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back again [Oct. 29th, 2011|06:19 am]
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I remembered I had this forum, so I'll try to update more than once a decade.
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Today I learned to spin [Aug. 19th, 2009|10:53 pm]
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[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]
[music |quiet, the kid is upstairs in bed]

I made some yarn, lumpy bumpy horrible yarn, but it was spun, technically at least.  I enjoyed the ride and tried out left hand draw, right hand draw and a long draw.  My treadling is getting more even and I can even start the wheel the right way some times.  Sandi says the wheel was acting up so I can't be entirely blamed for my super twisted chunky thick and thin singles.  I'll keep at it and someday I'll be able to spin my own sock yarn, thus completing the cycle.  After all I learned to knit so I could make socks, so it stand to reason that it's the reason I should learn to spin.

If you want to laugh at my spinning, there is a pic up on the shop blog:  http://purlescence.typepad.com/purlescence/
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do what you love and love what you do [Aug. 2nd, 2009|01:58 am]
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[music |none, the girl went to bed]

I've been deep in the dye pots for the last week and a half and I'm really loving it.  I spent the evening rinsing and hanging yarns to dry.  We have to have them ready to pack on Monday night.  We're leaving on Tuesday morning and doing the run to Portland.  It'll be a great adventure! It is the first time we've the shop to an away show. 

In other news, Ruth made the relays for Far Westerns and swam in the 4x100 freestyle on Thursday and swam in the anchor position today in the 4x100 medley relay.  Her splits were faster than her best time in the 100 freestyle so I think she has finally broken the time barrier.  She's been banging on this time standard for most of a year now and it was truly awesome to see her crash through!   Our friend Kelli was able to come and see her swim today which is awesome, since Kel is a former competitive swimmer and has been very encouraging to Ruth. 

On the needles:  finishing work for N's sweater, two fisted tank, and the rest of my projects are kinda on hold.
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Dyeing Day [Jul. 18th, 2009|01:22 am]
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[music |quiet, except for the click of knitting needles]

Today was a long day, but a good one.  Nathania and I dyed yarn for our Purl Up and Dye line that we are taking to Sock Summit next month.  I love dyeing.  We also taught a class in dyeing.  We figured taking the dyestuff and equipment out once for both was a good idea.   
I mixed a really cool black/purple color and I dyed with it in three different configurations, we'll see what happens when it's cooked, rinsed, and dried.  I also dyed a color I think I may call "Formica".  It's pink and grey (snicker)


New on the needles:

the front of the Jitterbug vest which I finally found my pattern for
Two Fisted Tank from Pints and Purls a new book at the shop.  I'm making it in the Cascade Cotton Club in navy blue.
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Vacation over and back to work [Jul. 10th, 2009|09:42 pm]
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We had a lovely vacation, doing as little as possible.  We did some dyeing and on the last day we went to Monterey Bay Aquarium.  The seahorse exhibit is wonderful.

On the needles:

Ribby Cardi in Claudia's HandPainted Yarns 55 Merino worsted - colorways - Chocolate and Chocolate Cherry

Classic British Vest from Simply Knitting  - Zephyr DK in  Marine blue and Elderberry.  This is my current obsession - an Argyle vest!

Basic sock #2 from hand-dyed yarn.  This is some of the last batch of hand dyed fingering weight in lovely autumnal colors

Cedar Creek socks #2  - BMFA Socks that Rock in Jewel of the Nile.   This one is my slow boat project. 

Clapotis - BMFA Twisted in Obsidian

That's what is in the current bag.  The Ribbi Cardi stays home since the Chocolate main color is in a giant yarn cake.  We got Claudia to dye three bags of this colorway and not cut them.  So it doesn't travel so well.

I think that's it for now-
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loves my sissy I do [Apr. 14th, 2009|12:05 am]
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It's the first stay of Spring Break for Ru, so I let her sleep in until past noon.  We got up and went to the book store to get some books for the next section of her Social Studies.  I called my sissy, the awesome AuntieSocial, and we hung out with the kids at Peets with cupcakes and Hibiscus Breeze iced tea.  Then home to bake a loaf of bread, I tried a recipe for quinoa bread, and finish the split pea soup I started in the crock pot earlier.  We ate dinner and listened to music and talked about life, the world, and everything.  I have the coolest sister ever! 
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Blue CAR! [Apr. 11th, 2009|12:39 pm]
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We got a new car!!!  One of the not so sucky things about a relationship ending is that while he got the car I liked, I got a new Prius in a lovely dark blue!  It's much fun to drive and makes me happy.  Ru is happy since we now, finally, have a blue car!
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teaching as therapy [Apr. 9th, 2009|03:50 pm]
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[music |John Meyer - Split Screen Sadness]

I'm feeling much better today.  I did Yoga for the first time since I came back from Yosemite and have finally kicked the sinus infection.  Yoga is a wonderful start to the day.  I got to work and had a one on one lesson with a person who wants to learn to knit.  She is going to Iraq or Saudia Arabia with her husband and wanted a new hobby to take with her.  She's lovely and learned really quickly.  I always feel good when someone 'gets it'.  It's very satisfying as a teacher.  The world doesn't totally suck and I'm grateful to have a good day today.
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all things come to an end [Apr. 5th, 2009|02:10 pm]
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So after a run of 15 years with my partners, one is leaving, ghostballet  has decided to move on. We've grown in different directions over the years and it is no longer a good fit.  T, kiyowara , and I are staying together along with RU.  ghostballet  will continue to have a parenting role in her live, but she will live with us.  It seems less disruptive that way.

I suppose nothing lasts forever in this life, it's sad though.  There are many possibilties ahead and I need to focus my energy forward.  I know there will be a period of grieving, however I don't want to let myself get caught there.

Onward to the next adventure.
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CROWNS! GoT Some! [Apr. 2nd, 2009|06:22 pm]
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Se if you didn't see the production of Crowns starring the fabulous and talented Juanita, you missed a great show. What you also missed was being able to bid on the hats in the show as well as some additional hats, many of them vintage. I went twice and both times bid on hats. The auction closed the day after the last show and I got a call saying I'd won all four of my bids. The show deals with a great deal of church as it relates to hats and southern black women. Thursday evening in the shop is referred to as 'church' by a number of our regular customers. So, it a wonderful serendipity, the hats were delivered today at'church'! I now have a red felted fez with a small black feather, a white felt pillbox with a mobius looking twist, the hat that Juanita wore in the production, called a tulle wedding cake, and a lovely little number that is half fox and half bronze satin ribbon. My friend Jade got the purple bucket hat worn by one of the characters in the finale. All are beautiful and I'm currently wearing the red fez. Perhaps I'll manage pictures.
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