Monday, December 31, 2007

Early breaking birthday news....

I haven't blown out any candles yet, but I got my wish: tickets for this so I can get to see and hear her in person.

I own all of her US released cd's and I can pick her playing out over other violin soloists almost immediately (I have no other musical talent). IMO, Josh Bell is cute, but Hilary has a better sound.

Think about it violin music.....strings making sounds. Just another form of fiber play!

Thank you Leigh and Jackie for the birthday comments. Jackie is right...stuff does creep in on little cat's feet...but also on the not so little size 11's and 12's of my dh and ds!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

I survived Christmas of '07

No wasn't very pretty. But the chest cold, creeping crud took over as we made an 800 mile round trip through Pa. and the homes of various family members. We arrived home in time for Christmas Eve, where I slept on the couch while dh and ds assembled and decorated the tree. I continued to sleep while they went to Christmas Eve candlelight service. Woke up for Christmas morning and presents, then back to sleep.

If you thought you should have gotten a Christmas card from me and didn't....well, better luck next year. Some things just didn't happen this year.

Right now I have considerably more energy but little endurance. And there's still the cough, less often but still annoying.

So here we are contemplating the end of another year. As always, for me it is a double dose of such contemplation since my birthday is 12/31.

Once again I am sorting through papers, weeding things out, tossing, shredding and putting together piles of things to donate to charity. It seems that I blog more about weeding out closets, drawers, and whole rooms more than I do about fiber. Where does all this stuff come from??!! (I am not a shopper...I do not shop online, I have not set foot in a mall for anything more than lunch or to pick up my glasses in at least a year!)

Knitting continues on the "cozy vest" that I've logged in Ravelry. Somehow, I have not experienced the enthusiasm for Ravelry that some others have. It's a cool way to keep track of projects and stuff (see "stuff" above), but so far I've taken the minimalist approach to the use of Ravelry (where I am vmusselm if you want to stop in).

The "cozy vest" is plain brown knitting, in a sort of brioche stitch rib. Very slow going and not much sensory stimulation in looking at plain dark brown fabric. There are also some socks and charity knitting on the needles which I have not yet documented.

So, perhaps 2008 is going to be about "stuff"......culling, using, and organizing that which is worthy of remaining. And maybe a moratorium on acquiring, at least for awhile....if I can figure out where the acquiring happens.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

A personal Christmas ritual.....

I own the vhs copy of this, and have done since 1993.

I am not of the generation, nor am I the sort of person, who watches movies over and over again....except for this one. Each year I make a point of sitting down to watch The Muppet Christmas Carol. Everything that I need for entertainment is in here.

My favorite lines:
Scrooge: "You're a little absent minded, Spirit."
Spirit of Christmas: "No, I'm a LARGE absent minded Spirit!"

This morning I woke up with a cold so perhaps this may be the "Muppet Christmas Carol day" this year. And maybe for next year I'll have the dvd version.

Hope it loads smoothly for you to enjoy.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Soon and Very Soon....

Eight inches of snow on the ground,it's still coming down, and the wind is picking up. Ds was scheduled to drive home today but they have 10" of snow on the ground at Purdue. We've talked him into "staying put" until tomorrow which is supposed to be a clear day. He didn't fail to remind me that it was me who told him to empty his fridge before coming home. Oh well, there will be plenty of Christmas gluttony once he gets home.

If you're wondering where the title of this post comes from, it's origins are here:
A great advent hymn!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Sit back, turn up the sound....

and let Christmas begin in your heart.....

Thursday, December 13, 2007

In response to comments....

To Stef and Lee: Yes the picture was taken on Wednesday evening. I was closing the blinds and drapes to keep out the cold and the moon winked at me through the pines. So I grabbed the tripod, camera, and coat and ran outside for a photo op.

Upon first viewing the photo, I was entranced by the stars.....but then there appears to be a star right in the middle of a tree trunk. So now, I'm not so sure about those "stars".

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

December Moon:

The days continue to get shorter. But here in Michigan who would notice since the last few days have been dark the whole day long. Today was the break in the weather and we had glorious sunshine. This was taken about 6:00 PM . Not the sun, but we can also enjoy the 'moonshine'!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Not so Oblique and a book....

After knitting 4" in pattern on the back of Oblique I did not like the fabric made by this combination of yarn and pattern. So into the frog pond we went.

I've had this Blue Faced Leicester yarn by Berroco in my stash for awhile. They don't make it anymore and it is truly a delicious yarn deserving of the perfect pattern.

Problem is, I have a lot of delicious yarns waiting for the perfect pattern. Some of those yarns have been with me quite awhile. I had a dream the other night that my yarn stash turned into the knitters version of a petrified forest. Beautiful yarns destined to remain yarns, never realizing their potential to become a garment or other useful item.

However, the Cozy Vest continues apace, urged on by the cold, snowy weather that seems to be here to stay.

Good news came from Library Thing this week. A few weeks ago, I followed the links to the Early Reviewer section of LT and signed up to be an early reviewer. They emailed me this week to tell me that a free copy of Mary Doria Russell's new book Dreamers of the Day. I'm excited by this because I've enjoyed this author's previous books and the topic interests me.

In other book news, tomorrow I have a 25% off coupon at Borders. I intend to get myself over there and purchase a copy of Opium Season: A Year on the Afghan Frontier.

And with all this lust for acquisition going on, one might wonder how my Christmas shopping is going. It's going very well, thank you. But you must recall that early December is also "Frummie Toomie" season here in Fiberewetopia. (Frummie Toomie was established at my previous blog home and can best be described as: one for them and one for me. The one for me is "from: me" "to: me".)


Saturday, December 01, 2007

The Cat Ate My Homework and Startitis:

Well, Christina got the teaching contract. She is now installed as teacher of the 5th grade. Perhaps her Christmas will be her first instance of the "the cat ate my homework". Here is the perpetrator once again:

However, I own my share of responsibility. The yarn is Kidsilk Haze, the cat was apparently sleeping in my lap and pulled the edge of the scarf to herself and "cuddled" it in her sleep. Sharp teeth + rough kitty tongue = torn edge of scarf:

Fortunately, I was able to thread a knitting needle through the next garter stitch row, cut off the damaged part, then knit on another beginning border. Two pattern repeats were lost which was about an hour of knitting. Here's the scarf waiting to be blocked later today:

Cold weather has descended upon Michigan and today we are awaiting the arrival of our first winter storm. Winter chill inspires wardrobe additions:

This is Oblique being knitted in Berroco Wensleydale Longwool from the stash. I'll probably modify the pattern a bit to suit my own sensibility, but such a cardigan is just what the weather forecaster has ordered right now.

And I like to wear warm vests around the house in winter. This Cozy Vest pattern from The Green Mountain Spinnery Knitting Book has been on my to do list for a long time. Joann's had Patons Classic Merino Wool on sale at 2 skeins for $6, so I've started a new vest too:

I have plenty of knitting to keep me busy for now. Meanwhile I am finishing Warm Windows for my son to take back to his college apartment. Once those are done, the path to the looms will be clear. Who knows, I may finish the year by weaving off the two aging warps on the floor looms!