Jan 30, 2007

about the BoHo Blocks sweater

I finished the Bohemian Blocks Cardigan, but with a twist. Instead of making it of all blocks, I only made a very short boxy top, then worked the rest of it in shell lace...the bottom half of the sweater and the sleeves. I also beaded around the lower edges of the bodice and the sleeves, and around the corners of the collar with sliver plated e-beads. WOOO HOOO! It turned out better than I imagined it would! I like it!!

job hunt

I went to see about a job at the Centro de Idiomas in Lima. They seems to be pretty receptive to the idea of me teaching English, even though I don't hold a degree in teaching. They need native, fluent speakers more than they need a degree, apparently. I hope so! Anyway,on the 1st of February, I have to take an English test, and then if I do well enough on that, they will give me an interview. After that, I think I heard the director talking about having to teach a model class for 2 weeks. I don't know. We'll see how it goes. I know that I will put everything I have into this job, if I get it. Omar already thinks I'll be hired with no problem. I hope I have as much faith in me as he does.

Jan 25, 2007

Goat Song

I just finished "Goat Song", by Susan Basquin. She lived alone on a farm on an island in Michigan...alone with 100 Angora goats, 2 dogs, and a couple of cats. She went from being an editor in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to being a goatherd in Michigan all in one fell swoop. I know it would be difficult, but it's something I'd go for if I could find someone who would put up the money for the farm and the goats. I'd prefer a smaller number of goats, but I know the goats were supposed to contribute to the income of the farm, so I imagine that 100 goats would only begin to create an income to support themselves. Still...

I'd like the chance to work with the mohair. Dying, spinning, creating from it would be fabulous, although I know from experience that mohair is too itchy to use without a blend. But yeah! I'd go for something like that.

Jan 24, 2007

I knit fuzz

...that's right, I'm a knitting and a spinner. I spin fuzz, alpaca fuzz mostly, and I knit almost any kind of fiber I can get my hands on. At the moment, I am in the midst of a granny square sweater. I don't usually like granny squares, but this pattern looks interesting and I'm up for it, so I'll give it a shot. The worst that can happen is that I won't like it and will rip it out, tie a bunch of knots, and make something else out of it.

The sweater is made of acrylic yarn, but NICE acrylic. The pattern calls for all granny squares, but I'm thinking about putting crocheted lace on the bottom and maybe beading the edges. We'll see how it turns out.