Thursday, January 31, 2008

YMMD awards

TheAmpuT has given me a You Make My Day award.
It did.
Many Thanks. So now it's my turn.
The Instructions: "give the award to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel happy about blogland. Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so they can pass it on. Beware you may get the award several times."

AmpuTeeHee - It's not about being a mutual admiration society. I look forward to TheAmpuT's writing everyday. It's confident, with little self doubts creeping in from time to time. It's funny and thought provoking, and one day we'll sit down to a family meal. I love a good cook.

Rabbitch - I laugh out loud. I spit my coffee. I worry that rats might be moving into my house. Rabbitch is the cause of all this. A great open hearted person and fiber color artist with the best curse words.

Davis Studio - MaryAnne, I've known her for (shh i won't say) years. Always thinking always concerned. and I love her dinner ware.

Barefoot Cobbler - Carrie is someone with so much energy I sometimes need to sit down and rest after reading her blog.

itgirl - I might never know the lyrics, but I always read the blog. I think I was first caught when gov docs were mentioned. I thought that I was the only one who toiled cataloging these.

Rachael - The first blog I ever read. She makes me want to move back to California and take the dogs running on the beach.

Zoe Strauss - I love this work and it's impetus.

Anne - Anne keeps me thinking about food. I'm going to have to delurk now that I've linked to her.

now silly but 2 new bloggers (to me) that I've found since joining Ravelry

CubistLiterature - Where is this going to go? fun , funny, creative and smart.

WormSpit - There is something about a silkworm cowboy that I just couldn't resist.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The orchid is bloomimg

The camera is broken

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Today I went shopping

I was in a yarn acquisition mood today, I've been feeling this way for a week.

So I went to Wilde Bros. a nearby spinning mill and bought a little bit of wool./ 8 lbs.

I had the brilliant idea that the 2-ply rug yarn would work in my machine (secret I'm working on some rugs) Ha, the texture was all wrong for the machine, not enough give and too bulky. --------I almost said too big and hard.

I like the roughness of the wool. So some type of hand knit will come out of this.

I was really hoping that the local would work. I get tired of ordering the jagger spun from maine all of the time.

This place had tons of roving and if I were a spinner I would have been tempted.

It was a very interesting, but sad place. Two buildings, the 1st one receives the wool, washes, cards, dyes(I think), and then the roving is sent to the second building were there are about uhm... I don't know it was one large room of industrial spinning machines. after the spinning it's skeined and sent to the next room for coning and then packed and shipped. The sad thing about Wilde's is that they are the last mill in Manayunk, pa. and they have their building up for sale and the equipment, too because they're closing down after 150 years of being a family business. They say they just can't produce cheaply enough to really compete.

I wanted to take over the factory and try to figure out if there wasn't some way to keep this last historical mill alive in Philadelphia. Just my craziness. aside.....
Since being on Ravelry I've noticed some new readers.
Don't be shy, please leave comments.

Monday, January 28, 2008

because I could

stolen from TheAmpuT
You paid attention during 86% of high school!

85-100% You must be an autodidact, because American high schools don't get scores that high! Good show, old chap!

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Friday, January 25, 2008


So I guess you all hated the video. I can't believe there wasn't a single comment.

What about that pretentious title? Or the blue ceiling in the house.

and yes, I really do have that collection of beauty pagent video tapes. 1990-1998

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

I'm taking a chance

This film was made several years ago for a TV show, but never aired.

I no longer look like this, and I don't live in Woodstock anymore

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Back from NYC

We're home.

The weekend was busy and I am still working on some of the followup business.

I was on the look out for public knitting this weekend. The only person I caught on film was Kaye from the finnegan gallery in Chicago

Kaye is blogless but I tried to encourage her to explore a little bit of the on-line knitting world.


The cold is back, I'm not so stuffy but I've got a sore throat and feel tired. I think that I somehow managed to push the cold and any idea of sickness away while we were doing the show. Now my body's giving in.


I'm now on Ravelry. Johnk.... to those who are interested.

Monday, January 14, 2008

No Fever

I'm feeling better, the fever's gone but I'm still a little bit stuffy, not hot just stuffy.

This morning I stumbled across this, I thought you all would be interested. Why stop at socks?

oh, yes and make sure you check out the website.
lots more sneakers, and wool posters and more.

What have I been doing while ill?
not knitting

Friday, January 11, 2008

Knocked out

Wednesday afternoon - I was feeling good. I had messages from old and new friends, I read the copy of the text for "the book" and liked it, then.........

I felt a fever, I started sniffling.


I've been out of it for a day and am only feeling slightly better at this moment.....

I think I'll have to take it slow today. I have to be recovered for the Big Show in NY , set up on Thursday.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

What's going on?

Late at night I wake up in bed and have amazing things to write about.

I sit down at this computer in the morning and it is all a dim memory or even worse.... a blank.

My work has been like that too.

So thanks for bearing with me during my existential crisis.

Oh, but wait ... the absurdity of the previous group of video posts, maybe my whole use of the interwebs, mean the human condition is not to be alone in the world.

All of this is a long way of saying I am now on the Ravelry list, waiting.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

I was just thinking

about Woodstock
and missing people.