Wearing Black in New England

Getting Ready for Sewing Sunday
January 29, 2006, 12:37 am
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Last night I taught two women how to knit at Crafty Friday.  Thanks to everyone who came over, including Trevor, Liz’s dear hubby, who knits and tends the fire to keep us all warm.  And carries chairs.  Trevor rocks.

At Tuesday’s SnB, Scout gave me this Img_0761for winning her “two days to knit” contest.  Nifty tool holder, don’tchya think?


I met Ramona at Village Wools, where I bought yarn for my Secret Pal.  So although it was a purchase, it was not for me.  I can’t give my SP stash yarn, can I?  Doesn’t seem right to me.  On my way home, I stopped and bought this 100% cashmere sweater:

Img_0762 I have two thoughts on how to use this.  One is as a part of Sewing Sunday next week in which I will create products for the Etsy store I plan to open (stay tuned).  The other is to frog it and use the yarn to knit something else.  I guess a third is to try on the darn thing and see how it fits.  Maybe it’s going to be cute on. 

I also purchased this fabric, Img_0763_1 which I think you’ll see better if you click on it.  There’s a sweet green plaidish type of stuff, a plain muslin, a silky Oriental-ish fabric, and best of all, a fabu purple fake fur.  See how my hand Img_0764 likes to pet it?  First person to guess what I’m making next week on Sewing Sunday will get a prize.  Ramona can’t play!

Whatchya think?
January 27, 2006, 3:21 pm
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I’ve been playing with Typepad, and Scout told me about WordPress…we’re both wanting more out of our blogs, although she’s got Noelle working some magic for her.  So, I’m trying out WordPress, seeing if I can do what I want to do.  Which, really, isn’t much.  Really. 

So I’m a Joiner. What of It?
January 24, 2006, 11:40 am
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Yeah, in a fit of avoidance, I’ve become a real joiner. I’m avoiding school. I have a bad attitude right now, but I’m sure that will get straightened up by the weekend. In the meantime, I’ve decided that hell, yeah, even I, Albuquerque’s slowest knitter, can get through a pair of socks between 2/1 and 5/1. So, I joined Sockapalooza. Sign ups are on through midnight.

I also joined Mama-E’s call for public displays of yarn porn. That sexy button did me in. And didya notice, I have a boatload of buttons? And they all link, now, thanks to a tip from my pal Scout. Ok, so it was more like she made it happen than a tip, but I’m learning!

Back to work, now, missy. SnB tonight, and don’t forget to boycott SF/SE. Me, I bought the A-line skirt pattern from Sew Betsy Ross. Now that my machine’s fixed, I’m gonna sew me a spring wardrobe. Right after I knit those socks.

My SP, My Haiku, My New Book, My Closet
January 23, 2006, 9:12 pm
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My East Coast (hey, I can’t help but see that Buzzard Bay postmark! A Cape girl!) SP7 sent me a package, which I got yesterday. Sunday? you ask. Are you special, Beverly, that the mail comes to you on Sunday? Special, sure, but not quite that special. I forgot to check the mail on Saturday after my quest to find a book for school that lasted until 11:00 p.m. In this delightful package was a selection of tea bags (I’m boiling water right now), two bundles of mohair roving, a big bundle of merino/silk roving, a dainty spindle, and a hank of chocolate brown alpaca that she spun–I can’t wait to knit something with it, and it smells delicious. There were also two little cards with meditations–one called “The Rainbow” and the other, “Artist Zen” as well as a cheerful note!

Thank you SP! I can’t wait to try spinning. Your yarn smells lovely, btw. What do you set it with? I’m off for a cup of special tea…xxx

January 23, 2006, 9:10 pm
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Ramona posted about this haiku contest, and I’m such a joiner, I had to send one in, too. Remember, kids, I write fiction, not poetry. Check out Jessie’s sock yarn. I’m gonna get me some come May!

Ruminations on My Time

I crochet, knit, spin
When I should grade, read, or write.
Don’t tell my secret.

January 23, 2006, 9:04 pm
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Noelle is a good listener and a generous friend. She saw this, remembered I had talked about how much Jenny liked it, and picked it up for me. What a sweetie, huh?

January 23, 2006, 8:50 pm
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A glimpse into my closet. There are files with all my teaching/school/grantwriting archives; notecards for the letter writing I like to do; a few special papers for making books; my newly mended sewing machine, an almost finished felted purse, my old quilting bag, stuff for embroidery; some of the gajillion journals and notebooks I have (everyone loves to give writers journals. And we like them!); some linens; a few boxes of misc. junk I can’t throw out; and of course, yarn. Real Simple suggests using yarn to decorate. Group it together and it will look pretty. Ha! As if we didn’t know that already.