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After taking this last photo

my new Kodak

Fujifilm Finepix A340 released this press statement:

I find I can no longer work with the present adminstration. The final low blow was having to photo my replacement. After a brief vacation, I will be searching for employment in the recreation and or entertainment sector.

Reaction to this news is varied, Mr. Wegner,
Mr. Wegner
Co-president and CEO of the Aguirre-Wegner household stated:

Hooray! Maybe now Co-President Ms. Aguirre will quit her bitching about the lack of output and attention-to-detail coming out of the photography sector of our company.

chaachi
Chaachi, sister and friend, remarked:

It looks like the new photography unit, Kodak EasyShare Z740 will be doing a fine job – finally a return to zoom photos of a small section of my face!

spencer and happy
Spencer Aguirre-Wegner was reached in the backyard of the Aguirre-Wegner estate. Lounging with his pal "happy cow" they had this to say:

I don’t care who is in charge of the photographs, Fujifilm, Kodak… it could be a kid with crayons and an eye for composition – I think that photos of me have always captured the beauty and majesty that is golden retriever.

Happy added this:

Yes, my nickname is "happy"… what of it? I do not like the allegations that my mental/emotional state is linked to drug use…. Get that camera out of my face already!

guinevere
Guinevere Aguirre-Wegner was reached last night and had this to say:

Gah! If this change will bring about a return to that flashing thingie while I am trying to get my beauty rest, look forward to increased nail flexing into sensitive areas.

brown goddess guards
One set of brown Goddess Guards™ remarked:

Finally! I have been laying around, trying to fill time while many photo appointments have been made and then rescheduled. Maybe now we can get some sales around here!

Peace!

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The Circle of Life

the circle of life - socks

Sing it with me… it’s the circle, the circle of life

for socks that is

Here you see my newborn pair of pair of Razor Shell Socks, from Mim’s Knitting Frenzy, Death, represented by my unfixable fuzzy feet from Knitty, and socks yet to be, a skein of Lionbrand Magic Stripes in the Denim Stripe colorway. Gonna knit me up a pair of basic socks just as soon as I can.

Remember I was telling you all about the SSP – Sip, Stitch and Pitch night at the Saint Paul Saints right? It was great fun. Borealis Yarns and Ginkgo Coffeehouse sponsored the night, so there was a lot of references to both of them throughout the game.

But to back-up a bit, there was a yarn swap from 5:00 to about 6:00 over to the side of the main parking. I brought 4 balls of so-so (nice but not my style) yarn and came out of the swap with 4 skeins of yarn that I really want to make something with! (I know, bad sentence). There were Borealis Yarn/Ginkgo t-shirts given out too. I met some knit bloggers, I met Meleah (Knitting Corgis) iin the stands. Carrie (Knit-Whit) was there for the yarn swap. Also a bunch of knitters that don’t have blogs.

Most of the knitters bought their tickets in Section A. A big bunch from Needlework Unlimited, sporting their own "designated knitters" t-shirts were there too. We all had a lot of fun, working on socks, scarves, sweaters, whatever you can think of – excellent knitting ladies! It was a beautiful night, but it did get a bit chilly once the sun went down.

There was a knitting contest, Shelley Hermanson won that one, and another where you had to try to catch a huge ball of yarn in a huge coffee cup… while a giant cat tried to steal the yarn. There were other non-knitting but cool contests too.

I hope Borealis does this again next year.

I am wondering though, why can’t people get along and be nice? Borealis and Ginkgo sponsered the event, and although I don’t expect people to all bow down to them, I find it interesting that Needlework Unlimited, with its busload of knitters and their t-shirts (great idea) refers to the event like it was the Saints idea. Wha????

Isn’t it okay to give a nod to Borealis for helping to sponsor, even though they are gasp competition?! I don’t know, maybe it is just me, because I don’t believe in competition. Each store, or doctor, or whatever has a business that attracts clients & customers. Sometimes the clients/customers choose the practitioner or vendor because of location, sometimes it is because of their business hours, the personality of the space, the prices of the items, sales, promotions, word-of-mouth – whatever but generally and especially with knitters unless there is something truly wrong with a store (price, location, attitude) they will get some part of the money pie of the customer. I truly believe that no one owns their customers, and therefore there isn’t really any competition.

In all my lines of work, I am always giving people recommendations to other practitioners – not because I have bad self-esteem, but because I want people to get the best there is, and sometimes that is not me. You know what I mean?

I have been in stores that know that another store carries an item that they don’t carry, and they are big enough to tell their potential customer of the other store. I have always admired that, note it, and therefore recommend that store to others.

Friendliness, respect, peace – pass it along folks!

Feeling Slumpy

Thursdays are usually really good to me. This one hasn't gone so good. I am keeping my fingers crossed that tomorrow will be an excellent day.

Because I will be going to the St. Paul Saints baseball game. No, I am not a sports person, but the Saints aren't just any team – it is a community thing where people go and celebrate and have fun. Add to that the fact that my favorite yarn store, Borealis Yarns, is getting together with Ginkgo Coffeehouse to sponsor the game. It's called Sip, Stitch & Pitch Night.

Cool, huh? There is a special section for knitters and I think all of those seats are sold! They will be giving out a free ball of yarn to the first 500 people in the game carrying knitting needles, and before the game they are doing a yarn swap out in the parking/tailgate area.

I found some yarns that I purchased that I don't think I will ever use. Two balls of some thick and thin cotton, and some nice mohair/wool yarn that is just too bright for my taste.

I will probably be working on my 2nd sock of my 80 stitches around Razor Shell Socks. Here is a scan of one finished sock:

razor shell sock 

Scanning looks pretty good, much better than my photos.  And check out this cool detail:

razor shell sock - detail 

Lovely!  

Hope to see you at the game tomorrow!

Peace. 

Shepherds Harvest 2006

I was sitting here this morning thinking I needed to post, and then feeling kind of dumb for forgetting my camera twice. Then I remembered that I could take a photo of the socks that I have been working on,

And then I remembered I could take a photo of my bobbin with the bits of different stuff I spun at my class on Sunday.

And then I remembered that I have huge pile of good stuff I bought on over the weekend – duh!

Saturday

I spent all day spinning for the sheep-to-shawl competition. We won!!!! Okay, so we knew that going into it because we were the only team. One fellow that was watching the demo said, "don't forget that you also.". I guess he is a glass half empty sort of guy. Saturday's weather was so lousy that it is almost embarrassing to tell you. I strongly feel that one should not have to turn the heat on in MAY but I guess mother nature has other ideas, and because this was Mother's Day Weekend – she has the final say-so. We were close to the big garage door openings, making it pretty good lighting, but the wind! And the rain! I asked to have them shut the doors, but it never happened. We carded, spun, and wove through it all.

I wish I could show you photos of the fleece and the shawl we were working on. The gal that donated the fleece (forgot her name) – I tried not to gush too much when I was talking to her later in the day. It was sooooooo yummy, soft and very fine colored. I guess her fleeces are always claimed in advance, and I can see why. The team ended up carding the whole fleece. I don't think we made much of a dent in it (spinning), whatever was left was given back. Some of the team members came back and finished the shawl on Sunday. Now we need to decide what to do with it.
Back to the losing part. We ended up not finishing in the alloted time, so I guess it is true that we lost. But. We really kicked back, visiting, taking breaks, eatting, talking to all the people that came over to see what we were doing and to all the friends that stopped by to visit. It was great visiting, I noticed a lot of people taking photos while I spun, so if you see a chubby lady in a raspberry colored, long sweater that is spinning, it is probably me.

It was a great time, I hope we do it again next year.

I did do a bit of looking at the vendors' wares to see how much money to spend on Sunday. I saw two lovely ceramic pins that told me to "buy me before I am gone," so I did. I also bought some roving from that person's stall because I was already there and it just made sense.

Sunday

I went to the Intermediate Spinning class from 9-noon. It was taught by Jerry & Loretta Pederson of Blackberry Hills. They are great teachers. Very fun, funny, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and supportive. I would take another class from them again in a heartbeat. I might even retake the class next year because it was so much fun.

They had so much different fiber to play with and learn from. This is a photo of my bobbin with what I spun up:

intermediate spinning That's alpaca, flax, cotton (recycled jeans), poodle (kind of stinky), wool spun in the grease (smelly but in a good wool way). What you can't see is the silk (carded and bits) and others that I can't remember anymore.

I also learned how to spin better from their pointers and just by watching the other ladies spin.

There was one woman that was a real pro, even with the hard to spin cotton she was really going to town with it. Very impressive.

After the class was done I stashed my wheel and knitting to get ready for the shopping part of the festival.

This year the vendor portion took up 2 of the buildings. Last year there was 2, but the 2nd building was a bit more puny and in the back. This time the vendors buildings were side-to-side so that made it easier to shop too.

Here is what I bought. First-up and very smart, I broke down and bought a basket from Ellie Lida. I have been looking at her baskets for some time now. I have been really coveting them, but never purchased one until now:

basket

I then proceeded to fill it up with this:

fleece and roving

The washed fleece is "Ivana" = Border Leicester/Romney/Lincoln, 12 ozs. I had bumped into Kerry so I leaned on her expertise to choose it. She gave it the thumbs up. The roving at the green and chocolate roving is from Sandy's Palette. It Merino/Tencel (70/30), 4 oz. The beige in the center is organic cotton the dark green/navy bump in the back is merino, and the multi up front is a silk blend, but that and the merino came from Carpool. She also had some great dyed clothing and cute knit (or were they crocheted?) hats. I hope she is there again next year.

more fiber

These all came from Huacaya Moon. The multi-colored is 4 oz. Merino/Kid Mohair (80/20) in olorway, Jamaica. The plain cream is 2 oz. Hemp/Merino (50/50). Front: Lilac, 4 oz. Merino/Angora (80/20) and 4 oz. of her Special Recipe Daquiri Ice, Merino, Mohair, Tussah Silk. On that are 2 cute pins, close-up below:

pins

Nancy Ahlborn (Huacaya Moon) is a real sweetie. Always a smiling face, very peaceful and helpful.

For those of you who don't spin and are getting tired of all the fiber – yarn!yarn and soap The brown, gold, orange is 1200 yds of Persian Wool, that and the two wild colored 3 oz. skeins (wool) are from Blackberry Hills. Yum!

The purple is 2 skeins of some acrylic yarn, very fine and soft, and the red is rayon. Both of those and the unspun organic cotton came from Chamomile Connection. The yarn was very inexpensive… the rayon was only $3.70 and the 2 skeins of acrylic were $3 each! I am thinking shawl and scarf or shawlette. The soap is from PamMade and she was sweet enough to bring those 2 bars of Sylvan Ramble Roads in for me special on Sunday. I love her soap!

The two pins are the ones I purchased on Saturday. I don't think that vendor made them, I think she was selling other people's stuff too. She also had some incredible glass buttons that I almost talked myself into and then decided against. Maybe next year.

Whew! That is a lot of great stuff. Now I need to keep that spinning vibe going and just continue along.

Peace!

Here in my room

I am hiding up here in my room, away from my dear husband, who unfortunately, is ill. But he isn't ill enough to be napping and therefore quiet. When he is ill, he tends to be everywhere I need or want to be.

Anyway, I find it is time for a confession.

Are you ready?

I have large ankles. I guess it shouldn't be a surprise to me because they have been with me all these long 45 years. I have always had large ankles, even when I was thinner. Mom calls it the "Sleva curse" – large ankles and what she calls "piano legs" – no shape, just large and straight up. Okay, so being a knitter this shouldn't be a big thing, because the point of knitting for yourself is to be able to make things that fit, right?

But I find it hard to upsize socks – not technically hard, but emotionally. It would be nice if (at least) one part of me was "normal" sized. But no more wishing, I have finally bit the bullet and cast on another pair of socks, this time with a whopping 80 stitches.

In case you were thinking I just made the one of the last set and decided I didn't like them – no way! Here they are:

These fit okay, especially in the feet, but I think my meaty ankles stretch the tops too much. They don't bind, but I just would like them a bit larger. That was a no-go because the pattern repeat was 12 stitches.

The set I just started is from Mim Knits/Miriam L. Felton's Razor Shell Socks. This time the stitch pattern is only 8 stitches, so all I have to do is upsize the socks one repeat.

Here is what I have so far:

I am using Knit Picks Sock Garden in the Morning Glory colorway. I also cast on using a US size 2 needle, then switching to the 1.5 (2.5 mm) for the knitting. They are a little turned in on the top but I am loving them so far. I may decide to decrease the 8 stitches once the top is done. We shall see.

I am seeing a lot of great photos and reading funny stories about the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival. Does anybody remember when it first started? Was it a smallish one, or was it always huge?

I am wondering if there will ever be the day when I am the envy of other knitters and spinners because I live so near the Shepherds Harvest Sheep & Wool Festival.

The sheep to shawl event is still on, even though our team is the only one competing so I can say "We Won!", even though we are now considered a demo, and there isn't the rush to finish. It also means we can have other spinners helping, so if you are interested…

Peace!

Sockbug’s Socks – kinda sorta

I finished one of the lacy scallops sock, pattern by Sockbug. If you like this one, please know that I really changed it up.

I left out some repeats (I like shorter socks) I also did a short-row heel and toe, and I left the lace patterning off the foot.

Here is the one I have finished:

The yarn is KnitPicks Sock Garden in Hydrangea.

I did the picot on 2 needles instead of the round. I forgot to translate the knit 3 rows into stockinette so it is a garter stitch picot. It works, except that it is a bit more bulky. Live and learn!

Peace!