Life on Silverhill

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Olympic Fever!

Well, I had to do it - I've joined the Knitting Olympics! And with many thanks to Risa, One Crazy Fiber Lady, I've even managed to post the Knitting Olympics Logo!

My project will be a Shrugawl, which is a cross between a shrug and a shawl. The pattern is on if anyone is curious. While it is a pretty basic pattern and it won't be a big challenge for me, I want to be able to actually watch the Olympic events! Lacey patterns require my full attention, thus would not be a good choice. I already have two sweaters on the needles, so I don't want to start a third. The sock yarns and needles are all packed. So, a Shrugawl it will be!

My Denise needle set has escaped being packed, so I have the needles I need. The entire yarn stash is packed, and I refuse to go tearing through boxes that have been packed and sealed, so I will go off to Joann Fabrics with my 40% off coupon to get my yarn. They have some boucle yarn that I have been eyeing for a while, so I now have an excuse to buy it! I am really excited about joining the Olympic fun, and I am excited about my project. I think it will come in handy in the cooler PNW weather.

Today we went in search of a Seattle Seahawks hat. None to be found. Anywhere. Evidently, if the Jets or Giants are not in the Superbowl, the NJ sporting goods stores opt to completely ignore the entire event. And look at you like you have 4 1/2 heads if you ask if they have any Seahawks merchandise.

Then, we went next door to the pet store to buy some supplies for transporting our cat, Cookie, across the country. This should be fun. Right. This is a 17 year old cat who screams her head off on a 10 minute car ride to the vet, and we will be driving 3,000 miles! We picked up a harness (laughing hysterically as the salesperson explained which parts of the cat go where), a leash, and a litter box with really tall sides. Now we have to try to get her into said harness. Right. Falconry gloves might be a good idea. Next I have to track down some spillproof bowls for food and water in the car, as our little furry darling is a grazer. Right now the poor little angel is sound asleep on her blankie on the couch, halo glowing, with no clue as to what we are about to do to her! If I never again post to this blog, you will know that Cookie has slashed DH and me to bits (yes, she has her claws and she isn't afraid to use them!)



Saturday, January 28, 2006

Springtime in January

Happy Springtime Greetings!

The calendar says January, but the weather says April! So today we took advantage of this gift to clean out the garage. We threw out tons, and gave away a bunch of stuff. So now we are that much closer to moving!

January 25 was a momentous day - the town planning board finally approved our little single family lot subdivision! Woohoo!!! It's been 9 stressful months! We have to wait a couple of weeks for the official resolution, then we can start chasing papers around to get it finalized and filed with the county. Then we will finally be free to head west!

I just learned of a big fleece sale on Whidbey Island, but it's going to be in late February, and I don't think we will be there yet! Waaaaaahhhhhh! No fair!!!!

I have no fiber updates - just have not been able to get myself to do any spinning or knitting lately! Samus would be done if I had spent the time I've been on the computer knitting instead! But I have rejoined a jewelry making list that I used to participate in, before all my tools and supplies had to get packed up to sell the house. Even though I can't make anything until after we move, it is good to participate in that community again and get some ideas and encouragement for the future. I'm going to try to use this down time to work on things like business cards, tags and packaging.

Our kitty is having a blast climbing on all the boxes that are piling up throughout the house. I keep telling her about the big adventure she is about to have - after all, how many kitties get to travel 3,000 miles across the country?? Especially at her age (we think she is 17 years old!)

Until later,


Sunday, January 22, 2006

Life Path

With apologies to Blogthings, my revisions and comments are in italics!

Your Life Path Number is 5

Your purpose in life is to live life freely and collect experiences.

You love life - new adventures, new people, new ideas.

You are very curious, and you crave novelty in all forms. Just like a cat!

You tend to make friends easily,(not really), and you enjoy the company of all types of people.

You are impulsive and spontaneous - which sometimes leads you to do things you regret. Regret? What's that mean?

Sometimes you can be overindulgent with fiber, jewelry supplies and other toys.

You have many talents, so many that you are often scattered and unfocused.
Who, me???

Friday, January 13, 2006

Fiber Resolutions

Well, thanks to my wonderful NJ Fiber Fanatic buddies, I now have a New Year's Resolution. Our task was to dig up a UFO and commit to finishing it by the end of the year. Mine is this lovely mohair sweater, which I think I started 3 (or was it 4, or 5??) years ago. I remember I put it aside for some long forgotten reason. Then, the next time I pulled it out, I wasn't able to easily figure out where I had left off in the instructions, so I buried it very deep in the cedar closet. This, of course, is the same cedar closet that left for its new home in Connecticut last weekend. Since it no longer has a closet to hide in, I guess it had better become a sweater sometime soon!

Now here's a secret - what I didn't tell my spinning buddies is that I also have two other neglected projects. One is a pair Nancy Bush Ute Socks (pattern is in the Fall 1999 Interweave Knits). I haven't got the slightest idea why I never finished them - I am at the heel on sock #1. And yes, I did start them when the magazine was fresh on the newstands! It shouldn't be a huge problem to finish the socks sometime soon.

The second secret neglected project is an American Heirloom rug. I don't know what possessed me, but one year at MDS&W I just got sucked in and decided that I had to make this really cool, round rug. No promises that this one will be finished in 2-0-0-6, but I will try to at least work on it here and there.

All of the above will have to wait until I finish Samus, however - otherwise Samus might end up as a 2008 resolution! I am almost up to the point where you start working the right front part of the cardigan.

Not much of an update on the moving front. We are all set for our January 25 hearing date for the subdivision, and we continue to pack and get rid of excess stuff. We've sold most of the living room furniture and rugs, so now that room looks like it did when we moved in - empty but filled with boxes! The shed is cleaned out and the basement is coming along nicely! I am so happy that the new house does not have a basement! The ugly basementy sort of junk that accumulates will go into the barn, and I hope that the lack of basement will prevent us from saving junk that we really don't need!

I can't wait to finally get to Whidbey Island! I keep getting emails from the Whidbey Weavers' Guild about all the cool study groups and events that are being planned.

Westward Ho!

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Spinning my Wheels

First, my fiber wheels!

Plied Yellow Tweed

Here's the yellow tweed yarn all plied up! Isn't it pretty? It's a fairly heavy yarn, so I'm not sure what I will do with it - there isn't much yardage. Of course, even when I spin up lots of yardage, I still don't know what to make with it!

Red tweed on Woolee Winder

I got the winder for my Lendrum wheel because I always had such a hard time winding an even bobbin, as the wheel has a sliding clip instead of hooks. You'd think the slider would make it easier, but I guess I just need to have hooks to guide me! I am spinning yellow tweed's sister, red tweed. But this time I am making it a lot thinner so I will get more yardage. I'm thinking socks, perhaps.

Samus update: 10.5" done on lower body; 3.5" to go!

Now, for spinning our wheels on the moving front! We have finally made some progress. We are subdividing a building lot off of our NJ property, and the town engineer has finally (after 8 months) allowed us to have a planning board meeting date. So please send lots of good wishes our way on January 25! If all goes well, and the town approves our request, we should finally be able to move west by the middle of March (it will take about 45 days to clear up the red tape after approval.) Meanwhile, we are still packing and sorting through stuff. We have actually managed to sell some of our excess furniture rather than giving it all away! Now we can start a fund for customizing our new home on Whidbey Island!

It was a nice weekend. My aunt, cousin, and his wife came down from CT to pick up a huge cedar closet. I know, how can a fiberist pass up a huge cedar closet??!! Well, there is really no place to put it in the new house, so it needed a new home. My father built it in 1952 and he made it so it would come apart for moving. DH & my cousin worked hard to take it apart and carry the pieces up out of the dungeon. I am glad that it is staying in the family, and that it will be used and appreciated. Even so, it can be sad to get rid of some things!

Westward Ho!