Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Just came in from shoveling the porch and steps clear of 6 or so inches of new snow, then started on the car, got front windshield and all side windows done, back will do tomorrow. Went out at the warmest part of the day, 18°F, wasn't to bad. Had on my warmest jacket, gloves and a handspun hat, but even with wool socks on my feet got cold. Tomorrows low predicted to be between 6 and 8° below zero F so wanted to get it done today. Then drove car around house and up to the main road, turned around at neighbors drive and came back down, just making sure I could get out. Planning on heading for Tatla tomorrow Knitting Bee, a flu shot at the clinic, and library books to be returned (hopefully I'll find a few to bring home).

Ordered purple yarn from Little Knits big sale, will wait on starting next socks until it arrives, may be early next week. Seems as tho lately everyone wanting socks wants purple, I'd run just about out except for a few small balls. Two slightly different colors one a bit more magenta than the other.

Wish I knew how to have pix show up side by side instead of on top of each other.

Christmas sale in Tatla is this Saturday, I'm planning on going out and sharing a table with Christine from KB. Have a few pair of socks, felted kids slippers, toddler sized socks. When I went to Fiber Fusion I bought a small bag of dyed kid mohair locks, knit two pair of toddler sized socks with finger teased kid knit along with the main yarn, came out just about what I expected and will likely be about the warmest socks ever. One pair with just a contrasting lice pattern.

Thought briefly about thawing a turkey breast for Thursday supper but decided to wait and have it over the weekend, since I'll be gone on Saturday will cook same Sunday, have one yam left, but out of salad stuff, so instead will made a large carrot salad.

Thursday, November 19, 2015


Got out the soon to be socks yarn for Tammy in SC, will email pix to her as soon as she replies to message, will be my next start. Then waiting in the queue is a pair of Koigu gloves for same person. Glad now that I bought Koigu when CA dollar was a bit above par with the US $. Worth (almost) its weight in gold.

-14°C (8°F) this morning at just before 7am, with colder temps on the way, am glad for rice bag that Kristie made for me, 2 minutes in micro wave on high and my feet are toasty warm until I fall asleep. Will be using it lots this winter. Even turned down comforter over (down shifts after a while) so had a really good nights sleep even if bedroom was to cold to get dressed in this morning.

Pix of Kristie's granddaughter wearing booties I sent.

And last a pix of Jean MIles in Edinburgh wearing the Koigu gloves I sent (when she needed a lift me up gift), just because.

Have my ice cleats on my low boots for prolly the rest of the winter, better to be safe than sorry. Long gone are the days when I could pop out to car in my Birkies.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

And so it starts

The first snow that is amounting to anything this morning, guessing a good inch plus so far. That's OK its time for winter weather to show up. Temp is just in high 20's but by Thursday night predicted to be down in minus 0 F ranges.

Finally finished another pair of socks, started April 2015 and put aside to work on other projects. The blue main color is vintage stuff from my stash, bought 3 skeins for $9 that should tell how old it is.

Nothing else new and excitingly different in my wild mountain valley. Time tho to keep my eyes open for the big kitties that come to play once snow starts.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


Finished the second sock of fraternal pair for Lynne A, first sock wasn't exactly to my colour liking so thought I might have problems doing the second. Changed order of the patterns and in some cases the colours, so that did make it easier to work on.

Then got pix from Jeanette on Vancouver Island of her feet in the socks I sent down with Mel at Desert Mesa. Again fraternal with her colour choice for main colour and then the rest were in my stash.

Next will be a pair for Tammy in SC, socks and a pair of Koigu gloves. Will have to find out if she wants conservative wild or make your eyeballs move wild.

Took a big bowl of soup to Knitting Bee today, with only Joyce, Christine and I there to enjoy it much was leftover so C put it in freezer to bring out next week. I still had enuff here for supper tonight and tomorrow.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Way to early

Gonna be a long day, up just before 4:30 to racket outside, something was talking way to loud for 0dark thirty, and much to dark to see what it was. So whats to do, get up, make coffee and knit of course. Working on second sock for Lynne A, within one smallish pattern of the heel, with all the football on today and tomorrow hope to get well down the foot (providing hand holds out). Lots of breaks with stretching exercises, hopefully will help.

Low 30's this morning with much colder temps in forecast, sounds like soup weather. Got a pound pkg of extra lean ground beef and have all the veggies needed for a GB based vegetable soup, carrots, kale, cabbage, potato, celery and maybe some squash. Will get started on soup before first football game at 9am, letting the GB simmer for a good part of the day in a jar of home canned stewed tomatoes, veggies added much later.

Had 8 deer running up my driveway yesterday around 8am, looked to be all does. BC Hydro cleared a wide stretch along the east side of my fence so they could get in there with a couple of big trucks to replace a leaning power pole. So now deer coming from the wooden area just above the super hiway are now easily seen. And its wide enuff that when cows are headed for range they can now all funnel thru, then turn at the top and either continue on their journey or turn to come back down this way to do it again. But at least now the cowboys chasing them can get thru and hopefully steer them where they want them to go.

Thinking that I might have company after getting home I bought a few goodies, specialty crackers 2 kinds, fancy cheese (Brie, Boursin and a new one to me Laughing Cow), well company didn't materialize so have been enjoying the cheese & crackers on my own, no hardship at all.

Just finished my second cup of coffee so will head back to my knitting.

Sunday morning
Soup was made and one of my better batches. New follower, welcome Val.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Last Hurrah and lots of pix

Home yesterday from my annual Cache Creek trip to Desert Mesa, the last fiber event until next spring. It was held this year over Halloween and we were supposed to wear hats instead of costumes, some were wild & crazy and the few that did wear a costume outdid themselves.

Karen B and her very large spider hat and Heather and her wild hat. Lots of other hats but didn't get a pix of them all.

Then two of the costumes, Vonny was the old cowboy and Doris S the bearded wonder.

From the pix everyone can tell we had a really good time, I wonder how some can laff so much and not injure themselves.

Then the pix of the handspun shawl everyone is knitting on from leftover bits of yarn, I have it here to work on over the winter. And a pix of Gudie holding a large skein of her upcycled yarn, knit with some of the odds & sods I give her.

I bought two bundles of Merino-Silk because the fiber I brought with me to spin was so lousy I ended up giving it away, felt like Brillo pads when a bit was done and never have I had fiber with so much stuff in it. Can bet that I won't ever get any more from that source. Then a small bundle of six different colors mini skeins, Merino-Nylon, both fibers from Smith and Ewe in Kamloops.

And finally the first sock for Lynne Anderson, 2nd is underway and will be fraternal.

Now home to hunker down for the winter, got the last little bit from grocery store before leaving the Willie, enuff meds for 3 months, will of course run out of produce, the price I pay for the mountain view.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Fiber Fusion road trip

On my way south had coffee with Kristie and Lynda from Cultus Lake area, we met at Tim Horton's in Chilliwack for show & tell. Was a good visit and of course not near long enuff. And we won't get to do it again until next spring, I'll be heading south for my annual Whidbey Island spin in run.

Trip down to Monroe, WA for FF, it was Saturday and Sunday 17-18 October. This was my first time at FF and I was really impressed with both the size and how smooth events ran. Was way bigger than I thought, lots of new to me vendors, demo's and a food truck right outside the door with fried brussel sprouts with a lime dressing, wonderbar. Ran into an old friend Val from Seattle area there, she flew by on Saturday and came back with her wheel on Sunday. Pix of Gail, Val and me.

Had my knitting with me and took enuff yarn that I easily could make 5 or 6 pair of socks, never ever want to be anywhere with not enuff. Did finish the second sock of 2nd pair for JR on Vancouver Island.

Mailed a pair of gloves to Jean Miles in Edinburgh on 14th October and she had them with yesterdays mail. Just a brighten her day gift. Looking forward to a pix of her wearing them.

Next trip (and the final hurrah for this year) will be down to Cache Creek for Desert Mesa, almost a local event. Just 5.5 hours instead of the usual 10+. Will on the way home stop in at grocery store in Williams Lake for winter is coming order, Kleenex, TP, laundry soap, and then as much fruit and produce that I can eat before it goes bad. As well some canned veggies, bread for the freezer, pasta's for soups, etc.

Sunday, October 11, 2015


Just finished the first sock of second pair going to JR on Vanc Island, waiting to hear from her about fraternal or identical. Have just starting ribbing so will be busy with that for awhile. The main color is teal and pix just doesn't show it true. Most of the rest of the colors are leftovers from other projects.

Have 8 odd skeins of mostly heavy weight DK handspun, enuff I think for a sleeve to sleeve sweater, now if I can just come up with something I like pattern wise.

Am still waiting for the Williams Lake glass place to get out here for measurements to replace the window that the bird hit. Very unhappy with this place and will not recommend them to anyone. Its been a month with one trip in to the shop and at least 4 phone calls. The one big piece still attached but moves quite a bit in the wind, am afraid that if it breaks it might do damage to existing inside piece.

Will be getting my snow tires installed this Tuesday while in town then on Wednesday car will go into the shop for 'winter is coming' check, nothing wrong that I know of but will be more comfortable knowing that everything has been checked over.

Friday, October 2, 2015


Finally finished socks going to Vancouver Island, using both hands means patterned socks will be slower than usual (Arthur ritis) is rearing its ugly head, left hand so far is the only problem I'm having.

First thing this morning spent nearly an hour trying to get a skein of yarn to co operate so I could use the ball winder, no way so wound the beast by hand, its one of the colours going into next pair of socks for JR (if she likes what was on the pix I sent this morning), then while fooling around with colours got out what will be for LA in Surrey.

Pix on top is for JR and next will for LA.

Monday, September 21, 2015

This and That

Still waiting for the glass place in Williams Lake to contact me about window, was in once and have phoned now twice with both calls telling me they would get back to me, nada. Poor customer service for sure and if I could go anywhere else would do so in a heartbeat.

With football on the telly over the weekend I finished the first very colorful sock for JR on Vanc Island, and immediately cast on for #2, will use the same main color then switch patterns and colors all around, she wanted flamboyant and fraternal, my idea of fun. More football tonight (am addicted) should finish ribbing and get well along on first patterns, once color starts things seem to move right quick.

Rain the last couple of days (most welcomed) and cold enuff that mountains are dressed now with lots of new snow, can't get a pix this morning as they are all socked in, but pix I took last Wednesday from Parks Hill shows the first dusting they got, lots more now. Environment Canada's weather page for Tatlako show temps in -2 to -3 range (C), usually a bit colder up at my place. Last night had one of the big ugly flying millers in the house, couldn't see where it landed so couldn't dispatch the critter, nothing I hate more than one of them in the house at night.

Hoping I can make it to Knitting Bee this Wednesday, have yarn to bring for Deb to look at, and several other things to do as well, time now to keep gas tank on car full, just never know and since Tatla is only place to buy it might as well fill up while there.

Second batch of soup today, first was chicken w/ rice today's will be a burger vegetable, have local potatoes, carrots, and a smallish turnip, celery, cabbage and the burger is from Meat Market in Wms. Lake, extra lean grass fed, no longer will be buying any meat from big chain grocery stores esp Wally World where most of their pork is coming back here after being handled and packed in China.

Two new followers, welcome.