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{May 12, 2008}   Vacation!!!!!!!!!!

So, very simply put I’m on vacation!!!!!!!!!!

 

I finished up classes this last Wensday and feel so light, fluffy and relaxed!!!!!! Its amazing, never before have I really been burned out from school, I’ve never really wanted to end school and just stop. So, I spent Thursday just sleeping and fooling around, and then going off to a spinning group. Unfortuantly the spinning group is moving to wensday and I’m going to have classes on wensday.

 

I’m not sure how I feel about having school during the summer. I know that I need to be around people and do something constructive as I tend to get worse when I’m by myself doing just fun stuff. And I know that I’ll enjoy the classes as Susan Baker will b teaching it, and chemistry should be fun. But it is during the summer, and I doubt that the school has air conditioning. At least in the older building (where I’ll have class). After chemistry ends I’ll start the second summer session and do US History II.

Everyone thinks I’m insane. Chemistry apparently freaks people out. They’re all scared of it, and they all haed it in high school, and did I meantion that they’re all scared of it? Oh, and everyone seems to have US History as well. So who knows………..

Anyway, I’ll have this week off before starting classes on the 19th of May. I’ve also signed up for classes for the fall. A math class, physics, advanced technical writting and American Sign Language I. I’m hoping I’ll ahev a bit of a head start with ASL because I went to a camp for deaf people when I was younger and we had to learn ASL. I’m also hoping I’ll be much better at reading peopels signs, I could do them just fine. I just had trouble reading what they said.

I got braces this last Tuesday, and of course by Friday I had managed to break one of them. So I’ll have to stop by the orthidontist on Monday and get it reglued. I’ll also need to stop by the hospital and have blood drawn for a test. Of course the blood test requires that you fast so no eating before going in. And because I know I’ll get a really disgusting mouth if I eat before having the brace fixed I won’t eat before then either.

I also have a dentist apointment on Monday, so fun. And I plan on driving to Augusta to get my books for the summer sessions as well as see if the portfolios I dropped off for the teachers to grade have been graded.

I’m going to go looking for a new spinning group to find this week as well, so hopefully I’ll find a few that might work.

Yesterday I spent alot of the day washing fleeces. I washed the pound of Rambouillet from Homestead Wool and Gift Farm. And that was so fun and nice!!!! I love how clean and fresh and nice their fleeces and fiebrs are!!! (I also got a pound of washed white cotswold locks, a pound of washed border lanchester, and 8oz of washed white Randy McNair romney (soooo soft!). The pound of raw Jacob was accidentally left out of the package so their sending that.

Yesterday I also finally got the one pound of Rambouillet  I purchased off ebay from  ita-kk. Its fithy and I did multiple washes to try and get it clean, it also took forever to get here. So I am defintily telling them my expirience and that I am very, VERYdisapointed.

Speaking of disapointed I also was totally honest on my teacher and class reveiw and even signed the comment section so it will be in their permananet records. I didn’t last semsester with my worst teacher and I so regreted it!!!!!!!!

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{April 18, 2008}   I’ve hid the Dead Ducks

I’ve hid the dead ducks!

 

In the drawing classroom their are two dead and stuffed ducks on the shelves “full” of still life objects (read, no still life objects. Almost nothing actually). They’re very bald- ie most of the feathers have either been plucked off or have fallen out- totally gross and B-cat apparently loves to have us draw them. Oh, and they are also preserved with arsnic, a very deadly  poison. How lovely!

 

Well, I am sick of drawing them! Everyone else in the class is sick of drawing them! And they have been there for well over 20 years! They’re evil! And last class wehn we were leaving Ama (very nice tall girl, friend. Also in 2-d design) and I really stuggles with not tossing those damn ducks out the door into a snow bank.

I’m just too nice to break them, or ruin them. Although I REALLY wanted to! And I dreamed about shoving them into the trash can, but I just couldn’t really bring myself to do it. (pluss someone would have found them when they changed the garbage).

I also thought about bring some plastic bags, stuffing the ducks int othe bags and brining them homne to burn or trash. This was stopped by the fact I didn’t want them inside my lovely car.

So, I hid them. They are hidden in an empty drawer, at the bottom of a set of drawers and cupboards. The drawer was labeled with something (I think a professors name), but it was empty. So I shoved those damn dead ducks into that drawer, moved back the load of packages, boxes, furnature and like that was infront of it and became increadibly happy. (Of course I also srubbed my hands until they were red).

I also found the very nasty little bubble vase which he loves to have us draw and hid them behind a load of boxes, however it didn’t join the ducks as class had almsot started and people were coming in.

 So, on the school front: I have a million large projects that all of my professors have suddenly decided were a good idea for us to do at the last minute~ I HATE school!!!!!! Evil!

Drawing: B-cat is eveil and stupid. According to a past drawing student I met he even admited the last class that he cannot draw. Which explains why he never shows us how to do anything, gives us demonstrations or help. But that doesn’t explain why he TEACHES a DRAWING class! And why he always tells people their work is terrible or junk or all wrong. But neevr explains why its terrible, junk or all wrong. And apparently I’m his new favorite person to do this too. The guy he was doing this too has started skipping class. And oh, guess what, I skipped last class to. However it was only a trip to an art museum where B-cat was having an exibit. I was NOT going to listen to himself talk about how great his work is, how great he is and all that SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!! It also explains why he has absolutly no concept of how long something takes. He says soemthing only takes a three hours max, I end up spending Friday, Saterday and Sunday doing the projects!

The project he literally gave us no instructions on and keeps refering to as terrible, all wrong and all that shit. Of course everyone else in the class thinks its the best one. And I’m one of the 5 people (now) who actually did it. It is a “collage” of blacks, whties and grey’s ripped fom magazines (or bought paper in my case) glued together to create the collage:

 

collage still life/black and white

See, its dumb and stupid but it actually looks liek the still life. Everyone elses was just a grey mass, if they did it.

The last project we had for drawing was do do a still life (another one *groan*) in either stippling or cross hatching. Now, I had origionally planned on doing mine in cross hatching but Pat (the wonderful amazing and talented art teacher I have had since I was 7 years old) convinced me that stippling would be easer.

For those who do not know what stippling is, it is also known as pointalism. Bascially it is going “tatatatatatat” on a piece of paper with your pen. Where you want black you do that alot, grey for a while, and white you don’t dot at all. I have personally gone through 4 pens with stippling. I HATE it! And its an annoying and terrible sound. Again of course B-cat went on and on how terrible it was, how wrong it was and all that. Again, other students though it was great, I spend 3 DAY working on it, it actually looked like the still life, and I was one of the few people to actually do it.

Don’t mind the yellow or unfocused ness. It was the best pic. Also ignore the fact that shadows go in different directions. I relyd on the light from windows nad that naturally varied as time passed from 11am to 11pm.

2-D design is a much betetr class. But alot of time where we just go over the same thing, too much inclass work time (I’d rather work at home where I actually have space to work. We’re not in an art room. Where in a very small classroom with micro sized tables), and basically its a dull class. But the professor Hellane, is very nice, and the students are nice na dI have some friends. Which totally makes a difference.

One of our last assignments was to make a load of color swatches on watercolor paper with guache. I just love mixing colors so it was fun, and rather mindless. I took a rather scientific approach to it. I systematically worked through each color combination possible (with just two colors), and then some of the combinations possible with three colors. Now, the other thing was I misread the insrtuctions, and I was a little bit “off”. But I had time to correct that.

I cut out tear drops (easy to cut out, and they showed the color well.), and then grouped them by color. I played with how to place them on the black foam core. But i nthe end I ended up creating “flowers” with 5 of the “tears” for petals. I grouped them like I would for a color wheel. The middle flower in yellow to orange. Then I also grouped them so they made circles (kind of liek the color wheel was spiriling outward). So it went from yellow-ornage-pinky red-red-pruple/red-purple-violet-purple/blue-blue-tealish-tourquoise-blue/green-green-greeny/brown-browns-grey-black. Not exactly a color wheel, but close eneough.  I also cut out circles from watercolor paper I had painted black with Indea ink and glued those circles onto the center of the flowers. Partially to make them work better together as a whole, and partially because some fo the flower centers weren’t as net as I had meant them to do. Best nes is this was my best project yet according to the teacher! I actually got an A!!!!!!!!!!

Don’t mind the fact that its pre cutting into a pentagon shape (with at least a 1 inch baorder all around) and that its also sideways and onto of a bunch of junk.

 I’d show you one of the other two projects I just finished because it just looks so cool. Unfortunatly my Dad stole them and took them to decorate his office before I managed to take a pic or 5.

On the Fiber front I got a large and packed full package from Sandy of  [Homestead Woll and Gift Farm] (http://www.homesteadwoolandgiftfarm.com/). Which is very exciting! Yesterday when I should have been at the museum I actually packaged and labled all fo the fiber. I had hoped the weigh them and and record them and photo them. But the good camera is dead and the scale needs new batteries (I can get it to work for about 30 seconds by rubbing the batteries on my shirt and replacing them). So Bacially I just repackaged them into closable plastic bags and labled the bags.

I also started to repackaged and weigh out the medical cotton roving I purchased from an ebay seller. Again the scale and the camera. So its just pulled into really long pieces, braided and shoved into labled bags. Now, the medical cotton seemed like a much better idea then it atcually was. The fibers are shorter then I had expected. Now, I take a bunch of pills, adn the ones that I purchase in bottles (not the prescriptions ones) come in bottles stuffed with this sterile medical cotton. And the fibers aree really soft and long, easily drafted nad very nice. So I’ve often thought that medical cotton would be great to spin. When I saw the very cheap ($8.50 total for over 1.8lb of medical cotton, including shipping) stuff on ebay, I jumped. And I defintily jumped too soon!

I am also expecting several boxes of fleece I have ordered through ebay,a nd I realized (post) that perhaps that wasn’t the best idea. I know tht Sandy has wonderful fleeces, and I love to support a rescue farm. And I don’t really know if the fleeces on ebay are what people say, if the yhave bugs, or dandruf, or even if they’re string enough or well skirted, or have dung tags. And of course NONE of the fiber has come so far, which just ups the anxiety. And I really shouldn’t have purchased them. Oh, and did I meantion that I just bid on yet another bag of fleece, even though I should be getting around 8lb already. So yah, I’m really smart. And short on money. Anyone want some soon to be washed fresh sheeps fleece? Will be a very reasonable price! IE, basicallly fleece cost and shipping costs.

All of my professors have suddenly decided that we need to do large very labor intensive projects, and of course htye’re due this friday-saterday or monday. So instead of doing this I should be doing soemthing productive. And of course I feel really crappy, I’m coming down with

A) nasty cold

B) the flu

C) Another very nasty bought of depression (which was lifting)

D) a psychotic break or

F) all of the above.

On the fiber front I actually dyed some fiber, after digging through a load of winter storage to get the the white undyed top I purchased. And I dyed some icicle (sparkly stuff) which is so pretty and so fun!!!!!!!!!

I gifted a crocheter who makes losts of felted bags, is in my drawing and 2-d class, and is looking to start her own buisness with these three skeins (not all pic’d)

I call it “Purple Candy Swirl” its a very bulky 3-ply of hand dyed (bady, by me) pencil roving. 100% wool, organic until I dyed it. Its going to really felt very well! Particularly as its already partially felted! The recipient was very happy and kept asking how much it was ($). Of course I haven’t worked out that equation yet.

Spinning:

 This is about 600m of 2-ply lace weight. It is 70/30 Fawn Alpaca/Tussah silk. The roving was purchased from [Halcyon Yarns] (http://www.halcyonyarn.com/index.html) however you can purchase it from almost any fiber store. Its one of those staples like merino roving and 100% wool roving. Something EVERYONE has, and if the ydon’t have it, well give them a few months and they will. It was OMG!!!!!!!!!! So soft and lvoely and snuggly! I admored spinning it. I do with that I had used like a bowl or something to hold the fiebr as I was spinning as I did lose a bit due to stickage to my cloths and stuff. But dreamy! Mum happens to ask me every chance she gets who I’m giving it to (*hint, hint, hint*). I’m not giving it to anyone, I lvoe it so! But I may let her knit something nice from it. Maybe a lovely lace shawl! Pure heaven! called “Silken Fawn” not very creative, but very acurate!

 This is “Spring Bud”, and the larger skein. 429 meters for this skein, 28 m for the mini navajo ply skein. Its very loft and my first “true” three ply. I don’t count the “Purple Candy Swirl” just because and I don’t coild navajo ply as its one strand make into three, not three strands to start with. Although I adore navajo plying! So fun! Anyway, the roving was 100% wool roving purchased from Eco Farm at the Spa in Freeport Maine this year. It was full of VM (vegtable matter) and shorter noils, neps and fiber chunks. So that was a pain. I did manage to spin it very fine and do the three ply for either light fingering weight or even lace weight. Which is very cool! Oh, did I meantion that it was green? 😉

Ignore the lip gloss, it was to keep the pic from turning yellow. This is a 2-ply light finger-lace weight yarn. I handspu nit. Its polypay and on its way to becoming a baby sweater. I handwashed the polypay locks from Sandy, handcarded them on a rented drum carder and then tore the batts into chuncks an rolled those into rologs (one is pic’d in the pic). It was spun mostly woolen style (a first). Very soft and totally lofty! I love it! And I love spinning polypay! I do have to say the one batt I spun worsted style was very hard (stipped into roving). Once I switched to woolen it was so much easier and nicer! I had hoped to maek it a three ply, but that didn’t work out. Maybe with the rest of th batts. I only spun about 1/2 of them for the baby yarn. (this is only the last skein, not reskeined, just fulled).

  This is the roving of grey llama, marron merino and red firestar. It became this:

 “Mixed Doubles” Same name I gave the roving. It was a thicker single ply’d with a beaded gold thread with black eyelash/fun fur thrown in every so often and marron/black/multi-colored ladder novelty yarn thrown in as well. Its very cool! 138 meters.

 This is a handcarded batt of handdyed BFL and soy silk with a little white icicle. 50/50 BFL/Soysilk.

 It becamse a thick and thin single ply’d with a Japanesse novelty yarn. I purchased the novelt yyarn years ago in amden Maine. It is actually 2 strandes. 1, all white with little white flags. The other a white thread with white thread coming off as flags and little dots of color in the white flags. I ended up msotly coiling the two together and the nvoelty yarn totally shows through. I had meant to do occasional behives to cover the novelty yarn completely, but that only worked once. It is super soft and totally fun. I call it “Green Clown Confetti” 104 meters.

 This is the left over from my spinning. When I ran out of the novelty yarn. I broke off the thick and thin single and ended up coiling it around crochet cotton. My first “real” coil. About 9 meters. Its very fun and will be great for a fringe or something like that. Bad pic, but very soft!

 These are the ing’s I gatehred to spin an art yarn. Almsot all fothe fiber is from Sandy. I flicked the brown romney locks (and spun them all from the butt end). I flicked most of the yellow (eye poppin’) merino x locks, and tried to spin those from the butt end. The rest of the locks were too short or tangles so I fluffed those up. The lilac Jacob locks I just fluffed up. Their are also picked white cooridale locks (I didn’t like them picked. They seemed very tangled  ratehr then open). I fluffed up the white cotswold locks (and fluffed in the white icicle). I fluffed up commercially dyed mohair locks I already had (purples, blues, greens, and pinks) and fluffed throug ha little blue sparkle stuff. I nthe end I ended up fluffing the cooridale locks together with some easter grass (pink, clear, sparkly, dark and light green) as well as fluffed the fluffed merino x in with it.

 This is “Nuclear Trash” o nthe niddy noddy. It is a two ply. I don’t know the meterage as I haven’t set teh twist yet. I spun mostly a fine single of the ing’s (2 bobbins, fairly even amount). In the end I just sort of threw the corridale, merino and easter grass at the wheel and shoved it onto the bobbin. Then I ply’d the two bobbins andf I LOVE the ayrn! Its so fun, and very different! I love the mohair locks ply’s with the cotswold locks. And I LOVE spinning cotswold locks. They’re sort of a cross between mohair locks and Suri alpaca locks. So soft, shinny and nice! AGAIN, IT WAS LOADS OF FUN. I also had help doing the spinning, for the first time!

 She only chewed through one pf the singles once. And yes, it is way too hard to pet a cat, treadle, spin a single and take a pic at the same time. So don’t expect it to be purrfect! And, Bruiser even put up the the treadeling. Which was kind of liek me continually kneeing her from one side and then the other. What a love!

 She was much more help when it came to plying. She contributed a little hair, didn’t chew through the yarn. And just snuggled on my lap.

So, I am off to actually get to work on my many projects. I am not looking forward to it! All I really want to do is sleep, read, spin and not worry about doing projects that I don’t understand, will get a bad grade on and end up spending days ratehr then hours on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HELP!

 

Guin



So, I think I have a problem. A serious problem.

 

I have fleece lust. I recently purchased fiber with about half of my free cash on ahnd. And not just any fiber, fiber from Monroe Wisc and a sheep freindly farm. (gotta love that place!). Almost all of the fiber was naturally colored. And about half is in roving or cloud form while the other half is in lock form. And guess what, I really have lock wants.

I would love to start seling my own yarns and dyed roving. Of course I’d really need to go a lot of work and build up a base of things to offer before I started an online shop. And almost all of what I’m willing to sell is homespun yarn. SO I started looking at different people’s shops (Spuny Eclectic, The Painted Sheep, Yarn Wench, Holly EQQ…) as well as loads of Etsy shops. That inevitably led to me looking at ebay. Now, I’ve never before looked at anything on ebay.

So, I was surprised with the different things I found and the very cheap prices. I mean, someone is selling a 7lb sheeps fleece for ninty nine cents, and the shipping is like $23. That is super cheap. This inevitably led to me scouring all of ebay looking at spinning fibers as well as fleeces.

I did end up purchasing some cotton roving, (1lb) for about $8, super cheap. I just hope its good quality!

And I have several fleeces that I’m “Watching” and major fleece cravings. On several blogs I’ve read about people sheering their animals now, and getting the fleeces ready to sell or send to be processed. And do I ever want to buy almsot all of the fleeces up for sale.

I have fleece longing! Serious fleece longing. I have logged onto ebay about 7 times today to look over those fleeces.

Soemthing is seriously wrong with me if I’m longig to own a bag of dirty fiber from someone who may or may not be sending me a good fleece.

But they’re so much fun to wash and process. To dye and spin from. To card or just to have.

Their, I admit it! I AM A FLEECE ADDICT, I have a problem!

So, hopefylly getting the (4lb) box of fiebr I ordered from Monroe will help with this longing. But I doubt it.

On a similar front I finished plying the first two bobbins of polypay yarn. I set the twist last night, and reskeined the yarn today. I got around 444 meters, ahving filled the bobbins about half full with yarn before plying for a pretty much full bobbin.

Its fairly uneven but all within fingering weight. And its very springy and lovely. A nice creamy whitee  color. I started to spin another bobbin of singles and its about 1/4-1/3 full. Unfortuanly I had to stop spinning to make a load of rologs as I’d run out of them.

College, well I hate it at the moment. B-cat is a bastard and I’d love to kick his ass. 2-d design was long and dull. Here, read a part of my email to a classmate who missed both classes (names have been deleted):

 

In 2-d design we looked at all of the ‘color wheels’, and discused those for about half of class. Mostly 2-d professor talked about how the different colores related to each other, how people organized them and the differences between hue, value, shade, intensity……
 
The rest of class was spent working on our cd pic thing. She gave everyone an extension, instead of it being due on Wen. it is due on Monday. She said we will be able to work on it next class so I bieve that we will be meeting in the computer lab. However she also wants everyone to bring in their guache paint, bristle board and a stack of magazines. (although she did say it won’t be like B-cat’s assignment).
 
 
In drawing only 4 of us had actually done the assignment. He pretty much ignored them. Although he did say I had done mine all wrong, I had broken all the rules. And of course he didn’t say what was wrong or what rules had been broken. And of course he never even told us any rules. I of course spent all weekened doing it and am beyond caring. He did say that if I just spent a little more time of it, it might be alright. Of course then he lectured abotu how we should all spend at least 3 hours on our homework. Altogetehr I’m pissed at him!
 
So, I really debated about sending you a pic of my finished ‘drawing’ because its all wrong. But I don’t know if I explained it well enough before. So I will attach a pic of it.
 
Bob set up a still life with a focused light and we had to draw it doing stippling. At the end of class you just pounded in that the one that were good had blacks instead of all grey’s. And he liked the ones that were detailed. He also liked the ones that didn’t just do one piece of the still life and then move onto the next piece. He liked the drawing where someone did one piece and radiated tehir drawing outward from there. (I’m assuming you rememebr stippling from 2-d).
 
Next class he says we will be doing another still life this time just using cross hatching. Our assignment will be to finish either the stippling or the cross hatching drawing. He doesn’t care which, we’re just supposed to do one of them.
 
Other then that B-cat was basically his jerky, lectureing self. He told alot of people their drawing was good, and by the time he got around the room again it was terrible (and they hadn’t touched it really).

 
So, thats basically it. Although I tonned down the language and didn’t really go into anything or actually say what b-cat was like. The fellow student ahs him as a teacher so they know, and they don’t really aprove of us complaining about him. I just wanted the student to know what they had missed and what was said and done.

 

Want to see the photo I attached? Well here it is.

 

 

See how aweful it is!

 

And what I didn’t add to the email was that ALL of the other students thought it was the best drawing. They all seemed to really like it.

I HATE it!!!!!!!!!!! Its so terrible!! And I literally spent like 27 hours working on it. So, I continue to be pissed off at B-cat. I have a very “screw you” attaitude now. And I am not going to touche this drawing!

Movies:

I did watch Atonment, it was alright but I don’t see what everyone else does it in. It was rather dull and silly.

I also watched Dan in Real Life, STUPID!!!!! The adds made it out to be soemthing of a family comedy. In reality it was a hopelessly failed mess of a romantic comedy!

The Painted Veil was alright. Very predictable, not very romantic or even dramatic. No mystery, just following a proscribed line. Not worth the time really. Perhaps as a book it would be better, but as a movie it wasn’t very good.

I am Legand, Dad really wanted to see this movie. Apparely their is a book that was written when he was younger by the same name. And I would surmise from the movie and his discription that the movie is very loosly based upon the book. Again not great. I would have said that it was alright but a dog was killed by its master so the movie was bad. Never kill an animal just to make the movie more dramatic or sad or anything like that!!!!!!!!!!!! Paticualrly not when the animal is the persons best friend, and only friend. Seriosuly, not only do so many pieces of fiction, written, radio, tv and movie have that theme, that its become overdone and rather cliche. I now seriosuly dislike and even hate evrything that kills an animal because it was someones best friend and gave its life for its master. Its just wrong!

Sydney White was dumb. A kids film, and a spoof off Snow White. Normally I love books and films and movies based off of a fairy tale. But this was just rather stupid. I think that some of the ideas were pretty good behind the movie, the whole who’s the most popular and all that. But the translation of the fairy tale into modern day didn’t work. 7 boys is a streach, but Rachel Wichburn was a terrible name. And overall it was unebleivable and stupid. Too much of Snow White is so mcuh full of the past and magic. Too much doesn’t translate into the poresant. Perhaps a spoof into the future, but not today.

All in all the movies were a disapointment.

Oh, Dad and I also saw 21 this weekened at the movie theature. Very long, if it was about half as long it would have been miuch better. Somewhat perdictable maine plot, and totally predictable subplot with the main char. I hate when they have this new guy come in, very innocent and pulled into something bad. They jsut do the bad thing as a “means to an end” and end up getting caught up in it. They get picked on a bit by the top dog, and the top dog overdoes soemthing and gets kicked out. The newer (once innocent) kids becomes cocky and looses everything he worked for. Then he redeams himself and gets what he lost back. Or he just gets the girl. To me it was like they were trying to make an epic journy film of a few days journey.

Dumb!

 

So, I’m off to troll after some fleeces, see if their are any deals so god I cannot say no. Look a little at the Monroe site and then off to bed. Tomarrow I have class again, 2-d design and then drawing with B-cat.

 

Best of luck all!

 

Guin



Like at 1:22am, or last night at 2 and then 3 am respectivly. (I was lying in bed trying to sleep, and feeling really bad about skipping a class, my first class to ever do that.)

Why do I always think of quisi-brilliant posts when I’d driving home from somewhere?

And why does my head hurt so much lately? Its a headache! Doesn’t it know that its supposed to go away eventually. And sooner ratehr then latter eventually.

 Why do books published in the 50’s, 60’s and even 70’s always seem to fall apart while you’re reading them? And when they do fall apart why do they always hit you in the nose?

Why do I never have enough time, but at the same time have too much of it?

Why am I addicted to this aweful game. Why does it make me groan and skrech when I mess up?

http://www.digyourowngrave.com/obnoxius-2/

And why is this game fun? Why much I build a building? And why do I think about it at 2:30 am and try and coem up wi th a stratagy between thinking up blog posts?

http://www.digyourowngrave.com/insurgo/

 Why didn’t I listen to my teacher and find a photo that wazs meaningful to me? Why didn’t I do something edgy and cool rather then soemthing elagant and rather standard?

Meet my birthday card project for 2-D design. It was to be made in black and white with the color of your choice, you could do any shade of that color. You also needed to input an image. Otherwise we could do whatever we wanted with photoshop.

birthday card

Perhaps this assignment was so uninspiring to me because I never had good birthday’s. They were usually dull, quick and without meaning. The few that had meaning were full of bad memories and probubly latent hostility.

Why is this game so interesting? Is it because its black and white? Or because it requires thinking? http://www.digyourowngrave.com/shift/

And why after that game much I play this game (but only if I one Shift)

http://www.digyourowngrave.com/shift-2/

Why is this post full of games? Am I going to get someone else hooked? I know that I’ve gotten my Dad hooked on Bloons Tower Defense Game 2. Which I already blogged about. Now I never know if he’ll be playing any of the three levels of that game, spider solitair (which I also taught and got him hooked on), Snood or Snood Towers (of the two I only hooked him on the later), or if he’ll be playing the requisit game of hearts on the computer or the bridge computer game he bought.

Why does he always actually start to work on his homework when someone else needs the computer? Why do I always actually get to work when someone else needs or wants the computer?

Why can’t clean laundy put itself away? And why in the word is clean laundry so attarcted to the floor that it insists on jumping onto the floor and instantly becomeing dirty?

Another why? Why do these two games seem so fun and easy, but in reality happen to be challenging (and fun before challenging) and why do they insist on being played?

http://www.digyourowngrave.com/contour/

http://www.digyourowngrave.com/follis/

Why did I stay up until 12:20 finishing a paper that’s due tomarrow? And why did that paper involve looking at 4 library web sites, comparing ad contrasting them as well as evaluating them? And why when I’m writting something do I usually haev a voice and even personality that shines through? Why can’t I just write a semi-research paper and have it clear consis and to the point. Why must my opinions and thoughts invade everything I do?

Why in the world do those dump pop up email things annoy the heck out of me?

And last of all, why much I play one of those dumb games before going to sleep. Even though my thumb is sore from all the typing (I swear I’m holding it strange. But it makes sense when I’m doing it.). And why dn’t I just go to sleep, I need and want it. There is nothing stopping me!

Oh, and why do I want Holly to win America’s next Supermodel. I don’t even know why I like her. I think its because when the show started she had a memorable hair cut, so I could remember and pick her out. I do think she’s a good model. Perhaps not this week, but defintily the other weeks.

Why does Ronnie bug the hell out of me. He used to be one of my fav’s. But now he seems to be a cocky ass. I liked that sweet clean cut guy. I wanted him to win. Yah, his pics when he’s not the clean cut American guy are generally better. But his attitude and actions are so much worse!

 Guin



Yah right!

Meds help, I know that for a fact, but they can also hurt you. And the dumb TV add with that line, well I’ve either taken those drugs, or am currently on them.

Depression does hurt, physically, mentally and emotionally! There are different stages and levels of depression. Its a wide spread condition that EVERYONE suffers from, to some extent.

Therapy can help people to deal with there depression, or face whaetevr is depressing them so that it no longer depresses them. Or therapy can help a person in general with themselves and depression or other conditions.

Drugs can help, in different ways. But they can also make things worse. I know. Some of those damn drugs put me into a basically emotional and psychological coma. Not nice at all!

The FDA tests drugs, or hires people to test them. But the people in the FDA are basically controlled by the drug companies. The start by working in a drug companey and because of that experieince they are ideal to be hired by the FDA, or the other way around. But however yopu slice it they are controlled by the drug companies. And even though there are warnings cited in commercials, ad’s and by the doc’s you need to be careful. Some doc’s are out there for thmselves, or for the money or even the drug companey. They aren’t with you 24/7, and they cannot read your mind. We all hold things back, things we don’t tell the doc’s or other people. So be careful.

Drugs can be very good. I know, the ones I’m on help keep me functioning. They don’t stop me from feeling depressed, and even from having major depressed epsiodes. But they help me deal with the depression and anxiety. They also slow down the progression of the depression and anxiety. Not stop it, but slow it down so that I notice it and can start to combat it. Unfortunatly soemtimes depression just happens. Like now.

I didn’t notice I was becoming depression until I suddenly realized that things aren’t really making me happy, I’m not really enjoying things. I need to snuggle cats and have people tell me they like me to feel better. I’m always tired and usually hungry. But I don’t have enough energy to actually make anything. So ice cream, chocolate truffles I made a while ago, frozen food, bagel’s, toast and cereal are basically stables of my diet. Not very healthy, but reality.

Anyway, mini rant over!

I interveiwed for my first job. Or rather I interveiwed for my first job in a chain store or retail store. At Target which opens on March 8-9th this year. So, that was Friday and I can expect to hear back from them if they hired me on Monday or Tuesday.

I was excited, it would be a job, a way to make money. Hopefully gain experience and have SOMETHING to put onto an application. I’m 21 for goodness sakes, people don’t like that I’ve never worked. Most people look down on me as lazy, stupid or spoiled. Wehn I’m none of the above, they don’t know anything about me. But they all judge me.

I live in the country! There are no stores in walking distance. And when I was younger I couldn’t drive. When I was old enough to do drivers ed I was busy doing dance and art lessons, and doing school. Then I got sick and dropped out of school because that school…… Moving on. I’ve only had a liscense for a year, I still battle my illness (which is mostly severe depression manifested in physical ways, or at least thats what I beleive the good therapist beleives) AND go to school full time. And work at my school work, I do not want to just glide by, I want to do very well or excelle at what I learn and do!

I just don’t undertsand why people beleive that they have the right to judge me when they know nothing about me, my history or anything!

Anyway, I have finished knitting a berat (hat) for my Mum, which she never thanked me for. Only complained and nit picked about. When I ge tthe guts to call her on it she claims that she doesn’t do that, and that she hurts alot and I need to do everything she wants. (She was in a small car accident) Yes, in different words. But those are the basical and persistant ideas.

Now “A Loose Knit Group” is doing socks for the month of March. Which is new, excit8ng and daunting. But I had never knit a hat or a pair of gloves (fingerless) before. So I’m sure I can do it. I just need to get enough time. A good and simple pattern. And of course find good yarn- preferably homespun.

The two projects on the needles are bags. One is going to be a felted bag. I just want to knit some pockets and sew them on before the bag is felted, and knit the handles for the felting.

The other bag is completely my own pattern. Not felted and ratehr a mish-mash. And s far I’ve probubly spent around 65-75 US dollars on it. Which is alot of money, and soemthing I never meant to do.

So I got out of a class early and had about 4 hours to kill, so I went to Barns and Nobles to find a good knit pattern in a book to buy, then I’d go next door to Micheals and buy some yarn and a pair of needles.

Of course I didn’t get any book as I couldn’t find any patterns I liked. And I didn’t look at the books I knew my Mum had. So I just decided to make up the pattern as I went along.

You know, buy some yarn and knit it like it wants to be knitted.

Of course I had gotten the idea that I wanted trim from on of the patterns in one of the many books. So I went and found cool trims, choose one and decided to go off that.

Its all blue, with a light blue ribbon as a base and lots of round colorful blue sequins handing off it. So I choose 4 different yarns that matched colors in the trim. A pair of needles along with a cable needle (I knew I would knit the bottom band first, and I wanted to have a cable on the bottom) and several strands of beads that also went with the trim.

I also applied through a computer system at Target during that time. And still had over an hour to kill before class started. But enough time to start the base band.

I btought everything with me to the class room (its empty the hour before my class and I’d rather sit in a heated builing then in a cold car), layed it out on the artists bench I was siting on and sketched what I wanted to bag to look like. And if I had a scanner I would scan in the color sketch I did at home. But alas, no scanner!

On alother note, I left early for class on Wensday, it was snowing and we had had a late start. However I misread the clock so I was an 2 hours early. So I went back to Barns and Nobles and did what I wish I had done to start with. Just bought a book. Much less expensive then purchasing loads of stuff.

I got Intertwines by Lexi Boeger. Which was really good. Although I think I would have enjoyed Pluckyfluff Handspun Revolution more. Howeever Barnes and Nobles had three spinning books, counting Intertwined. One was Teach Yourself Visually to Handspin, which I had alreayd purchased from them, and a book about high whorl drop spindle spinning.

I guess what I really want are books which will show and each me different ways  to spin and give me some history and tips and tricks. I’m not a huge fan of books with patterns, as I rarely follow patterns. And even when I do follow patterns I don’t, I change them. I prefer to make soemthing up as I go along. Have a basic idea in mind, know what I wanr to happen. But not follow any set rules or guidelines.

Anyway, the book is very good. I love how she does her patterns. Basicallt a sketch and then by feel and by yarn.

The techniques were interesting, but I’d already read about them elsewhere on the internet. Not that its not nice to be able to quickly find them instead of rememebr them. And have better pics. I just would have liked soemthing different.

However what I really loved, and what made the book worth getting (at least to me) was the “Nozzlers” Page 52. Chapter 3. Free the Pattern!: The Yarn made me do it. And I have been so itching to make a nozzler.

Now, you have to understand that up until this point I’ve thought them to be ugly, stupid and expenisive. However the story to go with them, or the explination is highly enteraining, well written, and defintily has me hooked. Tehy seem so fun, creative and different.

And yes, I would tell you wouldn’t buy the book. And frankly I’m not in the mood to synthesize a wonderful indea into a few terse sentences.

I wish I was at the wheel doing this right now! But I don’t really have time! Time, soemthing I lack so much of. Anyway, on the wheel is some green wool I purchased from Spa, knit and spin weekened in Freeport. Its alright. A wondeful green and has plenty ofbody. However I prefer softer longer fibers. So why did I get the fiber. It was the correct price, $2 an ounce. And I had $18 left. I do have to admite that I got 4oz f this fiber, and there really waas alot of it. I never cease to be amazed how much fiber 1 oz can be.

It was great seeing all kinds of fiber people. But I do have to say, every single stand I went into did one of two things. (or the owners of the stand). They ignored me since I am abviously a college kid, I’m not there with a parent so I obviously don’t have any money to buy fiber, or any real interest in fiber. Do you haev any idea hot hard it is to get someones attention when they are deliberatly ignoring you. Even when you are the only person in the stand and they are looking right at you! Incredibly hard!

And if they weren’t doing that they were following me around very closly (I stepped on one person, although I don;t know if I did it on purpose or not), constantly talk down to me (yes down), repeat themsles repeatedly and treat me as if I am going to shop lift that pound of fiber infront of the cash register.

Needless to say it wasn;’t a very pleaset expierience. Althought  I will say that Spunky Eclectic (Amy) was the excetion. She smiles and said “Hi” when I walked past, she was very nice. And I would have loved to have explroed her stand and purchased fiber. But I know I can go down to her store anytime (driving distance baby!). I really go to the fiber fairs to find new things, good prices (fiber can be damn expensive!), and all that jazz. I know one time I found the Jacquace acid dyes that I use and love. This time I got almost a pound of nice (clean, shiny and untangled and un greasy) mohair locks. Which I cannot wait to spin into a Nozzler! (Although when I purchased them I hadn’t even gotten the book yet, and not all will go into the Nozzler!)

I have finally made an appointment for a hair cut on Tuesday. Its been almsot a year since my last one. And, much to my Mum’s horror (No I’m not telling her before hand!) I think I’m going to get them to dye a few of my curls green! Think deep emerald green.

This is what my hair looked like after my hair cut. All light blond and curly! (this is taken from the udnerside of my hair out!

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And this is the last fiber I spun before I started onteh green. It was comercially dyed merino roving which I 2x blended into batts. Then tore off stips and rolled into rologs. And I spun it woollen (I think. Or basically by pulling back with the rolog so losts of air was trapped and no shin) I plied to two singles. (which I had meant to spin from dark to light, but messed up and spun medium, light and then dark). Its came out alright and is dry and sitting on the rack waiting to be reskeined.

comercial-merino-blended.jpg Or you could say meant to spin from redish to blueish.

Anyway. I have finished reading chapter 4 of Legal research and materials. I have several online things I need to do with it, and I hope to actually finish the asignment and test before the due date of this Saterday instead of Saterday night at 11pm.

 Ah well. A batehr and blast of everything and nothing!

Just remember, depression hurts, and you can’t stop that. But you can make it hurt less, or even go away. It just takes alot of work!

Luck and love!

Guin



So, the new semester hass started, I’ve actually had classes. Which was and is very exciting. I think I like my online classes. Definitly the library science class. Its very interesting so far, and i get to interveiw one of my favorite people. Of course I only know them through their blog. But they defintily amuse me, life me up and all that jazz! So, I will be interviewing The Happy Villian (http://ifirantheuniverse.blogspot.com/). It should ber interesting. Or at least I hope it will be.

I can say absolutly that I SUCK at contour line drawings. I did when I was 7 years old, when I was 13 years old and I still do now that I’m 21 years old. I don’t know what I thought would have changed that. I mean I have taken private art classes from the same marvolous person (Pat B) since I was 7, and I have produced some very nice drawings and wonderful paintings. But really, that is absolotuly no reason to think I might be good at soemthing I’ve always sucked at. And of course the professor insists that contour line drawings are the most important thing to be able to do as an artist so well be spending the first few weeks on them. This is going on week 4 now. And there is no end in sight!

On the unther hand I am really enjoying the 2-d design class. Its interesting. And I’ve always liked the idea just lines and shapes can convey things. We rarly think about it that much. We do think of pictures as peaceful, energetic, chaotic and what not. But its interesting to learn why and how and all.

Onto suicide, my car is attempting to commit it. Isabella went into the shop for an oil change and an inspection so I can register or reregister her. $1000 later she’s home. However now she has a bit of a tilt or slight curve to the right. Which isn’t very nice at all!

 I dropped my College Algebra class. I just didn’t have enough time between two art classes (at least 3 hours of homework each) and 2 online classes. However I have kept the book so Dad and I can work on it, and I can take the class this summer. I was sad to drop it, its my first dropped class. And I am no longer a full time student as I need 12 credit hours and I’m only getting 11. One of the online classes in only a two credit class.

 On the spinning front, I have actually been doing it. I finished spinning up this batt:

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It was purchased from The Enchated Knoll (http://farm-witch.blogspot.com/) at the Common Ground Fair. I really enjoyed spinning it. It was soft and lushious and it didn’t matter that it was a grey because it was so soft and lushious and pretty! However I do have to take issue with the amount of neps and noils in the batt. One whole end was unusable unless I wanted a textured yarn. I wanted a smooth soft yarn.

I purchased two batts and spun 1 batt per bobbin. And of coruse lost the end of one yarn in the bobbin, cut the yarn and lost about half of what I spun. So then I spun up the rest of the batt extra thin (think serious lace thread). And of course ended up having more of that extra fine so I ended up having to andean ply the end of that. Anway, its lovely and very “energized” but will be heavenly once finished.

I took pics of all my batts and roving and everything. And I uploaded everything I could for January onto Flickr. I am very happy that I remembered to upload all 100mgbits r whatever they are. However all I did get up was some spun yarn and bought roving. Which ins’t bad at all. Now I just need to label it all and upload to ravelry, which will be fun but long.

So fiber. I really want to spin a funky and fun yarn for #5 Yarn challenge. You can check out PluckyFluff’s blog (http://pluckyfluff1.livejournal.com/)  the Yarn Museum (http://www.theyarnmuseum.com/). I absolotuly love Holly EQQ’s fibers. And I’ve been through alot of aweful things with docs. Thankfully my parents have always been there and when things started I was still a minor and still in high school, so finances with health have never bothered me. I don’t want to……….. Anyway. “Circle the Wagon” reminds me of the Laura Ingles Wilder books my Dad read to me when I was little. Or those book when indians raid the wagon train and steal the girl with blond hair and raise her as their own. But she escapes or something or other. I can see lots of fades cotton prints and ginham, blue skys and clouds, murky rivers, tin cups and plates, rifles, camp fires and the brown Constantine (?) wagons with the white canvas cover, plus the dusty trails and wide sweaping grass lands.

I’d really love to do a coil yarn, sort of the “gathering round” bit. I think it would be cool to do flames and fire, sort of the campfire with the coiling. But it might be a bit dull. Anyway, I did upload a bunch of possible batts to the photo thing. But its 1:50 am and I’ll get back to that.

Addictions- well I’ve been accused of them. Not like heroin or something like that. No. Not even an intentional addiction. However doc’s did try and blame my health problems on the drugs that THEY prescribed me to help cure or stop the problem. So then they would slowly ween me off the drg so I didn’t have any bad side affects. Of course it turned out the drugs they didn’t like me on helped, and the ones they insisted were perfect and whatever actually hurt me. But whatever. Doc’s can be such asses! Don’t get me wrong I’ve had a few good ones. But for the most part I can unaquivically say they are selfrightious prigs that don’t know anything and don’t listen to the people they are supposed to be helping. Not that I have an opinion or anything! 😉

Onto addictiosn and games. I happen to be both. Now you already know I play EL. And its fun and I love the people,a nd I haven’t had time to play lately. However I did find “Flight of the Hampsters” (http://www.digyourowngrave.com/flight-of-the-hamsters/) from The Yarn Harlots blog (http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/). Bad! Not only have I played this by myself (and just got my hightest score yet or 719ft total and 238ft for a single) but with my Dad and my MUM. Yes! With Mum! Which is absolotuly fabulous as she ins’t much of a game person. And additionally I’ve even turned the sound on, it really makes the game more fun.

 So, my warning. It seems like a dumb game, it is. But its also alot of fun once you get the hang of it. Take turns with the family and see who can get the highest score. My tips:

1) Click to hit the hamster with the pillow on his way down.

2) There is more “stuff” in the air closer to the ground. I tend to stay about where the yellow and orange meet in the sky.

3) If the hampster is headed straigh down pray you hit a ball or a spring. Otherwise its the end of the run. He will hit the ground, you cannot pull him out of his dive.

4) The pink balls will bounce, but not very high. The yellow balls bounce much higher.

5) The “Glide meter” is on the top right corner. If full you have that much glide power. It will empty as you hold the mouse key down. It will refill as you just glide or whatever.

6) If you hit a rocket it speads you forward. The spin things either lift you up slightly or send you high into the sky.

7) The skate boards don’t do much. However if you have hit one on the run and then hit the ground (not straight down, more at a skid) and bounce he should pull it out and you will slide a few more feet.

8) Again, its not about gaining hight, more about moving forward. Hit as much “stuff” as you can. Preferably the balls and the rockets.

The other games that have kept me up until 2:04am now? “Bloons Tower Defense 2” (http://www.digyourowngrave.com/bloons-tower-defense-2/). This was loads of fun and I played it for an hour or two tonight with Dad. Neither of us meant to play it. I just wanted to see what it was, and he stopped to see what I was doing.

So, my tips for this game?:

1) Use the Dart Monkey and first to piercing dart and second long range.

2) If you have to use the “spikes” or “monkey glue” then you need to put up more towers.

3) Towers are your friend. They are a long term investamnt. They suck up alot of money to start. But they pay you back loads.

4) Spikes seem like a really good idea, they’re so much cheaper. But they eat up your money before you know soemthing hit you!

5) This is a game of stratagey. Do not be afraid to start over having learned from your mistakes.

6) Put the towers in the corners. And save up for the Cannon towers. They’ll come in handy around the 25th level.

Okay, very strange, ALL of the dogs and animals outside are howling all of a sudden. Its 2:ll am.

I have to go check out whats happening. Night all,

Here’s a pick of Hazel sweet:

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{January 12, 2008}   Three weeks is a long time!

So, I’ve pretty much dropped off the face of the earth. And whats have I been doing with the lovely three weeks of vacation between semesters?

 Well, playing with this lovely lad I rented from Spunky Eclectic:

drum carder

You can see that he’s been playing with fiber already. His licker has blue fluff on it, but thats okay.

So basically, w

hat I’ve been doing. Sleeping, playing with him (no I didn’t name him, but I did think about it) and watching TV and DVD’s. Very fun and productive from a fibery point of veiw. Otherwise I ignored reality and everything else, plus all the funb stuff. I never played EL, I did pop on occasionally to wish people a happy new year and tell people I was still alive. I popped onto hotmail IM a few times to do the same thing. I fought off at least two threatening fits of depression, very bad ones!

 The post trying to talk to Dark is an unsecsesful attempt to stave off the start of one of thsoe depressions.

 Anyway, I keep dreaming about getting into car accidents which is really distrubing and I thankfuylly took my Mum’s offer to drive me into an art class today. So I did not drive, I did not get into an accident but I did rather colorfully (in my mind, Mum hates cursing!) curse the gods and goddesses of weather and particulraly rain.

 

Anyway, some nice things. What you atcually want to hear or see. What I did with the drum carder, basically go through most of my fiber, dyed and otherwise, dyed up a bunch of stuff. And spent over $100 on plain white fibers to restock my stash. But thsoe are all waiting to be dyed up. I do wish that I had dyed more of the fiber first. And that I had done a few plain luxury batts- IE read white merino, white angora, white soy silk, or merino and soy silk, or merino and mohair even. Basically stuff I didn’t do. And the toy goes home tomarrow. Whic hwill be a nice trip. And hopefully I can get a little more fiber, because of course we all know you can never have too much fiber. 😉

Hopefully I can build or rig up a light box and photo all of the batts I blended up, and maybe the rest of mys stash. Then log it onto Ravelry. Speaking of Ravelry, that is where the rest of my time has gone.

 Anyway, fiberyness: picture-383.jpg

There is the merino from a batt of primerose (no, I don’t rememebr the brand name) that was commercially dyed. I hated the color, so obviously that meant I had to do soemthing with the fiber. I blended it with angelica in silver and purple. Icicle in white. Hand dyed adult hoair locks I purchased at the Fiber Frolic in Maine, they’re in purple, moss green, navy blue and azure blue. Also soy silk dyed a pink, a purple and a blue respectively. I beleive that their is some white angora as well.

picture-409.jpg This of course is a very bad pick of the batt after I pulled it off the drum. I’m thinking I will spin it for a ravelry spin along on one of the groups- as a snowed in color theme. And I beleive it had angora in it, so that ifts with the bunny theme as well.

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And above is very carefully weighted out and divided (although I didn’t actually record the weights and precentages.) superwashed merino dyed to be a pink and white strippy roving. Merino dyed to have shades of pink, but generally a solid, and the bamboo roving from Holly EQQ, dyed and named Poppy Flower. In addition I threw in white icicle and plenty of white angora.

And here is the ball on the drum: picture-423.jpg

And of course the batt off the drum (I beleive I got three batts): picture-428.jpg

And please note that all of these pics were taken at night, with the flash and under bad lighting.

And here is Hazel snoozing on a bag full of wool and knitting. The project inside the bag is going to eventually be a felted bag. And Hazel just loved it! Not only does it smell good when she drags the yarn out of the bag, but the whole project is very soft and comfy!

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And on the other front I joined a knitting group, called the Loose Knit Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/alooseknitgroup/

Which is fun and different. From wha tI gather its mroe about getting ahead of the holiday knitting for next year. But for me its just about trying something new. For January it is knitting a pair of gloves or mittens. Now I’ve never knit mittens let alone gloves, or anything but barbie cloths, and very bad hats in the round. So I knew I needed to do something simple, easy and probubly fingerless. I asked Mum several times, okay twice, for a good pattern or two. But ended up finding one online, printing it and starting from there.

 So, the pattern is potluck wool finegrelss glvoes, or soemthing liek that. Knit on size 5 needles (called for 7) with my homespun. Rememebr this:Caravan navajo plied but not set

“Gyosy Caravan”, well it turned into these: fingerless gloves in gypsy caravan

They were a really fast knit, just a few hours, or rather a few TV shows. And it was very cool to knit with some homespun. But because the needles were smaller (gauge was different) the regualr part of the gloves fit everyone but me (small hands) and the thumbs (which I cast of tightly on purpose) fit no one but me. So I defcided I didn’t live the gloves, tore one apart, or frogged it. Which is really hard after hiding the ends and everything. And decided to reknit them, changing or writting the pattern as I went along. I’m interesting how they will turn out, but have hardly done more then the cuff of the first glove. And the second hasn’t even been ripped out. I’m actually thinking of just reknitting it as it was, lengthening the glove part a bit and casting off the thumb loosly. Which really wouldn’t require nearly as much work. But then again, who knows!

School starts this next week. I have two art class on Tuesday and Thursday, a math class on wensday and two online classes. I am ratehr pissed off that the obline class needs to be through the schools email, as theirs is very bad! You can only see five messages, and even when you delete them you cannot see any new messages. So I’ll curse at it a bit more and then throw my Dad at it. Hopefully he can figure something out. However I must say I literally spent 3 hours this afternoon trying to get it to work, in ANY form!

 

A well, somehow to blog is messed up and posting like this, in the middle. I cannot seem to fix it, and its 12:48 am. So I will leave ytou with a nice and cute pic of Bruiser the cat. She’s curled herself int oa very tiny shelf on a black laminated catty thing I have for my school books. At the moment its full of the fiber books and Spin Off magazines I have as I didn’t feel like looking at abny school books from my poast semester.

 

Oh, and I got A’s in all of my classes but Communication in Groups and Organizations. Which really pisses me off. I know I got a B in that class, and thats not a bad grade. But I honestly desereved a better grade, she was a very bad teacher. I didn’t learn anything, it was a waste of my time. And I really wish I had actually signed to comment so it would have gone into her perminant record, unsigned ones don’t. I know it sounds childish and liek I’m sulking or putting the blame on her instead of taking it for myself. But I’ve thought about this alot, veyr clamly and rationally. Those are the conclusions I’ve come to, plus several others. And I am not the only person who felt like this, every, I mean EVERYONE who has taken her classes and I’ve talked to them has felt this way. And no, I did not influence their statements and they were the ones who brought the subject up.

 

Anyway, Bruiser and good night!

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21 years ago I was born. So, now I can everything that I couldn’t before. Suddenly all these doors are open to me. Its amazing how life changes with a single day…..

NOT!

I admit it. I am 21 today. I was born on Columbus Day, the day Columbus discovered America (and thought it was India). I admit it, I loath Columbus. He was a very evil man! And I admit, I feel no different today than I did yesterday.

Life has not opened a million wonderful doors, I do not feel strangly revitalized, nothing tremedously good has come with this day (Okay, some pin drafted white roving and a gingerbread and blueberry cake wit

h whipped cream). What I don’t feel happily is majorly depressed. That’s what I felt last year when I turned 20. Of course, I couldn’t drive yet (it was during the 6 months of “practice” before the drivers exam), I had only started some classes (3) at a local comunity college, I had never been on a date or even kissed a guy. And a slew of other things.

So, see the improvement! Not a majorly depressive episode, I can drive, I’m literally a member (accepted and all) of a college. But, I still haven’t kissed, hugged or dated a guy. Which is rather depressing, so lets focus on something a bit nicer!

Tomarrow we’ll go down to Spunky Ecelctic’s shop and look at fibers and wheels and things. Dad will be bored, Mum will be fascinated and buy too much stuff. And I will get bored before she’s done looking and buying. Than we’ll nip over to Halcyon Yarn ad look at wheels again, maybe get some new dyes, perhaps a bit of fiber, and again. Dad will get really, really bored while Mum and I look at things, than I will get really bored while mum looks over all kinds of patterns and bits.

 Well, I’ve been loading and Loading photo’s, so it doesn’t look liek this will be posted on October the 12th, however it will be my belated b-day post.

So, I still haven’t photo’d all those lovely purchases, however my excuses: Rain, rain and rain (have no light box so I do the by the window trick) so cloudy and nasty, and of course classes and studying, and night. Night always comes at the most inconvinient times. Really, when I finally get ready to photo yarns and fibers it deiceds to turn down the lights and be too dark for nice pics.

So, lets start with Spunky Ecelctic Fiber of the Month Club.

Harvest Haze Roving

Fiber of the Month Lincoln, colorway Harvest Haze

Harvest Haze Singles

And Spun into Spngles, finished and reskeined. Yes, there are threse skeins. I apparently didn’t add enough twist to the single so after finishing it when it can to reskeining it broke, alot. And yes it is taken under artificial light. But hey, is 12:02am so give me a break 😉

Aspen Roving

Aspen-colorway. A 50/50 blend of tencel and superwashed merino. I mus tsay, I loved the slubby singles someone spun and showed on the Spunky Fiber club blog. Made me wished I’d done that, but too late!

Aspen on bobbins

The singles, very, very finely spun. I was trying for lace weight plied, and I may hvae reached that. However I also acheived a major cramp in my hand and a wish to throw things. Yes, this was so annoying that I have since attmpted bulcky and chunky yarns. I defintily prefer lace weight to those. Its just so much eisier for me to spin finer than thicker.

Aspen Skeined

And the singles plied. I set the twister after this pic so be prepared for another pic. And no, it isn’t this yellow, that’s the nasty non-natural light. Its sooooooooo soft and dreamy. I so really love how it turned out, although I wish that I hadn’t rished so much through the second bobbin (spun it thicker than the first single, so had less). And the colors, the warm golds, nice blues and teal bits and such. They remind me of Pat, my art teacher. This skein is definitly going to be turned int oa shawl or something by Mum for Pat’s christmas present.

Seafoam Batt

Seafoam batts I got at the Common Ground Fair. A mix of wool, spilk and glitz. I also got 2 batts (2 ounces each) of a lovely black and grey silk and wool blend. The seafoam was scratchier and my first real attempt to spin a chuckyish single. I got them from this lady: http://farm-witch.blogspot.com/

Seafoam batt side 1

Side one of Seafoam

Seafoam batt side 2

Side 2 of Seafoam

Seafoam on the bobbin

And the singles being spun. It was interesting. The first few yards are much thinner and more even as I spun those before remembering I was spinning it chunkyish. Than I just folded the bat and tried to streach it out a bit (kind of draft it a bit) which really just pulled it into bits. So I spun it as it would. No veiw of the singles skeiend as they had way too much twist and they curled up. I’ve given it a good plugging and rinsing and thwaking. Now its hanging in the shower with a weigh to help block it. This is probubly set to become a small felted bag or soemthing like that.

Santa’s Bag 2

I’m calling this Santa’s Scraps. I’m talking about spinning is my communications class (presentation on soemthing you know) and wanted soemthing different I could show them. So, I pulled a Pluckyfluff and grabbed a bunch of stuff, threw it into a container and just teashed it up. It has hand washed white alpaca (Fryeburg fair. I tried to wash a little. Don’t know how well I did *sigh*) as the base, with green and red firestar (from Spunkey Eclectic, I got it at the Fiber Frolic. note-these are the same materials but different colorways), Icicle (Spunky again), some green and red bits of dyed mohair locks (Fiber Frolic, but don’t remember the venders name), and bits of burgandy tulle I found the cats playing with (Just ripped it into pieces). I just fluffed and teased it up and mixed it around. However this diddn’t work very well as the alpaca sort of felted to itself and teh firestar didn’t want to mix at all. Anyway, I spun this baby up. It defintily was difficulat, a bit fun and very annoying as the orofice was too small for bits of the yarn.

Santa’s Bag 1

And view two. This had a bit too much twist so its also sulking and blocking in the shower at the moment. There isn’t very much here, but it sure is different.

Purple unset play yarn

This is my third bit at chunky yarn and it was another…. Well… hm! Its green firestar and icicle (Spunky) and handfulls of purple felting fiber with a bit of white felting fiber thrown in (From Halcyon Yarn). There is a reason it is for felting. The fibers were very short and course and it was very difficult to spin and difficult to fluff together. (I so want a drum carder!)

Passioned Flowers Mutted

Bamboo Silk from Holly EQQ: http://www.hollyeqq.com/

I bought 2 hand dyed bundles (about 4 ounces each) from her. Spuneach as singles and than plied them together. I beleive one was named “Passion Flower” and the other was named “Flower Passion”. I was ratehr disapointed that alot of the color left the roving when I soaked it in warm water to set the twist.

The Passion Flower Roving (“stole” the pic from Holly’s gallery)

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Flower Passion bamboo roving from Holly Eqq

See, the colors were soo pretty in the skein before I finished it. And now they’ve all run out. (very sad!) But still, it was a dream to spin! And I think I actually plied something tight enough for a chnge.

Boarder Lanchester Plied

This is the Boarder Lanchester mum got in Wisconsin. We have tried to wash it ourselves. It hasn’t really gotten any cleaner and it has a nasty sticky feel to it. I picked out the cleanest, whitest and least sticy bits. I fluffed it up (liek  I saw people doing at the Common Ground Fair when spinning raw fleece) and spun it like that. I did an andean hand and plied it. (I admit it. I simply got sick of the stickyness and gave up!) If you look at back posts you’ll find a pic of Bruiser sleeping on the drying fleece.

Brown and Cream Alpaca

This is from the alpaca fleece I got at the Common Ground Fair. It was completly raw, I just fluffed it out and picked vegtable matter out as I spun. However the fleece was has been very clean. It was soo soft and nice. Just different to spin. It think it will take some time to get used it it. Again, andean hand for plying. However this time it wasn’t becasue I was sick of the fiber. I just wanted another fiber more than the alpaca.

Mommy and Kitten

Because they are so sweet. Allie, the larger colored cat, and her baby Hazel, the cute little white one, setting together on Dad’s chair. So, so sweet. I love when they curl up together, which is getting to be rare and rarer as Hazel’s getting older, and just Be. So sweet. Hazel is such a warm sungle bug. And Allie just loved licking her to death. Now, they aren’t actually related. But Allie needed and kitten and than we got Hazel, who made us realize Allies need for a kitten (she’s such a good mama cat). Of course Hazel also needed a mama.

Anyway, its 12:55. You’ve kept me up an hour and a half. And this post will appear as if written on the, so its just a bit late.

Night all, rather day all. And of course, Happy Birthday to everyone!

grr, forgot a bit.

Washed Merino Locks

I got this att he Fryeburg Fair from the Irish Ewe. The shop: http://www.theirishewe.com/ and the Blog: http://thewoolleyfarm.wordpress.com/

The lady was delightful (I’m sorry, I’ve forgotten your name), and it was wonderful to meet someone who’s the face behind a blog I read.

Dyed Merino locks

I dyed the locks (as you can see). How? Well…. 😉 I dyed them with Jacquece acid dyes (no, I cannot spell or remember the exact name spelling). I filled a large alluminum disposable turkey thing with water and viniger, heated it and added a little blue to give the water soem color. Than I proceded to layer bits of the fleece in th pot while sprinkling emerald green, sapphire blue, violet, a spruce green, and yellow ochre. I kept it near simmering (but not actually) and than let it cool in the pot. Than rinsed the cool fiber and put it out to dry. The colros are so pretty all together. However, I noticed a greeseyness to the fleece when I got home,a nd the dye did not take that away. I’ve been thinking this stickyness as its not really greesy is from whatever soap is used to clean the fiber.

Fluffed Merino

Some of the fiber fluffed up. Yes, it is still sticky and no, I hate spinning it. I’m sure its a very nice fiber. But this stickyness is holding and almsot matting the fiber together and making it difficult to both tease and spin. Plus its making my fibers and hands sticky. Which I ccannot stand!

bobbin’d merino

The Singles on the bobbin. I’ll try my best to keep spinning as the colors are so pretty. And I’m sure that the yarn will be too. ATt this time I’m thinking plied. But that may change as my patience with stickyness changes. Whish me luck!

And of course, because life cannot end with a post and pic of a cat or rather cats:

Snuggly Mommy and Kitten



If you don’t know you should. I have absolutly no sense of direction. I even get right and left confused, alot! I was absoltuly hopeless with R and L before I started to drive. And have only improed slightly since than.

Anyway, Last Saterday I got up bright and early. Drove two hours (with map quest directions) to get to the Fryeburg fair. At which point I could not find any parking spots. So I drove a bit fartehr to find a parking spot that didn’t require vast amounts of money. (aka, free)

I walked a few minutes to get to the fair. Paid my 8 dollars to get in and prompltly got lost trying to find my way to the fiber tent. Now, the only reason I even went to the fair was fro the fiber tent, or rather building.

Everyone else can take the cheap games with crappy prizes, the meaty meals and the stomach turning rides. I had less than 40 dollars on me (all that Dad had given me before they all left for Quabec), 8 of which went to get into the fair. Now, of course the logical bit to do would have been to save the money and take a trip to Halcyon Yarn’s or Spunky Eclectic.

However I am not all that smart and I really do enjoy see, trying and doing new things. So, anyway. It takens me about 4 minutes to get to th other side of teh fair, the side with the fiber building. And with few exeptions I spent the next 2 hours there.

I did stop in to see the goats. Whi are rather ugly. I much prefer fiber goats to milking goats. And I also stopped in to see wagons through the years. And I beleive that they had tw gypsy caravans this year instead of one. Which was very exciting, made me want to be a foot shorter (to fit into the bed) and to travel around alot, alot, alot!

I’ll admit it! I have wander lust. Not too, too much. Just a little. But enough to be very annoying. Now, in the sping I get really aweful wander lust! This last spring I almost took a job in Illanoise. For no real reason other than I wanted to be somewhere else. aine wasn’t all taht bad. I just wanted to see something else.

Anyway. I do have a few pics. Which I know is always nice.

 And I have good nes. I started to spin my Spunky Fiber of the month, Aspen. Or soemthing like taht. It’s two ounces of superwashed merino and tencel. Dyed with blues and golden browns. Now, I’ve split it into 1 ounce groups and than into smaller strips. I’m rather impressed actually. I beleive that it is turning out close to lace weight. Personally I’m sure you could use at least the singles for embrodery or soemthing like that. And no, I cannot spell.

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I purchased two of the blue, a merinor ad silk blend I think. The purple was a silk, angora nad merino blend. I f I remember correctly. Adn it was soo yummy, however I really needed a little blue.

Spicy Pink roving

This is about 4 ounces of a 4 way mix I bought at the Commin Ground Fair. I can’t rmmeber the name so I’m calling it spicy Pink. It has lots of pink, some orange and blue and purple. Lots of little nuddly’s in it which made it hard to spin. I beleive there was comlumbian, finn and 2 other sheep types.

Spicy Pink Singles

The singles. I had already started on one bobbn when I realized I was going to ply it. So I weighed 2 bobins and the roving (one bobbin with the singles) and than devided by two. The first singles were very thin and even. By the second bobbin I was frustrated with all the nuddly bits so It was a bit thicker and less even. I’ve plied and skeined t. However I haven’;t finished it yet so no pics of it anymore.

Blue heaven

I did fall in love with this. A merino and silk blend. However when I came back to purchase it someone had beaten me to heaven. There was agreen still there which I had planned on getting. (they matched perfectly) however without the blue who cared.

I did purchase a bag of washed merino locks which I dyed last night from the Irish Ewe. I also purchased a pund and a half of white alpaca raw blanket fleece. (It was love at first sight!) and 3 and some odd pounds of a raw brown romney. The fibers seporate easily, and there’s very little nasty bits. I washed a good bit last night. Only 2 soap washes, a viniger rinse and 2 more rinses for clean. I can’t wait to try spinning it. (and  I used my check book for the raw fleeces)

I also got a bag of maple sugar cotton candy. It looked like a cloud of carmel merino. However sadly there are not real pics. There are two. But you can’t acually see anything in tthem.

The camera has batteries and is swiftly snapping away. However today is cold and overcast. And wordpress takes a long time to upload the pics so it might be a bit.

I’m so excited. I have so much fiber to play with. And so much stress from school! Eeep!

Have fun!

Guin



{September 29, 2007}   Procrastination!

This is soemthing I am infinitly qualified to do, unfortunatly. I am so good at this. One of the reasons I took up blogging, an excuse to do something else. Also the main reason I started to play Eternal Lands. Much easier to play this and study than the Sims 2.

 And guess what! I’m procrastination! However it has been semi useful. I have managed to catch up on all the blogs I read. I have uploaded all the pics from the camera onto the computer, and labeled them all. So no trying to remmeber if the pic is ds1256 or whatever the number is.

So. I haven’t photo’d my purchases from the fair. And I of course rememebred the camera, and forgot the take photo’s with it at the fair. so. Here are some of the photo’s I DID manage. 😉

Common Ground Fair bag pile

My Haul. Cumbersome, a bit heavy and expensive. But satisfying!

spinning her angora rabbit

A lady spinning her angora rabbit. Simply fascinating to see. She just sort of “plucked” the loose fibers off the rabbit and once and had a handful she spun it.

goat

A goat. Not fiber, but a dairy goat.

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Aren’t they so cute! I just love goats! Now if Only I’d remembered to take a pic or ten of the fiber goats.

Passion flower bamboo singles

A bad pic of the bamboo singles I’ve spun. They are each made from about 4oz of bamboo roving I bought from Holly EQQ in a fit of depression. (bad because I said I WOULDN’T buy any more fiber until I’d used 3/4ths of mine up. with the exception of teh common ground fair) One is called passion flower and the other is flower passion. Probubly the same dye batch. Same colors defintily. I have plied them and set the twist. however I haven’t gotten around to reskeining it yet. It wasn’t dry when I was on my reskeining mode so who knows when it will get done.

Mum’s gone for the weekened to knit. I’m home with the dog and cats! (cats good!) And loads of nasty stress (thus the procrastination). Two tests this next week (big tests). One in biology (the big worrier. Lots of memorization) and another in Intro to Criminal Justic. this second one would appear to be easy. Howver all the teacher ever does is talk about how he’s a drunk who doesn’t drink, how he’s a racist, and how he hires prostetutes all the time. However he doesn’t “do” anything with them so its okay. We’ve had homework to read the first 3 chapters, thats what the test will be on apparenrtly. But he hasn’t taught anything yet. I LOVE to take notes. I take copious amounts. When my German teacher from high school saw my notes he was floored. I write EVERYTHING that might even remotly be of some use. And I was so ready for this class. I thought I’d be taking loads of notes. I got the 1 and a half inch three ring binder. filled it half full of paper. I have YET to take ANY notes. And I asked the teacher point blank to tell us some mroe about the test. what to expect, what to study, what’s important to know. He wouldn’t answer. Just kept going on and on about being a racists and a whatever you call someone who hires prostetutes. No idea.

Anyway. Its 11:57 the dog has gone out. I have managed to spin up a bobbin of singles and use the andean hand to ply them. I have done everything else I meantioned above. And I have managed NOT to reread any of the criminal Justic book (which is really dull and stupid!). I’m off to bed, with the book for good measure, and the hope that tommarrow I will finish rewashing the locks mum washed (they’re too sticky to spin!) and that I will study and know the criminal justic, I’ll get around to reading communications and that I will study msot of the biology. That way I can finish studying bio on sunday, reveiw the crinimal justice and read the psych. And I still need to start my papers for psych and criminal justice. And…………..

Anyway, night!



et cetera