Tuesday, April 28, 2009

It's been a while, I know...

Shame on me, and not the yarn this time.

Kids, I've been busy! Mini-Me and our good friends went to Washington DC for a long weekend, and had a great time. We even got a private tour of the capitol, courtesy of Senator Enzi's office. (I'm not from Wyoming, a friend of a friend is) It was a really neat tour, and his staff was wonderful. The rotunda was one of my favorite places.

My other favorite? The Museum of Natural History. My inner nerd had a field day, and the children had a blast. I would show you pictures, but I haven't gotten them off of the camera yet. Yes, I know, it's been two weeks. (Ya'll know I'm not that quick, eh?)

So what else? Well, dinners with great friends, a great motorcycle ride, a race (NASCAR Style - hey, the tickets were free), a fabulous Dave Matthews Concert, more dinners with friends, and very little time for much blogging.

I would say that the craziness is over for now, but we all know that would be a lie.

Here's a funny for you.

Maddie: Dad, I'm really worried about mom.
Ex: Why, what's wrong?
Maddie: I think she's really depressed.
Ex: What's been going on, Maddie?
Maddie: Well, she's not been making yarn.

Hah! I have been spinning, just so ya know. This is from the CJ Kopec Spin-A-Long. The color is Midnight Desire. I think it looks like Black Cherry Soda, don't you?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I'll Take Shame for $1,000

Because Cookie can't be the only one with scary yarn in her stash, now can she?

I bring you "Pooch" from Pattons. Fun fur ain't got nothin' on this, baby.

Seriously - here's what it looks like knitted up.

Don't ask a whole lot of questions, because it's so dreadful, I do not wish to discuss it.

And no, it was not supposed to be a rug. It was going to be a vest. Seriously.

Thanks to Cookie and her yarn of shame, it has now found a home in my trash can!

(Lookie there. I just got rid of something! Go me!)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Now Serving..


What - you thought I cooked or something?

Your Blue Eyed Sister
4 1/2 oz. South African Fine - "Chocolate Blueberries" by Moonlightbaker
Approx 19 WPI and 448 yards

This was seriously fun fiber to spin, and my goal was for consistency - I think I did pretty well, all things considered! I ended up with three skeins - two big and one wee bitty.

I do have one question for my readers that spin - do you count WPI before or after you give your handspun a bath? Inquiring minds want to know.

Last but not least, we are also serving up one completely complete FLS! Buttons sewn on and lightly steamed to stretch the sleeves a bit during the season premier of Deadliest Catch. Consider me tickled pink.

Mini-Me had to try it on - just for fun. I think I could get away with going down to size 6 needles and knitting her an XXS - what do you think?

We're headed out of town for the weekend. Prospective Cabana Boy has a key if ya'll want to wipe out my stash.

(Don't you dare - I'll have to kick you in the shins. Seriously.)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Survey Says!

58% of you think that the overall crankiness I have been experiencing is due to a lack of Cabana Boy presence. (This could be true.)

There's a tie for attributing crankiness to lack of nookie and work. (This is most definitely true)

One person feels that the crankiness is due to lack of nookie with Cabana Boy. (I have no comment for this person at this time.)

One wise person thinks I'm not getting enough quality time with new spinning wheel. (I'd be much happier if my day consisted of nothing but spinning!)

Cookie thinks that I should have a mojito upon entering the house every day. The rest of you are ok with wine. (Personally, I am ok with both, hehe!)

Overwhelmingly, you all have decided that cookies are not enough to get you to take my place at the office. I do thank whoever offered a note, and to the special person who offered to kidnap me, take me on vacation with them so that we could look for Cabana Boys, spin, knit and drink wine. (God love you, Lori)

To the person who wanted to know what kind of cookies I'm going to make them, you now must email me. I have something for you. I cannot say what it is. (msknottyknitsATgmailDOTcom)

Happy Easter to all my peeps!

Oh crap. Apparently I ate all my peeps. Muahahahah!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Where's A White Flag When You Need One?

Maybe the notoriously absent Cabana Boy has one. Perhaps I have some one I need to designate as the Cabana Boy but don't want to jinx things.

I've determined that in order to properly express my distaste for this week in general, I needed to create a survey so that you can participate in the madness.

Click Here to take survey

Special thanks to Ida for showing me the nifty website to create this survey. Ida, you are the bright spot in my morning thus far. She's also pointed out to me that Word Press is a far better vehicle for blogging than Blogger. You deserve a treat, Ida!

All things considered, I have very little left to say, so I shall leave you with something that I find rather fitting.

At times, my own wit amazes me.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Monday Mayehm

It's Monday.

There is still no Cabana Boy on the horizon.

I woke up every hour on the hour last night.

Serious dramaz at the work place.

Too much crap and not enough fun makes Megan a cranky girl.

In other news....

I was looking at old photos today. Mini-Me used to be so little! I must admit, I've gotten a little misty. But in a good way.

Publish Post
See ya later this week!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Purple Lupines

When Mini-Me goes to NH during the summer, she and my mother are always on the look out for purple lupines. They grow in my mother's yard (or they used to, anyway) and all along the highways.

I can hear my mother saying "Look, Maddie! There's our purple lupines!"

She sends newspaper articles about lupines, pictures from her cell phone of lupines, and I think we even have a card with lupines on it.

I guess that's why when I saw this roving at The Loopy Ewe, I fell in love. Not only did it prey on my purple obsession, but the name made me smile. When I saw it at SAFF - I knew it had to be mine.

4 oz. 100% Targhee Top - Mountain Colors - Lupine
227 yards, approx 11 WPI

For whatever reason, my camera did not like the colors - The top picture is too light, the bottom is too dark. It was really fun to spin, and although it's rather bulky in spots, I'm pretty happy with it, as it is much more consistent than my last yarn.

A special thank you goes out to Lori! Because this yarn was coming out so nicely, I hated to have two separate skeins. Lori kindly walked me through how to ply the two ends together to create one long skein.

From this picture (craptastic, yes, but the colors - very accurate), you can see how full my bobbins were - eek! I ended up winding one into a center pull ball, and then plying the outside end with the yarn already on the bobbin. I spun a bit extra onto the bobbin, and then, using the end in the center of the ball, started winding it onto my niddy noddy. Although the join may not be perfect, I'm really pleased with the results!

So what else is new, kids?