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Posted on: March 11, 2009


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Posted on: March 5, 2009



The three cakes of solid green yarn have started the transformation into a shawl. I began working on it yesterday and got a good start at SnB last night. In between bouts of laughter and general fun. I’ll try to get a picture if there is decent light this weekend. That might not happen since there are thunderstorms predicted. Ah! Spring rain.

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In some ways this just might be true.

I had a great weekend. I haven’t enjoyed myself that much for that length of time in quite some time. (Not including the times I’m with DH and the dogs, because that time is truly special and wonderful.) It was great to spend time knitting, learning, laughing, and chatting with new friends.

What I learned:
*How to use a drop spindle. This is going to take loads more practice before I achieve an even strand of fiber, but it’s really quite relaxing.

Drop spindle and roving

Drop spindle and roving

*Magic loop. Double point needles are a thing of the past…almost. There are a few other things I have to learn about magic loop before I can ditch the dpn’s in my sock knitting. But I’m using ml to knit the sleeves on my baby sweater and it’s so easy!
*Top-down sweater knitting. I feel pretty confidant and look forward to starting a top down sweater soon as I can afford the yarn for it. We got a pattern in the class and I’d like to make my first in a cotton yarn with 3/4 sleeves so I can wear it into the early summer. Unless I don’t start knitting until summer and then it still may be in cotton, just with long sleeves so I can wear it in the fall.
Top-down baby sweater

Top-down baby sweater

*Knit 1 below. The purple and white scarf that I worked on this weekend taught me a great technique for vertical stripes without having to carry the yarn.
Knit-one-below scarf

Knit-one-below scarf

*A new make 1 increase. I actually kind of knew how to do the pickup between stitches type increase, but I wasn’t twisting my stitch properly. Now I am and I won’t have to use bar increases all the time.
*A new way to cast on a stitch when I’ve already got live stitches on the needle. It just looks tighter and neater. My knitting improved in many ways this weekend and I’m really excited about that.

I won a couple of door prizes during the weekend. One was a bag with a mug, Lindt truffles, and a project bag in it. The project bag is generously sized and already has the yarn and supplies for a new shawl in it.

Project bag

Project bag

Of course, I did a bit of shopping as well.

Project bag

Project bag





Yarn bowl

Yarn bowl

I’m at Sheep in the City this weekend. It’s a good weekend for any sort of fiber related activity up here in Wisconsin since it’s cold and snowy outside. I’ll have to venture out at some point to get some lunch, but most of today (Saturday) will be spent indoors learning some new things.

Like SPINNING!!! Yes! I bought a drop spindle and some roving. A very nice woman at the booth where I’ve also dropped a few dollars got me started. It’s not nearly as difficult as I thought and I’ve been spinning away for an hour or so now. Just as relaxing as knitting and as portable with the drop spindle.

I’m also working on a knitted garden gnome. You read that right. It’s another Amy Gaines pattern. In January, I bought three more of her patterns and am just starting work on them. After I finish this one, I plan to move on to a knitted bird and birdhouse…perfect for spring.

I’ve taken a few pictures, but photographing yarn is proving somewhat difficult for me. I’m not happy with how the colors are turning out. It’s good practice though in an area that I’ve never been as comfortable taking pictures.

Time to head back to the action. I think Guild Wars will be starting soon. Two fiber guilds are competing to see how can knit a scarf the fastest…from start to finish. Including carding the wool, spinning it into yarn, and the actual knitting of said wool. Exciting stuff!!! (I really mean that.)

Then my first class (well, it’s a make and take but I will be learning a new technique) starts in an hour. I’ll have a break for lunch. Then the sweater class is this afternoon. The rest of the day will be filled with general hijinks. Maybe I’ll break out the bathing suit and scare some people in the hot tub. *snort*

And for those who wonder, travel was fine yesterday. Some snow flurries developed as I got closer to Rockford and those continued throughout the rest of my trip. Traffic was fine. The interstates in IL left some to be desired. Wonder what Blagojevich was doing with all the money designated for highway repairs. Well, maybe I don’t really wonder. But there are some potholes you could lose yourself in.

And on the food front, I took advantage of the continental breakfast the hotel (Comfort Suites, btw) offered and had a decent, healthy, and filling start to my day. I think I could use another cup of coffee now. Or maybe a bottle of water.

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I’ve been fighting a cold this week. I think the contagious part got out of the way Friday and Saturday, but since then I’ve become all mucousy sounding. I can live with that. The worst part of being sick is the energy drain. About all I’ve been able to manage this week is work. However, I have got some more knitting done since I’ve been hanging out at home on the sofa in the evenings. There is a silver lining!

I was supposed to teach three back-to-back-to-back information literacy sessions tomorrow morning, but the professor has been sick this week also. We’ve rescheduled to next week and I’m very glad because I’m not as prepared as I’d like to be and I really wasn’t sure how I’d manage to get through 4 hours of teaching while coughing and blowing my nose constantly. Sure, I’d have managed, but being healthy makes me more effective and coherent.

It also means that I can work on a few other things today and tomorrow that I wasn’t originally going to have time for this week. Life will be busy up until spring break. I’ll be taking some time off in mid-March.

The weather today is beautiful. I’m enjoying it while it lasts. If I have to be sick, at least I don’t have to deal with really cold, windy days. Helps keep my spirits up a bit.

For now, I’m going to enjoy some pizza. A couple of my staff have had birthdays this month and I’ve been ordering pizza for the LRC to celebrate.


Getting really excited about Sheep in the City at the end of the month.

I’m looking forward to the classes I’ll be taking.

I’m also looking forward to the vendors! Saving my pennies for new yarn. Yeah yeah. I don’t need new yarn…but…well…knitters understand.

I’ve been thinking a lot about food and weight this week. Trying to change your habits does that to a person.
I realized that part of my problem is not being able to imagine myself anything other than heavy. I’ve been overweight for so many years that the very idea of ever being slim is mind boggling. It’s just a fantasy for me. How can you imagine something that you don’t remember being?

It’s a mind-set that I’m going to have to work out of because it doesn’t lend well to success.

It’s been a fairly busy week around here. I was in Peoria for a grant workshop yesterday and will be there again tomorrow for a training on the Outreach module of our circulation system. In plain language, I’m learning about the part that will let us have books and other things at our building in town…and still keep track of where they are. Yay for college vehicles, so I’m not burning my own gas all the time.

I did get to SnB last night. Things were pretty low-key and I got a slipper almost finished. One of the women in the group recently was diagnosed with cancer. So some of us are working on projects to give her as part of a big gift basket. I’m making some slippers. I also picked up a couple of books that I hope will cheer her up.
Although I shouldn’t stay up late to read, I keep picking up good books…or at least interesting books. I finished reading The Host this week. This is by the same author who wrote The Twilight series, although this book is not a YA book. It was a fairly predictable story with few twists, but I still enjoyed it. If you’re not into sci-fi chick lit, I wouldn’t recommend it.


Why did it take them so long to make something like this? The Knit Kit is the perfect little thing to stick in my purse with all the doo-dads I might need for almost any knitting project. OMG! It will be available in March, just in time for my birthday, and should retail for around $19.95. I paid more than that for my TSA approved scissors. And this whole kit is TSA approved, so you can take it when you fly. How perfect is that?!

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Mar. 10 - Photography Class

Mar. 11 - Quad Cities SnB

Mar. 12 - Lincoln Reenactor performance at BHE

Mar. 13 - Annual budget due

Mar. 14 - SnB trip to Galena

Mar. 16-21 - Spring Break

Mar. 16-18 - On the Front Lines library conference in Springfield

Mar. 19-22 - In Kansas

Mar. 23 - Orientation in Quad Cities

Mar. 24 - Photography Class

Mar. 26 - Spring Break for Academic Librarians workshop in Peoria

Mar. 27 - Supervisor Development in Quad Cities

Apr. 2 - Using Social Technologies in Library Instruction workshop

Apr. 6 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 6 - My birthday

Apr. 7 - Photography Class

Apr. 9-12 - In Kansas

Apr. 10 - College Closed

Apr. 12 - Easter

Apr. 13-19 - National Library Week

Apr. 13 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 14 - Photography Class

Apr. 16 - Evening Instruction Session

Apr. 17 - Information Literacy Summit

Apr. 18 - A Day of Books and Quilts at Toulon Public Library

Apr. 20 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 21 - Photography Class

Apr. 22 - Renegade Reference meeting in Bloomington

Apr. 23 - Illinois Library Day

Apr. 24 - Quarterly Supervisors Meeting

Apr. 27 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 28 - Photography Class

Apr. 29 - Supervisor Training in Quad Cities

May 5 - Photography Class

May 12 - National Library Legislative Day

May 25 - Memorial Day - College Closed

June 4 - RSA Users' Group meeting in Peoria

June 6 - SIL's birthday June 6 - Brother and SIL Anniversary

June 8 - Nancy Pearl at Bradley University

June 13 - WWKIP train trip to St. Louis

July 3 - Holiday - College Closed

July 4 - Independence Day

July 10 - Mom's Birthday

July 10-15 - ALA Annual Conference in Chicago

July 17-19 - Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair in Crystal Lake, IL

July 31 - 10th Anniversary

Sept. 7 - Labor Day, College closed

Oct. 6-9 - Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Peoria

Nov. 23 - Brother's birthday

Nov. 26 - Thanksgiving Day, College closed

Nov. 27 - College Closed

Dec. 7 - MIL's birthday

Dec. 18 - DH's birthday

Dec. 25 - Christmas Day

Dec. 26 - Dad's birthday

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