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Monthly Archives: December 2010

“Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.” P.J. O’Rourke

I headed back to the yarn shop yesterday, to sign up for weaving classes – Pick Up and Doubleweave – two things I am incapable of learning from a book. I returned the yarn I bought Christmas Eve, which I was going to use to knit more hats for the troops. The program seems to have ended and there will now be military-issue only hats. Don’t get me started.

The black alpaca/silk weaving yarn I ordered also came in, so I can finally pair that with the Cascade Alpaca Lace Yarn in Red Wine Heather I bought in the spring at Tangle in Grand Junction. This stuff is really tiny, which means a much finer weaving than I’m used to doing. I like weaving with knitting yarns that disguise my mistakes. We’ll see what happens when I try weaving with this thread-like alpaca.

I also picked up a giant pile of holds from the library, since a lot of my requests seem to have come in at the same time. I can usually listen to audiobooks while weaving, as long as I turn the volume up loudly-enough to cover the sound of the changing of the weaving shafts. Unfortunately, most of these titles weren’t available in audio, so I’ll have to find time to actually sit down and read. If you look closely, you can see the Steampunk influence to my reading and a few resolutions hiding near the top of the stack – resolutions which involve moving not sitting around. I don’t personally know Syne Mitchell of WeaveZine, but I think she’s a great inspiration.

Reading - Decembr

Gotta Love the Library!

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” – Oscar Wilde


Holidays are done (some of us go back to work today) but were good. Made three batches of Nigella Lawson’s Guinness Gingerbread because it is the best I’ve found.

Friends and family were remarkably generous this year, despite the fact that we all agreed to do less! Among the treasures unwrapped:

American Knits audiobook by Melanie Falick

Gift certificate to Shuttles, Spindles, and Skeins – Weaving classes here I come!

A friend took me to the Danu holiday concert. Remarkable music!

“Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty.” – Albert Einstein

Sooooo. Going on the theory that:

1) I earned the money, and other than crafts and books I don’t spend a lot

2) chances like this don’t come along every day

I acquired a table loom via craigslist months ago.

Mountain Loom - maybe

Mountain Loom - maybe but I'm not sure

It has no markings on it, but from what I can tell it might be an elusive Mountain Loom pique table loom. Teksolv heddles, which will take some getting used to. It is a portable 8-shaft loom that I can take to workshops or move easily around the small home. Haven’t tried it out yet but am anxious to try out some 8-shaft patterns for a change.

This is going to require some rethinking of the tiny crafting storage area, and spare materials may end up being jettisoned in order to keep this baby.

“For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

For some reason, I’m feeling the need to create with food this holiday. I reached back into our childhood for this craft. And there is fiber involved – every piece of candy is tied on with a piece of yarn.

Candy Wreath

Edible Decor!

“Food for thought is no substitute for the real thing.” – Walt Kelly

Third try at Alexandra’s Needle Case, this time for myself.

I went to find needles for the chemo caps, only to discover I couldn’t find what I needed. Time to get organized.

Knitting Needles - Before

Knitting Needles - Before

Knitting Needles - After

Knitting Needles - After

“The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious.” – Marcus Aurelius

A friend of my mother’s has been diagnosed with cancer. With that in mind, Mom asked me to knit her friend a hat. Not sure what she’ll think of either of these.

Chemo Caps

Chemo Caps

In Cash Vero from Cascade Yarns in pale pink

Mirasol Yarn (60/40 pima cotton/merino wool)
This one seemed a little small, so I added an extra four rounds of floppy brim.

Knitted Rose Pin Just to dress it up a bit

“Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.” – Samuel Johnson

Was just told I need a White Elephant gift for a meeting on Friday. Eeep.

I’ve been giving away tons of stuff to Goodwill, including unwanted gifts, and have off-loaded lots of potential White Elephant stuff.

Ran over to the junk shop and found this beauty for $4.

Shell Chandelier

White Elephant Here We Come

A shell chandelier. Thousands of tiny little shells strung on plastic and formed into this treasure of a White Elephant. Plus it fits in the holiday gift box I found (with the bow stuck on upside down).

I. Love. Junk. Shops.

“Pleasure is spread through the earth
In stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find.”
– William Wordsworth