Thursday, December 30, 2010

End of year wrap up

This was my part of my first post of the year:

This year, who knows? I'd like to spin more. I need more socks (when you wear your handknits everyday, they tend to wear a bit faster). I'd like to be a bit more social and get out of the house a bit more. I'd like to loose 50lbs (but I won't hold my breath on that one).

So, how'd I do?

Well, I took a few spinning classes and bought more drop spindles but I didn't really spin more. My fiber stash has grown by leaps and bounds and I haven't really spun up any of it. On the plus side, both wheels are in working condition, I've gotten better with a drop spindle (even if I haven't finished any of the fibers I've started) and both wheels are now downstairs in the living room. I'll keep working on that.

Sock wise. I joined the sock club run by The Loopy Ewe after making a deal with myself that I would knit up everything that came in (preferably for socks). Out of the five skeins, two skeins were turned into socks, one skein into a shawl, one into a pair of gloves and the last is currently sitting with some siblings that may get turned into a shawl. Two other skeins that were hanging out in the stash got turned into socks for a grand total of FOUR pairs. That's really pretty good for me.

Weight wise. I dropped 30 pounds, got tired of having to watch every single bite and stopped being careful. I've gained back 5 pounds for a grand total of -25. I'll take that.

Being more social.. eh.. next year.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Another reason I love my Aeronaut

Those who have seen me in my recent travels know that I carry an Aeronaut from Tom Bihn. They've probably also heard me talk about how much I love this bag and the fact that I haven't had to check luggage since I've gotten it, no matter how small a plane I was traveling on.

This trip, I thought my bag had met it's match.

The Aeronaut is 22 inches long. The long flat thing is a heddle for my loom and is about 21 inches long. You can see my dilemma here. I wasn't ready to give up though, and I'm glad I didn't.

The Aeronaut is split into three sections but you can undo the snaps to allow the inner wall of the end pockets to collapse.

A view from inside the outer pocket:

All packed and ready to go:

Thanks again Tom Bihn! With both pockets unsnapped, it fit beautifully. I was even able to use the side pockets for smaller items like socks and my 3D clear organizer cube.