Tuesday, April 27, 2010

In Stitches, McKinney

Just got home from the In Stitches knitting Meetup in McKinney, TX. Lots of really nice ladies who share a love for knitting, crochet, spinning....the list goes on. I love seeing WIP (Works In Progress) and finished articles that everyone has to share. After seeing a gorgeous pair of just finished socks last week I am feeling inspired to get back to sock knitting.

Today I brought one of the Ashford wheels for show and tell, lol. I had fun spinning some merino roving that I had carded at the Ozark Carding Mill in Durant, OK some time back. It spins like a dream and is so soft....thinking socks.....maybe a shawl.

One of the ladies has her baby with her at the meetings and he is so cute! Sigh. Our grand kids are 1200 miles away in VA and I am in baby withdrawal. Hm. Wonder if she would mind if I borrowed him for a few minutes at the next meeting.....oh, well, it's a thought.

It is about an hours drive from where we live near Red River to McKinney to the community center where the group meets and half way home I began thinking that a rum and Coke would be good. I was right. It IS good. I need a bumper sticker that reads "I survived Central Expressway". With all the construction in McKinney and the really bad drivers....plus having to take the back way home from Denison because of construction on FM120 east of Denison, I needed something to mellow out. I think my van must have a sticker on it somewhere that can only be seen by other motorists that reads "Hit me! I want a new van!" Too many close calls for me for one day. Groan. I just remembered I have to drive to Lewisville on Friday morning! Oh, well. I can rest up between now and then and enjoy living in the country away from all the craziness.

In the meantime I can think about future knitting projects and look forward to next week's meeting. Thanks for a nice time, ladies! Thanks, Julie, for getting me back into the group. I need a girls day out once in a while!

Monday, April 26, 2010

I hate jazz.....

What's up with jazz music anyway? It's everywhere: bookstores, coffee shops, restaurants. And it is so annoying! I enjoy a relaxing time when I am shopping or eating out. I can't think when jazz music is blaring everywhere I go.

Heads Up people! You! Yeah, YOU! The corporate gurus that dictate that people who patronize Books A Million, Hastings, Starbucks, It's A Grind, Johnny Carino's, Olive Garden, Panera Bread and countless others, will be forced to listen to jazz. Knock it off! I can honestly say that I don't know a single person who likes jazz!

I complain about it every chance I get. You know what folks who work at these places tell me? They have no choice. Corporate bigwigs tell them what to play. According to the kids who work at a local Hastings store, they can't even turn the music off! I have emailed these places and even called when I can find a phone number. It does no good. Mostly because most people won't bother to tell the management that they don't like it. They just learn to put up with it.

I have a simple philosophy when it comes to music: It should be enjoyed, not endured. There is nothing relaxing about jazz. It is spastic, psychotic and irritating. Around here, north Texas, the only other alternative seems to be country music, which is fine if you like music that whines at you. Personally, I prefer NO music when I am eating or shopping. At least I can hear a conversation or hear myself think.

So much for my two cents. I just spent an irritating day being bombarded by jazz everywhere I went. Ugh.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wool Combs!

I have all sorts of neat toys and tools for spinning and weaving, but the one thing I didn't have was a set of wool combs....mostly because I didn't want to spend upwards of $200 for a set of them. Then I was visiting Leef at Apple Leef Farms and discovered she had just received a shipment at a much more affordable price!

The folks who used to make Indigo Hound combs sold everything to someone else who is making viking combs, wool combs and hackles. I forgot the name of the gentleman who is running the business, but you can contact Leef at leef@appleleeffarm.com to purchase his products.

You can see a strick of line flax in one photo that I hackled using the wool combs. I have several stricks that had become somewhat disarranged over the years due to demonstrations and storage. I have a bit more of the pretty blond colored flax and quite a bit more of darker Belgian flax that no one seems to carry anymore and it is in need of combing to prepare it for spinning.

I also purchased a couple of temples that Leef ordered for me.....another tool that I had been intending to get for several years. I love being an adult....the older you get the neater your toys are!

Monday, April 12, 2010


I just finished washing and blocking my latest shawl. I am very pleased with the result and have already started another one out of Manos del Uruguay in a blue/green colorway.