Posts Tagged by weather
|28 July 2014||Posted by Ness under Life, Recording|
I don’t like delaying episodes. It’s a point of pride for me that I tell my listeners when they can expect the next episode, and that I stick to it. Yes, sometimes there’s a day or two delay, but life happens, and I do try to stick pretty close to that schedule.
Which is a short way of saying, this episode will be late. And it will be later than I’d otherwise like, as in, probably next weekend. I had an amazing day yesterday at Operation Gussy-Up with Knitmonton, which was four hours out in the sun. I over-dressed. I had no hat. I thought I drank enough water, but apparently not. So I’d planned to record the episode tonight, but I did not plan on staying home ill with a touch of heat exhaustion.
I may not have an official diagnosis of anything that’s wrong with me, but I do have chronic health issues, and I’ve been riding the line in terms of my energy levels for a while. Today, I am out of spoons. It took a bit of sun to make me take the day, but I slept, rested on the couch, and I’ve made myself cook a pot of pasta sauce which will last me for meals for several days. But that’s all I’ve got. It’s another hot day today, and even though that’s quite honestly all I’ve done today, that’s all I can do. If I get the grocery list made and rice cooked for breakfast before I go to bed, I’ll count myself lucky.
I hate it, to be honest, and it doesn’t sit well with my work ethic, and OMG HOMEWORK, but I have to accept that I have nothing left. So I will beg your indulgence, and put out episodes probably pretty close to back-to-back weeks. On the up side, I do actually have quite a bit to tell you about homework and the tapestry, and hopefully there’ll be a lot more to tell in the next few days.
|17 November 2013||Posted by Ness under Podcast|
In which I make an effort to remind myself of the good things about winter, try to spin 8 TPI skeins twice, review woolen spinning and rolags for Level 2, finish the Op Art blanket and promptly reward myself with some knitting and spinning, chat with Donna Druchunas about her new project, Stories in Stitches, and finish up the front horse on the Tapestry, mostly. Thanks for listening!
- Op Art – Pattern page on Ravelry, pattern page on Knitty, and my project page.
- Shattered Stars by Liz Corke – My project page and the pattern page on Ravelry.
- Nozky Legwarmers by Monika Sirna – My project page and the pattern at Knitty.
- AF Handcrafts
Fibreside Chat – Donna Druchunas
- Donna Druchunas’ website, where you can find a list of all her books and classes.
- Stories in Stitches website. Pre-order will go on until middle of this week!
- The Event Horizon Pi Shawl pattern page on Ravelry. Gorgeous!
- Sign up for Donna’s newsletter here!
By The Wayside
|14 September 2013||Posted by Ness under Knitting|
Today was the big yarn bomb for Kaleidofest. Since I didn’t go, let me tell you about Thing 3’s experience there.
Three hours was the minimum amount of time artists could take to put up their lamp post decoration. Things 1, 2, and 3 all thought that would be PLENTY of time. Why, they’d probably have to sit about and make more flowers to add to the garden to make up that minimum three hours. But they didn’t count on one thing: the generosity of Knitmontonians. Once all the flowers, leaves, birds, bees, dragonflies, and other critters had been laid out on the table, well, they were BLOWN AWAY. So many things to plant in the garden! Amazing! Brilliant! Colourful!
Things started not completely smoothly. The lamp post they’d been assigned was larger in diameter than what they’d anticipated, which meant that while the grass fit, the sky wasn’t as sure a proposition. However, the malleability of yarn (even acrylic yarn), proved equal to the task, and that cozy is NOT going anywhere until they take it down tomorrow night. With the hard part done, it was time for proper tea before on to the flowers.
As they worked, many people stopped to look, to touch, and to compliment. It was brilliant, and they would like to thank everyone who stopped by and told them how lovely the Garden was, who took photos of them, who took photos of themselves with the Garden, who told other people about yarnbombing, who voted for them, and who generally made life wonderful. Kudos should also go out to the the Kaleidofest volunteers who stopped by with water and good spirits, and who didn’t laugh when the 30 degree weather made them give up on anonymity.
Yes, it was hot. Hot and sunny. And the hats and beards did not last the full five hours it took to complete the Yarn Garden. Only three (which is long enough to get kind of a silly looking slight sunburn on the face, let Thing 3 tell you…). But we’ll pretend that they’re still anonymous, okay?
The four lamp posts will be judged tomorrow afternoon, and there are cash prizes to be had. Should the Yarn Garden win, Knitmonton will be splitting the prize money between the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts and the Alzheimer Society of Alberta. Because Knitmonton does what they do to make people smile and to bring beauty into the world, and for no other reason.
Click here to see the photos in the slideshow below with captions. Special thanks to Keely for wielding the camera to get so many great pictures!
|8 September 2013||Posted by Ness under Podcast|
In which I consider the arrival of fall, finish my month off of homework, make hats and flowers and plans, get spindle-whispered by Caroline Sommerfeld, and don’t mess up on the horse in the Tapestry. Thanks for listening!
- Master Spinner Program
- Fibre Week at Olds College
- Flannelberry Creek’s website
- Frazzlebatts at Flannelberry Creek
- Knitmonton’s post about the Kaleido installation
- Beard hat – I used jlpauley89’s beard notes on Rav for my beard, in Cadet Knit Picks WotA Bulky, and the Gridiron Hat pattern for the hat, in Anchors Aweigh Knit Picks WotA Bulky. I’ll get a project page made up once I get some photographs.
- 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet by Lesley Stanfield on Amazon and at Chapters.
- Lion Brand Bonbons – I have the Beach and Nature cotton colourways.
- Longing Sheep pattern on Ravelry.
Fibreside Chat – Caroline Sommerfeld
- Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts website
- Jim Leslie spindles – I ended up with a walnut spindle.
- Buy Caroline’s book here
By The Wayside
|3 July 2013||Posted by Ness under Spinning|
While cyclists from around the world push themselves in the Tour de France, spinners around the world push themselves at their wheels and spindles. The whole idea behind Tour de Fleece (now hosted on Ravelry) is to push yourself, but to have fun in the process. My first Tour de Fleece, in 2010, was completed on my toy-wheel spindle. My challenge to myself was to spin every day, and get much more comfortable with my spindle, and to decide if I really liked this spinning thing. It worked.
I got a lot accomplished on my little spindle, and then was all ready for TdF 2011. That was also the year I went to Fibre Week for Level 1.
Tour de Fleece generally begins the day immediately following Fibre Week. But that wasn’t going to deter me. I spun through Fibre Week, and then I spun for the whole Tour de Fleece. I ended up with quite a bit of yarn in the end (though I didn’t spin any homework, which would have been smarter).
After TdF 2011, I didn’t spin again for well over a month. I was still newish to wheel spinning, and it was just a bit too much at that time. In 2012, I might have done it again, but I came home from Fibre Week with a nasty cold, which didn’t go away for well over a month; I was still suffering a bit when I went to London to take in the Olympics. The laying about in bed put paid to any plans I had to do the Tour last year.
But this year, I had a plan. Fibre Week went well for my legs, and I have so little left on my Level 2 homework that I felt pretty good about making finishing the homework my TdF goal. I didn’t come home with a cold, for all that it seemed to be threatening, my legs feel okay, and I’m committed to completing my homework as soon as I can.
But you know what they say about plans, right?
It’s Tour De Fleece Day Five, and so far, I’ve not spun on two of them. Today might have been another not-spinning day, but I brought my new takhli and some cotton with me to work (yes, I know that’s not Level 2 homework). I’ll give myself a pass yesterday, what with the temperature being 44 C when you factored in the humidity, and I guess I’ll give myself a pass for Day 1 too, considering I drove home from Olds and unpacked that day.
I usually put myself in the Peloton group for Tour de Fleece. I work, and it’s summer, and sometimes life gets in the way, but I’ve usually been able to spin every day for just a little bit. Today, I mentally took myself out of the Peloton and planted myself firmly in with the Lanterne Rouge. But I’m not counting it as a mark of failure. Les Lanternes Rouges also complete the Tour de France, albeit with not the fastest time. But they still get to the end, on their own two wheels, on their own terms. And so will I.