checking in

Hello all! I’m here in Houston (well, Katy technically) at my cousin’s house FULL OF PEOPLE – seventeen! We’re all set to set sail for the cruise tomorrow. The minibus (hah) is picking us all up at 11:30, and then we’ll be off to the port in Galveston.

What have I been up to? Spent some time in Austin, hung out with Caro and Abbe and shopped in South Congress (bought a few super cute shirts! and yarn!). Have been here in Katy since yesterday, mostly…shopping. Gosh things are cheaper here!

Anyway, I will be checking email but likely won’t be taking my laptop along on the cruise. So I won’t be able to send pattern purchases – I will definitely acknowledge your payment if you send one but won’t be able to send the actual file until after the 3rd of June.

I have been knitting! Maybe I’ll have something to show when wee get back. Ta!

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the meme thing

I got tagged by a bunch of people…I guess that means I should do it!

Each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves. Those tagged need to write in their blogs 7 facts, as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag seven others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and need to read your blog. The facts:

1. I love sleeping under a lot of blankets – I currently have two comforters and one down duvet. Oh, and I have to have my arms underneath the covers when I’m trying to fall asleep.

2. When I was little, I drank lots of milk and juice, and very little (if any) water. Now I drink tons of water and very little juice (and even less milk).

3. I prefer non-breakfast foods for breakfast and the breakfast foods for later – I’ll have rice in the morning and eggs for dinner.

4. I have my nose pierced but not my ears.

5. I’m addicted to lip balm and feel all antsy when I don’t have one on me – usually Burt’s Bees.

6. I find it very annoying that people are continually asking me what I’m going to “do with my life” now that I’m done university. Can’t I have a summer off first?? Also, did you know exactly what you were going to be immediately after university (and stick with it)? At least I currently have design and retail jobs. I’ll work it out. In the meantime…please stop asking.

7. I am lacto-ovo vegetarian, and I LOVE food. Reading food blogs makes me drool, especially anything to do with cheese or dessert. I’m very glad that I have a partner who shares my love of food…and encourages me to bike and exercise so I don’t weigh a million pounds!

So that’s that. I actually could’ve written many, many more random things about myself! I’m not going to tag anyone else, and since I haven’t posted for a few days, this is going to be an extra long one!

I started a tank project out of the Blue Heron Rayon Metallic that I got from the Frolic –

rayon metallic top

Unfortunately it’s looking like I won’t have enough yarn to do the cross-front like I wanted. I’ve started the back, and then I’m going to go back and redo the front as just a very deep v. I’m hoping to have it done by the cruise (which leaves on the 27th) but I dunno.

I love the woven stitch in the metallic yarn!

woven stitch

And here’s some more handspun that I’m particularly in love with – Fleece Artist Wool/Silk, spun up as a 2ply.


Gotta get packing! I leave tomorrow, early – we’re flying out from Buffalo, so we’ve got to drive down there first. I’ll definitely be posting next week from Austin, and quite possibly a quick note from the boat. You can check my Flickr page if you like to see what I’m up to – I’m more likely to dump the photos in there and write posts later.

Whoa! I’m going on vacay!

more greenery


Mmmmmm. Greeeeeen. Something about it’s really very calming and just summery, you know? This one’s a lush, bright (but not too bright) green from Dream in Color – I’ve been working on a quickie knit shrug as a shop sample. Here’s the zoom out…

dream in color shrug

(new camera = lots of glamour shots)

I actually finished the main body of the shrug tonight at knit night, so it just needs a bit of sewing up and ribbing along the edge (by someone else, since I’m going on vacay so soon! really need to start packing).

Speaking of glamour shots…here’s some of the latest handspun.

Beauuuutiful polwarth/alpaca/angora, I think it was from Spirit Trail, purchase at Rhinebeck. I spun it up quite thin, although there are more than a few little lumpy bits that weren’t totally blended in – I find them charming.

ooh pretty

Came out to about 488 yards in 2 oz, definitely enough for something lacey and light. Maybe a swallowtail shawl? Haven’t tried that one yet.

Trying to dole out the blog fodder over a couple days! More soon, including a new project or two…I seem to be having some startitis issues!