Thursday, September 28, 2006

I have been drawn in

I have a few friends here as well as some on line who spin.
It has become a fascination to me - I really want to spin!
I was telling my husband and he said why wait 3 months until Christmas -
just get a wheel.
Holy Cow!
What was he thinking???
Doesn't he know after 20 years how addictive and neurotic my personality is???
So yesterday I ordered an Ashford Traveller.

Here is a little photo of the wheel to whet your appetite until mine arrives:

My Dear Husband is the best! Thank you, Honey.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006


Ready to wear - well, when they dry!
The roving was fun to knit with, the softness was luscious! The colors were yummy!
And after felting, the fabric is very firm.
They did escape from the zippered pillowcase I used in the washer.
Teyani - you are an enabler~
After knitting with this pencil roving, I must really learn to spin with it.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006


Big and fuzzy

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Symphony Sunday

Dear Friends -

Thank you as always for your thoughtful, candid and insightful comments. You have helped me give some serious consideration to spinning and time. I really don't have time to spin right now but still find it a very intriguing idea. I love the process - maybe I will talk to my DH about it and possible find a wheel Santa could deliver :-) After great deliberation, I realized I am too fascinated with this aspect of our craft to leave it and feel like I must pursue it. There are some times in my life I am not be so insanely busy and could make time to learn spinning. And after all, I'll need something to grow old with in retirement, no?

Here is the roving I used for the one clog ~

I love the pre-felted hugeness of these ~

The second will be on the needles today.

This was a symphony weekend; I was out of town shuttling between the hotel and hall rehearsing and performing some very difficult but fun pieces. I had no knitting time, but am ready for some quality time today. Unfortunately on the way home last night, there was a dreadful accident ~ thankfully not involving any of the traveling musicians ~ that had everything on this little country road stopped. The Care Flight helicopter was in the middle of the road and numerous rescue vehicles were lined up. We said a prayer for the people involved....

By the time I dropped off my passenger and got home it was already 1:00am. Not going to sleep until 2:00am (I was majorly hungry and had to eat something!) is just too hard on this old lady. I taught 2 lessons today and am about to retire to the sofa for some R & R.

I hear my knitting needles beckoning.


Wednesday, September 20, 2006

His 'n' Hers

Here we are - we felted my DH's last night. I am just too fascinated with the process of felting!! DH's are size 11 and mine are 6. We are too cute now - or maybe we are just nerdy.

After 2 pairs in Paton's Merino, I felt I was ready to delve into this beautiful hand-dyed roving I bought from Crown Mountain Farms. I began these last night and should be done with the first tonight (these are such an instant gratification project - I LOVE that!)

My Mom wants a pair too, but I am a bit hesitant. She is 86 and lives alone in a 2 story house ~ I'm not sure these clogs are really firm enough for the stairs and Mom. But I will take mine up when I go next month and we will see...

On another topic - who out there spins? I am becoming increasingly interested in spinning, but don't know how I can fit that into my life. Any thoughts?

Sunday, September 17, 2006

More on the Clogs

Since many people have asked - the pattern is from Fiber Trends:
They are a wholesale seller, but you can find a local store if you search the site.
Many people ordered it on-line.
The clog pattern is #AC-33x.

Here are my huband's size 11 non-felted next to my size 6 felted.
I thought you might like the giggle:

Here are my little feet and his humungous clogs:

Felting tomorrow - too tired tonight.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Soles and Spaghetti Pie

In my search for something to make the soles of the clogs non-skid, I tried some spray-on Plasti Dip. I found it in clear at my local hardware store (not the big orange one). I covered the sides so there would be no overspray, sprayed 3 light coats and let it dry for 4 hours.

There is no color to it, no bumps from puffypaint, not sticky like fabric glue - it is just enough so I don't slip on the tile floor. I suppose you can spray more layers if you want, but this seems fine. No muss, no fuss!

If you want a quick and yummy dinner the kids (young and old) will like, here is:

Spaghetti Pie

4 oz. uncooked spaghetti

1/2 lb. lean ground beef

1 small green bell pepper, chopped (about 1/2 cup)

1 small onion, chopped (about 1/4 cup)

1 14 oz. jar spaghetti sauce

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 large eggs

1 cup small-curd cottage cheese

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz)

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease pie plate (10 x 1 1/2 inches). Cook spaghetti.

While spaghetti is cooking, brown beef, pepper and onion in a skillet. Drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce, chili powder, salt and pepper. Simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sauce has thickened.

Drain spaghetti. Place spaghetti in pie plate, gently press on the bottom and up the sides.

Mix eggs and cottage cheese, spread evenly over the spaghetti. Spoon beef mixture over cottage cheese mixture. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

Bake 35-45 minutes or until the center is set. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Makes 6 servings. Tasty!

Copy machine update - it is GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Big, but works fast and the digital laser copies are fantastic. It is well worth all the angst of the ka-ching. So c'mon by and bring your copying needs.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Happy Feet and Copies Too

Oh, my what happy feet live here!

I just couldn't resist taking another photo since I can't believe how well they fit and how good they feel. I think this is the most fun project I have done so far. Yes, maybe even more fun than the first pair of socks - it was certainly easier!!

Sharon - the sole is the double knit (inner and outer) joined with the bumper. I am looking around for something to paint on the bottom for more non-skid. Although I have read many suggestions, as soon as I find something I like, I will let you know.

To everyone who is thinking about knitting these - GO FOR IT!!! They were easy, quick and "oh so fun."

Last Thursday was one of those "cable guy" days. Our copier machine tech was supposed to arrive between 10 and 12. At 1:45 he actaully got here. Then we got the bad news: he could no longer get parts for our 15 year old Canon. So here we are, (please excuse our messy computer desk!) many $$$$ later with a digital laser copier. Yes, it is that big honkin' apparition all the way over on the right.

Hmmmm - maybe we need a smaller computer desk to make room for Big Bertha (AKA Canon Imagerunner 2200). IKEA - here I come.

My husband is a music publisher, so we have always needed commercial office machines. This one has more bells and whistles than we know what to do with. Best of all, it is really great for enlarging those hard to read knitting patterns!

Off to my studio to make a few reeds, warm up a bit and teach some lessons.

Happy Hump Day~

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Our NY ~ the way it was

The way it is in our hearts.
Taken 6 years ago by one of the fly boys in my cousin's helicopter.
My cousin is an NYPD pilot.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

First Foray into Felting

After seeing so many cool renditions of the Fiber Trends Clog, I knew I had to knit them. I had some great communications with Teyani at and she sent me the pattern and some incredible pencil roving! Ohmigosh! It is beautiful. And her advice was great - Thank you Teyani.

I thought I would give the pattern a trial run with Paton's Classic Merino (in Denim Blue and Chestnut Brown) before diving in with the pencil roving. Here are before and after shots:

My husband liked these so much he wants a matching pair - (yes, we are nerdy like that sometimes.) So one more pair in merino is first.

Thank you all for your comments. I do love comments!!
Big Bad Blue Yarn is going in the bag with numerous others for my knitting teacher's charity knitting projects. And yes, Sharon - I do wind everything up neatly. I guess that just is part of my nature. However, that organization and neatness does not carry into my studio! Go figure!

Have a marvelous Monday y'all ~

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Blue yarn blues

Dear friends, woe is me!

Shrodinger, I took your advice and measured out 10 yds, weighed it and came up with the yardage of 110 yards for the blue ball. It is too little for Branching Out - even tho it would have looked lovely. So, Mer, I guess I'll have to find something more suitable for Branching Out.

I started on that little Airy Scarf from LMKG and could see how desperately it would need blocking to look like anything. I decided to knit a swatch and see how it blocked. While blocking, I thought I would see if the blue ball was a natural fiber or acrylic. I got out a match and held it under the end of a piece of yarn. It just really stunk and shrunk up into a little hard brown/black ball of gunk = acrylic. So as pretty as this little blue ball of yarn looks, I will be giving it away. Hmmm, I think I may be beginning to turn into a yarn snob - okay, maybe I just don't like scratchy sticky yarn no matter what the fiber.

I still love those Cat Bordhi "Flow Motion" socks and now that Fig gave us the link for the corrections (thanks ever so much, Fig) they are on my list. I blew up the pattern on the copy machine so I can follow the darn thing! The way VK printed it is awful to read. I can see why some people don't buy the magazine. Now to find the perfect yarn and we can all get started on it :-) Teyani, LarjMarj, Alliews and Sara Jayne.

I bought this pretty pattern in Yarn and Stitches today:

I really like the diagonal lines to the leaf pattern and might even have something in my stash calling out to this little scarf. I like simple lace; easy but holds my interest and looks pretty and feminine when completed.

Have a delightful Thursday ~ the weekend is almost here. This will be my last weekend off for a while since the major performance season is beginning. Church job next week and then symphony - Don Juan by Strauss!!! Woohoo ~ playing that will some ride!

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Any ideas?

I received this ball of blue something from a dear friend of my Mom's. It feels like mohair, but could very likely be acrylic. There was no label on the ball, is I have no idea of the yardage. Does anyone have any ideas for yardage?

Lorna's Lace - 50 g/215 yds on left, mystery yarn, 50g on right.

Svale, 50g/114 yds and again the 50g mystery yarn.

I would like to use this for Branching Out but am hesitant since I don't know how much yardage is there. All opinions are welcome.

Town and Country with the Alchemy Yarns Bamboo got a new start on #3 since the fabric seemed too loose on #4s. It feels right this time. So here she is:

And then I saw these fabulous socks by Cat Bordhi in the Fall 06 Vogue Knitting and knew I had to knit them:

How yummy are these???

There were a number of number of other appealing sock patterns as well.