Sins and Needles

"With a new cosmopolitan, less insular generation it might again grow into a sincere expression of a man loving to create with his own hand, or shall we rather say-- woman, emancipated, finally creates with her own genius." --The Sacred History of Knitting, by Heinz Edgar Kiewe (1971).

Thursday, November 18, 2004

My night

Well, tonight I will be combing some wool I washed last weekend! Um, in an effort to get all the VM out, I sort of agitated the hot water wash a little bit and parts of it are slightly felted. Ooops! Good thing I like the uneven novelty yarn!! This is what me and dear old Bob Ross like to call a "Happy Accident".

The wool is still really dirty. Combing it gets out most of the VM. I really love the colors, but I think the seller should have WASHED the darn stuff before she dyed it!

I paid off the balance of my Ashford Traveller tonight, and I will be receiving it next week! YAY!

*edit* I am SO allergic to this wool! WOW! Either it's the remaining VM, or something, but I have the same symptoms I get when I'm around too many cats (*ahem* like at the shelter!!). Time for some allergy medicine. Wow.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

My under-construction site, Woolgathered, is now selling knitting related clothing and other items (stickers, buttons, mousepads, totes).

If you have a slogan you would like to see as a shirt, please email for more information!!

ALSO: I have a bunch of books that are knitting, crochet, sewing, and needlecraft related up on Ebay: Woolgathered on Ebay.


So, I've had a yarn basket for about 2 years, and in those 2 years, my cats have *never* gotten into the yarn. But every morning this week, there has been yarn all over my apartment!! I haven't changed their food, or anything to do with them getting back at me. Heh.

In other news, I'm patiently waiting for my roving to come in from Blue Goose Glen Farms in Tennesee. I got 8oz. of red Corriedale, 8oz. of Bubblegum Pink Corriedale, and a puond of plain white Corriedale. I chose this wool because it was cheap, and so am I. I've heard decent things about it though, it's not supposed to be coarse or anything.

Sunday, October 31, 2004

What I've been up to

Pardon me! I've neglected this here blogarino for quite some time! I apologize. The wheels have been turning in my head, literally. I've caught the spinning bug, and I've been scheming to get myself a wheel. I've finally found a used Ashford Traveler in excellent condition for only $250 (about $100 of it's new price). It's got an antique finish, which explains the price hike. I know I could have gotten a Joy or a Kiwi less, but I really like the look of this wheel, and the company I'm buying it from (Woodland Woolworks) does LAYAWAY!!!!:

And, to satiate my spinning fever, I've spun a bit from my drop spindle. Here's some pinky angora I did yesterday:

I only have about 32 yards, because this was part of a batch of roving my cats got to. Also, I found it harder to spin than wool, I think it's because the fibers are shorter than wool. It was tough for me to draft. Practice, practice!! The rest of it I'm saving until I get my wheel. :D I have no fancy spinning equipment other than my drop spindle, so for setting the twist I improvised over a large plastic lid. To dry the skein, I hung it up in my shower and used a rubber monkey as a weight to weigh it down. Ha!

In knitting news, the last thing I finished was Hatmione. Alas, my camera is broken and I also gave it to my sister who is a student at Kenyon (8 hours away from me!)

In kitty news, I get to take Rocky to the vet tomorrow. Rocky is one of the shelter kitties- he twisted his back when he got his tail stuck in the bathroom doorjamb. :( Poor guy. He's a handsome tabby with medium fur, his disposition is as mellow as can be, and he doesn't deserve to have a bad back (OR BE IN A SHELTER!)!

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Some finished things! And a picture of Robin

This scarf was completed in three hours!

Another view. Really easy knitting, and a GREAT last minute gift.
Free pattern to be posted on Woolgathered

My prefelted Kitty Bed, from's pattern. This will be donated to for their November senior animal adoption drive. Want to make one too? Join the Yahoo!group for the knit-a-long!!!!!

And Robin! She's regressed in her progress I'm afraid to say. We cut her nails the other night, and now she *hates* us. She really hates to be held at all, so I'm not suprised. Those things were little needles, though!! It had to be done.

Monday, September 27, 2004


Another excuse to make a kitty bed!!

Petfinder is having an "Adopt a Senior Pet" drive in November, and now there is a Kitty Bed-along to go with it!! I have already started mine with some stash yarn and will continue it with Lamb's Pride Bulky (when it comes in from Patternworks-- whenever that is!)

I see so many kittens leave the shelter, and some younger pets, but it is rare that a senior cat leaves. True, there are some dear souls who will only adopt a senior pet, but don't you think these people need to be greater in number? Senior cats deserve to live out their last years in a home. Some people worry about the expense. While it is true that health problems can be expensive, you will eventually have to face the expense if you get a younger cat.

Also, when you adopt an older cat, you can be sure their personality has already formed. The shelter workers can tell you what cat will match what you're looking for. For some reason, when cats get altered, their personalities change. My little monkey man, Parsley, was just so rambunctious before he was fixed. Now he's sweet as pie. Or it can go the other way around...

Many people see a senior cat, and think they're in the shelter because they have behavioral problems. One thing we see over and over again in the shelter are male cats being dropped off because they're not using their litterboxes. Did you know that male cats can get urinary tract infections very easily? And that they associate their litterbox with pain after awhile, therefore leading them to urinate outside their boxes? Time and time again we take a new male to the vet to discover their bladders full of urinary crystals, which can be easily treated. It makes me so mad that these people didn't care enough about these sweet cats to take them to the vet, but then I think of how maybe kitty shouldn't have been there anyway, and their better off at my shelter.

So anyway, if you knit, make a bed!! Join the Yahoo! Group. If not, maybe make a little donation in the name of your favorite animal. Or, ADOPT A SENIOR PET!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

The little addicts!

I made one of's Aran catnip mice tonight, and instead of using fiberfil or some synthetic along with catnip, I used raw, unwashed fleece. Greasy, farmy fleece. If you have cats, make sure you make them each their own mouse before throwing them down! Holy bejeebus. Robin was doing half-twisting four-foot leaps in the air!! The Russians and the Chinese see her as the one to beat in the next Olympic's gymnastic competition!

In other news, my new job entails proofing, correcting, paginating, and laying out academic books and journals. A lot of it is pretty dry, but today I got to do corrections on a forensic pathology journal... Oh man. Let's just say I had no appetite for lunch or dinner! That CSI show is misleading, as well. Forensic pathology is not entertaining to say the least!!

We had wine and cheese at our neighbor's last night, and I learned that the wife recently learned to knit while she was doing work on her thesis in Paris. She can knit and purl, but has no supplies here. :D :D You know what that means! Time to take her to the LYS! Like I need an excuse?

I have a feeling I will be making another mouse or two tomorrow- but I may give these to my buddies at the shelter. I think my pal Klaus needs a suprise when I have to put him back in his cage on Wednesday night (he's so rowdy he can only go out when the crews are there! Last time he *would not* leave my shoelaces alone- but that's a good thing sinch he usually just bothers the other cats! I wish someone would adopt him- he's a CRAZY tabby with brown eyes. He's also really small for being 2, he's like the size of a 7 month old kitten. Teeny. But he definitely makes up for his small size with a giant personality!!)

I should go to bed! Gotta work in the AM!

Saturday, September 18, 2004

It's like a swamp over here...

With all this frogging going on!

My poor little no-pattern green sweater... Well, let's be honest. I used Glampyre's directions for the yoke, but after that it was all up to my imagination. I did raglan increases for the hips after I decreased for the waist, but I didn't start the ribbing right away. Sooo, that left me with *really* funny ribs on the side. I frogged the whole thing (HOURS of ribbing, I tell you, since I knit English-style and that's the slowest way). I re-did the ribbing on sz 8 needles rather than doing them again on sz 5s. I am impatient after I mess up, I guess. It's looks okay.

Then, after doing 1/4 of the left sleeve in what I thought would make it poofy, I decided to frog that and make it fitted instead. Because of the way a top-down raglan works, the sleeve really begins about an inch after the shoulder ends, so the placement of the poof wasn't right. Maybe next time.

So, after all of this, I also think I'm going to run out of yarn! sigh.

Well, in animal news, the street fair was supposed to be today, but it was cancelled due to rain. My organization was scheduled to have a table there, and I signed up to work it from 1-5. I'm kinda bummed, but sort of not, because I know it'll be a day of asking people not to stick their fingers in the cages... Being outside in a noisy fair is already traumatizing enough for the poor kitties. But, it is great exposure for us. I just hate it when the cats all develpo colds from the stress after we bring them back to the shelter. But, it is great exposure for us.

In fostering news, Robin has really blossomed! I'm so proud of her. She no longer hides in the bedroom all day, but she comes out into the living room and kitchen. She sleeps on the end of the couch so she can look out the window on the odd occasion. :D She is also letting me pet her a lot more. Robin is still pretty scared of my biggest, fluffiest cat, but she tumbles around with my boy-cat Parsley. I'm really proud of her. I hope her progress continues to a point that when she's finally adopted, she will have a much smoother transition than she did here. Here's a link to her Angel PAWS profile: Robin. Some of my favorites at the shelter are also up there -> Check out Klaus, Hamster, Donut, Duncan, Carolina... well, check out them all! They're all great and all of them have such wonderful and different personalities. =^.^=