Thursday, January 18, 2018

2017 Handspun

This is the most of what I spun in 2017, there is more but still on bobbins waiting to be plied. Have no idea what yarn is intended to be yet, just an ever increasing stash.
Ribbing on Andreas first sock finished and will start on patterns yet today, but first must get in touch with A to see if she wants fraternal or identical.

This is the last pair of Monstersocks for 2017, afterthought heel will be going where the lime green piece is. But will wait for a sunny day to put it together, much easy to see stitches to be picked up.
Out yesterday to Tatla for knitting bee and to pick up my first good food box, not sure now why I haven't got into this before. Loads of fresh produce including peppers, romaine, tomatoes, cucumber. carrots, onions, potatoes, bananas all I have been out of for the longest time. One of the ladies from the church has enuff orders that she can  buy at wholesale prices. Means I can put off again a trip to town (would like to wait for bare roads).

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Under the weather

Just before Christmas came down with a GI issue, not much eating, drank lots of ginger mint tea (not my favourite), I did cook the turkey breast on Christmas, had a few sandwiches then froze the carcass. Just as well I did. Some days would get up just before 7 and then would fall asleep in the recliner by 10 with several fleece blankets over me. And somewhere in that time frame ran into an arctic outflow stretch of weather, got down to -29.6° C, blankets now folded and put back away, and am staying out of the recliner until either a football games (or the world junior hockey games were on), they are now over (Canada won the gold metal). Things back to normal now or what I call normal. Even did a bit of 2018 spinning.

Got the yarn wound into cakes ready to knit from for Andrea's socks, have started on the ribbing using the Jay Pond blue as the main colour (lower left corner), A picked out the colours last time she was here. Am not yet sure if the order I will knit everything, keep them out where I can move the colours around.

Next pix is of my garbage picking up neighbor's grandchildren wearing some of the socks I knit for them.

Next issue I soon have to deal with is a trip to town, haven't been in since mid October so needless to say am out of much stuff. Especially would like to have a big salad. Produce does not keep for almost 3 months, all I have right now are a few carrots.

This is dedicated to the WnK old bag that was on my case about updating the blog.

Hoping to soon see the propane truck, after the long cold snap prolly getting quite low.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Shifting Whispering Down

With an arctic outflow headed my way and window in bedroom still cracked open figured I'd better flip down comforter over. This is a pretty good one from LL Bean but over a bit of time the down shifts, when I wake up cold I know its time for a good shake and flip. Did so yesterday and with rice bag for my feet and comforter flipped was perfectly warm all night. And its looking like a white Christmas, been snowing since just after 9am and its still coming down at -8°C (18°F). With the arctic air on the way not to much chance it will melt.

Have a small turkey breast for Christmas supper, lots of leftovers then the best part turkey noodle soup. Have enuff carrots left to make a small carrot salad, a yam would be nice but not much chance of finding any out here.

 Finished the teal socks and another pair of shorties. Will yet today starting winding the yarn for Andrea's socks, 7 or 8 colours all needing to be wound into center pull balls.

One of my neighbors stops and picks up my trash to go to the dump, I've been trading a pair of socks every other trip (for her 2 grandchildren). last trip I gave her enuff for the rest of the winter and it turns out her husband was on his way down for a visit, so took socks along.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Snow comes and goes

Got a little bit over an inch of snow last night and now sun is shining and its in low 30's F snow is melting fast.  Usually means it slides off the car and melts on the porch, so far haven't had to clean car off yet this year (am sure that will change). Plan on going out for KB on Thursday and will have blood checked for INR (been almost a month).

Latest socks moving right along, first sock is finished with all ends worked in, second sock is still in the ribbing stage. The pix does not show true colors. Likely second sock will be fraternal, same colors but in different places. After this pair is finished will work on the pair for Andrea.


 Then down on road and likely over the holidays will give this bear pattern a shot. Have long wanted to try the bear and now that I've found the pattern looking forward to seeing if my knitting is up to it. Can't get pix to load. But it is the Arne & Carlos bear made with the Regia sock yarns. The new book from Arne & Carlos due out early in the new year, have already pre ordered it.

Baked another large butternut squash, had pieces for two meals then last night turned remaining into soup, just squash and chicken stock and about a 1/4 t ginger, so good and glad I have enuff left for tonight as well.

I think I even OD on football over the weekend, started with Thursday and 3 pro games, then college on Friday and Saturday, more pro on Sunday (by then was just watching select games), then last nights pro, changed at about half time to watch The National. 

And if I never heard the words 'Black Friday' again would suit me just fine, Cyber Monday a close second. Followed by the hokey Christmas movies, think I even saw 'Santa vs Godzilla'. Just crap thrown together to try and make a buck or two.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Not much

Same ole, same ole. On weekends I knit, watch football, do dishes, knit and sometimes to vary the routine do laundry and cook enuff on Friday to last the weekend. So not terribly much to write about. Did finish a pair of socks the all leftovers reds and oranges. These I think I'll keep for myself(I think).

Took a bunch of colors to last KB for Andrea to pick out colors she wants in her socks. The blue on the left (Hazel Knits) will be the main color, she wants patterns right down to the toe, only thing I don't know is if she wants fraternal or identical. May see her again this week and will find out.

And got a pix of Kristie wearing her socks, was hoping for a full shot but will settle for just the feet. She waited a long time for the socks (thru the evacuations of the summer) and many other things that got in the way.....

Had heavy snow warnings posted on environment Canada's weather page for the last two days and what came down didn't amount to much of anything, was heavy and wet and as day progressed the warmer temps had it melting almost as soon as it hit.

Having our KB on Thursday this week so that I don't have to go out twice, can get INR blood work done now on Tuesday and or Thursday, then hopefully if its in the good range will only have to go out every three weeks.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Winter has dropped

Started snowing Thursday morning and just a bit over 5-6 inches and then the temps dropped, Fridays night time low was -20°C, Saturday-21°, Sunday -19·. Wasn't able to get main house furnace back up and running until Saturday, turns out the ignite wire has become unhooked. Neighbor Len K got it back in proper place and I had heat straight away. My car Friday morning.

The queen is home and running as smooth as it could do. Bought the Schacht Matchless from a friends estate, Sue Wilson passed away sometime this spring. I sold the one I had a couple of years ago and almost instantly regretted it so when I had the chance to get this one with a woolee winder, the wheels for transporting, extra bobbins just felt it was the right thing to do. Am delighted to have it back in my wool room. And I don't usually name my wheels but this one will forever be called 'the Queen'.

I did go to Tatla Lake last Tuesday for INR blood check was good at 2.2 and the annual flu shot, then back out on Wednesday for KB and visit to library. Not planning on two trips in one week but blood can only go now on Tues. or Thursday, knowing dirty weather was forecast for Thursday figured it was smarter to do it Tuesday. Not much else exciting in my life just now, quiet just the way I like it.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Home now for the winter

Came down my driveway 3 pm on Friday, Dorian car unloader extraordinaire arrived via school bus at 3:30 had car unloaded in about 10 minutes, then we gathered up all the empty water and juice containers, so with $20 and all the empties he did OK.

Bought a rotisserie chicken while in grocery store, had it Friday supper along with a largish salad, then lunch and supper Saturday and one more meal on Sunday. Its now been boiled, deboned, with all bones to go to the dump, skin and other bits to Christine"s big dog, cut up meat, carrots now back in stock, celery will go in next. With single digit temps In forecast ( 5°F the low) soup will be just the ticket.

First trip out on 11th got snow tires on the car, then down to Cache Creek for Desert Mesa, was as usual a good time. First two pix shows almost empty room with just a few showing up after lunch. Next two assorted spinners at work.

From Desert Mesa I headed down to Monroe, WA for Fiber Fusion, held at Evergreen Fairground in a well ventilated big bldg. First two pix are a well behaved llama on a walk about. Then one of dyed hair spinners (every color of the rainbow was there).

The Hazel Knits sock yarn I bought to replaces colors that I have used up.

2017 Handspun

This is the most of what I spun in 2017, there is more but still on bobbins waiting to be plied. Have no idea what yarn is intended to be ye...