Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
No it isn't a 2010 new, just new for us. Actually it once belonged to my oldest son's best friend, then that friends brother-in-law, then....well I don't knew who all. But it never left the area.
And now its ours. The community truck.
Anyone recognize it?
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
This is the first of my skeins of Red Rover chunky yarn I am spinning for my Tappen Zee sweater, out of Lorna's Laces roving, in the Red Rover colorway. I tried to navajo ply it and it went fairly well. It is a fairly even chunky weight. I have a total of 30 ounces and I haven't weighted this, but each skein is one fairly full Ashford bobbin.
I hope that since this is a short sleeved cardi, and since I am short, the body will be fairly short, I hope this will be plenty.
If not-- well, I have some Lipstick red cormo silk that I can use double stranded to finish the body and maybe crochet (ugh!) the neck, sleeves and front edges. I think it will work great.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
And I am continuing to work on the Well Travelled Shawl. I am getting near the end of the different balls. It is getting fairly long, but there still seems to be a surprising amount of yarn left. I hope to be able to use up the other, and end with the merino. It would be better, soft and durable next to the neck I think.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
I just discovered today that my sister in law--4 years younger than I am, is retired. I am so jealous. I haven't been able to keep a full time job in Michigan long enough to be able to retire, and now all I can find are part time jobs.
On a lighter note though, I will be bringing my spinning wheel to church Saturday for World Wide Spin in Public Day. We are having an Assembly for the Daughters of the King and other women of the area. Our theme is just showing the various talents. I have a huge tub of handspun, and wool, and am thinking I may take the Traditional. It is not my usual traveling wheel, but it does look the most like people imagine a spinning wheel should look like. I may grab a few spindles as well.
Hubby has been keeping busy as well. He is quite pleased with the sweet potato crop he experimented with this year. He just dug another hill. There seem to always be at least one huge potato and then several smaller, almost fingerling sized ones. They are yummy baked.
Then this past week, he came home from the livestock auction (his weekly ritual) with not one but two calves. He had been threatening to buy a Jersey calf for the freezer, as well as a Holstein or beef type to finish out. But, he had two good size Holsteins in the trailer. So every morning when I go out for bunny chores, the red one in the barn is calling for his bucket of milk replacer. He is definitely kept busy with his chores, with these two calves plus one bought previously all on buckets.
Keeps his out of trouble.
Monday, September 13, 2010
There is an alpaca wool blend, a wool silk blend, merino, mohair boucle and a brushed mohair. The pattern is easy, just a few rows of each color, and adding an eyelet row whenever I feel like it. It is going really fast.
This is after just a couple days of knitting.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
I remember when I first heard. I felt mad, stressed,bewildered, nervous.
I remember I had a doctor appointment, and the highest blood pressure I've ever had.
I remember the disbelief as the first tower fell.
I remember feeling punched in the belly while watching a replay, and seeing the second plane hit.
I remember getting tears in my eyes as I heard (and sang) the national anthem, Amazing Grace (on bagpipes), God Bless America.
I still do.
And I still remember.
Monday, September 6, 2010
I mostly worked in the store, freeing Evelyn to keep all in order. Luckily she popped in a few times when we were swamped. I managed to do pretty well I think.
Working in the store helped the wallet too. A couple of my favorite vendors had to leave early, so I never got to see them--Mohair in Motion and Counting Sheep Farm. I heard the cherry leaf shoulder shawl I made as floor model for Betty Todd's Mohair in Motion, and posted numerous pictures of here, actually was sold. Apparently a customer kept begging to buy it until she relented. Didn't know I was such a sought after knitter.
Or, more likely it was the beautiful rayon blend yarn.
Anyway, once I did get out and about I found a couple of great patterns, one is a hoodie vest, with zipper, and the other is a cap sleeve cardigan, with a cabled yoke. And both come in real people sizes. (In other words, big enough for me.)
Time for some stash diving.
Friday, September 3, 2010
Oh, yeah, we had a visitor glued to the back door the other day. Second time in a week. At least this one didn't leave a "deposit". Cute.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
The Old Farm Girl, my local yarn store, who has a lovely location with lots of parking, will be again hosting a fiber festival this weekend. I love these events.
I stopped by the store to pickup some yarn she had skeined off for me--a black/gray merino laceweight with silk slubs. It is wonderful and I have to find a shawl worthy of it.
Then I picked up this great Bartletts yarn. (Shown here in the fabulous basket that I got at the Michigan Fiber Festival last weekend.) It is going to be a Wonderful Wallaby for a friend. This picture make it look lighter than the yarn actually is.
S0 of course I cast on immediately.