Like The Queen
Whatever happens to strike my fancy, but surely some sort of fiber content.


Ah, I do confess those times that I think it would be nice to have a little daughter of my own, one of the biggest pulls is picturing GB playing with her... of course, in the highly, highly unlikely event that should occur your BD must have the chance as well, yes???

I've spinnning my swap yarn moments ago, it's hanging in the tub dripping dry, a deep Shelia-y mauve-y rose. I'm fairly pleased, though not thrilled....

By Blogger Amie, at 1:53 PM  

Hey Amie - I updated the 30 things to 40 - but gosh it's hard.

By Blogger Bess, at 3:40 PM  

I love the quiz of the week! My number is 9:
Your purpose in life is to make the world better

You are very socially conscious and a total idealist.
You think there are many things wrong with the world, and you want to fix them.
You have a big idea of how to world could be, and you'll sacrifice almost anything to work towards this dream.

In love, you can easily see the beauty in someone else. And you never cling too tightly.

You are capable of great love, but it's hard for you to focus your love on one person or relationship.
You have a lot of outward focus, and you tend to blame the world for your failures.
You are often disappointed by the realities of life - it's hard for you to accept the shortcomings of the world.

Pretty close, huh?

By Blogger Amie, at 10:17 PM  

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Sunday, January 29, 2006  

I am having a great weekend. Friday J and her daughter came for a short visit. We haven’t had much face time this year onnacounta she’s building a house and I have not been feeling all that well. This little blink of time was snatched, thanks largely to her energy, not mine, and we had a chance to catch up, to gossip, to plot and to knit’n’spin. In fact, I believe I’ll claim that we had a chance to Stitch ‘n Bitch, although I hate that term. But there is some small minded little fabric shop in New York that has filed for trademark of that term and in an effort to prove they are defending their right to own The English Language, Especially Slang Terms, they’re threatening suits to All Who Violate Their Private Property Rights. I hope the fabric shop goes bankrupt.

Sometimes America is so free it sucks.

And besides, we didn’t bitch. We were having too much fun. I love it when J visits because she’s always stirring up something new and unusual with yarn and she inspires me so. I wish they could have stayed longer, but I didn’t wish it as much as BD, because he got to gallant around the angle baby girl: without a doubt, his favorite activity. Walk down to the river? Sure, honey. Read you a story? Sure, darlin’. Go hunt eagles? Let’s go, sweetie. I love to watch sweet men with little girls. All this sugar was coating the living room while the big girls stitched away.

And today is the first day I can remember in For Ever when I didn't have, or feel like I had, Things To Do and Obligations To Meet. I'm caught up with financial paperwork, though it’s by no means in tip top tidiness. But I could work on it if I feel like it. Or not. I've finished my spinning for the yarn swap and have 3 (almost) empty bobbins. I could spin Por Moi Stuff if I wanted. Or not. I've (sort of) cleaned the house. It's going to rain so, not only does that mean there is no point in doing any more laundry but it also means I can hole up inside with either knitting needles, spinning wheel or a book. It means I don’t have to get out of my pajamas! I have little to nothing on the agenda at work this week, bought all the birthday presents my Aquarius friends ought to get - man - I am On Vacation.

Hmmm. I had other wise things to offer up here too, but alas, like C’s, they’ve slipped into that misty world just outside your grasp, filled with those Good Thoughts and Ideas.

There is good news, though in Fiberland. I’ve finished my Handspun Yarnswap 2 skein. It’s blue. It’s very, very blue. It is not a color I will ever wear and I have rather a good bit of it. It is probably going to be given away. It’s soft, silky with a rayon feel to it. It’s merino tencil, so it ought to have those slinky rayon qualities. I love this fiber. I have some of the same stuff dyed in a pumpkin color. Not enough to make a slinky garment, unless it’s a shawl or scarf, but I got it from Barbara Gentry at Stony Mt. Farms, so I think I might be able to track down some more. Another year, of course.

There is a little more to ply up in order to truly empty my bobbins and I believe, in true January Clean It Up Mode, I will spin up the bobbin of dark brown wool that might be the world’s coarsest merino, bought from Little Barn, and might be lambswool I bought from someone else at MS&W ‘04. It's being plied with a mohair blend to make the utterly satisfying tweedy looking yarn. I wrote about it back in October (the 10/24 post) It's already earmarked to make that cabled sweater that was in the Fall ‘05 Family Circle Easy Knits. I’m willing to finish up an old task because I have one bobbin so full of the mohair the yarn has begun to slip off and threaten to tangle. I don’t want that ruined, and the best thing to do is finish it up.

But the very next thing I’m going to do is Beaded Yarn!!!!! I love beaded clothing. Love glitter and sparkle. I would be a bling hound if I were younger and lived in an urban spot somewhere. Margaret - beaded yarn is fun to knit with. It’s slower than regular knitting and it’s somewhat precise, but the effect can be stunning. Or cheesy, yes, Larry - but it can also be very elegant. Or very clever, or cute, or any number of things. And don’t worry - when I read Clara’s review I wasn’t tempted to spend money, but to make my own. I’ve actually done a bit of beaded spinning. Mind now, I got unsatisfactory results, but great learning experience. I’m ready to give it a second go.

La - I have diddled here so long I hear Others, waking up. Obviously I have nothing pressing that needs expression. I am off now, but I want to leave this happy prediction for my fellow Virgos.

Your week ahead: Use your imagination. Summon your creativity. Think like a designer, an artist or an inventor. You may not have what you want but you have the wherewithal to manufacture it. The component parts are accessible. The ingredients are within reach. All you need is the right recipe and then enough dedication to follow it through. That may require hard work but the result will satisfy you far more than any tailor made solution ever could. Once you find your inspiration this week, there will be no stopping you. No matter what seems difficult, daunting or depressing, you will manage to find a neat, successful way to get round it.

posted by Bess | 8:16 AM