Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Remember back in January when I mentioned Lou's Dad?
Well, he had the laryngectomy in January after going through chemo and radiation all last summer. Those two things had no effect on the cancer. It continued to grow. So they cut it out. He hasn't had a voice since winter and it's been hard. Two weeks ago the visiting nurse didn't like the looks of things and insisted that Pop go to the doctor. The doctor must not have liked it either because he did a biopsy right there. The cancer is back and growing quickly. Lou left 2 weeks ago and I went with the little kids to visit in Delaware this past week. It's a hard thing to see. This man who I've grown to love. Hospice is coming in now and they've said that their main purpose is pain control.
Here he is with his brothers this past October when we were hopeful that he'd beaten this terrible disease.
I'm here at home. My husband is in Delaware. If it weren't for the shop I'd be there with him doing all I could to help. Here's the part where I'm torn between the shop hours and just running off and doing what I want to be doing, which is to be with my whole family.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
June 13, 2007
You've been anxiously waiting. The SOAR confirmations are complete! This email is jam packed with the details as well as weblinks for further information.
This year we had an overwhelming response. While we tried to confirm everyone into their first or second choice of workshop we were not able to place everyone due to the number of applicants. While we would love to be able to accommodate all who are interested in attending SOAR, space limitations at Shanty Creek prevent this from being a possibility. You requeststed registration for Workshop&Retreat and have a status of Confirmed.
Your complete registration details are:
Retreat Yes TRUE
First choice workshop confirmed: TRUE, standby number NA
Spinning 201 Rudy Amann, Materials Fee: $30
Yeah, Margaret, that's my name don't wear it out.
Also, got this yesterday!
frecklegirl has invited you to Ravelry!
"Here you go! Thanks for your interest in our little site.
Let me know if you have any questions or problems!
Now, I'm not sure how I'm going to have time to use all of that stuff buuuutttt it sure will be fun trying.
So let's sum up the rest of the year plus a little:
Sleepover with new friends!!!!!
SOAR for a whole week!!!! Not only is this 7 days of spinning loveliness but also 7 days that nobody is asking me what's for dinner. (I don't know whay that's been bugging me so much lately.)
Spinning Spider Jenny at my shop!!!!
10 Days of Family fun at the Polynesian Hotel on the Monorail line with a Magic Kingdon View in Disney World!!!!!!!!!!!
That is a huge amount of exclamations to look forward to.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
And this lovely thing is a beautiful bat which was carded on the Strauch Petite Carder by my own personal Batt Boy. He is the son of Erika. He spent some hours in my shop a couple of weeks ago and he was getting pretty bored - he's 7 you know. So I have a bag of fiber I keep for when there are odd little bits floating around the shop. I intended to take them to the mill to have a special blend made. I gave the bag of fiber and the carder to the kid and he started carding and processing. Altogether he made 6 batts I think. I kept this one and shipped the others home with him to spin. He spins on his drop spindle but he really wants his own wheel.
here is the finished yarn. This yarn was spun on the Schacht- Reeves 24" Saxony with a short backward draft method. Due to the fact that the batt was only 1oz and that's all I had I plied it with Henry's Attic Cascade Silk - 2000 ypp. I LOVE this yarn. I'm pretty sure it can't be reproduced so I need to figure out what to do with this little bit. I probably should go back and see exactly how many yards I have so the planning can be more intelligent.
In other news, I'm having a sleepover. In August. In celebration of Galina. Erika is coming. Kate is coming. I am typing in short sentences due to hyperventilating. I am so excited I can hardly breath! Am I more excited about Galina or the other girls? I can't tell but I do know that it's going to be a fuuuuuuun breakfast when we all show up to meet George and Galina.
If you were interested in the Galina Workshop call me. Only a couple spots are left. If you have to travel to get here I probably could fit you into the sleepover too. It's gonna be fun. We're gonna have snacks.
O.K. before I start thinking too hard about snacks I'd better go to sleep. I'm hungry and it's too late to eat.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
This was my total on Saturday morning. I've got 3 more weeks left on the program so it looks as if I'm not going to reach my goal in the allotted time. The good news is I may continue to lose a little during the stabilization phase. Then I have a year of maintenance where I could go back on the weight loss program and keep losing if I choose.
The other thing I haven't talked about is the 14.5 pounds I lost on Weight Watchers before I started LA Weightloss. Those 14.5 added to the 33.4 bring me to just under 48 altogether in the last 8 months. That's nothing to sneeze at considering when I started I was right at a loose size 20 pants and now I'm in a snug 10 which will be a comfortable 10 in another 5ish pounds.
I haven't worn a size ten pants since I was 25 years old!
Also, this! Disney World here I come! Already started planning the trip. I LOVE Disney World. I would live there if I could afford it. I could be like Eloise only I would be at the Grand Floridian and I wouldn't need a nanny.
Nothing knitting to talk about. Still spinning that support skein and working on the same shawl. More updates later.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
The one in the middle is Sea Pearl. 50% Merino and 50% Tencel. (1000 yards) That one took less than half the time to wind. (That was a joke.)
The one on the bottom is just funny and I'm not sure what it's made out of. I think it's pretty fine and strong like silk.
I started this today from the Sea Pearl using the After Hours Shawl Pattern for Briar Rose.
I've had this yarn for a while but I figured I'd better get to work since I'll be needing a shop sample! Yep, I'm going to be carrying the Briar Rose yarns in my shop! Well, I'll have a good selection of the Angel Face and Sea Pearl and then the others I'll have sample skeins and can do special orders.
I love these fibers and can't wait to have them. Don't worry, I'll only think about rolling naked in them - I won't actually do it. What if someone walked in?
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Friday, June 01, 2007
That's us. Well, in my dreams I look like that in a dress.
I got a new spinning wheel from ebay.
I have some new stuff coming from Fancy Kitty.
Brittney and I went to the movies and to the Melting Pot on Thursday.
I have been spinning up a storm and started some new socks.
Well, I guess I do have stuff to talk about, but no patience for it right now.
I'm off to listen to some mood music. Gwen Stephani and They Might Be Giants.
What? Aren't they on your mood music list?
I guess it depends on what kind of mood you're talking about. Hee.