Tuesday, February 07, 2006

What is your life-path number

Your Life Path Number is 4

Your purpose in life is to build your vision.

You are practical and responsible. You work hard, knowing that there are no shortcuts in life.
You work for a better life for yourself and those you love, but you are not an idealist.
Trustworthy and honest, you also demonstrate great courage. People can count on you.

In love, you are a loyal and committed partner. You are the ideal spouse.

You don't give up easily, and sometimes you can be too stubborn and unwilling to change.
You also can be too conservative at times. You sometime miss out on good opportunities.
Also remember that not everyone can work as hard as you, as disappointing as that is!
What Is Your Life Path Number?

Wow, sounds kinda accurate... especially the stubborn part... I took every calculus class twice to make sure I really understood it....

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Which Harry Potter Character are you?

Pirate Monkey's Harry Potter Personality Quiz
Harry Potter Personality Quiz
by Pirate Monkeys Inc.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Hi folks (does anyone ever read this?) Well, I haven't had a post in 2 months now, because I've been extremely busy putting together an online magazine for handspinners... and I'm happy to announce that it finally went LIVE!!! If anyone is interested it's called Spindlicity and is mainly for handspinners with an emphasis on spindle spinning and occasional information about wheel spinning. It's not really a knitting magazine, although there are a few patterns in there. I have an article on making your own Optim, there's an article on scouring fleece and profiles of two great spindle makers. I'm already planning the second issue... it was a lot of fun putting this one together and I have to thank everyone who wrote an article or helped me get it together...

Besides Spindlicity, I've been dyeing a lot of yarn for a local yarn store, spinning and knitting and weaving like crazy for christmas... and... oh yeah, there's that pesky biochemistry Ph.D. I'm trying to finish! Someday I hope to sleep....

On the house front, for those of you following this saga in my life, my house hasn't sold... and I don't think it will. The landlord is asking a million dollars for this falling down fixer upper. The good news is this means I can probably afford to stay in Los Angeles until I finish the Ph.D. The other good news is that I'll definitely be moving out of LA after that... no more traffic for me! That 2-3 hours of commute each day is really cutting into my spinning time ;-)

I hope all of you are happy and healthy and looking forward to the holidays, whichever ones you celebrate!

-- Janel

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Spin-Off Poncho contest!

Update: Spin-Off finally hit the stands... so I think it's fair to include a pic. of my poncho here

Well, I didn't mention this before because I didn't want to jinx it ya know... but it's now official! I am one of the winners (2nd place original design) in the Spin-Off Poncho contest! Woo Hoo! My poncho will be in the Winter edition of Spin-Off and I can't wait to see how they photographed it because it wasn't easy for me to photograph! The colors are yellows and lavenders which are sort of muted and it's hard to get the beauty of the color to show in a photograph. The poncho is a lace poncho, but sort of robust lace, not laceweight. I designed it myself... and it's really soft because I spun the yarn from a merino/silk/angora blend. I don't know if I'm allowed to post a photo so I'll wait until the magazine actually comes out... but you can color me tickled pink!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

I am starting an online magazine!
It will be called "Spindlicity" and will be all about handspindles. I am currently planning articles on spindle techniques, different types of spindles, a gallery of handspindled yarns, projects for spindlers, making spindles, interviews with professional spindle makers, ethnic and historic spindle use, peripheral projects like dyeing, knitting, weaving etc. The target market is new spinners who haven't yet made the commitment to a wheel, re-enactors, spindle collectors, and spinners who love spindles. I am sort of patterning it after both Spin-Off and Knitty. The magazine will be quarterly with the first issue scheduled for December. I'm not sure why I'm doing this, but already it's been a lot of fun! It's certainly a lot more fun than thinking about my housing problems!

If you're interested in writing an article or If you have any ideas for this magazine, I'd love to hear them!

I hope you'll all read Spindlicity in December!

Friday, October 07, 2005

My first pattern weave!

I just wove this scarf on my new (to me) 4 harness LeClerc jack loom. This picture shows what I think of as the "back side" of the scarf. The warp is a 2-ply silk... 1 ply bombyx and 1 ply tussah. The weft is a merino/bombyx blend that I dyed myself in shades of blue, green and purple. This is the first time I have ever done a pattern weave. Years ago I fooled around on a school loom doing some plain weave. This is ever so exciting!

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Spindle of the week

This is a gorgeous spindle from Israel by Avi Wasserman. Those wood colors are inlay work and it's delicate and gorgeous. In addition, it spins quite well! I purchased this at the Black Sheep Gathering from the Carolina Homespun booth. If you haven't been to Black Sheep and you live on the west coast you should plan to go sometime. We don't have as many fiber festivals out here as they have on the east coast and Black Sheep is a really nice one.
Losing my house...

I have had a horrendous week... my landlord called to say she is selling our house. We've lived there for 13 years and it really feels like OUR house so it was quite a shock to learn we really don't own it! And to add insult to injury... apparently we've been living in fairy tale land, because we rudely found out that we can't really afford to live in Los Angeles anymore... If we have to move we will end up paying twice the rent we pay now, which will possibly eat into our savings and erode our house down payment money.... so we are in a quandary. In two weeks we will wing our way to Eugene Oregon to see if we can visualize ourselves living there... where one can still afford a house. Eugene is lovely and we'll probably end up liking it there, it's just that most of our friends are here...


But on the bright side... hmm wait... I dont' think there is a bright side....

Oh wait... yeah... Eugene is lovely!