Thursday, June 28, 2007


Yay! I love this kind of thing! I have been tagged by Stilaholic Nartian Knits with the Wikipedia Birthday Meme, which I did over here on the non-knitting page.

Next: Black Sheep Stash! DBF buys me YARN! And I come home to Socks that Rock June shipment! Yay!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Black Sheep Gathering Coming Up

I leave Wednesday for Oregon to attend the Black sheep Gathering. I will learn to spin! I will gawk at Sheep! I will purchase a spinning wheel! I will get drunk on Oregon Pinot Noir!
I'm very excited.
Any advice? What to bring, what to buy, what to wear, where to go in Portland or Eugene?

Monday, June 11, 2007

Baby Sweater

Started: Sometime after 5/25/07
Completed: 6/11/07
Yarn: W.West Designs Elysee 55% Wool 45% Rayon 50g/60y 4 balls
Pattern: Daisy by Stephanie Pearl McPhee (Yarn Harlot to you!)
Needles: Clover Bamboo #7s
This little sweater is blocking right now. I'm not sure which of two little baby boys will receive it yet, but since their births are imminent, I thought I should get a move on.
Now I just need to find some cute buttons!
(Does anyone else fear that buttons on baby clothes are a choking hazard? Anyone? Ideas?)

Oh: And did you see the new Summer 07 Knitty is up?

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Real Live Wool- Still on the Sheep!

This is Gardenia, a baby Romney Sheep owned by my friend Jan. After a tough start she is still being bottle-fed (That isn't beer. I know it looks like beer but it really isn't beer. Although large beer bottles with nipple attachments would probably sell really well to a certain type of guy...)
Our little knitting group met at Jan's house for a field trip to visit her sheep.
This second photo shows the flock of Romney sheep. These are the ewes and kids. Aren't they out-standing in their field? (Har-Har: I am so easily amused.)
Unfortunately I will be off-island during their shearing this year. However, I will be taking a shearing class at the end of June and will hopefully be able to help next time. Can't you just see me wrestling one of these guys down and stealing their fleece? (And washing, drying, carding...)
Near Future Purchase: Spinning Wheel.
Anyone have any advice for a first-time spinning wheel purchase?

Monday, June 04, 2007

New Sock New Beach

I took my sock to the beach. My knitting recently has been squeezed in between working and diving and relationship and family and writing. New on the needles is this sock, the February Socks that Rock club installment in deliciously warm and cozy wool dyed in stormy colors and named "Monsoon".
Seems rather inappropriate beach knitting: Warm, Stormy, Wooly, Thick and double ribbed. Not to mention: Hello? I just started the FEBRUARY sock club sock...
Also on the needles:
A baby sweater in the wrong gauge.
That Cromarty Aran sweater in the wrong gauge.
A cozy little house sweater was began (in the wrong gauge) and ripped out so I could give DBF the yarn for a baby blanket he is whipping up (yup: That makes project# 3 for the new knitting man! yay!)
This beach trip was a spontaneous side trip during the surface interval between two shore dives he and I did on Saturday. Neither of us had been to this beach park, so after a bumpy off-road truck ride, we grabbed the small cooler and a towel, locked up the dive gear, and hung out at the beach for a bit.
Guess what he said when I pulled the sock out of the cooler and started a new row? Nope. Guess again.
"No fair! I was gonna bring MY knitting then didn't!"