Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Life and all its little surprises

So I've been debating back and forth for the few days since my last post. Mostly while knitting on my squishable hexipuffs!

I couldn't resist throwing in a quick whipstitch to see just how awesome this was going to be in the coming months (years...decades =P )

I almost want to make one in blue and gold now, ala the Zoras Sapphire from Legend of Zelda : Ocarina of Time

I'm going to quietly go to the corner now and calm down before I start designing hexipuff-tri-forces XD

I just placed my order for an Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom.

It's something that I've wanted to learn for a while now, and I debated on different brands (i.e. Ashford, Kromski, ect) and models (Rigid Heddle, Floor Loom, 4 harness, 16 harness, ect) before settling on the Ashford Rigid Heddle 32". My reasoning is simple. My wheel is an Ashford Kiwi, which I love to pieces and have had no problems with for the near year I've owned it. ::Shrugs:: I'm loyal to my brands so long as they don't screw me over. I drive Pontiac and Dodge. I won't own a motorcycle if it isn't a Kawasaki (more specifically the Ninja line, hence my name!) my needles are Clover and my supplies seem to stay Ashford. But something Kelley Petkun of KnitPicks fame said in her youtube class on weaving was 'I'm not a weaver. I'm a knitter who wants to bust stash, and has fun weaving'. I paraphrased a bit, but it's truth. Right now I'm a knitter. If it turns out I abso-fab love weaving, I'll invest in a floor loom in the future and learn from it. But baby steps!

On a final note, for any fantasy fans out there, can I just recommend The Rangers Apprentice Series by John Flanagan? I read books 1-6 year before last I think, because I got the 1st book on Kindle when I was working with the temp agency, but I put them aside when work got busy and life got hectic. I just reread book 1, The Ruins of Gorlan today, and almost want to keep going instead of doing my hexipuffs (I need to knit two tonight to get back on track, since I skipped last night due to major headaches).

My soup is beeping done, so I'll leave on that note and hopefully have a post soon chronicling my forays into the weaving world!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Life update part 1 and Hexipuff Fever *Picture Intensive*

Well, it's been nearly a year since my last update, and I have to apologize! I can't believe how quickly the time's gone...a lot has happened in the last 12 months!

First some good news, and adorable-ness...
My yarn guardian Daisy got a baby brother! An English Mastiff named Buddha, he was the last present from my husband I ever got. He was born 12/27/2010, and is now just over a year. Enjoy a few cutsey pictures of my baby boy showing his growth. Last time we went to the vet he weighed in at just over 150lbs and he's not done growing yet!
Meet Buddha at 4 weeks! His face just says 'ain't I a stinker?'
Buddha with Daisy at 8 weeks the night he came home.
6 Months, his head is bigger than mine!
He was so tiny and adorable!

6 months, loading him in the car in June.

8 1/2 months, with my 6'4" baby brother
ETA : that's not blood on my brother's face, I swear! He worked at a haunted house all through October (when this picture was taken) and the makeup never came off well because he'd get home at 2-3 am and do a really half baked job at washing up!

Now the bad news, the DH decided to leave, which explains a good deal of my lack of interest in art of any kind for a while. Bu~ut, I've been bit by the knitting bug once again, and joined the hexipuff craze!

That's right, I'm knitting The Beekeeper's Quilt!

My very first hexipuff turned out way better than I'd expected, considering I've done no knitting for a year, and I misread the pattern information on the increases...^_^;;;

I've done two a day so far (started 1/5). I figure two a night, I'll have a giant blanket in December. Theoretically. It takes me about 30 minutes to knit up one, so I can build up some extras on the weekends, like I'm doing today.

I'll be back soon with another new post, I have a lot to update! ^_^