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You might not know the one…but I have been waiting for it since April of last year…my new Pocket Wheel is in the next batch which begins production on March 4th…isn’t it exciting? Of course, I replied right away and committed to an all Cherry package. That means all of the wood on the wheel will be Cherry. The other wood available at the intro price is Maple, and my …

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It is still 2016 for a few more hours and I am sitting at work. There were a few ends to tie up, and any hours I work when we are closed during the holidays, I take as comp time in the new year. This is how I am taking a week off to go to PLY Away 2. So it isn’t totally horrible to be at work on NYE …

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I hope this image isn’t too large, I didn’t take the time to check. looking at it here, I feel like little progress has been made if you consider that this has been on the needles since August 28th, 2011. That’s right, more than 5 years now. I started with three rows of each yarn and am up to 9 rows. Once I got to 9, I was going to …

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Ah, N’awlins, long time no see. Last we saw you was 11 years ago. Four months after our visit, hurricane Katrina hit. Since then, we never carved out any time in our travels for a return visit until now. The catalyst for this trip involved a meet up with our California friends, Elizabeth and Teresa. I’m so glad we did this because it made me realize how much I missed New Orleans. …

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This book just arrived and of course I started reading right away. Just a few pages in, one of my favorite topics was addressed, time. Yes! You have the time for most anything!! You just might need to be viscous in your priorities… “Spinning, like every other skill, develops from a mixture of knowledge and experience. The knowledge is won through study; the experience through application. Knowledge may be found …

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First come the ingredients. The darkest blue is actually deeper and more teal than it looks here. It is some roving that I acquired, I think as a prize at a fiber retreat. It is Prime Merino Silk from River’s Edge Fiber Arts, 65% Merino, 35% silk. The colorway is called All Spruced Up. The lighter blue toward the bottom is 100% Tussah silk from Sweet Georgia and is mostly …

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I sat down this morning for a little spinning wheel time. My mom fell and broke her hip a few days ago, and it is my version of prayer… On the bobbin, I had all the samples we got in the PLY Away goodie bag, and as I finished them, I added little bits of fluff that were sitting on the side table.I still don’t have a full bobbin, and …

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The month started out with the DFW Fiber Fest, during which I helped Yarnorama in their booth. It was great fun, hard work, and honestly, an easy intro to the vending side, if by easy, you understand I mean totally not my responsibility. I was helping out and in the booth most of the festival, but also did plenty of shopping and general scoping it out. I did not do …

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Just so you know it isn’t all spinning all the time, I thought I would show you the hat I started this week. I got the kit for the Primero hat at the Ross Farm booth at the DFW Fiber Festival. They have sheep that are considered heritage breeds and/or rare breeds, and are actively working to conserve the types. There is more to read about that on their website. …

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There’s nothing to see here. It’s nearly one in the morning and I am wide awake. At 9:30, I was out cold. For the past few weeks I have been getting up around 4. It’ has been my policy for a few years to just follow my body, but that has usually seen some sort of consistency, which at the moment, is eluding me. I think it is time to …

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Is it any surprise that I am still spinning? I have been trying to spin every day, at least half an hour, but most days it is much more. This bump of roving is my last from Taylored Fibers in Quilcene, Washington. I went there as part of the Jefferson County Farm Tour in September 2014. My first experiences with Barry’s fibers was on a spinning retreat with Judith MacKenzie …

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So this past week or so, my internal clock says it is time to get up at 4:30…I have decided, in the name of productivity and starting a new business, that it’s a good thing, and I am going to ride the wave… So frequently, people say they have no time for xyz…People! Time is all you really have!! Rather than toss and turn until 6 or so, I decided …

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Last week, my friend Martha came for a fibery visit. We washed most of this Blue Faced Leicester fleece, Gabby, a ewe from Aniroonz Sheep Company. From their website, “ANIROONZ is a specialist sheep farm dedicated to the passionate pursuit of beautiful wool and happy sheep!” What’s not to like about that? Gabby’s fleece was 2 pounds and I am guessing we washed up half of it. Once it dried …

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The Proloops Potholder – Easy Enough for a Child Once upon a time, many moons ago, in the land of Easy Bake ovens, Spirograph, and hook rugs, I received a potholder loom. I was what? Eight? I don’t remember my eight year-old self having a problem making potholders. And, like the aforementioned crafty stuff, I believe I made a total of three potholders. Truth be told, I made one hook rug …

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A few years ago, I was handed a sample of a luxury blend to spin. It was Merino-Muga silk, Yak down, and while I am not sure of the proportions, I am sure it was lovely, so I bought a couple ounces of it. For any readers that know of no such spinning nonsense, it is easiest to spin blended fibers of similar length. Merino is fairly common and is …

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The intention with my last post was to be a springboard to a new habit of posting a few times a week. Of course, life had other ideas as it often does. While I was busy not posting, I was also busy spinning and knitting, and as recent as two weeks ago I have also started weaving. I am going to be blocking two recently finished knit shawls this week, …

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So, I just lost the post I have been working on and here is the short version…things will be changing up here at Knitting Buddha very soon…new look, new shopping experience…officially taking the leap and adding fiber artist to my resume…

Just a brief edit to add a scan of the finished Leftie! The pattern should have ended before the wide neon stripes but I still had a lot of yarn left, so I kept knitting and switched the main and contrast colors.   I feel like my spinning mojo might be on hiatus. The past month or thereabouts, it has been all knitting, all the time. Well, not exactly all …

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Mostly because Dec 1st brings vacation, I am ready. I wish I could say it was clever planning, but in reality it was a happy accident that I only have one full work week in December. Next year, it will be clever planning, I hope. I am working today, not technically December, but the first week of December, and it shall be a one day work weekas I fly off …

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I have had a few pre-order books come in over the past few weeks. Of course then, I was distracted by Spinzilla and the Hill Country Yarn Crawl, so the books have had to wait. Today, I get to start diving in. The following are in no particular order. From the publisher: In the Footsteps of Sheep: Tales of a Journey Through Scotland, Walking, Spinning, and Knitting Socks details the …

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​The blue: 353 yards 2 ply = 1059 The green: 233 yards 2 ply = 699 The oaty: 60 yards 2 ply = 180 The red mix: 200 yards 2 ply = 600 The pink: 227 yards 2 ply = 681 The yellow/orange: 213, 100, 57 yards 2 ply = 1110 The dark mix: 53 yards 2 ply = 159 The mini 4hens: 35 yards 2 ply = 105 …

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To the left is a scan of 2 batts I made with all my recent fiber waste. I brought them in to work this week to spin up on my Kundert drop spindle. It has 3 shafts, so I could spin and go, and hopefully figure out how to best ply the singles together. I have finished the darker batt and am about half way through the lighter batt. …

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This is my second year participating in Spinzilla, a global event to bring attention to handspinning. Last year, I finished up with 5 skeins of 2 ply, or 1223.98 yards, plied yardage of 3671.94…and 194.66 yards of 3 ply, or 778.64 for a grand total of 4450.58 plyed yardage or 2.53 miles in 46.5 total hours! The only goal I had last year was to make enough to earn the …

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I have been intending to enact fleece washing Wednesdays for quite a while now and today seems just the right Wednesday to begin. My intent is to wash all the fleece I have before acquiring more. In the grand scheme of stashers, I really don’t have very much. I think there are 6 different fleeces, all 4 pounds or less. I will wash on Wednesdays, be it one batch or …

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I though I would follow up the book-binding post with the finished product. I actually folded 10 signatures for this book, but that would have been ridiculously heavy since I have varying weights of paper included, from some sketch paper (guessing maybe 60 pound?) up to 140# watercolor paper. There is also various colors of card stock and other colored drawing papers. I wanted a good variety to push me …

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Don’t you just hate it when you decide something and then moments later, forget you had decided and inadvertently switch it up? I have been in the precess of making my first coptic bound book for the past couple of weeks. I found a you-tube tutorial that seemed straight-forward and easy enough to follow. I gathered some papers and have built a pretty hefty book. I am using some white …

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So wordpress has this new feature. I like the clean interface, but I don’t think that all the stuff has been my problem with posting. I don’t really know what my lack of motivation is from, but I have been writing again, just not blogging. I bought a new Macbook Pro a couple of weeks ago, and in the bargaining one does with oneself (surely it isn’t just me) I …

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So the big five oh has come and gone pretty uneventfully, other than it having been a year of doing. all. the things…In January, I tried a new (to me) yoga space and while I was committed to going, it just wasn’t the space for me. The teacher was great. Her method was a bit too athletic for the practice I want to re-establish, so I am once again back …

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My desk is cleared and I am ready for vacation. I am beyond. Ready. Life at the office over the last few weeks has been something less than pleasant. Or maybe just a series of curious unpleasantness. It is much the same as it always is, and perhaps my sensitivity to the less-than-pleasantness is solely due to the fact that vacation starts tomorrow. That is all well and good benefit-of-the-doubt …

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Last month, we went to Austin to see Joan Osborne. The show was nothing short of fabulous, and of course, we can’t go to Austin without a visit to Book Woman. It just isn’t going to happen. I don’t usually have any books in mind before going, but I always manage to find a few that pique my interest. This trip was no exception and I picked up the following: …

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In between the work I have to do today, I have been knitting a few stitches here and there on a scarf that I have knit a time or eight before, the Traveling Woman, by Liz Abinante. I don’t know what it is about this pattern, but there is something very soothing about knitting it that turns me toward total relaxation. My brain engages, but it isn’t terribly complex. There …

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I have been working on some of my gratitude projects. I have 10 this year, five from an offer I made via fb, anf 5 via an offer I accepted from my neice (also via fb and a slightly different offer. Technically I only had 4 responses to the first offer, so I went and chose a fifth to be grateful for. I will do much the same for the …

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I have joined in a 30 day challenge where you purge the number of things for what day it is, so day 1, 1 thing goes…day 2, 2 tthings go and so on and by the end of the month your things will be 465 less. I can’t believe I am putting this in writing, but accountability, even if only to myself, is helpful with this. Here’s where I am …

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I had hoped to get some lists caught up while I was working registration for a work conference the last week of January, but that just didn’t happen. I am going to keep plugging away and will eventually be in the groove with it…or not…whatever the outcome, at least for the moment it is still holding my attention. I really had a hard time with the week 3 topic of …

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My friend Patti Digh announced a fundraiser for the Richmond Animal League because her friend Amy McCracken asked for her help. She is doing this for her friend, I am doing this for my friend…who knows why my brain makes the connections it does, but it did, and I emailed to be included and forgot about it. I know instantly I would use this photo of my dad from the …

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Today brings an end to preparations (at work) for our annual conference. The conference itself is next week, an entirely different chaos, but the planning and doing are over. If it isn’t ready now, it just won’t be happening…but I am pretty sure everything is ready. I get so stressed leading up to this very moment right now. It happens every year. And the steam is now releasing. I started …

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In other words, no year in review or resolutions post for me, but rather more to the point of what is. I can’t believe another year has come and gone. My baby will be 29 next week. How does that happen? I am going to make a better effort to get back to regular blogging going forward. I think this might happen, because rather than saying I am going to …

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I have been contemplating our anniversary recently. There are too many dates to consider. We actually met online at the end of April…but then we met face to face on July 13 (I am pretty sure) and I moved to Texas on August 17th…then we had our commitment ceremony on July 16th because it was the closest Saturday…and now we have decided to get married for real on October 15th. …

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On my last update, I didn’t mention the new girl in the house.  Her name is Trudy. Who would’ve thought there might be a different spelling (other than the admin at the vet’s office. I learned this morning that if I think she is being cute, I need to point and shoot, and fast. She is terribly frightened by the camera. Truth be told, she is terribly frightened by everything. …

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I was all set to post, and got distracted by a blurb in the latest Food & Wine magazine about Shrubs. I have added a link on the sidebar to a now defunct blog about them so I can read more, and so can you if you are so inclined. One such previous recent distraction was breaking Wilton’s icing food color when dyeing fiber. In this case, wool and mohair …

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I started to post this morning about Lilli Munster passing into the ether on Sunday and the words just didn’t come. She has been my shadow for so long, it strikes me as odd when I realize she isn’t there. The silence is what brings it home the most. There was an unpredictable and unfortunate incident with Katy, out most recent addition, and her reaction was as instantaneous as Lilli’s …

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Here’s a profile Of Susan and John, by favorite enablers! 4 Apr 2013 TCP-30

 

For the month of April (and beyond, perhaps), Elizabeth and I have declared a moratorium on Starbucks. We love us some Starbucks, we really do. But we need a new fence. And if we were to go a year without Starbucks, our fence would basically be free. I know in some circles, talking about money is considered taboo, but I am not talking salary or mortgage here. Just delineating our …

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We lead a pretty quiet life to most people’s standards, sometimes bordering on hermit status. However, lately, I have felt a bit caught up in the whirlwind effect. My mind seems to be flying from one thing to the next in rapid succession. It isn’t overwhelming, but it seriously needs to slow down a bit. Two weeks ago we had company which was a treat. Then last week I was …

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I took this picture because I was excited about the seeds I was starting in our new mini greenhouse. Stuff was sprouting after just three days but I have to say, this picture is so last week. I will take some more over the weekend because they are really doing well. I think this might be the cucumber seeds and they are easily 4-5 inches tall already. Really, I wanted …

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Seems to be a theme running through my days. In an effort to try something new to streamline my blogging into one blog, I was clicking around the wordpress themes and uh-oh, I thought I lost all my content. A few updates and clicks later, and my wonderfully awesome wife had it fixed. But it was feeling a bit out of date to me. You see, Knitting Buddha the car …

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Not really, but it sure seems like it. I have been working on my Color Affection and will evaluate it tonight. It might be nearly done. From reading the pattern, I thought that the short row section went all the way to the second side, but having seen a few finished (and correctly) versions in person, I now know it doesn’t. I need to check and see if mine looks …

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In my last post, there are links to images that were the inspiration for the yarn I just finished spinning. On my new spinning wheel (more on that in a future post). Here is the finished yarn all spun up. Crappy images as I forgot the camera and have just scanned them in an effort to get a post up. This is my before and after compilation. The multi color is Figs, …

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figs spices YOu should be able to just click on the link and then print the image.

 

I can’t believe I haven’t posted here since January. That’s pretty pathetic. Many projects have come and gone and are now forever in the ether. At least in my ether though they happily reside in someone’s reality somewhere, but there is no way I am even going to try to cover lost ground. It’s just lost. About an hour ago, I got my juice that I made this morning out …

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Last night I went into the stash to pull yarn to match up with my new patterns. I had success and now have 6 kits awaiting knitting. I was contemplating which to start, and I just didn’t feel like winding yarn. Instead, I found a few luxuriously soft single skeins of a discontinued yarn, Classic Elite Miracle. I had bought this in three shades to start a sampler blanket with …

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One of my resolves this year is to reel in the stash…not necessarily to not buy yarn, but I really want to make an effort to use some of my loveliness for real.  I decided to take a cue from the Yarn Harlot and her self imposed sock club and I have set up a self imposed scarf club. I was on ravelry catching up with my forums and one …

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This isn’t actually the first finished object. Before finishing this I actually frogged 5 projects on New Year’s Day. That’s still finished, right? And of the frogged projects, three of them were completely finished, all the ends sewn in and everything. I just wasn’t pleased with them and didn’t think anyone would actually use them if I sent them as gifts or for my ongoing gratitude project. And the yarn …

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I just had a bowl of the Chicken and Dumpling soup I made over the weekend. and oh my. The dumplings are so perfect, I hope I get it right every time I make this in the future. This recipe was originally from Cook’s Country Feb 2009 issue and I used it as is one time and then started playing. I have made it 4 times now and this weekend …

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The second session of my painting workshop started last week and as part of forcing myself to show up and just do it, I am blogging about it. It adds a layer of accountability that really pushed me forward in some way. If you read any of my previous posts about it, you’ll know I don’t in any way consider myself a painter. My day job is not going anywhere. …

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I got a message from my son recently about a batman hat I knit him a few years ago. Before he even had to beat around the bush, I had guessed that he washed it and well, its no longer a hat that will fit a human…so he asked if I could knit him another one and of course, I said sure. I looked (sort of) for my pattern notes …

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I just learned the real reason for US postage to be going up…and up…and up… Through a link on one of the blogs I have been reading, I happened into the usps postage store. I thought it was a good way to get a variety of interesting stamps to use on the letters I am trying to get back into the habit of writing. The last time I tried to …

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I find it most aggravating when the blogs I enjoy reading go unattended and here I am guilty as sin of blog neglect. It isn’t that I am feeling lazy about it. I want to blog. I just don’t have much to say. Life is good. Where’s the interest in that. It isn’t that I think only the drama or crap is of interest, but this time of life is …

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This is the last painting for my BIG class. class is officially over, but I am not quite done with this painting. For the final installment we were challenged to paint creative juicy BIG by taping 4 of our regular BIG papers together. I jumped right in. Meet Max. He is my grandfather and he died while my mom was pregnant with me. Max and Anna came to the US …

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Yesterday, I went to Dr Sketchy. I had read about it not too long ago, and when Kat asked if we wanted to go, I said yes right away. June was a knitting theme and I figured I could knit if the drawing wasn’t quite working out. Elizabeth went too, and we had a fun time. There was a variety of timed poses from 2 to thirty minutes and a …

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I was really curious about the water connection. The memory painting which is crap, leading to the lighthouse painting which I like well enough to put up out in the studio. Why so BIG? What inspired taping two sheets together? Should I really put it into the Big Show? I decided to not enter it for a couple of reasons. Getting it there will be a challenge. I don’t …

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The following is an excerpt from a class blog I did from my FEARLESS painting class. I got curious about my painting from week two. Water was flooding my consciousness so much so that  I could have drowned in the possibility of it. Then this song started playing in my head. It was stuck there and needed an exorcism. Honestly, The Water by Feist plays in my head a lot. …

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This is how it started out. I was really just trying to get paint onto the page and not think too much. I decided to limit myself to three colors and I do love me some pink and orange. I was going to go with lime for the third, but then the yellow caught my eye. I was feeling I might need to don my sunglasses, and then the idea …

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Following is a post i made to the blog for my BIG painting class. Since the recurring theme is to be/become FEARLESS, I am posting it here and then I will take a deep breath and link it to fb…FEARLESSly… As week one passes by, I find myself a little more in touch with the idea of process. I have known for some time I am a process knitter, …

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Glad it is Friday. I don’t know if I could take another day in this work week as it is totally kicking my ass. Still trying to find a painting groove. I don’t think being un-enamored with it has anything to do with the size of this journal, but more to do with there being zero sense of confidence in knowing what I am doing. I try to just do …

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Since I am going on a FEARLESS painting adventure called BIG, I thought I would play pretend being fearless right here and now. As a prelim to BIG, and as part of the 21 Secrets (you can still sign up through the end of May) online workshop, I am currently taking Connie’s Abstract Adventure workshop. It’s painting in a BIG (22×30 I think)journal. A large watercolor pad to be more …

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It’s just about the cutest thing ever…it’s a safe bet that there might be a theme of cutest thing ever recurrung here for a while. There is a new baby girl to knit for…the Fabulous Miss Ella… I went to Nimblefingers to pick up a pair of size 6 circs with a longer cable and there was a display of Bambino Taffy yarn from Be Sweet. I always like their …

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Elizabeth Zimmermann was brilliant, I can’t say it often enough. I always complain (in a loving knitterly way) about her patterns being obtuse, but I am so charmed by her writing style that I try, try again. And when I finally have success, well damn it, I feel pretty brilliant myself. I honestly think that even if I wasn’t a knitter, I would be enamored with her books. This is …

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I haven’t really dug un deep yet, but wanted to share this new (to me) workshop experience while it is still early in the process. 21 Secrets is a group of 21 independent art workshops that are running simultaneously from April 1- August 1, and on August 1, whoosh, it’ll be gone. The kicker for me is that all 21 workshops are bundled together for $59. It is self paced …

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You know, time. No one ever thinks they have any. Or always wonders where it’s gone. I just lost 3 minutes staring into space because as I was on my way to put up a new post here, you know, I just couldn’t remember what the name of my blog was. Three minutes! Gone! I can never reclaim them… In about fifteen minutes, I will be off for a long …

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I just uploaded my work for my watercolor sketchbook class for week three. This is week 5. In my defense, week three had us in Florida on vacation and then week 4 was work catch up so I  haven’t really been doing much of anything creative. Week three’s assignment was to sketch and paint (if allowed) on location in a museum using the Tombow water soluble markers. We went to …

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I was going to comment more on my week one images that I posted below, but just never got back to it. I still haven’t painted the chimebox or Nola, and I still haven’t caught Lilli sitting still long enough to sketch. The class in general, is about getting out and doing this on location. From real life. I went last Saturday with Elizabeth and Kat to Empire Cafe. It …

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I was going to go back to the keys in the previous post and explain about the class I am taking, but work got away from me and it just didn’t happen. I finished the page today and while I am unappy about the smeary mess I made of it, it is a class, and I am learning, so I won’t be making a rundown of all the problems my …

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I don’t think I have blogged about this art journal yet at all. It is from an online class I am in with Kelly Kilmer called Memories and Reflections. It is an art journaling  workshop class that is self paced. Last year, I tried several different classes and formats, both paid and free, and to date, I like Kelly’s way best. She presents the material in an easy way that …

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I just finished my spread for Leanne’s book in the Frida Kahlo journal swap that Elizabeth and I are participating in.  The pages came already gessoed and I decided that I would paint my last few journals since it is something that challenges me (meaning I have little experience with it and I suck at it). Given that, I am pleased with how this spread turned out. The back …

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I started typing this post on Friday afternoon from work. It was a lull in my planned to-dos and I was feeling mighty post ready. Then I actually logged in and was feeling less post ready. There was total ambiguity tied up and around posting. Was it the end of the year 2010I wanted to write about? The eve of 2011? Goals and aspirations? regrets? Apparently it was none of …

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I decided to santa 5 people this season as part of the ongoing Gratitude Project. 2 people were previous recipients. I am ready to send to the third and still thinking on the 4th and 5th. Of course, this means more mail art.

 

The company is closed today and tomorrow, and half day yesterday, but that doesn’t actually change publication dates, so eb and I are at work. Thanksgiving just isn’t a big deal for us. In years past we have done the full production and really, I like all the preparations and cooking. I think the way in which we celebrate holidays has had a sort of natural progression that closely follows …

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Seriously. What has happened to the knitting? So glad you ask…I have been knitting away on the Guernsey Wrap and I think the knitting will be done this weekend. Then it needs a serious wet blocking and I will report fully on it as soon as it happens. For now, holiday goodness might be winging its way to you…

 

I bet you can guess where this is going! And the back…

 

I got another journal out the door for the Frida Kahlo round robin I am participating in.  Something was blocking my chi and I was just not feeling like doing this one. I decided to go with that and the resulting piece is called Frida’s Migraine. I started using all black and white papers and stuff. Then I added the letters. Then the splashes of color. Then some pen …

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I don’t really feel ready to commit to a letter a day, but I can commit to an envelope a day, at least for the short term. I have a few Jim Shore ornaments perched on my desk at work and these mail art envelopes (the first three) were inspired from them. I bought a box of holiday cards at Michaels over the weekend to collage and stamp. I think …

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Tracy’s theme just said visual journal.  I hope it was okay to set this up as a spread. Various papers, chalk inks, copic markers, paint pens.

 

Might this be coming your way?

 

It’s a secret. Shh…

 

Simple Wisdom for complex Lives. What more could I ask for? This book’s title and subtitle really tells you everything you need to know about it. Life can be easy. All you need is a wee book. I recently had occasion to interview the author. She was in my house for about 20 hours. We made merry. We were indeed up talking until about 2:30 in the morning. Did I …

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I suppose I have to consider the years we did Emerald Pillows when I think of being a published artist, but I am officially a published visual artist! Yesterday, I received my artist’s copy of Four Word Self Help by my dear friend Patti Digh of the blog 37 days. I answered the call for artists and am honored to have been chosen. I used one of my dad’s photos …

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I found these alphabets from a link from Kelly Kilmer’s blog (linked left) and made these which I put up for anyone to use as they would like.words

 

I am on my way. I started the Little Sheep rug hooking kit this week. I reserve my official opinion until I am done, but it is a much slower and deliberate crafting experience for me. It is pretty straight forward in terms of process: insert hook, pull up loop, repeat. My challenge lies in finding a happy point of focus. My glasses are tri focal and I absolutely hate …

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I have been thinking about it all morning. The steak we had at Rancho Loma. It was stunning. It was sublime. It might just be the most perfect steak ever. And I want some more. Short of a return visit to Rancho Loma, I might just have to find me a meat market here in Houston. It isn’t like I haven’t looked before. I have. I just haven’t found an …

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That would be my mom. And her birthday is tomorrow. But I am thinking about it right now and these days, that is when I need to act, when I am thinking about it. There is a somewhat less than delightful mania going on in my brain these days and I find I have to take extra effort to stay in the moment and do now rather than acknowledge something …

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My crafting ADD has definitely been established as both a phenomena within a single craft (multiple works in progress) and a multi-craft issue. Last week, my brain was definitely missing a beat as it went into a bit of an overshelmed state. Of course there is knitting going on. And art journaling (not one but two online classes at the moment with a list of several more I am interested …

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Green paper, a blog I discovered recently and linked on the left, has issued a collage challengeand provided a collage page as a PDF download for the challenge. I am not sure I am finished, but for purposed of this challenge, I need to call it finished and get it posted. I might do some further embellishing with pen and stuff. I used one of the beer six-pack panels on …

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It’s what’s for lunch. I worked on a second Remains of the Day journal. This one is 99% recycled materials. The cover is made from a piece of junk mail and an old blouse, embellished with stuff from the stuff stash. The pages are made from security envelopes salvaged from the mail trash and scraps of paper from various other projects. It isn’t what I want as an end product, …

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For the past several months, I have been taking Kelly Kilmer’s A life Made by Hand journal class. I definitely like the process of creating something and have several journals from that class going. They are all in process and will be for some time. A lot of my fellow students work a little more deliberately focused and see a journal from start to finish iver the course of a …

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I am soon on my way to the grocery store to stock up for a weekend of eating crap. I haven’t had a total crap binge in quite a while, and the last time, I noticed I would have a few bites of something and then move on, so even though I am thinking binge and saying binge, it really won’t be a binge. Yay for me… The list so …

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Yesterday was the beginning of WWKIP Week and the knitting readers I meet up with monthly decided to combine our monthly meet-up with some public knitting at the mall. We met at the fireplace area at Memorial City Mall and had 4 new to us knitters join us. I decided to bring Lady E along to knit on because she is so showy with all her Noro-licious color changes. I …

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My first felting project was a Lady eleanor Stole gone wrong. I was 2 balls of Noro Kureyon into it when it occurred to me how warm it was sitting in my lap, and how inescapable that warmth would be the more of it I knit. Kureyon is wool and a worsted wool at that. That means it’s heavy. A little too heavy to get much use in Houston. As …

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It was so easy to blog every day when color week was going on…having that prompt made it more necessary in my brain, I guess. Today, my brain is just misfiring, so there shall be no cohesion or effort toward such in this post. You’ve been warned. Last week I had a little knitter finishing spree and I finished up 4 older projects. Do I have pics? No…but I was …

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The final day of color week was a choice of either white/grey or rainbow. You might think I would play the gay card and choose rainbow, but since a lot of my other knitting was more than just the color of the day, I decided to go with whites/grey instead. The white tam is called Snow  Star Hat and is from the first issue of St-Denis magazine and by Veronique …

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Green is a piece of seaweed in the sea…In the sixth grade, we sang a goofy song at the xmas concert, or maybe it was at winter carnival. I think it was at winter carnival because I think it was the entire sixth grade. We each held a flashlight that had a celophane gel of our assigned color. When the color we were assigned was sung, we turned on our …

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Purple…I looked through some knitting and most of what I have available is purple as part of something or with other colors. Nothing to be found that is solely purple. The first purple I found is from the Color on Color scarf. That scarf could be used for every day this week except Saturday. Second is from the Pueblo Stole, another scarf that could be used on almost every day. …

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Doesn’t every kid at some point say lello for yellow? For color week, hosted by curious lisa (linked left) Wednesday is yellow day. Skully is a sweater I knit for Elizabeth. I don’t really know what I was thinking, but it was back in the days when I followed the pattern pretty much to the letter. I have since learned a thing or two. Next week I am going to …

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Tuesday is bluesday for color Week. curious Lisa, linked left is hosting color week. I decided to use my knitting so you all just have to look at it and sigh… The first is a hat I made for Sherri. Second a cotton scarf for allergic to wool Susan. Third is an Irish hiking Scarf for Kim from some lusciously soft tweedy blue stuff. Fourth, some malabrigo mitts for my …

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Via Curious Lisa linked on the left…Monday is Red/pink . I totally forgot about this until I was home andI am editing the date on my post to be monday. This is a hand blended batt from Gritty Knits. I am knitting it up as unspun fiber because I have yet to venture to the dark side (spinning). i just pull off a hunk of my red fluff and start …

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We were supposed to be in small town central TX this past weekend, but then the weekend prior, the washing machine changed our plans. We decided to be real grown ups and change the plans rather than tax our budget for the foreseeable future but both taking the planned getaway *and* fixing the washer. Grown ups or not, we found ourselves able to still take off Friday and enjoyed a …

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I decided to make the back cover of the recycled journal a second front cover, so the resulting book will meet in the middle and flip sort of. This is the tyvek padded mailer that has the cow on the other front cover. On this front cover: The elephant scene and the desert sunset are both wine labels, there is a note on the top that came from a skein …

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This is a page in my recycled journal, the one with the cow on the cover (go ahead, click on the image). There is a piece of a magazine page, some tisue paper saved from a gift long forgotten, a card I recently received and a card I recently made. The card I made is one of a series of cards I am making using my dad’s old photos and …

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The recent road trip moving chef Will back to upstate NY yielded a new stash of Arnold’s (my dad) old photos. One such photo offers documentation to a genetic predisposition toward Pepsi. Gott a love me some Pepsi, it’s in my genes! Of course this theory woulf naturally go on to illustrate a penchant toward cigars, but that just isn’t happening. I think the cigar gene skips a generation. This …

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I finished the spread for Tina’s journal in the RRJ2010 project with the Simple Living Ravelry knitters. I used some images from a holiday article on nuno felting (the penguin and polar bear) as well as a prompt from the Life Made by Hand online journaling class and the shoes and Buddha from a class collage sheet handout from Kelly(buddha is cut off in the thumbnail, but if you click …

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I feel like I have been on the go again more than home, and with good reason. Two weeks ago, Elizabeth and I went to visit our friends Lisa and Harry in Hastings, Nebraska. It was a 16 hour drive and really, as long drives go, it was a pretty easy straight shot north. We met Lisa and Harry about a year ago while on a 37 days retreat given …

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I just posted this on my fb page, and I am adding it here to maybe broaden the audience. April is National Letter Writing Month. I will enter everyone I receive a letter from between now and May 7th into a drawing for something fabulous hand made by me! Who needs my address?

 

Last week I was working on a spread for the Round Robin Journal exchange project I started. The journal that I was working in was a simple composition book and I was a little leery about doing a collage page on such flimsy paper. To get around this, I simply glued a few pages together to make a sturdy base. It worked really well and once it dried, I went …

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I discovered yesterday that my neighborhood has qualified for the new automated recycling program. We have had curbside recycling with an 18 gallon bin. That is totally indufficient for the two of us, and was problematic when we had 2 grown boys full time. The new automated program uses a 96 gallon wheeled, lidded bin, much like our existing trash bin. The biggest difference is that they will now be …

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I have been knitting with unspun fiber from Susan at Yarnorama in Paige, Texas. The before image of the fiber is pictured a few posts back. I have done a few rows more than pictured here, but this is a good representations of the colors. I really like the organic feel of the finished product. There is enough weight for the shawl (when finished) to be very warm, yet …

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I just put my second RRJ2010 (my own being the first) journal into the mail. I had fun working with the pastel pots again and plan to use them more in the near future. The spread, or rather creating it, went a long way toward averting (hopefully cutting off and not just postponing) me being in a bad movie. I have come to accept that they just happen and it …

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Stuff is in the mail. Almost all of it. the only remaining thing that needs to be in the mail is a sample of some yarn I have to send to Fleece Artist for them to match and send me back enough to finish a Lady of the Lake sweater I am working on. It was almost done. It was almost going on vacation to South Africa with me. I …

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To the right is some luscious merino top hand dyed by Susan at Yarnorama. She posted this pic (which I shamelessly borrowed) on Ravelry to announce her new Colorway of the Month. She is dyeing fiber and yarn each month in an original colorway and making them available for purchase. This is the January offering and It is aptly named Awakenings. Since I am newly obsessed by knitting with unspun …

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There is a tea house we favor called House of Te. By we I mean Elizabeth and me, but also my group of knitter peeps. We often meet up there for tea, knitting, conversation… A while back I discovered a drink on their board called Immunitea. The description went on to say it was in general, a good immune system boost. One thing I have learned through acupuncture is that …

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I got a note from my mom via my aunt’s fb page that said the following: “WOW!!!!!!I just read about Sedona.. Is this a ppublished article or part of a book. One typo I found. It wouldn’t be me if I did not have a criticsism (spelling) For the word quite it is wuiet. Jus t so you know .” I would go through the entire note and hilite all …

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That’s how long I have been a mom…25 years…Chef Will is a quarter of a century old today. He is meeting me here this morning and we are taking his car for an oil change and inspection to see if it can make the trip to NY. I so don’t want to make that drive again… Will is moving back to NY in April and I am driving with him …

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What a weekend. I think what I am feeling has a deja vu quality to it, mostly because we had no heat two weekends in a row. The first weekend was by choice in that it was a holiday and all sorts of expense would be added to the final total because of that. It wasn’t brutally cold, nor was it forcast, so we decided to tough it out until …

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Maybe it’s the cold weather, maybe my efforts to treat my disease with acupuncture and herbs are finally catching up and paying off. Whatever it is, I once again have an appetite and am finding I want to be cooking more. I guess I have always cooked a lot, because I like it, but lately I have been wanting to really be one with the food. No shortcuts. During this …

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I have been feeling like it’s time for a change. The old blog has 821 posts since July of 2003. I might still post there from time to time, but it isn’t likely. I will leave it active because I like the archival nature of it. That’s nearly 7 years of my life. I feel that the past year has grounded some changes that have been brewing for quite some …

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When I woke up this morning, I had Jeff Volmrich’s name pounding inside my head. He was in my high school class and I haven’t given him a second thought since . 25 years is a long time. I found it quite disturbing that I was thinking of him so strongly. As I sat doing my morning knitting meditation, I kept him in the forefront of my thoughts. When I …

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When I first asked myself this question, I was 29 years old. I had not had the luxury of growing up with the personal knowledge that I was “different,” or lesbian, or anything other than a normal suburban misfit. Hindsight, of course, is the greatest illustrator. Looking back on my life as I remember it, I see all sorts of instances that pointed toward the homo end of the normal …

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