Monday, December 25, 2006
Business trip to Ohio and family Christmas trip to the north east.
Details and lots of photos of the fun coming soon
Well, after 47 Christmas' I finally had my first "White Christmas" OK officially it was on Christmas night, but it was still a White Christmas.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
to meet with a master spinner and wonder knitter Lori Lawson of Capistrano Fiber Arts Studio. What a patient soul to guide me through this portion of the extensive research project to buy a spinning wheel.
Before we started she gave me a little science lesson and explained the mechanics of what we were going to attempt. Before long I was sitting behind the wheel making my first hank. As ugly as it was I saved it to put along side my first hideous knitted practice piece that will never be seen by the outside world.
Lori had me spinning Blue Face Leicester because it's supposed to be an easy fiber to learn on. now all I have to do is pull the trigger and buy one. Oh the wheel I have settled on is the Majacraft "Rose"
OK, after a nudge from Mrs. Twisted I added the finished product of my lesson. DK to Chunky without trying... What a humbling experience. I certainly have a better appreciation for hand spun fiber.
Monday, December 04, 2006
I'm in a tee shirts, shorts and flips because it's not cold it just Christmas time.
This hat looked like it could be replicated with Berrocco Suede and some fluff
for those of you who like you Tube...
oh and sorry for rotating the camera. Bad Idea on Video
Friday, December 01, 2006
For all of you fiber snobs, (we know who we are) this place has the most beautiful cashmeres and silks. I cant wait to get the first shipment. The sock club was closed since August and it's limited to only 50 people so I'm jazzed to get in. The Mrs. and I will be making some nice socks shortly. I know, I know we really don't need anymore yarn but this was special. See my post on enabling if you have any questions.... http://twistedknitster.blogspot.com/2006/11/enabler-and-chrome-white-hair.html
Thanks to Dee @ Posh Yarns!
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Days like this give me reasons to ponder.
I have learned to be thankful everyday not just a certain Thursday in November.
- I have a roof over my head
- Food to sustain my body, not always the normal 3 squares but why be normal when you grow old, have a slice of pumpkin pie for breakfast or pancakes for dinner once in a while.
- Employment to sustain my somewhat comfortable lifestyle
- Two incredible children
- My best friend/lover/soul mate/partner/wife. Everything is better with you.
- I must give special thanks to the yarn Gods for Silk Merino and Cashmere, we are not worthy.
- Leo Fender, George Fullerton and the music gods for without you, the music I love may not exist.
- Stretch pants for days like these.
- My friends and family near and far
- To watch Jerry Springer instead of being on the stage.
- and everyday I wake up for another turn in the circus, no matter what ring I'm in.
Monday, November 20, 2006
This point brings me to the second topic.
I AM THE ENABLER
If you’re a knitter and you teach the enabling husband to knit, watch out because it’s a slippery slope.
You may hear phrases like these:
You know that blah blah blah pattern on Knitty would look great in that yarn.
Go ahead and get it, that fiber color looks good on you, very slimming.
It’s all right, use my card, I get paid in a couple days.
It brings out the color in your eyes
You know that would look good with the blah blah blah in your closet (insert top, skirt, shoes, or purse)
I know we don’t have a project for it but I’m sure we’ll find one.
You know if we don’t get it, we’ll regret it foever and kick ourselves for not getting it.
Kraft Macaroni and Cheese is good (The enabler always has this in the pantry)
Shipping is free on orders over $40.00 !
I used my frequent buyer’s card and save another 15% (the enabler has all the cards yes even Yarn stores have these cards)
I’ll knit faster soon
As I said earlier it’s a slippery slope, most of these rationalizations can be used for buying shoes and new clothes etc. etc. Even the voice of reason (Mrs. Twisted) has few countermeasures for THE ENABLER
Oh we didn’t find the right yarn for the trinket bag so we had the back up plan to head down to Yarns of La Jolla to just shop. (Really I knew we were going there all along and I was looking forward to it.) We love this shop, They have a brilliant sales person who has a wonderful knowledge of yarns used and patterns on all the heavily traveled web sites and a knack for exquisite yarn selection. Thank you Kate, you matched a ball of Rowan tapestry to the plum bag that was just beautiful. We never even thought about a wool blend on the bag, but it was a perfect match. We decided to dress up the red bag by shopping through our own stash with either silk yarn we have or we order the matching silk from Tilli Tomas
On the drive north coming out of La Jolla we passed a couple. One guy in his 20’s and a guy(we found out it was a lady after we passed her) with Chrome White hair (Think fine young Cannibals) As we passed them we both said almost the same thing at the exact same time. (I said) That guy looks like Johnny Winter and (she said ) That guy looks like Edgar Winter. As we laughed we realized that not many people would even understand the references let alone have the same thought process. We know we are meant to be together. At times it seems like we think from the same brain. Two twisted souls, loving life one glorious day at a time. For those of you who don’t know, Edgar Winter was known for the songs "Frankenstein" and "Free Ride" (1973), with Rick Derringer. Johnny Winter is a phenomenal Blues Guitarist who has been around since the early 60’s
The bag is finished too
Sunday, November 19, 2006
A very nice lady in Ottawa I believe her first name begins with an "L" because she almost signed the card enclosed with the gifts.
I feel a bit shamed by the attention to detail compared to my package.
Each item was individually wrapped and labeled as follows
A CHIBI for my travel bag
Dark Chocolate and Mint, these won't last long.
"His" Glycerin soap.
Sea Silk By Hand Maiden Fine Yarns. 70% silk and 30% Seacell Colorway Ocean
This fiber is magnificent in color, texture and sheen. My secret Pal has selected a wonderful yarn and also shown me a Canadian source for luxury fiber.
And Something Very Canadian
Pure Canadian Maple syrup!!!! In a glass bottle.
Even Mrs. Butterworth's has gone to the plastic bottle
Thank You Secret Pal!!!!
Friday, November 17, 2006
Not mine but I want to share..
A week and a half ago we stopped by A Mano Yarn Center, see the link in the sidebar. They are helping a women's shelter for expecting mothers. The shop donated the yarn and we donate the time to create blankets for the newborn babies. If you have the time, it's time well spent. This was adapted from a rug pattern in knitting in the round.
Check out the knit picot cast off edging I found in our library of knitting books.
We affectionately nicknamed this the spumoni baby burrito blanket. Now for your viewing pleasure, Elvis Bear models the proper roll.
I picked up the socks I cast on some months back. Note to self,
never set a project down and leave it for months because I had no idea where I was. Loving the Koigu KPPPM, it's beautiful yarn for the socks. I'm past the picking up stitches and the rest looks like smooth sailing. Problem is that I wear a size 15 show so it may take a few rounds to get to the toe.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Strung up and ready for the beating of his short life.
These Guys are serious, they bring pulleys to assist in the movement of the candy filled buccaneer.
One to many shots to the pirate junk and .....
Game over! He loses his head over a little candy.
It's a bad day when you end it upside down in a trash can
Other news, we booked our tickets to go back east to spend Christmas with the wife's family. My first white Christmas. A little creative booking has us driving to Vegas to fly back to Boston. The four hour drive, saved us $400.00 dollars.
We are now on a mission to pre scout all the great yarn shops anywhere between Maine to New York. If anyone has suggestions for where we could stop and visit, please let me(us) know. If you have been reading this blog you know we love the luxury and or hand spun/hand dyed silks or blends. All you lurkers out there please let me know where you would want to go yarn shopping. We are looking at spinning wheels too.
Secret Pal Package #2 is going out this week. I'm having way more fun with this than I ever imagined.
While we were gone today someone barfed Christmas on the lawn near us. Just a bit early for my taste. Can't people wait till the turkey is gone? Isn't that what the day after Thanksgiving is for? We had another neighbor put up lights the day after Halloween. Maybe it's just Christmas lights peer pressure. I will not succumb.
Saturday, November 04, 2006
A brief chronology of the day
- New yarn shop (small purchase)
- Breakfast for lunch
- 2nd yarn shop (no purchases but saw the cutest Tilli Thomas Elegant Trinket liner)
- 3rd yarn shop (no longer in business but we saw a fun restaurant sign)
- 4th yarn store, Major purchase, brush with person who works with stars.
- Found the new Lucky magazine on the rack at the grocery store before going home.
Off to Stop # 2 "Rather B Knitting
Upscale store with luxury yarns. Nothing to make us pull the plastic card out but they had a Tilli Thomas trinket liner that was finished in a beautiful magenta silk. One problem was that they didn't have another one to sell, just the sample bag.
A stop to A Mano was just to pick up a hat form. Mrs. Twisted made a hat that will be felted soon but she wanted the hat form to help support it while it dries. Here is where the day became really exciting. After finding the most amazing Malabrigo Velvet Grapes yarn, we decided to hang around for a little while and knit with the other customers and enjoy the chit-chat. This nice lady comes in and talks to the owner and sits down and pulls out this simply beautiful sweater made out of Debbie Bliss Superchunky cashmerino in a deep lilac color. Shannita , the owner, was talking to this lady about a repair of her sweater when the woman mentioned it wasn't for the Gilmore girls..... Huhhhhhh? Our ears perked up and we asked if she worked for the show and she replied she was the costume designer for the Gilmore Girls. OMG OMG OMG!!!
Hello! This is like one of the best shows ever!
We were thrilled to meet her and asked about some of the outfits and she was talking about the hand knit sweaters and clothes she has made for certain episodes. I asked her about a dress that Sookie wore in one episode. Mrs. Twisted bought the same dress months earlier at Torrid. She smiled and agreed and said that she remembered the distinct pattern. What a wonderful lady! So nice and friendly! She shared her tales freely as she inquired what we were all making. As she passed behind me she touched my back. The hand that has touched Lorelai, Rory and Sookie touched me! As close to the Gilmore girls as we may ever get. 2 degrees of separation LOL
Oh yeah the yarn....
Malabrigo, So beautiful and soft!
Some Yarn Bras for the secret Pal
A new Spinning Magazine. This may be a little dangerous.
A Mano is supporting a local charity knit program for newborn babies. This will soon be a soft baby blanket for a special child .
The reason for the visit to A Mano. One Plastic Hat Form
And how could we pass up this cute button in the shape of a Reese's Peanut butter cup?
This will go on a felted purse going to the Secret Pal in the second care package.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Back from Mexico Friday, and had a wisdom tooth removed Saturday No fun there but life goes on. Back on the road for fun times. Saturday afternoon we went to Rogers Garden Center in Newport Beach to see the Orange County Rose Society exhibition. Beautiful roses! I forgot the camera so there are no pics. If you have a chance to visit the Garden center it's amazing. They have a Rosarian there and everything.
Sunday was a nice day of rest. Mid afternoon we took a nice drive down the coast towards Laguna and were suprised with the new costumes on the topiary trees in Corona Del Mar. Most Holidays the trees get decorated and it's just another fun thing we enjoy together. Just one more reason we love Southern Ca.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
I just received a wonderful letter from my Secret Pal ( spoilee) and this being the first time for me to do the secret pal thing I didn't really know what to expect. For those of you who read my ramblings will already know that I tend to be a tad extreme or even borderline psychotic so it was really nice to read her warm thanks. It was all worth while to me now.
(M) is a young crochet person from another continent. I had such fun investigating and learning about her craft and trying to tie the gifts into where I live and the culture here. She still doesn't know that I'm a guy yet. I had to use my return address when shipping over seas so she knows my general location.
The whole precess is like watching someone you really care about open a Christmas gift you gave a lot of thought to. but you have to read it instead of seeing it first hand
When the exchange is over I will post a link to her blog on mine.
Not to ignore my package from my Secret pal. Thanks for posting on my blog. I can't wait to see what you send. I'm all excited! What to send to a psycho....... lol
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
I know I havent been on lately but I started a new Job and life is busy.
First I need to introduce you to a very special lady, Natalie Wood.
No not the actress.
One of my guitars
I know it’s just a guitar but men tend to give female names to things like cars, boats, guitars or other inanimate objects. Why that name? I have always thought Natalie Wood was classy and timeless in her beauty. I see a lot of the same qualities in this giutar. Beautiful, mysterious yet not overly complex and the sultry voice . Yes I have a vivid imagination.
Oh yeah the knitting content, I was looking throughthe back of a guitar magazine and one of the advertisements had a slip on neck cover to protect from dust and dirt while it sits on the stand. I now what don’t I just put it away after playing it. You tend to play more if the guitar is readily available. Being the psycho engineer I think I can knit one of those. Mrs. Twisted went … ok. I guess, why not. So I measured the guitar neck and sketched the design and with her help I developed a pattern.
Off to buy yarn (yeah!) I found some Noro Kureyon that looked good with the colors in the guitar. It develped into a sort of huge sock well sort of.
when the length was correct for the neck I bound off the back and continued the front half until it would reach the stap hook on the end of the body. By adding a button hole to the end it attatches without any issues. I felted the top with a scuncie and did some creative blocking.
I built a filler block to hold the shape from a trix cereal box wrapped in a grocery store plasic shopping bag so it wouldn't desinigrate from the steam.
I need to shrink it a bit more so I will do some spot blocking and pin it flat so it doen't curl and lays flat accross the pick-ups and bridge.
After I finish the blocking I have some beautiful black silk. I plan to sew in a lining to ease the way it slides on and also to prevent lint and minor surface scratches from the wool. Hopefully done this week.
To all you lurkers, please comment if you like what you see or have any sugestions.