Monday, August 4, 2008

ZZZZZZ...Beep Beep Beep

That's the alarm. Pushing me to wake up. Not from sleep but from procrastination. Here is the honest truth, remember I have a thing for confessions being a recovering Catholic and all, I procrastinate when it comes to sitting at my desk and _____ fill in the blank. Bookkeeping, filing, organizing, etc.

Things have not always been this way. To give you a little background, at my last 9-5, I was a bookkeeper. My bank account and the company's balanced to the penny each and every month for 4 years. To make matters even more sick and twisted, I liked it. Plus, I come from a family of bankers. People who are conservative with money, especially its organization.

This is not to say that I don't like to keep organized records now. It is just that with the insane schedule that I have been keeping, things (anything paper related that isn't a label for a skein of yarn) has been pushed to the back of the line. As you can imagine, the longer this goes on, the worse it gets, the more I am repelled by the sight of it all. Oh, and let me tell you, with the state of affairs as they are right now, how much I dread April 2009.

Well, the part of me which likes an organized way of life has finally eaten my ear enough that I have put all things on hold until I can get this stack of papers sorted and squared. Really there is no need to dread the future, it's just going to take a little bit of elbow grease. My desk will be spankin' clean and ready to go. One may ask, if one is that type of person, "then, why are you blogging right now?"

I swear this will be my last piece of procrastination before getting right down to work!

So for one last trip to procrastinationville...

First stop: The Hanami is finished! I made a few modifications. In order to stick to one skein of yarn, I only worked 5 repeats of the basketweave pattern, and I only worked to chart E of the bubbly circle pattern. Also, I wanted to add more bling, so I added beads to the bubbly portion of the pattern. I found that they looked best on every other row of the right leaning decreases (K2TOG).

I hate seeing knitted items, or textiles of any sort, laying lifeless in a photobox. It makes me sad. So, Cleo, in hopes of cheering me up, agreed to model.

I tried to get Marcel to model for you. He was not into it to say the least. He is a little bit more primadonna than Cleo. Maybe it wasn't his color.

Here are the tools I used for the Hanami:
Addi Lace Turbos, sz 4
LOVE! I am now knitting everything on these needles. I love this sharp, precise little buggers.
Crochet Hook, US 14 (.9mm)
I found this tiny little hook at Lacis. They have even smaller ones.
Glass Beads -- peachy in color
Zero Stitch Markers, green and white freshwater pearls
DOUBLE LOVE! I must buy more. I tried to use one set for two projects, the Hanami and Wicked, I was desperate and it wasn't pretty. I kept losing count for the half of the project that didn't have any stitch markers. I tried to rectify the situation by adding plastic stitch markers. ISH! Must buy more as a reward for organizing my desk! Ha! Another incentive!

Second stop: Handspun!

I am teaching a class at Article Pract right now. This past week in class, we focused on spinning lace weight, fingering weight, and sport weight yarns. Each person in the class has created their own unique blend of fiber and color. Next week, we will start knitting Veronik Avery's Lace Ribbon Scarf. I can't wait to see everyone's handspun yarn come to life as a scarf. It is one thing to see a skein of handspun, an object of beauty and art in itself, but quite another to see it knit, the ways that the colors and texture will come together. I learn so much about my spinning when I knit with my handspun.

This is my homework so far.

The fiber(from top to bottom): AVFKW indigo dyed silk, AVFKW 50 Silk/50 Merino in Citron, and AVFKW 50% Camel/50% Merino dipped in indigo.

The tools (left to right):Bosworth mini spindle in purpleheart(.75oz), Ken Ledbetter spindle with lapis inlay. This spindle was used to ply.

The results:

Final stop: Over the past week, I did add 2 new colors of alpaca/silk yarn, chartreuse's sister and coral. My store updates are going to be put on hold over the next couple weeks, unless I get my "work" done. Part of my work does include the Fiber Club. I am ironing out the last final details. Very exciting.

Talk to you soon! I hope you are all well!


Stefaneener said...

I think he looks lovely, if a little abashed. The yarn is pretty, as is the spindle.

aija said...

I can't help but wonder how big that lightbox is :)

Man, fiber club. Dreading your announcement... esp. with Monterey Wool auction just around the corner! :)

Anonymous said...

(doing a little dancing jig!) Just thinking about the possibility of A Verb... fiber club!! Terry

Marlowe said...

Cleo is a perfect model. In a past life, I was an accountant and had a balanced checkbook!

Anonymous said...

The yarn is lovely...and your dog is such a cutie! :)

Sonya said...

Oh Cleo! I think Rowan will be calling. I can just see her out on the heath. Love!

CassieMarie said...

That yarn is simply wonderful!!
It is nice that your pup helps model. My cats just plop on top of whatever I am taking a picture of. hah. :)