Friday, May 13, 2011

Keeping a Balance

Hello all.  Hope you're well and enjoying the beginning of spring.  I've been thinking a lot this week about the balance of work and play in my life.  I feel like I have a great amount of social activity going on (which I totally love) but my house is a wreck.  How do you balance your time between job/housework/hobbies?

Mama Robin is being loyal to her lone remaining egg.  Some kind of critter got into the nest on Sunday night and ate 3 of the 4 pretty blue eggs.  I hope she can protect the remaining one so it can become a little birdy and fly away.
I am painfully close to being finished with the knitting part of The Big Ass sweater (you know there'll be lots of mattress stitch to come).  About 1/3 of the way through the Raglan decreases so each row is zipping by considerably faster.  I should be done by Sunday for sure...if I can find some time to do some knitting.  Saturday is the Fiber Fiesta up in Greenville and you know I'll be there.  Got to see a bunch of folks I haven't seen in quite least since last summer's festival season.

I received this pretty yarn from Wild Wool Farm a few days ago.  It has pretty little fairy charms spun into it.  Anyone have a suggestion what it should be?  I'm at a total loss.  I need to measure how many yards are there so I can get my head wrapped around a project for it.
Along with that pretty yarn I received the other two parts of my adoption fiber.  Navajo Churro from Washington state.  I soaked and scoured the fleece then spent a few minutes combing a few locks to get the hang of how it would need to be processed.  Using my dog comb on one lock at a time seems to be the best way.  It's a little tricky since it has long and short fibers so if I be sure and comb the tip end first I can keep the lock intact.  Below is the little pile-o-locks I managed to comb out last Sunday.  It's gonna be a long process.

I've been keeping an eagle eye on Sam since his visit to the vet last Saturday.  Seems he has a pretty serious something going on (at the least a severe UTI) but without $300 more in tests there is no blatantly obvious explanation for why he's limping, has a sagging belly and his gums are pale.  Could you send some good vibes his way?  He's had a rough go his entire life and he tries so hard to be a happy dog at all times.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday to you all from me and The Dogs.
Don't forget to check out the other great artists over on Andrea's blog.


Kristyn said...

The Flylady system works for me. I have changed certain parts of the program but follow the basic principles.

Spinster Beth said...

Sorry about the bird eggs, and doggie :( hope things start to look up.

I can't imagine yarn with fairy charms ... if I ever see any at a fair, I will snap it up!

Marushka C. said...

I've never used a yarn with embellishments added to it, but it's very intriguing. What about a simple openwork scarf like Montego Bay?

I hope your dog starts feeling better soon. It is always worrisome when they feel bad and there's no good explanation for it.

I have no advice on the housework -- mine's been completely abandoned lately except for laundry & dishes.

WonderWhyGal said...

My house is a mess and that's just how I long as fiber arts are in my life.

Can't wait to see you tomorrow.

Heather Woollove said...

Remember that 'dust is the protective coating for fine furniture'!!
I love your new yarn with the charms! I think it would felt 'charmingly'. (Yeesh)

Nerdy Knitter said...

good juju still coming sam's way hope he is on the mend poor dude. he is such a good doggie :]

Andria said...

No time to clean the house with all the knitting projects I have lined up. I'm trying to be better since we've listed it for sale........

I'm sending good vibes to your dog, I know how much I love mine! I hope he feels better soon.

Charlotte said...

Ha. Me, housework? Balance? You have to be kidding.

I hope your doggie starts to feel better soon, it's horrible to see them in pain, isn't it? Lots of cuddles from me to him! (and your other gorgeous dogs!)

Kathryn Ray said...

I was thinking about you this week... the robins built two nests in our eaves during our big two-day rain. One at the front door and one at the back. I can't get high enough to see if there are eggs yet.

Hoping Sam feels better soon.

AND... Yay for being almost done with the Big Ass Sweater!!

Kate (KnitsInClass) said...

We try for some sense of organization around here - usually fail miserably!

So sad about the baby robins - I saw a crushed robin's egg outside our back door today and it made me so sad :(

Poor puppy - hope he feels better soon! What a sweet picture of all your dogs - they look so happy to be together.

Voie de Vie said...

My living space cleanliness goes in spurts. I'm aiming for a more even approach, but my kitchen ain't looking too good since the bake sale hurricane. :)

My George Bailey (he was a dog in a former life) is sending your Sam good pet thoughts. Love the pic of your dogs, even if Sam does look a little under the weather (his expression says it all).

Tami Klockau said...

The yarn seems so soft, but now clue what you should do with it since it has fairy charms in it!

I'm sending good thoughts your puppy dog's way.

Nichole said...

Great pics - esp that last one! Sorry to hear you lost some of your robin eggs... we had 4 hatch last week (pics to come).

Bubblesknits said...

I'll definitely send good vibes to Sam and send some prayers up for him, too. Poor guy.

I think a very open lace scarf would be great for that yarn. Maybe the holes from the lace would let the charms stand out? Just thinking out loud. : )

Vivian said...

I'm catching up on my blog reading -- part of my work/life/hobby balancing, in which the hobby usually suffers. hope Sam is doing well, so hard to watch the pups being sick.