Saturday, October 20, 2007

To Sleep, Perchance . . .

I am not sleeping. This is bothersome. I have not slept much at all during the past week. It's no wonder I was exhausted last night. I watched some telly, but couldn't muster the energy to knit anything, and finally I conked out and hit the hay REALLY early - around 8:30. I tried to read, but was out by 9 only to wake up multiple times. I woke up at least three times last night - laid awake from 3 a.m. until 4, and finally just got up at 4 a.m. and put my clothes on. I'm sorry, but six interrupted hours of sleep is just not enough.

So far the laundry is done, I've had breakfast, unloaded the dishwasher, uploaded an old finished project to Ravelry, finished my speech about the knitting group for church tomorrow, finished editing an article about the knitting group for the church newsletter, cleaned up the kitchen, and I'm blogging. It's only 7 a.m. - the clock radio just went off in the other room - and now I'm sleepy . . .

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

You Blockhead!

Ok. So did I really need to know that Charles Schulz was likely not the happy, personable image he set forward to the public during his life? NO! I just did NOT need to know that, thank you very much. I don't need to know about any hidden meanings in any of his comic strips. Leave me my Snoopy Dance and childhood memories of "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Please. I don't need to know the inner workings and foibles of the man who created so much joy and laughter for me and so many others. Charles Shulz's characters and Vince Guaraldi's music are an indelible part of my childhood.

I confess, until this cell phone, for years my ring tone was "Linus and Lucy," and the only reason it's not on this new phone, is that they don't have the right version available for me to download. I cannot tell you how much I miss it. Every single time my phone rang, it made me smile - and it made anyone around me who heard it smile as well - people asked me about it - while they were smiling - or they'd hear it, look at me and raise an eyebrow, as if to say, "is that . . .?," and I would smile and nod, and they would go on their way - smiling. I've done that silly dance any number of times in the Jewel while digging through my purse to answer the phone, causing all manner of smiles :-)

Smiling is good - don't you think that Charles Schulz knew that? I do. Smiling is good for the soul.

I've had this new phone for six weeks. Every time it rings it plays Amy Winehouse's "Rehab." Which makes me laugh, but it doesn't make me smile. The search is on.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

A Fiber Weekend

I got to go to YarnCon! The guys blasted through the ceiling fan-ectomy and the wonky soffit and I was out of here by 9:30 on Saturday! I hit the dry cleaners and the jeweler and was on the expressway to get to Wicker Park. I made a stop first to take a photo of a building where a friend's mom had grown up. Unfortunately it had been gentrified out of existence by two new condo buildings. Wicker Park is really really crowded!

I made my way over to the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, which, if you're in to architecture is well worth seeing. So beautiful. I met Linda and Rachael there! YarnCon was set up in the main auditorium and it was a nice gathering of independent fiber artists and a couple of shops. Franklin, of Panopticon fame, was there taking photos for his 1,000 Knitters project, and there were demonstrations, hot dogs and pretty good shopping!

I have banned myself from buying sock yarn (OMG, while putting my stash on Ravelry I realized I have an obscene amount of sock yarn - 15 skeins of Opal . . . and that's JUST the Opal), but I did get 4 oz. of some hand-dyed, superwash merino roving to spin up :-) It's dark blues / purples / greens. Very lovely.

In addition, I like to live dangerously (sorta), so I participated in the grab bag - someone was destashing . . . and Rachael said, no, she wouldn't get one because what if it was bright orange? How rotten would that be? So, I shelled out 10 bucks for a bag that said it had 8 skeins all of one color and 5 bucks for a bag that said 2 skeins + miscellaneous.

To Rachael's credit, she did not scream or laugh hysterically when I opened the second bag to find 8 skeins of NEON ORANGE Bucilla mohair / acrylic blend that had to have been from 1967. Craptastic. The other bag was not much better with two very small skeins (another one of mohair and one I can't even remember) and partial bits of old skeins of acrylic and little balls of bits and pieces of yarn . . . I thought that was pretty much a gyp for 5 bucks. :-( I actually thought I might do something with the orange neon, but by the time I made it home, I had thought better of it, particularly when I discovered that one of the skeins was seriously stained (that was a nasty surprise).

Both bags. In the bin. Live and learn :-S

I made a stop on the way home, at My Sister's Knits, in Beverly. I love this joint! I haven't been in since the re-model in July, and it is so open and airy now inside yet still has its cozy neighborhood feel. I came home with two Lantern Moon Raw Silk Needle Cases- one for my knitting needles in the jade w/chocolate panel, and one for my hooks and double points, in blue w/jade panel. Very yummy!!

Today was a spinning day - I plied up some singles that I have been working on for awhile. I just finished setting the twist. One is looking to me like it's a little underplied - I may run it through the wheel again. We'll see. But the other two skeins look pretty good to me! I'm getting better at this spinning stuff! :-)

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Brrrrr!

I had to break down and cut the furnace on this a.m. When I woke up, it was was 59 degrees in the house. Even for me, that's chilly. I pulled out my favorite fleecy last night - it looks like a pj top, but I love it the best - so soft and comfy.

It's been A's B&B all summer long here - my most recent visitor left yesterday after a nice long visit. And now, the weekend is here. Been having a boatload of fun on Ravelry. OMG I have SO much yarn. Not so much as Linda - her house is, after all, home of the Kegerator (where she stashes her yarn) - but plenty nonetheless.
I have been knitting - here are the latest socks: On the left, Opal Hundertwasser and on the right, Lana Grossa. There is a prayer shawl on the needles at home, and I have also been spinning.
My next lesson with PatsyZ is next Sunday.
I have to say, it really helps to have a live person teaching you instead of just a book. Sometimes you just need to see someone do something rather than read about it :-)
Last week I visited the local SnB group and I had such a good time!! They all made me feel very welcome, and what an interesting group of women they are - I'm looking forward to going back on the Wednesdays when I'm not teaching the church ladies to knit. There is truly something to be said for "community" in our often busy lives.
I have been up since 5 a.m. today, and in 20 minutes the tradesmen - ACK! They're here now! They've arrived to remove the whole house fan so I will have attic access again - whatever's been living up there had better run for its life. Literally. They are also fixing a saggy soffit on the North side of the house.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Wax On . . . Wax Off . . .

For those of you too young to get that reference, I'm channelling The Karate Kid.

Sock On . . . my next sock project went on the needles this a.m. They are gift socks for someone I know with very narrow, very long feet, so I went down a needle size. And got a fair bit accomplished during two train rides and an episode of "Cane." I'm looking at this as a rather large swatch ;-) Trekking XXL is just smaller/thinner yarn than Opal or Lana Grossa. There's narrow, and then there's Narrow, and when you can't get the leg of the sock over your heel very well, that's Narrow . . . Sock Off.

Sock On . . . on the needles I normally use. The sock will be narrow enough because the yarn is smaller. The yarn itself is not one I would have ever chosen myself, and once again I am surprised at the difference between how something appears in the skein, and how it actually looks knitted up. It's a good thing and actually quite pretty. Yay!