I just finished three skeins of rug yarn and I'm ready to start spinning more. This is part of my effort to meet all my 2016 goals. At least I'll take a good stab at most of them. So far I've made 16 scarves, 16 things from stash, 5 out of six pairs of socks and I'm almost finished a challenge to make 16 different things. This will be a productive year of competitive knitting.
Monday, December 12, 2016
I have 6 bobbins worth of rug yarn singles to ply. This should keep me busy this evening and tomorrow when I wind off the bobbins into skeins. I am making real progress towards spinning up that 18 gallon tub of fiber into rug yarn.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Monday, December 5, 2016
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Snow is falling on the Joe Pye weed and it looks beautiful. This is our first snowfall of the year. I love how it looks on our native plants. If there is one thing I have learned from this election, it is that I'm inspired to redouble my efforts to do all I can to protect our environment. And that includes the small work of turning my tiny Suburban property into a bird, bee and butterfly sanctuary
Saturday, December 3, 2016
The last bit to do on this throw is to finish it. Right now I'm adding some blanket stitch while it's still on the loom. Next I cut this piece off and complete finishing process. This piece is over shot done in a traditional pattern called Wandering Vine.
Friday, December 2, 2016
Thursday, December 1, 2016
As a Competitive Knitter this planner is a perfect addition to my 2017 knitting strategy. It will be really easy to keep track of all my projects and where I'm at on my various challenges. I've used spreadsheets in the past but sometimes good old pen and paper are the best solution. I've joined 3 challenges so far for next year and looking for more. DH brought it home for me tonight. Very happy.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
The thing with competitive crafting is getting projects done in time for posting. I'm a member of the Starfleet Fiber Art Corps and I needed to get the project done by Thursday. I was able to finish it last night and posted today. I still have one more project to submit. Each project adds up and we get promotions, so to speak, based on points earned from projects. We can also earn our "ship" or team flagship status with our combined team effort. Nerdy? It sure is. Fun? You bet. Have to go because I have to ply a bobbin of Merino bamboo blend in hopes of posting another project.
Oh, and the scarf is a present for my little sister.
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Monday, July 4, 2016
|Bergamot in the backyard.|
|The Tour de Fleece is on!|
|450 yards of gray Shetland.|
|Two big boxes of roving|
|Brownie as roving after 11 years!|
Saturday, June 18, 2016
|Baxter LOVED to play.|
Oddly, one of the important things was to change his name. The moment we called him by his new name he perked up. He loved his new name. Maybe for him it meant he was accepted into the pack. His former name was a verb and if we accidently used the word in a sentence, he'd get visibly upset. (Notice that even now, I can't use that verb!) This was true of our former rescue when we stumbled upon what was likely her very unimaginative name--she was NOT happy. She had been clearly abused--to the end of her days she would flinch ever so slightly when we reached to pet her. Our "training" regime was telling her what a good girl she was because if we said "bad" she'd start trembling. What is with that? People are (expletive deleted).
Anyhow, the name thing would make an interesting study for dog cognition. Just saying, if you ever adopt a dog, and you want to change his name, go ahead and do it. Both our rescues thanked us for it.
|Waiting for us on a cool day in Colorado.|
|Samoyed's usually shouldn't be off leash, but this was a special situation|
|Baxter camping in comfort.|
And he loved camping and hiking. Here he is in our pop up trailer. He kept us plenty warm during some of those cold mountain nights. He was funny because he insisted in going back into the camper at sundown. No hanging out in the wilds at night for him! Yes, he was that smart. Also, we like to say we purchased the pop-up because our first rescue absolutely HATED the tent. When we camped, she would insist we let her sleep in the car. She was quite happy when we bought the pop-up!
|Baxter loved his treats.|
|My little helper|
Thank you all for reading these stories (and some opinions) about my dog. One of the most important ways to deal with loss is talk about all the good memories of the lost friend or family member.
He had a very peaceful passing at the age of 14+. Thank you so much mobile veterinarian for coming to our house! They are thewelcomewaggin.com. They were wonderful and Baxter had a peaceful and dignified end in his very own home. (If I could be so lucky when my time comes!) They are a full service mobile vet, because they can bring all the doggy wellness care right to people's homes! This has to be a godsend to the elderly with pets or the middle aged with big dogs they can't boost into their SUV any longer!
Thursday, June 2, 2016
|The yard in late April. Things are starting to grow and things planted.|
|Today you can see more things growing.|
|The walkway: Roses and blue false indigo on one side, allium on the other.|
I took this photo kind of late so it isn't very clear. I will take better photos as the summer progresses so you can see how pretty a critter friendly suburban yard can be.
Monday, May 2, 2016
|The spinach after transplanting.|
|What happened to the spinach?|
|Can gorgeous tulips be a clue to disappearing spinach?|
|Alpaca two-ply spun 382 yards out of 8 oz|
Yes I have a fence, but it has worn down over the years and needs a bit of help. So I think the bunnies have grown fat on the largess of spinach. I suppose next weekend will be another busy time in the garden. I have ordered nine more pots of perennials to plant so I know I'll have the shovel in hand again. Plus, I think it is time to go to the garden center for tomatoes and peppers, so we can get a start on our planting.
|Falling leaves scarves from handspun.|
Monday, March 21, 2016
|Crackle woven as summer and winter. This photo is sideways, the warp is white.|
|Crackle woven as lace|
This weekend, DH and I--well mostly DH---set out three more raised bed garden squares and filled them with dirt. We now have 20 square feet of garden space! I plan to transplant the spinach out there later this week, before the rabbits find the cold-frame and make salad!
Happy Spring everyone! Hope you all have a great week!
Sunday, March 13, 2016
|Polychrome crackle at the top, lace below|
The workshop was taught by Beth Duncan and sponsored by my guild Illinois Prairie Weavers. I warped up the old structo artcraft and rolled it into the workshop on a luggage cart. I haven't used this loom much as weaving on a table loom is much more time consuming than the floor looms I use, among other drawbacks. But I enjoyed weaving on it and getting to know my way around the loom.
|Vintage walnut workshop loom.|
|Done as overshot|
|Spinach is getting big|
Sunday, February 28, 2016
|I love this hat|
The hat is so pretty, I could wear it to a poetry slam.
|This is the cool slouchy back|
|I still have spinach|
|Socks for DH|
|Purple charity scarf|
|Easy Lace Cowl for charity|
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
|My first lace scarf|
|Cowl for charity knit|
|Scarf before "blocking"|