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This and That

Since we’ve been back from Chicago, I’ve been going 100 miles an hour (I’ll post a few pictures from the trip soon). The last of the sock club shipments are making their way to the post office tomorrow, yipee! I hope everyone enjoys the new variegated colorway and all the yummy, stripey skeins.

The last few weeks, I have had a hard time finding my knitting mojo. I bought a skein of sock yarn in Chicago and started working on some basic socks for Scott. But, I haven’t seen a project lately that has me all jazzed up. It’s okay, I’m finding a little more time to spin….


This roving is from Cloudlover in the Maison Moderne colorway. Its a 50 merino/50 bamboo blend that is spinning up wonderfully.

Tonight, I’m heading to a new knitting group with Kristi. Should be fun!

An Ode to Spinning

It had been four or five months since I sat down with my new wheel. Traveling, the holidays, and moving got in the way. Oh yes, I don’t think I mentioned it here, but we moved early January – out of my parents finally and into a small place 7 miles down the road. Anyways, I missed spinning all of a sudden, really missed it! So, two weekends ago, I got the courage up and pulled out the wheel. Here is what happened:

To get the feeling back, I started with a small 1 ounce sample of 100% merino roving from Be Mice Elf. I struggled with this sample, but felt a lot better once finished. I ended up with 68 yards of sportweight yarn, which turned out to be exactly what I needed for Hello Yarn’s Top Down Bonnet pattern.


Pattern: Top Down Bonnet by Hello Yarn
Yarn: Handspun – Be Mice Elf 100% merino wool
Needles: Addi 32″ US 4
Measurements: Baby size
Started: February 8, 2009
Finished: February 10, 2009
Other Details: Very cool-looking bonnet! For more pictures, you can check them out on flickr.

The story continues…. I then felt comfortable enough to try out one of my most favorite purchased rovings. This is what happens when you spin up Carrie’s Smores superwash roving :


I haven’t decided what I’m going to make with the Smores roving yet. I have about 280 yards of sportweight yarn. Any pattern suggestions?

And, lastly, I spun up a new blend I had been wanting to try. Its a 60% merino/40% bamboo mix from Fat Cat Knits. The colors are not quite my style, but I loved them just the same. They remind me of an English Garden:


I ended up with a little bit more yarn in this skein – about 312 yards. I seem to have this nack for spinning up sportweight yarn now, don’t you think?! I was really worried that I overspun this skein as well. It was coiling a little bit and was stringier than I wanted… but, washing it seemed to make everything all better!

So, was that enough spinning for you?! I’m actually finishing this post while sitting in a hotel room, looking out at the beautiful Chicago skyline. We flew in today for a wedding. Yep, another Chicago wedding! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend – I’ll catch you on the other side!

Bella Mittens

I hope you are all having a wonderful and relaxing holiday weekend! I finally feel like I have some time and energy to post. I had the pleasure of sharing my Valentine’s Day with the fun ol’ stomach bug… poor Scott!

I finished these a couple of weeks back and want to share them with you. I still have yet to wear them; the weather just hasn’t been cold enough for bulky mittens. But, I heart.


Pattern: Bella Mitten’s by Marielle Henault
Yarn: Cascade Yarns 109 LE Bulky in Evergreen #9429
Needles: Addi 32″ US 8
Measurements: One size
Started: January 13, 2009
Finished: January 29, 2009
Other Details: These are WARM mittens. Super quick and easy to read pattern.


I love owls – so when I saw Parikha’s version of this hat, I knew I had to knit it up for a few little ones out there…. immediately!


So, sorry for the not fabulous pictures, I’ve really been trying to get my act together this week after lots and lots of dyeing/posting/winding. I’m already working on a second one; and have plans for a third in this same yarn for little Amelia. I can’t wait!

This specific hat will be gifted with the totally awesome and crunchy Kaya’s Kloset new organic shoes! I think someone who values O-wool, will also value organic shoes for their little one. You have to go take a peek at Johanna’s etsy store! Every little baby I know has some of these :)


52 Books

The one thing I’ve been really missing in my life since grad school is reading. When I was younger, I used to plow through book after book. I still remember the first book I fell in love with – Where The Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls. I remember finishing the book on the way home from school, while sitting in the back of the bus, bawling my eyes out.

In high school, college and grad school, I read plenty; but it was all assigned reading and book lists for classes. I actually started to despise reading in college one semester when I had an English teacher who was obsessed with John Updike. Professor ? gave us hundreds of pages to read each night – we literally read the whole Rabbit series in just a couple of weeks. I’m sorry to say, this professor is probably deeply depressed, with the recent passing of you know who. Nevertheless, most of my English major classes kept me chalk full of books, from Chaucer to Yeats to Updike; and my Environmental Science readings kept me up to date on the latest research projects, policy and conservationism.

So, with the recent realization that I hardly read at all anymore, I’ve decided that 2009 should be the year of the book. As Dr. Seuss says, “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” I’ve joined the Ravelry group, 52 books in 52 weeks, and have already found my latest obsession with Goodreads. Come say hi if you are on there! In January I was able to finish 7 books. Yes, off to a strong start!

January Books
1. Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
2. The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
3. Where the Wild Things Were, by William Stolzenburg
4. Water For Elephants, by Sara Gruen
5. The Botany of Desire, by Michael Pollan
6. The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls
7. In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan

My favorite book by far out of these seven was, The Time Traveler’s Wife. If you are looking for a good book to read, I highly recommend this one. My other big favorite was, Where the Wild Things Were – an extremely well written book that talks about the disappearance of our keystone species. If you have any comments or questions on any of these books, feel free to email me or leave a note!

Happy February and happy superbowl Sunday!