Friday, October 20, 2017

Done Deals

My KAL socks are done!

Yay!!

They fit perfect too.  This is a very nice pattern.  Thank you Dee for getting it to me for the for the I 💟 Fall KAL.  

Now I need to get back to my Good Vibrations shawl so I can wear it to Asheville for the fiber fest there.  We have been under construction here lately so I've been a bit distracted.

We are having porch railings put up to help corral those little hooligans of mine.

The project was mostly finished yesterday except for the gates

which were added today.


Levi and Louie are having fun sticking their little heads through the slats but other than that it's keeping them safely contained on the porch.  The temporary puppy panels I was using use to become airborne when we had wind so this is quite a nice improvement.  My weekend plan is to do a little spinning out there.  What's yours?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fall's Arrival

Fall has kind of ......sort of....arrived here.  


The corn has been harvested and I'm eternally grateful that this didn't take place after I had washed the windows.

If you look closely through those windows you can see little pops of color happening out there on the wood line


but make no mistake......the temperatures are still saying it's summer.  Like 4th of July summer!  It's very hot and humid but that's not stopping the fall sock knitting.  My Cascading Leaves socks for the "I 💟 Fall KAL" have gone from this

to 

this in a reasonably short period of time.

Silly Levi apparently thinks my foot stinks by the expression on his face.  Either that or he's in awe of my sock knitting accomplishments!


Friday, September 29, 2017

Done and Doin

Big announcement......
My October Leaves socks for the I 💟 Love Fall KAL are done!!  YAY!!

And in keeping with the leave theme, I've decided to do the Cascading Leaves socks too.

I'm all cast on and ready to knit my way to those two points!!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

New Discoveries

It's been an interesting week starting with this fellow perched on one of the porch rockers.


He was large, green and had buggy 👀 that were staring at me through the window.

After a quick google search I was shocked to discover he was a praying mantis who likes to eat humming bird brains!!!  Now that's scary stuff!!!  Yikes!  This is the stuff nightmares are made of!! 😧

Then when I had this little guy

at the Vet for his annual check up she suggested this

stuff for him to try and calm his little nerves and possibly help with his seizures.  He's on a whole lot of seizure meds and still manages to be totally high strung.  I love this Vet....she is so helpful.  I started him on this supplement and it has completely calmed him down.  He is seriously like a different dog.  So much more relaxed now and consequently so are we. 😄

I also discovered something called a Yarn Crawl and it's happening now...this week...at all the yarn shops in the area.  I had never heard of this before ( I blame this on the fact that I lived in the middle of No-Where for half my life) but I was instantly intrigued.  Go figure...:-)  They all run specials and you can enter at each shop for prizes and coupons. I have been wanting to find local yarn shops since I moved here and today's discovery was a quaint little one called

in Mint Hill, NC.  It was about a half hour drive and it was a house that was turned into a yarn shop.

There were several different rooms filled with yarn, patterns, yarn, needles, yarn, a sit and knit room and did I mention there was yarn....LOL!  This place has a Lot of yarn!!  There are several more shops on the list so this should be an interesting week of LYS discovery.

And on the knit front...

we have leaves....can you see them?  They're there...little oak leaves...at the top of my October Leaves socks...hopefully they will show up better after blocking.

I just have to finish the ribbing and add the heels and I will have my I 💟 Fall KAL socks done!

Oh and in case you hadn't noticed I discovered that little "insert special characters" tab up there too!
😁



Sunday, September 10, 2017

Pre-storm knitting

We have been closely watching Irma's path and trying to be as prepared as we can be.  A state of emergency has been issued here in the Carolina's.  The stores have been wiped clean of supplies.  Coolers, batteries, gas cans and water are no where to be found as of Wednesday.  We have moved all lawn and porch furniture into the garage and secured all the plants and pots from the yard.  Every container I own is now filled with water and I bought as many Little Debbie snacks as I could find.  I know....I know....you're probably thinking Little Debbies aren't all that necessary but hey....it seemed like a darn good excuse for them to me and most of the canned goods were wiped out anyway by the time I got to the store.  So in case I am without power for a while I wanted to post my I Heart Fall KAL progress.

I'm going to do the after thought heel
hence the white yarn holding those stitches.
They may not look all that exciting now but I'm heading up the leg towards that scary fun color work chart.  Hopefully I won't be doing that while using Coleman lanterns.

Friday, September 1, 2017

I Love Fall Knit-Along

I've picked my pattern.  I'm doing the October Leaves socks
from Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/October-leaves-sock.  I've spun and dyed the yarn.
wound it into nice tidy center pull cakes

and managed to get these two at a time toe up socks cast on after three unsuccessful tries.  The fourth attempt was the charm.
It's been a while since I've used this magic cast on method and I'd forgotten just how tedious it can be in the beginning but we're buzzing along now.
See my little toes forming?  


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Moon Light Madness

I'm a late night knitter and an over all night owl anyway but I was worried for Reba having to stay all night at the hospital and when a fiber fool like myself is worried, lots of other stuff has to happen to take my mind of the worry.  Enter late night dyeing party.....

I'd been saving all this white Alpaca I had spun a while ago for just this purpose.

I had to haul out the heavy duty gloves for the color bonanza I had in mind.

That and a whole lot of Kool-Aid, food coloring and Rit dye!  I had the whole kitchen a mess and I was loving every minute of it.......the gardener not so much.....he was upset that I was using all the kool-Aid on yarn.  Crazy guy!  I started with a nice bright yellow and got this. 
Which was fun but either it or I needed more so
I did this to get
this but it still wasn't enough so I add blue
and got this.  I could have gone further but figured I better quit while I was ahead on this skein.
I added yellow, blue and purple on the other two skeins to get 
this.  By now the entire kitchen was trashed and my fingers were several different shades blue, purple, orange and red and that was while wearing big heavy duty gloves!  LOL  I managed to take my mind of the worry though and bright and early this morning 

we picked her up from the hospital 
and she's resting comfortably in her favorite chair in the spinning room at Grandmas house.  She has a brand new see through cone and her eye looks so much better.  Now she just has to heal so those new stitches can be removed.

K-9 Catastrophes

It's been a really wild couple of weeks here.  It started right after that whole eclipse ordeal.  Levi went through a terrible rough patch with his seizures.  We had them pretty much under control up till then but for some unknown reason he started having one right after the other for several days.....and nights.  Sigh  Just after I managed to get them under control my precious Reba showed up looking like this!

My whole group was pretty shocked to see her in this scary looking new bonnet.  That's Louie in the chair behind her hoping we aren't going to make him wear one.
And Sophie who really doesn't like any of them is actually sad for her.

Her Vet decided the little growth on her eye lid needed to be removed so it wouldn't scratch her cornea.  So far so good but when he did the removal and stitched her eyelid he didn't put the cone on and and left her unattended to fend for herself.  When my son came to pick her up her eye was a mess.....you guessed it......she had scratched the cornea right there in the Vets office....the very thing he was trying to prevent had just happened and it cost a thousand dollars to boot!  Needless to say he is no longer her Vet!  My son took her immediately to an urgent care Vet who checked her out and gave him eye drops and pain meds.  By the time they got to my house for a week vacation the eye wasn't getting any better so we took her to an optician for animals here.  The stitching hadn't been done properly so they had to do the whole procedure over again and restitch the eyelid.  My poor little Grand puppy!  She had to stay overnight there but it's an excellent facility with 24-7 emergency care so she's in good hands and everything went well.  We will be picking her up in the morning.  She's going to get lots of pampering and hopefully things can get back to normal in our little K-9 world here.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A New Toy

I have died and gone to fiber carders heaven!!!!!!
Look what the postman brought today!  I'd been contemplating purchasing one of these for a very long time.  After quite a lot of researching, I decided to take the advice of Deb over at http://araigneestangledweb.blogspot.com/ and purchased the Strauch Petite Drum Carder.  Thank you Deb.  This little carder is amazing and it's not all that little either.
You get a really nice size batt off of it.  It came with a nice little box of brushes and accessories.
I really like this brush over the drum.  It holds the fibers down nicely.  I've pretty much spent the whole day playing with it.

I can pull the fiber off into rolags....
or roll the batt into fluffy clouds.  You can also pull it off through a diz.  So many choices.....(I'm such a geek)....I love this thing and so do my wrists!!!  I may never use my hand carders again!!