Friday, April 29, 2016

Goodies found

Looking in my largest Rubbermaid container for a long missed braid of variegated green instead found 4 braids of a variegated red Falkland, nearly 32 oz, got it out and started spinning it, and its loverly, like the way it spins and the color, (also found the braid of the green that I started out looking for).

Will try and spin a couple of hours in maybe 30 minute sessions to get fingers ready for upcoming Tour de Fleece. I really don't need anymore handspun yarn but the spinning is my favorite part, plying not so much and of course I do enjoy knitting with my own handspun.

Can't seem to get my INR (Warfarin blood stuff) stable, running now at 1.5 should be higher between 2 and 3, reducing the risk of more blood clots. Guess I'll have to seriously reduce green stuff (high in Vitamin K), cutting back on salads will be the hardest thing.

Yesterday Tatlayoko was coldest spot in BC, -4.4°C, this is of course is only at places with environment Canada weather stations, because I am quite a distance from the weather station in the valley I was at -5°C. Cold for the end of April.

As I was about to leave for knitting bee on Wednesday 9:15 am did my usual check before heading out onto porch, big black bear between the car and the river, by the time I got back into house to grab a camera it had headed west towards the river, waited a few more minutes before heading to the car. Will start carrying small point & shoot camera in my pocket.

Sunday, April 24, 2016


Woke this morning just after 4am to the sound of rain on my metal roof, glorious rain, much needed. Proceeded to rain most of the day, a gentle rain that hopefully soaked into the ground. And new snow on surrounding mountains. Tried to get a pix but clouds got in the way. Forecast is for below freezing temps for most of the next week, so may be able to get pix tomorrow. Clear today so got pix of new leaves and new snow on Niut Mountain, just a bit south of my place.

Finished the afterthought heels on latest Monstersocks, they'd been done for some time but kept putting off doing the heels. Thought I had counted rows carefully enuff that they would fit me when finished, no way, closer to a size 9.5 than the 7.5 I wanted, even used row count from an older pair. Didn't work this time. with arthritis in my hands rearing its ugly head sock making is much slower than usual. So far hands seem to be OK with spinning. Maybe when I start on the sleeve to sleeve sweater I'll be using a much larger needle so that might help. Still doing exercises daily for hands.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Spring Desert Mesa

Home Tuesday mid day from Desert Mesa in Cache Creek, BC. Had made arrangements for car unloader to come off the school bus, Lucas can unload car in just minutes, would have taken me a couple of days. Two flats bottled water (24 each) he can carry them both at the same time, I have trouble with just one.

Desert Mesa was as usual a good time, got nearly 4 bobbins filled, gave a bunch of stuff to Gudie to be upcycled, and took 9 full bobbins for her to wind off, stuff now I wonder why I even spun. But the empty bobbins are a treat. I was pleased to find the steps to be not a problem, had been concerned about going up after every meal, down was easy but up I thought might be sorta difficult, just went up a bit slower than usual. While I had been in the hospital was worried that I might never be able to go to DM again and only took one mid day nap.

3 of the Vancouver Island gals made a comfort shawl for Karen B (she lost her son in Sask. some time ago), someone likened the Van Is gals to 3 stooges with and extra Curly. Melody, Isabel and Toni did a nice job on Karen's shawl.

Then a pix of Karen, Gail and Dotty wearing their Amiga sweaters.

I bought 3 colors of BFL roving for the upcoming Tour de Fleece, plans are to finish all 3 batches during the tour. Plus am quite sure I can find more of needed.

Saw first bear of 2016 season, about an hour west of Williams Lake. Last year was the fewest I have seen in prolly the last 10 years, just one black, I know there were more about because of the skat they leave but only saw just the one. Since spring is about 3 weeks earlier than normal am sure they are out and about in my valley, just not wandering thru my place (yet).

Monday, April 11, 2016

This and That

Started yesterday with a couple of loads of laundry (and of course washed a Kleenex in first load, not yet making them any stronger), made a mell of a hess, then changed my bed to fresh flannel sheets, including a clean comforter cover (that takes me quite some time getting it on the comforter). After all that I started gathering up stuff to go to DM, found a bag with about 30 rows of doubled handspun on big needles, have no idea what it was planning on being, so ripped it all out, that also took lots of time. Not sure what I'll do with all the yarn, bigger balls I will keep and the smaller balls will find a new home.

Tammy sent pix of her wearing the socks, kind of a crap shoot when I make and mail socks to someone I don't know, ever so glad they fit and she liked them. Have only one more pair to do for KH down near Chillawack, then will be taking a sorta break on ordered socks. Will likely always have a pair on the needles but just doing what I want.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Home to almost summer

Down my dry driveway just after 1pm on Wednesday, big load of stuff in car, spinning wheel, suitcase, puter and groceries both from Freddies in states and produce and 2 flats water and such from Williams Lake. Lucas came on school bus with note from his parents allowing him to get off here, he had car unloaded in the usual 10 minutes. I then took him home $20 in his pocket.

Whidbey was OK in that I got to see lots of people that I only see there, but it is a lot of effort, and I did get tired, would return to motel and have a quick 30 minute nap, then check email and knit. Only thing I bought was a small bunch of bright colored roving for Denise and 3 more of the little Folca cases. Assorted shots from Whidbey, several early before people starting arriving.

Home until this Wednesday when I head back into town for various errands on Wed then south on Thursday to Cache Creek for spring Desert Mesa. Wasn't at all sure I would be able to do DM but Whidbey trip showed me that as long as I pace myself will do just fine. And CC is just a couple of hours south of Williams Lake, will spent Wed nite up at Denise & Lens then slowly down to CC.

Life is good.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Whidbey Island

Day 1 of the spinning weekend is over, after the featured speaker finished I split. Guess I was a bit tired, so headed back to motel for a quick 30. Two nights in a row now have just had yogurt for what passes for supper, just didn't feel like going back out and I never go out anywhere after dark. So me and puter along with the ever present knitting are hard at it. So far haven't bought anything, altho will tomorrow get a bright something for Denise.

Am amazed at how well I am feeling, a bit tired at the end of the day but think that happens at home as well. Friend Val wasn't able to come but Sue did and Terry N from Ellensburg, so had friends to sit with.

Tomorrows program is using the blending board, that's something I am just not interested in, the blending board I had I sold to Val (and guess she is going greats guns with it). Same gal that will talk about same is the one I took the class from at NwRSA conference last June, not terribly impressed with her as teacher so glad I won't get involved.

Cleaned out the bottom of my purse (was getting heavy) had been dropping in all my CA coins and what ever US I had accumulated, had nearly $30 in loose change no wonder it was heavy.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

The dreaded plying

If I am to have any empty bobbins to take with me on upcoming travels needed to ply stuff. First two bobbins I gathered up had not been on my list to ply tog but came out not to bad.

Then put the leftover lilac with a almost red again not to bad. Both once skeined will maybe go into yarn I've set aside for upcoming cuff to cuff cardigan.

Found a couple more odd skeins to add to sweater stash, then got a denim blue for maybe the main color to hang everything tog. Then found in ever increasing stash of handspun a brighter blue. Pix of both let me know what everyone thinks about which might be better with the odd stuff. Pix in wrong order darker denim blue on the bottom.

And lastly a small pix of the intended sweater.

Went out to the clinic for usual blood work on Thursday, count was a bit lower than they liked so took and extra half of Warfarin on Friday then back to my normal dosage. Stopped for gas at the store only to find it closed, I didn't know that they were only open on mail days, so headed home with barely enuff gas to make it. Called Christine to see if I could buy a couple of 2 gal gerry cans, enuff when I leave on Monday to make it to next closest station, just a bit over 60 minutes from home. Now have over a quarter of a tank. Traded for the trip down here enuff handspun yarn for a sweater and a leg of lamb, then she hauled a big bag of stuff to the dump, for that trip a skein 100 gram of Regia sock yarns in greens and a small pkg of unopened liver sausage (she likes it as much as I do). Plus her next trip to town she get gas cans filled and I will pay for it. So a better day than I thought it was going to be. Have gas and so far 3 empty bobbins. Plus I figure I owe her big time for the favor.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Finishing Monstersocks

Two pair of socks finished, one pair needed afterthought heel the second about 3 inches of the foot, both now are done, another pair within a few inches of the toe on first sock of that pair. Once third pair is finished will get at the pair for Kristie, this will be my traveling pair to work on while in various places on the road.

First pix is a pair that has been on the needles since early December this pair likely will go into my sock drawer. 2nd is the pair that just needed the afterthought heel, also on the needles for more time than I can remember. Glad to have both pair finished.

Talked to a friend down near Vancouver this morning and will stay there for two nights before heading down to Whidbey for their annual spinning weekend. Have things figured out that I will be able to haul everything inside to spinning room in just one trip. Spinning wheel on luggage cart along with lg Maggie bag with all small stuff inside, then just purse, and bag of spinning fiber. The Maggie bag will have my Louet tool kit along with sandwich, camera, oil bottle, plus all other small goodies. Its quite a walk from parking to spinning room and if I have to make two trips hip will be screaming loudly at me. There are several handicapped parking places right in front but the vendors take them first thing to unload, then sometimes think they forget to move when finished.

Found the perfect cuff to cuff cardigan from Dancing Leaf web page, so perfect I bought the pattern. When I can find a pix that I can post will add it or to the next blog.

Cut finger healed nicely.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

This and That

Knitting bee last Wednesday 9th, stayed until just after lunch then left for town. Stopped first at Wally World for a few things that I can't get anywhere else, then into town where first stop was at Speedy Pete's for an oil change and car wash, then dropped inc tax stuff at accountants, paid a few bills at the bank, got a cup of coffee at Timo's and headed up to Denise's place. First trip into town on my own since I was on the way home from Desert Mesa the first week of November last year. Then first thing Thursday morning got into SaveOn for a grocery order, lots of produce. Lucas came from school bus to unload groceries from car, once I knew he was available to help bought a few more containers of juice and several Clamato, heavy stuff. Overall I think I did OK, didn't feel tired until Friday, then even got in an early afternoon nap. Knitting bee again today and have made Lemon Squares to take.

Posted a pix of my latest socks on the Addicted to Sock Knitting group on Ravelry and had well over 300 likes, blew me away. Jean Miles posted an update on me on her blog and have had readers show up from Poland, Bhutan, Romania, Ireland, France, Netherlands, and 12 as of this morning readers from the UK. Will stop at Tatlako PO before heading to KB to mail Tammy's socks to NC. Keeping fingers crossed that she likes them and they fit.

Bought a rotisserie chicken from SaveOn on Thursday, had at least 4 meals from it along with big salads, then Monday boiled carcass, (not terribly fond of dark meat, so legs and thighs were meant for soup) and made my first batch of chicken with rice soup. Was a delight, ended up with at least 6 meals from the one chicken.

Cut my left hand thumb yesterday, first cut since I've been on the blood thinning Warfarin, and I was a bleeder before I started the W, thumb bled for quite a while, ice and pressure finally had it quit. Band Aid for overnight and glad I did so as must have bumped it in the night and it bled a bit more. Seems OK now, Polysporin and another band aid which of course bothers my knitting.

Selfie (dreadful) with neck scarf made for me by Karen Bonter. Silk with beads, love it.

Sunday, March 6, 2016


Finished the socks for Tammy in NC, started them December 21 st then a bump in the road had me put them aside for awhile. Am so glad the brain is back to communicating with the fingers again. Main color was from Hazel Knits, and then lots of odds and sods from other projects. Next will be socks for KH down near Chilliwack, then a pair of Koigu gloves also for Tammy.

Have a bunch of single skeins of handspun, all close to DK weight that I would like to use for a sleeve to sleeve cardigan, once last of knitting for other people is done just might do it. Think first I might spin another couple of colors just to make sure I have enuff.

I am continuing to do well on my own, hard to believe after the long time in hospital, half of December, all of January and most of February were just a spot in my wasted winter.

Found this somewhere and it really talked to me.