Saturday, June 18, 2005

Finished Object Friday (on Saturday)

First of all, thanks for all the compliments on the new look!! I'm pleased with the final design--I think it's a keeper.

So, yeah, I know it's Saturday, but that's me lately. A day late and a dollar short. But I do have a very nice finished object for you!

Fiber Trends' Felted Clogs! In the middle of a New Mexico heat wave! Oh well. The story is that I found some super cheap Lamb's Pride at the Fiber Fiesta--the woman was getting rid of stash, and she had full skeins for $4!!! I couldn't pass that up. My plan is to make clogs for Tim and 2 pairs for me--one to wear around the house and one to bring to peoples' houses. In Minnesota, everyone takes off their shoes in the house, I guess because of all the snow and salt and mud and stuff. We also have hardwood floors in the new house, and I don't want to mess those up. This was my first attempt at the felting of the clogs, and they came out great. They would have been better if they actually fit one of us, but that's a little beside the point. I made the woman's size 8, figuring they would fit me, since I am a 8 1/2, but they were gargantuan pre-felting. I felted the living daylights out of them, and they're about 2 inches too big for me,

and just a little bit too small for Tim. I'll probably end up giving them to Charles, who's got the smaller feet.

So I decided to make the women's size 6 for me, and watch them while they are felting, and I think that will work out just fine.

Please pardon the hairy legs. We've been married 3 years--he's lucky if I shave my legs that often.

I really like the color combo for this one. I didn't have enough purple for both soles, so I made the inside one red, so there's a little red stripe showing through on the outside--cute, I think.

So the movers come on Monday to pack, Tuesday to load, and then we're gone! Adios New Mexico, Hell-oh Minnesota!! (say that with very Fargo "o" sounds) I really can't wait to be in the new house and be settled in and to get to know our new city. It's old hat for Tim, since he grew up there, but I am looking forward to seeing what's out there. The one thing I've noticed already is how friendly everyone is. Growing up in New England, I am still used to a very business-like, head-down-and-do-your-business attitude, so it's a little unsettling when people you don't know are actually friendly to you. I called Comcast the other day to set up cable for the new house, and the woman in St. Paul spent 5 minutes chatting me up about the weather! And I was like, look, lady, I just wanted some cable. But there are worse things than people being nice to you. I shouldn't complain--it's just weird for me.
I will try to get in one more blog before we head up North, cause it may be awhile till we are set up up there. If I don't, hugs and kisses and see you in St. Paul!!

Thursday, June 09, 2005

I Got a New Attitude

Well, I've got a new look at least. I wasn't ever really happy with the way the old blog looked--too many colors, and I futzed with it a bit too much. I did like the header lettering, as that was a gift from the lovely Amy, my SP4, so I'm hoping to do something with those in the new look, but here it is for now. Noelle designed my header for me--isn't it cute? Does it work in IE? Because I never use that one--I only use Firefox, and you should too, by the way. It's much better and more secure , and it's got really handy little tricks, like opening up all your bookmarks in tabs. Just my 2 cents.

So no knitting news. I've been getting headaches a lot this week, and they seem exacerbated by TV, which is when I usually knit. I'm going to shoot for a FO Friday, but we'll see if the head lets me.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Finished Object Friday

So last week Noelle had a "Finished Object Friday" and I thought, what a great idea! I should do that too--it will motivate me to actually finish things or at least make progress. So today rolls around, I'm reading blogs, la dee da, and I read Noelle's latest post, awww...I totally forgot about FOF. So here's my lame attempt at a finished object.

This is my two-color, toe-up koigu sock. I started it way back in February, when I flew out to New Hampshire and Dad and I drove to Williamstown, MA to see if I could live there. There was no way I could live there, and there's no way I will knit socks on #1's again. Way too tiny needles and way too way the hell out there. I learned I was a city girl on that trip.

Here are some of the way cool flowers in our front yard. Of course, now that we're leaving is when we have all of these beautiful flowers and plants I've never seen before suddenly showing themselves. It may actually be because of all the rain we've been getting, but I like to think it is New Mexico being spiteful. Click the thumbnails to make 'em big.

And finally, this is my new obsession. I LOVE these. So cute--I'm imagining three of them, all different sizes, hung at different lengths, in different colors in front of the windows of our sunroom. Once I find the pattern, I am so there (I think it's a Fiber Trends).

image taken from Mason-Dixon Knitting