Random thoughts of a fiber enthusiast - mostly fiber related, sometimes coherent

Month: July 2003

It’s a dog’s life …

Life is finally settling down. I finally have a phone and an internet connection that works. And World’s Best Dog flew down to keep me company. First of the menagerie to show up. I can’t wait for Martin and the rest of the menagerie to move down permanently.

I can’t say that I’m short of things to do. But I can’t say that I’m missing my fiber stash. Why? Martin’s been sending down a few boxes of stuff each week. Each box is padded with my fiber stash — whatever he needed to fill the space and keep things from shifting. I’m now filling my new residence with boxes and boxes of fiber. It’s amazing how much they fluff up once you open up the box.

Here’s my new favorite spinning spot (sorry, lost the picture in a blog move) … It’s my front porch. Isn’t it wonderful? There’s even a waterfall in the back corner on an electric pump. The landlord requested that I turn it on at least 2 hours a day to keep the pond aerated. Darn! What a hardship!

I started to spin up some of that beautiful handpainted wool from Banana Belt that I purchased at the NwRSA conference in May. I’ve got 2 bobbins full of singles now. I had plenty time to spin while I was waiting for the 4th (or was it the 5th?) telephone repair person to show up “sometime between 8 am and 6 pm.

On the Crusoe socks … I’m afraid that I’m going to have to rip out the second sock and start over. There was a 3 week break between the 2, and with the stress of moving, I’m afraid that the second sock is a little tight. Oh, well, it’s been a little warm to wear socks anyway.

I also started a short sleeved sweater, using Heirloom Breeze. It’s going a little slow, because I just can’t seem to concentrate on the knitting. There’s just so many other things to do when I settle down for the evening. And now, there’s also the dust mop demanding attention. He feels that he is owed a trip to the dog park every night. By the way, the dog parks I’ve seen do not even come close to any of the dog parks in the Seattle area. Boy, I’m spoiled. I don’t know that Waldo noticed it much — there is room to wander, new smells to explore, and other dogs to chase.

Still no DSL

Sigh. I still don’t have high speed internet access from the new place, and I’m feeling put out. It was supposed to be up and running yesterday, but they still hadn’t finished programming something or another as of 11 am today. It still wasn’t finished when I got home, but I didn’t feel like spending yet another 45 minutes on hold. So, I just have to suffer along with a dial up connection. I haven’t been reading much of the web logs out there either because I feel strange checking the sites out while at work, since I’ve been temporarily relegated to team sized cubicle-land.

I have been busy though. I finally finished the pair of Crusoe socks. I had to cast on 56 stitches in order for it to fit me. I have wide feet, but I didn’t think they were that big. I saw in someone else’s blog that they too had to adjust the number of stitches to make it work.

After 2 weeks in California, I’ve decided that I need a new casual wardrobe. The Seattle “summer” clothes are just not going to work down here (unless it’s during winter and early spring/late fall). I’ve decided to put off knitting any more socks until I finish knitting up a couple of cotton short sleeve sweaters. Not that I’ve worn socks since I’ve been down here.

Pictures of my progress will come when I get my high speed internet connection up and running.

By the way, I did finish the felted bag in time for The Blacksheep Gathering, where it made its debut.

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