Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Paradox Wrapped Inside a Conundrum

Okay! They're done! And they fit! And I love them! Yahoo! And the best part? I still have 2/3 of the main color skeins, and 85% of the mitten lining color skein!

Now I'm starting "Brea", a Rowan pattern designed by Marie Wallin. I'm not using Rowan Lima (WAY too pricey) - instead I'm using my favorite workhorse (but still lovely) Cascade 220, in a heather gold shade. Beautiful. Not too far in yet, but it's easy (idiot?) knitting, perfect for TV viewing.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

No New Knitting

No knitting progress today. Spent hours (literally? 6 1/2 hours) sorting through bins of leftover yarn. I now have two large bags of yarn ready to take to the thrift shop, and another large bag that went into the trash. I have a much clearer vision of what I have and what I can/want to do with it. I didn't get done with this task until almost 5:00, just in time to sit and finish a hilarious YA novel from school, Josh Berk's The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin, recommended by 7th-grade student Hannah. It was a hoot! Now I'm starting The Doom Machine by Mark Teague. Yes, it's that time of year again, when I find myself reading nothing but YA novels. How else to recommend them to my middle school readers? It's a bit daunting to think of the 150+/- young adult books that arrived recently. They're ready to go, but don't I first need to read them? ALL OF THEM?  I need a clone. No, I need 10 clones, minimum, to keep up with all the reading.

I love my job.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

New Stuff

Felted Flower Tea Cosy
Where does the time go? I think I need to follow the protocol to establish a habit - blog every day for 28 days. Um, maybe not.

Paradoxical Mitten #1
School began on August 30, and it's starting to feel as though we never left. I'm involved in contract negotiations, which means a number of late nights trying to hammer out an agreement that both parties will find acceptable.

Haven't spun any fiber since the summer. I have two pounds of undyed merino fiber, but I want to hold off until I've attended an all-day spinning workshop in October.

Felted Christmas Stocking with Needle-Felted Stars
Meanwhile, knitting continues apace. I've finished several things in the past week or so. The Riverton Fair is coming up (October 9) and I'll be exhibiting a variety of things. I don't care if I win ribbons - I just want to support the fair by exhibiting at least a few items every year.

Ribbed Raglan Pullover

"Strider" Cowl
Red Fox Socks

Face Cloth

3 out of 4 Christmas Stockings knit for the friend of a friend
"Faux is Fair" Socks