Friday, November 06, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
- Ruth's Chris Steak House (New York, NY; Chicago, IL; Rocky Hill, CT; Garden City, NY...) --Hands down my favorite restaurant(s)
- Italian Bistro (Philadelphia, PA) --Great food, great service
- Brandon Inn (Brandon, VT) -- Chef/Owner Louis Pattis serves up consistently wonderful meals
- The Creemee Stand (Wilmington, VT) -- Best creemee anywhere!
- Dot's (Wilmington and West Dover, VT) -- Best breakfast (and chili) in Vermont
- Outback Steakhouse -- Always a great meal, and I love their bread
- Fogo de Chão (Atlanta, GA) -- I was part of a group taken here by a vendor--amazingly bountiful and delicious food
- Annapolis Ice Cream Company (Annapolis, MD) Best hard ice cream anywhere!
- J. Alexander's -- Northbrook, IL) One of my favorites when I'd travel to Chicagoland for business
- Lillian's (Saratoga Springs, NY) -- Many fond memories of my Saratoga summers
I could easily go on and on, but this will have to serve as an appetizer for ya...
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 09, 2009
I started out with this on Saturday...
And as of today I have this...
Not quite four ounces, but close. Still a bit over spun, but not too bad. And the best part--by spinning every day I'm getting more and more comfortable with the wheel! Better control, more confidence, and definitely sucking a little less every day!
I am getting a little bored with the white though. Once I get done with my bankruptcy class I'm going to dye a couple of batches for practicing--both wheel spinning and fiber dyeing.
Unfortunately I can't take the wheel with me this weekend. I've got a Rev War reenactment, and my lovely wheel is just not period appropriate. However, my Bossies will be right at home, so the spinning will continue!
Monday, July 06, 2009
I'm taking the opportunity to really work on significantly improving my wheel spinning skills by taking part in this years Tour de Fleece. My goal--to spin every day, primarily on the wheel, and on those days when the wheel is unavailable I'll spin with a spindle. (Ms. Moosie, to be exact.)
And so far, I've spent time on the wheel every freakin' day!!! And not only have I spun every day, I'm actually starting to suck less! Woot!!!
I don't have any pictures yet to show you, but I'll try to get some during the day tomorrow.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Looky what I got today!
That's me, alright, spinning some basic white wool top on my new (to me) Ashford Joy. Yup, mine--not a loaner. Thanks to my spinning agent, Punkin, and Rosie, the previous owner of this wonderful wheel, she's mine all mine!
Isn't she lovely?
Single treadle, which suits me just fine.
And after a little shaky start, my spinning started to even out.
Some of that is Punkin's handiwork. (Of course, she had to try it.) I will definitely be needing more work with it, but I think I got some potential here to not suck too much at it.
Even Punkin's Lendrum welcomed the wheel into my life. My Joy just might be her new BFF--after Punkin, of course.
Being that I only got her late this afternoon, she doesn't have a name yet (nor did she previously have one). We'll see how she feels about it as we spend time together, but for now she will simply be called my Joy!
Friday, June 19, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
- My knitting needles and tool bag
- My spindles--along with my box bag, of course!
- A nice red wine
- Chocolate--goes nice with the wine!
- A nail file
- Bagels--for breakfast, of course!
- My mountain dulcimer
Friday, June 12, 2009
I want to go back to Vermont and make some more!!!
(Can you tell how excited I am?)
Anyway, go here to see more pics in her Eye Candy Friday blog post. I'll get around to some of my own pictures soon. And more yarn, and spinning too.
Now to get back to some more freelance copyediting I have...
Monday, June 08, 2009
I'm calling this colorway "Blue Iris." I dyed skeins of Cascade 220 and Knit Picks Bare Merino Sock Yarn.
So, do you think it's a good interpretation?
Sunday, June 07, 2009
On Monday we'll see how this one (actually, there are two) turns out. Stay tuned...
Friday, June 05, 2009
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Those are some stock solutions for the newest hobby--yarn dyeing! Tomorrow I'll be dyeing some little sample skeins for my color wheels. (While they're being steamed, I'll be copyediting. Am I the multitasker or what?) After that, maybe some test colorways before I go home.
Pictures of the color wheels to come...
Friday, May 29, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
- For the past two weeks I've been serving as a juror on this trial for this defendant. Today we reached a verdict. And after an evening of Googling, I came up with this and this and this. What an experience! Sentencing is scheduled for next month, and if I'm not busy I'd like to attend.
- My classes have been winding down, but due to my jury service I did not have all that free time to study that I was planning on. Still think I did OK, though (and considering all that's happened this year I'm OK with it).
- Not much knitting or spinning, but I've been working on flags for an event on Saturday.
And this past weekend we did a living history event in Kingston, New York.
The kids really loved the gun--they were doing their own little artillery drills around it. And the adults had an even better time with them.
Friday, May 01, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
And click here for some really cute kids bottle feeding.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
You know, though, this "snow in April" thing is good for a WTF Wednesday...
Snow. At 1,600 feet (yikes!).
On my way to meet JessaLu for dinner... :-)
Monday, April 06, 2009
So I've spent the last few days cleaning out my office, gathering my belongings, and--absolutely the worst part--saying goodbye to my friends. Actually losing my job has not been that upsetting. Being unemployed, yes, but the actual job itself--something of a relief. Today I'm turning in my laptop and BlackBerry, and saying my final goodbyes.
Tomorrow I head up to Vermont for a week. I've already started my job search and will spend more time on that. I've got my final two paralegal classes going on, so I can concentrate on doing well there. I actually have several different options career-wise, and I'm pretty excited about that. So, there will be no staying in bed for me--too much to do--but I will now have the time to stop and look around and embrace all the blessings I have. And no more crappy meetings!
And there will be blogging! And knitting! And spinning! And dare I say it--even yarn dying!!!
The last few years on the job have been rough. Jim thinks that ultimately this will probably be the best thing that's ever happened to me, and I have to agree. So I'm off to tie up those loose ends. Be back in a few days...
Friday, March 20, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Friday, March 06, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Would you want to sleep if you just received this?
This lovely Moosie has a Kingwood shaft.
And yes, in just minutes we have bonded. I [heart] my Moosie!
Moosie and I are heading up to Vermont this weekend, so there will be more pictures of Moosie in her natural element.
Friday, February 27, 2009
And today, the bestest delivery of all should take place--my very own Bosworth Moosie Spindle!!! Words cannot begin to express how thrilled I am, especially since I was supposed to be part of the July herd. (Thank you, Sheila, for the bump up!) When I checked Thursday afternoon, my Moosie was making a pit stop at a postal service facility in Bethpage. I'm so hoping that I'll find a well-rested Moosie waiting for me when I get home from work today. Fingers crossed...
And before anyone gets the wrong idea, there will be pictures.
Lots of pictures... :-)
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 06, 2009
- You left all of your circular needles at your house in Vermont (so no Magic Loop for you) and all you have on Long Island are DPNs.
- You have a difficult time distinguishing which needle comes first as you move each of your 4 cast on stitches to a separate needle, and your knitting looks more like some pointy medieval torture device.
- You finally get going with the increases and you're going around and around and you've got a hat about 2 inches in diameter when you suddenly realize that you skipped one of you DPNs way back at the beginning and it's now dangling below your 2 inch beret. (On the plus side, your knitting buddies find this very funny and just giggle all over themselves.)
And, of course, I don't have time to take a picture of it. It's so close--just an inch of ribbing and then end weaving! So unfortunately you'll have to wait for an FO photo.
But for now, I'll leave you with an early picture of the beret--and it's body guard.
I can't get into the whole story behind the bodyguard thing right now. Let's just say there was a fibernapping, threats to the fiber's safety, and ransom demands, and I became a little concerned about my Malabrigo...
Sunday, February 01, 2009
Now, there's no way that I could finish this in one day--I just don't knit that fast. But I'm thinking with what I got done today and will probably get done on the train tomorrow, this could be done by Tuesday morning--just in time for the next snowfall.
Today I went to Panera to knit with my Ravelry buddies. Kelly commented on the icicles in my last Eye Candy Friday picture. Some of those icicles would make really scary spears. Well, here's a close up of another one--just for you Kelly!
Saturday, January 31, 2009
The big catch with this is that Baruch is in Manhattan, so I have to take the train into the city--and the weekend railroad schedule is more limited. But OK, there's a 7:28 train that gets me in by a quarter to nine. Plenty of time for the subway ride to 23rd and to get a cup of tea. And I live 2 miles from the train station. Easy five minute drive to the train. And the next train--about a half hour later--would get me to class maybe 10 minutes late. Again, not so bad, but I really don't want to be late.
So last weekend was the first class. No problems getting to class with enough time to grab a cup of tea. This is good.
This morning I woke up at 6:30. I stirred a little, looked at the clock, and then thought I could close my eyes for another minute. Next thing I know the alarms (yes, alarms) are going off. I look at the clock, and it says 7:15.
I need to catch a 7:28 train to get to class on time.
--I caught the 7:28.
And I didn't forget to put any article of clothes on, and my shoes matched.
That's 13 minutes from my bed to actually sitting on the train. That's definitely a record for me. However...
Friday, January 30, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Now I just have one more final--an in-class final for my Family Law class on the 26th. Then a break until late February, two more classes, and then I'll hopefully have my paralegal certificate by June. I'm in the homestretch now!
Monday, January 12, 2009
So, there was soup making. Last weekend it was chicken noodle (my first batch from scratch), and this weekend it was chicken barley.
No knitting, though. But New Year's weekend there was a stop at Webs, but that turned out to be a remote shopping trip for Punkin.
Oh well, time to get back to work. Hopefully I'll make it to my knitting groups this week, and even get a little spinning time in. I'd like to try out a new toy that was waiting for me when I got home yesterday...
Vermont Spindle Company American Beauty, Cocobolo whorl, 1.4 ounces