Thursday, August 27, 2015

Mostly sock stuff

Finally finished the wool-silk mix that I've been working on what seems forever. The famous third go round seems to finally get it right. First sock that I did way back when is being frogged and will be re knit by Christine into something else. I'm really glad to see the end of it. I've just washed them in Eucalan and now on blockers to dry.

Have been emailing the gal getting the next two pair of socks (back to using finer commercial yarn, thankfully), got out the colours or close to what she wants and emailed two pix to her this morning. Likely will find something else once I start knitting that will work into a pattern or two.

The current socks, almost 30 rows down the foot on sock #2, really fraternal. Have tried not to do same patterns in this pair, so far so good.

New follower a couple of days ago, welcome.

Monday, August 24, 2015

It's been awhile

Need to keep better track of my blog, hadn't realized its been over a week since I posted anything, will try to do better.

The 3rd go round of current socks is finally going well, within 15 rows of the start of the toe decreases, then will wash and dry on blockers before mailing them away.

Next up finished spinning the second bobbin of the brown horribilius, pulled so much kemp and wiry guard hairs out that I was towards the end wondering if it was worth all the trouble. Whatever of that batch of fiber is left will be finding a new home. Have a single bobbin of a wool-silk mix already done in a color that is not my norm to spin PINK, so decided this morning to go ahead and find something that would go with it. A vintage BFL from WoolGatherings, prolly bought at Black Sheep Gathering a few years ago, $15.60 for 8 oz will give you some idea on how old it is. Going to add all the pix at the end of this mess.

The weaver friend is coming today to pick up the rest of the handspun that needs a new home, a Pay it Forward gift. Nothing wrong with the yarn just stuff I no longer want to knit with. One batch is way under plied, another is kinky from being plied to fast, but I understand from another weaver friend that both yarns can be successfully used on the loom.

A friend from Calif just can't understand how I can live in this wild mountain valley by myself so I sent her the Peace within yourself button, she didn't get it. Guess because I don't have a grocery store next door or a WalMart around the corner I can't possibly be content, little does she know.

Saturday, August 15, 2015


Finished the second bobbin of the wool-silk mix, really glad to see the end of it, was as fly away fiber as I have ever spun, was finding it everywhere. Then got out some well aged stash, a brown of some unremembered breed but so full of kemp like white stuff as I have ever seen, for each piece I spin I first pre draft so the white stuff shows up then pulling it out, then once I start spinning find even more to discard. Had thought to do a couple of full bobbins of this but don't think I'll be able to stand that much. I bought it at conf several years ago when there were vendors upstairs, sure wish I had checked same before buying. Live and learn. But I do need the brown color for some upcoming patterns on my list of handspun socks.

Have some merino-silk 50-50 to spin next just 125 grams each of two different colors. Will be some different from what I am now spinning, not sure what it will be except for yarn for awhile, will let it gracefully age until it talks to me.

Have been having a rough affair with Arthur Itis, makes my hand tingle just thinking about it. Have really been bothered towards evening during what I think of as prime knitting time, but a good friend told me not to quit what was my normal routine, so I plug along doing maybe 4 or 5 rows then a break with stretching exercises. Makes for slow sock knitting but won't give up my knitting, just gonna be a bit slower.

Had enuff rain yesterday (along with thunderman and lightfoot) that the ground actually looked wet this morning. Hope and pray that the Oliver area gets some soon to help with the terrible wild fires burning in the area.

Monday, August 10, 2015


Had to go into town on Friday for prescription refills (can only get 3 months at a time), makes for several unwanted trips a year. But not this time as it just happened that Friday is William's Lakes Farmers Market day, headed there first thing and only had eyes for tomatoes, bought 20 lbs, vendor apologized at how expensive they were, after I had handed her the money told her that I would have bought them at twice the price. Have had a tomato with every meal since getting home 5 ish on Friday, breakfast, lunch and supper. Also bought 3 cartons cottage cheese, tomato and cc is one of my favorite meals.

Finished the first bobbin of Ecru wool-silk mix (really nice stuff) and have first few oz on second bobbin of same stuff. Currently knitting socks using the light gray w-s mix from same vendor (Island Farms), wish everyone could feel how nice it is. This is the 3rd go round for the socks, and am keeping the whole lot separate and just for these socks, no chance of mixing the fibers up this way.

37° F this morning, 3.4° C, will likely be the coldest spot in BC again, friend Fay calls me when Tatlako is coldest spot, she can get radio from Kamloops that announces same every morning. But even with it this cool I love it, much better than the high temps back in June & July. Can even see some of the willows changing color, and the nondescript dogbane is now bright yellow.

Took the tomato pix with my iPhone 6, first time using the camera, slick. Then can iCloud it to iPhoto on laptop, jest gotta love modern technology.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

3rd time's the charm

Made the first gray w/ natural colors sock some time ago, kept notes (useless). Second sock well down the foot (30 plus rows) when I measured it against the 1st sock, at least 1.5 inches bigger at the instep and foot, well figured out that instead of grabbing another ball of the wool & silk mix I had knit with a perfect match color wise wool & mohair (it was late and I was to tired to be knitting). So frogged the mess all the way back to the start of the heel, then knowing fer sure I had the wool-silk mix started from the heel, only thing was that it was a different batch and slightly heavier weight yarn, so again when I measured just past instep was again way to big (down from 1.5 inches to just 1 inch), so last night was singing the SSSSS song ripped it out again, this time the whole thing..... This morning am plying two bobbins of the wool-silk mix, once its done will have 1 more try at a pair that are the same size, will make sure that the newly plied yarn is dedicated to just the needed socks.

Went to Tatla yesterday for weekly Knitting Bee (I don't go weekly maybe just twice a month), got gas then stopped at Selma's garden spot on the way home, picked up swiss chard, beets with wonderful greens attached, 3 kinds of lettuce, new potatoes, nice handful of edible pod peas, 4 jars of mustard pickles (from Liz Charleyboy) and 2 dozen eggs. So last nights supper was leftover small pieces of roast pork, beet greens, big salad and small nugget potatoes, enuff of everything but greens for tonight's go round, will have swiss chard this time.

Even had a delightful day of rain yesterday, so badly needed.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The 1st two bobbins from TdF

The first two bobbins of CMF's merino is finally plied and into skeins. Ended up with just over 900 yards of two ply fingering weight, altho once merino is washed it always poofs up. Seemed to take forever to get it plied (not my favorite part of the job). Klaus from CMF's called it sock hop yarn, but I'm not so sure that straight merino is the best choice for socks.

Next I'll be plying the wool-silk mixes from Rain City.

Back to hot weather for the next couple of days before we are supposed to be getting some rain towards the middle of next week, I'll believe it when I see it.

Nothing else new and excitingly different in my world.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pay it Forward Yarn

Gail M came on Wednesday and picked up the free handspun I was destashing, think from the pix she was happy and so was I for moving it down the road. Nothing wrong with the yarn just stuff I no longer want to knit with.

And there is still a bunch more that will be going to a local weaver, am sure before she gets here that I will find even more.

Finished the 4 oz bag of vintage Merino, have another bobbin of (I don't remember what it is) white likely they will be plied together someday. Think this is the end of the Tour de Fleece spinning for me, didn't try and keep track of yardage but know that total weight was close to 48 oz. Altho just found a small braid of pink wool & silk just 3.75 oz may be able to squeeze it in before tour ride ends.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Vintage Merino

Finished the last of the RainCity fiber, first 4 oz I did was Polwarth-Silk mix 60-40, then the next (both dyed in same colorway) was Merino-Silk. Both bobbins now in the plying queue. Bobbin on the right is the Polwarth mix left is the Merino mix. Yummy stuff now wishing I had bought more. Will watch for a vendor carrying RainCity fibers while at OFFF.

Found a smallish bag of Merino top, so old that 4 oz was only $8.00, its my next spinning project. Hopefully will be the last of the TdeF stuff.

Heading out today for the Knitting Bee in Tatla, haven't been for the last 4 weeks so thought about time I showed. Will also hit the library and get gas, so a combination trip.

Pix of the handspun fiber I'm getting rid of, waiting for GM to come by for first choice then a weaver friend will likely get the rest. Vintage stuff and I want to move it down the road, some needs a good hot bath, rest just isn't what I want to knit with anymore, not to worry still have a couple of shelves full of stuff that I'm keeping.

Yesterday Tatlako was the coldest spot in BC, that is twice now in less than a week, according to Environment Canada's page we were at 1.6 °C, just a titch above frost. And on the 16th we did have frost, even checked windshield on the car sure enuff.

And the last pix is for all my cat loving friends.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Spinning stuff

Finished the Orange Creamsicle merino-nylon, if all goes well it will be fingering weight once plied. Then got out the next fibre to spin from Rain City in Snohomish, WA bought both at NwRSA conf in early June. One is Polwarth - Silk the other is Merino - Silk both dyed in the same color path. Will be my next TdeFleece project.

Yesterday plied the 2 bobbins of the leftovers of the CMF's Merino, ended up with a smallish skein of 180 yards. Wasn't at all sure that the two different colours would work tog but after seeing them plied have changed my mind, think it will be OK for yarn.

Had frost yesterday morning and today temps in mid 50's at 6 am, weird weather, and by Sunday supposed to be really hot again for a day or so.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Day off

Took a day off yesterday while waiting for brain to fully engage hands and feet. Feel much better today.

Finally a pix of the wool & silk mix from Dicenta.

Also while everything was working this morning I finished plying the 2 bobbins of wool & silk for a 2nd sock in a pair. Still not my favorite part of the job but nice to have 2 more empty bobbins. With everything continuing to work will get the gray into skeins yet today or started on it anyway.