Saturday, May 28, 2016

Taking Back My Porch!!!

Ok.....sorry about the lack of posts here lately.  I've been busy waging a full out war with those little birds I posted about here  It's been a constant battle to gain back my knitting porch!  I'm talking full out war.....the little buggers got vicious.....and talk about stubborn.  They just wouldn't leave.  I'd kick them out and they'd just come back.  They even went and got reinforcements!  At one point I was battling five of them dive bombing me on my back porch!!  :-O  It's been a real challenge but I'm not one to back away from a challenge!  Ex specially when it comes to my porch knitting! Hopefully they've gotten the message after I took the spray bottle after them today.  Don't get me wrong......I love birds.....but I love my knitting porch more!!  LOL

In other news...... I've been making great progress with the poncho....
but I'm a little nervous that I won't have enough yarn left to finish.  Just have the one cake left....I think it's about 189 yards.  If not I'll have to spin some more and that will delay the finish a bit because I have all of this

heading for the wheels next week.  I've got some serious carding to do this weekend.  I've been busy washing and drying fleece
in between battles with the birds.

Oh,,,,,and I found a new podcast to watch while knitting.
It's called LegacyKnitz and Louie loves it too cuz there's a cute little white doggy in it!  See it's cute little white face there at the bottom of the screen.  It caught his attention immediately!  LOL!  So now I am watching both this one and the Fruity Knitting one.  Oh and Grace and Frankie on Netflix.....I totally love that show!  I should have paced myself though because I binge watched all 13 episodes of season two in about three nights!  I just can't get enough of that show.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Home Again Flannagan!

Can  we say road and my girls (and of course Louie) headed out early Friday for DC.  The first four hours went along smoothly and we were right on schedule but then we ran into some heavy rain as we got further north and surprise, surprise.....people just don't adjust their speed like they should and you guessed it.....

there was a major pile up on the belt way just ahead of us.  We were stranded at a complete stand still while ambulances (I counted 15), squad cars, fire trucks, and various wrecker trucks proceeded to carry the injured to hospitals and clear away a semi truck (don't get me started on these guys!!) and 12 wrecked cars from the highway ahead of us.  We spent the next hour and a half or so praying for the injured, giving each other makeup make overs, trying to keep Louie entertained and taking selfies.
It was just enough of a delay to bring us into DC right during rush hour but at least we got there safe and sound which is more than I can say for all those poor people involved in the crash.  The rest of the trip was a blast!  Louie was amazed at how many dogs live in the city.
He insisted on sticking his head out the window for a closer look.  We visited all sorts of monuments...

my little first place gymnest grand daughter struck a pretty impressive pose at the base of this one.
and she did cartwheels and back flips all the way down Pennsylvania avenue to the 
White House!!  We wined and dined in fancy resterants, shopped in George Town, saw the city from the roof top terrace of my son's office building...
and sipped on fancy coffee.
And of course I couldn't get this close to the MDSW festival with out feeding my fiber fix.  It was my very first visit to this festival
and I have to say I have never before seen that many people in one place at one time.....EVER!!  Yikes!  It was a bit over whelming but fun.
I spent a good hour and a half waiting in line in this building to pay for
this wonderful eight pound bag of glorious "Misty" Merino from Mendenhall Wool Ranch.  Check out that crimp!!!!  Love it!  Can't wait to spin it!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Half Way There

Remember that poncho I'm working on....
well I'm halfway there.  
I'm pretty sure I'd be done with it by now if it weren't for this seriously out of control addiction I have to mitered squares.  It's been painfully neglected ever since I discovered how to use up left over sock yarn.  But I did manage to pull myself away from the squares long enough to finish the front half of it
and cast on for the back side during all the thunder storms that rolled through here today.
Let's just hope I have enough yarn to finish....
or I'm going to have to find , wash, card and spin some more from what's left of that alpaca fleece.  So now it will be traveling to  MDSW in a project bag instead of on my back!