You’re Killing Me, Jimmy Beans!

In case you are unaware, Jimmy Beans Wool is killing me.

Six skeins in “Cookie’s Deep Dark Secret.” Damn it.

In case you are unaware, for the past couple months they’ve had Lorna’s Laces Green Line DK and Worsted on sale for half price. I am clearly very well aware of this fact.

In case you are unaware, every week they get new colorways of Lorna’s Laces Green Line, and every week they put up those new colorways at the same discounted price. I am very well aware of this fact as well.

One skein in “Denim.” I am so weak.

In case you are unaware, Lorna’s Laces Green Line—particularly the Worsted variety, with which I have grown quite familiar—is a deliciously soft and beautiful organic merino. So soft, in fact, that I can wear it against my skin. My skin is only a fan of the finest of wools.

In case you are unaware, I have absolutely no willpower. Especially when it comes to the discovery of a wool that I can actually wear. That is put up in 210-yard hanks, just perfect for economy sweater knitting.

One skein in “Chocolate.” Why must you be so delicious?

In case you are unaware, that sweater quantity in the colorway “Cookie’s Deep Dark Secret” is destined to become a Tea Leaves Cardigan (Rav link) in the very near future.

And the skein of “Denim” and the skein of “Chocolate” are destined to be combined to create one (maybe two, if yardage allows) Lallans hat (Rav link).

Five skeins in “Bold Red.” I have a serious problem.

And this sweater quantity in “Bold Red”—while not particularly bold in-person but still particularly pretty—will soon become a February Fitted Pullover (Rav link).

And the ten skeins of “Ysolda Red” that are now on their way to my house will likely become a Military Cardigan (Rav link), a pattern I’ve been jonesing to knit for a really long time.

In case you are unaware, it’s a really good thing I don’t think I could pull off a sweater in the “Berry” colorway, because I’d be all over that if I thought for one minute that I could.

In case you are unaware, I’m a sick, sick person. Totally addicted. And it’s all Lorna and Jimmy Bean’s fault.

Everyone’s New Favorite Pastime

There’s a new favorite game that we play in my house. I call it, “Where are those damn cats?!?”

At any given time, I can stand up and declare, “Where are those damn cats?!?” and then a scavenger hunt commences.

Sometimes, I find one on the futon…

I didn’t do it. Swear. Was prolly my spawn.

…and sometimes there’s one in Madori’s dog bed.

Oh, hai.

Sometimes, there’s one watching TV….

We love “500 Days of Summer” in this house.

…and othertimes we spot one sitting at the kitchen table.

Trouble, trouble, trouble…

Sometimes there’s one in my lap…

I love my handsome snuggle boy.

…and sometimes the same one just hangs out with Madori.

Chizzillin’ wit the pooch-ski.

And sometimes, I find a particular one boldly going where the little boys can’t get to her…

Mommy’s new favorite getaway: On top of the 6-foot-tall bookshelf, taking spawn avoidance to new heights.

…but those same little boys don’t really seem to mind…

So warm, so soft, so cozy

…they just spend their time in my bed instead!

Sleepy Frankie

Aren’t the boys getting so big?!?!?

Frankie goes to his forever home in just two weeks! And he’ll get to spend some quality time with his new mommy before they fly home together.

I’m very much looking forward to settling into a two-cat lifestyle that will be made even easier by 1) Simon’s serious puppy-like tendencies and 2) Tilly’s eminent spaying. Tilly’s appointment is set for her surgery on November 10, and it can’t get here soon enough. She’s in heat right now, and holy hell is she tough to deal with! I’m surprised every tomcat in the neighborhood isn’t sitting on my porch in the morning with the way she carries on all night long! Broken sleep is now part of my way of life…

Icky mommy has even tried enticing the boys to “take care of her.” Thankfully, at three months, they’re far too young for those shenanigans.

Rhinebeck 2010: Epic Post of Awesomeness

I thought about breaking this post up, but decided to go for one epic huge post instead. Enjoy!

Autumn was in the air! Saturday was chilly and windy, but Sunday was downright toasty!


We stayed in a nice Days Inn in Poughkeepsie. On Saturday morning, some of us got up early and met Kris, Paula and Suzanne at Pete’s Famous in downtown Rhinebeck for breakfast.


Ummm…stick-to-your-ribs goodness, perfect for a chilly morning!

Our first stop of the day was the Bosworth booth. This pretty canarywood Midi (shown here on another Rhinebeck goodie, some tussah top from Shadeyside Farm) found its way into my bag.

Our next stop was the competition barn. Sharon took home a few ribbons for her photos! And Kate got a 4th for her Evenstar shawl! And Emilee got a second in Novice Skein for her handspun! As for myself, I got a few ribbons, too, like this 6th for my Gail shawl!

And this crappy pic is of my Shetland Triangle, which took 3rd place in its class! That yarn won a second last year.

And, while none of my skeins placed, Valeria took 1st place!!!!! WOOOHOOO!!!! (Damn, squirrel....)

After checking out our winnings, we started visiting the vendor barns. Tracy stumbled across some beautiful alpaca/silk blend from Gale's Art.

There were critters, of course, like this mohair on the hoof.

These adorable Aussie puppies totally made me squee. There were border collie puppies too...just as adorable.

This sheepie looked silky and soft.

And this one was getting a nice little trim.

These guys were dressed for the weather.

And this horny guy is so cute!

Jenni was totally a knitting rockstar. She knit a whole pair of Malabrigo fetchings while we walked around.

The Artichokes French were all I had hoped for. Delish! (Also tried the apple crisp this year, with ice cream, and chowed a fabulous beef gyro while watching some pumpkin chuckin' on Sunday. I love food.)

We stumbled across the Windy Valley booth, where Tracy and Jenni may have molested this quivit scarf for a little while.

It was gorgeous, but just slightly out of our budgets...

Around 2:00 on Saturday, we made our way back to the competition barn. Jenni and I had entered the drop spindle competiton. Here we are, psyching ourselves up.

Mary handed out chunks of wool for us to spin. This wool sucked. Seriously. Full of lanolin, coarse and super sticky, making the competition all the more difficult.

And we're off! Quite a crowd gathered around us. I was kind of surprised at how big the crowd was.

We all spun for 15 minutes. The most yardage won. The wheels were in a different competition, but we all spun at the same time.

Jenni spun on her little Two Tails purpleheart top whorl...

...while I used my Two Tails laminate. Team Two Tails represented!! Jenni won third place in the contest...

...and I won first!! Woot!! I spun 40 yards in 15 minutes. I got a pretty blue ribbon, the 2011 Spin-off calendar and a gift certificate to Amazing Threads...

...which I cashed in at their booth at the festival for this pretty skein of Cat's Paw Yarn Hand-dyed sock, in "Green with Envy." Score!

Next up was the chopstick knitting contest. Aaron competed (damn, squirrel)... did Tracy...

...and Jenni. The winners did an impressive job; just a couple stitches seperated 1st place and 2nd place. I think our crew will be back with a vengance next year!

Saturday night, we went to the Rav party. No pics of that, though. Instead, enjoy this shot of pygora on the hoof.

That pygora was a nice little goat, as Jenni and Tracy found out.

Emilee looked smashing in her handspun Shalom in the Orenburg lace booth.

And, of course, Tracy went home with some new alpaca yarn for her stash.

The theme for the whole weekend was "Do whatever you want (within reason)." And what I wanted was a fun time with great friends. That's exactly what I got!

But I wanted pretties, too. Which I got. Like this Into the Whirled polwarth in "Minotaur."

And these amazingly soft merino/tencel/angora batts.

And this merino/tencel from Ellen's 1/2 Pint Farm.

And this sunny, happy BFL from Fiber Optic.

And this dk-weight organic merino from The Sanguine Gryphon.

And, finally, perhaps my yarn-snobbiest purchase of the weekend, this skein of fingering cashmere/silk from Sanguine Gryphon. Gorgeous.

 Thanks, Rhinebeck!! See you next year!!

Most Productive Weekend Ever. Seriously.

Despite having some ridiculous lingering head cold all weekend, this past weekend was the most productive three days I’ve had in a while. For starters, two more kittens left for their wonderful new forever homes, leaving me with just a pair of mini furballs in my 700 square feet.

Simon and Franklin (formerly known as Bailey)

With the departure of their brothers, I let my two little boys loose on the rest of the apartment—a transition that went surprisingly well for all species involved—and set about undertaking a 24-hour room renovation.

By Saturday night, with some help from Jenni, my kitten room had been totally repurposed into a kitten room/guest room/den that I am totally and completely in love with.


I may have missed my calling in life. This was a super fun project, and the tiny little room is totally transformed.

I don’t want to work. I just want to paint interior decor all day.

The icky brown floor got a coat of primer and two coats of bright new gray paint, and all the trim, doors, and door and window frames got a fresh coat of white semi-gloss. We moved in a new little futon, and an old fish tank stand I had plus a $15 Target end table got a new shabby-chic facelift.

Crackle coating does it again!

Those two refinished  pieces are my absolute fave. A couple accent pieces from Bed Bath & Beyond, my beloved sheepskin rug on the floor and a relocated houseplant topped it off.

I’m a sucker for a good paisley.

Eventually, I plant to sew some damask-print pillow covers for some toss pillows on the futon. But I’m totally psyched with how much we got done in such a short period of time. And Tilly totally approves of the makeover.

She spends a lot of time in there…

She spends a lot of time on that futon. I’ve even caught her sleeping on the cat tree. She seems so happy now that the kittens are loose. She runs and plays with them like the kitten she actually is, and she seems so relaxed now.

Lazy Kitty + Sunny Windowsill = Bliss

It all makes me really happy.

Sunday was spent being all politicky. But Monday, I got to hang out with the girls. Kris made yummy beef stew in her crockpot and homemade bread, and we hopped in the car and went to the Cheesecake Factory for coffee and dessert after dinner. It was awesome.

And sometime amidst all that, I finished and blocked my mom’s mitts. And my Rhinebeck sweater. And Mark’s hat. Three WIPs done. Boo-yah.

But today, I’m home sick from work. I guess everything’s a tradeoff.

So, the next couple days will be devoted to getting better because this weekend is freaking RHINEBECK! And I refuse to be sick. We check into the hotel on Friday, then it’s three days of fiber fun. I have five skeins and three knit pieces in the Skein & Garment Competition, and Jenni and I are competing in the Drop Spindle Contest on Saturday. Wish us luck!!

And enjoy this last picture of Frankie.

Awwww, sleepy Frankie…

He likes my bed. A lot. And he blends in with the blanket. Very cute.

Eye Candy Friday – Misty Moisty Morning Edition

One of my favorite nursery rhymes as a child, and it’s been stuck in my head all morning. It’s one seriously misty and moisty (and blustery!) morning here; however, one member of the family is enjoying the weather. Oh, what a tough life my poor fluffball leads, all cuddled up on the papisan chair as I get ready for work on one of those mornings where everyone should really just stay in bed.

Happy Friday!