Monday, January 15, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Monday, January 08, 2007
Friday, January 05, 2007
I know! Let's look at some yarn!
Most of this is from my visit to Lamb's Ear to see Roxy and pick up some swatching fiber. From the left, you see some ArtYarns Supermerino in color 105, some Manos (merino/corriedale blend) in color 113, a bit of Koigu, some Colinette Jitterbug 100% merino in Toscana 55, two "eye-talyun" merinos--Ornaghi Filati Merino Kind ("Superfine") and Berroco Pure Merino ("Extra Fine"), and some Louet Gems Superfine Merino fingering weight in lilac. Man, I really zeroed in on the merino, huh? And all these superhero yarns! Believe me, they are super.
It's like a world tour of yarn here. Via fiber, I've been to Japan, South Africa, Italy, Uruguay, Wales, and back to good old White Plains, NY. Can you name which yarn is from where? I already gave you a couple of hints!I got the Art Yarns from Yarn 4 Socks, along with some others that really are sock yarns. The Supermerino here is worsted, and I am working up a mitten design with it. Lovely, people, lovely. Want a closeup?
There he is with the Manos doing backup. So soft and fun to work with. The colors are gorgeous, as well.
and here's a shot of the fabric:
Okay, that's enough for you--you're gonna get a fiber overload.
More next time!
P.S. All this loveliness brought to you by the fact that I finally upgraded to the new blogger. Now it is very generous with its image uploading...obviously. Yippee!
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Yesterday at about 9:15, I was returning from my morning walk and there was a helicopter hovering overhead in the area of the school, but I thought it must have been a traffic thing on Hwy 16, which gets way too much. Later, around noon, I made a quick trip in to Fred Meyer to pick up a few things. I did notice that it was strangely devoid of the usual Foss students grabbing snacks on their lunch break, and one of the top managers was helping return carts to the covered storage area. I thought, "Why is she doing that? Hmmm." Turns out they were recovering from what must have been chaos in their parking lot earlier, when students and parents were wandering around trying to find one another after lockdown was lifted.
Then when I got home I had a text message from my mom in NC that simply said, "Are you ok?" I called her back and that's when I found out about the shooting. I assumed it must have been one of the rougher schools, and was quite surprised when I found out it was Foss. I have always felt safe there--as safe as you can feel around sometimes angry teens--because the school has a healthy staff of very responsive security. As one of the officials said, though, if someone really wants to commit a crime, there is little anyone can do to prevent it.
Am I afraid to go back there, or any high school, for that matter? Not afraid--just cautious. High schools are, after all, just a microcosm of society. Are we afraid to go about our business in the world because people have been killed out there? No. It seems that this was not a random shooting, but one kid, who for some reason or another, thought it was his only option to kill one other kid. He didn't try very hard to get away, and he did not resist arrest. He was on suicide watch last night. I feel sorrow for him and the family of the one who died. His young life just closed up around him.
...more knitting next time.
Monday, January 01, 2007
I wanted to get this post in yesterday--it's time for the knitting year in review! As I did in 2004 and 2005, I gathered together all my knitting. This year looks a little slim for a few reasons, but they all involve more of my knitting actually leaving the premises. Here's what I have left...
Pardon the flash, but it was cloudy. Here you see 4 men's sweaters, 1 woman's sweater (my fun cardigan project with Noro Kureyon), 3 little guy sweaters, a couple of pairs of gloves, mitts, 3 pairs of socks, 3 hats, 2 headbands, and 5 scarves. I sent away 10 pieces for various publications, 5 pieces as gifts, and 3 pieces as shop models.
(The sweater in the lower left corner is one for Preston, the older grandson--I should show you and tell you more about that one in another post.)
What I actually knit in 2006:
- 6 men's sweaters
- 1 woman's cardigan (mine)
- 6 scarves
- 7 pairs of socks
- 5 small sweaters
- 2 baby onesies
- 4 hats
- 3 pairs of gloves/mitts
- a man's vest
- 2 felted/fulled bags
- a baby blanket
- a tea cosy
From looking at this list, I can see that I need to do more women's sweaters and felted/fulled items in 2007. Of course, there will be socks, and I have 5 pairs in various stages of completion at the moment. That's what I'm doing today, even though I'm a little drowsy from uncharacteristically staying up until 2:00 A. M. last night. Fred and I enjoyed a fire and neighborhood fireworks (we are 2 blocks from a park, and a few blocks from the UPS campus--always ripe for fireworks) out the big picture windows while having a good discussion about future plans. Here's to future plans!
Some of mine are to regain balance in my life with work, play, and everything in between; to keep the freelance design going while building Figheadh; and to become the healthiest 50-year-old I can be! I've got about 6 months to the big 5-0, and want to reach it 20 pounds lighter and in good shape. I let my physical self slide too much with all the work last year. Thus, the commitment to balance. I really want to try not to neglect my health--I want to be a kicking old lady!
Getting this a little topsy-turvy, in 2006 we got Fred into a better job, he embarked on another new venture (more later about that), I got 7 designs accepted for other publications, we got 12 new Figheadh Yarnworks designs published, actually did some advertising, gained a grandson, and got Natalie graduated from UGA. However, we only went on one hike (on my birthday--a tradition) and no camping trips! That must be remedied in the coming year. I wanna get into the woods!I'm gonna go check out everyone's blogs and read your wrap-up on the past year. Forward motion, people! Let's have a great year!