Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Lean on me..

Please go to Annie Modisitt's blog and read today's post. If you ever thought your life was messed up, remember there is always worse or at least someone else in the same boat.
God bless their family.


Monday, May 21, 2007

The Show Me post

The digital photo's of the show. The rest need to be developed.

The baby jacket The Spring Fling Job

The new additions to my garden this weekend. The lawn was just mowed last night.
I'll get a closer photo of the back bed later.


Sunday, May 20, 2007

Knitting things I have done

I'm sure you seen this... Here's mine

Bold for stuff you’ve done, italics for stuff you plan to do one day, and normal for stuff you’re not planning on doing.



Garter stitch

Knitting with metal wire


Stockinette stitch

Socks: top-down

Socks: toe-up

Knitting with camel yarn

Mittens: Cuff-upMittens: Tip-down


Knitting with silk

Moebius band knitting

Participating in a KAL


Drop stitch patterns

Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn

Slip stitch patterns

Knitting with bananafiber yarn

Domino knitting (=modular knitting)

Twisted stitch patterns

Knitting with bamboo yarn

Two end knitting

Charity knitting

Knitting with soy yarn

CardiganToy/doll clothing

Knitting with circular needles

Baby items

Knitting with your own handspun yarn


Graffitti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)

Continental knitting

Designing knitted garments

Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)

Lace patterns

Publishing a knitting book


Teaching a child to knit

American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)

Knitting to make money

Button holes

Knitting with alpaca

Fair Isle knitting

Norwegian knitting

Dying with plant colours

Knitting items for a wedding

Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies…)

Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars

Olympic knitting

Knitting with someone elses handspun yarn

Knitting with dpns

Holiday related knitting

Teaching a male how to knit


Knitting for a living

Knitting with cotton

Knitting smocking

Dying yarn


Knitting art (Isn’t it all art? :))

Knitting two socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars simultaneously


Knitting with wool

Textured knitting

Kitchener BO


Knitting with beads


Long Tail CO


Knitting and purling backwards

Machine knitting

Knitting with selfpatterning/selfstriping/variegating yarn

Stuffed toys

Knitting with cashmere



Knitting with synthetic yarn

Writing a pattern



Knitting with linen

Knitting for preemies

Tubular CO

Freeform knitting

Short rows

Cuffs/fingerless mitts/armwarmers


Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine


Knitting on a loom

Thrummed knitting

Knitting a gift

Knitting for pets


Knitting with dog/cat hair

Hair accessories

Knitting in public

I hope this list gets longer, or I'm gonna have to give up knitting for something more challenging!
Just kidding!


Saturday, May 19, 2007

Plant one on me

This weekend started off with a sad but inevitable note. I sent Scotch to the Humane society this morning. I cannot afford to keep an animal that does nothing for me. The cages were then re distributed, and the whole basement cleaned. Next I took the girls to the Omaha Botanical Garden plant show and sale. We bought a membership and 3 plants I can't remember the name of, for the side garden. From there we came home and checked the flyer on the Military Appreciation Day at the Q-West Center. It started at 12 so we went through the old market farmers market before moseying down to the Q-West.
The kids saw a live bald eagle and got to go on a couple of those inflatable rides but when it came to the rock wall, there were too many complications and we just left. Un-discouraged, we went to Planet X on 84th and Center. We had a marvelous cheese pizza(A large and there were4 of us and we devoured it!) got to climb the rock wall as well as played a bunch of other games and earned some candy!

By then I was worn out and we came home. At 4, I took a trip to Springfield to look at the Sarpy County Fairgrounds for next years show. I'm sold. The buildings are heated and AC'ed, have bathrooms in them, one even has a kitchen, and there are barns for the animals. The price is higher than the VFW hall but not much so and we're getting a lot for it. I need to make a few contacts to get help paying for this but it should be do-able!

When I got back, I picked out spots for my new plants and planted them. I also did some weeding an noticed that the yellow rose I planted might not be dead after all. I fertilized it so we will see. On the plants for the front of the yard I may have to do something different. The shrubs I bought at Lowe's did not do so well in the downpour we had a couple of weeks ago. I thought if I gave them a chance to dry out they would survive, but no. I looked at a couple more rhoddies and many other plants today but to no avail. Does anyone know how to propagate rhoddies?

Anyway I need a shower and some dinner, so
Tune in next time when we have 3 new podcasts from our favorite people, more knitting spinning and planting to report, and a full belly!


Thursday, May 17, 2007

A Beautiful Day

Mary J Blige wrote:

- I woke up this morning opened up my eyes and prayed,
lord cuz it's a beautiful day, no matter what nobody say
even though it's cloudy I can see the sun rays oh,
cuz it's a beautiful day no matter what nobody say
cuz it's a beautiful day, a beautiful day

That song got me through a few tough times, as well as happy ones. I had my second interview today.
Another one called
Testimony was useful around 415 when I got a call saying I hadn't been selected. I also got the official letter of RIF from work today.

That and I am just so worn out. My daughters Museum night was tonight. The little stinker had her pieces in the showcase and in the art auction. Another teacher had her scheduled for a violin piece during the showcase. I had to kabosh that, I'm way too tired. But I'm really proud of her and took her out to dinner at Village Inn for a treat.

The trip to the funeral and back saw the front left of the shrug done. I'm almost done with the right front but have had to rip it back several times for various mistakes. So I need a rest for real. I'll start working on it again Saturday. Also Saturday evening I will be looking at the Springfield fairgrounds. This place will be more expensive but it's more space. We are also going to make the classes pre register. I will probably have to join several new clubs to pull in some resources. But first things first.



Monday, May 14, 2007

Enough with the show already!

No not really, it was a blast though. Thank you everyone who came!
5 out of 7 vendors showed up and 3 out of 5 at least broke even. One of the ones that did came from south west MO and one of the ones that didn't was me. We had over 50 people show up. Some from Lincoln some from other states, like Iowa. People saw the signs or the magazine ad, or were told by friends(Ahem!) to come by.

Yes we are doing it again next year but on the third weekend of May and somewhere else. There will be a website, and later there will be photos.

Of course I bought stuff from everyone. I had my girls take classes, and we all had a great time.

Unfortunately we had a distant family member die on Mothers day. We will be going to her memorial Wed.

Work was almost non existent today, every event is another nail in the coffin. This week HR is in, telling us what options we have for the Great Closing. Tomorrow they will talk to us second class employees for an hour. The rest of the time is spent covering the . Permanent employees.
Moving On!

There has been much progress on the spring green shrug. I'm up to 9 inches and divide for the armholes section. The green Cashmere sweater is on hold till I come back from guard in June.

That's about all for now. I will show you what I bought and some pictures I took and what I sold and something I learned about selling yarn.
Listen to your podcasts folks and knit the night away.


Thursday, May 03, 2007

Bellevue Fiber Festival

1st Annual Bellevue Fiber Festival,
Bellevue Nebraska
May 11-13 2007
VFW Hall 2108 Franklin Street, Bellevue

Join us as Nebraska celebrates the Joys of Fiber. We will be featuring wool, llama, alpaca, silk, and angora. There will be classes on knitting spinning crocheting and felting, picking a fleece. Whether you are just getting started or have been doing it for years, come celebrate with us!

Schedule of events

Friday May 11th 3pm

Class registration
Fiber In- spinning knitting crocheting what ever you do. Come spend some time getting to know each other and practice what you love.

Friday 3pm-6pm
Vendor set up
Market open
Class registration

Sat 900 am show opens

Beginning crochet 20.00
Advance spinning 50.00
Picking a fleece for spinning 20.00

Beginning spinning 35.00
Beginning knitting 20.00
Lace knitting 50.00
Soy silk felting
Triangle Weaving

3pm-6 pm
Fiber in

Sunday 900am open

930 -1200
Beginning spinning 35.00
Beaded crochet bracelet 20.00
Advanced spinning 50.00
Picking a fleece for spinning 20.00

100pm to 300pm
Knit ruffled Jabot 20.00
Lace knitting 50.00
Kids classes 5.00
Triangle weaving

Fiber in-knit spin crochet


Beginning Wheel Spinning 35.00
A class for those who don’t know how, but want to learn how to spin their own yarns on a wheel or drop spindle. Students can bring their own wheel/drop spindle, or purchase one at the fair to learn on. Also a great refresher class. Class is 2 hours long.

Beginning Knitting 20.00
A great class to get started knitting. A fabulous use for the yarns you spin, or a way to express your love of fiber. Class is 2 hours long. Materials can be brought to the class or purchased at the fair. You will need size 13 needles and 1 skein of worsted yarn.

Beginning Crochet 20.00
Learn to crochet, as an aid to your knitting skills, a way to use your handspun or Just a handy skill all by itself. Class is 2 hours long, and materials can either be brought to class or purchased at the fair. Participants will need a size N crochet hook and a skein of heavy worsted weight yarn.

Felted Soy silk 15.00
A two hour class on felting soy silk, this method is also called silk fusion,
Materials are provided.

Beaded Crochet 20.00
Crochet a bracelet with wire, yarn, and beads, with a magnetic clasp to close. Students will need 20 or 30 gauge wire, fancy yarn of your choice, Magnetic clasps, size 4 and H crochet hooks and E sized Beads! Materials need to be brought. Class is 2 hours.

Triangle Weaving 50.00
We will be making a triangle scarf on a small loom. All materials will be provided along with written instructions. The instructions are the same for either a small loom or a seven foot one. Each class participant will receive a wooden loom and yarn to complete the project as part of the class fee.
Class is 4 hours.

Picking a fleece for spinning 20.00
Learn how to pick a fleece for hand spinning, matching the fleece to the project that you want to do, or just knowing what to look for in choosing a great fleece.
We will talk about the breeds of sheep, which wool is best suited for a project, and what to look for in picking a hand spinning fleece. Washing a fleece, and preparing it for spinning will also be covered. Fleece will be available and samples will be provided for each student to take home and spin. Class is 2 hours.

Knitting with Fabric 20.00
Knit a high style dressy Jabot combining Yarn and lightweight fabric
Materials: Size 8 double pointed needles, 18, 2.5X10 inch strips of fabric, and a sport weight yarn of your choice. Materials will need to be brought to class.

Spinning Beyond Wool 20.00
Wheel or drop spindle class on spinning cotton and silk.
Class is 2 hours long and materials are provided.
Student can bring their drop spindles or wheel, or purchase one at the fair.

Reading, writing and knitting lace patterns.
All materials provided, class is 2 hours long.

Kids classes 5.00
Bracelets, felt wool bags and wool angels
Classes are ½ our each

Vendors and what they sell

Country Dream Acres
Finished goods

A Twist in Time

Some Bunny’s Wool

Fished goods
Processing services

Desoto Bend Alpacas
Finished goods

Arington Jacob Sheep and Alpaca Wool


Days Inn
1181 hillcrest rd
Bellevue Ne
402 292 3800

Best Western White House
305 ft crook rd
Bellevue NE
402 293 1600

Super 8
303 ft Crook rd
Bellevue NE
402 291 1518

American Family Inn
110 fort crook rd
Bellevue NE
402 291 0804

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Photo Shoot!

Job for June Poncho in Cotton Twist black from Sally Melville Purl. Pattern: Not Knit Round Scarf. Size 8 needle.
Job for May(but not in this yarn. That's Rowan Kid silk Haze and You can't pay me enough to work with this!) I ordered some Brown sheep cotton fleece same color, needle size 6.

Baby Jacket out of my head Cottentot yarn double thick and on size 10's. There will be closures and the baby's initials on the back.
Green Noro cashmere seamless yoke sweater. On size 5-7
I finally figured out the deal with the camera. It had a memory card the computer was jealous of. So I took it away and they play nice now.
FIBER SHOW MAY 11-13Th, VFW hall, Franklin st, Old Towne Bellevue
Leave a comment if you would like a pamphlet.