Saturday, November 28, 2009

Live from Studio S

Okay, I'm not feeling quite so lively at the moment. But I did get a few more things done today. I finally got the old sofa and ottoman out of here, freeing up much needed room in the studio. But, it is from from finished. I went and bought a new work table, a table that I am working from this very minute. I got the spinning wheel in here in it's rightful place. But I have another table that will be here next weekend along with two cabinets.

I did however manage to get these little fellows settled. Yes, the Sheep Shack is nearly complete!

The Sheep Shack

More work to do tomorrow, but I think this will do for today. I have knitting to be done!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

As we rush to get the turkey in the oven, or that pie baked, or the kids in the car to get to grandma's house, lets remember to take a moment to be thankful for the kids, the food and grandma.

To be thankful for online friends that support our addiction to wool and cotton when our families and friends at home are checking the phone book for hospitals for the knitterly insane.

Be thankful for the smaller things like LYS sales, and the friendly staff that relieve our anxiety and stress.

Be careful out there as you travel to and from, we want everyone back here in blogland safe and sound!

Happy Thanksgiving!

P.S. Don't forget to have your fiber!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Can You Believe?

Okay, I am so unprepared for the holidays. I can't even believe Thanksgiving is essential here. We will be dining with the family at my Aunt's so everyone brings something or a couple of somethings so no one person is responsible for cooking the entire meal. It is so much fun and we always have great food and fun.
So I went shopping this evening for what I needed for my dishes. I went later in the evening thinking everyone else would be done and out of the store, wrong, wrong, wrong! And they hadn't had a chance to restock so they didn't have all the ingredients I needed. So off to another store tomorrow. ug.

I am in complete denial that Christmas is 4 weeks away, yes, in case you haven't checked your calendar lately, because you have been busy knitting, I said 4 weeks away! Honestly I can't think about it. I am usually decorating for Christmas Thanksgiving weekend, and I don't think that is going to be happen. The studio is still in transition and I just cannot bring myself to decorate for Christmas without having the studio finished.

In other news, there is a Stitches and Stories group on Ravelry, come join us we are having a blast over there.

I am knitting the mate to a sock. A plain ribbed sock and also still working on the comfort blanket.

The Etsy shop is stocked and there is some roving looking for a new home.

And I am spinning some purple wool roving and thinking of plying of a strand of gold cotton in with it.

I hope everyone is having some fiber fun!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Hard work and other fun

I have been working all morning converting our den to my new studio. I have been moving books for hours and bookshelves and other things and I feel like I am no closer to having this done than when I started. The hubby is wanted to add a new Internet drop for me today but I have to get some other things done first. He is so sweet. He bought me a new laptop yesterday so I can have a nice new one for the studio. I am loving Windows 7 and I didn't think I would.

I have finished a scarf this week and am steadying knitting some socks and an afghan still. I went to Knitting Sisters yesterday and bought some new sock yarn. Now I want to knit with that instead of what I am using. And the sock yarn I thought there last week.

We are finally starting to dry out a little from the Nor'easter. We have been running our submersible pump to help get the water off the patio. It is sunny and warm here today finally. I hope we have a few days of sun to help everyone dry out, so many people have water in their homes.

And update on the Hats for the Homeless project, I have about 8 hats so far and 19 scarves. Remember if you want to donate a hat or scarf, email so I can put your name in that "hat" for the roving or hand spun. And to send you the mailing address.
I anyone would like to donate a "prize" for the drawing please email me.

email: milly@stitchesandstories.com

Can you believe Thanksgiving is nearly upon, I have to decide what to make to take to the family dinner this year! Yikes!

Don't forget to have some fiber fun today.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Launching Hats for the Homeless Project

The winter months are approaching fast here in southeast Virginia. And this week we are having a Nor'easter as well. It's cold, it's raining, flood warnings are popping up everywhere and so far we've had two nights with temps in the 30s which is unusual for us before Thanksgiving.

And during all of this there we have homeless individuals and families in our city, like so many other towns and cities. And like so many other places this past year we have seen and increase in homelessness. Many of these homeless are veterans too, which is a sad commentary on our society I believe.

I do what I can to help support the local charities and churches that provide, food, clothing and shelter, but somehow it just doesn't seem like enough sometimes.

So I have started a project to collect hats and/or scarves even gloves and mittens to try offer a little more warmth this winter.

This will be on on-going project, but I would like to try to collect 200 hats before Christmas.

Hats are a great way to use up that small amount of yarn you had left over from a project, or a wonderful one skein project. And they do not take long to knit up.

Please send me an email at milly@stitchesandstories.com to let me know if you would like to donate a hat. I will put your name in the "hat" for a random drawing for either 4oz of Southdown Babydoll roving, or a 4oz ball of Southdown Babydoll.

So knitters, get those needles warmed up, pull out that one ball of yarn you didn't know what do with, and lets help keep the homeless a little warmer this winter!

Thank you!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

A New Scarf

I had my new fall scarf with the hand dyed yarns finished in time to wear for Halloween, too bad it was 80 degrees here. But, that is okay because in true coastal Virginia fashion it is only 57 here today with a strong breeze so there will be plenty of days to wear the scarf. I chose a lacey pattern for it, so that he could be worn more often than a heavy thick scarf (which will probably be next).

I wanted to be able to show it to you in a fun and creative way, keeping with the spirit of the day, but I had a very relunctant model.

Lily the super model

As you can see she is making her displeasure quite obvious.

So I gave up on the live super model idea.

Fall Scarf

Today will be a day for spinning.

Go have some fiber fun!