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Tonight I learned that when you exclaim “Check out my fuzzy balls!” to a non-knitter/spinner they oftentimes get a look of panic on their faces. Even when they are related to you and should be used to comments like that by now.

5lbs of roving dyed over 3 evenings. I’m pooped. I was so excited to be done dyeing last night until I realized it meant I had an evening of braiding ahead of me.

I came home and cleared off the dining table and started off with this.

Fuzzy balls

and about an hour and a half later I had this…

table of braids

Luckily I had company, abeit from 6 feet away.


He didn’t know whether to run and hide or stay and watch. Both cats know they need to stay away from yarn and fiber or else the crazy lady starts yelling. He settled for watching until he realized what I was doing was boring and then fell asleep in the box. Last night he curled up in the large paper bag from VY&T and slept there while I dyed. So freaking cute!

Tomorrow the braids have their photo shoot and then most will go online at the etsy store on Friday while 6 make their way to VY&T where hopefully someone will fall madly in love with them and whisk them home (after paying for them of course).

As for the next project, well the second Monkey sock still needs to be cast on and yet look what I have sitting on the table waiting for me. (I swear the color coordination was not intentional)

diy hackles

I’m going to play for a bit tonight but this weekend is all about the Monkey. June 18th is coming up soon and I have to finish this pair and possibly 1 more before then. Sigh. I better get a shitload of mint Aeros and Flake chocolates for this.

UPDATE:: The shop has been updated now…you know you want to look 🙂


I’ve now been tagged twice for the 7 random things meme so I guess I can’t ignore it anymore. Thanks a lot Deb and Annie!

1: I love Sharpies. I keep buying Sharpies. All colors of Sharpies. Everytime they would come out with a new color I would buy more. I’ve also lost as many Sharpies as I have bought but there was a time when it wasn’t unusual to open my desk at home and find 30-40 Sharpies in there.

2: I know I’ll be called a freak over this one. I HATE chocolate and peanut butter together. I like them individually (heck who am I kidding, I love chocolate) but for some reason the combination of the two makes me want to hurl.

3: Most spiders don’t bother me except tarantulas. Makes my skin crawl just thinking about them. I think it is because they are hairy. Something about hairy legged spiders scares the crap out of me.

4: I apparently find it hard to name 7 completely random things about myself.

5: I used to pull the tails off of geckos when I was a kid. I spent a few years in Brunei as a small kid and the geckos there (we called them Chichaks) were the small brown “house” lizards with the handy trick of detaching their tails when caught by predators. I found that INCREDIBLY fascinating. Combine that neat trick with the fact that their skins were so soft and it was impossible for me to not play with them. I also used to just sit and pet them too.

6: One of my favorite comfort foods is cut up hotdogs (the cheap kind, not the all beef variety) and instant noodles. Not just any instant noodles though, it has to be the Nissin instant noodles (chicken or beef) that I grew up with in Hong Kong. (not to be mistaken with the Nissan cup o noodles-ick)

7: I once took a roadtrip in college from Pullman WA to Santa Clara CA (1000miles) for the weekend to ride the rollercoasters at Great America. Left Friday around 5pm and got back Monday morning 3 hours before I had to be back at work. All for about 5 hours at a theme park. Good times.

There I did it. Now I’m going to break the meme rules and not pass it on. Nothing you can do about it 🙂

Flickr Photos


On the needles

February Fitted Pullover

Sapphire Waves of Grain

On the Bedside Table

The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan (ok not really since I can't find the book anymore)

on the wheel

Absolutely Nothing.

Stashdown 2009

January 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins of Yarn: 233 Total Weight:33.13lbs Total Miles: 27

February 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins of Yarn: 213 Total Weight:30.09lbs Total Miles: 26

March 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins of Yarn: 218 Total Weight:31.95lbs Total Miles: 27

April 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins of Yarn: 217 Total Weight:31.45lbs Total Miles: 26.5

May 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 229 Total Weight: 33.8 Total Miles: 28.4

June 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 210 Total Weight: 31.9 Total Miles: 27.7

July 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 201 Total Weight: 30.5 Total Miles: 26.5

August 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 228 Total Weight: 34.0 Total Miles: 28.8

October 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 254 Total Weight: 38.2 Total Miles: 31.8

November1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 224 Total Weight: 34.9 Total Miles: 29.9

December 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 206 Total Weight: 31.9 Total Miles: 27.1


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