Monday, December 25, 2006

My First White Christmas

Sorry for the long absence it's been a bit busy and I didn't have much time for Blogging.

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

Is this the beginning of a new obsession?

This morning I drove to one of my favorite LYS, La Petite Knitterie
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

Our Little Stars Hollow

It's hard to find the small town feel in Southern California but their are tiny pockets of it if you look hard for it. I'm not sure if you watch Gilmore Girls but we would love to live in the small town of Stars Hollow and enjoy the activities that are normal in such a setting. We attend a Stitch & Bitch in a town that has some of this flair. Tonight we attended a Candle light procession concert and Christmas tree lighting ceramony. It's nice when the town closes the main cross streets for the sake of comunity culture. They arranged for an outdoor concert by a full ohchestra of 65 persons and a choir of 150+. Sound system lighting and hundreds of chairs. But with all the size and grandure it still remains a small town. The Mayor is a native of the town and that's hard to find that anymore in So Ca. "Taylor Doose" is encarnated the mayor here. The chamber of comerce couldn't have created a better advertisement than this guy.

It's about 65 degrees here tonight yet since it's Christmas time everyone insist on wearing silly hats and dressing for the north pole

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

Exciting news

I joined the sock club at Posh Yarns in the UK this morning! Each month we get enough fiber to make one pair of luxury socks in special colorway only available to the members.
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....

Thanks to Dee @ Posh Yarns!