Friday, January 13, 2017

Fiber Arts Friday: Orange Socks, part 3

I cast these socks on in April.  Posted about them in September and bound off on Christmas.

Eight months to a pair of socks.  That must be some sort of record.  ;-)

What have you been up to?

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Fiber Arts Friday: Handmade for Christmas

For this year's annual Dirty Santa gift exchange with my family, I decided to make a Beer Mitt.

I'm not sure when that I first saw this, but I thought it was simple and clever.  (published in Knitty about three years ago.)

I pulled out two complimentary balls of left-over yarn and made a couple of swatches.

I settled on knitting the largest size, with smaller needles.  If I do this pattern again, I think working in something that is super-wash would make this project a bit more practical.

What have you been up to?

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


It's kind of a long drive for a bowl of soup, but several people have said this is the best ramen they've had outside of Japan.  It's a tiny place in a suburb of Denver...

I am no expert when it comes to ramen, but I love good food and good service. We got both. 

It's the best ramen I'VE had outside of Japan.  :-)

Monday, January 2, 2017

Alpacamundo Monday: Frosty Morning

I love frosty mornings.

Especially when the de-icers are working.  It's always nice to find open water during a hard freeze.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Fiber Arts Friday: Happy New Year!

Years ago I submitted my first-ever Fiber Arts Friday post.  I was still pretty new to fiber arts and The Alpaca Farm Girl was hosting the weekly link-up.

A few years later, The Wonder Why Gal started hosting Fiber Arts Friday.

I went through peaks of posting and linking up each week, as well as valleys of posting less than once each month.

Over the last year or so, when I had something fibery-related, I still used the Fiber Arts Friday label.  It's one of my favorite bloggy traditions.  So in 2017, The Wonder Why Gal has passed the torch to me.  I hope to do my predecessors proud, and I hope that you will join me here each week to share your fiber-y adventures.

I finished spinning this Bison+Silk a while ago, but just got around to washing it.  It was a very nice preparation from The Buffalo Gal in southern Wyoming.  I acquired it at the Estes Park Wool Market a few years ago.

The silk gives it a nice luster and it's quite lovely after being washed.

Happy New Year and Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

NaBloPoMo 2016

Whelp.  NaBloPoMo 2016 did not go as well as I had hoped.

There was a lot to think about last month.  Much of which had to simmer before publishing.  So I have several draft posts that did not make it out into the world.  I also have several drafts in my notebook that did not even make it to Blogger draft status.

I wrote something about half of the days in November and only published on a third of the days.  So while not great as far as metrics go, something is better than nothing... which was at the heart of my goal for the month. :-)

I hope everyone has had a nice fall (or spring).

Friday, November 11, 2016

Fiber Arts Friday: Doing What I Love

My days have been extremely full recently.  Which means that many things have just not happened.

As much as I would love to say that I can do all the things... Well, I CAN DO all the things.  I just can't do all of them whenever I want to.

I often have to pick and choose.  Making choices based on priority, available time, money or energy.

I know I'm not alone.

But I am attempting to prioritize things that give me joy and fill my energy reserves... like going to Knit Night with my Comadres.  :-)