Booyah

There has been a shameful lapse in blogging here at Fyberduck HQ/ Rose City Knits, something I plan to remedy right now :)

For starters, remember the super-secret project I’ve mentioned a few times? Well, it is finished and the patterns are hot off the press and ready to be shipped out. If you’d like to get a sneak peek of the super-secret project (and you’re in the area), drop by Abstract Fiber’s booth at the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival. It’ll be there, though I will not :$

I would say “alas”, but it is hard to be mournful when I think about how I’ll be seeing my niece and nephew again for my nephew’s BAR MITZVAH. Can you believe it? D turned 13 in March and will be reading the Torah on Saturday. I’m not sure how or when he got so big, but it seems very sudden (he’s almost my height now!).

So, we fly down to the Bay Area tomorrow and will spend the weekend with family. Not exactly something I’d complain about! Though I will miss the Festival, which is a bummer…

Especially since I now have a loft for the stash! Yes, a loft! In my new studio! (Yep, studio.)

While it’s not finished (see below), it was built/ installed on Tuesday and has already been used for a mini photoshoot for the super-secret pattern:

Studio photoshoot

The studio is 14′ x 14′, which should make it quite large enough for my many tools, gizmos, and anything else design/ work related:

14x14

Particularly because of the loft (which measures 6′ x 14′) that is speficically intended for the stash…

Loft!  Skylights!

Which even I can’t fill up that fast.

Or so goes the theory.

Anyway. We have big plans which involve cool flooring (I’m thinking Pergo) and of course insulation, plus Dad suggested a rolling ladder for the loft, which would just be AWEsome. I covet. My books and bookcases (plus comfy reading chairs) will go under the loft, while the sunlight main area will have all my design and creative tools and supplies.  I may even have room for a loom again.  That would be amazing, since I really miss weaving.

So, much has been happening here, obviously.  I’d love to type more, but I really need to go pack, since we’re leaving at 7 am.  Ugh.  I’m dreading facing the TSA so early in the morning.  That should be just super-duper fun.  Maybe I can sleepwalk through it…

I’ll try and post some more updates this weekend – including some other very exciting news – but make no promises.  Photos of the super secret project will definitely be going up on Monday, though, so keep an eye for that!  Until then, wish me luck, I’m gonna need it :)

Finally.

All that white stuff that was covering everything?

snowiness

It’s GONE.

YAAAY! Of course, I freely admit that I/ we didn’t suffer even a 1 on the 1-10 scale of snowed-in horror stories.  We had power, we had water and (thank you, Fates) we DIDN’T have a house full of relatives over for the holidays.

But, since the snow finallyfinally melted last night, I met up with Opus at Peet’s this afternoon:

peets

(Who was, arguably, in a worse situation than me with all the white stuff floating around.)

While there I cast on Dylan’s Brainmoster (also ‘finally’) because I (finally) got gauge on the third try.  The yarn is ShibuiKnits Merino Worsted in “Dragonfly”.  Loving knitting with it so far.  S’yummy.

Other than that?  Laundry, too many WIPs, and workworkwork.  S’all good.  Well, reasonably.

Anyway, have to go back to the laundry, but I promise to take the new digicam out and have some fun soon.  Also, I’ll get my pattern-writing skills together and come up with some rough drafts that’ll need testing.

Good news

Hark! Hear my rejoicing (albeit far away). Little D’s gansey is finally “finished”. Remember his gansey? The sweater that took 3 times (1st, 2nd, 3rd) to block? Well, I received “action” shots of it today from my sister, A, and have to share them:


And, just because, project specs:

  • Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (colour: Malibu)
  • Needles: US 6’s, I think.
  • Gauge: 5.5 sts/ inch
  • Size: 30″ chest (10-year-old size, supposedly)
  • Pattern: err… I cobbled one together using Knitting in the Old Way, The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, and sheer insanity.
  • Recipient: Little D, my nephew
  • Date started: October 14, 2006
  • Date finished: December 7, 2006 (I am so glad I have a blog to document this stuff!)

And it’s DONE!! I’d run around squeeing like a madwoman, but I’m tired (yeah, I did nothing today) and haven’t finished typing up this post. Other good news?

Hrm. The kitchen is painted (even if it does smell like wet paint and I can’t cook anything: yay!). I have two rows done on the lace border for Mum’s shawl (only 14 to go!). I’m nearly to the heels of the Spox (er… woot?). And, hehehe, I think someone might have a crush on… a friend (no, I won’t tell you who, she reads this blog) (I can’t believe I even wrote the word “crush”, that is so bloody high school) (It’s just a thought, I may be crazy, but…) If he does, he’d better make a move before I leave for Africa, cuz I reserve the right to torment my friends’ b/f’s to strengthen their characters.

And that’s about it. I want to go and spin that pink batt.

(Oh, and I have some slight ‘bad’ news. I fell off the wagon. But that is for another post!)