1. Finished up the weird 3 ply yarn yesterday.
I actually wasn’t really crazy about this yarn – I was more just relieved that it was done. However, some nice people on Flickr had some nice things to say about it, so I can appreciate it a bit more now. 🙂
2. I’ve always been pretty ambivalent towards navajo plying, since for me, the best part of spinning is combining a bunch of crazy colors and seeing what they do together (see the above yarn). However, I think I’ve come to realize that navajo plying may have its place in spinning. Specifically, I think I can find it quite useful to get leftover singles off of my bobbins. I love having clean, tidy bobbins (unlike the rest of my life which is messy and random), so I’m going to practice navajo plying on the leftover singles to clear off the bobbins.
3. Here’s the Angst Yarn from the other day, all 3 skeins of it.
Each skein is plied differently from the others. One is plied differently in the middle of the skein, actually. I still think I can use some combination of the 3 to knit socks, since the yarn is superwash, after all. There are tiny coils in some parts, because I thought it would be fun to have a sock yarn with coils.
4. I really, really like using the hackle.
1. Arlen Specter is a whiny little bitch. I was watching C-SPAN yesterday, as I’m sometimes wont to do, and he was all on the Senate floor, crying about how Harry Reid was mean to him. Oh, wait, what’s that noise I hear? Sounds like the WHAAAAAAAAAmbulance! All I can tell Arlen is that unless he caused a big stink about how rude Cheney was when he told Patrick Leahy to go fuck himself, he can go cry to himself in the corner.
1. I want to do more keggle dyeing! So much fun! Katie, I’m not really sure how it differs from just regular kettle dyeing (I’m thinking on a stovetop), besides the size of the container being used, but I’ll write a step by step next time we do it.
1. Travis and I have been listening to a lot of this guy recently.
1. Still working on the second of Travis’ Sesame Street hand-dyed socks. I’m a little more than halfway down the leg.
2. A conundrum. I love, love, love doing colorwork. I love dyeing my own yarn. I hate, hate, hate dyeing solid colors. I can’t justify buying a bunch of solid colored yarn. What to do?
3. I think I’m going to start knitting this. It seems like I’ve got yarn that will give me the correct gauge, albeit in a wool/alpaca blend. I had dyed a bunch of yarn to make Tubey, but that didn’t really seem like it was going real well, so I went ahead and had some Yarn Reassignment Surgery last night. I wanted to knit something that was more like a traditional sweater is put together, so I’ll learn how to do that, however, I have a short attention span and I’m just hoping I can get through Bad Penny. I’ll probably alter the bottom of the sweater and the sleeves, though. I should have plenty of yarn (for once) so I may just make the sleeves long so I can wear it in winter. Look at me, talking like I’ll actually be able to finish something! Silly me!
1. Speaking of finishing things, I have a ton of quilts/wallhangings that I started and never finished. Why? Because I am so easily distracted. Anyway, after the Tour is over, I want to start plugging away at some of these UFOs. I’m setting a low, attainable goal for myself. By the end of August, I would like to complete this quilt:
This is actually pretty cool. The waterfall image in the center came from a photo I took when Travis and the dogs and I went camping in the UP of Michigan a few years back. I took the photo, messed with it in Photoshop, sliced it up, and printed out sections of it on different pieces of white fabric that had been treated with Bubble Jet Set. Then I sewed it together, added the borders (the color border was from fabric I had dyed) and hand-quilted pretty much the entire waterfall portion of the quilt. In case you’re wondering, I think the center icture is about 36″ across or something like that. I stalled out when I got to the borders. I had added this insanely huge black border with the thought that I would do something cool and artsy in it. Well, not so much. I think all I need to do now to finish it is just stitch in the ditch around my border strips, hack off about 8″ of the black border all the way around, and throw the binding on. I should be able to get that done in a month. Hell, if I really wanted to, I could get it done in a day. I just hope my motivation level is there!
1. I still need to get those Crate and Barrel shelves.
2. I’m trying to justify making some gigantic fiber purchases.
3. I have a gift certificate from The Woolery I need to use to order the 5 dent hackle, but I’m afraid that once I go to order that, all sorts of other stuff is going to jump into my shopping cart.
1. BoomBoom is back! I just saw him outside and he was sporting some serious plumbers crack. Did not want to see that.
1. Travis is going to Portland next week! I think it’s cool that he’s going, but I’m pretty jealous, too, since I’ve always wanted to go to that part of the country. Someone needs to call the Whaaaaambulance for me! 🙂
2. We always take a 2 week camping trip in the fall with in our pop-up camper with the dogs. If anyone has any suggestions for really neat, out of the way places that we may not know about, they would be welcome. Preferably it would be around a swimmable body of water (for Toby, since she loves going swimming), and be near a campground at a state park or forest or something (with electric hookups, hopefully). We were kind of thinking the UP again, or maybe Missouri. We were thinking Vermont, but all but one of the state park campgrounds for where we wanted to go close after Labor Day, and the vacation doesn’t start until the last week of September. Hmm.