This post has fiber. I promise.

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Two posts in two days!!!  Let’s not get crazy, shall we? ;)
This post is going to be photo heavy. Enjoy it.

School:
An update about Monster’s first morning of school.  It’s only 9:30 am, and I cannot wait to pick him up and see how his day went!
We got up super early, so we had time to squeeze in a couple of Mario Kart races;  the morning was off to a great start!
He was super excited about his backpack and getting to school,

Superhero pose! (this is his superhero pose, btw)

and even when we got to the room he was super great.

Monster in his school seat

But alas, the time came for his dad and I to leave the room and the tears welled up in his eyes. . . and then in ours, but we held them back to be strong for him.  He cried a little because he wasn’t sure of the new environment, but I think he did a little better after we left (we peeked in without him noticing).
I really really wish that I could call to make sure everything is going well, but I can’t!  I miss him right now and I hope he’s having more fun than not.  He should have a good day, because today is music day, and if he takes after me the music will make everything a-ok.

Intermission. . .

Let the fiber love begin

As of late, I have been in a spinning craze.  I’ve updated the shop with all sorts of goodies, and have been at my spinning wheel every day cranking out bundles of pure yarn bliss.  Some of it is my hand dyed, some of it is not – I really enjoy spinning fiber dyed by others because every dyer has their own “eye for color” that varies from artist to artist.  I won’t put any yarn details here, but if you want to know yardage and what-not, head over to my Ravelry stash.

Spinning Colors

“Black Cherry”

“Pine”

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Funky Carolina

“Lily”

“Tarnished”

“Colorful Heart”

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Southern Cross Fibre

“Katoomba”

And of course there’s more. . . but you get the point! ;)

Last but not least

I am selling my wheel!!! No, I’m not giving up spinning.  I’m ready to upgrade my wheel a little so that I may explore more aspects of handspinning and my Julia doesn’t offer everything that I am looking for.  If I could keep the Louet Julia AND get the wheel I want, I would certainly do that, but in order to buy a new wheel I need to get some money by selling my current one. :(  So sad!!!

Anyway, if anyone is interested, please let me know – and tell your friends!

Louet Julia S11 details
Included:

  • Louet Julia wheel (no missing parts)
  • Lazy Kate
  • 6 bobbins (3 came with the wheel when it was originally purchased)

The lazy kate is missing two of the three caps, but this does not affect its use.

Retail value is $787 (via The Woolery)
I am asking $650/obo I’m willing to negotiate.
I would prefer pickup in Austin, Texas, but am willing to ship (buyer will pay for shipping costs).

These images can be seen here.

Thanks for tuning in! :)

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

Wowweeee. . .

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Excuse me while I dust the cobwebs off of my blog header. . . k, all done.  For the 5 readers who still check in from time to time, soooo sorry to have abandoned you for so long!  There is a lot of catching up to do, but I’ll mostly do it with a photo and a short explanation to get this blog back up to speed.

1.  Monster is officially 5 years old!! Craziness, I tell you.  Not only does he grow like a weed, but lately he’s been very assertive in terms of his independence, as in, “talking back”/”stepping over the line” or whatever phrase you’d like to use.  And although he has his moments, I love the kid to no end;  he’s at such a fantastic age where he’s like a sponge for knowledge, very imaginative, is able to make complete sentences (but still jumbles his thoughts), cares whether he looks “cool” or not, and can sit down for a real mommy-to-son chat.  All of those things and so much more, of course.  He amazes me constantly, and I’m so proud of him and Bobo.  I feel extremely lucky to be blessed with such awesome kiddos.  Really.
Oh, and he got some snow on his birthday. ;)

Monster's 5th Birthday

The boys and I on Monster's 5th birthday

2. Knitting has taken a backseat in my life lately.  Not that I’m not interested in it anymore (not by any means!) but I think holiday scarf knitting just sucks all of the joy out of the process for a moment in time.  I’m still working on a scarf that I promised my mom, and it’s nearly done.  But I won’t allow myself to work on anything else until it’s finished, because otherwise the scarf will never get completed, lol.
When I get my knitting mojo back, it’ll probably be a big post. ;)

3. Hooping has been sneaking it’s way up in my life, as I find myself loving it more and more with each practice session.  I will dedicate a whole post to it and how it’s influencing my life, but for now I’ll leave it at that.

4.  I am now a double major!  I will now be getting a bachelor of arts degree in Studio Art (Fibers) and Photography.  I know, I know – I agree that I am probably quite cuckoo in the head, but my intuition was telling me that something needed be done about the excitement that Photography brings to my life.  Being in the darkroom is a bit like a sanctuary to me;  Fibers is of course a major love of mine. . . but Photography has been my love since I was a child and it feels foolish to ignore it.
So – it only added one semester onto my life sentence years of college, so I don’t see why there is not any reason to not go for it.

Alright!  Hopefully I will be back soon to post in detail about what’s going on in my life (because there is a TON more to tell), but for now I leave it with a small dose of my roller coaster existence.

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!

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!

Sea World – San Antonio

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This past weekend we took a little ride south of town to San Antonio to visit Sea World.  It has always been one of my favorite theme parks because I absolutely love dolphins and whales – in fact, I used to want to be a trainer and to this day I still think it’s one of the best careers ever.  Anyway, I digress.  The reason we planned this trip was for the kiddos; Monster kept talking about sharks and whales – so we decided to take a trip!

We were very lucky with the weather because it was cloudy all day; it was still hot, but at least the sun wasn’t frying us up.  We also had perfect timing on all of the shows, so there wasn’t any waiting around!  Here’s some photos of the day, and you can see more in the flickr set.


Shark & Coral Reef Exhibit


Shamu – Believe

Needless to say, I took a lot of photos of the Viva! costuming.  It’s one of my favorite shows due to the acrobatics, color and dolphins!

That was our big Labor Day Weekend event, and it was so much fun.  Can’t wait to go back!

Summer Time!

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Life
It’s definitely summer time in Austin right now.  Which means the heat and humidity can almost suffocate you by walking in the sun – don’t even try to get in your car without rolling down windows before the a/c kicks in!  Ugh.
However, summer time is great for sprinklers, hot dogs and all kinds of kiddo adventures!  So today we played a bit with our designated kiddo sprinkler; but we didn’t even get out of the house until it was cool enough.  AT 7:30 PM!

As always, more photos on flickr.

Knitting & Crocheting
- My Ishbel shawl is coming right along now!  I had to rip it out once because I had too many mistakes, and the lace looked quite wonky, but all is fine now and I’m about halfway done with it.
- Next month is Harry Potter month at The Knitting Nest, so I’ll be offering a Golden Snitch class sometime!  (Pattern making is currently in progress)
- The other things I’ll be starting and working on are toys, toys and more toys!  I just bought the book Tasty Crochet by Rose Langlitz, and it’s sooooo awesome!  I’ve never been so excited to make fake food before now.

School
I’ve got about one week left!!  I’m so thrilled with my sculpture class and teacher right now; I’ve learned 10x more than I thought I would from a summer class – and I’m liking the art I’m making.  Photos to come.

That’s all the updating I’ve got for now! Hope all is well with everyone. :)

Ready for a break.

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There’s so much to talk about right now, most of it dealing with school, but I’ll wait until the semester is over to recap on that.  I’m doing fine in all of my classes, and am quite ready for a wee holiday.
At this time, I would love to introduce to you my mini painters: Monster & Bobo.  They are quite the duo, you know.
Monster loves to paint – he specified to me today that he “likes to paint more than crayon.”

I’ve finished all of my potholders for the Crocheted Potholder Swap!  I still need to do some labeling, but they’re off the hook.
I used motif #31 from the Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs book, and I love it.  The potholder is nice and thick, so I’m pretty positive that it can be quite useful when picking up hot items.  [Rav details]
The “back” of motif #31 is the front for motif #32.  I much prefer the front of #32. :)

Not much knitting has happened lately, but last night I did a gauge swatch for Decimal by the much talented Snowden.  I’m using Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport in the Powder Blue colorway; it’s such a nice yarn to work with, and this particular color is a new favorite.

Other than that, life is going along fine.  I’m quite broke without a job, but I’m managing thanks to family donations. lol  (I’m not spoilt! ;) )
Feel free to buy some fiber or yarn at any moment!

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.