Thursday, July 29, 2010

July is for Tour de Fleece.

Pretty much all of my free time this July has been spent spinning.
The tour really helped me get my chain plying down.
I also got through all the sample fiber from my PhatFiber boxes.

I really love how these 2 are both green, but decidedly different.

They were very nice to spin with too.

This is some of the main stuff I spun.
The lovely Peach Tree by Natchwoolie.
It's pretty even and doesn't try to twist back on itself a whole bunch.

These little guys are some of the last samples that were spun.
I'm in love the the gale's art one. It has a slippery texture.
The rose and browns of it are just too fun a combination of colors.

This mass that looks a bit like my childhood hair, is also from Natchwoolie.
It is camel and silk. Originally it was going to be lace weight, but the chain plying was going so well, that now it's more dk weight.

One of these days I'm going to have to get a wpi (wraps per inch) counter and start making notes. Until then I guess i'll just keep winging it.

This lovely bit of yarn is a nice 2ply. It is from Spindipity's shop and it was made for the June box for the PhatFiber group. It's called Puck.

As a former Puck (renamed Bip for our High Schools version) I had to have it. It will probably knit up into a nice cowl. Something to keep mischief close to mind ;)

I'm going to have to make a point to write more often.
After my little vacation that is.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

quick garden update

Because I know you are all on the edge of your seats waiting to hear how the garden is going, I'm going to grant your wish.

It's going rather well.
There are a few things I have learned for next year.
One of which being, do not plant so many tomatoes next to each other.

As you can see here, they have gone a bit wild.
They are even fighting with the Raspberry bushes.
They should both just really learn to stay of the paths and out of each others way.

The yellow beans that I saved from last year are coming along well.
I'm kind of surprised because I really didn't do anything special to keep them. I just put them in a jar out of the light.

Some of the Peppers are doing well. the little heirloom ones aren't though.
I'm going to transplant them to the spot where the Radishes where.
The yellow ones seen here aren't being shaded out by the zucchini, yet.

This is a Tomatillo. We got it from the East Side Co-Op plant sale. HT wanted to try them as that Bobby Flay guy is always using them.
They kind of look the the paper lantern plant.

And soon my friends, we will have more peas then we know what to do with. I'm going to have to learn how to can peas I think.
I love the way the vines look. So delicate yet so strong.

So that's all for the garden. If anyone wants any mustard greens, swiss char, or lettuces we've got tons to share.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

... 2-3-4 ...

The Tour is going well.
I have spun each day. Some days for quiet a bit. Other days for just a little while.

Here is a short recap (as Blogger doesn't like my photos) of days 2-4.

Here we have day 2. Nearish to the end of the day. I got a bit of spinning done while watching the Hangover with HT and Unger. Pretty funny movie really.

Day 3 pretty much looks the same, it's a little more full though.

Here is day 4. I took the wheel to work so that I could take it with me to knit night. Then my Ass. Manager wanted to grab a drink after work so I took it with to the bar. No since in walking all the way to the car and then back to the bar.

Turns out that an Iki spinning while drinking a Nordeast isn't something that regularly happens at the bar next to work. We got quiet the crowd. They wanted to see how it worked to I did a short bit.
Made that AM take a picture just for you all ;)

After the drunks had stopped talking to us it was time to go to knit night. The folks at the Blue Moon are used to us knitters with our loud talk and weird contraptions. So the wheel and I didn't make much of a scene there.

Though as you can see. I did get a lot done. Tomorrow after all the meetings and car things are done I might just finish up the Natchwoolie Peach Tree. Though I do have the front and back of some sleeves to knit.

That's right, "front and back" of sleeves. I really wonder what these UK designers are thinking some times. But I'll go with it.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

A long week and a Tour

It has been a rather long week.
I've been at the shop each day. And then i've been working on this when I get home.

What is it you ask?
It is the old kitchen cupboards (taken down and saved by the former owners) that I, with the help of my friend Unger, am turning into an Armour. It might also serve as on of the "leg"s for a new craft/computer desk.

I have also been stopping by the new coffee shop here in my little nordeast neighborhood. They really made the place bright and clean (the old one was getting dingy). The coffee is good, the food is good, you should go there so that they can be sure to stick around.

I have also been spending the first few days of my weeks stopping into local liquor stores to see if they have any Nordeast available. Sadly the only place I can seem to find it is at the restaurants. But hey, we had a great meal tonight.

As for the tour part of our title, well i'm trying to participate in the Tour de Fleece this year. I didn't have a lot of time today to spin, but I did make a nice chain-ply bit of yarn. It is even semi-consistent. In the above pictures you can see the 3 stages the fiber went through.

I think I might even be bringing the wheel to knit night this week.