Thursday, October 30, 2008

Is it really Thursday already?

It seems impossible but it is nearly the weekend, halloween and the end of October all at once. The holidays will be upon us in a matter of weeks. But, lets not think about that right now.

Things are still busy here with attempting to sell our home and buy a little sheep farm for Stitches and Stories.

I have been corresponding with a very nice lady, Lisa at
Silver Branch Farm here in Virgnia. She has graciously offered all kinds of information and samples from her Babydoll Southdowns. Which is my sheep of choice for the size and low maintenance.
There seems to be some dispute with spinners out there as to the quality of the wool from these adorable little creatures and I'm not sure why. They are graded at 55-60, their micron count is 19 which puts in the realm of cashmere, the only thing I can think of is because the staple is only 2 inches. But I don't think it is unworkable.
I have some sample coming my way this week and will examine them. But, if there are other spinners out there with experience with wool from Babydoll's please let me know your thoughts and opinions on the matter.

Here is one of the places we have been looking at, it has a barn, another outbuilding we would convert to a chicken coop, a large garage and a cute cottage.
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It sure would be nice to have a new house for Christmas, wouldn't it?

In knitting news, I am half way through the second sock in a pair and have had a request from a co-worker to make him some red warm socks he can wear while hunting.
Anyone have any thoughts on a good wool or wool blend yarn in red for socks? I am searching around, for some to give him a cost estimate.

I hope everyone is looking forward to the weekend as much as I am. One last interview with a listing agent and we could have this baby on the market this weekend! Woot!

Happy Knitting!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

What a Week!

I am sorr dear reader for not keeping you more up to date on the goings on here.
We are in full house buying/selling mode here at the home of Stitches and Stories.
The current house is being scrubbed and cleaned to within and inch of its life, carpets are being ripped out and hardwood floors underneath, are being polished and shined.
Small items and photos are being boxed up, we have made wonderful friends at the local liquer store, by acquiring all the boxes they can spare, which means they don't have to spend their evenings breaking them down to recycle them.

Plans are being made to get measurements and estimates on things for the new house (not yet bought, but making an offer this week)

New appliances are being sought.

The girls and especially Molly (see dogster page below in the bar on the right) is particularly affected when routines or anything changes. She is very disturbed by all the changes taking place and not quite sure what she should do about it.
Poor dear, she is pacing a lot and sleeping. She is going to have a doggy spa day today. Maybe that will make her feel better she loves a good brushing.

On of course things are work are picking up with the new position, which is more public now and in the midst of all this madness I had to take time to go to a dinner to honor local business leaders in the community. It was a wonderful evening and a good time was had by all, but that was three hours I could have been cleaning or packing something.

I will post pictures of the precious cottage we are going to put an offer on soon.
It is adorable and the five acres it comes with is perfect for Stitches and Stories to start producing its own yarn! Fingers crossed there.

So please stay turned dear reader, more to come!

Happy Knitting!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Stash Enchancement

This weekend was mostly spent painting and doing odd jobs around the house, but I did take a little time for some stash enhancement and not just for yarn.

I did get a little yarn for a shawl, and then some DMC floss for my current cross stitch progect, and there was a project bag on sale so I had to get that, and oh yeah, a bottle of wine for the evening.

But please remember knit responsibly, friends don't let friends knit drunk.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

So Much Going On

Busy, busy, as busy as can be.

Things have been really busy around Stitches and Stories this week. We are in the height of house hunting and have been spending every weekend looking at houses. Our real estate agent has the patience of a saint, I can tell you.

This weekend was no exception and my blogging is starting to suffer, so I hope we find a place soon. We have looked at some strong possibilities. The goal is to give Stitches and Stories a source of it’s own wool.

But lately I have had the urge to do some cross stitching. I haven’t done any in over a year, since I started knitting. But I am ready to try and balance out my projects a little. So yesterday I spent a little time going through my stash of patterns and floss and picked out one to be stitched on linen. And it is portable, so that is nice. I have both my sock and my cross stitch with me today so I have my choice of fun projects at lunch time at work.

Cross stitch project details:
Good Friends, by Paula Vaughan leisure Arts Leaflet 2735.
On Linen 22 count.

The bathroom renovation is done.
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I have facebook page now as well.

Happy Knitting and Stitching!