Thursday, December 25, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I am the mother who gives all that I have to my children, my time, my love, my honesty and my humility. Each day not only do I try to be a better parent but I keep my eyes open, learning from them how to be a better person. I am many things that only my dear husband sees. I am strong, and at times I am feeble. I am impatient and impulsive, emotional and passionate. I am not perfect, I am aspiring. These words comforted like a warm blanket in a time of self doubt. So thank you dear husband for the best gift. And every day I can live knowing that I am not a cabochon and my husband loves my facets.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test...
Traditional, Vibrant, and Tasteful
13 Islamic, -1 Impressionist, -3 Ukiyo-e, 3 Cubist, 1 Abstract and -13 Renaissance!
Islamic art is developed from many sources: Roman, Early Christian, and Byzantine styles were taken over in early Islamic architecture; the architecture and decorative art of pre-Islamic Persia was of paramount significance; Central Asian styles were brought in with various nomadic incursions; and Chinese influences . Islamic art uses many geometical floral or vegetable designs in a repetitive pattern known as arabesque. It is used to symbolize the transcendent, indivisible and infinite nature of Allah.
People that like Islamic art tend to be more traditional people that appreciate keeping patterns that they learned and experienced from their past. It is not to say that they are not innovative personalities, they just do not like to let go of their roots. They like to put new ideas into details and make certain that they will work before sharing them with others. Failure is not something they like to think about because they are more interested in being successful and appreciated for their intelligence. These people can also be or like elaborate things in their life as long as they are tasteful. They tend to prefer geometric patterns and vibrant colors.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Halloween weekend we headed to Dallas. One of A's clients gave us tickets to the Dickies 500. While there we spent time with my friend Kandi and her adorable family. The kids were so cute in their costumes, Jordan makes an awfully sweet, I mean terrifying mummy, and Drew was a great Indy. We also visited the Dallas World Aquarium which was first rate, the Stockyards in Ft. Worth and of course the big race. It was so nice to have four days away from it all.
Back at home all the work, chores and running around is still here waiting for me. Another month has flown by and the holidays are just around the corner. Hopefully I will blog again much sooner as I have an exciting new project in the works.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
While there I finished my Creamed Spinach scarf.
It seemed to double in length as I blocked it. Overall I am pretty happy with the results and am eagerly awaiting a chill in the air so I may wrap it around my neck.
I also started and finished this delightful hat, finally adding a key knitted piece to my wardrobe. I don't know how I managed to go so long with out knitting myself a hat, but now I see many in my future. The yarn I used was hand spun for me by Amanda as part of the HHHH swap on Ravelry. I have never been gifted hand spun before and I must say a girl could get used to it.
I also started a new project, Fletcher, a Noro pattern using Iro. I can't wait to finish this and wear it all fall long.
Unfortunately this will be happening a little later than I had planned. See all this progress I had made, well it is now frogged. Upon reading the comments re: this project on Ravelry I decided to start over. Everyone was pretty much in unison in their proclamations that this thing is huge. I was knitting a small, getting gauge and my back was measuring 26". My bust is around 38" so that leaves quite bit of ease, 14" to be exact. I figure it was better to cry now and be happy with the results later so I am starting from scratch with a XS. I called Mary Kay and let her in on the sad news as she too is knitting this. So our race (we were jokingly competing to finish) is now back at the starting line.
Oh and where should one put these lovely skeins of Noro while knitting you ask. Why in a matching Atenti bag of course! Isn't this fun and funky! I happily used my Serendipity discount to purchase this bag, I see a lot of use in it's future.
Lastly, here are my weekend's purchase in clockwise order:
Lonesome Stone Mountain Feat in Shades of Plum, Red Rocks Fiber Work's San Diego (a merino/ sea silk blend) in Jenni's choice, RRFW's Steamboat (665 yards of merino silk) in a vibrant green, I am going to make the Fox Island vest out of it, 2 skeins of green Panda Wool for socks, RRFW's Aspen sock yarn in an unnamed amazingly copper colorway, three skeins of Panda Silk in red for another Shapely Shawlette, Lt. green Panda Silk for the Waving Lace Socks (out of the Favorite Socks book I also purchased), and lastly a fabulous skein of Yarn Pirate Superwash BFL in Neptune. So if you don't count the 10 skeins of Noro Iro I think I didn't do to bad this weekend.
Thank God I have a stash enhancement fund, I mean job now!
Monday, October 6, 2008
Ian recently received his driver's license and is now driving his very own car. I know it doesn't show in the photo but he is indeed excited. Although he protests this photo greatly and proclaims it lame. He also was hired by the local events center as a food runner, which will come in handy when it comes time to pay his car insurance.
Anthony had the pleasure of attending his first Rockies game in the company of his big brother. Part of the thrill was getting to ride the RTD bus down to the stadium. The boys arrived early and luckily procured a baseball from practice which several of the players autographed for them.
And although it was not a first, Ian enjoyed attending his HS's homecoming game and dance. After the kids all headed to our house for a party, which I am happy to report did include any major incidents.
In other news, I had a lovely time being spoiled in the Yarn Thing swap on Ravelry. My partner, iamnycgirl, was wonderful. She sent me four luscious skeins of pure cashmere, some cute patterns for neck warmers which I think will be lovely with the brilliant red yarn, yummy m&ms, cute shoe gift tags, some cools mixed cds of her favorite music and some Christmas songs as well, a pretty dishcloth she knit, and lastly some hair bands. (an inside joke in the swap)
Previous to receiving my big package she also sent me these awesome books. She has an in with the publisher and really went above and beyond to gift them to me. I am already using the culinary book and Maddie is eager to make the knitted boxers in the Knit Wit book.
Oh and did I mention that she sent my gifts in this awesome shoe bedecked bag? She really did her homework on me! (Look at all the red!!!)
Up next: A lot as I am far behind, including a knitting get-a-way, finally finished objects and new projects. Oh and a bag!!!!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Not sure yet what to call this one. I like it though and think it will spin up into some funky socks. It is 100% Merino.
And here is the Merino that Maddie carded from the top she picked out. I really like this color combo and might just have to go pick up some more for myself. She wants me to spin it up for her in sock weight so she can knit her first pair of socks. I however decided that with two wheels in the house we should have two spinners. So she is now signed up on the wait list for Maggie's beginner spinning class.
And this last one I made a couple weeks ago. I ran out of things to card so I used a roving that I had previously hand painted. It was so similar to the one I dyed for Carys' slippers that I decided to card it so it would be blended and heathery. It is Superfine Merino.
I am also happy to report that I finally finished spinning up the Denim and Diamonds batt. It is 4 oz. 2ply, 510 yards, and approx 24 wpi... it varies since I am not perfect at consistency.
I am thinking of either making the Morning Surf Scarf or the Shetland shawl. I really like knitting shawls and love the look of them, but haven't really worn the other one I made. This second picture captures the colors best.
And just in case you thought I was on the wagon, here is evidence to the contrary. DSW was giving a free tote away with purchase a couple weeks back and I also had a rewards coupon so how could I resist. I love these Franco Sarto peep toe mary-janes. They are exactly what I was looking for. I have already worn them a time or two and they were quite comfortable, except the day it was rainy and my feet swelled.
I just had to share this too. My dear Pablo is quite happy when I break out the sheet to use as a back drop. Something about sheets has my cats entranced. Whenever I change our sheets they are ecstatic, sliding and pouncing across the bed and under the sheets. It is quite amusing although albeit a bit frustrating when your back drop is under attack!
Up next...a bunch of firsts.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Ahh, old loves. They fit like a nice well worn pair of converse. Trent has been so good to me through the years. Always there to blast on my car stereo when aggressions, sadness and other emotions need a musical representation. It was so nice to see NIN again in concert at my favorite venue Red Rocks. The concert was wonderful and sitting in the 3rd row was an added bonus.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
This is the Corriedale/Rambouillet fleece I bought at Estes. I carded about 2oz of it to break it in. I think it could benefit from an additional scour however since there is still a bit of grease in it. Dh says it looks like old lady hair, he still lacks the appreciation of the sheep. Here it is stripped into a ball of roving.
Then I made this batt, it is a 80/20 Merino Tencel blend. I really like how it turned out.
So soft, like fluffy clouds. I have a little under 6 oz total.
The last bits of fiber that were left over I ran through the carder several times, as opposed to the one time on the above batts. This produced a more heathered blend.
I gave it a quick spin on my Ashford to see how it would work up. I only have a smidge of it, but I do like it and may card some more in the future. I am definitely enjoying the carder but see the need to purchase a lot more fiber to satisfy my new addiction.
This past month I also had the pleasure of taking Spinning II from Maggie Casey up at Shuttles. I can not recommend taking a class from Maggie enough. She is such a patient and knowledgeable teacher, I feel so lucky to have her practically in my back yard. This was a wonderful class that really expanded on my basic spinning skills. We learned how to spin worsted and long draw woolen, how to count twist per in. and how to spin much more consistently, how to make a thick lofty single and so much more. Our last class I must say was my favorite. We were give the change to spin a variety of fibers, some which had intimidated me in the past. Here are the fibers, from top to bottom: Bombyx silk cocoon, tussah silk, flax (linen), adult mohair, cotton, cotton on the pod, and a wool/silk blend.
And here are those fibers spun up in the same order, left to right. I really enjoyed them all. Linen, although a bit harsh is actually quite interesting to spin and could make some lovely summer garments. And the cotton which I thought would be difficult was wonderful to spin long draw. My favorite though by far was the silks. Oh they spun so incredibly fine and smooth. I did break down and buy some Tussah after class and can't wait to spin it, I'm sure it would make a divine lace scarf.
So now we are a bit more up to date in the goings on of my world. Right now I am trying to finish some fiber that has been on my wheel since July, I'm just about done. I also am determined to finish my tank top and wear it before the weather changes.
Oh and lastly, I had the great opportunity to get together last night with some of the ladies from the Downtown Stitch and Bitch for a sit and spin night. I had a wonderful time and was thrilled to meet some kindred souls.
Happy Labor Day!