Apr 242014
 

So the last time we met, I don’t even remember what I wrote about. So here’s what’s been going on – we now have 3 cats. Two years ago in May, our Sharon, Peggy, and I captured four feral kittens in the back yard of the house in which I now reside. One of these kittens was this fine boy here, Crumb:

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We also caught two of Crumb’s sisters, Bean and Truffle. Bean has now come to live with us, which means we now have Haley (who is 17 this year!), Crumb and Bean. The two orange kitties occupy each other most of the day now, which gives Haley the peace and quiet she deserves.  She’s currently sleeping on her fuzzy dog bed in the middle of a sun spot in the living room. Here’s all three, L->R: Bean, Crumb, Haley.

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I haven’t been knitting or spinning lately. I completely got sucked into cross stitch again after not touching it since I was 8 (so…. 23 years!) and all thanks to our JessaLu.  Here’s a sampler I just started working on – it is the 2013 Woodland Sampler from the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.

 

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Look at the cute little mushrooms! I started in the middle since I have the entire pattern, and will need to work my way back up and back down to complete this but it is going quickly. Those gals over at FPS know how to make addictive cute patterns so now my life is consumed by embroidery floss and q-snap frames.

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The only other thing that has been going on is a lot of time spent in the gym. I’m going to post about that adventure tomorrow since it has been a while since I’ve discussed certifications and teaching and fitness crap in general.

Jan 082014
 

How embarrassing!

 

Three cats now. Shiny new job for a year. Renting a house instead of a condo. Still doing the fitness thing. More tomorrow!

 Posted by at 6:24 pm
Nov 092012
 

I know! An FO! It’s been ages.

This project… started on May 28,2012, is now finished. It’s currently visiting the kitchen sink for a nice soak:

Glamour shots and more info tomorrow.

*Yesterday’s post didn’t happen thanks to a cat that was spewing like a geyser in my dining room. Poor thing – she is okay today.

Nov 072012
 

Nope. Minimum blog requirement, WIPs tomorrow.

 

I had an interview today for a job that I would love to have. All good thoughts, mojo, swinging chickens (thanks Lesley), prayers, etc are greatly appreciated :)

 Posted by at 9:39 pm
Nov 052012
 

You know what I’m talking about. That point in the year where you spontaneously decided you are sick of all of your projects and you must finish them because OMG I CANT STAND IT ANYMORE.

Yes, I have hit that point. I want to finish my color affection, blackberry cardigan, endpaper mitts, and watershed cardigan ASAP. Mormorio, which is another WIP can just hang out and be reward knitting – I have to have that done by the start of December for a KAL. (Thanks to Heather for correcting me on that!) There are so many more projects and so much more spinning fiber that is waiting to become yarn.

So project number one that I’m focusing on is my blackberry cardigan. I started this before Rhinebeck with the idea of finishing it so I could wear it during the festival, but I was sidelined with some cross-stitch nonsense. Anyway, the other night I cast off the back, so now only two fronts, two sleeves, and a button band to go!

 

Nov 022012
 

Today JC was able to get on a train to go to NYC for work for the first time in a week. I’m amazed at how quickly NJ TRANSIT and Amtrak worked to get the North East Corridor up and running for the numerous commuters that travel to and from NY Penn Station daily. Given the amount of destruction that was photographed on other train lines, we lucked out on the NEC.

Personally, we lucked out as we lost power for all of 30 seconds on Monday evening.  Our Sharon lost her power for over 4 days and it finally came back on at 4 am this morning. Our house was on a little island of electrical power – friends came to give their kids showers, and we were able to have hot cooked meals, fresh water, and heat while so m any others are going without.

I spent about 10 minutes in line for gasoline today – our county is now going to be rationing gasoline.  This shouldn’t be an issue for us as of yet because our township does not allow for gas stations to operate within its borders – so we have to leave the township and thus the county to purchase gasoline.

 

We were very lucky with our end result from Sandy and our thoughts and prayers are with those who are still dealing with the aftermath of this historical storm. Also, many thanks to the many crews involved with getting power back on in our area: PSE&G and all of the crews who came in from other states; to the crews that worked many many hours to get the trains back up for service in 4 days; and thanks to Governor Christie for putting politics aside and focusing on our state.

Nov 012012
 

Considering that I’m on a paid vacation right now (called being on Notice for termination… yay layoff!) – the purse strings were a little cinched for Rhinebeck this year – well that and omg all the yarn/fiber that I have… not much in the way of purchases this year!

 

I went in looking for a nice bulky yarn for a tunic sweater eventually but never really found anything that I wanted next to my skin. So I wound up making two purchases, both spinning fiber.

 

First stop was a sushi roll batt from Into the Whirled.  It was nice to see Cris – saw her last at Maryland Sheep and Wool but not during the summer like in years past. 

Chromatic Composition on Falkland. I’ve spun from a few batts before but never from Cris. I can’t wait. I think I’m going to navajo ply this for a neat gradation yarn.

 

My second fiber purchase was from Cormo from Foxhill Farm:

I’m not sure if this will see a trip to the dye pot or not yet.

 

And that’s it! Hopefully in the upcoming days I’ll have a few FOs to talk about and of course a review of Sandy and a pattern/yarn combo that we did with Picnic Knits!