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Knitting, Spinning and family dementia

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Marie's Spindle

ome of you have met my friend Marie. She is the neighbors daughter who came to the door at the age of 2 and asked if Marshall could play. I should mention that we had 4 in of snow and the only thing she was wearing were shoes. They were always best friends and she grew up here as much as she did at her moms. They climbed the trees in our yard. Marie and I spent alot of time together when she got older. I even homeschooled her for a year. She and I learned to spin together. She lives in California now.. she joined the Marines. She emailed me the other day and ask if I could get her a spindle and some roving. She missed spinning.
Well, I didn't wanna get her just any spindle. I thought if Bill (known as Mr. Bill to all the kids) could make her a spindle it would be MUCH more special. She loved to tease him and he her. I think he misses the Sassy girl who would steal his socks right off his feet and call him Dad (much to her mom and my He thought about the spindle for a week and started it yesterday. His very first attempt. Its made out of wood from our big old maple tree and the Royal Anne cherry tree (that is now gone). Both trees that she and Marsh climbed. As I recall she liked to sit in the Maple tree. So, I'm hoping it will be one of her favorite things. I think "Mr. Bill" wanted it to be extra special.. turned out pretty, didn't it? It weighs about 2.25 oz. A comfortable size for someone who spins worsted weight/chunky yarn. Hope she loves it!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Surprises in the Mail

Now, many have heard about my fleece failures of last year. I received 2 free fleeces and sent them out to Dawn's Custom carding be cleaned/carded etc only to have one be .. ewww *shudder*..buggy and the other was to long for the carder and then got lost in the mail!! I've done alot of business with Dawn and know others who have done ALOT more. So, I understood that these things happen. It wasn't her fault!!

WELL, today I received, out of NOWHERE, a box with the most beautiful grey/tan roving from Dawn. A, gee I'm sorry the Post Office f..... up gift. This is so SWEET of her. She deserves to be acknowledged for her thoughfulness.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Presents from Afar

Rebecca is so good to me! She wasn't even my Exchange partner. Both of our people pooped out on us. So we decided to exchange with each other.

SEE what she sent me today!

Purple Pimp yarn and the softest natural..I may do fairisle mitts this time. And, the chocolates, bless her heart, are sugarless! She also sent the cutest stickers..I love stickers almost as much as beads. Oh, and a St. Pattys day card that really fit me! My husband got a kick out of it. Sorry it got buried in the picture.

Speaking of beads... I made 25 more beads for Village Yarn and Tea. They are making wonderful use of them. Hopefully these will last them awhile. They are going threw them amazingly fast! I'm flattered that people like them that much. In all the years I've done ceramics and Pottery, beads were not something I spent to much time on. Funny thats whats selling now.
For some reason I can't fathom I bought $100 of cutesy beads ..lil glass butterflys, latte cups, tea cups, lady bugs and penguins and teapot findings. We'll see what I come up with. I'm thinking either stitch markers or bracelets. Either would be cute.. or..ahem.. BOTH.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Obligatory Post

I know.. I know.. I haven't said anything in ages. I'm knitting on one of Victoria's necklaces with one of My beads. I guess I should make ONE being I made 44 beads for VY&T. Thats been alot of fun. I didn't get any pictures because either my camera isn't working or husband can't take decent pictures of the beads.. to much glare off the glazes. This time I used some bright gold on them. Very fancy.
I also Spun up 2 lbs of Bubblegum pink roving. It made 9 skeins..not sure on the yardage. Was never any good at figuring that stuff. Next to spin is the shiny hot pink that Terri brought me back from Blacksheep last summer. Its gorgeous!!
Seems all I do lately is go knitting and stay home. I'm getting so boring.
Now its raining again.. so I'm stuck cleaning.. knitting.. spinning.. and playing Final Fantasy XI..sigh

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Marshall's new place

The last place had some health issues. Rusty tap water. We fixed that with a filter and bottled water. Not that big of an issue. But,when he first moved in we noticed a dark spot on the it had leaked once upon a time. The day we looked at it, it had RAINED non stop for weeks and the spot wasn't even damp. So, we figured it had been properly fixed. But, during the windstorms we had in December 2006 it started leaking ,again! Two months later after a ton of complaints they still had not fixed it. Woah, they gave him a nice. (sic) I'm so glad he got outa there.

So, He's moved, again! Hopefully, this will be the last time for awhile. The complex seems more a community then any of the places any of us have lived. The staff all live in the complex. We even noticed that people don't seem to move out much just move apts. Better floor plans more rooms or better views. They have 2 pools and nicely kept grounds.

The Picture of (Punk butt) Angel is for Cynthia and Charles, who gave Marshall the cat last year when she was a kitten, so they can see how she has gown.

She didn't quite know what to think of a fireplace.
The picture of her close to the fire is a camera angle thing. She's really not so close as to singe her whiskers. Picture was taken before it got really hot. He did say, she decided that laying out in front was a much better idea.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Wow, My Maiden name is :
LogoThere is:
person with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Buttons and Hooks

See what my husband made on his Lathe!! I needed a large button for a felted bag I made. The biggest one is the one I'll use for that and the smaller one will go on a sweater..I think.

I've been making Spinning wheel threading hooks so he thought he'd try his hand at making handles for them. Aren't they Pretty?

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Just when you thought Spring was here.

I was so admiring my neighbors Crocus. Mine are under a tree and take a little longer to open.
I get a call from Jerico (my oldest son) saying, "I'd take you to lunch but it seems to be snowing!" HUH?? Grrr. It sure is pretty tho' and we went to lunch anyway. I'm not afraid of a little snow.
When I woke up this morning there is more then a About 4 inches. The kid in me says "Whooo hoooo!!" No, the kid isn't dead yet!

Got a new book. Lots of cute ideas. I was surprised that it was knitted felt that had to be cut. But, there are several patterns I love so I may try knitting up some wool on my Bond knitter to felt.