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New Sheep In Town

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There’s a new Sleepy Sheep in town….

 

Tangled Sleepy Sheep 001

Tangled Sleepy Sheep.

Copyright © Christianne Gerstner 2014

 

Apparently, I’m working on a series of Sheep now.  I love how these projects evolve.  My DH mentioned I should probably do some tangles fiber related, sheep of course would be fiber related.  I started drawing and so far we have two in the series.  I’m pleased with how they’re coming out and I hope you like them too.

 

Tangled Sheep 002 refined

Tangled Sheep

Copyright © Christianne Gerstner 2014

 

To me, they are perfect for Fiber Lovers of any kind….I’ll be hanging mine up in my studio.  But a friend is thinking of getting them for her baby’s nursery and I can also see these in a child’s room.  Right now, they are both available in Prints, Shirts, Pillows and Tote Bags (the tote bags are so cute, I think I might end up with a collection) BUT redbubble is have a FREE SHIPPING promotion right now.  Just use the code WEEKENDBLAST.  Shipping adds up, so now is the time to shop!

Shameless Self-promotion out!

Well, is this a Blog or Not?

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Or does life just get in the way sometimes?  So much has happened since February, I don’t know whether to catch up, start from here or what.  Looking back, I can’t even tell you all that’s gone on, so let’s just go with more recent history……

I’ve started spinning again…..

My little Mini me came home with me one day in March from All About Ewe in Clark, NJ – a Schacht Sidekick.  I hadn’t any intention of buying a new wheel, but well, you know what happens when you sit down and spin on something that you don’t already own and become mesmerized by it.  Yeah.  Not to worry – the Ashford Traditional found a new home at All About Ewe and I sold my little Hitchhiker and a few spinning accessories for the Traditional that I never used – Ravelry is a wonder for selling stuff!  This is my Travel wheel and it’s already made the cut on our trip to Maryland  Sheep and Wool – it spins like a dream and I’ve produced more fiber in the last few months than I have in years.  If you are in the Clark, NJ area, stop in and say hey to Lisa and Jesh!  Great Shop, great atmosphere and you can even find some of our swifts and pins there!

Also, I’ve been weaving again….

Sock yarn warp, handspun weft – it’s awesome using your own handspun in your weaving.  This was the first project on my Norwood workshop loom in about ten years – the selvages are a wonky mess and I love it.  DH gave me a Schacht Cricket for Mother’s day, bought at MDS&W, and that will be coming camping with us this summer as well – love these compact little things.  I’ve made quite a few scarves on it….

Handspun warp and weft.  Fun!

But I’m most proud of this on the floor loom…..

Claudia Handpainted Silk in Huck Lace.  This is my very favorite.  Not only did I have to correct threading and sleying errors, I actually fixed them and ended up with something that I didn’t think I could do in my past weaving life.  I’m glad I’m older and can appreciate things differently now.

Not to worry  – I’ve still been knitting…..

I’ve since finished this first Color Affection and started a second.  This garter knitting is just the ticket right now for my nerves.  Our youngest has just shipped out for the military and this has turned out to be more difficult for us than we thought.  I’m guessing the weaving, spinning, knitting will all serve to calm my anxieties in the near future!

Looking forward to this summer…..

You might see me in your travels…..stop by and say hello!

Weekly Challenge 15, Love Your Curves, Baby!

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A little nervous, but excited…..I’m participating in my first Weekly Challenge 15 – Love Your Curves, Baby,  over at the Diva’s blog….

This week it’s all about Curves!

So now this is a Knitting, Jewelry, Photography and Tangling Blog!

Most surprising is that I’ve had my first commissioned work….

I was extremely nervous, as the only requirements I was given were the name and to include a Peace Sign.  I was very relieved that the person was really happy with it.  Whew!

And I actually did some knitting today.   Still working on the Weekend Shawl – I wish real weekends seemed as long as this shawl was taking me!

And the Wind Keeps on Blowing

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Let me just start with how long I’ve been worried that this tree was going to come down in a storm. 

Long time.

It was extremely windy yesterday and last night, howling winds, the kind that knock the wind out of you when they hit you in the face.

Last night, while we were out to dinner with some friends, the sucker, er, very nice considerate tree, finally blew it’s top.

The top of it is pretty HUGE…….

I think it’s at least almost half the length of the tree, probably a little less, since I tend to exaggerate when I’ve been preoccupied with said tree for as long as we’ve lived here…….I knew someday the tree was going to at least lose it’s top, and I was always very scared it would fall the other way towards this….

The back of our house.  I just turned to the right after taking the photo of the HUGENESS.  DH always assured me it would fall up hill, away from our house.  There is a scientific reason, or a physics equation that made him feel good about it, but I always thought Sh*t rolled downhill, so therefore I was always positive it was going to fall and hit our house. 

I’m quite relieved it did not.  And now, there is all sorts of happiness about the firewood and that the rest of the tree can be removed without any damage to said dwelling. 

I’m glad we were out of the house when it happened – we were having a fun dinner with friends. 

Yesterday was an entirely fun day – Jeanne came for lunch and knitting and dessert and tea – it was so nice!  And since I feel the beginnings of startitis….

Terra using Cascade 220.  I had originally cast on in some stash wool, but it was just too rustic.  Rough rustic.  Like I wouldn’t want it to touch my skin rustic – Jeanne agreed.  And while this color never thrilled me in a sweater sized project, I’m happy with it as a nice comfy shawl.  It’s a nice knit and I like how the garter stitch alternates in there.  The addition of the lace at the bottom really makes me look forward to finishing this shawl.   

I’ve been pretty one-project-at-a-time lately, and had earlier in the week cast on for Irish Coffee

Berroco Blackstone Tweed, in Plum Island.  Gorgeous, gorgeous color and the yarn is like so soft and nice to work with.  I think I might have to get more to just have.    The pattern is just above where I would start the cables.  I’m hoping to get by there sometime in the next few days.  I’m really happy with Thea’s patterns.  She designs in a style that I love, the details that I usually look for in clothing that I buy, and it is so nice to be able to make them for myself.  Last weekend I finished up Nutmeg Russian….aka White Russian -

I swear, I feel like Busty McBust in that photo.  While I love the Silky Wool, it tends to “bloom” and it’s pretty stretchy.  I made the 36/38 and modified the sleeves to be narrower and never made the length even close to what it should have been – like I said, the yarn just grows.  I’m glad to be able to try on as I go and make sure it fits me – another great advantage to Thea’s patterns, as she really makes you feel like you’re in charge of your own knitting – which of course, you are.  While I’m not happy that the photo doesn’t show my over 30 pound weight loss, I am very happy with the sweater ;)  I think I might even make this again in the heavier yarn the pattern actually calls for.  It would knit up even faster, I’m sure.

Well, whew.  Now I’m going to try to restrain myself from casting on for another sweater, and maybe another shawl.  Try.  No promises.  But I can’t be held responsible for my mood if we get more of that snow that they are forecasting right now.  I keep thinking that the weather people are just too scared to tell us the truth anymore – they’d rather do the “sorry we didn’t see that coming” report, than the “hang onto your snowshovels, we’re getting dumped on” report.  Of course that groundhog predicted only six more weeks of winter – I halfway think there might have been a line of hunters, ready to take aim if he predicted otherwise.

So in honor of doing something nice,  the DH has decided to have a SALE on his Black Walnut swifts - they are awesome and so beautiful in that wood……Go check it out, they’ll be on sale for a limited time only.  Don’t forget to “LIKE” us on our Facebook page, too!

I’m going to get back to enjoying the long weekend – enjoy yours as well!

It’s Still January

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Is it just me, or does this month just seem sooooooo long….

Wintery Mountain Scene from the Backyard.

We are getting saaaa-lammmed with snow this year.  Mind you, we’re not nearly as covered as other parts of the country, or even other parts of the east coast, but dayum.  So much for the Farmers Almanac and Global Warming.

All that white stuff means there is plenty of this going on…..

Mr. Beardfasay, shoveling the snows.

We’ve had three snow days in the last 10 days.  We have four built into our school year.  We are supposed to get dumped on again this week….and something tells me we will use that one or, horrors yet another that we’ll have to make up at the end of the year.  And since this weather trend doesn’t seem to be changing…….we’re not even halfway through yet are we?  Snowmaggeddon is upon us!

Since we had two snow days this week, along with the MLK holiday, which I took for a sick day….bleech(a flare up of the Fibro, boooooo!)……I was able to finish this up, whilst sitting on the couch, watching the snow and generally not doing or feeling like doing much else….

Cranberry Capelet. She is finished.  She is ready to wear……and in the lineup for tomorrows work outfit.  I love how this turned out.  Details on my Ravelry page, but I used Cascade 22o Heathers, and this color is pretty accurate.  I ended up having a longer row gauge then the pattern so this is only 7 cable repeats and it worked out just fine.  Thea’s patterns are so well written, you can really understand them.  She is so accessible if you need help and really, you can modify something like a capelet to fit you.  As was pointed out to me, try it on!  Why not, it’s knit from the neck down, so really trying it on is the only true way to get the fit and length you want.

2011 must be the year of new electronics……

My last laptop was pretty much done.  It still booted up and took so long to get going I was maybe turning it on once every 3 or 4 days, and doing everything through my Ipad.  I wish I could say the Ipad could be the only device you need(and I love, love, Love it dearly), but I think you still need that “base” computer to be able to back up to, process photos on etc. take care of business so to speak.   Since Apple and Adobe still haven’t figured out how to really get along, there is that flash issue and then the Java issue.  So after mulling it for awhile – I was going to switch to Mac, but I couldn’t wrap my head around a few things – one – the price and two – I’d be running Windows in parrallel on the mac and so I didn’t see why I shouldn’t just stick with a PC.  I know PC’s.  I’ve had IBM, HP, Dell, and honestly, they’ve all pretty much been a let down.  I wanted something that was fast, reliable and had a lot of bang for the buck…..hence the Sony Vaio.  Super fast, super light, I’m really loving its “mac like” keyboard, built in SD card Reader (!!) and Windows 7 is something else.  Still learning all the new things I can do and damn if that Cloud is something I understand right now, but I’m having fun sorting it out.   So far I’m really impressed with Sony.   The only sticking point I would have is the sound – not that great, but not something that can’t be fixed with adding a laptop speaker.  And, the stinker went on sale less then 24 hours after I purchased it – one phone call later, and that money was credited to my card.  You can’t ask for any better……………well, it could maybe come with Microsoft Outlook, but Windows is pushing it’s own mail etc, etc.  I’m waiting on my refund from Microsoft – I purchased Office Home and Student, which USED to come with Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OUtlook.  Now it comes with Word, bullshit, bullshit and bullshit.  Honestly – I want just three programs out of that suite.  So of course, I did not see my error till I was installing the newly downloaded ware.  I was told I could be issued a refund and I’m waiting on that email notification.  Be careful if you go out there and think the Mighty M has stuck to it’s same programming schedule – nope!

The cold and I do mean COLD – it’s OW degrees outside – has kept me close to the fireplace and knitting on this…..

That is the cowl of White Russian aka Nutmeg Russian.  I’m using Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, so this is going to be a little lighter weight then the yarn it calls for, but I like the drape of it right now.

Baby, it’s cold outside.  Staying inside, with a cup of Hot Cocoa, my knitting and a warm, snuggle pup…..

Stay Warm!

ETA:  I just want to say Thank you for all your comments – something went kaplowy with my setting in WordPress and I wasn’t getting emailed when they went through, hence, me not replying.  I think I’ve fixed it now……

What? 2010 is almost over?

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The last month of 2010 has been craaaaazy busy. Not the usual crazy, getting ready for the holidays, ho ho rendous preparations etc. Nope. I added to the whole horror day mix by deciding, at the last possible second to hand knit 15 gifts this year. 15.  Fifteen.   Numero fifteeno.    A big ole piece of crazy cake.

I frickin did it, too.

I might be slightly, permanently holding my hands in a claw like position, but darn- it, I knit every gift for the girls at work, plus two amazing gifts for my children.

Our “Beardfasay” Boys (Scrubs reference intended)  oh and the shirt on the right – totally a game reference, Mindcraft, but I can’t tell you any more than that.

Granted 5 of the gifts were these small, fun little flakes…..

I did keep one for our tree – and I think I’ll be making more of these sometime…..just not right now.

A little after Christmas knitting, because she was very understanding about all the quality time spent cuddled into my side, while I knit all those other gifts…..

Catskill Ridge Sweater for Sophie.

I’m happy with the gifts I was able to accomplish this year.  It was something I wanted to do, as opposed to something I felt obligated to do – and though I felt rushed, it was a good feeling getting things knit with specific people in mind.  I’m glad I could share what I do with a few people that are important to me.  And furpuppies.

Christmas was surprising for me.  Not in that is was nice – it always is because we get to be together.  But Darn if DH didn’t surprise the heck out of me – again – this year.  It started with the stocking….

At first I just didn’t get it.  It’s a little notebook with an “eye” on it.  Then DS was all explaining at me……”Mom, what is it a picture of?”  “An Eye”……”Mom, what is it ON”…..”a notebook?”  doh!  A pad.  An EYE pad.  We had a nice chuckle over that – we all seemed to enjoy giving each other little gag gifts this year.   And I went on to open some incredible gifts.  Bamboo Addi Clicks!!!!  Extra cables for them!!!!  A box of Yarn!!!!  Just really wonderful, generous, way more than enough……

After all the gift giving, ooohhhh, and ahhhing was done, DH went inside and came back with a big box for me…..all explainy – it might not be the right one, we can take it back, etc, etc.  I was more than perplexed.  Unwrapping the box, I see the work “DELL” on the front.  Still don’t know what it is.  Open it up and there, tucked in between two styrofoam braces is another box………..and you could have easily knocked me over with a feather.  An IPAD.  A real one this time.  Holy crap!  I just don’t have words.  I’m still very suprised and shocked and totally feeling very fortunate and spoiled.  And I love, love, love it.  I debated about writing about it, but this blog is my journal of sorts and I really wanted to mark the amazing thing my husband did for me.  (if you look at the above photo, you can see the edge of the “real” one peeking out – I credit our youngest DS photo taking directions)

It was a really nice Christmas – oldest DS arrived mid morning and we had another bit of gift exchanging and then just enjoyed being together.  We had a lot of fun with the Beardfasay’s – despite having to figure out the pattern – that was what made it a fun project.   Oldests Christmas list was the start of that little adventure – he was being a bit of a smartass, and put a Ford Mustang on his list and then a picture of this beanie with a beard.   After doing some pattern searches, I was hesitant about buying the pattern – I should have trusted my instincts.  After spending more than I think a pattern should cost, well, I’m not going to go on and on but, long story short – I ended up designing the beard myself and I’m happy with the outcome.  The boys are going skiing next week and I think they’ll get some laughs out of wearing them around.

There is still a lot of knitting going on.  One more knit that has to get done – a baby blanket.  I did finish up the Cardi-Vest just the other day, too.  And Thea’s wonderful new design, Cranberry Capelet may have fell onto my needles.  Just saying. Thea is probably my favorite knit-designer and I can say I have yarn for at least two more of her patterns.    The Addi Clicks are amazing.  I have to be honest here…..my Knit Picks Harmony needles were just pissing me off – every cable had to be glued and RE-GLUED and still, they are popping out like crazy.  Nothing like knitting lace and having a freaking cable come out of the needle – True Story.  If you can snag yourself a set of Addi’s on sale, they’d be totally worth it.  I don’t know how or if they go on sale, I seem to remember a while ago seeing them on sale at some point.  But they are just wonderful to knit with – and the click part of it is ingenious.

2010.  It seems the older we get, the faster the years seem to go by.  Sometimes, you might look back and judge the year based on how many good vs. bad things happened.  This year I look back and feel a sense of accomplishment, which I hope will settle into  the rest of my years-looking-backness.  It wasn’t a particularly one way or the other year.  But it was a year that I seemed to work through a LOT of stuff.  It may not have had a happy outcome for each thing I worked through, but it had the kind of outcomes, that as a grownup, you can accept and move on from.  I’m ok with that.  Some events were nerve-wracking – a child in a car accident is never an easy thing to go through, but we’re all very lucky and blessed that what happened wasn’t as bad as it could have been.  We are all here, at the end of 2010, none the worse for wear, a bit older, and hopefully more than a bit wiser.  More appreciative.  More grateful.  And surprisingly, while looking forward to 2011, not entirely in a rush to see 2010 go out the door.

May 2011 bring with it Health, Happiness and Peace – Happy New Year!

ETA:  January 1, 2011 marks the sixth anniversary of this blog – it’s been six amazing years of learning and growing.  I’m grateful to have the place and the people who’ve helped me do both along the way – Thank you.

Cassis, she is done.

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Cassis by Thea  Colman using Cascade 220.  Started November 6, Finished November 21!

So hard to get a good photo with a wiggly puppy….

I’ve just lightly steam blocked it after I wove in the last end today…..I’m wearing it and it’s just wonderful.  Thea has a great talent for pattern writing and I love the style of her designs.  I’m eyeing my next knit from her patterns already and I’ve still got Nantucket Red in my queue – I think I’ll have to get an updated copy of that pattern as I had a test knit copy, but……I should have enough yarn now.  This was an easy to follow, fast knit, yet it wasn’t boring at all.  And I love Cascade 220 – it’s probably my favorite go-to yarn.  Excuse my grandmothers arms – no matter how much weight I lose, I fear I’m still going to have upper arms like that.  Sigh.

I’m actually surprised I finished this up….last week did not allow for a lot of knitting time and it seemed like the longest week in a while.  But this week will be short and probably not too sweet – it’s always crazy at work before a holiday.  Tomorrow night we are hopefully signing for our DS2’s car which will take a little of the pressure off MOM’s TAXI service – but replace that with the anxiety of him being back on the road again…..I’m sure time will help with that, but I’m still going to worry.  Holiday prep and all that will make this week seem like there are not enough hours in the day.  I’m really looking forward to hopefully being able to relax a little bit sometime over the long weekend!  And the cooking – love doing that and I plan to enjoy it.

Ok, now to relax a little bit and try to decide….do I want to knit this? Or this?? or maybe even this? If your celebrating, enjoy your Thanksgiving – regardless,  have a great week!