Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Stuff

Have been working on little socks and slowly at that. Arthritis in left hand means I do a little bit here and there, nothing like cranking out a sock a day (adult sizes). However am grateful that I can knit even if its slower.


And for some strange reason (different movements) spinning doesn't seem to bother my hands so spin now as much as I knit, which of course means handspun yarn is piling up on me, terrible position to be in. Finished the first bobbin of a vintage green blend from Reflection Farms from ahem more than a few years ago next will be a slightly different batch from same place, they will I think be plied together somewhere down the road. 2nd bag has more blues than 1st bag had.



Am still having to go to Tatla for INR blood work, not every week but at least 3 times a month, still hasn't stabilized after more than a year of taking the Warfarin. But not complaining cause its helping keep me alive. Now that most of the valley's snow is gone the roads are muddy but much prefer that to the icy stuff from a couple of weeks ago. And according to Environment Canada's weather page due for much colder weather the end of this week with coldest being -21°C (6 below zero F).

Hope soon to be able to get back to town to pick up new glasses and of course more groceries (produce especially), will soon be 3 weeks and for some strange reason I tend to eat produce rather quickly. And will renew drivers license on same trip.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Expensive Town Trip

Went in to town, (Williams Lake, 160 miles east) on Monday Jan 30, first thing I did was get a much needed haircut, dentist app't on 31st (expensive) then trip into optometrist on 1st Feb (also expensive), need new glasses current lenses are almost 5 years old, and frames easily that old as well, paid bills Visa, Telus and Hydro, paid propane bill and bought a major grocery order. Ordered 10 lbs grass fed extra lean ground beef from local butcher shop as well and several smaller amounts pork products (local means not finished in or from China). Left town just before noon on Wednesday and down my driveway just a bit after 3 pm, Dorian arrived via school bus at 3:30 to unload the car, takes him less at 10 minutes and would have taken me 2-3 days, included in grocery stuff were 4 flats of water, my house water is lousy for drinking. Hadn't been to town since November 17 so was out of all produce, cheese, rice and on and on. So last night and Wednesday night had large kitchen sink salads, what I was craving the most. Was extremely lucky in that roads both ways were bare and dry (most unusual) and timing was perfect as forecast for next 3-4 days are for snow flurries and periods of snow means roads likely will be in winter driving conditions again.

Took smaller sock knitting with me, socks for a 2 year old, Jo takes my trash to dump and I send her home with small socks for her granddaughter, 2 dump runs for socks to keep babies feet warm, good deal for me and her. Also ongoing are socks for KH in Chilliwack.

Super Bowl on Sunday, I'll make a pot of chicken w/rice soup on Saturday, now that I have celery and carrots again, then won't have to worry or think about what to have on Sunday. Tatlako is into another brief arctic stretch of weather, -21° C has been overnight lows.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Spinning spring colors



Several years ago I bought two shades of green from Reflection Farms at conference, well aged in the stash. Used some of it in the mish mash of greens I did earlier, but still quite a bit of both greens still available. So while I am in the mood to finish bags I kept going on the first green, sides I like seeing green since it will be several months before anything green shows up outside. Spinning it into what will be a fingering weight, nice for socks or maybe even a shawl.


Made motel reservations for Whidbey Islands spinning weekend, am really looking forward to going down and especially seeing flowers and green grass. Will be meeting Val there and will pick up the folding wagon she picked up for me, will make hauling stuff into spinning room so much easier. And planning on using it for Desert Mesa and anywhere else I go that I need to move spinning wheel, fiber, suitcase etc.

Found this somewhere on the 'net' and thought it was written for me. I usually take at least as much (or more) yarn as I do clothes, after all can always do laundry someplace but can't always find the yarn I want or need.


Dentist app't was changed to Jan 31, the water running down my driveway sort of scared me into canceling and staying home on the 17th, my mouth tho will sure feel better once I can get in. And as usual a much needed haircut, banking, car wash and a big grocery order. Haven't been in since November 17, needless to say am out of all produce now except for a few mini carrots. Salad fixing will be what I am craving most.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Plying


Most times when I ply I end up with stuff left on one bobbin (sometimes quite a bit), this time I had 3 bobbins with leftovers all in various shades of rosey pinks, so with a full bobbin of merino-nylon also in close to same shade of rosey pinks I plied the 3 with the merino. Ended up with way more than I thought I would, just over 1300 yards on the three. All are close to fingering weight, not yet sure what I will do with the three.

After 47 days of sub arctic weather a Chinook finally blew in, instead of temps in the -20 to -30 range its now +5 with a strong south wind, even had a day and a half of rain. Snow in yard is about 50% gone and my driveway would be what I call challenging, wet ice, no thanks will stay home.

Just put Bisquick-ed chicken tenders in the oven, first dipped in a beaten egg then the Bisquick mix (with a bit of onion soup mix, paprika, seasoned salt, pepper) wish I had salad fixings, nothing except a few baby carrots. When I do get to town (its been since November 17th) first thing I will have when I get home will be a large salad.

My planned trip into town was put on hold when Chinook blew in, roads were a mell of a hess and so canceled dentist app't and ate last of lentil soup last night.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2nd pair handspun socks


Finished the second pair of handspun socks, thought I might run short of the variegated reds I used for the main color, but looking for something else found another skein, relief.


















Next as promised will be the socks for Kristie, wound all skeins into center pull balls Sunday morning and will get started on the socks later today. Lots of Hazel Knits, Cascade Heritage wool-silk mixes, and bonus will have enuff leftover for another project down the road.

Visiting fox has been back several times, tracks all over my yard, altho some I am sure are deer and maybe even a moose or two. Would like to get a pix of fox jumping in the air trying to get a mouse under the snow, when this has happened its been around 7:30am not light enuff for anything to show up.

Cold snap continues predicted low for tonight is -30° C (22°F below zero), not looking like KB will be happening. Current temp is -23°C (-10°F), supposed to be getting back to normal temps by early next week (ain't gonna hold my breath). Called propane place in Wms Lk and asked for delivery next time they are out this way.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Handspun socks


Finished the first pair of handspun socks last night, washed them (along with 15 pair of other socks), not as happy as I thought I would be with this pair, none of my boots are big enuff that I can wear them in. So will relegate them to wearing in the house when its really cold (below zero F), and that is supposed to happen starting tonight. 11° below tonight and a good bit colder tomorrow night 24° below zero is whats forecast. Second pair of handspun socks down to toe decreases on first sock, much brighter with lots of odds & sods.


Had a pair of handspun socks hanging around for a long time, much to small for my fat legs. So while Liz was here I sent them up the hill for her grandmother, Swede is in mid 80's and has a much smaller leg. Will be great for her to use as bed socks. Maela photo bombing pix.

My soup turned out great, have had it two nights for supper and will again tonight. Turned out tho that I was SOL finding any noodles, but a bag of Spaetzel worked just fine.

Wasn't able to stay up long enuff last night to see the New Year in, was pounding my pillow just before 11.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Stuff


Weather finally moderated around December 19, back to what we call normal winter temps. Just got used to the "warmer stuff" and see forecast is for another round of -20's C (predicted lows of -9°F) by Sunday. Still have 50% in my propane tanks so sometime after New Years fussing and parties are over will call and see when truck is headed out west. Woke up this morning to flurries, the new F word, coming sideways from the south, strong winds are also in the forecast so might get another round of drifting snow. I got to Tatla yesterday for the first time in a month, blood letting at the clinic, then on to Knitting Bee, library on the way home. First is was because of cold then with my left knee sore from a stupidio fall thought it best to stay home and keep warm heating pad on same.

Have the turkey breast to go into soup pot tomorrow for sure, so will have soup for weekend football and world junior hockey games, nothing (except my micro rice bag) warms me up as well as soup. And turkey soup is the main reason I bother with cooking the breast.

Did finish the leftover greens with the bits of kid mohair, looking forward to plying it with the first bobbin of same green mix. Will eventually be put into another pair of handspun socks for me. Right now have the second sock of current handspun nearly halfway down the foot, between football bowl games and world junior hockey games should finish it yet today. Then another pair of handspun Monsters socks nearly to the heel on first sock. Once all the handspun stuff is finished will get socks for KH started.


And lastly finally got a pix of the fox, trotting along on car tracks on driveway, over by where my old gas tanks used to be.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Still cold

Cold dropped into the valley on December 6 and hasn't let up since, coldest I've recorded was last night at -28°C (18° below zero F), now see that 2 more days of cold stuff then it is supposed to warm up a bit. Sundays high predicted to be -6°C (21°F), much better than 21 below zero.

Over the summer and fall I made socks for Liz, M and N, pix with socks on feet with M wearing one each of the variegated red ones. Traded socks for home canned goodies, with my favorite being stewed tomatoes, never will buy store canned tomatoes again. 2nd pix is the second pair for N, he grew so much from Sept that first batch won't fit anymore, so this pair (and one already delivered) are 8 rows longer in the foot.

The first bobbin of the leftovers is finished and have a nice start on bobbin #2, my idea of adding a bit of kid mohair in brighter colors isn't working out as well as I thought it might, will carry on a bit more to see if my fingers can work out the troubles.



Have a visiting fox, pretty little thing. Had some leftover bits of fat from a roast, threw it out onto driveway for the ravens but fox was there within minutes and ate everything. So far it hasn't shown up for a pix either not enuff light or to far away to show anything up.

No knitting bee again yesterday to cold for starting car, next Wednesday is supposed to be much warmer so will try for it then, need to get to clinic for blood letting, its will be 4 weeks next Wednesday. Staying on same dosage of meds, and not eating anything that might change blood count, so keeping fingers crossed that its staying where it should be.

Will get last turkey breast out of the freezer on 22nd, cooking it for Christmas day, have local potatoes and hoping to find carrots someplace close for carrot salad. Last years turkey was chucked out for the birds, coyotes and whatever else came by. I had C day meal and a sandwich the next day and then morning of 27 flew out to Kamloops Royal Inland hosp. for an extended visit. So looking forward to better days this holiday season.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Even colder



-25°C (11° below zero F) and colder predicted for later this week, with coldest night Monday, forecast to be -36°C (29° below zero F). Not looking good for next weeks Knitting Bee, since most of us have to travel 20-30 minutes not smart to be on the road with temps so low.

After I finished spinning the 2nd bobbin of the merino-nylon mix found I still had almost a full braid of it left, didn't want another bobbin of same so gathered up two more greens and a silk mix with lots of blues, split roving until fairly thin then broke off about 5-6 inch pieces, laid everything on my wooden clothes rack and away I went. Spinning them all in same order for now. But next bobbin will have finger teased kid mohair in purples, bright reds and whatever looks like it doesn't belong. Eventual goal is sock yarn weight, then will make myself more handspun socks. Right now have 3 pair and with this kind of weather could do with more.


The last of the burger vegetable soup for lunch today and then will tomorrow make another batch of soup, prolly chicken with rice, altho getting low on carrots. Mostly after the hot.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Cold enuff

Up early to the coyote chorus, sounded like they were on their way to something important. And at just after 5 am didn't appreciate the music (and it wasn't Christmas music). Got up and ended up getting dressed in living room, was much warmer than my bedroom, will shut window in there tight for tonight, only -15°C and forecast to be -31°C (24°F below zero tonight), ever so grateful for my rice bag to warm my feet (3 minutes in micro, wonderful). How appropriate music playing Theme from a Summer Place. Since I was up so early decided to finish bobbin #2 of the Merino-Nylon mix, got as much on the two bobbins as I could.

The first two pair of LOSY socks I made for Nolan, by the time he got them his feet had grown, so made another pair with an extra 6 rows , the Momma said this pair was perfect, so one more pair. Should now be done with LOSY socks for this bunch.

Thinking a big pot of burger vegetable soup will be on the menu for today, still have carrots, onion, celery, potatoes to go in. Only missing cabbage.