Sunday, March 29, 2009

Spring Spin Along!! Come Join the Fun!!

OK my fiber friends.. our first spin along is up and running!! What is the theme you ask? Well we got to chatting in the rav group about our love of all things 80's.. and I couldn't resist the My Little Pony chatter.. so here it is.. our first spin along theme is MY LITTLE PONY!! Since my batt sets are all unique, this spin along will be even more fun because we are all going to get our OWN batts.. based on DIFFERENT my Little Ponies!!! YAY!! Didn't you want your own pony??

You will recieve 2 batts, totaling 4 oz or more of fiber. You will also recieve some very special add in's and embellishments for your yarns.

Listings are up in the shop.. and will be available until April 11. (or until the spaces run out) I’ll ship the batts by the 14th.

Now for the extra fun part..
We’ll start a thread in the Jazzturtle Creates Ravelry Group for you to show off your batts (since each one will be different) *If you are not on Ravelry, you can email me your photos and I will post them for you to share with the group* If you could please take a photo of the batts to share with everyone, since I will probably not be able to photograph all the sets.

Then you have until May 10 to post a photo of your spun yarn, and if you can finish a project, then you can post that as well. People who aren’t on rav are going to send me their pics, and I’ll share them with you. I will also post the pics on my blog as well.

Then starting May 10, people can vote for their favorite yarn and finished object. The winner of each group will get a FREE batt!!.

Please post in the sign up thread in the group, OR include in the message to seller, whether you want Glitz, or No Glitz.. and any color you absoultly DON’T want in your batt!! Oh.. also if you are ok with texture.. or you want more of a smoothie. Then leave the rest to me!!

I'm going to spin along with everyone.. though my yarn won't be eligible for the prize :) I think this is going to be super fun, and I can't wait to see what everyone creates!

HUGE update tonight!!

Tonight's Update
8 batt sets.. including 2 art yarn kits!! I didn't get everything I wanted photographed today, so watch for a few more sets to go up during the week. There's a Vegas Blvd set, a BollyWood Art Yarn kit and a couple treasure chest batts to go up, as well as a few smoothies and some farm wool sets still to photograph as well.

SPIN ALONG listings are also up.. spin along details will follow..

Fiber hugs!!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

5x10- He's Our You - Weekly LOST blogtakevoer!

Quite an episode last night!! It's really starting to come on hard.. with only 6 episodes left to the season.. they are really going to start smacking us in the face!!!

The book young ben brings Sayid

From Amazon review:
This book is the sequel to the first book "The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge" and is just as meaningful and profound. The idea of spirituality under the Yaqui Indian paradigm, like other esoteric perceptions, conveys a non-ordinary reality where rationalizations and human explanations act as superficiality.

"Once a man learns how to "see" he finds himself alone in the world with nothing but folly.

Sayid was drinking MacCutcheon's whiskey

Same whiskey Widmore doesn't share with Desmond, the same whiskey desmond finds on the beach and shares with hurley and charlie.. Has Sayid had this whiskey before in the series?

The house in Moscow where Sayid kills that man has "Oldchem Pharmaceuticals" (in Russian letters) written on it.

*the address is also the same as one of the "numbers"
Later on in the episode Oldham is using pharmaceuticals on sayid..
Oh the drugging!! Does it make me a TOTAL hippie that the hubby and I looked at the dropper and sugar cube and just BURST into laughter!! Are we on the lot or something? Also..I mean.. if they gave ANYONE that much LSD they would be talking about being from the future.. even if they WEREN"T!! I mean.. that was an entire DROPPERFULL!! LOL!! so yeah.. a good hefty trip into strawberry fields for our sayid. I thought that scene was quite funny!! You gave me just the right amount! LOL!!
It was interesting, though, that Sawyer didn't hightail it out of there.. Luckily the DI folk don't know him as Sawyer.. but he sure looked nervous when Sayid started talking about the planes.. and crashing on the island AGAIN.. and then called out sawyer. I just wish he would have pointed when they said "who's sawyer"

SAYID SHOOTING BEN!! wow.. what a great ending!! So this brings up a few ??'s! We can't say sayid KILLED ben.. since we only saw ben get shot.. we didn't see him die...
1. most importantly.. how does this change the future? Daniel says what happened happened.. but maybe that's not true- or we know that the outcome will always be the same.. but how we get there can change? Is adult ben going to do a back to the future style fade out now that his past has been change (though it's really his past.. and present?.. since it's all happening again..) so how is that going to affect the ben we know as an adult, who's unconscious with the rest of the injured aljera passengers.
Perhaps this is why the Barracks looked so different in 2007 when Sun and Lapidus went if not inhabitated by the Others at any "inside" man (Ben) to conduct and orchestrate the Purge... We do notice that the offices Ceaser is rifiling thru looks much different than the "present" 2007 we saw earlier.. and we know the barracks look different.. there is a "new" present that the ajiera and Locke (and sun and lapidus) are in.. a changed present.. because when when the plane calls for a maday.. we hear the Numbers transmission.. and danielle turned that off 16 years before.. and then it was turned off fully to contact the freighter...
2. could this be the [b]WAY[/b] that ben becomes the leader of the others? If we go by daniel's what happened happens theory... then young ben died the first time around.. Alpert did say he had to be patient. Maybe ben has to die to first become the others leader.. maybe the person whom jacob/the island brings back to life becomes the leader. (so maybe that's why ben is even MORE threatened by Locke.. since he keeps trying to kill him, and the island keeps bringing him back) If we go with the egyptian mythology they've shown us the last few episodes.. then we are on a path that this island could be where the dead are reborn.. or where the dead come to rest.. or the "good" come.. as ben always says he's a "good" person.. and Jacob's list was of "good" people..
3. Sayid thinks that now that the losties are with DI that his way to "save them" like ben said that returning to the island would do, would be to stop the incident.. or the purge... we know something with the incident happens.. since the season finale is titled "the incident"..
4. if we are going with the idea that the island has brought everyone back to DI in the 70's to course correct (as Ms. Hawkings said it always does.. it takes time, but things always correct course) maybe ben wasn't suspossed to become the leader of the others at all. Maybe the island is making happen what's SUSPOSSED to happen.. not what DID happen? Perhaps John was suspossed to take over from Widmore as a leader.. since we are assuming that Widmore was ousted when Ben took over..
5. Could this be why Adult ben calls sayid a killer.. because he's remembered all along that ben kills him as a child (i don't actually think this is the case.. because I really don't think that adult ben remembers sayid from his childhood.. since on a linear timeline.. that hadn't happened.. but if sayid can change the future.. maybe ben has known the losties all along!)
6 there's now a spinal surgon on the island.. Sawyer brought Juliette out of retirement to save ethan.. I'm not sure how he explained off a mechanic being able to deliver a baby.. but I'm for sure not thinking that he'll be able to explain a workman (since that was jack's aptitude test results) being able to operate on anyone!! Will they go to jack to have him try to save young ben? Will he want to? This is the SECOND time Jack could be called on to save ben..

"Or we can call Ann Arbor".. This is not the first time we have heard Ann Arbor referenced as the "head" of Dharma.. During ComicCon, there was a "video" released.. Dr. Chang/ LOST! video from the "future"
Here is the transcript as well...
DR. CHANG: Hello. My name is Dr. Marvin Candle, and know what? Forget it. No point in games anymore, right? (infant begins to cry off-screen) If you're watching this now, you already know that my name – my real name is Pierre Chang and I... (Baby's cries off-screen grow louder and Chang looks over. He gets up from the couch.)

DR. CHANG: Dammit Lara, just take him outside, please! I have one chance at this. (Chang sits back down.) [static]

DR. CHANG: [static] I am [color=red]the professor of theoretical astrophysics from Ann Arbor, Michigan[/color]. I was brought to this... [static] godforsaken island years ago, to conduct experiments to study the Kerr metric solution of the Einstein field equations, and to... [static] If I can keep this pinhole open long enough, you should be receiving my message roughly thirty years... [static] If you're listening now... [static] The American president is a man named George W. Bush, you share digital information instantaneously on something called "Internet" and, unfortunately, my colleagues and I are all dead [static] a kind of... [static], of violent purge. One that we are, apparently, powerless to escape. (Chang looks down sadly at his left arm, and grasps it with his right hand.)

DR. CHANG:: [static] This information comes to me from a source that has proven himself to be credible.

DANIEL FARADAY'S VOICE: None of that matters. It doesn't matter. Just get to it. Please! [static]

DR. CHANG:: Regardless, (another male voice in static) if this transmission is successful, it's proof the work I've been doing here is valid. This place, it has extraordinary properties. I'm begging you, no matter what's happened, it's imperative that the DHARMA Initiative be reconstituted. You have to continue the research [static] and you have to do it now. Time is not just of the essence, it is the essence. [static] Perhaps you'll be able to find a way to save us, to change the past and to... [static] Please, please! You have to stop what's about to happen, you can't let us...[static]

DANIEL FARADAY'S VOICE: Pierre! This is useless! Alright? It's just use--they're never gonna see this, Pierre. How do I turn this off? Where's the...

DR. CHANG: No, no! W-w-what are you doing [unintelligible]

DANIEL FARADAY'S VOICE: How do you turn it off? Where's the swi--

OK.. so.. we know that Dr Chang is from Ann Arbor.. so maybe that's who they were going to call.. or maybe that's where the DeGroots are.. and they met Chang there, and brought him into DI.. The orientation video of the swan said the DeGroots were Doctoral candidates at the University of Michigan

I wonder who Laura is.. chang's wife (or nanny?) we haven't seen a laura yet.. We also know from that video that it must be filmed ON the island- since chang references LaFleur.. unless sawyer somehow time travels with Daniel...
it seems as this image was also embedded within that video.. not sure what it means..

I'm glad that kate finally talked to sawyer.. I really hope that julette and sawyer stay together.. I think they are cute!!

Still not sure what the deal is with Baby Ethan.. and how he joins the others..

OK.. what do YOU guys think?

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Weekend Carding FRENZY & an answer to the question, How do I size batt sets?

Whew! What a weekend! I've been at one with the carder since I left the spa on Sat afternoon. The shop got updated with 8 new batt sets today!! YAY!! My favorite is an alpaca/bamboo/merino/silk and sparkle set that includes some sari silk ribbon called BollyWood.

There's the return of "Sandy Beaches" set- this is the only one of those for awhile.

There's also going to be a few sets going up tomorrow that I didn't get to photograph today before the sun set. A Koi Pond set will go up, again the only one of those that will go into the shop for a few weeks. I also will have another art yarn set similar to BollyWood.

I carded this set *for* the shop.. but it was snagged before it got there LOL!! I have to share it with you though, 'cuz I really think it's fun!! It's merino, bamboo and silk with snippets of cassette tape and 3 colors florescent angelina. The add in's are extra cassette tape snippets, novelty yarn and sparkly pom poms
Mixx Tape (going off to the lovely Lindsay!!)

I've had some questions as to how I decide how much each set is going to weigh. As a art yarn spinner, my fiber doesn't tend to go as far as those who spin lace weight. When I spin superbulky, I may only get 60 yards or so out of 4 oz. I like to be able to get fiber in a bit larger amounts so I can spin an art yarn, and get enough yardage for a substantial project. This is why I have been carding some sets to be above 4oz.. to give art yarn spinners the ability to get decent yardage with the same fiber (especially of the batt sets that are one of a kind). I keep my treasure chest batt sets to 3-4 oz because those can be combined for larger yardage.

If you would only like one of the batts, please let me know and I can usually split the set for you :)

Now to spin some yarn and watch bad TV!! LOL!!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

What's 14 LB of random fiber look like?

Thanks to Lindsay of the fabu WhimzyPinzy Creations I now KNOW!! She was destashing her random fiber bits that she just wasn't going to use.. and I got a boatload!! I got this HUGE box in the mail the other day.. and the fiber just GREW out of it!! It was packed to the VERY top!!

When I pulled the bags out it just got bigger and bigger and bigger..

I pulled stuff out of bags and started sorting.. it filled my studio!!

There's SW Merino/Nylon/Cashmere for sock batts

LOTS of bits of bamboo and some silk.. in roving and uncarded..

Wool roving (dyed and undyed) and some locks and fleece- alpaca and targee

There were TONS of batts.. all textures, fibers and colors..

and finally.. there was an unbelievable amount of random fiber bits.. my FAVORITE kind!! Duke definitely approved right away! He dove right in!! I had to chase him away or he would have felted it all!! LOL!!

I'm in for a FANTABULOUS carding time tonight! Look for a big batt update tomorrow evening!!


Thursday, March 19, 2009

5x09 Namaste- Weekly LOST! blogtakeover

Ok.. let's take a moment to realize we've just entered the second half of the season. There are now only 23 episodes left to the series *moment of sadness* :-[ That also means we *should* start to be getting somethings coming full circle.. I think we begin to see some of that in this episode. It doesn't leave us with any answers yet..even more questions really.. but I'm SOO excited for this last bit.. I am also SOO sad that we only have 7 episodes left!!

What an episode last night.. huh? We really are getting deeper into the characters than before.. which is great.
I do think both Jack and Sawyer were being douchey.. Jack came back to the island with the same attitude as before- that he's calling the shots.. and Sawyer was really enjoying having one over Jack..

Did you hear the numbers over the plane's radio when they were calling maday? Didn't Danielle change the transmission.. then it played her sos call for 16 years.. then they turned it off right? so they could contact the freighter? Charlie turned off the blocking as well.. when he died? So does that mean that they are not in the present? It did say 30 years earlier.. which makes it 1977 in DI and 2007 for the people on the plane.. SO does that mean that the losties being back in DI in the 70's CHANGES THE FUTURE? so that danielle's message somehow never gets recorded?

They landed on the runway that Sawyer and Kate were helping build back in season 3. So that could be a nod that it's the future (or present.. but could it have been finished already?) When the island flashed and the losties were on the beach and saw the ajiara water bottles and were shot at on the boats.. so they flashed to the "changed" present.. or the future present..

WHERE IS DANIEL FARADAY? Is he dead from being unstuck? Did he tell young charlotte never to come back and is in a cell somewhere? Did he run off to join the others? Is he just off working in the orchid? Has he sent himself thru time? We know that his journals have been seen throughout the places and times.. the page about real time and imaginary time Ceaser found in the office.. Daniel seems surprised when he consults his journals.. could it be that he wrote those entries when he was in different times.. and it is confusing to him what the entries say..

How cool that we now know Radizenski was building the swan model.. and that it wasn't built in 1977.. but Chang/Wickman/Candle was wearing a swan coat in the orientation video's..

So the woman standing behind Sun in the new arrivals cabin.. are we suspossed to think it's claire, or is it a HUGE production error?
Here's the screenshot lightened and sharpend a bit.. *thanks to vulomedia*

I did see Smokey the Monster in the cabin.. was he entering or leaving? Also, was it Smokey the Monster that Sun sees rustling the trees?

Back to the egyptian mythology from LaFleur.. Did anyone notice the porcelain cat in Sawyers house?

Cats were worshipped in ancient egypt and even mummified.

BEN as a KID!! This is the age that he saw his mother in the forest right? He asks sayid if he's a hostlie? Because he's already had an encounter with Alpert? If the losties being back in the 70's changes the present.. does Ben remember Sayid from when he was a child? Will he have "new" childhood memories of meeting sayid? Did anyone realize that in season 2, Ben and Sayid were in the exact opposite places but in the hatch? Ben locked up and Sayid visiting him..
Does Sawyer and crew know about young ben? Has something Faraday said convinced them not to kill him, and thus preventing the all of this from ever happening?
Also Back at the end of season 2, who was on "Jacob's List"??? Jack, Sayid, Kate, and Hurley. And who tried to rescue them on the boat? Sayid, Sun, and Jin. With the exception of Sun (at the moment...mayhaps Christian will get her back), all people who are in 1977 at the moment. What if it wasn't "Jacob's List" at all, but Ben's list because he remembered them thirty years later?

OMG.. Amy and Horus' son is ETHAN!! So we know Ethan is an "other" in the future.. so somehow he also jumps from DI to the others with Ben? We saw Tom working in the DI a couple of weeks go.. (could be a *different* tom.. but ) so did some of the DI go with Ben to the "others" and not everyone was killed in the purge?

I thought it was funny that Kermit the Frog on the Muppet Show is on the Darhma monitor when Jin is looking for the Radar in the flame station

and the last ?? i have.. WHERE ARE ROSE AND BERNARD?? Did they get killed? what happend to them? I miss them!!

Ok.. I'm off to breakfast with the hubby.. I'll write more later :)

Catching up

OK OK.. I am finally caught up.. going away for a weekend is rough LOL!! I am doing a mini shop update with a few batt sets and some yarn today.. more to come this weekend. I am also going to do a huge blogpost about the phish weekend.. that is going to take a bit of time to write.. so it's coming soon :)

check the store in a few hours!!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

LOST! 5x08 LaFleur

My mind is still reeling from last night!!
5x08- LaFleur

There are a lot of egyptian references in this episode..

I really hope we get more on this.. and the brief sighting isn't all we get!!
I definitely think that the statue could be the god Anibus WikiGodAnibus
He his the god that is associated with the afterlife!! The hieroglyphs for his name are similar to those seen in the hatch countdown, and on the temple where the smoke monster comes from.
Paul was wearing the ankh, which is the symbol of everlasting life..
Horus is an egyptian god WikiGodHours He is the sky, sun and war god. His hieroglyphs also are similar to those seen in the hatch, and on the smokey temple and doors.
RA is the ancient egyptian sun god (Richard Alpert's initals are RA)- WikiGodRa In later egyptian times, Ra and Horus merge and then become the god of the sun, sky and underworld. he sure seems to love his eyeliner!!
Horace = Sky/Dharma
Anubis = Underworld/Others
then they merge?

John locke also mentioned that backgammon was created by the egyptians when he was teaching it to walt.. which is true- the egyptians did play a game that resembled backgammon.. WikiBackgammon

Hurley was also painting the sphinx in egypt last week..

So we are giving a number of references to everlasting life.. and the underworld.. could the island be the place where the dead come? We know that miles speaks to them.. and that some who are dead have become "undead".. but not everyone..

Again with the black and white--
A black and white chessboard can briefly be seen when Sawyer storms out to get Juliet.

Is our old friend Tom from Dharma AND the others? The man Sawyer asked, where's juliet, had TOM on his uniform

This timeline thing is what's really driving me crazy..
So... the oceanic 6 experiened 3 years in what was a few days to our losties on the island.. this is what Widmore tells Locke.. And THEN when locke leaves the island.. 3 years pass for our island losties.. while only a month passes for the oceanic 6 and locke off the island

Also.. our ajiera friends... and locke.. are they also in the DI time or are they in the present 2005? They landed on a runway on the Hydra island.. if the runway was built in the DI time, why would they be traveling on the sub? So when kate, sawyer and hurly flashed off the plane, did they flash into DI time? Where's sayid and sun?

So Daniel says that everything happened, happened.. so Juliet and Sawyer and crew were always a part of Dharma? So the reason that Sawyer and Juliet don't know eachother when they first meet.. is that their hooking up in the 70's hasn't happened yet.. they are still living their "normal" lives.. now.. will they meet young ben and know everything about him? Will they try to change history and prevent him from taking over? Did ben know who they were when he first met them-- that they had been in dharma back in the 70's.. This is what makes my brain hurt!!

Where is daniel by the way? We haven't seen him since he saw Charlotte.. we didn't see him in the "three years later" flashes.. which i guess is now the present..

It's interesting how our island losties and the oceanic 6 each experienced 3 years.. but not at the same time or pace..

OK.. I have to think about more stuff..
what do y'all think?

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Spinning BIG yarns and spinning outside the box

I am having SOO much fun with my new spinning wheel, Desmond. I have very little limitations with the size of my yarns now.. and I have HUGE bobbins.. so now these yarns can be more than 20 yards a skein!! YAY!! I have been working on yarns that are 4 wraps per inch!! HUGE!! They would NEVER have fit thru my previous wheel!

I have also been working on spinning "outside the box" Rather than keeping to one fiber artist.. I've been taking handfuls of lots of fiber.. mixing and matching colors and textures..

My most recent yarn, I'm calling "Diva's Easter Basket" I took handfuls of Alpaca clouds from the HomesteadWoolandGiftFarm, some merino x locks, bamboo and banana silk (named after me because it's purple LOL!!) from HollyEQQ, 4 babycakes from LOOP, some pink banana silk from blondchickenboutique and a couple mini batts from TerraBellaSpun I added in some sequins, novelty yarn snippets and sari silk ribbon.. along with lots of angelina and lurex turbo bling from hollyeqq(she calls it GLAM-- and it totally is!!)

I just LOVE LOVE LOVE how the yarn turned out!! Super fun and sparkly.. full of texture and color.. It's just fantastic!

This and a few more big yarns will go up in the the Shop this week.. Here's a preview of the others.. for more pics check my flickr..

Monday, March 2, 2009

SNOW DAY!! It's fiber fiber fiber all day

Oh how exciting to wake up with 4 inches of snow on the ground!! Yesterday it just rained ALL DAY.. and not a light rain either.. Heavy constant rain. There was at least 2 plus inches of rain on the ground.. and then it started to sleet and freezing rain about 6pm. Oh man.. at least an inch of ice..

THEN the snow came.. Hard and fast .. HUGE Chicago style flakes..

I wanted to stay up as long as I could to watch it fall. It was so beautiful.. fluffy and sparkly.. by 3am there was a thick blanket..

When I woke up.. we had a bright white day.. full of ice and snow. Kids are outside playing.. and I think I'm going to make a snowman!!

I hope my daffodils survive!

So now I"m going to spend the day playing with fiber. I put the fixin's for chili into the crockpot before I went to bed, so it'll be ready by lunch. We have steaks to broil for dinner.. we don't have to leave the house ALL DAY!!

That's what I love about North Carolina.. we get a snow day from 5 inches.. If I were still in Chicago.. I'd be at work already!!

I'm off to play in fiber..

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Crank Crank Crank!!

What a busy night!! I carded up SIX new batt sets for the shop update tomorrow.. and I have another 4 or 5 more that I plan to card tomorrow and list as well!! There's also a BUNCH of yarn going up.. some I didn't get up this week and a couple new ones- the first spun on DESMOND!! YAY!! I'm really excited for everything and I plan to start adding stuff into the shop in the morning, and just continue through the day!!

If you see something you like, let me know and I'll reserve it for you when it goes up!!

After all that cranking.. it's time for some spinning before some well deserved sleep!! I did five massages today.. went to costco, got new tires on my car AND had dinner with my mother in law.. all before I started carding! I'm pooped!!

see you tomorrow!