Monday, April 28, 2008

I made a garden!

I made a garden!!! In plastic tubs!! Too bad it's going to be frosty tonight and the whole garden is going to die. That's a bit lame.

My gardening methods are very precise. I've been growing seeds inside for like a month, and only about half of the seeds I planted ended up actually sprouting. At one point the little plastic container holding the seedlings blew off the window sill when the window was left open in a thunderstorm and all the seedlings and unsprouted dirt clods fell into the sink. I have no idea which unsprouted dirt clod was which, so when I planted the seedlings, I just buried the unsprouted dirt clods in the plastic tub in the corner, in the hope that it's just taking a little longer than expected for whatever is in there to grow. I labeled the tub in the corner "habaneros and jalapenos." Might be marigolds though. Shrug. I also poured the entire seed pack of carrots in a couple of very close together rows in one tub. I love carrots. I am hoping they all grow together into a very very wide mega carrot. This is going to be the best garden ever! Here's a picture of my half-stained deck, some plastic tubs of dirt and a barbeque (grill, to you midwesterners).

Awhile ago I mentioned that I had made a light box for taking pictures that look like hats are suspended in midair and whatnot. To make it, I cut three sides and the top out of a cardboard box, taped some tracing paper over the cutouts, put a long piece of white poster board along the back and bottom and put it next to a window and a desk lamp. I think the resulting pictures are pretty good, and kitty thinks the resulting box is a fantastic place to hang out.

Therefore, I figured it would be a good idea to take some pictures of him. They make me giggle, so you have to look at them, too.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Green Yarn

Here's some yarn I made! It even looks like yarn, huh?

I am trying to decide what I want to do with it. I really want to spin enough yarn to make an Urban Aran Cardigan or something similar. I've got 2 lbs of this green wool, and 1.5 lbs of alpaca, and I can't really decide if I want to make enough yarn to make a sweater out of both of them, or just use the wool to practice spinning. I am wavering between thinking that the green would make a really good color for a sweater and thinking that it would also be really goo wool to learn different spinning techniques with. I am definitely going to make enough yarn for a sweater with the alpaca. I am just not sure what kind of yarn I am going to make with it. Fat yarn? Thin yarn? Lots of plies yarn? Bumpy core spun yarn (like lion brand homestyle)? So this yarn is just sitting around not being used, and so is the spinning wheel until I make up my mind.

Until then, I am working on my Lizard Ridge again. Who knew that I would actually work on one of my random UFO's? Craziness.

Friday, April 18, 2008


Um, am I still in California or what? Hooray for being awake at 4:30 because the whole world is shaking. Come on now, wait for daytime so I can enjoy it.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Spring and spinning wheels!

Look! It's springtime! Granted, there is snow on the flower, but whatever.

Here's my spinning wheel! I've had it for a couple of weeks now and I love love love it! It's pretty, too!

It came with 2 lbs of green wool, so I have lots and lots to work with. Here's some green yarn I made and I plied together. It was just practice, though. I've gotten lots better since this.

My mom came to visit last week and for my birthday she gave me a ton of alpaca fiber!! It's so soft and wonderful!

Kitty likes it too. He thinks that it's a new friend.