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25.3.09

Time Marches on!

25.03 Today we have a chilly coat of snow on the ground. So much for spring. That's okay, it gives me a chance to wear my sweaters longer!
Ben was home for spring break last week and we enjoyed our time together. We spent most of the week at the U of M Aquatic Center watching NCAA DIII swimming. It's exciting to watch! We sat with other team parents and it was nice to visit with them and cheer on our swimmers.
Into the frog pond today. I can't believe I didn't notice that I was supposed to knit the knits and purl the purls for the raglan shaping. I rather liked the visible decreases before the knitting faeries added to the pattern! AAK! Anyway, I like knitting this yarn and just want to prolong my experience...riiiight!
28.03 Well, the best laid plans seem to change, but what else is new?? Before I get into my po
st, I'm going to tackle this room...
29.03 I tackled the room and found my pound of gray roving. I knew I had more than what I took up to the retreat! Good grief! My stash is much smaller than I thought. The spinning fiber takes up more room than the yarn. I have one tub of yarn for specific projects, one for spinning and knitting tools, one for felting, and the rest are handspun and fiber. The acrylic and blends are for charity knitting and bed socks. I'm back on track with the Montauk, but it still isn't interesting enough to take a photo, yet. The sleeves are going to be quick and then I just have to frog and re-knit the raglan shaping for the fronts (those dang knitting faeries!). I finished another Shape It Scarf with some yarn I got at Depth of Field. It's similar to Koigu and I used every bit of that lovely, soft yarn.
It's been a busy month. Angelika returned to Germany, Ben came home for break, we spent a good part of the week at the Aquatic Center at the U of M for the NCAA Division III National Swim Meet. It was fun to watch. Ben's first high school coach was one of the timers and the high school diving coach presented the diving awards. Old home week! We sat with the team families and it was great to cheer on the swimmers. The last evening we all went to Annie's in Dinky Town on campus. Wonderful burgers, malts,and fries! Wow, time flew and it's all a blur...

17.3.09

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

From momartist and Seamus O'Gnome
(here's a little ditty for you)


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

13.3.09

Sign of Spring

While it may still be cold and snowy, I have a sure sign of Spring. A new bunny--meet Häschen. He's made of handspun I made over the weekend. In Hinkley is a small shop in a log cabin called Mother of All Fiber Crafts. The owner is so nice and I love to visit her shop. This was a particularly good visit, as I bought a giant flyer and bobbing for Louie! Wow, what a difference! I was able to easily ply continuously and easily. I spun and plied the gray from Joanne, and then I spun and plied the 2 oz. of dark brown batt from MAFC the owner gave me. I may be able to get another bunny or part of a basket out of the rest.
I also finished the lace scarf in time for a memorial tonight. It's so light and airy like an angel's kiss.
Angelika moved out today and Ben comes home tonight, so I have lots to do!

10.3.09

Big storm ahead

I had fun at the retreat. Frogged too much, ate too much, finished spinning some gray roving (153 +- yds.) and 2 oz. of freebie batt from a shop in Hinkley. We watched Mama Mia--I have to say I don't think it was that great. Pierce Brosnan ruined it!! We had more fun laughing at the bad singing. (Sorry if anyone out there liked it.) MiniD and Jojo kept me company at the table. The knitting in the bag is what got frogged.
Anyway, I'm working on a scarf for a friend that needs comforting. It's the Gossamer Shell Scarf from 101 One Skein Wonders. using Twinkle Kid Mohair. The only problem is I have the old one, which has lots of errors. I've made a document and have to print it out and keep it with the book. I want to make quite a bit of progress tonight, and will take a break and finish the bunny made from the batt. I stopped at Half Price Books today and found a book--Simply Shetland. Many goodies in it--even Fair Isle bears.
Looking out the window, the snow is wet and heavy, but pretty like Charlie Brown snow.

6.3.09

RETREAT

Today's the retreat! I have to finish packing. The clothing's easy. I have to be sure to have Louie Louet and the fiber I want to spin. Yes, Joanne, I'm taking the gray!
It's been a busy week. The weather is very dreary today and it will be perfect for staying inside with knitting and spinning and food and wine! I'm going up early with Carol and Cheryl so I can help them prep for the crowd.
I finished another Shape It Scarf with some yarn similar to Koigu I found at Depth of Field in Minneapolis.
Hershey and the Lamb are enjoying their spring chocolates. We played a game of one for you and one for me. Much to Lamb's disappointment, there were fewer sheep-
themed chocolates. Hershey thought there were too many ducks.