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!!


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Stand with Heather.....


I stand with Heather Heyer.  I stand with the good people of Charlottesville.  Her voice will not be silenced.  We must speak out against this evil.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Done, Done and Doin....

                                 TA-DA!!!!!!!!

I think I like it......sort of.....it's growing on me.  I'm pretty sure it could be a fire hazard under this candle though.  I 'm thinking it would be nice under the fancy punch bowl during Christmas celebrations and possibly a lot safer.  It was fun to make and was a wonderful distraction from those black and brown counter stool cushion covers.....

which by the way are moving right along.  Two done and two to go.  These are not so fun to work on though.  I had originally thought it was the black and brown that was getting to me on these but the 

Good Vibrations shawl I'm working on is in .......you guessed it......BLACK & BROWN too.  I'm enjoying working on this shawl though.  At first I was disappointed in how the color changes were working out on it but it's growing on me too.  I think I like it.....no actually I know I like it!



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Distracted

I really need to be focusing on those counter stool cushions but I need a break from black and brown yarn.  Enter.....

burgandy

and gold.  One of the gals at my knitting-crochet group was working on the neatest doily and I talked her into sharing the pattern.  Actually she did more than give me the pattern....she gave me a one on one private tutor session on it.  It's a bit complicated but thanks to her I've gotten the hang of it now.  It's going to be very cool.  I can't wait to show you the finished product.

I have to do this all the way around it and check out the size of the hook.

It's very very tiny!  I'm going to use this doily under a big candle for a Christmas decoration.  So that's distraction number one.

Then there's this charity knitting for the hospitals here.  I don't feel as guilty doing this because it's for a good cause but soon....very very soon.... I need to quit fooling around and get back to that counter stool project!  Sigh

Friday, July 14, 2017

Boooorrrring!!!!

My counter stool cushions are in need of covering and I decided to crochet them in a sturdy cotton yarn rather than sew them.  Mainly because I'm a big fan of texture and also because I figured they would wear better.  Of course it would have been quicker to sew them and had I realized how boring this project would turn out to be I may have gone with that quicker method but I'm into it now

so there's no turning back.  I have four to do and I only have one and three quarters of another done so far.  The seat part is done in the Bean stitch in black no less.....

it doesn't get much more boring than that!  I may not survive this project.  The border is in the Jasmine stitch

and that one is a lot more fun though the color isn't all that exciting but it matches the decor and we have to match the decor.  We just have to.....that's all there is to it.  

I'm doing the side in a stretchy crochet rib stitch.....again in black.  Need I say more.....BOORRING!!!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Tasseled

Yikes...it's been a while since I've posted.  My favorite little city girl is back for an extended visit while her person is off taking care of business again.

She's such a sweet heart and I like to think she loves the farm life.  She seems to enjoy watching the gardener mow with little Louie

though I can't for the life of me see what's so fascinating about that.


But spending summer evenings hanging out on the back porch with the Hooligans is something we all enjoy.  And there's always this

CORN....


for as far as the eye can see.....in the field next to us.....and we've been watching it grow. This morning the tassels finely appeared. LOL

I wonder what my little city girl thinks about that?!  LOL  Don't let that side eye fool you.....I think she's having the time of her life here on the farm.  It has to be relaxing to get away from all that crazy in DC.


Friday, June 23, 2017

In the Works

Baby Beanies.....



I belong to a little knitting group that meets at the library a couple times a month and our summer project is to knit and donate infant and preemie hats for the hospitals in the area.  How fun is that!!!  I have to see how many I can get done before the end of summer.  So there's that going on..... and I've started a new shawl

which looks nothing like the pattern pictures due to the fact that the color changes in the yarn are to long but I kind of like it anyway so I will soldier on.  It's the  Good Vibrations shawl and I fully intend on starting another with better yarn once this one is done.  I'll get it right or die trying.  LOL  Then there's this



It's just plane ole white now but you wait.....I've got some pretty colorful plans in the works for one of my late night escapades in the very near future.  Mmwaaahahahaha.....;-O

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The End Game

It's been a year or so since I first started this totally fun and relaxing project.
 It's been one of the most enjoyable knits I have every worked on.  I hate to see it end but it's time for this one to grace the back of the couch and I fully intend to start another.  I have an endless supply of sock weight yarn scraps in the stash and I'm not above buying more if I think it will look nice in the next one.  
Cleaning up all those loose ends was the only annoying task of this project and once I came to my senses and started weaving them in as I added each square that was remedied.  You can bet on the next one I will be doing this from the get go.

Call me weird but I even enjoyed adding an i-cord border around the whole thing.  It just made such a neat finish to the blanket and gave me that much more time to enjoy the project.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Found !!!

Remember those sz. 7 circulars I lost?

Found em!!  Oh yeah!  Oh yeah!  But not before turning the whole house upside down!  Sigh.  I did a lot of cleaning and organizing during the search which went on for days and days.  They were being held hostage in what I think was going to be a cozy for my coffee carafe if memory serves me and Lord knows it doesn't always these days.  I can't even remember when I started to knit it but I think it was way back when I lived in the frozen tundra.  At any rate I am so pleased with the find.....I just love this KnitPicks cirular set and I'm going to have to be more organized with my various kniting projects in the future because I'm to old for all this furniture moving.  With that in mind I ordered some cabinets for the spinning room to contain it all in some sense of order.
First I had to convince the critters they weren't for their entertainment.  Although Lilly Bean pretty much claims every box that arrives here.
And look what else I found while watering the porch plants!
This sort of thing just never happened until late Aug. or Sept. up north!  I always use to have to pluck them before they  could even turn colors so they wouldn't freeze.  No vine ripened tomatoes back there.  Of course here I have to fend of the porch birds for them!

Monday, May 15, 2017

A Very Good Day..

There were flowers......

So many beautiful arrangements from those wonderful kids of mine!  
After carefully placing them all in water we gathered up all the little hooligans and headed to the lake
for some serious laying around
fishing and water watching.  The temperatures were mild, the sun was shining and even though the fish weren't really biting that well, "Son-in-Law" still managed to catch one.  This tranquil little lake is situated right in the middle of Daughter's neighborhood.  It's become a most favorite spot for us to escape to for walks with the critters, picnics and forth of July fireworks in the lovely little park surrounding it.  It was such a relaxing afternoon enjoyed and treasured by us all.
By the end of the day we were all sporting huge smiles
even little Sophie who isn't all that thrilled with the outdoors (she hates and fears flies).   I couldn't have asked for a better Mothers Day!  Hope you all enjoyed yours as well!