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Yeah, Hi.

Its uh, been a while eh. Perhaps I should work on updating more often.

In the past month I have finished school until September, had five hands in my mouth while sitting in three different dental chairs, looked for a job with zero results, and I am now at home with a five year old who picked up the chicken pox while at Pacific Science Center. Seems we got a little something extra while taking in Kung Fun Panda at the IMAX theater. At least this means I won’t have to fight with the school district over exactly why my child has not been immunized against a generic childhood illness.

Meanwhile I’ve been working on my Mum’s socks, spinning a three-ply sock yarn for myself, and rescued a Baby Surprise Jacket from the clutches of Captain Evil the Cat, the little fucker. Adventures in oral health continue into next month and I have to say, thanks Mum and Dad for the shit genetics and juvenile disease. In the meantime I’ll be on the back patio sipping something fruity and rimmed with Xanax to get through Misterpant’s case of the pox.

Daughter of Judith


When I grow older, I want to be just like Judith McKenzie-McCuin.

She is a wealth of knowledge, a walking fibre encyclopedia. I feel smarter just sitting next to her at a meal. Spinning in the same room as her I feel like a rock star. Give me a batt she’s blended and I am a rock star.


That is superfine merino top and dyed flax top. The merino is from Ashland Bay, the flax from Louet. Judith and her husband Nick build the most awesome drum carders ever, before they’re shipped out Judith blends about five pounds (yes, pounds) of fibre to break them in. The results are “happy accident” batts like the one above, the odds and ends from previous classes or colours she has multiple pounds of.


My little one ounce piece of batt gave me about 30 yards of two-ply sport weight yarn. My inability to finish a sample in a class in legendary, I am still working on samples I took in classes over a year ago. To say I was warm and fuzzy after wacking the shit out of the skein would be an understatement. However I was downright giddy to hear Judith planned on blending more of her “happy accident.” I can’t way to see what she produces with it and lay my hands on more of it.

The Problem With Spinning

I spent the day in class with Judith McKenzie-McCuin, spinning to my hearts content. So now, three hours since I stopped I can still feel my feet and legs treadling. With another seven hours of class tomorrow my legs will be spinning for the next week, even though I physically stopped around 5pm.

Thanks Mum

I spent six hours cleaning Misterpants’ bedroom yesterday. To say that it was an unholy pit is a bit of an understatement. His floor was a covering of books, old clothes, and paper instead of the wool carpet I know is in there. Even the fish tank got a cleaning, good because the fish that was in it got flushed so long ago I don’t want to admit when it happened. Even now I still have a box of assorted toys and crap that need to find their rightful homes. As I sit here writing I can hear him in there tearing through the trundle of wood train parts and I want to cry.

In the middle of it all I had a sudden appreciation for my Mum, the woman who would wait till we were at school and then tear our rooms apart. I’d arrive home and everything would be in its proper place. Then I’d spend the next week bitching about the invasion of privacy and how I couldn’t find anything (yes, even at six years old). But now I know why she did it. Thanks Mum, for all the hard work. I may not of understood your need to do it when but I do now.





I fly home tomorrow, my suitcase a little heavier and my wallet a bit lighter.

Learning To Fly

I leave in a couple days for a week in Atlanta which means my already sporadic posting will be even more sporadic. It has been over seven years since I was there last and I am sure a lot has changed. When I get back I’ll have pictures and stories and yarn from Knitch (Anna made me promise to go there).


sisters jumper

Pattern: Sister’s Jumper, available from Fiber Trends
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash, colour #822
Needles: 24″ and 16″ Addi Turbo Circulars

This was a quick knit for Lamb’s Ear Yarns in Tacoma. It was also the first time I have ever followed a pattern without changing it several times. The models in the pattern were knit originally with Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece which produced some minor gauge issues but they were easily overcome.


As I lay here in bed at 1 AM, surrounded by Himself, Misterpants, and Hugo D. Kitty I realize that there is far too much peen both in my bed and in my life.


Carefully controlled chaos is the best way I can describe Madrona this year. There were more people, more classes, and more vendors in the market. The only thing there wasn’t more of this year was money that I spent. Fellow Ravelers were met, much food and beverage was consumed, and it has become the one time each year I see several friends. I spun, I knit, I knit stuff I had just spun. I spent time with Steph (who cracks me up), with Judith (who I’ve decided I want to be when I grow up), and with Kathryn (who makes me never want to grow up). Most of all, the five days I spent there make me wish I didn’t have to wait 11 and a half months to do it all over again.