Tuesday, September 2, 2014

To much on my plate

Have 4 pair of socks on the go just now.

Gray BFL-Silk mix handspun


KAL on Addicted to Socks (am I ever). The yarn I choose isn't as stripey as I had hoped for but should do OK.


Another KAL this time on Ravelry's Sock Knitters, Monstersocks right up my alley.


And the black socks with all the reds and oranges.

I had made my last DR appointment (prescription refills) for last Friday especially so I could get to Farmers Market, bought 20 lbs tomatoes and sweet corn, have had tomatoes with every meal since I got home. Don't think I'll ever get tired of them.

11° C or 51°F and its raining, nothing spectacular but its wet and can almost see things getting green again. Got to see the leftovers from the fire that had closed Highway 20 earlier in August fire came right up to edge of the road, must have been impressive to see when it was really going.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Handspun


My first handspun socks in a really long time. The light gray is a BFL-Silk mix and the next skein is slightly darker in color, guess whoever has them on their feet will never notice, but I do and can't do anything about it. Will be starting on the heel later today, looking forward to using more of my handspun in the future. Produce it way faster than I can knit with it.

Very dark clouds over the valley just now, prediction is for thunderman and lightfoot to visit then hopefully rain, so very glad to see that now, just hope we get enuff to make a difference. 19°C (67°F) is perfect temp for me, glad to see the end of the extreme heat earlier this month.

Still spinning the super wash from Crown Mtn Farms, from the looks of whats left and how full bobbin is getting am thinking it won't all fit, have several empty bobbins waiting.

Not much else new and exciting in my wild mountain valley, a peaceful easy feeling every time I look out the windows.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Spinning

Started my spinning late this morning, usually by 8:30 its started to get hot but this morning was blessedly cool, turned on Celtic music (Phil Coulter) and got in my 45 minutes. Spinning some Crown Mtn Farms from the never ending stash. Had 8 oz and will ply it with plain ole white. Planning on socks for me, and also need to replace my fingerless gloves (mine are at least 8 years old) and getting thin. The superwash merino should be way warmer than the worn out Opal. And if Miss Lucy should need socks for winter.


Tonight's predicted low is supposed to be +1 (33° F), very nearly frost, and since I am far enuff away from Tatlako weather station will likely happen. But after the July & August temps I am delighted to see it. Won't start complaining until -20°C temps.

Gonna stuff my duvet into its flannel sack yet this morning, getting ready for cooler temps.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Socks & Stuff


+5°C this morning and did it ever feel good to be cool again, one of the warmest July & August (so far) EVER, even once Tatlako was the warmest spot in BC at 34.6°C. And now so far its raining and that is even more welcome than the cooler weather, this part of BC is so very dry that it had got to the scary stage, fires all around, the rain should help the situation.

Finished the green Monstersocks last night, seems as tho they took longer than normal and with good reason, once second sock was finished held them together and bingo first sock only had 63 rows instead of the 73 that the second sock had, so ripped toe out of first sock and added 10 more rows and redid the toe. Sorta identical and sorta fraternal at same time, when I could match patterns pretty close I did so but some of the colors for first sock were all used up so came close when I could.



Picked an ice cream bucket of Saskatoon's, drove car close to bush and sure enuff just about quitting time saw one of my black furry friends coming down the hill above the driveway, so got me and my bucket in the car in plenty of time, he-she was headed right for the bush and I am sure that there won't be any berries left now. Froze all but enuff for breakfast with yogurt. Long about January they will sure taste good.

Took my spinning wheel with to knitting bee yesterday and wouldn't ya know the 2 other new gals that spin didn't come, oh well I got in prolly an hour spinning the merino with blotches of bright colors, will ply this with white, and use some of it for socks and new fingerless gloves for me. Retired several pair of my socks this spring so want to get stock back up for upcoming winter, heck have on woolies already.

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.