Dec. 14th, 2009 12:59 am
Dudes, I have a NOVELLA coming out! That will never not be cool.

And now, after warping the loom and spinning some Romney, I'm off to bed!
It's hard to find the balance between spending time by myself and spending too MUCH time by myself. Not enough, I feel unsettled and strung out. Too much, and I start crying at long distance commercials again.

Also, I appear to have several unfamiliar sheep in my closet. Do not recall having quite such a falling down, but damned if there aren't at least 3 fleeces in there, still in the grease.

Huh. The sheeps, they multiply!

In other news: Misha Collins. HOW DOES HE EXIST?

mishacollins OMG! i'm here in the UK, & I stepped into an adult video store to use the toilet and guess who i saw skulking the Gay Fetish section????

mishacollins -- we made eye contact, i winked & then she turned beet red & dashed out pretending not to recognize me..
I think my eyes have finally uncrossed after looking at our absolutely terrible, totally non-intuitive wireless billing software. Holy CRAP. Nothing like having the manual open in front of the page, following the steps laid out to the letter, and STILL not having it work right.

Today's BPAL is Desire: The overwhelming agony of passion crystallized into a singularly dark and magnetic blend: bittersweet neroli, black patchouli and black musk, gilded by apple, bergamot, blood red rose, teak, and vanilla. As it's dried and mellowed, I absolutely love it, but I'm not gonna lie. When I put it on first thing this morning, all I could smell was some combination of panang curry and tom kha gai! There is no coconut and no peanut in this blend. People report a strong sweet citrus, like lemon drops, but all I got was Thai food. It cracked me up.

I used my lace flyer for the first time last night. WOW. How have I never used that before? I am getting SO MUCH YARDAGE out of my fiber! It's amazing. I bought a pack of top at Sheep and Wool that has some amazing colour changes, so I am spinning it from light to dark, and then I think I want to knit a shawl that highlights the changes. In the meantime, I have like, 3.5 more ounces to spin.

And I seriously, seriously want this: a cup-holder for my spinning wheel!


Feb. 25th, 2009 05:46 pm
I really, really, REALLY want a membership to the Grafton Fibers ColorWays Club. I was lucky enough that some of the first fiber I ever ordered was a set of Grafton batts, and when I went to Vermont the first time, Alex drove me to see their farm. While I was there, I got to design my own batts, and I love, love, LOVE them to pieces.

If you've got the money and like batts, you need some of Linda's. If you've got a LOT (though I should be quick to point out, the membership price is very reasonable and TOTALLY worth it) of money and like batts, you need to join!

Thus ends my unsolicited plug.

ETA: Also, despite the little voice in my head that says "You just saved over $800 on your car insurance!", I am remaining strong. Ish. I'm now going home to burrow into my Wall'O'Fiber and console myself.
This is Tobias.

Tobias and I have a date this evening. If it goes well, we might meet again tomorrow.

(Tobias is 4.1 oz. of extra fluffy merino, dyed by [ profile] byrne. I'm a little in love with this wool right now.)

Have you ever spun with peacock feathers? Have you ever knit or crocheted with a yarn that included them? My guess is going to be no.

Now is your chance. I have been lucky enough to acquire an amazing stock of blending feathers, and will shortly begin production on some limited edition batts. If you are interested in some of these, now is your chance, not only to let me know so I set some aside for you, but to decide on fibers, colours, and amounts. I have enough right now to do about 10 runs of batts, 3-4 to the run, coming in at around 4 oz. each. I am willing to sell by the oz. if you want more than 4 oz.

The feathers are the amazing teal and gold that run up the tail feathers, delicately blended into fiber for spinning. If you are not a spinner, I will gladly spin your yarn for you, to the approximate gauge you request, for an additional fee.

If you want to claim some of these as your own, leave me a comment here or contact me via email- I have merino, alpaca, cashmere, silk, CVM, BFL, with many stock colours available, and almost any other shade dyeable to your desires.

Want a treat? Snag some of this before it's gone, since I don't know when or *sob* if I'll be able to get more! This offer is only open until Friday, Nov. 30. After that, they go up in my store and you'll have to fight it out with everyone else!
The Collective will be going away on holiday to St. Augustine in early August. I can't wait. Though the sun and I aren't the best of friends, I adore swimming, and love walking along the beach. St. Augustine, in addition to being the site of the supposed Fountain of Youth, is over 15 miles of continuous beach, with a good 20-50 yard sand shelf that keeps the water about 4-5 ft. deep and WARM. (It all depends on the tides, of course, but sometimes I think you could walk forever.)

Once in awhile, we brave the possibility of sharks and swim out over the deeper part to the sandbar another 10 feet out or so. Walking on that is a trip. It's only about a foot deep, even at high tide, and you can watch fish swim back and forth over it, disappearing into the deep water on either side. The far side, the ocean side, drops suddenly and drastically- it's probably 8-12 feet deep, depending on where you are on the sand bar. I don't go on that side, because I have a healthy fear of the things that occasionally drive the huge schools of tiny fish to swim away very quickly.

As a matter of fact, I have a pretty healthy fear of just about anything I can't see swimming past me, which is why I'm a fan of the shallow water and tide pools. Even more, the house we've rented has a private pool and spa, and I can REALLY get behind that!

As vacation approaches though, I am faced with a true dilemma. What knitting do I take with me? I'm hoping that I'll be done with the little cotton baby shirt by then, so that's right out. I know I won't be done with Wicked, but do I really want to take a huge wool sweater with me? Not particularly. Nevermind the sand factor!

I'm tempted to take the Bordello socks. For one thing, the syncronisity of taking Sea Wool to the beach amuses me. (I am easily amused, and proud of it!) They are small, portable, and I have a couple of sock bags that would do nicely to keep the sand out. But they're small. What if I ran out of knitting? I haven't found a yarn store in St. Augustine!

Finally, there is no small part of me that wants to take a wheel with me. Rodney folds! Sitting there on the beach (on a beach mat!), spinning in the sun and fresh holds a certain appeal. But again, there's the sand factor, and what fiber would I take, and would the rest of the Collective understand that it wasn't kosher to drip on my beloved Lendrum?

Such choices.
Dyed another 3-ish pounds of fiber. This time I've got some BFL, merino, and silk. Look for updates to the store in the next couple of days.

On a related note, dear gods do my feet hurt.
Yesterday, someone on a knitting community I'm a part of posted about a bad experience at a LYS. She politely refrained from giving the name of the shop in her original post. Someone else jumped into the fray to talk about how annoying "crafters" are.

Now look, I'm not going to claim that there aren't some DAMN annoying crafters out there. Personality is one thing. People who walk into a store with the idea of selling their handspun (single skeins, no more than 60 yds a piece, I'm sure) are probably very annoying to the owners/etc. I will admit to feeling much the same way about the spinners I see pop up from time to time who go from "I just got my first drop spindle!" to "How much should I sell my 38 yards of merino rope for?" in the course of about two days. (No dig to novelty yarn spinners. I've seen some damn cool stuff out there.) You know nothing about your craft, nothing about spinning a balanced or -durable- yarn, and I'm sorry, you shouldn't be selling yarn that you don't know for SURE is usable. I feel the same way about dyed roving. I don't sell felted roving, and I make damn sure that everything I post for sale is something I know is a quality product, ready for use.

On the other hand, the snippy little holier-than-thou attitude about "crafters" gave me pause. Excuse me? You work in a fucking YARN STORE. Who did you think you were going to be dealing with, but crafters? This is exactly why I hated going into a particular LYS on the weekends, because the woman behind the register couldn't say a damn word to anyone without being condescending. It -is- possible to impart knowledge without looking down on someone. (I say, as I snark about someone...)

We are ALL crafters. If you are creating something with a use from raw materials, explain to me how you -aren't- a craftsperson. I stopped reading the blog of a woman who drew a distinction between her handspun and that of "crafters", because SHE was an ARTIST. Well, I paint with dye, and I put my heart and soul into the things I spin and card and dye, and at the end of the day what make it satisfying to me is that I've done something with my hands, I've created something that I feel is a good example of my craft.

I am damn proud to be a craftswoman.
And the winner is...[ profile] flautenpupie_79!

Yesterday I purchased a bit overe 27.5 pounds of fiber. 13 lbs. of various solid dyed merino, 9 lbs. of undyed exotics, and the assorted bits of dyed top and yarn I bought for myself. Including some Fleece Artist top and Seacell!

Pictures of the stash will be forthcoming.

Mike, what would you have more use for, yarn, or spinning fuzz?

Hand painted roving and luxury batts. Free shipping on orders of $40 or more!
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I am about to buy 27 lbs. of merino top.  That's about enough roving to fill up a small Volkswagen.  I am, of course, having a distinct moment of doubt.  This is an -investment-, not just an overgrown stash.  This means I have to create colour combinations that make people drool.  That I have to make this work on a bigger scale than forcing my friends to look at my yarn and roving and make polite noises.  It's a bit daunting, but on the other hand, it's the only way I'll ever move forward with this weird little pipe dream of mine to make a living doing the things I love.  (I wish I could figure out the colourway for self confidence.)

At my feet?  2.5 lbs. of light fawn suri alpaca fleece.  And yes, I -am- washing some it before bed, why do you ask?  I love the faintly sweet, grassy smell of unwashed fleece, even if I'm probably inhaling poop. 

Anyway.  Spin, or write?  Spin, or write?  Such choices in life!  I suppose I should write, thus making [ profile] marigot happy, and moving a little closer to that OTHER wacky dream. 

Why don't I have any dreams that don't hinge on me finding -talent- somewhere?
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I've opened a shop on etsy!  I'm planning to add standard colourways as I go, and I already have a few in mind that I'll be uploading within the next few weeks.  I should be adding sock and worsted weight yarns soon, and my handspun will pop up from time to time, as well as the various other projects I have cooking on the side.  (I have given in to my yen to try altered books.  Sort of.  I still can't bring myself to actually use a -real- book, but I have some journals that are kind of fun.) 

Feedback is welcome, and requests are encouraged!  I appreciate any of you taking the time to look.


Apr. 13th, 2007 06:46 pm
Packages (except for two that I need to finish) mailed!
Taxes filed!
Work week (mostly, but for a few hours tomorrow) survived!
Aquarium dosed with algaecide! 
Blank books located!
Inspiration found!
Caffeine consumed!

And I'm getting an -awesome- refund (almost $500!), which means that I will actually be able to do the kind of investing in fiber for blending that I want.  I am so excited!  (Yes, I know.  About wool.  Seriously, have you been reading me for the past 3 years?)

Later tonight, a post for all the fiber types, and Sunday, my etsy store goes live.  Hurrah!
-New Supernatural tomorrow night!  PA!Dean!  Ahem.
-I am feeling almost not-sore enough to spin.  I miss Rodney and Elizabeth v. v. much right now.  *siiiigh* 
-I am going to rig up the Elizabeth on double-drive.  I haven't tried it yet, but I'm feeling fearless ever since I put the lace flyer on Rodney for the first time and couldn't believe how easy it was to spin laceweight.
-I am in my Tinkerbell pj pants, and I'm not planning to leave them ALL DAY.  Now that I -can- get dressed again, it's back to being a luxury when I don't. 
-I had the BEST idea for a story I've been working on this week while I was in the shower this morning, and then I managed to remember it after I got out and WRITE IT IN MY STORY NOTES.  Because I RULE. 
-I made some beautiful stitch markers last night.  And then a braided wire bracelet with some crazy random beading.  Very possibly I was suffering creative overload because I haven't been spinning. 
-I'm zipping along on Wicked!  Hooray for my first sweater! 

It's a good day.  Now excuse me while I go take a bunch of Aleve and sneak up to the studio to pet my wheels.
My journal, my politically-incorrect, rotten opinion. 

Vegans, as a whole, annoy the shit out of me.  I'm sure there are some lovely people out there who are vegan and manage to have great lives without spending all of their time lost in the wonder of how much better they are than everyone else, but I sure as shit haven't met them. 

Far more annoying in the scheme of things though, are vegan knitters.  If you don't want to knit with wool?  -Don't-.  But spare me the fucking lecture about how wool is cruel, especially if you plan to trot out that tired old PETA link.  I've read it.  I've also read the evidence given by shepherds who would like to protect their flocks from getting skin parasites and fly larvae.

Oh, oh, and tell me all about how silk is cruel, because they boil the poor widdle bugsies inside the cocoons!  Please!

Maybe then you can move on to angora rabbits, and tell me how traumatized and mistreated they are, despite the fact that I've seen bunnies sitting calmly in someone's lap while they are spun -from-.

In short- vegan knitters who feel the need to tell everyone else how wrong they are for using animal fibers, please, bite my wool-trousered ass. 

This concludes my latest round of "grrrrr, Vegans!"
Well, I had a productive day.  We went to the fabric store and I managed to resist buying some truly awesome brocade to make into a bag.  The we came home, and I spent the afternoon dyeing about 4 pounds of fiber- silk roving, tussah noil, Wensleydale wool, merino/mohair roving, and some some mohair roving. 

Now I'm just relaxing before bed, but since I don't have to be at work until 9:30 tomorrow morning, I'm in no real rush. 

Also, there is a fox barking outside my window.  This neighbourhood is so awesome.
So, come April or so, I will be back to working 6 days a week, most likely the 9:30 to 6 shift.  While I'm not exactly looking forward to it, I'm at least trying to prepare for it by setting up a bunch of projects and craftiness that I can just pick up and work on without loads of prep time. 

To that end, in the next little while before the season starts, I'm planning to do the following:

-Finish warping the floor loom.  For those of you who can even remember back that far, this would be the project I started over a year and a half ago (erm...possibly two years...), a ruanna for my Mom.  It may or may not include some of the first spinning I ever did with a purpose, some lovely dove grey Shetland with blue and purple swirled throughout.  I'm still trying to decide, but chances are that I'll wind up using it.  Knowing so much more about using the yarn I am making, I believe it will be best used sparingly as accents in the pattern.  I don't think the yarn is strong enough to hold up as a large part of the weft. 

-Warp and transfer my design to the rigid heddle loom.  I want to do a tapestry with the desert colours I brought back from Arizona, but it may wind up being a more abstract design.  In any case, I need to crawl Ebay soon for some more suitable weaving yarns to supplement my spinning. 

-Cast on my very first real sweater, Wicked!  I'm getting gauge with the yarn I want to use, Malabrigo in Tortuga.  I bought 6 skeins of it at MD Sheep and Wool last year, and I've been saving it for something fabulous.  This is definitely the right pattern for this yarn. 

-Finish cleaning out my closet and send the stuff off to Goodwill- or apparently, as I have just looked at my donation bag, the Lupus Society.  Cool.  Lupus research often yields up treatments for fibromyalgia as well.  Rockin.  Perhaps I will toss the donation envelope into the bag as well as the clothing. 

-Catch up on some of my Netflix queue!  Damn am I behind. 

-Get a new phone from my evil cellular overlord, Verizon. 

-Figure out what, if anything, I want to do for Beltane.  I kind of want to have a party, but considering what a craptacular host I was last time, perhaps that isn't the best of ideas.  Also, by then I'll be working Saturdays, so it might be hard to pull off.

Yikes, it got late.  Off to bed with me!

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