Thursday, December 8, 2016

Even colder



-25°C (11° below zero F) and colder predicted for later this week, with coldest night Monday, forecast to be -36°C (29° below zero F). Not looking good for next weeks Knitting Bee, since most of us have to travel 20-30 minutes not smart to be on the road with temps so low.

After I finished spinning the 2nd bobbin of the merino-nylon mix found I still had almost a full braid of it left, didn't want another bobbin of same so gathered up two more greens and a silk mix with lots of blues, split roving until fairly thin then broke off about 5-6 inch pieces, laid everything on my wooden clothes rack and away I went. Spinning them all in same order for now. But next bobbin will have finger teased kid mohair in purples, bright reds and whatever looks like it doesn't belong. Eventual goal is sock yarn weight, then will make myself more handspun socks. Right now have 3 pair and with this kind of weather could do with more.


The last of the burger vegetable soup for lunch today and then will tomorrow make another batch of soup, prolly chicken with rice, altho getting low on carrots. Mostly after the hot.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Cold enuff

Up early to the coyote chorus, sounded like they were on their way to something important. And at just after 5 am didn't appreciate the music (and it wasn't Christmas music). Got up and ended up getting dressed in living room, was much warmer than my bedroom, will shut window in there tight for tonight, only -15°C and forecast to be -31°C (24°F below zero tonight), ever so grateful for my rice bag to warm my feet (3 minutes in micro, wonderful). How appropriate music playing Theme from a Summer Place. Since I was up so early decided to finish bobbin #2 of the Merino-Nylon mix, got as much on the two bobbins as I could.

The first two pair of LOSY socks I made for Nolan, by the time he got them his feet had grown, so made another pair with an extra 6 rows , the Momma said this pair was perfect, so one more pair. Should now be done with LOSY socks for this bunch.

Thinking a big pot of burger vegetable soup will be on the menu for today, still have carrots, onion, celery, potatoes to go in. Only missing cabbage.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Same ole, same ole

Latest sock yarn from Knit Picks big sale.


Not much going on in my wild mountain valley this time of year, hard to write about nothing. Still spinning on the merino-nylon mix in color I call mint chocolate chip, lots of greens with several dark brown places thru out. If all goes according to plans I should finish bobbin #2 yet this morning. Then will start on a brighter color and spin something completely different for bobbin 2 to give me some wild & crazy yarn.



Had a dream last night that I had taken my drum carder to a wool fair somewhere and was making really funky batts (completely out of character for me). But they were so popular with those watching that maybe just maybe will try a few soon.

Liz C picked up the socks I had done for her and 2 kids, brought canned stuff in trade. Did a pair of LOSY (leftover sock yarn) for her, 2 pair for Nolan 12, and a pair of just regular sock yarn for Maela (variegated turqs). Need to do another pair of LOSY's for N and he grew to much since first pair were made. Pix of Maela and Liz's feet with her socks on.



Temps according to Environment Canada's weather page are showing in the 20's below zero F for Monday and Tuesday nights, ever so grateful for the microwavable rice bag that Kristie made for me, 3 minutes on hi keeps feet warm until I fall asleep. Don't know how I ever got along without it. Of course they (EC) are really just guessing, maybe it won't be that cold.

Bought a pair of pants at Wally World (denim but pull on), had to take them back and exchange for a size smaller, I don't see it but even rings don't want to stay on. Leftover results of being in hosp for a month last winter.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Town


Bit the bullet and went into town last Thursday, watched weather on Environment Canada's site and tried to pick a day with not much chance of snow. Got lucky and 90% of the road in was bare and dry, the little bit out this way had icy spots and a little bit of compact snow. If highways used a sweeper brush on it when it first started sticking it would have got rid of the snow. Did lots once in town, oil change and car wash, banking, haircut, Wally World, and wholesale club. Stayed in all night up at Denise & Lens place. Then Friday did my grocery shopping, every kind of lettuce that SaveOn sells, plus a large box of mixed organic greens, cucumbers, 3 kinds of squash, celery, peppers, onions, cilantro and more. And the real bonus was a rotisserie chicken, so had a large chicken salad once home for supper. Lorelee came and helped unload stuff (including 4 flats of water), had cucumbers for her and sent a leg & thigh from chicken for her supper (she is babysitting the younger Harris' place). And the main reason for going in was to refill all my prescriptions, good now for a bit over 3 months meds wise. Yesterday was pretty much a write off, still tired from the trip to town, so finished a pair of socks, and started another pair of Monstersocks (left from a rip out a week or so ago).




Still spinning on what I'm calling mint chocolate chip. Pix doesn't show the color very well.


Got dishes all caught up and now will gather up more of the leftovers and watch football. Glad to be home, safe and warm, right now its sorta trying to snow.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Stuff

Woke up this morning to snow, first of this season. According to Environment Canada's weather page for Tatlako its not supposed to amount to much.

Sahnte and Jeannie came for a visit on Friday (11th) and were able to remove the wind damaged screen door, its now safely inside the mud room. Had hoped that it would be re usable but now that I can see it close up there are several paces where the metal is twisted. So next trip to town (soon) will have to buy a new door and while I'm at it will replace old storm door as well, current edition is over 40 years old and glass is loose in frame. Have silicon-ed it but didn't work very well.

Finished spinning the last of the BFL-Silk mix and have first two bobbins plied. Its much redder than pix. Have the other two bobbins of the mix ready to ply. Ended up plying the BFL mix with some Merino-Nylon, came out way better than I thought it would.


Next batch of spinning is Merino-Nylon in variegated greens from Mary-Anne Smith (Smith & Ewe in Kamloops, BC), there is a good bit of either a real dark brown or dark green, (light not good enuff to tell the difference). Spinning is easy on this batch, as of right now have no idea what it will be, just yarn for the stash. Seems as tho I spin it faster than I can knit it. However its very comforting to know that I will never run out of handspun to knit with.


INR blood work tomorrow in Tatla, its been 3 weeks so it time to have it checked, at least arm bruising is just about gone. Last 3-4 times it was done its remained in the good range, thus every 3 weeks.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Big wind storm

Had a violent wind storm Thursday night, gusts up to 75 km, power went out just after 9 pm and didn't come back on until Friday morning 9:30 am, then went out again 2 ish and was out again for 3-4 hours. Strongest wind I can remember since living in Tatlako. Even blew my back screen door out of the frame, including pieces of wood from the door frame. Mell of a hess.


Next will be the problem of trying to find someone to see if door is salvageable and to get it un-wedged from porch railing its in so tight that I can't budge it. My biggest fear thru all the wind was a stick or branch crashing into a window, having already lost one of the big windows on south side of house (was a grouse I think) wasn't wanting to wait 9 mos to have any glass replaced. The joys of living alone in the middle and behinder of nowhere. Weather is really wonky, no snow (none), warmish temps tomorrow is supposed to be in mid 50's F, way to warm for this time of the year.

Still spinning the rest of the BFL-Silk mix, probably over half way. Just about decided to ply if with the Merino-Nylon mix from Smith & Ewe, Should be perfect sock weight yarn once that part of the job is finished.



Tuesday, November 1, 2016

More BFL-Silk

Finished the first bundle 113 grams before 8 am this morning, 2nd bundle same mix 121 grams waiting. The bobbin with the singles is much redder than pix shows



Blood INR is finally getting to the point I only have to go to the clinic every 3 weeks, its only taken 9 months to reach this point. KB tomorrow and am figuring on going out will get flu shot first thing.

Not much else new and excitingly different in my wild mountain valley

Monday, October 24, 2016

Spinning

Got out the two bundles of BFL-Silk mix from West Coast Colour & Carding this morning, 75% BFL 25% Silk, will make a really variegated yarn. Sure I can find a different red bobbin full to ply it with. Have a total of 234 grams of the mix. Bought the fiber at the Williams Lake spin in last May.




This is what it looks like spun, just started on the mix as soon as wool room was light enuff to spin.


Had 5 does come running down my driveway something spooked them or was chasing, watched for several minutes and nothing appeared, does all jumped the cattle guard and continued south. Did not have time to grab a camera.

No snow yet in the valley, lots of new snow on surrounding mountains so just a matter of time before it comes. Flurries predicted over next several days, sometimes they get it right and sometimes they don't, kind of a crap shoot.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Desert Mesa Fall 2016


Left here on September 12 intending to have my snow tires on the car before heading down to Desert Mesa in Cache Creek, not a chance that they could do tires until Friday the 21st, so took a chance on weather holding until I could get back to Williams Lake. Desert Mesa was the 13th thru 16th and about as much fun as can legally be had. A smaller group than usual meant conversions could be had with anyone sitting close. 3 vendors Mary-Anne Smith, Lynne Anderson and Sharon Wickstrom, was able to get Merino-Silk from Sharon and Merino-Nylon from Mary-Anne and stayed within my budget.




Spun some vintage merino-nylon while at DM, nearly finished the 2nd bobbin of yarn when plied will be sock weight.

Stopped Kal Tire early Monday morning and there was a no show for 8 am app't so was able to get my car in for tire change, now legal to drive on major highways, snow tires mandatory now until April. Got car back just after 9, headed directly to grocery store for a few goodies then west and home. Was delighted to find all tomatoes in spare bedroom (cool room) were in excellent shape.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Finally


Got home from the OFFF trip on the 28th September with a bad cold and a 20 lb. bag of organic field tomatoes. Cold was a humdinger think maybe one of the worst I've had. Just a bit of a lingering cough is left, glad to see it gone. Ate 1 tomatoes with cottage cheese for several lunches and suppers while feeling punk.

OFFF was as usual one of the highlites of my traveling summer, the weather was perfect, company outstanding. Vendors plentiful, and crowds were huge, could barely walk in main bldg. Didn't buy much just 8oz of a dye job gone wrong from DiCentra, 2 bobbins for my Woolee Winder and some of my favorite Lo Lo Bars. Picked up friend Val in Seattle area and she went down with me, was great that she was able to unload car. Looked for one of the folding wagons at Costco while in Canby area, no luck there or Fred Meyers or Walmart on the way home, Val will check for me in Seattle area and if one is found will bring with her to Whidbey Island in the spring.

Val spinning and the spinning area before it got crowded.



Next trip out will be to Desert Mesa this weekend, have spinning wheel in the car, just my knitting bag, suitcase and bag of goodies to go out when I leave. Will take 3-4 tomatoes with me for toast & tomatoes for breakfast while there.

On the way to Tatla I pass by wild mullein, this one plant must be well over 8 feet tall, certainly one of the largest I've ever seen.


Next is the fiber I was spinning at OFFF and will finish up at Desert Mesa, merino-nylon from Mary-Anne Smith in Kamloops, BC. Vintage stuff from my stash.


Mountains have new snow about halfway down, temps for tonight are forecast to be -10 (14°F). Right now high for the day in the valley is only +3 (37°F). I will be getting my winter tires on first thing in Williams Lake on Wednesday, its time, and they are mandatory for highway travel right now.