Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Still summer

High today is predicted to be 27°C (81°F), mornings now are below freezing most every day, perfect weather for getting under big down comforter at night. Trees are changing color fast, I was going to go out on front porch and get a pix of trees in what we always called the spruce swamp, but prolly 1000 flies in between screen and big door made me decide to wait until they all go back where they came from. Am vacuuming up several hundred at a time from window in mud room, never have found how they get in. Wind is picking up and leaving are even starting too fall.

Washed all my woolies this morning in Eucalan, 24 pair of my socks and the drying rack full of goodies, gloves and socks for other peoples.The bobbins of the Crown Mtn Farms super wash merino, had 8 oz to start with. Now spinning plain white sw to ply with CMF's once its done.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

spam

Have had to add comment moderation to my blog, 6+ spam messages a day, unfortunate that the spammers are still out there.

Should finish the second stripey sock sometime tomorrow for the Addicted to Socks KAL. Then the second Monstersock for the Sock Knitters on Ravelry KAL. Then if I can still spell my name will do the second handspun gray sock.


Ordered mostly solid colors of Koigu from 2 different places, one in Nevada and the other in Toronto, both had colors I wanted out of stock. Will check back in a month or so to the Toronto store to see if new stock has come in. Several different shades of reds, blues and a couple of greens. Once socks are finished will go back to making more gloves.

Had a mouse caught by one foot in a trap last night, put on gloves and dropped it out on the back porch, would have opened trap but it was biting on my glove, old gloves and I thought it might get thru to a finger so dropped it. Everything gone this morning, hoping something came along to eat it.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Progress

Finished the first of the gray handspun socks, took a pix then set it aside. Have ribbing done on sock #2, will now be alternating between the socks left to do, a bit here and a bit there.





















Then went to the KAL Monstersock and last night finished the first of this pair.


Straight away picked up the stripey Regia sock for the Addicted to Socks KAL, that's the one I am aiming to finish next. Have been really enjoying having a variety of projects to work on, keeps the interest.




















According to my buddies at Environment Canada's weather page (choke, snorkle etc.) the predicted lows for Tatlako are -3°C (27°F) for tonight and then -8°C (18°F) for tomorrow, Yeehaw and so it starts. Even my small furry friends are trying to get in the warm house, yeah right, not acceptable, caught 2 last night and will set even more traps for tonight.

In between sock knitting, laundry, meals (that is easy tomatoes, tomatoes tomatoes) have also been at the spinning wheel, finished the first bobbin of the merino super wash from CMF, have about 2 oz left so started on another bobbin of the leftover. Have 8 oz of merino sw in plain white that I will spin next and then ply the two together.



The leaves are starting to turn into the falls golden color that is so beautiful. September I think is my favorite time of year in my wild mountain valley.

And a welcome to the two new followers. Do wish that blogspot could show who the newest followers are.

Life is good.




Tuesday, September 2, 2014

To much on my plate

Have 4 pair of socks on the go just now.

Gray BFL-Silk mix handspun


KAL on Addicted to Socks (am I ever). The yarn I choose isn't as stripey as I had hoped for but should do OK.


Another KAL this time on Ravelry's Sock Knitters, Monstersocks right up my alley.


And the black socks with all the reds and oranges.

I had made my last DR appointment (prescription refills) for last Friday especially so I could get to Farmers Market, bought 20 lbs tomatoes and sweet corn, have had tomatoes with every meal since I got home. Don't think I'll ever get tired of them.

11° C or 51°F and its raining, nothing spectacular but its wet and can almost see things getting green again. Got to see the leftovers from the fire that had closed Highway 20 earlier in August fire came right up to edge of the road, must have been impressive to see when it was really going.

9pm and still raining, temp is at +8°C (46°F) and supposed to go down in to upper 30's F overnight, I'll bet that there will be new snow on surrounding mountains by morning.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Handspun


My first handspun socks in a really long time. The light gray is a BFL-Silk mix and the next skein is slightly darker in color, guess whoever has them on their feet will never notice, but I do and can't do anything about it. Will be starting on the heel later today, looking forward to using more of my handspun in the future. Produce it way faster than I can knit with it.

Very dark clouds over the valley just now, prediction is for thunderman and lightfoot to visit then hopefully rain, so very glad to see that now, just hope we get enuff to make a difference. 19°C (67°F) is perfect temp for me, glad to see the end of the extreme heat earlier this month.

Still spinning the super wash from Crown Mtn Farms, from the looks of whats left and how full bobbin is getting am thinking it won't all fit, have several empty bobbins waiting.

Not much else new and exciting in my wild mountain valley, a peaceful easy feeling every time I look out the windows.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Spinning

Started my spinning late this morning, usually by 8:30 its started to get hot but this morning was blessedly cool, turned on Celtic music (Phil Coulter) and got in my 45 minutes. Spinning some Crown Mtn Farms from the never ending stash. Had 8 oz and will ply it with plain ole white. Planning on socks for me, and also need to replace my fingerless gloves (mine are at least 8 years old) and getting thin. The superwash merino should be way warmer than the worn out Opal. And if Miss Lucy should need socks for winter.


Tonight's predicted low is supposed to be +1 (33° F), very nearly frost, and since I am far enuff away from Tatlako weather station will likely happen. But after the July & August temps I am delighted to see it. Won't start complaining until -20°C temps.

Gonna stuff my duvet into its flannel sack yet this morning, getting ready for cooler temps.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Socks & Stuff


+5°C this morning and did it ever feel good to be cool again, one of the warmest July & August (so far) EVER, even once Tatlako was the warmest spot in BC at 34.6°C. And now so far its raining and that is even more welcome than the cooler weather, this part of BC is so very dry that it had got to the scary stage, fires all around, the rain should help the situation.

Finished the green Monstersocks last night, seems as tho they took longer than normal and with good reason, once second sock was finished held them together and bingo first sock only had 63 rows instead of the 73 that the second sock had, so ripped toe out of first sock and added 10 more rows and redid the toe. Sorta identical and sorta fraternal at same time, when I could match patterns pretty close I did so but some of the colors for first sock were all used up so came close when I could.



Picked an ice cream bucket of Saskatoon's, drove car close to bush and sure enuff just about quitting time saw one of my black furry friends coming down the hill above the driveway, so got me and my bucket in the car in plenty of time, he-she was headed right for the bush and I am sure that there won't be any berries left now. Froze all but enuff for breakfast with yogurt. Long about January they will sure taste good.

Took my spinning wheel with to knitting bee yesterday and wouldn't ya know the 2 other new gals that spin didn't come, oh well I got in prolly an hour spinning the merino with blotches of bright colors, will ply this with white, and use some of it for socks and new fingerless gloves for me. Retired several pair of my socks this spring so want to get stock back up for upcoming winter, heck have on woolies already.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Football season

And am I glad its back, just pre season games for now but better than nothing. College (MI game at Appy State) is in two weeks. Will be great sock knitting today with at least two games on NFL and the BC Lions. Just got started on the heel last night before hanging it up on second green Monstersock, hope today to get half way down the foot. Used up several small bits of color on first sock so second will be fraternal, one of the yarns I used the most are the Kaffe Fassett colors of Regia, several of the most popular for my sock knitting are just about gone.

Blessedly cool this morning +5°C at just before 7 am, left wool room window open all night and it really make wool room feel great, sun is now over east mountain before 8 so will soon start to warm up. Will be a long cold day in hell before I complain about being to cool, with temps of 34°C several days, was way to hot for this ole lady.

Morning chore will be to change my bed (Sunday habit), will go back to flannel sheets. Got all the sheets washed late last week, they dried overnight on the wooden rack in the wool room. My good ole wooden rack doesn't owe me a nickel, bought it at a garage sale just before moving to BC in 1975, paid all of $2 for it.

Still enjoying my tomatoes, have been eating one with every meal, looks like I'll have another week with this batch.

Have enjoyed watch a big spider on the outside of living room window it sure moves quick if something lands on window, except for yellow jackets it doesn't get very excited about them.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Green Monstersocks

Just posted pix of above on Facebook asking peeps if I should do fraternal or almost identical, will go with what majority decides.



Forest fire just west of Alexis Creek, main access to Williams Lake and beyond, road right now is closed, may open in spurts during the day. Detour around by Chilko and other roads adding 12.8 kms (rough road in places). Glad I went in when I did. Well remember in 2010 when road was closed at both ends of hiway 20 (Bella Coola and big fire from Chilko) , literally no way in or out then the scary evacuation notice came down, just a possible and as it turned out wasn't needed but nevertheless scary as all get out.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

First time


For the first time since I've lived in Tatlako (39 + years) I made a trip to town just to buy a few groceries, mostly tomatoes. Went in Thursday and stayed overnight with friends then the Williams Lk farmers market was on Friday morning, I was there just a bit before it officially opened so had first choice, the only thing I bought was tomatoes, 20+ lbs, a very happy camper. Then a quick trip thru grocery store, didn't need much, got another rotisserie chicken so supper last night was chicken, tomatoes and beet greens. Brought a few things out for Selma she gave me beet greens, basil, swiss chard. Tonight will be more of the same but will add an ear of corn to mix. Made for very expensive tomatoes but at this stage of my life I don't care, would have been worth the trip at twice the price. Only way to get tomatoes out here is in a green house and just not the same as the real thing grown outside in the dirt, besides I don't have one and if I did would have to heat it quite a bit during June and sometimes July. The tomatoes come from Keremeos down almost to Washington border, perfect growing weather for tomatoes hot sunny Okanangan. Stopped at the rest area at the top of Lee's Hill on the way home and ate one warm and unwashed, best lunch ever. With temps back up to low 30's over the next week or so will be many nights that tomatoes, cottage cheese, maybe a hard boiled egg will be my main meal.

And tonight NFL preseason football gets started, yeehaw.