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!!


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!