Saturday, June 30, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
|Sheep Heid by Kate Davies|
Asian Tiger Mosquito that apparently thought I was a snack on Monday afternoon. I have seen these little buggers up close and personal before. Once you get bit by one of these, you never forget it. They hunt in the daytime so they are easy to spot if you are paying attention which I apparently wasn't. I was carding wool on the deck.
That giant pile of yarn behind me on the table is my Easter egg Corrie. I was in a rush to free up the wheel so my plying turned out pretty terrible but for what it is going to be used for (socks) it doesn't really matter. They will be warm and fuzzy and I will wear them to pieces. By this time next year they will more than likely have holes in them and I'll be busy spinning myself another pair.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
This is where someone needs to say "good luck with that".
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Thanks to some nasty mystery insect or two, I spent the day at the doctors being treated for the biggest bug bites I've ever seen. They are all up and down my arm. Right now, not only do I NOT want to touch anything even remotely wooly or itchy-but I am also afraid to go outside. I may never go outside again. If I do, I will take some pictures of the finished skein. It is enormous and very pretty.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
You Tube video on warping a double heddle, I decided it would be best to use two very different colors so I could see what I was doing. This is not a project but just a practice swatch so I went for the Vanna.
If all goes well, I should now be able to weave a 40 inch wide piece of fabric on my 20 inch loom and that's all I need for a little lap blanket with a crochet edging.
And to think that I was this close to buying myself a new, larger loom. I really would like a 4 harness floor loom someday but until I figure out everything there is to figure out on my little RH, that would probably not be a very wise investment.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Uhmmm....what page was that on?
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Master sewist Melodye from Melodye's Needle Notes alerted me to the existence of Guidestar.org.
After joining (it's free) you can check up on any organization that is asking you for money. The Mister saved himself some money just this morning when he asked me to look up a law enforcement non-profit that he was about to write a check to. They were definitely not worthy of his or anyone else's money.
I feel better now knowing that although the government regulatory agency's could care less how donor money is being spent, the donors themselves have a means to find out what is really going on.
Be warned: Take your blood pressure meds before you go searching. When you click on those 990 forms they have to file with the IRS and see the salaries those non-profit Executive Directors pay themselves and their flunkies, you will need it.
*I would also like to thank Anne at Talking to My Dogs and all you Facebook folks for picking up my post and adding your own two cents. As the USOC found out, fiber folks care about a lot more than sticks and string.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
I was so busy fussing and fuming over the ridiculously lavish spending of those non-profit organ transplanting nincompoops yesterday that I almost missed the biggest controversy to sweep the net in ages.
In case you are the last person on the planet not to know this, let me break the news: Ravelry was hit with a cease and desist from the US Olympic Committee for hosting the *Ravelympics! Seriously. I'm not kidding.
here. Like so many of us naive knitter folk, I thought that the Olympics belonged to the people of the world. I had no idea it was an issue of corporate ownership. It was like finding out Santa Claus is a CEO. What a bummer.
Facebook to try and calm things down but the fever was at such a high pitch, things only went from bad to worse. By afternoon, NPR jumped on the bandwagon and even theYarn Harlot's call for peace couldn't stop people from screaming at each other in all caps all over the web. Ouch. It got ugly. By late evening there were two distinct camps. Those who were still mad as hell and those who were mad as hell because other people were still mad as hell.
I just hope the Tour de France people were paying attention. The Tour de Fleece starts next week.
*For those who don't know what this is, and I'm talking to you Sandy, the Ravelympics is a knitting and crocheting competition that takes place during the time of the Olympics on Ravelry. You compete for medals in different categories like the mitten medley and the sock put. It's all fun and we have been doing it for years.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
|Driskill Hotel, Austin, Texas|
here and complain to your local OPO. It's not a question of whether they have the right to spend their money on their lavish bi-annual conventions but whether they should.
*You can also find the Executive Committee that approves such excessive spending on themselves here. I am pretty sure they would love to hear from you also.
For a great blog on the issues that challenge the organ recipient go here to Bob's NewHeart.
He also has a lot to say on the subject.
Thank you dear fiber folk for letting me rant today. I just had to get this off my chest. If you want to repost this post onto your blog or Facebook or Twitter or whatever- feel free to do so.