Friday, August 1, 2008

August 2008 (BC)

A fibery week indeed

Well, let's see:

I got my lazy kate, ordered - appropriately enough - from my friend Chris , the same person I bought spinning wheel from. Very full-circlely, don't you think? She had told me she was phasing out the accessories, but had one lazy kate left. Hooray!

Then Friday, I got these.

Things are going to be getting might colorful around here. That was it for the stuff I ordered. I also got the fall Vogue Knitting, but sadly no Interweave Knits yet, which I am chomping at the bit to get because of these . Yeah, like I'm not going to make them my own way anyway and really don't 'need' the pattern.

Then I find out that Judy Ditmore is coming to do workshops at my LYS! Save the date folks, it's October 18. Yes, that's the same day as the Cache Slash Fest, but a girl has to have priorities. Besides, I'm the most easily replaced (read: useless) member of the Cache Slash Crew, so it's not like I will be terribly missed. And, once the workshops are done, I'll head back home to provide whatever inept assistance is required.

And then there's been the CPH knitting:

This is the most wonderfully fall-ish sweater, it makes me crave the lower temps even more than normal.

Now, that's a fairly full week of all things fibery, isn't it? There couldn't possibly be more, could there?

Well, toodling around the Ravelry forums, Lisa at One City Market was having some contests, and one of the contests was to guess the other contests. The prize mentioned was Spunky Eclectic sock yarn, and we all know how I feel about that. I guessed an Olympic-related knitting event and won this.

Eeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a yarn I hadn't bought on our previous visit, and regretted it, Spunky Eclectic Super Nova, color Mandy.

The exact color I wanted and everything. That Lisa is just good at choosing.

The rest of the agenda for the weekend will hopefully include a good dose of spinning, now that I have my lazy kate to make plying far less frustrating and more knitting on the CPH.

Have a good one, everybody!


'A visitor' left this comment on 2 Aug 08
What makes Kate so lazy? And you know I can't help but to hear Barry Manilow whenver I see this yar (ie it's name.)
'A visitor' left this comment on 2 Aug 08
You will be missed.


You Are a Question Mark
You seek knowledge and insight in every form possible. You love learning.
And while you know a lot, you don't act like a know it all. You're open to learning you're wrong.

You ask a lot of questions, collect a lot of data, and always dig deep to find out more.
You're naturally curious and inquisitive. You jump to ask a question when the opportunity arises.

Your friends see you as interesting, insightful, and thought provoking.
(But they're not always up for the intense inquisitions that you love!)

You excel in: Higher education

You get along best with: The Comma

Well, good thing I'm in the field I'm in, huh? Now I just have to keep telling myself this over the next few weeks. We are two weeks away from classes starting, and this is the last week of one of my coworkers. Then, the first week of classes will have us two men down for three days, when another coworker attends her sweetie's graduation from basic training.

And, of course, the unusual/odd/crazy incidents always ramp up closer to the start of the term. Bless their hearts, but not all students are cut out for online learning. If you've thought about taking classes on the Interwebs, here's a quick guide:
  • If you have never touched a computer in your life before now, Distance Ed may not be for you.

  • If, when I direct you to open a web browser, you respond, "Huh?!" , Distance Ed may not be for you.

  • If you do not understand the concept on 'clicking on a link', Distance Ed may not be for you.

  • If you ask me to spell M-A-T-H more than three times, Distance Ed may not be for you.

  • If you ask me if you will have six months to complete your eight week courses, Distance Ed may not be for you.

  • If you are only doing this to get the Financial Aid money you've heard people can get, then plan to drop your classes and argue that you shouldn't have to pay for them (but still expect to keep all the money you received for being enrolled), Distance Ed is absolutely not for you.
Sadly, those are based on actual conversations I've had. And it's only going to get more surreal.

So, there will be a great deal of knitting and spinning, on the evenings I don't come home completely brain dead.


'A visitor' left this comment on 4 Aug 08
I feel for you. Can't say I know what you're going through though. And I am working hard to never find out! Wonder how much longer I can get away with not working?

Arte who?

Boys and girls, I've won an award! Miss Ragged deems this blog worthy of praise. :)

Here are the rules as set forth by Farmwife .

1) Show the award. Link back to the blog that gave you the award.

2) Pick 5 blogs that you consider deserving of this award because of creativity, design, interesting material, and contributions to the blogger community, no matter of language, and link to them.

3) Leave comments on the blogs to let them know you've given them an award.

4) Show the link to the Arte y Pico blog , so everyone will know the origin of this award.

5) Show these rules.

So, the blogs I would like to honor are:

We Heart Yarn - the photos of flowers and other miscellany, oh yes and sock knitting (yeah, imagine me being entranced by sock knitting, go figure) are spectacular. Wow.

Abby's Yarns - a wealth of spinning information by a living legend in the fiber arts world. She's a fascinating individual.

Creatively Dyed - I had the pleasure of meeting Dianne at Greencastle, and she's a wonderfully warm person who happens to bring a lot of gorgeous yarn and fiber wherever she goes.

Knitters Anonymous - Between the sock patterns and the handspun yarn, there's plenty of things to ooh and aah over.

Knitguy - All the lovely spinning goodness you could ask for, I'm particularly fond of the July 10 installment.

Now then, I suppose I should start living up to my responsibility to produce some Arte Y Pico (is that anything like Pico de Gallo?)

Yep, that's skein #3 of the Parrots roving.

Ragged, doesn't this remind you of the Buggin' Spunky Sock?

And in other fiber pursuits, here's the progress on the CPH.

I'm working the fronts and back in one piece. Look at the no-pooling going on. Love it!

Craziness continues at work. Ooof.


'A visitor' left this comment on 9 Aug 08
Oh my!! Thank you! Thank you! How very sweet of you! Blush!
'A visitor' left this comment on 8 Aug 08
Thank you for this wonderful award, I will cherish it and post the link to my favorite blogs tomorrow. :)
'A visitor' left this comment on 7 Aug 08
Before I even read your note, I thought it looked like the Buggin' colorway. So pretty. I must see it in person soon.

Ravelympics 2008

Okay, so I may be temporarily insane, but I have signed up to start and complete three projects during the Summer Olympics. I have to create my own Olympic entertainment, since DirecTV doesn't see fit to offer us network channels.

I have two projects in one Event, and one project in four Events.

Event: Sockput
Projects: Toe-up Bayerische and Knotty or Knice socks

Events: Handspun Heptathlon, Colorwork Cross-Country, Sweater Sprint, and Designers Discus.
Project: Celtic Mystery Sweater

What does the Celtic Mystery Sweater look like? I have no idea. Because I haven't designed it yet. But it's going to have celtic knots aplenty. I know that much. Umm, did I mention the yarn isn't all spun up for it yet? Yeaaahhhh . . . . .

Personal challenge, that was the goal. I got it in spades, baby.

The fun is over August 24. Which will be just in time to start my Web-based Instructional Design course. Which truly does sound better to me than interpreting classical literature.

This weekend the temps are supposed to be wonderful, so you can find me out on the front porch spinning.


'A visitor' left this comment on 10 Aug 08
Is there room for me on your porch? I can bring lemonade. And I know how to buy cookies.

Ravelympic Update

Knotty or Knice Socks

I can't say enough about these socks. I've learned a very neat new toe-up cast on, I've unvented an excellent way to handle the 1X1 cabling without a cable needle, and the yarn (Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sock) is just fantastic.

Toe-up Bayerische

No, I'm not knitting them on two DPNs. That's what's known as socks getting parked, as I started them, then got the Interweave Knits in the mail Friday, and they got bumped. I know I can get the Knotty or Knice finished, these were less of a sure thing. However, I think what I learned on the Knice socks will help with the twisty stitches.

Celtic Mystery Sweater

And the spinning of it wasn't part of my particular challenge, I'm just procrastinate-y that way. I have 11.5 oz spun, 23.7 oz to go. Urk.


'A visitor' left this comment on 11 Aug 08
those socks are both knotty and knice!


Students. Exhausting.

Want to see socks?

Back to normal soon.


'Lisa Bartell' left this comment on 18 Aug 08
I love the socks. What is the pattern?
'A visitor' left this comment on 16 Aug 08
Teachers. Exhausting too. :)

The socks are awesomeness!

'A visitor' left this comment on 16 Aug 08
oooo, like the sockies!

New yarn distracts from lack of knitting progress

The socks are still about where they were Friday, so want to see some new yarn?

That, quite obviously, is Manos Silk Blend, 3109 Woodland on the left, 3113 Wildflowers on the right. My local yarn pusher has lots of new goodies in, and this is one of the more exciting ones. I bought a skein of each to begin with, watched a Knitty Gritty with Cat Borhdi (the sock deity)featuring a moebius cowl, decided to make that, looked around on Ravelry, found a pattern I liked even better, so bought an additional skein of each color. You know how it goes.

Although, the pattern I like better is under the category 'moebius', but it's only a moebius at the top, then you just knit down without the twist. I really wanted to do moebius knitting, not just capelet knitting, though a capelet is my end goal. I suppose I'll end up finagling something on my own.

Also, while buying the two additional skeins, I signed my cohorts and myself up for a Judy Ditmore workshop in our area on Saturday, October 18. What's amazing about this? Well, if you knew where I lived, we don't get knitting celebrities very often. Nancy Marchant comes to the big town to the south, and that's pretty much it. Both of these women have local connections, or we wouldn't be seeing them at all. So, support the import of knitting celebrities and leave a message if you want some info on taking either the class for Beaded Scarf or Illusion Knitting. Judy is teaching Illusion Knitting at one of the Stitches events, and the class is $90. Here? $20. The Beaded Scarf has a kit for about $35, which altogether, $55 is still an amazing price for getting to spend the day with other knitters.

The great big exciting news of the weekend is we are now watching the Olympics. My sweetie hoisted an antenna on the house and we are now watching NBC in all its digital glory. I can't wait for 2010.

Croatia gets silver!

Men's pommel horse. W00t!!

It goes nicely with the bronze for women's 10 meter air rifle.

Not bad for a country that's only 17 years old. Technically speaking.