Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Whorling,Twirling and Spinning

Well I am back from my spinning fun days in Halifax.
What a great time!
I picked my daughter Ashley up at 6pm on Sunday evening in Halifax. Loaded her, her spinning wheel, fiber and incidentals into the vehicle. Picked up the key and some grub and headed over to our lodgings (my brother's apartment near Bedford). Once settled I took a look out the dining room window to see eight deer in the back parking lot. Now seeing deer is not a new thing for me but seeing them within the HMR was quite
cool and a great way to start off our spinning retreat.


 After settling in and unpacking our wheels. My wheel is the Louet Victoria and Ash's is the Ashford Kiwi . Which we set up as a double drive on Monday. I have to tell you I had not really seen her wheel since last October and I was quite surprised to see the double groove in the wheel and let me tell you Ash certainly spun energetically with her wheel set up as a double drive. While we were waiting for our supper to cook Ash modelled the spinning apron I had made the day before.

 We spun until about midnight Sunday night and on Monday we visited The Loop and LK Yarns. We were happy campers when we arrived  back at our digs and we happily spun and plied from 3 to 8 or 9pm.
My fiber booty
  
Plying the wool

Bobbins of black & blue-green Top

Below is a picture showing two shawlettes I knitted this February.



  So there you go! Two days of whorling, twirling and spinning. See you all tomorrow night at Read's
Hugs
Cinna

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Lalalalalala

What a stupid title,eh!

I am a little cranking this morning for a few reasons, (1) my 3 month old Keurig coffee maker is not functioning. So I am forced to drink drip coffee, (2) it snowed yesterday and as I look out the garden door I can see white on the deck and, (3) I have to go buy groceries sometime today. I think just the not having my usual Morning Blend would be enough to crank anyone out.

So my physio is all but over. Thanks to the good physiotherapists at Tidewater Physio Clinic.I can even start back at Curves, albeit slowly. That means I should be able to return to all things spinning and knitting related.

I am on vacation from work at present and looking forward to visiting my daughter in Halifax. We have a night of spinning planned for tomorrow and a visit to The Loop and LK Yarns on Monday. I love LKY and visit there every visit to Halifax. I met some of the gals from The Loop at last years spinning retreat and am anxious to visit that shop. Speaking of the spinning retreat I believed that it would take place on the same dates this year and traded a couple of shifts in late October so as to be able to attend. I received a registration email yesterday and the retreat is taking place the weekend before. So I will probably have to sell my soul to rearrange my work schedule. Oh well it is worth it. Such a great time is always had at the retreat.

I am almost finished a pair of socks I have been working at very slowly. I seem to be in a stall with them. I will have pictures soon and will try and post a few pictures from my Halifax visit.as well.

I fired of an email to the Gals that meet at Read's for the date of the next meeting but if my memory serves me (which it may not due to lack of my usual morning caffeine fix) the meeting at Cricket Cove should be this Tuesday evening and the Chapter's group this Monday evening.

'Til next time.
Warm Fuzzies
Cinna

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Egad Where'ld I Go?

Just to let you know I am still here.Just getting over the whole shoulder injury flare up thingy.

So what does Cinna do when she has above said flare up?

Physio (includes prescribed exercises), read, sleep (a lot), work, watch lots of Netflix, work, read, physio etc.. It's a vicious and painful cycle. Oh did I mention shop? No I see I didn't. Well I suppose everyone should know by now that, that goes without saying. The things I haven't been able to do a great deal of is knit, spin and type a lot on the computer. Hence the minimal blog posts.

Quite often I occupy my time with other obsessions when in pain. Some old some new. This flare up I got heavy into ereaders and I have purchased two ereaders. Well three if you count the one I took back. I purchased a lovely lavender Kobo from Chapters in Moncton. Which I see is now ten dollars cheaper then when I bought it. Grrrr! . I love this thing. It's pretty basic but what makes it great is I can go just about anywhere in Canada and pick up a Chapters Gift card go to the Chapters or kobo site and use my gift card to make ebook purchases (including knitting) and the wifi is so easy to set up as is the ereader itself. No glare in sunlight. You gotta love it. So why two ereaders?  I can give you a few good reasons like the kobo is kobo bookstore specific, it has no light, and the main reason is because I wanted two. So the other ereader I purchased and which has been at Canadian Customs since the 10th (3 whole days) is the Pocketbook IQ 701. Check this puppy out! Not to techie for me, has a touch colour screen that rotates automatically, has WiFi, plays videos and music and just looks like a lot of fun. I have to tell you I also became obsessed with cell phones. I have 2 months left on my mobile contract and I just had to have an Android OS phone. So I bought [note the word (or is that verb) bought] a cute little Motorola Dext smartphone. Bell has them on sale now because they won't be offering them anymore. Motorola has come out with a newer model. Anyways I am happy to have it. It is giving me an idea of whether or not I really need a smartphone or if I can make do with my new Pocketbook. And I didn't have to renew my contract.

 Hubby says I've been very cranky. I think he is probably right. So if I cranked at you from the first week of February I am truly sorry.

So it's back to knitting and spinning. My shoulder is much better thanks to my physiotherapist. I went to the meeting at Read's on Wednesday. I was a little tired and sore and I might have cranked a bit (sorry). It was great to get out and knit with the ladies and Gael showed up. Gael manages the Cricket Cove store here. She had exciting news. Cricket Cove is offering knitting nights at the store here in Moncton every other Tuesday evening. The next meeting is this Tuesday, March 15th from 6:30pm until 8pm. Hosted by the lovely Viola . So get yourself there bring a project and a beverage and join in the fun. The Knitting group will be meeting Wednesday night at Read's in Riverview. That is the 16th from 6pm until 7pm. See you there.

Cinna
"Women like to sit down with trouble - as if it were knitting"
~ Ellen Glasgow (April 22, 1873 - November 21, 1945)