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So close...

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...and yet so far.  I am knitting the last 5 rows of the Nefertem Shawl, the last pattern row followed by 4 rows of garter stitch.


Then there's the crochet bind-off. Crochet. I don't crochet. No way can I finish this today even if I could work like a speed demon to knit the last 5 rows. I need all of my brain cells to attempt a crochet bind-off. [sigh]

Nothing else to show as the shawl is the only WIP I've worked on in the last week. One new WIP is adding all of my new stash into Ravelry. I took the pictures, but haven't updated Ravelry. Guess I should work on that!
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Stitches West post mortem...

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...it was a great 3+ days. Lots of yummy yarn and fibers, and some interesting tools and knitting bags. My shoulders hurt from carrying a full tote bag and from weaving class, but I wouldn't have it any other way!

I'm not posting all of my pictures here, but you can see everything in my Stitches West 2012 Flickr set.

As I mentioned in another post, I bought a new Namaste bag in eggplant. Here is my new Monroe bag from the top:


Inside is my current knitting project, my camera bag, a Namaste Buddy case in eggplant, my iPad, my iPod, and a pattern printout. And there is still room for more!

Aside from my spiffy new bag, my favorite acquisitions were from KCL Woods. I got a 0.62 ounce spindle with two extra shafts:


and a low-profile shuttle for my loom:


KCL has the most gorgeous things in wood!

For my fiber fix, I visited Lisa Souza, Miss Babs, A Verb for Keeping Warm, and Royale Hare, all vendors whose products I love. I also bought fiber from two new vendors:
Wonderland Dyework…

Eye Candy Friday, blog and run...

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...I'm doing a quick post for Eye Candy Friday before I get myself together to go to Stitches West.

The tulips are going nuts with the nice weather:


The buds on the nectarine tree have opened into full-fledged blossoms:


The Blenheim apricot tree is in full bloom:


And the weeping Santa Rosa plum tree is now setting leaves:


Last night's Stitches West Market Preview was great. There were a lot of good deals only for preview night and I took advantage of at least one of them. :)  I planned on getting a new Namaste bag and their preview discount and free gift was icing on the cake. (Yes, it's purple!)

I was a little disappointed that some vendors had less spinning fiber than last year. I planned on doing serious damage at Miss Babs, but the selection was limited. Don't get me wrong, I love her stuff and I did buy two bumps of fiber, but not nearly as much as I had planned.

I'll do a Stitches West post with pictures of my new pretties once I've had the chance to tak…

playing catch up...

...the last two weeks + 2 days have been hectic. The blog and a few other things have suffered.  But today marks the beginning of Stitches West and I have today and tomorrow off. Yay!

Even thought the first activity I attend isn't until 5pm tonight, I still like to take the whole day off. I get myself into the right mindset, gather the things I'll need for my class(es), and do a few chores (like laundry so I have something to wear!).

Since I missed WIP-it Wednesday yesterday, here's a short update:
I'm knitting the last 16 rows of the Nefertem Shawl. I really hate the "make 9 from 3" stitch in this shawl...very hard on the hands. I know I'll like the overall look, I just don't like the knitting part! I'm making progress on the Anasazi needlepoint. It's going slowly only because I don't work on it very often. It will make a nice complement to the last two pieces I did.I kind of miss working on socks.  The yarn I received i the Rockin' So…

it's been a long week...

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...thank goodness for Eye Candy Friday! 

This sunrise this morning was glowing:


The plants and trees definitely has spring in mind. The apricot trees are blossoming:


The tulips are emerging:

Here's another:


and the nectarine tree is starting to set buds:


Work has settled down to it's normal level of busy. (Yay!)  The first 3 days of the week were insane...I'm still waiting for  final piece to be processed so I can verify it, but that is small compared to what I did the rest of the week.

Up this weekend: It's a 3-day weekend!! We have Spin-In tomorrow, a great way to start the weekend. I need to give my wheel a little tune-up in the morning and make some sort of goodie to take.

I only work 2 days next week, because I'm taking Thursday and Friday off for Stitches West!  I want to spend some time this weekend going through the vendor list and marking up my map. I need to do some stash diving to find yarn suitable for the weaving class that my friend Loretta and I are…

Happy Valentine's Day...

...that's all I have time for today.  Back when work settles down a little.

It's still Friday...

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...this is the first chance I've had to get to the blog.  Too much going on at work this week!

For today's Eye Candy Friday, I have a few pictures from the garden. The plum tree has gone nuts with blossoms:


The weeping Santa Rosa plum is starting to set blossoms:


and there are several interesting (and unknown) flowers are starting to emerge:


I think spring is my favorite season for photographs. I love taking pictures of flowers!

Up this weekend: Ply the Sedona Zen singles that I finished spinning last weekend. I want to go to the Hallmark store and get some Valentine's Day cards for my family. I also want to spend some time cruising the web site for the vendors attending Stitches West at the end of the month. I need to start mapping my strategy!

Oh, yeah...some sleep would be nice.
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well, hello, Wednesday...

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...what did you do with Monday and Tuesday? Seriously, how did it get to be Wednesday, and 4pm?? Too many work distractions right now.

Here are two of my latest WIPs. First, Anasazi:


And two bobbins of Sedona Zen singles:


I love the copper color of this yarn!  I might make it a two ply to get more yardage because I love it so much.

There is a third WIP, the Nefertem shawl, but I won't show that again until it's done.

That's it for now...back to work!
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Eye Candy Friday...

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...it's still Friday. right? It's been a long week!

This morning's sunrise was pretty:


and things are starting to bloom. The flowering plum seems to be ready for spring:


A different kind of eye candy is the first installment of the Rockin' Sock Club from Blue Moon Fiber Arts.  This year they are sending one sock pattern and one "other" pattern, so it should be fun. They started the year off right (as far as I'm concerned) and did my favorite color. Click the RSC picture to see the club package.


I totally love the yarn, but the patterns don't thrill me. I'll have to ask this yarn what it wants to become. :)

Up this weekend: Its' the Daughter's birthday tomorrow. We're actually going to celebrate on Sunday because she has plans tomorrow. There are a few chores I need to catch up on...my junk mail pile is taking over the world again and I need to do some serious shredding.

I'm not into sports so I won't be watching the Super Bowl.…

January 2012 recap...

...and Happy February! It's one of my favorite months: the Daughter's birthday, Valentine's Day, and Stitches West!

Finished:
1/29 Lake Michigan yarn (spinning) [Ravelry]
top from Miss Babs; 232.6 yards, 12WPI1/28  Baby Blanket for Colin (weaving) [Ravelry]1/14 Locus Focus Soap (melt-and-pour soap in my new blend) 1/13 Creative Dreams Soap (melt-and-pour soap in my own blend) 1/1 Jane's Mini Mochi Scarf (knitting) [Ravelry] Books: The Keepsake (re-read), Tess GerritsonNice Girls Don't Date Dead Men, Molly HarperAdam, Jacquelyn FrankNice Girls Don't Live Forever, Molly HarperSeduce Me in Dreams, Jacquelyn FrankYseult: A Tale of Love in the Age of King Arthur, Ruth Nestvold Seduce Me in Flames, Jacquelyn FrankDarker After Midnight, Lara AdrianStarted:
1/17 Anasazi by Susan Protra (needlepoint)1/15 Baby Blanket for Colin (weaving) [Ravelry]1/14 Sedona Zen (50% merino, 25% bamboo, 25% silk) by Lisa Souza (spinning) [Ravelry]
Worked on:
Nefertem Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry