Monthly Archives: January 2009

Two Discoveries

First, a site that sells beautiful silk yarn,
with information about using it,
and beautiful photographs – Sundara Stitches

Second, an etsy seller – hedgehog fibers

I keep repeating to myself, “must.not.buy.more.yarn”
but, gee this stuff is pretty . . .

Yarn Storage

This post is about storing yarn, but first a photo I found while researching this. I love this picture!
072408rikkisrefuge

Okay, back to business. I’ve been thinking about the best ways of storing yarn. I am way past the “few skeins picturesquely displayed in a basket” stage and well into the “plastic bags on the floor of the closet” situation.

Baskets are nice for current projects. I have two nice baskets, but limited baskets-on-parade space to display them.

I saw a blog today where someone was using large glass bottles – I’d never heard of that before and will keep my eyes out in the thrift shop.

Open shelves have many advantages, but offer no protection from insects. Also, you know how depressed these balls get in winter – that’s the only explanation I can think of for the way they’re so prone to suicide leaps out of the shelving and onto the floor, rolling off the shelf at the slightest setback in their plans.

Conclusion: I think the best type of storage might be chicken coop style shelves, each with a slight tilt-back or front-edge panel. As for the bugs, vulnerable skeins can always be in ziplock in the shelves.

Here’s a photo of the kind of shelves I imagine:
cubbies

Best Way to Keep Warm

See previous post for the full question.

Okay, for reals, the way I keep warm is to wear lots of clothes and always carry a few cats around.

Duke Hospital Visit: Review

Sunday morning:
I have to take my father to the Duke Eye Center this morning.
(crossing fingers)

Monday morning:
Review of Duke Hospital:
1. Medical care – the important thing.
The nurses and doctors were kindly, patient with my dad’s longish answers to questions, competent, and reassuring.
2. Physical facility:
Really dirty, like no one cleaned/washed/vacuumed in a week.
3. Cafeteria:
Okay. Par for the course.
4. Gift Shop:
Substandard: crowded, understocked, and staff lacked information.
5. Security:
Ridiculous!! They actually have a rule against knitting!
Even the airlines don’t do that!
It’s just stupid, since they have never ever ever had any kind of incident in the hospital involving knitting needles. No, it’s NOT a matter of “better safe than sorry” it’s stupid. There should be SOME dim connection between the item being seized and the likelihood of it’s being misused, other than “Um, it’s sharp?” ANYTHING can be used for ill, including ballpoint pens, fists, a pocketbook slung at someone, a waiting room lamp thrown at someone, a shoe, etc.
Rant, rant rant . . .

Warm Ewe Up Question No. Three

What is your favorite way to keep warm when it’s snowing outside? (And if you live in a warm weather climate, what would you do to stay warm and cozy while it’s snowing?)

I have to head out to work – I’ll think about the answer on the way to work.

Etsy Server Woes

I have had trouble connecting to the Etsy site,
both from home and at work.
Has anyone else experienced this?

Beautiful Spring Buds

The header image is back, but I’m still flailing, floundering, and generally flopping about like a fish on the CSS.