Monday, October 09, 2006

We're in - plus various bumpf

Hoorah! We're in, and starting to be unpacked, she said, even though every single box of books (i.e. a double-sized closetful) is still snugly, smugly lurking in the den, a.k.a. my knitting room.

Here are a few images. The kitchen, where Thanksgiving veggie prep is in full swing:
A corner of our living room:
Tom's niche, which in normal apartments would be known as the dining room (note the fabulous CD cabinet on the right - a fantastic, cheap as-is Ikea find):Tom enjoying the apartment (does this guy have great legs, or what?):

I'll post more as things come together. t's still sleeping, so no bedroom pix, and there's a giant futon mattress (burrito?) in residence on the den floor.

In other news, my Knitter's Tea Swap package is in the mail! I can't wait for Ms. Marie to receive it. This is most of the contents. In my enthusiasm, I added a Delerium CD and some Regia Canadian Colours sock yarn in the Ontario colourway.
I've been on vacation all week, but feeling wicked-exhausted, and didn't get nearly as much done as I'd hoped. I couldn't figure it out. I was waking up hideously early, and then in the afternoon couldn't keep my eyes open. I was NAPPING, for heck's sake! When on earth have I ever napped? They leave me feeling groggy and horrible. But I had no choice. Finally, finally I figured it out. Yesterday. At the end of my vacation. I've been taking my medication in the middle of the day, and for the first time ever, the drowsiness side effect has kicked in. Augh! And grrrrr.

In other news, the Clapotis is coming along. I'm on the last repeat before the decreases, but I think I'm going to go longer. We looked up 'clapotis' last night because t's father just had to know what it meant, and it appears to mean 'lapping' - I'm assuming as in 'waves'. Which would make sense, but t's dad isn't buying it.And I spun on a spinning wheel! Wow - I like it so much better than drop-spindling. As per usual, the Divine Laura shared her knowledge and got us treadling away in no time. I started on the most temperamental of the 3 wheels - an Ashford - and felt frustrated. I couldn't get my yarn started, and then ended up with crazy yarn, which I think is pretty normal for the first time out. But then - oh then! - I got to try Laura's wheel - a portable, double-treadled Lendrum - and I'm in love. The yarn spun itself. Sadly, it was near the end of the class, so I only spun a short single, but the difference in the feel and the smoothness of the process was transformative.

4 comments:

Abigail 1870 pearl said...

Oh you new place looks cute:D

Your package is in the mail as you know but it got sent back to me and was resent on Thursday.

So keep your eyes pealed around the 15th. It has a lot of miles to cover before it can get to you.

Abigail 1870 pearl said...

Ooops I guess I goofed and now you know who I am....Silly me

Sandi Purl said...

your place sure is startin' to look cozy, eh! nice! and what a great stash for the pal. wishing you was my spoiler! fer sure!

The Speckled Hen said...

HI Sophie,
It's Marie and I just wanted to let you know that I received your package on Friday but had to work yesterday so never got online.
I am in total awe of the awesome colors and yarns you picked out for me - you couldn't be more on target with what you picked. I love pink and gray together and can't wait to do the Canadian colorway socks and I think there is enough there to make a pair of fingerless gloves or a cap to match. The tea and biscuits are great and I am munching, drinking (Monk's tea), and listening to my new CD right now. I just bought a new electric teapot by Sunbeam that is made for loose tea or bags and can brew your tea whatever strength you desire - can't wait to try it out with the great teas you sent me. Beleive it or not I have always done Haiku since I was a teen and use it when I need to destress and put my moods into the simplest form - it's therapuetic and helps me see things in a raw and basic nature. You out did yourself and lucky me was the receiver. Thanks. Marie