Thoughts on a Wednesday

Thoughts on a Wednesday

Hello Everyone! 

I am managing to stay current in Blog 365.

I have “A” completed for the ABC Along.

I have spent some time each day to spin, which works for NaspiMoMo – National Spin More Month.

Whew – this is almost like a job!!

I have spun up some Kid Mohair that I got for a song from someone who was stash busting.  It is from Koenig Farms.  Mohair is a bit slippery to spin, but the halo on the finished product is really lovely.  One draw back to this fiber – vegetable matter.  The stuff was filled with it!  Yeah, picking out pieces of wood, straw, and whatever’s was oh so much fun – not. 

The color is not great – but it has shades of purples, blues, and very pale yellows. 

Then, I finished spinning and plying some Merino that I got from the same source – there was just over a pound of merino – so I ended up with a good quantity of yarn. 

Much more purples in this fiber – and some great greens.  I need to set the twist yet on these skeins, but once it is dry – I want to swatch some of this up.  I still have some “thick and thin” spots, but all in all, I am very happy with the end result.

I also have spun up some pencil rovings – in two different shades.  One all orangy in the shades, the other greens.  I want to knit this up into the Chevron Scarf – and it will be my St. Paddy’s Day scarf – The Orange and The Green.  I should fit in with any crowd then, don’t you think?

Hmmm, I thought I had a photo of the orange – I will have to get one on here.  I am extremely pleased with the consistancy of this yarn.  These colors are right up my alley – and a bit of weekend knitting should have the Chevron Scarf completed in short order!

Then, one last high light from  St. Distaff’s Day – my friend Rob did some dyeing demonstrations during the day.  He dyed some superwash merino roving, one of which you see below.  I am excited to spin this up.  There are long color runs, but I am thinking that I am going to spin each color by itself and then ply 2 colors together…. stay tuned for progress on this!

Lest you all think that there is not job hunting going on here at the Home for the Unemployed, never fear.  Job hunting is part of my morning routine.  One cup of coffee and I head over to each morning to check what new jobs I can apply for. Then heading over to the Michigan Talent Bank to see what new jobs are there – there are not so many here, but I look daily! Then, I direct my mouse to to see what is available there.

Who ever thought looking for a job would be so unproductive!

I then reward myself with a bit of blog reading and some Ravelry play time. 

Okay, I am off to knit on my Nordic Star Socks – I am through the second pattern set and about to begin the third pattern – the heel is looming in my sight!  9 short rows to go. 

I will post a photo tomorrow to show you my progress!

Have a good one all!

Rain, rain go away…

Hello Everyone!  It is just pouring outside – and I mean pouring.  There is a river flowing through my backyard.  I’d take a picture, but it is raining too hard!! 

We had thunderstorms roll through last night and had some tornado warnings north of us.  Yes, it is January in Michigan.  We lost our power at about 3AM and did not regain power until about 6:30AM.  Strange weather I am telling you.

I spent last night watching The Game and I was spinning away to watch the LSU Tigers emerge victorious over OSU.  Nothing strange about that!  And, it made this U of M fan exceedingly happy!  This closes the door on college football until the fall – a bittersweet thing.  I enjoy college football a tremendous amount!  However – fortunately college basketball is heating up and March Madness is on the the horizon. 

I notice that several blogs are posting about the political antics of the Caucus and the Primaries that are going on.  Michigan jumps into the fray next week Tuesday with our primary.  I am looking for the knitter amongst the candidates, and I see nary a one.  I really want to know what are their thoughts on fiber and all things fiber related.  I personally think that if there was more knitting time in the White House and Congress – life would be much more genteel.  I mean, think of this gentle readers – if the President worked on a nationwide knit along, how much more focused would they all be?!  He could even think globally and take a page from International swaps that would bring people together in a wonderfully creative way.  After all, it would be kind of hard to fight with someone you are knitting something for.  I’d like to invite any of the candidates to come spend some time in any knitting group – I know they would all be welcoming.  Heavens, if they don’t know how to knit – don’t worry, someone will gladly share their love of the craft.  They’d be knitting in no time.  So, if you are truly a candidate interested in my vote – leave me a comment and I will get you directions to my Thursday night Knit Group.  I will save you a seat!! 

Have a good day all!

Global Warming?

Hello Everyone! 

Well, all the snow is gone away. 

It is over 50 degrees out. 

And it is January 7.

And, it has been raining steadily all morning.

Can someone please tell me if I should be wearing spring clothing or winter woolies????

Odd weather, that is for sure!

On the sporting front – tonight is the BCS Championship Game – Ohio State vs. LSU.  I don’t think I have to tell you all that I will not be rooting for OSU.  It will be a fun evening – I plan to spin the night away – and cheer the LSU Tigers on!

I also need to pull out some of my languishing WIP’s – the time for hibernation is over.  They need to come off the needles and be finished.  I also have signed up for a Manos Afgan Class – not that I need a class on afgan blocks – but the motivation will be good.  I am doing this with Blogless Mary and Ann at Country Needle Works in Grandville.  I am looking forward to one Saturday a month and some knitting fellowship with Mary and Ann.  Mary, over-acheiver that she is, already has square #1 almost done. 

I also saw the “Great American Afgan” worked up at Threadbear yesterday – wow, that is truly gorgeous.  I have not had much interest in the pattern – I am not a fan of off-white at all.  This sample was worked up in a heathery green Cascade Superwash – and it was truly lovely.  I will have to let this mull around in my head for a bit.  Hmmmmm……

Alright, I am off to get the day rolling.  Have a good one all!

It's all about Alice…

It's all about Alice…

Hello Everyone! 

Shhhhhh…. don’t tell anyone, but I escaped today with Alice. 


Yes, we ran away together – to Lansing – to St. Distaff’s Day – at Threadbear. 

Alice loved it there.  We walked in the door and the aroma of sheepy-ness was a fragrant perfume wafting over us.  Alice was quivering with excitement!  With her encouragement, I purchased my very first fleece in grease.  Some truly lovely caramel colored Shetland – from a very sweet sheep named Shannon. 

There was some gorgeous black wool from a sheep named Alice – but my Alice would not hear of it. 

She is The Only Alice. 

So, we brought Shannon home instead.

We had a marvelous time, Alice and I.  Time in quiet meditation, spinning together.

And, I am finding that in my quest to participate in Blog 365, I am thinking much more during the day about writing. 

This is also my first photo for the ABC Along I am participating in!

I hope your weekend was restful, relaxing, and that you are rejuvinated for the week ahead.



Hello Everyone!  It has been a relaxing weekend – for me and for the wee beasties that abide here!  I got the cats a “scratching board” complete with catnip. 

While Noel was totally aloof to the new item – Maddie was purely hedonistic – or is that catonistic!  She promptly layed down on top of the scratcher and began to purr so loudly, I wish I could have recorded her.  My son laughed hysterically at our “stoned cat”.  Proof is in the picture –

—Yes, my eyes are rolled back in my head – what’s that flash?????

We laughed for a good long time at her antics.  Crazy cat!

As for me – Alice and I spent some quality time together this afternoon!  I have been plying up some singles.  And, I will be filling those bobbins right back up – I am heading over to Lansing tomorrow to celebrate Distaff’s Day with the spinners over there. 

The weather has warmed up – we were a balmy 42 degrees out today!  And, it is supposed to be even warmer tomorrow.  All that wintry whiteness is melting away.  We have thunderstorms in the forecast for Monday.  Yes, you read that right – thunderstorms!

Have a great evening everyone! 

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