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29.3.11

FO

I finished the entrelac bowl the other day.  Now I am working on another one and going through the rewritten pattern closely as I knit.  The third one will look like a flower and then I will add some embroidery or needle-felting.  We shall see.  This will be the shop sample.  As I knit the current bowl I am taking photographs of the progress.
Entrelac bowl

25.3.11

Boing!

Eevee's paths disappeared.
Spring sprung, and then it SNOWED!  Jim told me to take the Jeep on Wednesday.  I drove my car to the gym.  Bad idea.  I made it to yoga, but did not make it up the driveway when I got home.  I started to shovel, and then decided to start the snowplow.  The shovel worked, not the snowplow.  I got back in the car and tried to back up--nope.  I tried to go forward--nope.  In all my years of driving, I have never been stuck...I was stuck.  A couple of neighbors pushed the car while I revved it and finally got unstuck.  One of the fellows started the snowplow and cleared a path for me to pull into the garage.  I made two loops around the block because I was afraid to stop and get stuck again.  Once I got the car back into the garage, I got ready for work.  It took over 30 minutes to get to work and I was happy to drive the Jeep!
Bowl before felting
I finally have the entrelac bowl finished and it is ready to felt.  I believe I will adapt the pattern and put in better instructions.  The Quant is my next small project and then I can schedule a class for an introduction to entrelac.  Entrelac is not my favorite technique, but now I am happy to have finished the bowl.  Maybe once it is felted I will like it a bit more.  My Baktus scarf is on the second half of the skein.  
Heavy March snowfall.

18.3.11

Surfing around

I was surfing the web the other day and found a cute pattern for a no-sew sweater from Berroco.
I got my Wood Badge beads on Monday.  It was a fun event at our troop meeting with our Scouting family in attendance.  Kristi got her beads at the Wood Badge breakfast in January.  I waited until Ben came home. 
Three of us from the troop went through the same course.
The totems represent the Buffalo, Bear, and Beaver patrols.
I got the cake at Cub and put the totems on myself.
Ben and I were laughing, and I don't know how
I managed to keep a steady hand!  
The Bears were well-represented!
Ben is home for spring break.  We have had a nice, relaxing time.  It is time for him to go back to school today. :(  Ben will be back for Easter along with one of his buddies, Paul.  Yesterday, Ben and I were running errands and the bookstore was one of our stops.  When we got home, Ben's phone rang and it was one of his high school friends.  Apparently, while in the bookstore, two of his other friends were "stalking" us and we left before they had a chance to surprise Ben.  They all got together last night and had a good time catching up.    I am glad he had that opportunity to reconnect with friends.  One friend is home from the Air Force Academy in Colorado, and they have not seen him for quite some time.
I taught a wheel spinning class yesterday.  Little Hortense (I decided to shorten her name.  If she is naughty, she will be Amelie Hortense!).  Transporting her in the backpack was very easy.  Parking is at a premium in Anoka and I had to park a bit far from the shop.  Anyway, it was a good class and my student did get the hang of the drafting before class ended.  I am anxious to see her progress over the next week.  Kathy is planning to have the spinning corner of the shop upstairs.  We will have our own area for class, spinning tools, and fiberrrrr!  I will decorate the space--happy dance!  The shop hop is coming up, so we will be re-arranging the shop to open up the areas.  St. Brigid will still be on display...I did not wear her this winter.  I have to admit, she makes lovely wall art!
Coopworth roving blended with just a hint of
cotton, linen, and wool blend.
Ashford Wildcarder
Finished yarn before blocking
Aranmor with the EB (entrelac bowl)  I have 
to finish and felt the bowl.  
Self-portrait in the
pansy sweater.
Progress is slow on Aranmor.  Working on spinning takes up more of my time right now.  I was surfing the web the other day and Berroco posted a new free pattern here.  I like the construction of it.  Also, I am trying to take more photos for Ravelry.  I do not take photos of me actually wearing my projects, because it looks funky to be holding the camera in the shot.  The weather is warm enough for me to wear the pansy sweater as a jacket.  I love this design (by Susan Duckworth).  I wish I had a photo of the backside of the knitting in progress with all those bobbins of yarn.  This sweater has 23 colors and the yarn is fingering weight--amazing detail!

17.3.11

10.3.11

Marching along

The past couple of days we have had temperature ups and downs!  I believe today will be warmer side.
Amelie
From the movie character
Hortense
A favorite painting by
Edgar Degas
Yesterday I was happy to have Kathryn back in class.  She is so sweet and chose a wonderful cabled pattern out of "A Fine Fleece" to knit.  It is on page 114.  Kathy and I put together the Ashford Traditional wheel, which we started before class and finished up after class.  It is a lovely wheel.  In the meantime, a call came in from Louet.  My second wheel is on its way.  Yes, I said second.  The first one was apparently delivered to Kathy's prior address (she has not lived there for well over a year) and mysteriously disappeared.  Crikey!  Anyway, it should arrive early next week.  I am anxious because I would like to get out and spin.
Amelie Hortense
Speaking of spinning, I scored a book I never would have paid full price for--"Intertwined," by Lexi Boeger.  Some of the yarns are strictly art, but it is a good book for inspiration.  At a third of the bookstore price, it will be a nice addition to the fiber-brary.
Aranmor is at a slow point.  There is a lot going on (and that is news?) and I have a bit of stress, which zeroed into my lower back since Tuesday.  I started the other side and will decide which side I want to use for the back and which side I want to use for the front.
09.03.11  Snow day!  Last night I had a fun spindling class.  One student is a weaver, and the other a true fiber-lover.  Her young son is learning how to do wood turning, so she is hoping to have some lovely fiber tools, soon.
Happy birthday, Mom!
Mom had a fun 95th birthday yesterday.  We called my brother in Texas, we went out to lunch, and then had a little party back at her place.  I got a big cake, those of us that made Mardi Gras masks last week wore them, and after our snack we played a rousing game of Mardi Gras Hangman.
10.03.11  As you can see, there is a new addition at my house--Amelie Hortense arrived while I was teaching yesterday afternoon.  She weighs in at a little over 7.5 pounds and is 23-inches tall.  Louie and Wendolene are pleased with their little sister.  She came with her carry-bag/backpack and is just a delightful little spinner.  A half pound of Coopworth roving came with her, also.  I have almost a full bobbin already.
Little Amelie already has a bobbin full of Coopworth
Louie and Wendolene welcome their little sister.
She is very petite.
It's melting!
That is WATER!  You can hear the water dripping,
and the birds are singing!