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Fibre meme (S.O.F.A.)

1) Fibres: Bear in mind I just started spinning, I love merino. I am having some difficulty with BFL for some reason…. and I love petting my stash of silk blends. I need to spin some of them!

2) Spinning technique: For now, only spindle short draw. I recently learnt some long draw, but I’m not a fan.

3) Plying technique: errrr the spindle kind?
4) Dyers: Shunklies, LimeGreenJelly, Babylonglegs, Oceanwind…

5) Colours: Bright and complementary colours.
6) Book: I’m now reading The Little Friend, because I loved The Secret History and I think Donna Tartt should really release another book soon.

7) TV Show/Movie: So many…. Buffy, Angel, SATC, Supernatural, House, Grey’s, Six Feet Under…

 8 )Spinning Mag: So far I’ve liked Spin Off and I have subbed.I’m also trawling around the net finding articles.

9) Favourite time of day: Falling asleep on the sofa.

10) Indulgence: Spanish chocolate (Valor con leche, in the purple wrapper, no almonds)


And some more!!

Hey you – what did you do this afternoon? I did this:

From Forest And Frill

I finished the whole body section of Forest & Frill by Stephanie Dosen (available for purchase on Ravelry) in just one afternoon! I double stranded Rowan Soft Lux in a lovely forest green, et voila… Almost ready to prance, it just needs the crochet edge!

And this is what I’ve been doing….

2 movies and plenty of coffee, leftover stash yarn and playing with a cable needle result in a cowl and fingerless wrist/arm warmers.

From Snow Day

Thinking about writing up the pattern and putting it up, in English and Español…

Snow yet again

Will someone please just call  my idiot boss and tell how it’s impossible for me to muster up a once an hour all station stopping service to a hub station to catch another once an hour service to see whether I may or may not be able to catch my OTHER service into work? Because she’s decided this should be counted as a holiday.


Duuuuuude….. snow day!

When last week the weather report said “snow will be coming next week” and I happened to mention “I hope 3in fall so my trains are not running” I didn’t expect this.

SO pretty. Here’s the 5.30am view…

From Snow Day
From Snow Day

And around 10am….

From Snow Day
From Snow Day
From Snow Day

I have to send an email to my mum. Coming from Valencia, the land where it rarely rains and snow is a myth on par with unicorns and boys who actually act like the guy from Sixteen Candles or Say Anything, she will ask me to go out with a tupperware and capture some of this for her to see next time she visits.

On my plans this morning, apart from not changing into anything other than pjs and sipping peppermint tea, I am spinning up the 3rd single of Oceanwinds Merino, and as you can see, I eventually finished the fingers of one glove, and cast on for the second one:

From Entangled Stitches

And I finished the Leyburns!

From Leyburn Socks

So I’m a busy bee…. 🙂 Happy Snow Day everyone!

Double bill

Saw this on Laura’s blog and thought I’d pick it up as I’m bored mindless at work.

Here are the rules:
Link to the person who tagged you.
Mention the rules.
Tell six quirky yet boring, unspectacular details about yourself.
Tag six other bloggers by linking to them.
Go to each person’s blog and leave a comment that let’s them know they’ve been tagged.

Won’t tag anyone 🙂

1) Brian and I own half a brain each. We know exactly how to follow a conversation even days after we had it. Example. Monday 0720, dropping me off at the train station. Discussion – who sang Return of the Mack? Bobby Brown, surely not… can’t remember. Thursday evening. Brushing my teeth, I shout – MARK MORRISON! “That was it” he says “It was driving me nuts!” 

2) I did a brief stint as a dancer at a club. Fully dressed, don’t get funny ideas.

3) If I’ve a craving, I will eat whatever I crave until I’m sick. I got REALLY sick with Nutella when I was 15 and I’m still unable to stomach it.

4) I haven’t been able to keep a hairstyle for longer than a year. I’ll change colour, length or style, invariably, I get very very bored.

5) I have a hammer toe. Broke it as a kid when dancing and never got it fixed, though it hurts every now and then and I’m thinking about surgery.

6) I’ve never been great friends with women, my best friends have always been men.

Just another little bit of history repeated

Total tv geek moment to start with –  I have said before how 3 of the Twilight actors had been in the OC, last night I was watching season 3, quietly knitting… I look at the credits. The Heavy Lifting is the episode, and it shows Cam Gigadet (James – Volchek), Nikki Reed (Rosalie – Sadie) and Jackson Rathbone (Jasper – Justin). I almost peed my pants I was watching a moment of twilight history being born, especially because Sadie and Volchek have history, and Justin is so cute.

What else to tell? Scary Wednesday rolled smoothly as we were all pulled into a massive meeting room for a 2hr departmental meeting where we all expected to hear the famous words (credit crunch, redundancies…) and it was all just to comment on last year’s successes. Having my name broadcasted via huge speakers gave me a little bit of confidence.

Apres Surf Hoodie? DONE. Last night I knit to my fingers’ ends, 1 and 1/2 inches of stockinette over the neckband (somewhat in the vicinity of 250stitches) and i-cord bind off over the same amount. I wanted to shoot anything on sight. I was so wired after I finished that I just HAD to cast on the club socks because I know I’m so far behind…

After ripping the heel off the 2nd Leyburn for the 2nd time around (total heels ripped in a pair of socks? 5, somewhat a record in my books), finally into the leg. I am most decidedly a top-down sock knitter. I hate the uncertainty of whether or not my yarn will take me to the end of the sock, but at least I can turn a very decent heel without ripping.

This weekend will be very quiet, blocking the ASH hood, handwashing some shawls, learning to minicable again with the Entangled Stitches gloves and spinning. I have to get my homework done for next week’s lesson on plying and haven’t even had a minute to start.

I’ve also been reading. By Brian’s suggestion, I borrowed his copy of The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver. Very heavy book. Dense, complex, psychology and history, religion and devotion. There’s an inherent need to embed yourself in the skin of who’s narrating the story, 4 sisters and their mum, talking about the life they lived as a baptist mission family in Congo during the late 50s and early 60s. I’m in the last chapters of the book and still trying to decide whether I love it or I’m indifferent, given that I still need that *something* to turn the tables.

I’m feeling the pressure because it’s one of his favourite books and while we may agree on a lot of areas in life (movies, tv, music, food), books have not been one of them. He was spot-on when he gave me The Secret History by Donna Tartt, I liked it so much I reckon I may read it again right after finishing The Poisonwood Bible, but it may just be that this book’s characters lack a certain desire for the future – I don’t see them as strong and determined women, sumission and silence are not on my personality traits and I barely tolerate them on others, so maybe my inability to relate to them keeps me from adding this book to my favourite’s shelf. The narration and description are spotless nonetheless and just for that, worth a read.