Tuesday, August 23, 2016

August is ending....and other cool stuff.

Well, how I know this is because the CNE is on (Cricket burger anyone?). My daughter will be there volunteering with her cat rescue, so hopefully alot of kitties will find new homes.

Last week FC and I hopped in the Rabbit (see what I did there?) and went to Michigan. FC was eager to go to the largest car museum in North America, and it didn't disappoint. A couple of highlights:
This is a 1937 Cord. I have always hoped to see one as I used to have a collection of Art Deco images and this car always featured. The headlights are opened by the driver with a crank inside. It also has a "coffin" hood.
This 1958 Corvette is beautiful in and of itself (check that olive metallic paint) but more interesting is that it was one of GM's  "Damsels of Design" cars that included seasonal seat covers, a compartment for your handbag and retractable seatbelts that wouldn't snag or catch on your clothes.

We got tons of pictures, so if you come over, I'm sure FC will be more than happy to show all 700 in a slideshow. Actually, it was pretty cool and we walked around for more than 4 hours.

We also went to the Michigan Fiber Festival- I got some fibre and not much else.

Every once in a while, I run across something special on Pinterest and last week I noticed this woman's art. Her name is Dee Nickerson, and I think her paintings are incredible.
Alot of her work features animals, knitting and everyday life. They are not "cutesy" but portray lone figures and friends and have a peace and calmness about them. I also love that they are not all sunny days, but walking in snow and doing ordinary activities. Check out the link. I ordered some cards as she doesn't have prints. I am enchanted.

Who besides me is happy to see this summer end? I don't even mind if we have a warmer autumn, as long as the blessed humidity goes away. I understand it's cooler in New Zealand during July and August. That's a consideration.

I'll have to arrange passports for the kitties.

Fleece out.



Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Brought To You By The Letter "L"

The Ten On Tuesday is 10 things about you that feature your first initial.

1. I need Lots of sleep.
2. I Loathe summer. More like I hate heat and humidity.
3. Love animals.
4. Don't mind Laundry.
5. Love my daughter Laura.
6. I have Long hair. (being moon-faced, short hair looks terrible).
7. Laughing is my favorite thing.
8. I Live in the suburbs.
9. I drive a Little Volkswagon Rabbit. (small, but powerful).
10.If I don't get my tea in the morning, I am Likely to rip someones head off.

In weather news, we're about to be hit by the worst heatwave so far. I don't know how they can separate them, bad to worse, but apparently humidexes over 41 C. Another week indoors.

 If it was cooler, I would be purging and reorganizing this whole house (yes, sometimes I would like to purge the whole house...). We rearranged some furniture and brought this chest of drawers downstairs.
 
It now holds all my fabric and sewing supplies.  I am going to go through every drawer and cupboard here and toss all the stuff I'll never use, or have been hanging onto.

Next week FC and I are off to Michigan to attend (what else?) the Michigan Fiber Festival. 
This is a new one for me, as we've been to Fingerlakes 3 times, and Vermont once. Looks to be nice, and we're staying in Kalamazoo, where there is a cool car museum, so something for FC too.

In knitting news, it's status quo. Too hot to work on the Gansey, and all I have are some socks on the needles.  Hopefully there will be some cool inspiration at the festival.

I'm off to take Clawed for his shots. Stay cool and fleece out.
"neener, neener....we had our shots last year....."



Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Ten On Tuesday-10 Things You Can Do To Beat The Heat

1. Move to Siberia.

That's all I have. The heat is getting to me, only today there is a reprieve. But this is Mad Dogs and Englishmen in the Noonday Sun weather. Something like 100% humidity. Need I say more?

I have been MIA since the end of June. In the midst of what was going on, I did some knitting, because that is what keeps me sane. Sane being a relative term, but I think things are getting back to normal.

Tour de Fleece simply didn't happen. But yes, there is always next year, and I will look forward to that. I did do a bit of spinning, in double drive, decided it was too fiddly (and my SR is touchy at the best of times) and put it back to Scotch tension.  All is right with my spinning world again.
It is too hot to work on my Filey, but I have finished the front patterned part and am onto the back.

I started a sock, using Socks That Rock "Christmas Balls"- (giggle)

Way back, I designed this Fair Isle. It is called "Scrub Oaks and Maples". For some reason I have been resisting writing this pattern, but most of it is done (heckofalot of math in a knitting pattern) and hope to publish in autumn.  I also have a free sock pattern to photograph, but the text is done.

...and in kittyland, the boys are bearing up under the heat. I have my helper, Mr. Valentino, and it looks to be a productive day.

 

Cheers and fleece out.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Things on Your Summer List

I probably won't be making a list. Not to say that I don't, because I make all kinds of them.  It's been hot, and today is nice and breezy, so I'm going to hang stuff out to dry. That's something I love to do in the summer.

This year's Tour de Fleece is running concurrently with la Tour de France, Saturday July 2 to 24th. I am spinning for Team Fat Cat, but I haven't decided what challenge to do. I have set my Schacht-Reeves up to spin in double-drive, as opposed to Scotch Tension, so maybe that will be it.
I do have alot of Fat Cat fibre in my stash, so hopefully I can choose something. I'm sure I can.
In Gansey news, I have split off for the front of Alex's Filey, but slow going since I am using a 2.75mm needle.  The joy is in the process.
I am still spinning my Three Waters Farm "Pragmatic Raconteur" BFL. I am on my 7th braid, and have plied 4.
Some rather bad cats on board here. Tino somehow thinks that Howard is the outside cat, and hisses and screeches at him.  I shudder to think what he would do if he ever got ahold of that one outside.

Ok- stay cool. I'm fleecin' out.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

June Musings

Hard to believe we are in June, isn't it? The weather has been glorious, windy and cool-ish, also sunny, and then we get downpours.  But I am told this will be a hot summer, and this makes me grit my teeth.

Speaking of which, I had a dental cleaning yesterday. I get there, only to find that my regular girl has moved on. As I am being told this, I almost had a meltdown right there and then in the dentist's office. I wish her the best, of course, but she literally saved my teeth. She was fantastic. The replacement was fine, actually quite nice and professional- so that was something.  I must try and deal with change better.
Do you remember that line in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" ?
When George says to Martha:  I wish you would stop springing things on me.  That's what I thought of.

I told you that I received my 3rd skein of lace from BMFA.
 
 The edging chart on the pattern wasn't good. Yo's at the beginning of rows which I dislike. I found a better one in Heirloom knitting, so I started that.

I am almost to the underarm gusset and chest pattern on the Filey gansey.
I have been spinning. "Pragmatic Raconteur" in BFL, from Three Waters Farm.
I even dusted off the sewing machine and did some bags.

Valentino and Howard like to cram themselves onto the office chair. I don't know why Howard hasn't fallen off.
I guess that leaves Clawed out of the loop. 

Fleecin' out until next time.






Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The May Two-fer

We had our first holiday weekend of the summer, the May 24th long weekend. This year, some stuff got done, which is so cool.


 FC cleaned out the pond and refilled it. The tortoise pump is working, but he has to fix the fish. I think he'll see the wisdom of covering it up in fall after digging out all the sludge and draining it.
The front door was repainted "Hale Navy". My favorite colour. While I did have alot of comments on the Jack O Lantern orange, this is much more sophisticated. When the new door goes in, it will also be this colour.
The lily-of-the-valley is out in droves. Looks nice on the window with my sheep that I got as a gift.
In knitting news, not alot to report. I made some socks for Miss Mew for the Christmas box, and I got my new skein from BMFA to finish my shawl edging, but other than that, meh.
"hey mum, those are some far-out toenails...."
Fleecin' out.



Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Favorite Things Your Mother Made

Really?  I won't be doing this one, as my mother hated cooking, said so often, and was a fan of the "Snackin' Cake" (it even came with it's own pan to bake it in) and the overcooked peas, fried pork chops and canned veg. The smell of the steamed broccoli alone was vile- so let's not relive those particular memories.

In other news, I have been struggling with TMJ, and finally went to see the doc for some anti-inflammatories. Hopefully this will settle in a week or so, but I have been out of commission in terms of knitting and doing most things.

In case you think it's all down the u-bend, no no no. My darling sister and my dear friend gifted me with (wait for it.....) EMMA BRIDGEWATER!!!!!  Sheep!!!! The one on the left from my sister is Scottish Blackface and on the right is the Jacob from my buddy.  I can't take it. Now, I really need a huge kitchen dresser to put all my treasures in. Oh, and maybe a house large enough to have one.
Isn't this bowl the best?  I have a real thing for these chickens and roosters. I also got a tea towel with this on it. Say Tea is the nicest place ever.

In the official cat department- Miss Mew sent this:
"Chip and dip platters, not just for parties any more..."

Fleecin' out.



Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Ten On Tuesday- 10 favorite Albums (You can listen to the whole thing)

This is a week of doctor's appointments and procedures for me and my family. Suffice to say, and I don't mean to offend, I had to drink the gallon of windshield washer fluid and end up with Baboon bum. 'Nuff said.
1. Early Days- Led Zeppelin
2. Latter Days- Led Zeppelin
3. Meddle- Pink Floyd
4. All Loreena McKennitt
5. 20 Years of Jethro Tull
6. Foxtrot- Genesis
7.Yessongs- Yes
8. Goodbye Yellowbrick Road- Elton John
9. Hero & Heroine- Strawbs
10. Any and all  The Smiths.

That's all I could think of. I listen to alot of different music. Lately some King Diamond- who is brilliant.

I don't have alot to show you in terms of knitting- I plan to write up the free sock pattern as soon as I'm done here, and I have to order some more yarn to be dyed for my Mountain Pines shawl. The chickies at BMFA are awesome and I wish I lived in Oregon so I could hang with them.
 Mr. Clawed turned 1 on the 15th.
He is my honey-bear kitty. I just adore him.

Hope you are having some great Spring weather- we finally are.

Fleece out-

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Things You Do To Calm Down

I am like a duck- calm on the outside, but paddling like mad underneath. I don't tend to get as emotional as I used to, but when it happens:

1. A cup of tea. Or a whole pot.
2. Breathe deeply.
3. Wish I still smoked, so I could have a cigarette.
4. Knit.
5. Think of a nice place by the sea.
6. Sort out a drawer.
7. Throw out some stuff.
8. Think of people who have it so much worse.
9. Go for a walk.
10. Have a full-on, snotty cry.

Maybe I just take things more in my stride, and that's another benefit of maturing. 
This is the view of the backyard yesterday. It's cold, and we're supposed to be getting more snow later in the week. Would have been nice in December.
I have had this sheep footstool for a long time. I decided to get her a sheep bell and collar from a livestock supply place- looks amazing.
I spun some Polwarth from Into The Whirled. The colour is Pamukkale.
I am now spinning some Element#5 in BFL. The colours are electric!
I am going great guns on my Gansey- if you look closely you can see the initials over the ribbing.
Clawed says he really isn't chewing at that plant....
...see?

Fleecin' out.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Superstitions You Believe In

How about 5 I do believe and 5 I don't?

1. I won't have a Ouija board in the house.
2. Never put a hat on a bed.
3. Buildings shouldn't have a 13 floor.
4. Never turn the calendar page until the month is over. (I made that one up)
5. Rabbits are lucky- something to do with the ears.

and...
6. I walk under ladders all the time.
7. Black cats are lucky- not unlucky.
8. crossing your fingers doesn't help.
9. Or your toes....
10. My nose is always itchy and I never come into money.

I have been experiencing some Spring Fever.  I want to throw out everything, but what I really should do is clear my closet of things I will never wear- but I am lacking the energy. I have some projects in various states of completion:
 I have cast on another gansey....
 I am on the second last border chart of Mountain Pines...
 I am also knitting a sock for free publication..
 
 Almost done this cross stitch pillow....
Doing some spinning....

 
 And here are some 6 day old babies that Miss Mew is fostering. Black cats are wonderful.

Fleece out.