Monday, September 27, 2010

OFFF 2010, a Pictorial

Cutey-wutey Amnials:

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And a small smattering of the haul (I should've taken a group shot. Oops.)

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This morning at about 2 am, the best dog in the world (and my very best friend) woke up unable to feel or move half of his body. The prognosis wasn't very good for a 15-ish year old dog, and we had to let him be put to sleep. He was perfectly healthy and happy when we went to bed.

I know people get angry when you say your pets are like children, but really, Rocky was. Except that I don't have even an ounce of maternal instinct for human children (even my hypothetical own) whereas I had gallons for this stinky, deaf, rickety little pup. He was a rescue, and I got him from a woman who'd gotten him at the humane society. It bothers me that I never knew what the first 9 years of his life was like, or what kind of dogs his parents were (I toyed with doing a Wisdom Panel test, but they are pretty expensive.) But so it goes. I had him for 3.5 years, and they were wonderful.

All this to say that if you don't see me around online very much for a little while, or if I'm slow to answer emails and tweets, that's why. We're also moving at the end of October, and then possibly going abroad for a bit, so things are pretty crazy anyway, but I will be back, eventually.

I'm turning off comments because I don't want to get a bunch of emails reminding me to be sad (I can handle that on my own, and rather like the internet being a distraction.) I will, however, put up shortly pictures from Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival, which I went to yesterday and which was good fun. I also found five dollars, and Travis found a four-leaf clover. Apparently we used up all our luck for the week in one day.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mailing list!

Sort of. I don't feel like I have enough important things to say on a regular basis that I need to throw it in your faces. But if you want to be notified when new patterns come out, you can now sign up for just that very thing using the box in the sidebar over there ---->

I promise I won't share or sell your email address, or spam you with a bunch of other nonsense. Scouts honor.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Trunk Show!!!

My very first ever trunk show is going on this week at Twisted! Please do stop by if you're in Portland. All the patterns are 10% off and you can see a lot of the samples (though less than I'd like, since I have a nasty habit of selling them/losing them/giving them away, haha.) Friday evening at 6 there'll be a reception with foods and wines and, I guess, "the designer", though really you can see me at Twisted every Friday night, since that's when I work ;-) But still, come by! I never get to knit with other people, I'm always on the other side of the counter, so I'm excited!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Fell in love with a drum(card)er, another then another...

(Aww, remember Wilco?)

I finally got around to doing what I bought the drum carder for in the first place: scrap batts! I've been saving up roving scraps (which is sort of a silly word since you don't usually have scraps unless you force yourself to set a little aside) and figured it was time to put 'em all together. These are for sale at Twisted, but I hope to do more for etsy soon (but if you really love one, you can call the shop and they can mail it :-) They might make it into the web store too eventually, I'm not sure.) I think I need to wear a dust mask, though... my lungs are still recovering. Ugh.

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"Pumpking"

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"Stegosaurus Dreamin'"

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"The Fresher"

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"Elementary"

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"Deep" (last one named, I was getting tired at that point)

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"Plastic Trollop" (exploding my red sensors apparently.)

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"Razzle"

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"Retro"

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"Scrapplejacks"

And a before shot:

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Hooray! It's fun getting to name things again, haha.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Nice People are Awesome, part 2

So a few weeks back, I was bemoaning to Carrie/Big Alice that I couldn't find the perfect orange and turquoise roving. She's been playing around with dyeing roving (in addition to her super pretty yarn...which I assume will be available in her etsy shop eventually) and volunteered to give it a whirl if I'd test it out and see how it spun up.

Yeah, pretty awesome, right? That's like asking me to "test this batch of delicious homemade cookies."

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So. Pretty. I squealed a little when I saw it.

aaand spun up:

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Yum!! It's BFL, which I'm rapidly discovering is very enjoyable to spin. It came out super squooshy, which is awesome- I'm not quite good enough at spinning to make things come out squooshy unless they want to do it all by themselves. Hooray!! I'll take another picture once I knit it up into something...but I should probably show Carrie the end result first. Heh. Thank you thank you thank you Carrie!!!!

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