Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Knitty's photo contest

Well, I didn't win. *pout* Here's a link to the finished calender: http://www.cafepress.com/knitty.34759783

You can click on "View calender pages" and see the pictures they chose. I love September! I personally think mine rocked and one shoulda snagged the cover, but hey, that's just humble little me. We were each allowed three entries, which had to highlight a piece knitted from the Knitty site. Here are the ones I submitted back in August. I had a hard time choosing between the 6 or so amazing shots of Leo & Kate (fellow acupuncturists). Aren't they gorgeous?

Oh - and for those of you with sharp eyes - yes, that's my handspun yarn in the basket. The blue is corn silk and really glows!

Monday, October 10, 2005

Pole dancing and pole cats

Stripey cat top level conference, and Matt and the girls practicing their Batman scaling technique.

Homespun family

I did get a few emails from people wanting to see my handspun yarn, so here it is: Please click on the pics for a MUCH better view. The green is a triple ply merino. I have three skeins of that, and I'm inordinately proud of it. The rainbow is a color mix (varied wools) plyed with a soft synthetic glittery black (purchased). It'll make a perfect fancy evening shawl. The white is silk, single ply. The varied browns are all exotic fibers from a "taste test" class. It includes everything from vicuna and cashmere to raccoon (!). Super soft! I was experimenting with a longer twist on that one so the 2 ply looks almost like a single. The 2 ply grey is natural mystery wool I picked up at a yarn swap - I've got six of those. The red / blue 2 ply is another merino mix - 6 skeins of that. And the little ball is silk, not nearly as muddy as in the pic. It has a lovely sheen and the colors are like watermelon tourmaline. Alas, only a smidgen of that one. Any suggestions for projects are welcome!

The girls, Gillian and Maddie, had a great time at Gasworks park on their visit. They were here the same time my parents were, and we all piled into the cab. We also went to the Science Museum at Seattle Center, where I took the fall Needle shot.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Retro-Post: Fig & Graduation

These pics predate the taxi's arrival, thus the title. I graduated from OCOM on Sept 2 with a Master's in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture. Trafiglio Q. Havalina joined our family in the last few days of August. He's a Maine Coon baby and we expect him to grow to an impressive size. And since nobody gets away with just one name, he's also Fig, Spazzboy, and Talky the CoonCalf. He thoroughly trounces the other boys in their cattle battles, but when the bunny gets into it - WOW! She charges him, rams him, leaps at him with a flying sidekick like Bruce Lee! He's convinced she's utterly terrifying, and runs for it. Then they all collapse in a big friendly pile.

I know I promised pics of my homespun skeins, but I'm busy.... and I suspect it's more of a priority for me than my faithful readers. Raise a hue and cry if I'm mistaken, and I'll adjust accordingly.