Spinning

Excitement, I has it!

Guys, remember this?

My first fleece, purchased from the CT Sheep and Wool festival back in April. I was going to process it myself, but soon realized that I was in way over my head. So, back before Christmas, I shipped the whole shebang to the Still River Mill to be washed and carded. Lookee what came in the mail:

And this is what’s inside:

Each box has 3 bags full of clean, fluffy rovings:

That spin up quickly and easily:

It was a little over 7 lbs when I sent it, and I got back a skosh over 5 lbs. I cannot tell you how glad I am that I didn’t try to wash out the 2 lbs of wool grease and other shit that was in there. But, FWIW, I’m still in way over my head.

geek · links

February Link Roundup: Star Wars Edition

February was a great month for Star Wars geekery on the web.

This guy makes amazing Starwars origami from subway tickets.

He found the droid he was looking for (I especially love the hat).

Do you ever wonder what happened to the scrolling Star Wars text?

And lastly, the classic (and AWESOME) Han Solo, PI.

Current Events

ZOMG IT’S A SNOWICANE!!

[8:15 am]

At least, that’s what Accuweather.com is calling it.

They are such sensationalizers! Although, to be fair, folks to the west of me are getting hammered.
tutorial · Weaving

Woven Square Slippers: A Tutorial

So weaving is great for making flat fabric, and with my loom I can whip up a 12″ square in a couple of hours. But what are you going to do with all those squares? I mean, I can only make so many dish cloths, you know? Then I got an idea. Slippers for E4!

1. Start with a woven square–I used Patons Classic wool held double:

2. Run a length of yarn down one side:

And, using it as a drawstring, pull it tight, gathering up one side of the square to look like this:

Now your square looks like this:

3. Now, sew up the back and top of the square here:

leaving a hole in the top. I eyeballed it so that it looked in proportion.

Make another one and felt using your favorite method. I threw mine into a hot washing machine with a couple of towels.

E4 hates them, of course, because he hates everything I make for him, but I think they’re pretty awesome.

Weaving

Another fun thing to do with string

I haven’t posted anything about weaving since I got my loom, but I’ve definitely got the weaving bug.

These dishcloths are my new favorite cloths for cleaning up and I have plans to make up a bunch of these for mother’s day gifts. Nevermind that more than one person on my holiday giving list is getting a woven gift instead of a knitted gift as well. Weaving is great for using up yarn quickly, and it’s fast and fun. Luckily I have a lot of yarn.

Knitting · meme

51 Things Meme

The other day I heard about this meme and I was like “ZOMG, HOW COME NO ONE TOLD ME ABOUT THIS?!?!?” Here’s my version:

cute kids

Strange Moments in Mothering

An actual conversation with my 4 year oldĀ this morning:

E4: Mommy, I9 hurted me
Me: o rly? how did he hurt you?
E4: I don’t know.
Me: uh, okay? (raises voice) I9, no hurting your brother!
I9: Okay!
E9: (runs off)

(sledding @ the park yesterday, a good time was had by all)

Reading

Does listening to the audio book count as reading?

Back in January I read The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, mostly because of all the buzz surrounding the movie. I enjoyed it a great deal, although it was, at times, a harrowing read. I probably won’t be seeing the movie. Still, it was a moving and thought-provoking tale, artfully told. I enjoyed it so much, that I decided I would try to read a book a month this year, but have become somewhat distracted by listening to the audio book of Steven King’s Under The Dome.

I love listening to audio books, (hands, eyes free for knitting!) and Under the Dome has been no exception. Steven King is still a master storyteller. But I’m torn as to whether or not I can count listening to a book as “reading” it. When I read a book, I become gripped by the momentum of the plot and tend to rush through, especially as the story nears the end. But in listening to the book, I’m at the mercy of the reader’s measured pace, forced to slow down and savor the story.

Moreover, I’ve found that I can’t listen to the book in place of reading it because there are places and situations where audio books just don’t go, like into the bathtub with me or over my morning coffee. This is why we’re just past the middle of February, and I’ve only listened to about a third of the book. Perhaps I need a hard copy of the book, in addition to the audio version?

ATTN PUBLISHERS: please include hard copies with your audio books from now on! kthxbai

What? I’m allowed to fantasize, aren’t I? lol

What are you reading (or listening to) right now?

Lolly

and because we haven’t seen her in a while…

Here’s Lolly, looking very predatory:

Doozer · Whiskers on Wednesday

Requisite Cat Photos

Because sometimes the Blog just needs it.