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jake gets another hat! which has been coming in handy with the ridiculous weather we have been getting, and with our trip northward.

because of it’s dark color, the hat is near impossible to photograph with blowing out jake to practically eye-searingly white. but there is one decent picture of the hat:

pattern: the greenery hat(ravelry link), pattern from lilith’s lair of lunacy
yarn: oooh, i loved this yarn. it was lorna’s laces shepherd worsted, and it was soft and cushy (only merino for my man!). and the colors are really pretty and muted, very sensible and manly; a little black, a bit of charcoal grey and a touch of chocolate brown. in short: good stuff. but expensive! i won’t be making a sweater out of this anytime soon. it’s wearing pretty well, too.
needles: were sized eight circulars.

i didn’t make any modifications. i knit the longer ribbing for jake’s largish head. okay, a couple of fun details from our weekend vacation:


beer sausage! in this case, PBR.


and his grandma’s collection of glass bottles.

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this has been a fiber-licious holiday season for me. i really need to start catching you guys up on my doings and goings. my to-do list has been sitting ignored for the last little bit, in favor of… well, life. it happens.

not terribly long ago, i was at jake’s familial domicile, participating in the annual raising and decorating of the tree event. at the end of the evening, i was led to my graduation present. and i almost cried. three times.

this spinning wheel belonged to and was used by jake’s great grandmother. for the past fifty to seventy five years, it has been sitting in corners and basements. when jake and his father got to it, only parts were still there, some whole, some rotted, and not at all assembled.

from these various parts, and with the help of el famous internet, they managed to re-assemble the parts that were there, re-create some parts based off of the half rotted ones, and make several parts from scratch.

To give you an idea of what was made versus what was there (if you want/need reference, there’s a diagram of a wheel that resembles mine here)… They had the mother of all, the maidens, the flier assembly (whew), the tension screw (again, thank goodness), the wheel, and the table (which looks like it might have been used as a cutting board at some point).

so they made one of the maidens, bobbins, bearings, the treadle, the legs, treadle bar and footman (here’s a detail on the footman that jake burned in for me:)

it is a single drive with a scotch tension added afterwards. actually, the drive band is the only thing they bought for this. there was one condition upon which i got this, which i was very glad to agree to, and that was to travel to see jake’s grandmother to show her the working wheel in action.

more on that later.


I managed to finish knitting 32 things in 2008! okay, so that mostly consists of small objects. but none the less, i’m very happy with my progress as a knitter this year. i’ve been much more adventurous with the projects that i’ve tried. i have expanded my comfort zone and i now knit with more than just worsted weight yarn. i finished my first laceweight projects (my seasilk shetland triangle and key lime lace), and my first socks (embossed leaves and cloudy day blues). i knit my first garments (february baby sweater and miss marigold). i tried entrelac for the first time. i learned about gussets and turning heels, figure eight cast ons, ez’s sewn cast off. i did color work for the first time!

so not too shabby. my apologies that some of the finished objects on the grid up there haven’t even been blogged yet. i hope to get to those very soon (i can’t wait to have stable internet access again. sigh.)

as for 2009? y’know, i love introspection and goal setting. but the recent changes in my life make it hard for me to envision exactly how my life will be by 2010. so, for now, i’m going to keep it simple and knit oriented:

-i want to make a sweater for myself.



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