because the reality is there has been little actual knitting going on over here.

5) Spinning has also become halted, I have yet to start a new braid of anything because I feel my hand spun stash (and well my commercial stash…well no really just my yarn stash in general) has expanded to the point where I need/want to knit some down.

6) This proves a problem because of the whole not knitting much thing.

7) The Giant and I have been working our way through the television show the West Wing lately and while I often lament that I didn’t have a chance to watch it when it was on, I am also realizing that I am understanding and appreciating the wit and brilliance of the writing a lot more as an adult.

8) The writing on that show makes me want to write stories like that. Not necessarily politically based or for a television, but something that grasps the fast-paced intelligence and humor that seems to so subtly creep up in almost every moment.

9) I have also found myself wishing that I would have studied more Political Science in college (I did minor in the subject at least.)

10) I really don’t have much else to say at this point (see lack of content comment above.)

11) Do you have anything you want me to talk about? (See lame attempt to help generate content :) )

 

Finally Something

It seems to have taken forever (okay more like a week and a half) to have something to share with you all. With the laptop being MIA (the giant swiped it for a work trip) to staying busy with work stuff it seems as though there has been little time for much blogging. Crafting on the other hand continued, although it has definitely hit a lag in speed. My latest and greatest piece to show off is my single contribution to TdF (Tour de Fleece for those playing along at home) while I wasn’t officially participating or anything, the amount of time it took me to finish this spin coincided pretty well with the dates of the Tour. The fiber was part of my latest acquisition, I managed to snag two braids from Dyebolical during her pre-Tour sale. 

I chose the Garden of Live Flowers colorway because I felt I needed something completely different than the blue merino that I was (and am) working on. Additionally our Lady Marja (a semi-regular here on the blog and part of the we love Horace fan club) ended picking up the Thunderboom colorway as well and I wanted to see what her’s looked like before I took the dive on mine. 

This braid (and the Thunderboom one) are 100% polwarth which is a first for me. I know that BFL will always hold a dear place in my heart (because why wouldn’t it) but this stuff is seriously hitting a close second for me. I was a little unsure of it in the beginning due in large part to my fear of it being too scratchy/too difficult to spin. Guys? This stuff is like buttah. I don’t know if it was just the awesomeness of Dyebolical Yarns (which I can not rave enough about) or if it is the magical properties of Polwarth, but this fiber produced probably the best skein I have ever made. Seriously. It’s soft and squishy and lovely and I just want to hug it and squish it and call it George..ahem. Anyway trust me when I say that this stuff was wonderful.

And if you don’t trust me just look at this.

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The yarn itself is seen here in it’s post washed state, and can I just say a good bath did wonders (so did a good thwack to distribute the twist) but the best part was the water came out clean. Yes, you read that right, clean as in there wasn’t extra dye to get all over my hands (or my sink.) 

Want another photo of the lovely skein? Of course you do.

 

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This one you can see the edge of some Tabby cat toes, one of them decided they just had to take a nap on my desk and no matter how many times I attempted to move him out of the way I couldn’t manage a decent shot. So let’s pretend this was just for scale and reference…yeah see that totally works. 

Anyway I ended spinning part of this on a drop spindle (I can’t recall if it was Marja’s or mine…let’s be honest if the Bosworth was anywhere near me I probably spun it on that) mainly it was just the first section of green and then the rest was done up on my little Prelude, Beatrice. It’s been a while since I took her out and all and since she is still mine for the foreseeable future I figured why not. I debated chain plying this but in the end due to the color combo and the simple fact that the braid ended up being split pretty evenly in half, I thought why not and went for a 2 ply. 

Yardage clocks in at just around 310 yards which is by far the best for 4 ounces that I have had in awhile (possibly ever.)

I am debating about turning it into a nice squish cowl, a little shawl, a hat and mitten combo or leaving it as is and using it as a threat for any fiber that attempts to give me grief (I am looking at you blue merino, you bet your subtle hue changes I am.)

 

 

Question for the Audience

Sorry for the absence. My laptop is Mia for the time being which means that to type I am relegated to my phone, which sucks. Rest assured I have not disappeared completely.

I request your patience in the mean time.

For now a question for you all. Are you participating in tour de fleece, if so what has been your greatest challenge so far? If you aren’t, any reason why not? For those that don’t spin would you participate in something like this for your respective craft, why or why not?

Let us know in the comments.

Until next time dear readers.

To the wayside

It would seem that my attempts at blogging keeping getting flung to the wayside, abandoned with posts only half finished and pictures not taken. I realize that summer is a busy time for a lot of people and it would seem that I have fallen in with that as well. It has felt as though every night the past few weeks has been booked, whether it is visiting relatives or unpacking boxes, moments of simple relaxation seem harder and harder to come by.

This has led to my reserves being depleted. I like to think that for every so many hours I get to spend alone and recharge factor out to how long I can keep up social interactions. And with less and less time for alone time, I find myself staying up later and later (despite having to get up at the same time every morning for work.) A desperation for some time to claim as my own. The result means I am tired during the day which seems to drain my “batteries” quicker which leads to the desire for more alone time and thus staying up too late. A terrible cycle to be sure. Unfortunately there seems little chance of breaking free for a little while longer. There was a chance to carve out time Sunday, but it was not enough by a long shot.

What did I do on my brief recharge time? Well of course we are still in the thick of Tour De Fleece and so as an attempt to show some solidarity (realistically it was just because I wanted to spin up the newest fiber acquisitions.) I worked on this:

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The first two ounces of one of my Dyeabolic braids. This little beauty is The Garden of Live Flowers colorway in 100% polwarth and it is just about as beautiful to spin up as it looks.

In terms of what to do with the other half and the whole mess together. I have been thinking either a chain ply of the whole thing, or to try to just mash it all together. (although I am open to other ideas)

1) Chain plying means less yardage which always sucks

2) Mashing it together means I don’t get (or at least won’t likely) get as good of a color preservation.

Those are my main points against the two different ones. Reverse them and you get my pros for the other one. Essentially I mean this:

1) Chain plying means color preservation

2) Mashing means an increase in yardage.

So dear readers, what are your thoughts on the matter?

 

Preparedness

If you may recall in my last post I mentioned I received some lovely  hand spun yarn from one of my knit night friends. Well what I didn’t mention is that it took me all of one day before I cast the thing on (and mind you there was sleeping and work for most of that.) I had it in my mind as soon I felt the yarn that a cowl was in order.

To be fair, I had been persuaded to the ways of the cowl by another knit night friend. She had recently finished a lovely hand spun creation and was willing to let us fondle it a bit. I scoured Ravelry for a little while (the night I received the yarn) trying to find the right pattern, but unfortunately I was unable to find exactly what I wanted. So like  someone with money burning a hole in my pocket I decided to just cast on and begin knitting. I stuck with a simple two by two rib and went until I was out. The result? A lovely squishy wonderful cowl. Perfect for a cool autumn day.

So here you go:

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The post blocked product, the colors are showing a bit more blue in this photo, when in fact it is a lovely shade of green. You can see a bit better in the photo below, not just in terms of colors, but also in terms of squishiness.

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This cowl is all I could have hoped for and more in terms of a warm and snuggly thing. Of course it isn’t much help when we are in the upper 80’s to mid 90’s. Well I suppose there is nothing wrong with being prepared.

Make with the grabby hands

This past week has been a haze of firework smoke and attempting to unpack the seemingly endless supply of boxes. Add into the mix the fact that I seem to have caught some summer bug that is making its way through my work place and you end up with a little less than stellar 3-day weekend. The fireworks have thankfully calmed down, although we still hear the occasional one in the evening. It’s still better than the past two weeks leading up to the Holiday.

Luckily despite my sick-filled brain I can still share some rather wonderful highlights. This past weekend started with a rather fun lead up on Wednesday night at knit group. This week, the always lovely, Marja kicked off the evening by letting me borrow her Bosworth drop spindle. ( My desire to own of my own grows each time I get to have my hot little hands on it.)

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Side note, she was willing to let me borrow but any attempts to subtly (or not) keep the spindle were thwarted. That Marja is nothing if not quick. Luckily her sweetness continued as she passed a bag containing some of her wonderful hand spun, and let me just say that Marja produces some really lovely hand spun, but the fun didn’t stop there. No, because you see my dear readers, Marja is a rather rare breed, she is a spinner, with no and included. What this means, and the weaker among you might want to sit down, is that this past week, Marja brought her bag of lovelies not just as a show and tell but she also said we could take some of the yarn for our very own. Cut to me, making with the grabby hands (this is that instinctual gesture that we all seem to make when we are three and want something for our very own.) I managed to restrain myself to only two skeins.  A lovely green merino and a beautiful BFL. To clarify this loveliness was met with a promise from me (and others) to knit something for the wonderful lady, lest you think I am completely selfish.

 

P.S. This is all in addition to a wonderful skein of BFL I was given the week before from her.

 

P.P.S. No you may not have Marja’s contact information.

Distraction 2: Stash Enhancement

For my next trick I would like you all to direct your attention to the center ring. The dazzling, the beautiful. See how the light dances among the fibers, watch as the colors blend into one another. I present to you the newest acquisitions to the Introverted Knitter’s Stash. First up the lovely and talented, Thunderboom colorway, a beautiful 100% Polwarth wool, comprised of various shades of blue, teal, gray, and greens. It invokes the senses of a spring shower, the lovely thunderstorms that beckon forth the oncoming growth after a long winter.

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Not to be outdone we have another beautiful specimen a combination of greens, pinks, purples and lovely deep browns. Remember how I mentioned that oncoming growth after winter? Well this lovely and wonderful 100% Polwarth  is just the ticket. May I present the Garden of Live Flowers.

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Both of these lovelies come courtesy of the new to me, Dyebolical. I have a few friends who simply rave about her stuff and so I decided to take a chance and try these two out. The question now is just how long can I hold out before abandoning everything else on my fiber plate?

 

 

“Itteh Bitteh” Kitteh Commiteh of….2 er 3

It would appear that there a few key differences when moving into a house as opposed to another apartment. The biggest one so far? The sheer amount of space. We have such a drastic difference in space available to us that our main difficulty in unpacking (not that we are in a crazy big hurry anyway) is trying to figure out where it goes. So many options and that my friends is a real first for the Giant and I.

To be fair our new space has shrunk by just a little bit thanks to our newest addition. The Giant and I have always said (well it was more me saying and him being willing to go along with it) when we had a house we would rescue another little ball of fluff, and that is exactly what we did this past weekend. There was some debate as to the one to bring home (because the Giant wisely limited me to just one) but after meeting about 5 cats total we finally settled on the newest addition to our family.

Meet Toby.

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He is a 3 year old brown and white tabby and a big enough guy he can hold his own with our two other cats. He is a snuggler with a preference for headbutts. We brought him home on Friday and so far things are going well. He and the other cats are still getting to know one another but we are feeling good about their compatibility.

Feel free to say hello to Toby and in no way should you think that the pictures of him are a way to distract you from the fact that I have absolutely nothing in terms of knitting/spinning/writing or anything else to show you.

Look another photo of Toby!

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Blogus-interruptus

We apologize for any inconvenience but the blog may experience some slight delays, reductions and general lack of posting for the next little bit. Rest assured the problem is acknowledged and is being addressed.

To be fair there is a pretty fabulous reason:

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The Giant and I are officially home owners!

So how was your weekend?

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