June 21

Thunderman and Lightfoot complete with a few minutes of hard rain, hoping the valley gets more of the wet stuff. The 19th saw a lightening strike with fire along what is called Halfway South road, goes up into an area that was logged some time ago. Made for a scary night. Fire crew got on it really quick so by the next mid day fire was contained. Relief.
Soccer on the telly Argentina vs Croatia, so far game is ho hum, bad ref from a long time ago. Half time now.

Working on a pair of Monstersocks using up a good bit of leftover bits Solid blues with variegated same then solid greens with variegated , all with a dark steel gray in between each color.

Am well into second 4 oz bundle of the natural colored BFL, am hoping to have it all finished before the TdeF starts in early July. As far as I know I'll be home almost all the days of the Tour this year.

Left several windows open all night, one in living room and two in wool room, was nice and fresh this morning, got in my 45 minutes s…

Tuesday 19th

Up early to finish the first 4 oz of the BFL bought at conference, much cooler to spin at 6 am than later in the day when it is supposed to be 34°C (93°F), then after today back to more comfortable temps. Have two more of the 4oz bundles of the BFL, will get started on second hopefully before it gets to hot.
Knitting bee cancelled this week on account of the heat, I am supposed to go to clinic for INR blood work, but will wait until next week. INR still bouncing all around, 1.6 last week. Will see DR in town on Friday for prescription refills and hopefully what I can do to stabilize, the INR numbers. Will also be getting a haircut, paying property taxes and getting into the bank for other assorted bill paying.

Once it gets hot I'm going to work on current sock, more than half way down the foot, maybe even finish it while watching World Cup soccer on the telly.

Wednesday 13th

Have finally got back to my normal mornings, have coffee while reading email and the news on puter, then when timer goes off (after 45 minutes) shut puter down and move over to spinning wheel. Try and get at least 45 minutes at the wheel, then either more woolie stuff like plying or skeining just plied yarn. Very much enjoy everything about my addiction except plying, but know its a necessary evil. Spinning the BFL that I bought at conference, like it a lot (except for the nasty guard hairs in fiber). Aiming to have it done before TdeF starts in July. Planning on spinning more of the Corriedale pencil roving I got from LK. Have one more of the multi colored purple-ish will randomly ply two of the purple-ish colors once its all spun.

Went to Tatla yesterday for INR blood stuff, then to knitting bee, just Christine and me to start, Jeanie came along close to lunch time, left early cause it was cold in church eating area, once in car turned heat up on high, not bad for almost the middle …

This and That

Home from 2018 conference of NwRSA held this year in Olympia, WA. Facilities this year were great, Red Lyon hotel, with everything under one roof, no long walks to meals, classes or spinning room.  General consensus of everyone there thought it was outstanding so much so that it will be held there again in 2019.

I only bought one bit of a BFL mix roving. Got 12 oz and once spun (and sufficiently aged) will ply with another BFL-Silk mix that I already have spun, also have a BFL-mohair mix so will likely do a 3 ply for super strong sock yarn.

Return home was a bit tricky as I-5 was completely closed so taking directions from Sharon (she lives in Bellevue so knows the area) I drove around the traffic mess. Then stopped in Bellingham and bought lunch to take with me to Carol and Toms place, deli meats, swiss cheese, 2 deli salads and big sandwich buns, then ended up with a motel in B-Ham for the night. Got passport pix in the morning (for renewal) and did a run thru of Fred Myers for groc…

Sock Stuff

Finished the socks that had been in timeout.

Briefly thinking that my sock knitting had hit a wall, for overnight didn't have a clue what I wanted to do next, but with yesterdays knitting bee coming up knew I had to start something. So a ball of a dark gray Opal, many leftovers bits of greens (variegated and solid), then same in blues. So far so good, may end up being another pair to add to my stash. For some strange reason socks that are almost 10 years old are getting a bit thin on the bottom.

Went to Tatla yesterday for blood letting (INR), then carried on to knitting bee where I finally delivered in person to Andrea the socks that I so struggled to finish. Much blood sweat and even tears at times.

All the places where I crossed the river (twice) and Crazy Creek (once) were very high, so far both seem to behaving, but today's high temps (+27° C) may encourage more melting in the high country. As long as both stay away from the road will keep me happy.

Yellow jackets - wasps…

This & That

Socks that had been in time out while I finished socks for Andrea are back in the game, turned the heel last night (while watching hockey) this morning down the decreases for the gusset. All leftover bits of Regia Kaffee Fassett from other socks, have already used up 2 smaller balls (colors I will miss further down the foot).

 Then to use up more handspun from the ever increasing stash I bought the pattern for Stephen West's Penguono. As of right now thinking I'll use several blues (variegated) and a few blue green mixes, think I prolly have enuff handspun on hand to make almost everyone I know the jacket. Will be awhile before I can get to it still have a couple of sock orders to do, then will nicely refuse any more orders for some time.

Still getting frost most mornings, -1° this morning at 6:30 am, up early again as stupid nesting geese did a fly by and with bedroom window open can hear them just fine. The little peninsula that they usually have their nest on is currently u…


Have finally finished the socks for Andrea, started mid January and finished May 11, must be longest time frame for any socks for me.
Hydro guys cut limbs that might interfere with power line last fall then we got lots of snow so they have just now come back to run limbs thru the big industrial chipper. Then the bucket went up high to get the ones that they couldn't reach, really scalped some of my trees.
A couple more pix from Williams Lake spin in on May 5th.

Denise in the longest yardage in 15 minutes competition,  and a group shot (me included in orange top) next to Denise..

Not much else new and excitingly different unless I count the Saskatoon bushes starting to blossom and right on schedule Tatlayoko was the coldest spot in BC at 7 am this morning, -2.2C.