Going Places

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I was given an assignment to photograph “People” a while ago, so I decided to head on over the the Barton Creek Farmer’s Market (which used to be the Sunset Valley Farmer’s Market) because I figured I could get some decent shots.   Turns out my shots are okay but not great, but I did find an awesome snack!  Now, I’ve never been one who likes granola very much, but lemme tell ya – this stuff is great.  I bought the Agave Almond kind.  It’s good enough to eat alone or as a topping!  So, I just wanted to pass that along.

Speaking of photos – my photography class is going well (although I do have a late assignment to turn in. . . whoops), and I’ve decided that since I am going to be majoring in it that it’s time for me to get a new camera.  I have been a Pentax girl for a long time, but I am making the switch to Canon as soon as I can afford to.  I still love my Pentax glass, but Canon has more of the professionality that I’m looking for;  I’ve started to save to buy the Canon 7D.  I’m sure they’ll come out with something newer and greater by the time I can afford it, but for now the 7D is my goal.  Donations are appreciated!! lol
Here’s a pretty neat video taken by the camera (not by me).

Here’s some photos to detail what we all did this weekend including going to the Thomas Carnival, Camp Ben McCulloch & Wimberley. :)

Bobo on the playground

A week later. . .

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Look! I’m blogging after only a week of silence!  Let’s get started, shall we?

Classes:
Nope, not going to talk about school classes – but I do want to share my teaching schedule with you for this month at The Knitting Nest.
There will be 2 crochet classes and 1 kool-aid dyeing class!  Look for more details at TKN’s website, but here are some photos to get you interested:

1. Christmas Light Bulb Ornament — Friday Dec. 11th from 4 to 5:30pm

2. Dyeing Yarn w/ Kool-Aid! — Saturday Dec. 12th from 3:30 to 6pm (only 4 spots available for this one, sign up quick!)

3. Super Mario Invincibility Star — Sunday Dec. 13th from 4:30 to 6pm  (you can make it w/ or w/o eyes)

Knitting:
I wasn’t sure if I was going to knit any Christmas presents this year after going through tons of scarves last year, but alas, I just can’t help myself.
There are a couple of projects cookin’, but I can’t show all of them on here for fear of the recipient seeing their gift. . . you understand. ;)
However, I can show you what I’m going to try and knit Monster: a Seamless Hybrid sweater out of some Dream In Color “Classy” I bought.  It’s gorgeous, really.  I’ve never used this yarn before, but so far it is an absolute joy to knit with!

Speaking of Monster, today he said he wanted to look “cool” – and I think he did a job well done.  He has an official new nickname (coined by the one and only Amandizzzzle) – “L-Money” (or “L$$”??).  Either way, my kid is totally cool in my book, and not just because of his shades. ;)

Last but not least:
My good friend, Snowden the knitonaire, has a new pattern out!  So run, don’t walk, to get your very own Agatha pattern.

Have a great weekend!

Lots Going On

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As usual, school and life have kept me from blogging regularly – and I’m a little backlogged on things to talk about, so I’m just going to start fresh.

Life:
Bobo turned 3 a week ago!
I’m always surprised at how fast children grow, and Bobo is no exception.  Every day I notice how much older he looks, how tall he gets, and how much his vocabulary broadens; sometimes I just love to sit and stare at him with his brother and count my blessings.
Enough with the sappy mom talk, here’s a photo of him (with his Toy Story treasures) on his birthday!

Knitting:
I was making some great progress on my Bernhardt cardigan until I got to the shoulder/sleeve/neck shaping.  It’s the first time I’ve had to work at 2 separate (but together) sections of a project at one time, so I’ve hit a bit of a roadblock.  Staci helped me figure out what I was confused about, but now I’ve reached another speedbump.  UGH.  I’ll get it figured out, but in the meantime I finished a pair of Bella Mittens for Jessica (I didn’t get a photo), some crochet projects for The Knitting Nest, and another Ishbel shawl.
I won’t talk about the crochet projects in this post because I need to take photos, but I will show you how much I love my Ishbel shawl.
All photos were taken by Amanda Klaus (thanks, Amanda!!) and as usual there are more in my flickr stream.

Details (Ravelry details here)
Pattern: Ishbel by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Spinning Colors Fingering in “Baroque”
Needles: US 8
Notes: I made the small size, but since I used a larger needle than what the pattern calls for I got a larger shawl than the first one I made.  I’m really happy with the way it turned out, and I still have yarn left over.

School:
The fall semester is pretty much over and I could not be happier.  It’s been a rough semester because out of 3 classes, I only enjoy 1 of them, but I am looking forward to the Spring semester because I’m taking 4 art classes and NO CORE classes whatsoever.  I’ll be enrolled in Painting I, Fibers III, Intro to Traditional Photography (I get to get back in the dark room!!!) and Art History.  I’ll be really busy, but I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.

That’s all for now, I’ll get some crochet updates up soon. :)

What Am I Up To?

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Costume:
In my last post I proudly proclaimed that I was going to make my own costume this year. . . well.  Maybe not.  I got it all cut out, and then I think I cut it out on the wrong side of the fabric.  Nice.
So I’ve deserted it for now, and maybe something will light a fire on my bum to get me going on it again, but probably won’t pick it up for a while.  I won’t even look at it yet.

Kool Aid Kids:
In other news, I taught a group of middle school kids to dye yarn using Kool Aid the other day!  It was my first time teaching a workshop, and I am surprised at how fun it was.  I mean, of course I love to teach people to dye yarn (who wouldn’t love dyeing yarn?!), but I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to attend to everyone’s needs during the process.  I was wrong, because there were other adult helpers, and it turned out to be a great project for everyone.
Here’s some of the yarn that was dyed, isn’t it great?!

Tree Planting:
Today my parents and I went and got a terrific deal on two Maple trees from Lowe’s.  They were only $29/each!
We planted one in the front yard, and will plant the second tree in the backyard tomorrow.  They are so beautiful and I hope they grow big and tall. :)
Below is one of my favorite shots of the day, and you can find more shots here.

Knitting:
I’ve finished a project as of today, but cannot show it on here because it’s going to Jessica.  And she can’t see it yet.  Sorry, chica! :P
Details soon, though!

Hooping:
I’ve been practicing regularly, and I think it’s paying off!  I can chest and shoulder hoop now.  Man, I love hooping. :)  Here’s my corny video:

Craziness!

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It’s been an interesting couple of weeks around my house lately – Monster goes to a museum for the first time, a couple days later he fractures his collar bone, and I got a tattoo!  Crazy combo, huh?

Museum:
I had to go to The Blanton Museum of Art for a class assignment, and realized that Monster hadn’t been to an art museum yet!  Since he loves to paint, I figured he would enjoy going with me – and he did. . . for about 30 minutes. ;)  He really liked the modern paintings, and laughed at an ancient greek sculpture while proclaiming: “Ew! His butt!” lol.  We both had a lot of fun, and the trip was 10x better because he went with me.
While we were there he also participated in the Missao/Missoes [How to Build Cathedrals] installation by Clido Meireles. It’s a piece with A LOT of pennies on the ground that people move and swirl around. Good times. :)

He also got to view a piece done by one of my favorite artists, El Anatsui.  I have no idea why he posed like he did, but I think it’s hilarious. It was a great day.

Fracture:
Monster, Bobo and my dad were being boys and wrestling/rough housing one night – Monster was jumping from the couch to my dad’s back and then he would roll off onto the floor, except he rolled off and landed on his shoulder *justso* and it fractured his clavicle/collar bone.  It was an interesting night.  We took him to the hospital and he was giggly instead of in pain as most people would be; but he did hurt if we tried to lift him. :(
So we didn’t know if maybe he was really hurt, or just playing games. . . but luckily there is x-ray technology, and it clarified that yes, he has a fractured collar bone.  I’m guessing that his body was just in shock at first and that’s why he wasn’t in serious pain.
He’s doing fine now, and is quickly learning how to use his body without the use of that one arm. :)  Pretty cool, me thinks.
Here he is, hammin’ it up:

Tattoo:
I finally went and got a tattoo, much to the disapproval of my parents, and I think it looks great!  Mom called it trashy/Dad said “Idiota!” and asked if I was having another rebellious stage. . . no, I’m not.  I just wanted a tattoo.
It was done by the awesome Ben T. Fiedler at Resurrection Tattoo (in Austin).
Did it hurt? Yes.  It still does, but it’s okay, because I think it looks great. :)
Here’s the finished photo (it was just finished when this was taken), and if you’d like to see more, head on over to Amanda’s flickr set to get more photos of the event.  Thank you, Amanda for documenting it with your amazing skillz. :P

Finished Yarn!

I’ve also finished my Featherweight Cardigan and the handspun shawl, but I’ll post about them later when I take some photos. :)

Also, my youngest son, Bobo, is still around!  He’s getting bigger by the day, and on his way to the terrible-three stage (my kids are still angels when they’re 2. . . ) :P  At least he’s happy when watching the Disney channel!

Mixing Work & Pleasure

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Spinning Colors:
I have had trouble for the past couple months obtaining Malabrigo in colors and weights that I’ve wanted (though, they still hold a small place in my heart).  So I began a search for the perfect lace yarn that gives me the softness and loftiness of Malabrigo – I found it a week ago.  And I dyed it.

I am absolutely thrilled to announce the newest line of Spinning Colors yarns:

Merino Lace.

It’s got the same soft, single spun loveliness of Malabrigo, and the only thing that makes me love it more is because I can call it mine.  My colors, my vision, my art – and I get to share it!
I will be dyeing more within the next week, but for now there’s a small batch up in the store.

Also in SC news, the wonderfully delightful owner of the The Knitting Nest, Stacy, has given me my own space in her store to display my yarns and fibers.  How cool is that?!

Knitting:
Since I’ve had a bit of a problem of leaving my knitting projects at The Knitting Nest lately, there has been no further work on my Featherweight Cardigan, nor on my handspun neckwarmer.  So, I started a new project in the name of all the beautiful shawls I have seen on flickr lately.
I chose to knit Ishbel by Ysolda Teague, and I’m pretty sure this is my first lace project ever, and definitely my first shawl.  I haven’t ever felt like much of a shawl person, but I’ve recently realized how pretty they can be when worn like a scarf.

Details
Pattern: Ishbel by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Spinning Colors Fingering in “Gecko”
Needles: US size 6

Not much going on in the photo yet, but I wanted to show you the color I’m knitting it with. :)

Alright, folks!  That’s the end of my novel until next time! :D

Weekend Update

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First up – I updated the store with some sock yarn!  Go forth and buy. :)

My weekend started out by traveling with Jessica to Colorado Bend State Park; she’s currently working on her masters degree in Geology, and the park is where she is conducting research.  It was tons of fun, and I can’t wait to go again; we didn’t get to all the spots we wanted to go to because Jessica started to really get sick (and being chest deep in cold water is NOT a good idea), so we cut our trip a little short.  S’okay though because she has to go back in about 3 months.
What we did get to see and do was great, although I could do without battling the amount of brush that has grown over the spring and summer months!  Another thing I will do is make sure to get more photos on the next trip. :)
In the meantime, there are a few photos of the trip on flickr.

In other news, Franklin made another visit to The Knitting Nest to teach a lace class and sign copies of his book.  Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos of the whole event, but I was too busy relaxing and enjoying the company.

Since I didn’t take any photos, you can see a few from these people! :)
Staci; Amanda; Steven; Christina

Yarn Harlot in Austin

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Last night I was able to see the Yarn Harlot, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, for the first time.  She came down to Austin’s Book People for her book tour, and she spoke about experiences that we knitters have with non-knitters as well as educated us that our knitting makes us (well, most of us, at least) smart.  I’m so glad to have been a part of the event, and I can’t wait until she visits us again.  And since I’m not great with words, here are some photos:

And I got to hang out with some knitting buddies, too!

L to R: Stacy, Steven and Julia

Abbe

and Christina.

I have a few more photos on flickr if you’d like to see more!

Stylin’ & Profilin’

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What’s does that even mean?!  It means I’ve updated my head, not the ramblings inside of it, but the outer part – you know – the ‘do!

As recommended by Meg, I went to Ann Kelso Salon and got my hair cut by Michelle (ask for Michelle!), and she did exactly what I asked her to.  What more could anyone want?
We also cracked jokes, talked about kids, life, art, etc. and I felt really welcome in a new place.  I will definitely be going to see her again.

Here’s the new haircut!

The photos I took came out on the warm side because of the lighting, therefore my hair looks lighter/more red than usual and I kinda like it!  Maybe I should become a redhead? Maybe.

My hair is a darker brown than in these photos, but it’s not too dark.  I just don’t know if I would like coloring my hair because I’d have to really keep up with it.  Either way, that’s enough rambling!

Brief Update

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I’ll start this post by saying: yes, I’m still here, but just barely!  For the last week the boys and I (and now my dad and my neighbor) have fallen victim to the crud that’s going around, and it’s miserable.

Poor Monster didn’t get to have his 4th birthday which makes me feel bad because he was really looking forward to having all his friends come over.  He couldn’t stop talking about it for a while, but since he’s still just a little guy, he’s forgotten about it. . . I think! lol
Here’s a photo of him enjoying his favorite toy of the day. . . taken while we were on our way to take Bobo to the doctor.

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And here’s a recap of the last few weeks in photos:

Fibers Project #1:

Ravelry visits The Knitting Nest!!

I spun up this beauty from the fiber I got from David at Southern Cross Fibre.  I LOVE Polwarth.