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Just home from vacation. A little four day stint in Portland, and it was good. We had been talking about driving to California, but I thought that we could experience a sense of travel and Adventure without spending tons of money on gas, and indeed we could. I highly recommend the notion of taking vacation close to home!
Alice and I visited Shanna and Ivon. While at their place we discovered the Most Hilarious show Ever, the Mighty Boosh. Alice got her ears pierced, and Shanna gave her her first ever real haircut!
alice's haircut

Also Ivon loves Alice! See him jumping for joy?
the boy needs to play some soccer

We took alice shopping, too. It was really her coming-of-age trip, although we didn’t plan it that way.
So she has some schnazzy new clothes, a fresh cut, and she is looking good.

I made Shanna a pompom garland:
a garland for my friend

And I was moved by this way I set up to ply handspun into rope for the garland:

ply set up

It’s hard to say why this struck me as so wonderful. Although the shadows are pretty cool…
I think it has to do with the fact that I could conceive and execute immediately, with what I had on hand: a double point needle, two strands of rope that I had plyed earlier (‘s red lobster yarn making yet another appearance), a tiny ball of handspun, a dresser drawer. It’s DIY, baby.

Also, I love this art on shanna’s wall:
art on Shanna's wall
Always have. some day, I swear, I am going to make a fiber version.

I did continue working on my freeform knit project. It was hard to do this while on the road. Here is some of it:
day 20

Okay, this has to be installment number one, as I am in need of caffeinated beverage.
Part 2 will be: the visit with Kate (aka Calendar Girl) and Woods!
Stay Tuned!

Here is the freeform piece I have been working on:

day 9

this is a few days back. New additions added daily! You can see the whole set here. I like this exercise. It will be quite a moster after 365 days of knitting on it. Then I will have a gallery show and sell it. hah hah!

Two things happening today: I am starting to plan my itinerary for Alice and my trip to Portland next week, and I am going into Astoria to open a bank account! I got the word from my soon-to-be landlady that we will need to start renting there on April 1! Exciting, and scary. I haven’t been financially independent since I don’t know when. I will be soon, though…

I have been having a hell of a time staying focussed on one project. So many ideas, so little time! I have an ad coming out on etsy’s Showcase tomorrow, and so I am working on a hat to feature in my shop; I have a pair of socks on the needles; I have to finish those tights for Sonni’s daughter, and so on. It will all get done in good time, though.

What else? I have decided on a general aesthetic for my etsy shop. I am having a banner made even. It will be good, just you wait.

Today, I needed to exhaust the green dye bath. here are the two skeins chosen for the honor:

One, a handspun natural that I found at a garage sale, the other, a seafoam green coned yarn that I was given (and have tons of), neither of them particularly soft. I really am happy with the pale green skein.
I expected these to turn out kelly green like the original dyelot, but when I went to rinse the bucket, I found that the blue dye had adhered to the sides, and the rinse water was coming out very very blue. I saved it, and it will be the basis of my next dyelot. It is interesting, the different dyes must have different weights or something.

I went ahead and joined the flickr group, freeform knit 365, like I need another project. The premise is this: one commits to do a bit of freeform knitting and photograph it, each day, for 365 days. I will say only that my pieces are going to be small until after the holidays. I couldn’t resist the challenge, though.

Check out this cool postcard from Hamburg.

It’s like one of those Richard Scarry Busy books! It makes me long for summer and a journey.