Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Easter!!!!!

It's time to dust off the bunnies and fill the candy jar cuz Easter is upon us!!!  This is the first year of my entire life that I could look out  at green grass and see flowers blooming on this Holiday!  I can't begin to tell you how happy that makes me feel!!  I'm going to spend the day sitting on the porch quietly taking it all in while knitting little mitered squares. :-D

Friday, March 25, 2016

A Blooming Surprise!!!!!!

A few days ago I was enjoying these pretty white flowering trees on my way to vote and wishing I knew what they were so I could plant one in my new yard.  Well, surprise surprise!!!!  I already have one in my yard..........

a baby one.......right next to the garden shed!  I noticed it when I finally looked up from my crazy new profect I've been working on.  Being the totally crazed sock knitter that I've become it just seemed like the logical next step would be to become totally addicted to knitting little mittered squares from all the left over sock yarn.

Right?!  I mean what else was I going to do with all these little bits of left over sock yarn?  And I'm not alone in this cuz I've seen several others doing the same thing so I'm pretty sure it's perfectly normal behavior.  I quess I'm looking for validation here becuase I'm getting very strange looks from the Gardener as I'm feverishly knitting one after another day and night in any spare moment I have.  When I told him it was going to become a blanket he laughed right out loud and said " in what century"??!!! :-O  So basically one could say that my sock knitting addiction has morphed into a mittered square knitting addiction!!!  Yikes!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A Blooming Good Day!!

Surprise packages from the postman are the very best way to start out the day......don't you agree?!  I recieved the most delightful gift from Araignee and I just love, love, love it!
Miss Lilly Bean was pretty impressed too!  A beautifully packaged assortment of the most luscious home made all natural soaps and lotions.  She totally made my day!  Thank You!  But wait........it keeps getting better.....after settling on Pink Berry Mimosa to try first I lathered up and finished off with the Pink Grapefruit Lotion Bar ( a brilliant concept I might add ) and then headed out the door to go vote.  All the roads on the journey to the little old church where I was to vote were lined with the most beautiful BIG fully in bloom trees!
My pictures don't even come close to showing how beautiful this drive was. I really must find out what these trees are and plant some in my yard. The sun was shinning, the sky was a brilliant blue and the temps were approaching 80 degrees!!!!  I think it's safe to say " Spring Has Sprung Y'ALL " !!!  YAY!!  

Saturday, March 5, 2016

A Puni How To

Recently I received some very nice compliments on my puni-style rolags so I thought I would share with you how I make them.  So what's a Puni (pronounced poo-nee)?  It's similar to a rolag and looks like this...

I start with nice clean fleece.  There's a very nice tutorial over at http://araigneestangledweb.blogspot.com/2016/03/wash-day.html  on the simple way to wash your fleece.  Now once you get your fleece all cleaned and dried you're ready to get started.  Here's what you'll need....
A pair of hand carders.  If you don't have hand carders, believe or not, you can actually use a pair of dog flicker combs like these....
they are very inexpensive at Walmart.  I use an old terry cloth towel on my work surface and you'll need a knitting needle in what ever size you want your puni-rolag to be and a sturdy metal comb with long teeth.  OK.  Let's get started.....
Place a small amount of fiber onto the carders and make several blending passes until you have the fibers nicely blended.  Once this is accomplished you'll want to press the fibers deeper into the carder teeth....

this is where that metal comb comes in handy.  Now we're ready to remove those fibers from the carder...

I just ever so carefully lift them up .....

and gently lay them out on the terry towel.

Now place the knitting needle along the bottom edge of the fiber

and begin to roll the fiber onto the needle while pressing it against the towel.  This helps to align those fibers around the needle forming a very smooth tight roll to spin from.  

And now if you want to really get carried away you can roll the whole thing gently in your hands to tidy it up a bit.

Once you get it looking like this......

you just carefully slide it off that knitting needle and totally impress your dog with this very smooth tight roll to spin from!!  

I like to use a short, forward/backward draw to spin a woolen or semi woolen yarn.  This method works very well on fiber with a shorter staple length.