Keeping Me in Stitches

Sunday, June 22, 2008


Miss V finally badgered me enough that I joined Plurk. And it's addicting. Way too addicting.

But here's where you can find me.

Friday, June 20, 2008

spinning my wheels

I promise that I'll get my pictures from Estes up soon, just not tonight. Tonight is going to be spent spinning and trying to finish the first bit of llama fiber that I started ages ago. I'm just finding it hard to motivate myself when all that there is to look forward to is more dark brown fiber.

Speaking of fiber, that's basically all I bought at Estes. The only skein of real yarn that I bought was some cobweb weight yak/silk to make a wedding ring shawl someday. Everything else was fiber. Including an entire alpaca fleece. I was bad.

But I guess I'd better get back to my wheel and my second cup of coffee is calling me too.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Carin has landed!

Mom and I made it safely up to Estes this afternoon. The drive up the little winding highway was an adventure since Mom had never driven in the mountains (neither had I) and there wasn't really anywhere to pull over so we could switch. But we made it!!

Within about 10 minutes of getting into our room, the snow started. That's right....I said snow. We're only minutes away from Rocky Mountain National Park and there were some clouds hanging low over the mountains as we pulled in. Then they moved in and decided to dump some snow. Temperatures for the next couple nights are going to be in the low 30s. Complete change from the heat and humidity of Iowa and Nebraska. However, the heater will definetely be in use while we're here.

Mom and I already made stops at The Plum Nelly and Imagiknit in Hastings on the way out, so we're getting ready to play with our new acquistions while we wait for the wool market to start.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Estes, here I come!!

Mom and I will be leaving for the Estes fiber festival in the morning. I still haven't packed. Oops.

We will be making a stop along the way at The Plum Nelly in Hastings, then hopefully we'll make it to North Platte by tonight. Estes will be the next day. We'll be letterboxing and just enjoying the town on Friday. Then Saturday we'll hit the market. Planning on meeting up with a few people. I'll probably put in an appearance at the blogger meet-up at noon.

When you hear from me next, I'll be rolling in the wool.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

I gave in...

On a bunch of the messageboards I've been on lately, people have these cute little dragon icons in their signatures or on the side of their blog. Having other people click on it makes them grow. I finally got an egg today! Please click on my little dragon egg over in the sidebar so it can grow up!!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008


I passed my CRRN certification!!! Now to talk to my boss about that raise.....

Monday, June 02, 2008

a few more things

V and SSH brought over the wheelbarrow last night, so what does it do today? Rain. For the rest of the week? Rain. It's going to take me the whole summer to move this rock the way the weather's cooperating.

I took a nap last night from 2:30 or so until 5. So much for keeping my sleep schedule. Tonight at work is going to be awful trying to stay awake thanks to that little nap. And I've got my CRRN test to take a noon tomorrow. At least then that will be out of the way.

I'm slowly ticking things off the list that I posted. I was surprised how much I was able to get done! Too bad the cleaning bug only strikes about twice a year....if I'm lucky.

Guess I'd better get to bed if I want to be up in time for work tonight.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

critical mass

My house has reached it. At least it has according to the cleaning part of my brain. You that part. The little bit in the back of your mind that you can ignore most of the time and just live with the dust and not vacuum this week? It's throwing a screaming temper tantrum right now.

The list of what done/needs to be done (in the house):
-clean off the dining room table (90% done)
-clean out my purse (done)
-dust my dresser and nightstand in the bedroom (done)
-clean/organize my desk (done)
-empty the dishwasher and reload (done)
-handwash the stuff that won't fit (done)
-wash towels (in the dryer now)
-put away clean laundry (done...except for those towels)
-dust/pick-up the living room (done)
-vacuum the family room (done)
-take the recycling stuff out to the garage
-vacuum the whole house
-clean my bathroom top-to-bottom (sink and toilet done, drain cleaner down the drain in the shower)

(with the yard):
-mow (done)
-weed whip (done)
-move more rock once Eliza brings over the wheelbarrow (wheelbarrow's here!)
-plant the daylillies
-split the hostas and replant them

(with the fibery bits):
-finish the first shopping bag (finished!!)
-work on the Rivendell sock
-work on the Turquoise Monkey sock (did a few rounds before Mom left on Monday morning)
-pull out the stuff to make another Tulip sweater
-spin on the llama roving so I can get something pretty on the wheel (spun after Mom went to bed....the end is in sight!)

Now I know all of this won't be done in the next 48 hours, but a lot of it will. I think part of why I'm wanting to get all of this done is that I'm going on two different trips during the month of June. My brain knows that if I don't leave the house at an okay level, then it'll just turn into a dump between all my trips. And I know that by the time June is over, I won't want to do anything about it.

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