Monday, April 27, 2009

It's been a long time

I realized it has been a long time since I visited here. I may need to dust off a few cob webs.

Recently, I have applied for a job teaching beginning knitting and crochet at a local craft store. The interview went well and I have a part time job for the summer. I may have a full time job through Manpower. However, that position is still in the negotiating stage.

My experiment with breaking down rattan to spin into yarn hit a major snag when the rattan I was soaking accidentally was frozen in the bucket. The ice made the fibers break in half which is not an ideal length for spinning. I plan on making a second attempt now that we are past freezing weather.

In other news, our event schedule has a few changes. There will be rattan and a small portion of the yarn shop at Baron Wars in Ohio on the 9th of May. The group hosting the event had to change locations and it is now a day long event in a city park. We are still planning on attending Lilies in June and are trying to decide about attending Border Raids at the end of that month.

I promise photos and knitting natter in the near future.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Knit and Natter

I've been off reading and knitting. It's healthier than fretting over bills, the economy, or the state of the world in general.

comfort shawl
This is my third shawl done on US size 13 needles with a boucle yarn. I like the color changes on the blue almost as much as the so called brown. Actually, that one should have been named autumn because it had a lot of gold and orange in it.

red shawl
same thing in red, which was disappointing for the lack of color changes. Ah well, one can't have everything.

I am also working on a block a month throw. This one was for January.
Christmas_Epiphany block
My M.I.L. saw this and positively drooled. I think I know what she'll be getting for next Christmas.

Hubby ran a sale on rattan during our slow month. We had two orders that took forever to arrive. At least, I hope they've arrived by now. I managed to sell two magazines this week. I really should finish adding the books and magazines to our online store instead of relying on word of mouth to sell them.

Today is Val-Day in Kalamazoo. Hubby was at the event with rattan and yarn. Last week, we only took yarn to an event and he still managed to sell three sticks of rattan. He's decided to add Winter's End to our schedule this month. After that, we have the push to prepare for Gulf Wars down in Lumberton, Mississippi.

This little beauty arrived in the mail yesterday. Hubby ordered it from Clang Armory. They do nice work on the forge. The rose even had a bit of rose scent on it which made the dogs happy. My hound mix likes the smell of roses very much.

Time for a bit more knitting and to wind down for the evening. Tomorrow will be a busy day.