Monday, August 31, 2009

Feeling Cocky

We had a lovely day this past weekend. We went to a part of town called Phoebus. It used to be it's own city but many years ago it was incorporated into the city of Hampton. It has many lovely shops and restaurants. We started at a used and rare bookstore which is just full of all kinds of fascinating books. We walked across the street and enjoyed a peppermint patty latte at Phoebus Coffee House . The folks there are truly friendly and very knowledgeable. After that a stroll down the street for a little window shopping. But I hadn't gone far when this little fellow caught my eye. I don't know why exactly but I had to have him.

Chicken

I think he looks right at home up there. I have a couple of prints I am going to hang around him to give him some company.

I received a yummy fiber rich package in the mail today, more on that tomorrow.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Random Act of Corn

This year we expanded our garden to include more tomato plants, added cherry tomatoes, more bell peppers, zucchini, squash, string beans and cucumbers. But some how we also got this...

random corn

I believe a little birdy dropped a seed kernel in our cherry tomato patch and it grew!

It is feed corn, not anything you would want to eat, but it has produced three ears and I have shared it with my blogless friend Anna for her chickens and goats to feast on. Her chickens give us fresh eggs every week and her goats provide wonderful kid mohair!

I pay her for the eggs in tomatoes and other veggies we grew this year, it is a wonderful trade. And know we can pay the chickens directly.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Houston, we have a hat!

You remember the industrious ladies of the Hatteras Hatters...
Martha Scott Stocker,Connie Robinson,Knitting

Well, here is the first hat!
hat,knitting

Isn't it lovely! That is Martha's first ever hat, first time knitting in the round and first time using magic loop, rather than DPs. I think she did a wonderful job! And the best part is she is eager and ready to start another! Hooray a knitalochic is born. Martha is not new to knitting completely she has been making some seriously beautiful scarves for a while and decided they needed hat mates. I explained to her that all of the principles she has learn for her hat, the 2x ribbing the stockinette stitch, the decreases and the closure method at the top can all be applied to sock knitting. There the gusset of course, but that is easily learned now that she has all the other basics. I will convert her to a sock knitter yet!

Connie, is enjoying her scarf, and is moving right along. I think we will have some pictures to show you from Connie soon as well. Everyone is having a good time with their yarn and needles and that is the important thing.

Myself, well I have started yet another sock, I probably didn't have to tell you that, you already knew. But I am still at a loss for the wrap/shawl idea. I haven't found anything that really gets the mojo going. So this week, it is just socks.

The Entrelac socks in the August-October 2009 issue of Cast-on. I am using size 2 needles and Patons, Kroy Socks yarn colorway Flax.

socks,entrelac

They are very enjoyable to knit and not at all difficult. The pattern is very easy to follow with help tips to help along the way.

Also, my dear friend Amanda is opening her on-line store, please go and visit her, she is still working on some areas, so please visit her often and check for updates.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Making Progress

I finished the mate to a sock this week, I ripped out a wrap I was working on because I wasn’t liking how it was turning out at all. I started another pair of socks and looking for a more suitable wrap/shawl pattern that I will enjoy. I spun almost all day on Saturday, some very yummy Kid Mohair and Romney. I haven’t quite decided what it shall be, but I haven’t quite finished spinning it all yet either, so I need to see how much there is when I’m done and then I can plan for it’s next life as something wearable.

The Hatteras Hatters are going strong and making amazing progress, I think we will have one or two FO’s soon to share with you. These ladies are troopers and very determined! I think we definitely have two new/renewed knitters here!

I finished my first weaving project. As soon as I put a hem in it, it will morph into six mug mats. I have to say that my first weaving project went better than my first sock project! But, just about anything would I suppose. But I am encouraged that I may be able to produce some lovely woven items very shortly. Which is good because there are only 128 knitting days left until Christmas. (That includes Christmas Even, you know just in case)

Has anyone else started projects for the holidays?

Happy fiber everthing!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Alas the weekend

The weekend is finally here. I am ready to conquer, but it is midnight and I cannot sleep. I took a little power nap around 10pm and now I am ready for the rest of the night, but alas, I am the only one. So here I am, hanging out in blogland.
It has been a really busy week. I've been weaving every night when I get home at least for an hour, my first sample is finally done. I will have pictures tomorrow of that. (too late to try to find the camera at the moment).

But I do have pictures from last weekends visit to the Mariners Museum.
Mariners Museum 09

This is an actual light from a light house. There is a nice display and explanation of how things work.

Mariners Museum 09,1562
A map from the 1500s, can you believe that! It has been well cared for and the artistry of the cartographers are amazing, especially when you consider the time frame when it was created.

Mariners Museum 09,enigma
I took a picture of this just because you see or hear about it in old war movies and even a James Bond movie once, that is the German Enigma machine.

Mariners Museum 09

All of these bottles were found in the York River, from the 1700s, the time in the water and sand turned them into these fabulous colors, the picture does not do them justice.

There was very little fiber on this day but I did find this...
Mariners Museum 09
Wool suite worn by Admiral Byrd on his second trip to Antartica, there is a video of him trying to pet the penguins. The penguins were having none of it.

And this I thought was just freaky.
Mariners Museum 09

Mariners Museum 09

This is a display to show the inside of a submarine. My hubby loves war movies and submarine movies so I took this picture of the controls, the first picture was blurry, so I snapped a second one and that turn out fine. I have to tell you I didn't move or shake the camera in anyway. I took adjusted my position just a little bit and took a third picture.

Mariners Museum 09,Odd

I have no explanation. No other pictures had this problem. Just freaky.

The day was quite enjoyable, we have been there before and concentrated this time on just special areas we enjoy.

This week I also purchased a new ball winder, the Strauch Jumbo Ball Winder, my little red and white plastic ball winder has outlived it's usefulness and it was time for a serious upgrade.
This is a lovely well balanced piece of equipment and well worth every penny.
If you could only buy one ball winder, I recommend this one.
ball winder

I'm very excited to use this new baby!

I'm sensing a fun filled fiber weekend! I hope you are too!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Weaving and Poll Results

The votes are in and 60% of us describe ourselves as fiber artists of some type. Good job, now the question is how do you act on that? How many people know you are a fiber artist? Do you put it out there, say by wearing what you make or making things for others, or is it something you do in the spare bedroom and no one knows about it outside of your family? I'm a fiber artist! Say loud, say proud!

Thanks to everyone who voted! Your awesome!

I have finally attempted to use my table top loom. I started playing with it last week and when I got to the point that no youtube video was going to help, I schleped it down to the store where I bought and got my first lesson. The owner is so nice and patient. I was down there all day, she show me how to correct a couple mistakes and left me to it,so she could tend her customers then came back to check on me and helped me get to the next step and now I am weaving mug mats! I'm so excited! I'm already planning my next larger project, perhaps a scarf? hmmm. Maybe some table linens.

So much fiber so little time!
weaving

weaving

Saturday, August 1, 2009

How Do You Describe Yourself?

I was doing a little web surfing this morning and I found this great website and film, Who Does She Think She Is? and as I watched the trailer I started to think this how ironic this is, because just this week I had a conversation with my husband and a friend about how we identify ourselves. I identify myself as a fiber artist, not by what I do between 8-5 every day. There are a couple of reasons for that, the first, while at 5pm my identity that pays the bills ceases to exist, but I am always a fiber artist, finding ways to fit knitting or spinning on breaks during the day. I always have at least one sock project with me and sometimes my drop spindle. I often help others and they help me with my knitting in a variety of ways through out the day.

The second reason, is that I do enjoy what I do to an extent. It is certainly more enjoyable than many other jobs I have had, but it is not who I am and therefore, if I allow it to become such, I feel it would be a source of great stress. Now, if I did fiber related things between 8-5pm that would be a different story, but at the moment I do not and I am very careful to not let the day job interfere with who I am. I feel I am a much happier person because of this.

I encourage you, if you haven't already to think about how you identify yourself, when someone asks you what you do, what do you tell them? I have added a poll in the sidebar on the right, I hope you will take a moment to participate.