Saturday, May 23, 2015

Getting ready

For upcoming NwRSA trip, started laundry first thing this morning and promptly washed a Kleenex, doesn't stay tog any better than I last time I tried. Took everything outside to shake it in the wind, still had to vacuum up some pieces. 3 loads done, last in the machine now.

Yesterday while spinning I saw a flash of a deer in panic mode running for its life, about 50 feet behind was either a wolf or coyote, happened to fast to know for sure.

Last nights storm with lots of lightening, Thunderman and Lightfoot followed by enuff rain that if something was set ablaze the rain took care of it.

Back 3rd or 4th ish of June.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

1st bobbin finished

Finished bobbin #1 of the various greens in a marathon session this morning, had only planned on 30 minutes or so but as I got closer to the finish line just kept spinning, ended up with almost 90 minutes at the wheel. Am sure I'll pay with my right leg later today, will keep aspirin handy.

Ran out of two of the first greens I used but keep finding more so 2nd bobbin won't be wildly different, will just have different greens in diff places.

Sky is full of ominous big thunderheads, as long as they produce rain I'll be happy. The smoke from a couple of days ago has cleared, that's a welcome relief to be able to open windows again.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

More green stuff

Have now run out of two of the greens, poking around found a small amount of green kid mohair, fits nicely in the mix, then found a merino-mohair blend that might work. Its actually a blend of maybe 5 or 6 colors, will give it a try and see if my hands can turn out what I see in my mind. Even if it isn't what I'm looking for will be usable yarn for something.

Bobbin #1 is I am guessing over half full.


The new green kid mohair.


The merino-mohair blend.

12:30 well that batch didn't work, so kept looking and found a couple of 4 oz bags of something called Green Goddess a merino-tussah silk mix, perfect.

My wild mountain valley is full of smoke, from the big fire up south-west of Prince George, the wind when conditions are right bring smoke down into the valleys. There is another fire just west of Anahim Lake about 75 air miles from Tatlako. Good time to stay indoors with my spinning wheel and knitting. The rain that fell yesterday was most welcome, not nearly enuff but will take what ever amount. Tuff for the holiday travelers but fire season is underway, there is even a camp fire ban in place, its that bad already.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Green stuff

Gathered up 5 various greens all from my stash (my favorite color), then separated each of the colors into 12-15 inch pieces, started spinning and so far I like what I'm getting. Have enuff of the 5 colors to fill at least 2 bobbins, anything I run out of will just stick in another green of some sorts. Have no idea where I bought some of the roving and if I knew there are a couple I would never buy from again, the middle green has bits of plastic baling twine thru out, not at all pleasant. One of the others has an unusual amount of guard hairs, really white stuff. 2nd pix shows 2 pieces each color on the bobbin. So far so good.


Got out yesterday to my first knitting bee since April 22nd, several there that haven't been the regulars, good to see new faces.

Before I started spinning the greens I finished the Orange 'creamsicle' from Smith & Ewe in Kamloops, still have the second bag to do will take it with me when I go down to conference the end of this month. But while the idea was still fresh wanted to work on the green stuff, after seeing some of the various variegated yarn on interest wanted to see if I could come close.


Saturday, May 9, 2015

Home again

Came down my driveway yesterday just after 12:30 with Dorian aboard to unload car. He had everything in the house in about 10 minutes, then we loaded a big bag to go up to the dump, then dropped him home on the way by, I was happy and he was too $20 richer.

All travel plans fell nicely in place and made all scheduled stops, even had time for a nice visit with Carol & Tom in Bell-ham instead of usual quick coffee and dash. Got in the visit with Kristie and Lynda, talked for almost 2 hours, then north to Wms Lk, unloaded a few goodies to go into Denise's fridge, including 6 pounds of Tillamook pepper jack cheese (they love it). I had stopped at Moreno's in Langley-Surrey and picked up 3 pounds brats (in 1 lb pkg.) will have a couple links with sauerkraut tonight for supper. All the rest went into freezer.

After leaving E-burg early Monday morning never took my knitting out of the car the rest of the trip, when ever I would stop for the night looking at email and such before crashing seemed the thing to do. Even last night when I had enuff putting stuff away found I couldn't keep my eyes open to even watch the National at 7 pm, then woke up cold just before 10 pm, just can't get the head around turning furnace on into the 2nd week of May.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Williams Lake Spin In 2015

Another very successful spin in, got there early with Denise so was able to get pix of the rows of empty chairs. Soon started filling up, believe I heard that 47 were registered, several gals came from Kamloops, Fay from Avola, and even a few from lower mainland (I think).



In the order (I think)
My Maggie bag with fibre that I was hoping to start spinning, didn't quite get there.
Tables all set up for lunch.
Empty chairs first thing after arriving.
2 rows filled with spinners and wheels.
Cake donated by guild member (when I find out her name will add it to blog).

Click on pix to make bigger.

Sunday morning I headed south down thru the Okanagan crossed border at Osoyoos then south via the back roads towards Spokane, leaving Spo headed west and south ending up in Portland to see a friend not doing so very well, in the hospital by the time I got there with pneumonia, so only a very brief visit but she knows I was there. Now heading north, will be back in BC Wednesday mid day, gathering up the rest of the wonderful bags of books from Carol T., leaving Thursday meeting Kristie and her friend Lynda at Timmies in Chillawack, coffee and lunch stop. Back north to Williams Lake after visit and lunch, ending up back at Denise's, then home Friday. Phew, tired just reading where I've been and still have to go. So far haven't bought anything I will have to declare (6 pack of Coke Zero and a bag of pretzels), want to get pepper jack cheese (Tillamook), best I've had. And I think that will be it. No yarn or fibre, amazing that I'm down here and haven't bought anything. Did check in at Sears for the brand of underwear that I like but they no longer carry the product, heck & darn. The 2 Sears that I usually go to have both closed, Bellis Fair and the next one down at Cascade Mall. Gone wondering if that isn't going to be the fate of Sears. Weather has been perfect for a road trip, even got warm enuff yesterday that I ran A/C.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Small wonder

I can't find any 2.5 mm 16 inch circular needles, they are all busy. Guess the Little people crept up and grabbed my needles when I wasn't looking. Have 4 pair (whoops) on the go at present time, (have no idea how that happened). Will take the two blue-y pairs with on upcoming road trip.
Had thought about going south via the Vanc border crossing but due to unforeseen things will now cross the border south of Osoyoos, then weave my way south from there ending up somehow in Portland. Then back up I-5 to BC will stop and be picking up the rest of books and mags at Gails.

The plying from Tuesday worked out pretty good. To empty the 2nd Woolee Winder bobbin I plied the remaining turquoise with another single yarn with lots of pink and some turq together.

Once I'm back home from travels will certainly continue plying, darned shame I've let it get so far out of hand.

Another new follower, amazing 3 new f's in last week or so.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Dislike

For me the most disliked part of spinning my own yarn is plying, the way I spin plying is most needed and the reason I put it off for so long. Right now I want Woolee Winder bobbins to take with me to town for Wms Lakes spinning do on May 2nd, so hit the electric wheel this morning and started plying. 30 minutes and it looks like bobbins are almost untouched, instead I am hoping maybe 1/4 of the way. Will stick with it until both bobbins are empty. Then will do a couple more bobbins every chance I get until most are empty again, I can fill them up way faster than emptying them.



Woke up this morning just before 6am with my friendly flickers (not) pounding on the metal roof of old woodshed. But it was raining and that is very much welcomed, can almost see the grass growing, also had my herd of deer in the yard the usual 5.

The two containers I bought at Wally World are both filled one with my stash of Koigu and the other with Cascade Heritage sock yarn, wish I had bought 4 all together, need another for yarn from Hazel Knits and one for Lorna's Laces. But I promise that I will not be buying anymore sock yarns, none, nada, zero, zip or whatever. Will check in at WW when in town and see if they have any more of the same size.

Had been hoping to make a quick road trip after Wms Lk's spin in, down first to Gail's (guess not she must be crazy busy) then on to Seattle and east towards Spokane, at this point in time not sure if I want to make the drive since I'll be headed down to Tacoma at the end of May for NwRSA conference. Guess the best way to decide will be flipping a quarter.

After a really long time I have two new followers, welcome. Thought I was going to be stuck on 89 forever.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Town

Went into town Thursday morning, had a good bit of important stuff to do, paid income tax, renewed license plate tags for another year, paid bills at bank, then up to friends around 3 pm. D loaded summer tires in the car, then played around with iTunes, glad I had brought laptop in with me, did several CD's for playing in the car on the way home. Friday morning presented myself and tires at Kal tire for winter tire change over, then SaveOn for groceries, headed west about 11:30, interesting drive home. Because I had changed over to summer tires hit snow just about Anahim Reserve, then all the way past Alexis Creek, looks like from what was at the sides of the road that there easily could have been 4-5 inches. But by the time I got to Redstone for gas it was all gone just made it, gas light has been on for some time. Gas stations are few and far between out here. Deer were all over the place quit counting at 23, glad roads were bare & dry. Did see a Telus truck in the toolies, must have happened last night when roads were still slippery.















Bought 2 Sterilite see thru plastic containers at Wally World one for Koigu and the other for Hazel Knits and such. I have enuff Koigu, there said it and that means I won't be buying anymore. Period, fer sure. Most bought when Linda K was clearing out her storage locker for $8 a skein, have kept it in plastic bags but worried about friendly flyers so decided the hard plastic would be safer.


40° F and mountains to the south are all socked in, hoping it mean rain. Ground is so very dry we could use a 2 or 3 day soaker.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Spinning


Got in a bit over 45 minutes this morning at the spinning wheel, still working on the merino-nylon mix from Smith & Ewe in Kamloops. Have a small piece missing from the largest whorl on one of my Woolee Winder bobbins (all the rest are full) so am having to use the medium sized instead of the preferred largest size, will see when I go to OFFF this September if Nathan Lee can fix or maybe even replace. His service is way above what is considered normal.



Fay from Avola called me to let me know that Tatlako was the coldest spot in BC on 14th, radio station she gets (I don't) reports coldest spot every morning, quite often in the summer Tatlako wins. I remember because I had left my bedroom window almost wide open that night, woke up with comforter pulled over my head. Will get to see her and Elisabeth on May 2nd at Williams Lakes annual spinning do, one day event with lots of friends that come out of the wood work for the event.

Decided to put the red wool-silk mix socks in a short timeout instead will work on 2nd pair of conservative blue & green Monstersocks, sold the last pair I was working on and want to replace this pair for some of my retired socks from last winter.