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I have been spending the past four weeks preparing to host my first container garden. Seeds have been sown and are sprouting. Wood has been gathered to construct stylish yet afordable plant boxes. Plans are underway.

Bryan has been itching to put his new tools to use. A few beers and a couple of weekends and hopefully the boxes will be properly installed and ready for transplantings.

The list of hopeful participants: brusselsprouts, eggplants, cilantro, catnip, tomatillos, tomatoes, greenbeans, pimentos, banana peppers, basil, spinach, lettuce, collards – for the edibles. Foxgloves, butterfly bushes, sunflowers, chinese lanterns and various wildflowers.

Wish us luck!

I am sick of having cold feet.

So, enter thrummed bunny slippers. Why not? I don’t know if I will actually do the bunny motif or just leave them as regular slippers.

Today I am preparing the thrums. I had some love rusty red roving that I was willing to sacrifice a bit (I still have plenty to spin up for another project). I need to go to the yarn shop to pick up some bulky yarn. I had some Lambs Pride laying about to check my gauge, which was perfect!, and I think I will use that. I am going for a rustic look so maybe a nice caramel-y brown? Who knows what sort of whim I will fling.

Making thrums is rather mindless meditation. Draft, figure eight, wahlah! Already a bag full my dears.

I have looked through too many Somerset magazines and my fingers have itched to paint on canvas…so lets make art dolls! I am working on a new line of dolls for inspiration; muses to feed the creative pool. I am quite excited about this project because I am able to combine a lot of my styles into one bundle of pure INSPIRE! The sizes of the dolls will range from twelve inches to three feet (I might create monstrosities in the future).  I have been painting little faces all last night and spent three hours making a sample. It was near meditative.

Creation is Soulbinding – still in the thoughtpool, will be huge!
Ignite a Dream Fire – the first born

on a August Friday morning.

A week ago, which it doesn’t feel like a week, I took a trip back to my hometown after not setting foot into it for almost four years. Why so long, you ask? Reliable transportation. You see, we were able to trade in our Dodge Dakota truck, which finally died via blew its poor little head off, for a new 2009 Nissan Versa. My husband and I didn’t realize how much weight we carried while owing the truck until it was gone. There were no more gloomy clouds over our heads. We could drive anywhere! And so we did.

While in my hometown I decided to stop by and see the LYS, Riverwools. Nice little shop full of wool. Just what I expected. There is a comfy couch in the back to relax and knit on. I ended up buying four skeins of Frog Tree laceweight alpaca for a toddler sweater I had in mind but greed and practicality caught me and this morning I decided that the Whisper Cardigan by Hannah Fettig would be a more suitable choice. I texted my sister to run over to the shop to buy that last skein for me if they still have it. Hopefully they do.

My gauge for the sweater is larger and I am adjusted the pattern to fit my gauge rather than going down a needle size. I chose to do this for fear of not having enough yarn.
My gauge: 18sts=4″
Their gauge: 24sts=4″
So then, this morning I casted on 68 sts onto size US8 12″ circs and have knitted six rounds before my ADD got the best of me. I should really call it RADD (ravelry attention deficite disorder).

Yesterday, my darling friend brought me my EZ Opinionated Knitter! I am so happy to have it! I really want to make ski sweaters and new socks!

or How I Spent my Weekend

or Fiber Feng Shui

I have had enough! Enough of not knowing where everything is. Enough of feeling weighed down from disorganized books and yarn. Enough of looking around and finding bags of yarn in every corner. Something had to be done and had to be done without regret, question, or remorse. While listening to Bob Dylan, The Doors,Alela Diane and others, I spent hours cleaning, giving, organizing, sorting, stacking, lifting, and finally sitting down to have a beer.

Being a fiber person I wasn’t surprised to how much yarn I had not including fleece for spinning but HOLEY RUSTED METAL BATMAN! I was able to downsize my stash to five milk crate bins full of what I considered “good yarn worth keepin”. I think I would have had around thirteen crates if I kept everything.

Things are still a mess and I am sure it will be a few more days until everything seems “right”.

Have you had Fiber Wars? Did you recently do a huge overhall of your yarn collection?

Fell asleep after a bath. Slept for three hours as rain came and went in waves. Now slowly coming conscious thanks to a fresh pot of coffee and gentle folk voices strumming sweet somethings from my speakers there. Cats are napping in freshly dyed wool nests.

Spring has come and what does a girl do when the weather makes promises of warmer days. Well, knit more socks and maybe a beret or two, I say.

Nights are longer and Nature beckons to be indulged in. We have been walking a lot these days. IU campus is wonderful in early Spring sunlight. We grab a couple of honeydew bubbleteas from Chow Bar on Indiana and cross over to walk by the observatory.

I submitted a poem to fiore, the B-town literary magazine. I need to be more involved with my town because I love it so. I write all the time but just file it away in folders to be unread by eyes. I have for the longest time wanted to make a poetry zine to sell at Boxcar Books. Maybe this will be the year? 2009 was to hold a lot of promises. 2009 was to make life more fulfilling. That is what we agreed upon.

Pattern: Meret by Wooly Wormhead [ravelink]
Needles: US7
Yarn: Rainbow Wool by Yarn Bee; colorway Seastorm

In the Click

Rust Bunny Hops
5%teal

Miss March Matinee
25%teal

Callum's Kaftan
50%teal

Calico Rock Cardigan
60%teal

River Rapid Socks
50%teal

Felix Cardigan
15%teal

Finis

2010

Turn A Square Hat
Penta Slouch Hat


2 0 0 9

Handspun Everglade
A Dad Hat
Armadillo Hat
The Color of Moss Hat
Cobblestone Pullover
Scratchy Wool Hat
Liesl
Better Bucket Hat
One Day Beret
Riphraph Mitts I
London Ridge Beret
Meret (mystery beret)
Stock Sock I (CCWRYT)
Stock Sock II (NICD)

2 0 0 8

Apres-Ski Kerchief
Baby Raglan Sweater
eLoomanator's Diagonal Knit Dishcloth
Koolhaas
Lace Ribbon Scarf(ette)
Mountain Laurel Leaf (earrings)
Lyra's Cap
Northwoods Lodge Mitts
Owlets
The Slump (Blue)
Soap Satchel
Snowden
Stella's Hat
Topknot Socks
Wood and Berry

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