Monday, June 20, 2016

Plying

Plied this yarn the old fashioned way, using surgically repaired right leg, and after winding it into skeins find I didn't do such a hot job, have lots to learn about manually plying. Keep hoping the belts I ordered will come, then can go back to using the homemade electric wheel, bobbin on it holds nearly two pound. These two skeins are just under 450 yards. Think maybe washing might help, if not can always use the yarn in mittens or hats, so not a complete waste.


Last black bear seen Tuesday the 14th, am sure more are around but unless I am in wool room I usually miss seeing them. This one is # 8 so far this season.


Have an appointment with my Williams Lake DR for Wednesday, trying to figure out why my INR results are all over the map, one time its 2.2 the next week it bounced up to 5.7. After seeing DR will pick up groceries and head west. Will be nice to have fresh produce again. Haven't been in a store since May 8th so needless to say am out of every thing.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Macaroni Salad

Macaroni cooked, celery chopped, small pieces cheese ready, dressing made (plain yogurt, mayo and small amount sour cream, lots of dill. Now just waiting for eggs to cool so I can peel them and chop into salad. The first time this year for it, usually made over Mother Days weekend (my Mothers absolute favorite meal) but was away and then weeks got away from me. Will have enuff for many meals, am my Mothers daughter (like it pretty well myself).

Finished the two bobbins of the BFL-Silk mix will eventually be socks for me as well as a couple of other people. Then with what was left from the big all of roving spinning another bobbin of mix but much finer, should be fingering weight once plied. Got in 45 minutes early on the finer mix, try to spin as soon as my first cup of coffee is finished, so far so good. Then again after supper for close to another 45 m.


Yesterday morning Tatlako was the coldest spot in CANADA at 7 am, -2.9°C, lots of gardens hit with frost. And mountains all covered with new snow. Nimpo Lake and Anahim Lk even had snow on the ground. Welcome to Juneuary. And 5 days to summer solstice and days start getting shorter. Keeping wool socks on every morning.

A new follower, welcome.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Stuff

Celery, carrots and d-boned chicken in soup pot, will add rice closer to supper time. Perfect day for a pot of soup, 50° F and rain showers. Was cold enuff to briefly run electric heat for a while this morning. Low single digits over next week in early morning, with one day showing a frost warning.

Went out to knitting bee on Wednesday, Christine had her sweater done, quite a good job, all is my handspun.


Then had to go back to Tatla on Thursday for blood work, last week INR was 2.5 exacty where they want it to be, this Thurs. it was 5.6 way to high, so leaving off Warfarin yesterday and only taking a half dose today and for rest of the week until I go back next Thurs for more blood letting as per DR orders. Nurse Ruth warned me to call if I bleed anywhere, no sharp knives in my future. For all the INR problems I do feel good, usual amount of energy, spin lots in the morning, attending to house early afternoon (kitchen today and soup prep), then after supper while watching news bring out my knitting. Finished the big brothers socks (knit with two stands of fingering yarn), came out better than I thought they would. By and by will make another pair for him.


Not much else in my way to boring life. Thanks anyway will keep it.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Good News


Lake City Glass was in yesterday to finally replace window that a grouse (I think) broke last September, window was low E glass two panes with argonne gas in between, so only the outside part of the window broke. $700 dollars later window is as good as new.

Finished the 4th bobbin of the variegated reds & pinks, Have enuff of the last braid to nearly fill bobbin #5. Waiting on the belts for my homemade electric spinning wheel that I ply with, once that pkg. arrives will quit spinning for a while and just ply, definitely not my favorite part of the job but situation is getting critical, if I am to have any empty bobbins for upcoming Tour de Fleece have to force myself to do it.


















Another black bear last Saturday, 7am just wandering. Someone said all the sightings are prolly just the same bear, wait next one I see will run right out and ask if you have been in the yard 4 different times, of course this person has never seen a bear except maybe in a zoo.


Two pair of socks for M, have enuff of the red to make one more pair. Big brothers socks are two strands of fingering yarn held together, sturdy but still soft.




Knitting bee in Tatla tomorrow, will stop at the library on the way home, then back on Thursday for more blood letting, if numbers remain good should be OK to only go in once a month.










Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Another bobbin and another bear


Third bobbin finished this morning and started straight away on #4. Quite a bit left from the 3rd braid so will get a lot on #4 before getting into the 4th braid (7.50 oz). Still haven't a clue what I will do with all this yarn, add it to my ever growing stash.

On the Monstersock list is a group making 'fatties', hadn't paid much attention to it until last night, started with page one and read all until page 13. Knitting with two strands of sock yarn tog to make thicker socks, for boots or even house slippers. I need to make a couple of pair for Maela's big brother so am combining a ball of variegated Opal with lots of blues and greens, so far so good. I cast on 44 stitches on 3.25 mm DP's, its making a nice thick (but still soft) fabric).

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The bear (black) came running up from the south and then under the fence and into bushes on east side of fence. Never did slow down long enuff to present himself for a pix. So now up to 5 3 blacks and 2 griz.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Stuff


Finished the second bobbin of the variegated pinks & reds, spun fine enuff that when plied it should be close to DK weight. Nearly 8 oz on each. Still have enuff left over from 2nd braid to make a pretty good start on #3, then 2 full braids still to do. I usually get bored after this much of the same color but there is enuff variegation to wonder what will be next.


Also finished the first pair of socks for Miss M, she will be heading off to K in September, can wear warm wool socks on wait for school bus. 1st sock of second pair just past heel, same colours but in different places. Also planning on a couple of pair for the older brother, thinking now I will prolly hold two strands of sock yarn tog to make thicker and hopefully warmer socks for active boy.


So far today no critters. YET. Several are wondering if I feel safe in here with bear activity, always tell them that I'd rather have the 4 legged predators around than the 2 legged carrying guns.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Another Grizzly

Coming back to wool room after breakfast, saw movement out side window, set coffee down, quickly, grabbed camera and got 3 pix of another visiting griz. Pix taken thru window shows window frame and bear not much more than 10 feet from window (and me). Pix #2 after bear left a deposit then turned and sort of ran towards the north, under the fence in a flash then out of sight into woods just north of yard. 2nd griz in my yard so far this season.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Good service


I called Susan's Fiber Shop in Columbus, WI this morning and she wasn't available to talk, didn't leave a message figured I'd call back later. Well she just called me back and I ordered 3 new belts for my homemade electric spinning wheel. Service beyond belief. When they come will get into some serious plying, even tho its not my favorite thing to do it has become absolutely necessary. I will remember the good service and should I ever need anything else will call there first.

Second bobbin of the red is nearly finished, should get it done yet today. Have 2 more full braids plus a couple of yards from 2nd braid so will easily fill at least 3 more bobbins, each close to 8 oz. Its Falkland wool from eweniquely ewe fiber creations in Grants Pass, OR, vintage stuff from my stash.



Have just had 2 days of rain, first day enuff that it made puddles on driveway, then most of yesterday just a steady soft gentle rain, and with temps in upper 30's meant lots more new snow on local mountains. And not very far up north the ground briefly was white. That's OK will take moisture anyway we can get it. Fire at Puntzi Mtn is now 100% contained, prolly just a 100+ miles as the crow flies from here.

Socks for Miss M who is heading to kindergarten this fall, lots of reds, pinks and purples, second sock down just past the heel.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Up Early

Just before 5:30 the geese took off making the wake me up racket. So up to put water on for coffee then to get dressed, just sat down at puter and looked out and saw a black bear ambling this way, grabbed camera and got two pretty fair pix. And the reason I check before opening the door to step out onto the porch. Bear spent a minute or so licking off the dead bugs on front of the car



Just the price I pay for the mountain view.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Spinning wheel stuff

I had a Louet S 71 without a drive band, and its been forever since I changed to a new one. Not remembering how to do it I wrote to the Louet forum and had 2 quick responses, the plastic bearing cover had to removed then the back piece with the knob loosened enuff to get the new belt in place. I did just as the gals said and bingo the S 71 is now usable again. First thing I did was to use it for plying some variegated greens.



Feeling better finally from the effects of the cold I even got out the S 90 from its travel case and got it set up ready to spin more of the mixed reds. Cold really slammed me this time and just as I am feeling better the cottonwood fluff is starting to fly, that doesn't agree with me for sure.

Monday will call Susan's Fiber shop in Wisconsin and see if they can make me a new belt for the electric (homemade) wheel) last one I got was from them, must be 10+ years ago. This time if they can do so will order 3.

Had the last of my box of mixed organic greens in a large salad about 4:30 ish, and now feel hungry but will resist and wait until morning for breakfast.

A new follower welcome.