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Thursday, May 17, 2012


I found my sneaky little camera cord camouflaging itself with my (somewhat neglected) Kindle and Kindle cord. (They're both white, and they were wrapped up together--sheesh.  So, now we have pictures!

Also found has been my interest in spindle spinning. The roving I dyed (which is a merino/silk/nylon/silver sparkle yarn) is spinning up so beautifully. I cannot wait to finish spinning and plying it so that I can knit it up into some little special something.

Today's "homebrew" is a green tea with white grape that I got at a Persian store a few blocks from my house. They have loads and loads of interesting varieties, so between them and a few other tea purveyors I use (David's, Steven Smith Teamakers, TeaGschwedner), I have nearly endless opportunities. Yum!

I finally finished a project I began months ago. My friend's sister had a baby, so I wanted to make something for the new arrival (Petronella--how cute is that?!) and her big sister. I had actually finished little Petronella's dress...three times. Each time, something just wasn't quite right. My OCD went into overdrive, and I ripped back three times for things that most people would have let go. I really need to work on that because I would finish things so much faster if I only knit them once! Oy.

The Dungeon is calling...gotta run!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Way Too Late Update

Poor, sad little blog, you have been sorely neglected. C'est dommage! Well, let's not dwell...

It's been a strange spring here in the city of wind. Temps have been either higher or lower than normal, and an early warm up put things into bloom a tad early. The weather and my desire to garden never quite seem to sync up. This year, with my biggest plans afoot, I am a bit late to the game. I decided to revamp our backyard, something that's only taken me 10.5 years in the house to do. The hard work has been digging out Jurrassic quantities of ferns that were threatening to birth Brontosauri any moment. I know it's going to take some time to go from point drab to fab back there, especially because I am taking a do-it-yourself (read: budget) approach, but I am in it for the long haul.

Spring/summer affords me one of my favorite luxuries: the daily mason jar of sun tea. I love switching up flavors, and it never gets boring. It's such a simple pleasure.

I recently returned from Camp Kip, where I was lucky to attend and and vend at both sessions. I was fortunate to have been chosen to dye the camp colorway, which everyone received in their goody bags. The colorway, Gnome, Sweet Gnome, was a big hit, and people have been making gorgeous projects with it, which is such a thrill. Of course, I do not have a good picture since my camera cord has gone AWOL. (I suspect it is hiding somewhere with my iPod, which has also gone on a walkabout, it seems.) It was a lot of fun, and I got to hang out with so many nice knitters and spinners.

There is a lot of dyeing happening in the Dungeon. I am prepping for the Midwest Fiber Festival, where Windy Knitty will feature Fleur de Fiber in their booth. Sadly, I will miss the festival since I will be at TNNA, but I'm not complaining! TNNA is a kid-in-a-candy-store-experience, to be sure. Everyone just floats along on the wool fumes, dazed looks on their faces. (Actually, not matter how wonderful the conference, it is a conference, and you have to fuel yourself with coffee and wine, and since it's in Columbus, the occasional taste of Jeni's Ice Cream.)

I have been doing some experimenting with dyeing roving, and it has been a spectacular success. I've got a spindle full of the goodness right now, and it has renewed my interest in handspinning. (Roving may make an appearance in the Etsy shop soon--just as soon as I can find that dang camera cord. Grr)