Kitty Kitty Bang Bang AKA Knitty Knitty Bang Bang.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Yarn School - as always - was amazing.

I left Austin on Wednesday morning and made my way to OKC. I spent the night with Justine & Larry - and their beautiful family - and then headed to Topeka bright and early on Thursday morning. I made it to my 1:00 PM appointment with Ron with mere moments to spare and we spent the afternoon putting the color into my yarn geisha tattoo.

An interesting side note on my afternoon of getting tattooed - I hated it. Every moment was agony. I'm not sure if it was because I spent the whole day driving (and the day before) and this was my driving leg, or maybe it was hormonal - but I hated every second of it. And it went on and on and on... Hopefully Ron will forgive me, as I'm sure I wasn't a star customer.

After the tattoo, I drove out to Harveyville and settled in for a long weekend of dying, spinning, eating, napping, chatting and laughing. I met some amazing new people and reconnected with some of my old favorites. The food was amazing, as always - and I brought home a few extra pounds as a souvenir.

My room in the high school is called the "Time Out Room" and it is a strange little room that is built directly on the balcony of the gymnasium. If I had to guess, I would say that it was originally used for storage or maybe as a projection booth. Really I have no idea. It was nice to have my own room but it was pretty loud up there - both with the late night spinners and the early risers. But overall it didn't really effect my sleep very much (or my multitude of naps).

The view out of the window in my room:

The same view once a day's worth of dyed fiber was hung out to dry:

The view down to the spinning circle in the gymnasium from the balcony outside of my room:

Down in the gymnasium looking up:

Dying fiber in the Dye Lab.

My finished fiber.

Most of what I spun all weekend was crap, but it was very enjoyable none the less.

Handspun. Spun from Hello Yarn fiber, colorway "Bubbles".

Some handspun yarn from some of my dyed fiber:

Nikol's little ranch is wonderful. The barn and chicken coop were made using the old school playground equipment. Here are some photos of the ranch and it's inhabitants:

I skipped the trip to the alpaca ranch on Friday and spent most of the day looking through antique stores in the towns surrounding Harveyville. Everything was SO CHEAP! I spent about $50 and bought some amazing stuff. Mostly dishes. I've been on a vintage dishes kick and have replaced all my 'new' dishes with mismatching chipped antique china. It makes me happy.

I drove home on Monday - did the whole trip in one day (with two stops for short naps) and was happy to have a day at home before I had to go back to work.

While driving to and from Yarn School I listened to the entire unabridged audio book of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Highly recommended.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

vintage buttons

Vintage buttons. Two mounted horizontally and one vertically.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Yarn School! FTW!

So I finished my February Lady Sweater. I love it. This photo is from before I blocked it. I'm wearing it again today - post-blocking - and it is even better. A little longer in length on the body & arms, and the lace is more open and airy. Love love love. It just needs some buttons - I picked out some nice ones from my vintage button collection and I'll sew them on this weekend. Hell yeah.

I finished my first pair of Skew socks and immediately cast on for another pair. For some reason the unique construction on these socks make them feel like they FLY off the needles.

First pair - Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Fingering in colorway "Walk in the Woods"

Second pair - Schachenmayr nomotta Regia Nation Color, black and yellow.

I started another cardigan last night at Arts & Drafts. I'm making a Rayne Cardigan from a bag of Kureyon (colorway 195) that I picked up for a steal at Little Knits. I wanted something really mindless to knit while I'm at Yarn School.

I leave for Yarn School on Wednesday. I'm driving to OKC and then going to see Ron on Thursday to get some more work done on my yarn geisha tattoo. And then Thursday night I'll be in Harveyville just in time for the other attendees to arrive! I'm a bit nervous about making the drive alone but I think I'll be OK. I've got some books on tape and podcasts, so I should be able to keep myself entertained. Too bad I can't drive and knit at the same time.