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Friday, April 25, 2008

Diesel waits ....

So today is April 25. By my calculations - April 27 is in 2 days ... gulp. The 27th is the day that I proclaimed that the English Rib sweater would be completed for Macuwita sni. Alas ... it won't be happening.

Try as I might to work a few rows daily - it has been a struggle. I am thinking that it isn't so much my busy schedule - but more the fact that I don't like ribbing for an eternity. I am happy to report that the front is almost done. That just leaves 2 sleeves, the neck, and the seams. NOT *so* much to complete ... but I have mittens & sox & hats & Lopi sweaters to knit!! Never mind all the spinning that I must do.

Just about a month left to my silly schedule ... I do feel the end is in sight! Until then, Diesel waits .....

Monday, April 14, 2008

Of Patti Larkin & Earth Day

This weekend, DH & I were lucky enough to see Patty Larkin in concert with friends who are FUN! A picnic was packed into a wicker basket - libations were stored in a cooler ... and we were treated to great music with terrific company.

I have been SO busy that I haven't taken to much time to relax. Saturday night reminded me that inspirations happen all the time - that sometimes we need to forgo the mundane and break free from the chains that sterilize our minds. The creative process doesn't lend itself to crabby people & daily chores that become robotic. The MUSE needs sparks ... it needs laughter .... it needs beautiful music ... it needs FUN (and a good guitar rift with a respectable sauvignon blanc doesn't hurt either!)

The organic nature of Patty's music reminded me that Earth Day is right around the corner. I decided to be inspired .... here is my interpretation of Earth Day 2008!

I hope you celebrate the Earth - everyday!

Friday, April 11, 2008

A time for Sleepy Clouds

I wastrying to be realistic when I said I wanted to finish the "English Rib" sweater for Macuwita sni by
April 17th. Truth be told, it isn't going to happen. It is possible if I knit day in & day out for the next 6 days - how realistic is that??

I will work my fingers off, instead, to get it completed by the 27th. That is a more appropriate time span. Spring is popping out at the reservation, luckily, the coldest of days are behind the Cheyenne River Sioux for a bit!

On the business front .... The Knotty Sheep has yarns in a boutique right on the corner of Newbury Street, Boston! How very, very cool!! Isn't OAK just SO incredibly Bostonian?? If you are in the area ... do stop by and pick up some of my one-of-a-kind handspun goodies and tell Keara (the owner!) - I said "hi"!

I did manage to squeeze in a little time at the carder while listening to the Boston Red Sox on the radio. Sleepy Clouds has fabulous dollups of cotton .... one terrific textured yarn will be created once these babies are spun!!

Pretty, yes??

Well, must go 'ball up' some Peace Fleece for the 'English Rib' - yep - the 27th will be here before I know it! WhEEEEE!
Remember .... Inspire Art! Create Art! Buy Art! Be ART!! Comments, please!

Monday, April 07, 2008

A Sweater for Macuwita sni

I recently selected a Yankee Knitter Design pattern for my next Macuwita sni project.

It will be a fine looking sweater when completed... the pattern is called "English Rib". Yep - rib, as in ribbed, as in RIBBING. I don't know why I chose this ... I have to ask myself, "what was I thinking, a whole sweater in ribbing?" But, I digress ....

I console myself knowing that it will keep someone warm - the Cheyenne River Sioux saw temperatures in double digit negative numbers this past winter - who am I to complain of a little K1 P1? So, here is a photo of the 'almost completed back'. I post it here so I will complete it post haste ...... Wish me luck!

Friday, April 04, 2008

The Beat Goes on ....

I have been really busy. If you know me at all ... you know I am not good at being busy. I kind of roll on thru life - with coffee or wine in one hand and fiber and a dog in my other. In being busy - I find my hands are holding other things - things that I am not used to holding for any duration - I am trying to hold on to everything at the moment. Sometimes it works - sometimes, not so well.

One thing I made time for today is *Oprah*. I hadn't viewed her TV show in quite sometime. (See above paragraph.)~ ~ But today was a must see ... it was about
puppy mills.
Suffice to say, NEVER purchase a pet thru a pet store ... check out your local shelters and pure bred rescues. NO dog ... NO LIVING THING should ever, ever live in conditions such as those found in puppy mills.

On a brighter, fibery note ..... Barnyard Chicks anyone?? WhEEEEE!