Sunday, March 30, 2008

Last ditch efforts

I have been madly crocheting the handspun shawl that I am putting in the Fibers through Time Gallery. It is a great pattern by local fiber guru, Kathy Withers of Unique Designs. I was hoping to finish last night and block this morning, but of course, my friend Murphy showed up and said HA right in my face. I am about 4 yards short of yarn to finish the last row. I think I can spin more to match. going to give it a go here in a moment, but thought I would let you all know how it goes.

Had a great time with Sharayah here. We knit and watched movies and she participated in our Gansey study group and came home and knit nearly the entire teddy bear sweater in the following days! The girl is amazing!

She is back in Bellingham,WA now for a few more months to finish her BA, then she comes to live here, YEAH! She called yesterday and told me it was snowing up there. She was so dejected and is so looking forward to being here in the sunshine, it was rather sweet.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

E is for Exact!

I was having trouble coming up with an example of E, until I dyed my Bare sock yarn from Knitpicks to match my Apricot Malabrigo. I would say, that for an hobbyist dyer, I got an EXACT match on the wonderful peachy color! My yarn is on the left and the Malabrigo is on the right. What do you think? Pretty good, Eh?

I ordered more of the Apricot so that I can knit up the Sunkist pattern that is on Ravelry. It is a cropped top down sweater that I am going to alter to have some open lacy texture. Malabrigo is a wonderful yarn, soft and warm. The pattern will help me have a sweater that will be easy to wear in the summer here in all the cold air conditioned places. And, of course, I will have socks that match! Too Cool.

I am making good progress on my Mr. Greenjeans sweater, but I don't think I will have it done in time to wear it for St. Patty's. I have to finish the second clog for the class I am teaching this Saturday first. then I can concentrate on Mr. Greenjeans. Then I have to crochet the shawl for Fibers Through Time by April 3rd! I must love the excitement that deadlines bring, or else I am an Excitement Junkie!

I will keep you all up to date as I can. My best friend comes tonight for a short visit and then Saturday my daughter, Rayah, comes for 10 days! Woo Hoo! I love having company, especially when we have our cleaning gal coming on Friday. LOL Plus I have the whole weekend off.

Hey, another thing to let you know, I can go back to a 5 day work week next week! I will have Tuesday and Wednesday off every week and boy, will I love it! I can go back to my Tuesday weight watchers meeting in the morning and I can go to the Weavers and Spinners guild meetings on the 4th Wednesdays! I just have to trade with my partner to be able to go to the knitters guild on the third Thursdays.
It will be so great to not have to work 7 to 9 days in a row anymore. Halle Lu :)

Thursday, March 6, 2008

First Class a Success!

I really enjoyed teaching the fiber trends felted clogs class yesterday! I had two students and both got a good start on their first one. I had typed out the first 6 rows to be more readable with only the numbers for the women's medium. I really recomend this to you all. If you need it, I can email it to you.

To keep us relaxed, I brought my ipod boom box and played music from the movie "Emma" as well as some soundscape background music. And I brought some girl scout cookies. We drank tea and had a great time! We meet again next Saturday to go over the cuff and double sole and felting tips. Then I can join the spinning group there afterwards!

I got my first shipment of fiber from Spunky Eclectic's fiber club yesterday! It is South African Fine and is really soft. I will add a picture when Blogger let's me. It is on the blink right now. The colors are pink, yellow and a very subtle lavender.