Monday, July 31, 2006

Changed my Personal Blog Address

Here's a link to the new, improved Yarn's the Word.

Sorry to bounce around like this, but the old host was making me sick with all the pop under ads.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Look What We Finally Got

(Sorry, it doesn't involve fiber.)

Friday, July 28, 2006

Twisted Friends

Hi everyone. Where did you all go? No new postings lately. I am posting an update on my spinnin skinny blog. I am too tired to do it twice so please visit

Sunday, July 23, 2006

I am trying to show y'all what I have ben doing lately. None of you can top this I'll bet!
Jonathan is the one with his eyes open. Reagan is in the middle, and Zachary is asleep on the other side. Too bad he doesn't sleep at nap time or night.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Okay, So Tell Us What YOU Are Up To

I have had a full plate fiberwise lately: Spinning the lovely Merino/Tencel blend that Lynne dyed, learning how to weave (?!), dyeing yarn and teaching a lovely little (fast study) 10 year old girl how to knit socks. She is a delight to be around - she is very patient and attentive to her work. Today, she learned to do the long tail cast on, purl (all she knew was how to do a knitted cast on and a knit stitch prior to today), to do 1x1 ribbing and to work with Double Pointed Needles. The girl is a knitting prodigy! I also have a full plate of knitting classes coming up to teach at my LYS.

So, but what I really want to know is, what are the rest of you up to? It seems like Kandy and I have taken over. We really would like to see some of your beautiful things.

Sunday, July 16, 2006


Too. Much. Fun.1st project
Started Thursday night late - finished Friday afternoon (worked on during conference call).
Needs finishing, fulling and blocking.

# 2 - Plaid
Using the yarn made with the roving of Sandy's I split up and carded,
plus two skeins from my stash.

I might have ordered the three other reeds, a book, some shuttles and the tote bag.
Just saying.

Friday, July 14, 2006


Elayne managed to turn our the end of our group picture into a night time scene. She should be in the special effects business! And playing the part, I look like a deer caught in the headlights.

Here we are doing a recap of what we have learned so far.

Rosemary shows off her awesome intarsia. And, a closer view of her gorgeous stuff:

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

A Couple of Projects

This is the lace scarf I am knitting from the Shetland/silk combo. I did not dye this yarn, but spun it. It is the finest laceweight I have done to date. You just have to love Shetland! I forgot to add in a coin or something for perspective, but those are size 2 needles the work is sitting on.

Here is the picture of the BFL/Alpaca I dyed, spun and plied. Can't wait until I produce enough of it to actually knit with!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Loom, The Loom

Knitter's Loom - No photos, haven't warped it yet, but it did arrive this afternoon and I skimmed through the instruction booklet.

Just finished plying another 4 oz. of fingering weight (this skein has taken me about a month to spin).

I've uploaded photos to my computer - so here is what I worked on last week

This is Sandy's roving I purchased at Red Rooster. I used the picot cast on for the sock, though I'm not sure I ended up with the right side facing out. I'm knitting this on a size l needle - yippee!

This is 4 oz. from my stash that I spun and plyed last week at Mom's. I'm finally happy with the end result of my spinning, and I have to thank our time together at the retreat with getting me there.

Gotta li'l problem

I tried all day long yesterday to start a shawl with the silk y'all saw at the retreat. I want a soft, drapey, flowy kinda shawl. Well....single silk didn't work. It was like knitting cobwebs or cotton candy, and I put a lot of twist in it. I tried plying it with sewing thread. Didn't like the results. I plied it back on itself and it knitted up really well, but wasn't very soft and flowy. I am now trying to put my hair back on my head after pulling it all out. Apparently I need some help. Y'all got any suggestions?

Monday, July 10, 2006

Lovin' the Party!!

Hi everyone! I was away in Atlanta over the weekend (to see the newlyweds, what else?) and did not get to do much fiber stuff. I did start a laceweight scarf out of some Shetland and silk I had spun and plied. Pictures must come later, since I am away for the night on business and have no way to get pictures on this computer. I also am plying some alpaca/BFL 50-50 blend that I had dyed myself. The alpaca/BFL takes dye beautifully and spins like a dream. I highly recommend it!

I was so pleased to see how everyone is getting in on the posting. This is going to be so much fun. I am looking forward to seeing what everyone is up to.

For the newbies who have never blogged... Come on in, the water's fine!

My Knitter's Loom is still en route, so I have no progress to report there.

Ta for now.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

The Winnah!

The winner (or should I just say the owner?) of the fess up photo is none other than Jennifer! Thanks, all, for the quick replies.

fess up!

One of you all dyed and spun this loveliness last year at Shakerag. But who?


Dang Pam - you've been busy! I'm just finishing up packing and getting ready to leave my Mom's house to go home. Dreading the drive and bracing for the reality of going back to work.

I've been a busy spinning bee this week - I've spun up two 4 oz. skeins and most of 3rd. I've started socks with the first skein. I'll try to post photos later (camera's already packed).

I learned so much last week - my plying has gotten so much better. I had a great time and met three cool new friends - thanks everyone.

Saturday, July 08, 2006


just a quick note! haven't done much knitting and no spinning since leaving Lynne's on July 5, to visit my sis in Knoxville. going back home to Oregon tomorrow and will post photos and more words from there! cheers....
I am honored to have been invited here. I'm so inspired by the things I've seen so far.

Because of Pam's encouragement, I plan to learn Intarsia. I need to finish the One Skein Secret Pal Exchange gift I'm knitting first though. If I started something new and fun, I might not pick the exchange project back up!

I'm finally in.

Being new to blogging, I've been trying to figure this out and hope I've found the right place. The posted pictures are great and when I figure that part out I will show everyone what I've done this week.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Carolyn's Stuff

Okay, not as beautiful as Pam's, but here they are.

Fiinished my homework

I got my knitting done today. It isn't blocked square enough, and yes, I do see the mistakes in the yarn pick-ups, but here it is anyway. My mother is so in love with it that she is going to frame it. That's my mom for you. She thinks I am a genious. If she knitted, she wouldn't think that but who am I to burst her bubble?
The babies (three of them) went home today. Jim and Allison aren't answering their phones. I don't blame them. Everyone in the world wants to see those babies. Me most of all, but I will get my chance soon. I will respect their wishes for privacy. After all, this is their first experience as a family and it is far from normal.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Another day another pretty picture or 2 or 3 or 4.I know I sent all of the kTwisted Friends a way to post on this blog. Due to certain circumstances we are going to change that. Lynne is helpingme because I am not so computer literate. Will send info later.

The beautiful intarsia and harlequin designs are Lynnes'. The beautiful babies are mine. I finally got enough "quiet time" to do my entrelac. My OCD kicked in and I am surrounding it with intarsia which will be followed (hopefully) by mosaic. I will post the results when finished.

Monday, July 03, 2006

A new place to meet-free.

Well I am all rested up and ready to try to learn what I should have already learned. I can knit any time but seeing old friends (and three GREAT new ones) is more precious than stitches.
I will do my best to keep current with this blog, but if my OCD wanes all of you will have to pitch in and lend some typing fingers.
We all had a wonderful time at the Red Rooster Retreat in Crane Hill, Alabama. My friend/teacher/mentor Lynne gave us instructions in mosaic, entrelac, intarsia, and most valuable to me (and it turns out the rest of the group too) were the instructions for picot cast-on.
My friend/teacher/mentor Sandy was a joy to be with and her fiber was delicious as always. There are no real words to describe the joy I felt being with all of the wonderful friends I made at Shakerag last year. Rosemary and Jennifer, it's a wonder I didn't cry all the way home. Kandy your enthusiasm and laughter will be with me for a long time. Hopefully until we next meet. SAFF anyone? Blaine, your stories cracked me up and we simply could not have done what we did without you. Caroline,, you know. Rosemarysitting quietly just kept on turning out beautiful knitting. Mistakes CAN be better than the thing you are trying to do.
Our new Twisted Friends, Jerri, Mary Ann, and Elayne were (and are) a welcome sight. Elayne did me the supreme favor of taking Mossy Oak and turning it into something beautiful for herself. Mary Ann is a wonderful and interesting lady. She is a multi-talented whiz. I am going to sample some of her natural goat cheese and soap sometime soon. Jerri was intensely soaking up every morsel of info that was passed around. Lurking around the edges though was a great sense of humor and gladness to be with us. We like you too. Me? The only thing I accomplished was picot cast-on and knitting the tail of my piece instead of ther working yarn. But I did knit it back across the row and wove it in at the same time. Saved by the bell.
Some of us brought our dyed rovings and swapped them with each other. I hope everyone thinks she got the best end of the deal. I know I do.
I hope we can do it again next year, but the only time available at Red Rooster is a weekend in August. Can I have some feed-back on that please?
What can anyone say about Red Rooster and Jim and Jennifer? Beautiful, quiet, serene,welcoming, ad infinitum. The food is in a catagory by itself. MMMMMMMM, yummy sounds! I still haven't figured out how to put the captions under the pics instead of in the post, but I hope you enjoy them anyway.