Saturday, November 25, 2006
Weekend wrap-up

Wow, this weeked just flew by. Thanksgiving was wonderful, and Mom and I added to the foodfest by beginning the holiday baking. Its currently stowed at my parents' house so I won't have to pretend I have willpower.

I did get to knit this weekend, but the last few days have been fairly frustrating with trying to put up a new mailbox and doing some yard clearing on top of the house re-organizing that I had hoped to do on top of the family stuff and the routine laundry/grocery shopping/etc. Yep, it was too much for this mere mortal, but I got the priorities taken care of, I spent time with the family. The laundry is in progress now and the yard trash has been cleared away. As for the mailbox, well, I may never get mail delivered to the house again. I don't pretend to be handy, but you would think I could master the simple act of reconstructing the mailbox post and installing a mailbox.

I finished a scarf for the LYS yesterday and am working on a matching hat right now. Well, not right now, as I'm currently trapped under a cat. So I've been taking Internet quizzes.

You are The Empress

Beauty, happiness, pleasure, success, luxury, dissipation.

The Empress is associated with Venus, the feminine planet, so it represents, beauty, charm, pleasure, luxury, and delight. You may be good at home decorating, art or anything to do with making things beautiful.

The Empress is a creator, be it creation of life, of romance, of art or business. While the Magician is the primal spark, the idea made real, and the High Priestess is the one who gives the idea a form, the Empress is the womb where it gestates and grows till it is ready to be born. This is why her symbol is Venus, goddess of beautiful things as well as love. Even so, the Empress is more Demeter, goddess of abundance, then sensual Venus. She is the giver of Earthly gifts, yet at the same time, she can, in anger withhold, as Demeter did when her daughter, Persephone, was kidnapped. In fury and grief, she kept the Earth barren till her child was returned to her.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Your Birthdate: July 1

You are a natural born leader, even if those leadership talents haven't been developed yet. You have the power and self confidence to succeed in life, and your power grows daily. Besides power, you also have a great deal of creativity that enables you to innovate instead of fail. You are a visionary, seeing the big picture instead of all of the trivial little details.

Your strength: Your supreme genius

Your weakness: Your inappropriate sensitivity

Your power color: Gold

Your power symbol: Star

Your power month: January

After reading Pixie's blog, I realized that I had missed out on a new thing.....a new Denise Needle Set. With pink cables!! AND there are now size 17 and 19 needles! All of which are heading my way! Assuming, of course, that the mail carrier will deliver them to me!

Now I admit, I have been neglecting the denise set I have in favor of the knitpicks set. But there are somethings about the denise kit that I still really like. So I can't wait to get this new toy.
Back to the house re-organization and holiday planning!

Sunday, November 19, 2006
The week and this weekend were crazy-busy, so no photos for my two finishes! Completed this week are the fingerless mittens and my so-called scarf! Being the chronic list-maker that I am, I selected these things to focus on next:

1. Sweet Thing Shawl (yeah, its still in progress)

2. Candleflame Shawl (I have dreams of finishing this before xmas)

3. Knitted Gnome (I couldn't resist)

4. Knitted Votives from Handknit Holidays

5. Cross-stitched Advent Calendar

6. Detached stitches and beaded embellishments class projects

And spinning of course.

If I don't finish the sweet thing shawl after thanksgiving, I think it will go live at the office. I also need to find a good portable project.

Sunday, November 12, 2006
Holiday Weekend
bigcat The weekend was not as relaxing as I had hoped. Work issues followed me home Thursday. I've worked off and on on that stuff, but stayed busy with EGA activities, grandmother, and knitting. Spent a little time surfing while one of the cats stared out the window at a songbird

Not the most flattering picture. Thinking I'm not the only one that needs a diet!

leftI finished one of my fingerless mittens and are about 2/3rds of the way on the second. I love this yarn, Cherry Tree Hill in Silky Kid. The pattern doesn't come through on the pictures, but it quite nice on this yarn. The fuzziness of the mohair gives a nice halo too.


But this leaves me with a question, what am I going to do with the rest of this yarn??? Branching Out maybe? I'm thinking there is enough for a long thin scarf and maybe a hat??

Also, below is some of the Mackenzie Tussah Blend that I got from Kendig Cottage. This was spun on my injured Greensleeves Vixen. I am really thrilled how soft and how fine this is!


Off to do laundry and to finish my fingerless mitts, er, catch up on work I mean!!!

Monday, November 06, 2006
So there's:

  • NaNoWriMo
  • NaNoSweMo
  • NoBloPoMo

    All very impressive aspirations. Me? I just want to finish a project or two :)

    To help me focus on that goal, meet my partner in crime, named Baaabsy by the Ty company:


    I think it fits her. Thanks again Peggy!

    PS - started a new project today due to the changing weather, fingerless mittens from Last Minute Knitted Gifts.

  • Sunday, November 05, 2006
    Sleepy Sunday with photos!!!
    We're all asleep here a Chez Shell and a little grumpy that morning came so soon. Or maybe its just because I found the camera card reader


    Once the flash went off she sat up, though the flash still bugs her


    I've done a bunch of spinning this weekend, despite personal tragedy:


    Yep, that's my bloodwood greensleeves vixen (aka the red vixen)....probably my "most favoritist" laceweight spindle. Hopefully I will be able to glue it back together. This beautiful spindle with my tussah silk on it helped rope another future spinner in. She bought a starter kit at the LYS and a brief introduction from me on the basics got her going. I've been trying to focus on spinning off my "in process" spinning. The Tussah has been wound off my red vixen and I am in the midst of plying. I have some purple superwash from Luxe on my ebony vixen still in process. On the Joy, we have some almost solid from Spunky Eclectic, merino from Cherry Tree Hill, and some tussah silk from Cherry Tree Hill. Pics to come as they finish

    And, finally, a pic of the LaBoehme shawl


    It's still visiting a friend, for some reason I haven't been able to get it back yet! Other knitting news, I'm still working on my so-called scarf and I've now started the Knitpicks CandleFlame Shawl in Handmaiden Sea Silk.

    I've got a lot of family stuff going on right now and work load is heavy. So posting will continue to be intermittent. Now, time to get busy!