Saturday, July 23, 2011

Rambling about Spinning and Life

So I have been working on spinning, I recently bought two french support spindles and I love them.  They are taking some getting used to but they create such a poofy yarn.  I still like drop spindles though.  Tour De Fleece is going pretty good, I took a week off because I didn't really have anything I wanted to spin, but I bought a roving and a phat fiber sampler box and now I am working on those.  I also have a fiber club shipment in the mail and a custom order so I am excited for those to come in.

Its amazing how much our taste change as we grow older.  When I was younger I hated avocados and mushrooms.  Now I love them.  I also used to hate milk except on cereal or with chocolate, but tonight I had a craving just for milk, and found that I liked it.

Speaking of milk I recently bought some goat milk soap and I love it.  It just makes my skin feel softer then any store bought that I have tried.  Plus its nice to know that it doesn't have all those unneeded chemicals.   While looking around on the internet I found they have beer soap, a part of me wants to try and  another part of me is like "beer.. bleh."

Getting ready for school to start and I am pretty excited and nervous.  I am excited because I get to see my friends again after the long summer, and I am nervous for several reasons.  One I will probably start working in the honor's office which I have no clue how that will turn out.  It should be a pretty easy job, and I need a job to keep me grounded since the last two years I have had too much free time, which makes me lazy and unproductive.  Two, my roommate of two years and one of my best friends at college is transferring to West Virginia   That is a long long long ways from where I am, and I am going to miss her dreadfully.  Plus we started out as two strangers thrust together in a small dorm bedroom, with a loud long winded toilet and equally loud suite mates and we quickly turned into close friends during those freshmen semesters and continued into our sophomore years when we weren't sharing a bedroom only a bathroom and a living room.  I am going to miss our late night heart to heart talks when we should be sleeping, our procrastination parties and crazy dance parties.  While I know that we will continue to be friends it also scares me because you are the first of my close friends to move away, and I know that as I get closer to graduation more and more of my friends will be moving away to get their start in their careers.    I wish I could just pause all real life obligations and we could all just get together and have nonstop fun like we did for the Snow Week.    That week was seriously the most fun I have had a college and that is saying something.  I know that is impossible and that there is plenty more fun to be had in the future.  Its just that I have already watched a few members of our group walk across the stage already and after this upcoming semester I know there will be even more some that I am closer to, and while I am extremely happy for them, and I wouldn't want to hold them back.  It will be so difficult to see them leave and just hope that we have enough drive and planning to meet again.

Wow... Well I didn't mean for that to get so... whatever it got.  This was just going to be a short little post but I digress.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Pic Spam from Tour de Fleece

Expect more to follow lol.

My shoulders are sour as my arms are too.  I think I can continue until the break on monday.  Its been a lot of fun so far, and I can already see an improvement in my speed and consistency.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Oh wow...

Well I did not mean to go this long without posting.  The weirdest part being that I got on Blogger pretty much every day but just didn't feel like posting a blog.  Not that I didn't have anything to say, just didn't have the words to say it I guess.

I have been working on learning how to spin and I am participating in Tour de Fleece so expect pictures.  Seeing a lot of improvement from my first yarn in january, and I might have a slight spindle addiction.

My computer died so I am posting this from my granny's which I can just barely get to work, and can't get pictures on it from normal means.

Oh and i finally got a new phone and texting which I have wanted forever.  It may not seem like a big deal to anyone but it is for me.  I just felt so out of the loop without texting because people would try to text me and I wouldn't even know it so I wouldn't receive invites to events, and didn't get inside jokes.  I am glad though that I didn't receive texting until I was old enough to appreciate it, and have been on the receiving end of bad texting manners.  So maybe I will be a little more aware that the person you are face to face with should be the priority in conversations.  Because there is few things as annoying as someone stopping in mid sentence to answer a text.

Planning on going to india next summer for some international experience, and to volunteer with CCS.  Plus I just have the travel bug, to much travel channel.

Looking back on my last posts I realize everything that has happened from those.  I have knit a bunch more, I knit a hat from my malabrigo and then lost it.  Which made me mad and I haven't knit the same pattern even though I loved it, or worked with that yarn since.

Being twenty wasn't such a change and I realized that I don't have to grow up yet and that I have a weird perspective on growing up.  Becoming an adult doesn't mean becoming boring and doing boring things.  Only that you acquire more or different responsibilities.  So I guess I am okay with that.

Sorry about the ramblingness of this post.  its 4 am and well regardless of time or subject matter I am a rambling writer.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Goals are going well

For this year I made the goal of learning how to knit which I have already started, and learning how to spin on a drop spindle.
For my birthday my granny just bought me a drop spindle, which is gorgeous by the way, and 1lb of fiber!  So excited for it to get here.

I also made the goal of getting better at crochet and in particular learning Tunisian, and to stop procrastinating so much with school work.

Hopefully I can do better at those.

Oh I also got four beautiful skeins of Malabrigo Yarn today.  :D  its so soft and I have no clue what to do with it.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

I don't Share

Well, I do share, but not very well at least when it comes to beds.  I am a Bed Hog by nature and when I find myself sharing a bed with a friend, sibling, or pet, I sleep on my side facing away and wake up every hour or so. This being said why is it that I find myself willingly sharing my bed to a bigger bed hog then me, a 80 pound poodle-pit.  Okay she is not really 80 pounds but when she is in the middle of the bed she is impossible to move, and she is not really a poodle we just call her that jokingly because she doesn't fit in with people's preconceived notions of a pit-bull. People treat her like she is a big scary tough dog, when the truth couldn't be farther away.  She is a baby, she peed on the vet because he scared her, and she gets her feeling hurt when people yell and will sulk around like she is so mistreated.  She whines to be tucked in, and she gets beat up by the cat, and our Jack Russell.    She is a happy dog, she loves people, and she has no clue that she is too big to be lapdog.  She really is a good dog, not sure exactly what she is good for but I love her, and I trust her.  

 I am taking a huge deviation from the original intent of the blog post but I have had several breeds of dogs through my childhood and short adulthood.  Doberman, Rotwillers, Labs,  Jack Russells, poodles, pitbulls, mutts, not to mention the dogs I don't remember because I was too young.  They have all been good dogs, and the pit bulls are some of my fondest memories.  When I was around 8 or so, We had a Pit Bull female named Oatmeal, and  she had recently had puppies.  My granny told me to stay away from the puppies because all animals can understandable be protective of their puppies.  Off course I didn't listen and I went into the dog house and played with the puppies.  Oatmeal let me, didn't growl or anything and was content just to watch me play and be petted.  My granny about had a heart attack when she found me.  But all was well, I was not hurt and neither was any of the puppies.  I think that says something about a dog, but I am not saying that you should let your kids go play unsupervised with young pups.  It could have turned tragic, but luckily I knew how to handle pups and animals, and Oatmeal knew me.

It bugs me to see people buying young kid animals,  Kids and animals can go great together, but you have to train the kid to know how to hold animals, and not to hurt animals. In other words don't buy your two year old a cat so they can carry it by two legs and pull its ears.   The animal of course needs to be trained and consistently trained too.  You can't allow it to do one thing today and then not allow them to do it tomorrow.

I could probably go into a pet ownership guide but there are plenty of good ones out there.  But it all comes down to this Responsible Ownership, consistent training, and love.

Sunday, January 2, 2011


Title explains it all.  But I can finally claim the title of a knitter.  I completed my first project and I can both Knit and Purl and cast off.   That is pretty much it for my skills at the moment but I am pretty proud of it nonetheless.

And here is my masterpiece.

I love this yarn!  So I think I am going to crochet up so wrist warmers and a hat to match.  I would knit it... but I don't think I am quite there yet....   Knitting in the round scares me.  Heck a whole lot in knitting scares me so baby steps.

I bought interweave crochet magazine and it has tons of beautiful patterns.  I thought I was pretty decent at crochet but I don't think I could do any of those projects and that makes me sad...  Plus I don't have a CLUE how to do Tuscan crochet.   I will eventually get brave enough and tackle one.