Friday, March 26, 2010

Sprouts Explosion, 3-ply and Silk Cowl

These were my alfalfa sprouts on Tuesday:
Sprouts Day 2
These are my alfalfa sprouts today and that's after having eating a bunch of them for lunch yesterday and having a handful this morning with breakfast:
Sprouts Day 5

When I haven't been staring gobsmacked at the sprout explosion, I have been spinning my first 3-ply yarn from Zer0 roving, who sadly does not appear to be in business any longer. 3-ply is hard without a tensioned lazy kate, y'all. Very hard. Like had to cut off 20% of the singles because they became a horribly tangled mess even though I used a 3-hole diz to guide the singles.

Does "tensioned lazy kate" sound like 3 words that don't belong together? Tensioned lazy is an oxymoron, as is lazy Kate. The only combination that almost makes sense is a tensioned KateohKatie. She's learning to drop spindle. If that doesn't make for a tense person than I don't know what does. I love my spindles, I do, but that first few weeks were, er, challenging.
When I haven't been growing sprouts or tearing my hair out learning how to 3-ply, I have been working on this very simple and luxurious cowl. I may never wear anything around my neck but silk ever again. YUM. I knit this from about half a skein of Tussah Silk that I dyed as a limited edition for the Strange Folk Festival.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Baby Sling Recall

Over 1 million "c-style" baby slings have been recalled. I know a lot of readers use these slings or know someone who uses them, so I thought I would post it here. Advocates insist that not all slings are dangerous. According to the article, slings should hold the baby upright and against the chest.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My Sprouts Are Sprouting!

We bought an Easy Sprout Sprouter a few months ago. The sprouting seeds were back ordered but they finally arrived on Friday. Sunday we started the alfafa seeds in the sprouter and today we have sprouts! HOW COOL!

 Easy Sprout Sprouter (and it IS easy!)

Sprouting sprouts!

Sprouts taking their daily bath

Sunday, March 7, 2010

On Not Blogging

I gave out my personal blog address to several people this week along with my business blog. I also gave a warning about rare but unapologetic f-bomb usage in my personal blog. One person visibly flinched when I said 'f-bomb'. She may have fainted dead away if I had actually said 'fuck'. My guess is that the fliching person won't be reading this blog. That's fine.

I was a lot more open with my opinions and life before I changed the name of the blog and asked Google not to index it. I like having lots of readers. I like reading about others lives and opinions and don't mind sharing my own to a certain degree. I like writing for my own entertainment and I don't mind sharing my thoughts with others. What I don't like is people standing around the yarn shop speculating on my life or speculating about what kind of person I am because I choose to blog, especially if I'm standing right there. Believe it or not, blog or not, I am kind of a private person.

Jen and I were talking to Franklin Habit (name drop! name drop) yesterday about how he negotiates blog-life and real life. I chickened out at 100 or so readers. He has thousands. I would love to have hundreds of readers, if I could think of something clever enough to say to them. Then I remember how profoundly uncomfortable I was when I realized that people I don't like were having entire conversations about the kind of person I was based on arbitrary bullshit, like the kind of hair cut I have. Then a few months later a group of extra catty people (maybe the same group of extra catty people) started in with thinly veiled snarks about me and how great I thought I was. Um...what?  That's when I realized I'm not thick skinned enough to maintain an entertaining blog, which is fine since blogging for An Audience is a lot more stressful than blogging for my friends.

Back to the name dropping in the previous paragraph, yesterday Jen and I went to a photography class taught by Franklin Habit at Kirkwood Knittery. It was a lot of fun and informative, but I was just plain worn out by Saturday afternoon. It has been a long damn work week on top of the 3rd funeral in 3 weeks, on top of still recovering from falling dramatically down stair on top of the same sinus crap that everyone in St. Louis has right now, so by the time I was face to face with Franklin I was stiffling yawning that had nothing to do with the entertainment value of the class....

...Scott just came in here to remind me I'm not supposed to be working or blogging today and that I've already been doing both for 5 hours already, so I've got to run away before further grumpiness ensues. Here, have a kinneared shot of Franklin Habit...

...and a proper one: