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A new dawn

It’s a great day for the U.S. and the rest of the world!  A new dawn on Capitol Hill!

A new dawn

Sayonara Bush!

See ya!
 

New dawn

“…our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.” -Inaugural address


Happy New Year!

I’m a little late for a “happy new year” post but I was up at my aunt’s cabin in Maine all last week with no internet and really bad cell reception. It was actually pretty nice to be so secluded and out of reach for such an extended period of time. I always love being at the cabin for that reason…no thoughts of bills or work or worrying about keeping in touch with anyone. It’s the perfect excuse to be a hermit for a week!

The cabin is on Kezar Lake on Lovell, Maine and is right on the water with a spectacular view of the mountains, including Mt. Washington. I had my very first ice fishing experience with my brother and even caught a fish, albeit a small one.

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I also got to ski one day at Sunday River, would have liked to get two days in but it wasn’t meant to be. Instead, I got to spend lots of quality time with my parents, brother, sister-in-law, nephew, and cousin…so it was a good trade off!

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Here’s the little guy helping daddy play Wii 🙂
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All in all, it was a great new years. Hope you all had a great one as well! Here’s to a happy, healthy, prosperous 2009!!

To see more pics from the trip, check out my Flickr set here.


Old blog…

See my old blog here: http://ironspinner.blogspot.com

Got sick of blogspot and always had issues logging in, so here I am at WordPress!


Long time gone…

For two months now, I have been the world’s worst blogger. Ok, maybe not the worst, but if my blog were a baby, it’d be in the protective custody of DSS. Where the past two months have gone, I have no idea. I was working hard trying to finish my bachelor’s degree and am happy to report that I am finally done, 13 years after the quest began. My last class ended on 12/11/08 with a 30 page paper due, and as is always the case, I worked that f’er right up to the last minute. But I am psyched to be finished and am ready to start looking for a better paying job.

Besides that, I actually haven’t been somewhat productive with the spinning…here’s a quick recap of some of the spinning successes:

"Gannet" Shetland
"Rte 66" CorriePaca
"Lame Duck Mallard" Superwash BFL
"Buckland"
Fields of Gold

Top to bottom is 1) Shetland in “Gannet” from Hello Yarn, 2) Corriedale/Alpaca in “Rte 66” from Spunky Eclectic, 3) Superwash BFL in “Lame Duck Mallard” from Spunky Eclectic club, 4) Finn in “Buckland” from Hello Yarn club and 5) Australian Merino in “Fields of Gold” from Come In Spinner. See my Flickr set for more details on each.

Last month, I also became the proud new papa of a Louet full size fine cloth drum carder thanks to Amy’s Black Friday sale at Spunky Eclectic. I got to drive up to Lisbon, ME to pick it up and was able to spend a good chunk of the day hanging out in the shop. Lots of fun! I’ve been having a great time with the carder making all sorts of fun batts. Here’s a couple…

Tundra Luxury Batts
“Tundra” – Corriedale/Alpaca/SeaCell

"Pistachio" Luxury Batts
“Pistachio” – Corriedale/Alpaca/sparkle

Insect Wings Batts
“Insect Wings” – BFL/sparkle

Finally, on the knitting front, I sadly only have a couple things to report as finished…that area has been lacking.

I knit a cowl out of the Buckland handspun…
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I FINALLY finished my mom’s Anemoi Mittens just in time for her birthday…
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And I designed my very own mittens 🙂 These were a Christmas present for my sister-in-law and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out. The yarn in Noro Silver Thaw and is absolutely gorgeous.
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I very much plan to be a better blogger now that school is out and the holidays are over!! See you soon!


Returning to you…as an UNCLE!

Man oh man, the end of the summer was brutal, as is apparent by my lack of anything going on here. My summer class ended one week before my one and final fall semester class, so I will finally be graduating college in December, 12 years after I started 😉

My brother and his wife had their first baby this past Thursday at 10:30 pm. JJ (Jarrod Jacob) was 6 lbs 4 oz and 18 3/4″ long. So I’m an uncle and very excited about it. He’s the cutest little bugger I’ve ever seen (I might be a little biased).

Some knitting and spinning has been happening, but not much. I finished Jarrod Flood’s Habitat last week and am completely in love with! And because it is getting very autumnal outside and was only 55 degrees F when I left the house this morning, it made it’s inaugural appearance in public today. I don’t want to take it off…ever.

Here it is partially done…I don’t have a finished picture yet, I’ll be sure to do that.


I live…

It’s been quite a while since I last posted anything so I thought I’d better stop in and give a little update on the past month or so. It’s been a busy one as I’m taking a summer class that meets for 3 hours twice a week after work. There’s light at the end of the tunnel though. 2 more weeks of that, then one class in the fall and I finally have my bachelor’s degree.

In non-knitting/spinning/dyeing news, my Redwood tree is doing spectacular! I’m just a little concerned about what to do with it over the winter, I gotta do some reading up.

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I bought this little guy back in the spring at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Flower Show. If you’ve never been, it’s definitely worth checking out. I try to get there every year, there’s always a lot of great stuff to see and buy!

Ok, back to the fiber stuff. The Tour de Fleece is over and I only managed to finish one measly skein of yarn, pretty pathetic. I really should have learned by now not to sign on for these things as I know I’m just setting myself up for failure and disappointment. But I am pretty proud of that one skein I did actually finish. I spun up the “Illuminated” Wensleydale I had grabbed from Hello Yarn. Spun up laceweight, Navajo plied, 4 oz became about 440 yards. I was pretty psyched about the yardage.

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I think this is definitely destined to become a pair of mittens! or two!

Lastly, I got a bunch of dyeing done this past weekend, most of which I am in total LOVE with! Especially that center one…”Carnivale” in 100% Romney combed top. I really fought with myself about keeping some for myself. Before the fight was over though, both bunches I had dyed were bought right out from under me. Oh well, guess I better get more dyed up!

Dyeing 8/2/08


Score!

There was a frantic Hello Yarn update today and I managed to score some FANTASTIC fiber!

First we have “Illuminated” in Wensleydale, 4oz.

"Illuminated" - Wensleydale

Then “Batik” in South African Fine, 4oz.

"Batik" - South African Fine

And finally “Gannet” in Shetland, 8oz.

"Gannet" - Shetland

Sorry for the small photos, I’ll get better ones once it arrives. I’m pretty psyched, this was the first Hello Yarn update I’ve managed to catch. Adrian’s color palette is always so intense and right up my alley!