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.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Socks and Spinning

Finished another pair of Monstersocks, used white Cascade Heritage for the main color then lots of odds & sods, quite sure that my bag of odds is breeding at night. No matter how much I use from the bag it never seems to grow smaller. And made a rookie mistake on sock #2, I always use a different color of yarn as a row counter, somehow (after 10 pm) counted wrong by 10 rows so of course sock was way smaller, nothing to do but frog back and re knit with proper number of rows.

Had quite a Thunderman and Lightfoot show late yesterday afternoon, lots of both until skies opened and we got some rain, heavy for maybe 30 minutes and temp cooled from +33 to +17 in just over an hour. Everything felt so much better after the rain, now after less than 24 hours can hardly see any wet spots in the yard.

Finished the second bobbin of the merino-nylon mix that I call Sand, once plied (maybe this time next year) will be fingering weight. Had hoped it would be a good color for the flesh area of some dolls I hope to get done this winter, but yarn is going to turn to be to variegated, a small skein in a tea bath might change it enuff to be usable. Otherwise will be socks by and by. Next spinning project is a colorway from Crown Mtn Farms (out of business), its a well aged stash project, 8 oz super wash merino.

And wonder of wonders I finally found my printer manual so yet today will change ink cartridges, manual has been missing in action for some time, finally showed up in a bunch of magazines in main part of house, fairies I guess had been reading it.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Spinning and

Came really close to my goal for the Tour de Fleece, one full bobbin of the turquoise and within maybe a foot & a half of the 'sand' braid. Hopefully will finish yet today, provided it doesn't get to hot to spin. Got in nearly an hour already this morning and am thinking another hour should do.

Knitting bee last Wednesday had two new gals join us, both brought their spinning wheels, coming from Punzi, nearly as far as I drive to get to KB.

Pix of Elis teaching her leftie daughter to crochet. Pix is good and daughter got onto to it straight away.

No KB this week and am glad, its going to be another cooker, mid to upper 80's and most unusual for this wild mountain valley. But will soon be August and usually by the 2nd or 3rd week the nights start getting frosty, soup & sweater weather.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

This & That

Just finished Monstersock # 1 of latest pair, not at all sure I like the finished sock so will change a bit on #2 and it will definitely be fraternal since I used up several of the leftover bits on #1. Only good thing is getting rid of a bunch of odds instead of giving them away. Sock on left is inside out to show how I try and finish the ends, first I strand each color in and out about 12-14 sts, then snug them up and using an old Revlon cuticle remover shag the ends (separating each ply and making it as jagged as I can) then relaxing until each end disappears into the sock. With this many ends it is inevitable the one or more will show up on right side but try my best to keep them where they belong. One sock is washed most ends sort of felt to inside (hopefully).

Sitting in wool room spinning yesterday saw a flash of yellow out of corner of my eye, so grabbed my camera and got to window as quick as I could, bird wouldn't hold still for a really good pix , the one I got was the best I could do in the maybe 10 seconds it was in sight. Western Tanager. Click on pix to enlarge.

Another blast of hot air on the way into the interior of BC, not at all to my liking, anything above 26-26 C I find a bit of a chore to get thru, and with temps predicted to be in 30+ C range will be thinking about sitting in the river again. Quick cool down and am almost dry by the time I get back to the house. Have all Capri & shorter pants clean and ready to go.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Started with 2 soft bags, one with smallish balls of variegated yarn, the other the same but solid colors. Just reached in and first took a ball of variegated, knit 5-6 rows then got a solid color, another 6 or so rows. As I finished with each color into a 3rd bag so I couldn’t get the same color back to back. Have enuff of both to make yet another pair.

When I am in between adult sized socks and am wondering how an idea percolating would look I make socks for about a 2 year old size, they go really quick and show me if the idea will work or not. Both these two pair were in the not category.

Monday, July 21, 2014


Have had to slow down on my spinning for the TourdeFleece, surgically repaired knees were screaming at me (especially at night), so now only spin for maybe an hour in the morning , maybe another hour or so later in the day. Knees seem OK with that, so far. So instead of spinning have been working on Monstersocks, 2 soft bags on the floor one with odd variegated yarn balls and the other with odd solid colored yarn balls, reach in the solid bag without looking and pick one out, knit 5-7 rows and add it to a 3rd bag, then do the same for the variegated. So far for the most part colors are OK just a couple I wouldn't ordinarily let next to each other but the name of the game is Monstersocks. First sock is done and second within maybe 20 rows of the toe, should have pix for next blog report.

Finally have seen a black bear, twice now in last week, kind of hard to tell if its the same black, buggers don't hold still enuff even for a pix. This mornings view was on the upper part of my driveway, on the way to the dump about 6:45 and it ran across in front of the car.

Went to town on Friday 18th, waited until the weather cooled a bit, hit farmers market in town and got Kale and some real tomatoes, then many other errands got groceries and left town just after 2 pm. Salads every supper since I got home, tonight's will have leftover rotisserie chicken in with organic salad greens, cucumber, tomatoes, and cilantro. And weather is cool enuff for leftover bones & chicken into soup pot.

3 bucks in the yard just after 8 am, couldn't get a pix of the 3 tog, 2 is best I could do.

Friday, July 11, 2014


Yesterdays haul of yellow jackets, quit counting after 12. Probably close to same amount today. Everyone in area is having same problems, just an extremely bad year for flying pests.

Knowing today was going to be another cooker I started out just after 7am to make macaroni salad, chopped last of fresh celery (3 cups), hard boiled 4 eggs, cooked small sea shells, and cut into small pieces about 1.5 c of sharp cheddar cheese. Dressing was 3/4 yogurt and 1/4 mayo and sour cream, lots of dill, some garlic salt and mixed salad seasoning. Enuff for supper tonight, tomorrow and maybe even Sunday, only have it out of the fridge long enuff to put some in my bowl then straight away back to fridge. Not used to the extreme heat the valley is having just now, 88°F (31°C), and even warmer over the next couple of days.

I did get in nearly an hour at spinning wheel before it got really hot. Spinning more of the merino-nylon mix in a colorway I call sand. Had originally thought it would be a good color for the faces of the dolls I am hoping to kit next winter, but once spun colors are way to variegated and a quick dip thru a tea dye bath might help.

Almost to hot to even knit, a/c in car sure felt good when I went to get my mail.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Spinning on the tour

Had one full bobbin of the turquoise blend done and just a bit on bobbin #2 on Saturday when all this stuff got underway. Finished the 2nd bobbin last night and got everything ready to start on the 2nd bobbin of the sand colorway. Will try and spin during the WC game at 1 pm but it is supposed to be in mid 80's F by then so it may have to wait until sun sets.

Still haven't seen a bear so far this season, usually by now I've recorded at least 20 sightings on my calendar, must be the feed is better somewhere else. I still tho check everywhere before I step out onto the porch. Just in case.