31 August 2009
I'm going to miss working outside. I've had the opportunity to work in some of the most beautiful gardens I've ever seen. There is part of me that is so tired, so ready to give up this physical work for something more stationary for the winter. I know that I'll feel differently in the middle of January when there is little sunlight and the temperatures are below freezing.
I bought a little point and shoot at the beginning of the summer, and I have come to really love the macro function. Being able to get this close to plant-life has opened my eyes to how beautiful and intricate the natural world is. It has helped me to look closer, to stop and really see. I'm going to miss working in gardens- being around plants, taking care of them and pruning them. I'm going to miss the rich morning light and the days that go on and on.
Written by Kitty at 12:37 PM
28 August 2009
...at what I'm knitting. I'm so excited to be knitting again. There was a break in the weather, and yesterday morning I felt the distinct nip of autumn in the air. Thank goodness I feel like knitting again! I knit all through last summer, but this time around I just couldn't bear to touch wool- it was just too damn hot.
I hope to finish and block this in a week- more pictures when it's done!
I hope to finish and block this in a week- more pictures when it's done!
27 August 2009
I am so excited to have something to show! I've felt like kind of a loser since I started the blog. "Hi. This is a craft blog. Oh. Craft? Ok. Let's hint at the idea that there might me some stuff that might just have to do with the actual act of making stuff. Great."
Spunky Eclectic, Corriedale, SolarHere is a skein of my handspun. I'm quite proud of this, although I'm not really proud of the actual finished product. You see, I'm not a very technical person. I'm more of a fly by the seat of my pants kind of girl, and then wonder why this yarn isn't exactly what I wanted. I've had my wheel for over a year now, and I couldn't understand why my yarns weren't coming out just the way I pictured them. I've always coveted that beautiful, flat worsted spun combed top- and mine was coming out all lumpy-bumpy not so perfect looking.
Then, I realized that my technique was off. I was doing a sort of long draw off to the side fuck-the-establishment-I'll-make-perfect-yarn-however-I-want thing. I realized that I need to PAY ATTENTION while I'm spinning, and that I can't act like I know what I'm doing and have the yarn that I want without ACTUALLY KNOWING WHAT I'M DOING. What a concept, huh?
Right now I'm working on a Spunky Eclectic BFL that I can't want to show off. I've taken what I learned, and now I'm (fairly) confident that it will knit up that way I pictured it.
26 August 2009
So, where are the creations? To be honest, I think I've lost my knitting mojo. And spinning mojo. So today I decided to go through my stash, and assess what stays and what I can destash through Ravelry. I haven't posted any of my stash in ravelry, or my projects, for months.
I realized that I have a lot less yarn than I thought. I know, I know, it looks like there are three bins of yarn/fiber. But one bin is full of half finished projects, another is worsted yarns that don't really inspire me, and the third is unspun fiber that I need to actually spin before I can knit with it- so that's a bin that is pretty much useless until it's spun. Which I need to do.
I have this habit of holding onto my favorite yarns. The handspun/handdyed one of a kind if-I-knit-with-this-then-it-will-be-gone-forever kind. These two skeins of Hello Yarn fat sock in Vegetation have been sitting in my stash for over a year. I love this colorway. Every time I see it I get so excited- the possibilities of what this yarn could become is overwhelming. I get nervous as well- what if I mess this up? What if the project looks like shit and I have to rip it out and then I get irritated with the yarn- and don't want to knit with it again?
I've decided to face my fears and knit with my most precious yarns this fall and winter. Why not? What good is a stash of beautiful, never been touched one of a kind yarns? I need to relax, and realize that there will be other yarns, just as beautiful, to come my way.
Written by Kitty at 12:34 PM
25 August 2009
There is something truly wonderful about spending the morning outside, coffee cup and book at hand, enjoying the warm breeze. Too often my summer days are spent working or are just taken for granted.
The humidity has burned off quite a bit, and the next few days are supposed to be gorgeous. I feel as though this summer has just passed me by, and I'm trying to hold onto the last few days of this sunlight, these clouds. The days are getting shorter already, and I feel as though I have to gobble up as much time outside while I still can, while the days are still warm.
24 August 2009
I can't believe it! 99% humidity. It isn't even raining right now! I attempted to wash a stain out of the carpet yesterday afternoon- and the spot is still soaking wet. I have fans blowing all over the house to prevent mold- shit! I never thought that I would look forward to the dry heat of a furnace in the wintertime.
23 August 2009
This summer has been wet. First, the entire month of June it rained. Every. Day. For 33 days straight. We now have a record for the most rain annually. Ever. Since they started keeping records, we have had the rainiest summer. I tried to stay positive through the whole thing- but toward the end I became irritable.
Now, we're dealing with hot, humid, muggy shit. It's sticky all the time and the kitchen floor sticks to your feet (even though you just washed it!) and it needs to Go. Away.
Right now it's 83% humidity. I went to get coffee this morning and noticed that the carpet is molding. Now, I know I'm not the best housekeeper, but come on! A moldy carpet?! I would get out the carpet shampooer and go to town, but I'm afraid that the carpet would be eternally soggy.
22 August 2009
04 August 2009
- I would love to offer my email, but unfortunately My Mister has a CRAZYPANTS ex-girlfriend who I am sure would shop my email around every adult site known to man. Just drop me a line in the comments, and I'll be sure to get back to you if you leave my your email. Thanks!
- I'm Kate, I'm in my mid-twenties and I live in a rural town with My Mister. We have a 14 lb. snuggle master of a cat, Harold, who likes to....Snuggle. A lot.
- I've been knitting for about four years now, and spinning for a year and a half. I love to make things!
- I used to be a movie snob, but now I'm really starting to enjoy stupid comedies. Like Superbad. That movie makes me laugh aloud every time.
- Mittens are my favorite- but I also make hats and socks. Sweaters seem to take too much time, and they never come out right for me!
- I sometimes sew, but I usually get angry and frustrated before anything good can come of it.
- I adopted my cat, Harold from a shelter when he was four years old. I'm pretty sure he was abused. He has grown into the sweetest kitty! He brings such warmth and joy into my life.
- Anything Japanese tickles me in ways that.... tickles me. Especially Engrish. Here, for example.
- I can't whistle. I get upset when people around me whistle. Kinda because I'm envious, but mostly because it's annoying.
- I love to read! I'll give anything a chance- I'll read anything! I don't feel like a whole person when I don't have a good book to read.
- Barbara Kingsolver is my absolute favorite author. She seems to have such wonderful insight into the way the world works- and conveys her perspective beautifully.
- I love movies based on Jane Austin books. However, I have never been able to read an entire Jane Austin book. I just can't get into it!
Written by Kitty at 7:48 PM