Sunday, July 17, 2016

Knitting and Spinning

third pair of socks for Miss M, made them the same size as one of the pair she tried on while here, a bit of grow room at the toe. She promised me that she would only wear them to school on cold days this winter. Plans are to make one more pair out of somesort of handspun for colder days. Have some soft light gray that with pink & purple patterns would suit her just fine.

The BFL-Tussah silk came out just OK, am not very good at plying on a regular spinning wheel, much prefer my homemade electric wheel (just used for plying).

Today I am plying a so so white with a bobbin of also so so light gray, the white is vintage stuff from 1994 and certainly not next to skin type, same with the light gray but over a thin pair of cotton socks will make incredible socks for outdoor activities.

Next on the Tour de Fleece spinning is another that I am hoping for one of my uglier sock yarns, just perfect for winter socks for me. Its very difficult to predict what yarn will look like once plied.

Last blood letting at clinic in Tatla last Wednesday was within normal levels, now to figure out how that happened.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

This and That

Having had more company in last few days than I usually get in a couple of months put me behind on my TdF spinning projects, while I was glad to have friends stop in and visit.

First last Saturday Len & Denise here most of the day, Len cutting lots of hay type grasses in various place, then Dee and her 87 yr (almost blind) Mom came to rake cut stuff in piles to haul home on her trailer for horses, Dee thought there might be equivalent of 4 or 5 bales about 200+ lbs.

Then yesterday Liz her friend Judy, Nolan (to pull toad flax weeds) and Maela were here, Nolan got in 2 hours before he ran out of power, maybe pulled 20% or so. But did get pix of Maela with her back to school socks and Nolan seemed happy with the heavier weight ones I did for him, no pix tho after pulling weeds for 2 hours his feet were not very clean for trying on the sox.

On Saturday I did get some merino-silk plied, bought it at Fiber Fusion last fall, plying the old fashioned way worked out better than I thought it would.

In bits & bobs I did get the roving from DiCenta finished, will go into the plying queue. Today I had hoped to start plying the wool-silk mix from West Coast Colour & Carding, not much chance of that today. Have to go to Tatla for INR blood letting, still trying to stabilize the count.

Now spinning a vintage white wool-mohair mix, had it carded at Miocene way back in 1994, other than lots of vm its still really easy to spin.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Busy Saturday

Len and Denise showed up first thing to load the old tractor stored in my wood shed for the last 20 years, in pretty tuff shape, rotten rear tire and steering column leaking. But he got it at a pretty good price and thinks its worth rebuilding. They also brought my old brush cutter on the trailer and first thing unloaded it and Len cut weeds in front of the house and made a dozen or so trips around knocking down the almost 3 foot high weeds. Will greatly help with skeeter problems. Denise brought the weed whacker and cut down stuff close to house that big machine couldn't get to, all in all it certainly looks better and fire hazard greatly reduced. After lunch Len started in to load the tractor onto the trailer, finally ended up using a come-along to pull it up the ramps and onto trailer. Then pix of tractor going up driveway.

While all the outdoor activity was underway I finished spinning the first bundle of 5.2 oz of DiCentra roving that I bought sometime ago at BSG. And then with no more empty bobbins for my S 90 decided to try plying the old fashioned (for me) way, using the S 70 Louet with much larger bobbins I gave it a go using surgically repaired right leg, just staying at it for maybe 15 minutes at a time it wasn't to bad, much better than I thought it might be. Two empty bobbins meant I could get right in bundle #2, already have quite a bit on it. Thought the belts that I had ordered about 6 weeks ago for my homemade electric wheel might accidentally show up before mail strike gets underway, nope. So tried fusing an old Louet belt in the size needed, letting it rest today so its hopefully a solid join. If it works will ply two more bobbins tomorrow. First pix is the wool-silk I plied second the 5.2 oz of roving.

Blood INR count to high again, so as per DR orders am cutting one of the Warfarin tablets in half, from 7.5 to 6.25, one of these days I hope it stabilizes.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Noises in yard

Up just before 5 am hearing noises in yard, got right up to look out to see what I could see, looks like a young crow or raven demanding to be fed, maybe they are trying to wean it but from the sounds of the bird it wasn't having anything to do with that.

So got my morning cuppa and hit spinning wheel, wasn't at all happy with what I was spinning, a brownish-cream color, BFL of course, didn't like it that early in the morning so thought about it for awhile then gathered up a Louet S 70 and wound off what I had spun onto it. Feel much better with color, DiCentra turquoise, blues, greens and purples. Also BFL, and I know right now that it will be going into upcoming sweater. So my TdF spinning is moving right along, maybe with any luck the belts for my electric wheel will be here Friday, then will go right into plying mode.

Went out yesterday for blood letting then to knitting bee, and library on the way home. Was just about out of books and can't let that happen. Also took large garbage can with the glass from last falls broken window along with a couple of other bags, Christine took all to the dump, she was going anyway with garbage from church. I had a nightmare of tipping the garbage can over dump edge and falling in after it, with my gimpy leg and hip didn't even want to get close to edge. Last spring I gave C a bunch of handspun for such favors.

10am just had my second cup of coffee, since its been nearly 5 hours since the last feels pretty good going down.

Really looking forward to upcoming college football games on Saturday, especially the Michigan-Notre Dame game, (starting again in 2018) almost as good a rivalry as MI-Ohoho State.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Soup weather again

Just put leftover frozen chicken carcass in soup pot along with a smallish frozen half chicken breast. Once its boiled for awhile will add carrots, celery and a bit of onion. On this cold rainy day soup sounded verra comforting, its 11°C (51° F) and spitting rain, even had the electric heat on this morning.

Tour de Fleece got started with the bike racers Saturday morning and so far finished most of a bobbin of the very light gray BFL-Silk and then the first bundle of the very colourful roving (also BFL-Silk from West Coast Carding). Broke roving into about 2 feet pieces then separated each into maybe 8 more, wanting lots of barber poling once I start plying, aiming for bugly yarn. First 120 grams is finished and have started on 2nd bundle, with slightly different colours, very few places should colours over lap when plying. Plans are to maybe add some of it to the stash for upcoming sleeve to sleeve sweater and socks for me for the rest of what we call summer in the mountains of BC. Wearing wool socks every day yet.

This was from yesterday.

Today's progress is maybe 1/4 of the next bobbin. Once the belts for my electric wheel arrive (coming on a slow cruise ship via the Panama Canal) I will ply these two bobbins first to see if I got the bugly yarn I was thinking of.

Was supposed to go out to clinic in Tatla for more blood letting but just don't feel like the 40 mile round trip over the ruff gravel roads especially since I want to go to knitting bee tomorrow over same ruff roads, one trip a week is enuff. Can donate blood tomorrow and it can be frozen to then go out on east bound truck on Thursday.

No critters in my yard since I came home except for deer, don't hardly count them any more since I see so many.

Friday, July 1, 2016


Left here on 21st June to slowly drift south then east, got as far as Spokane, WA, then after various errands and visiting friends in Ellensburg headed back west on Sunday 26th, made it as far as Bellingham, WA before running out of power, knew I’d never be able to do the 2 hours up to BC so got motel. Had a couple of cartons yogurt (4 oz) each from motel kitchen a shower and was in bed right after 8pm. To much driving for this ole lady (temps in 90’s F didn’t help either). Got home yesterday with a load of groceries mostly produce. Had a big kitchen sink salad for supper last, again in bed after my shower just after 9 pm this time.

INR blood tests all over the map again, will have to go out Tuesday to have it checked again, and blood pressure is to low, will likely be told to cut B/P meds in half, was 100/60 on Tuesday in town.

Am hoping for real tomatoes by the end of this month, was hot early this year in BC tomato country, super good ones come from Lilooet or Lytton.

Tour de Fleece gets underway tomorrow and am planning on spinning BFL-Silk mix.

Monday, June 20, 2016


Plied this yarn the old fashioned way, using surgically repaired right leg, and after winding it into skeins find I didn't do such a hot job, have lots to learn about manually plying. Keep hoping the belts I ordered will come, then can go back to using the homemade electric wheel, bobbin on it holds nearly two pound. These two skeins are just under 450 yards. Think maybe washing might help, if not can always use the yarn in mittens or hats, so not a complete waste.

Last black bear seen Tuesday the 14th, am sure more are around but unless I am in wool room I usually miss seeing them. This one is # 8 so far this season.

Have an appointment with my Williams Lake DR for Wednesday, trying to figure out why my INR results are all over the map, one time its 2.2 the next week it bounced up to 5.7. After seeing DR will pick up groceries and head west. Will be nice to have fresh produce again. Haven't been in a store since May 8th so needless to say am out of every thing.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Macaroni Salad

Macaroni cooked, celery chopped, small pieces cheese ready, dressing made (plain yogurt, mayo and small amount sour cream, lots of dill. Now just waiting for eggs to cool so I can peel them and chop into salad. The first time this year for it, usually made over Mother Days weekend (my Mothers absolute favorite meal) but was away and then weeks got away from me. Will have enuff for many meals, am my Mothers daughter (like it pretty well myself).

Finished the two bobbins of the BFL-Silk mix will eventually be socks for me as well as a couple of other people. Then with what was left from the big all of roving spinning another bobbin of mix but much finer, should be fingering weight once plied. Got in 45 minutes early on the finer mix, try to spin as soon as my first cup of coffee is finished, so far so good. Then again after supper for close to another 45 m.

Yesterday morning Tatlako was the coldest spot in CANADA at 7 am, -2.9°C, lots of gardens hit with frost. And mountains all covered with new snow. Nimpo Lake and Anahim Lk even had snow on the ground. Welcome to Juneuary. And 5 days to summer solstice and days start getting shorter. Keeping wool socks on every morning.

A new follower, welcome.

Saturday, June 11, 2016


Celery, carrots and d-boned chicken in soup pot, will add rice closer to supper time. Perfect day for a pot of soup, 50° F and rain showers. Was cold enuff to briefly run electric heat for a while this morning. Low single digits over next week in early morning, with one day showing a frost warning.

Went out to knitting bee on Wednesday, Christine had her sweater done, quite a good job, all is my handspun.

Then had to go back to Tatla on Thursday for blood work, last week INR was 2.5 exacty where they want it to be, this Thurs. it was 5.6 way to high, so leaving off Warfarin yesterday and only taking a half dose today and for rest of the week until I go back next Thurs for more blood letting as per DR orders. Nurse Ruth warned me to call if I bleed anywhere, no sharp knives in my future. For all the INR problems I do feel good, usual amount of energy, spin lots in the morning, attending to house early afternoon (kitchen today and soup prep), then after supper while watching news bring out my knitting. Finished the big brothers socks (knit with two stands of fingering yarn), came out better than I thought they would. By and by will make another pair for him.

Not much else in my way to boring life. Thanks anyway will keep it.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Good News

Lake City Glass was in yesterday to finally replace window that a grouse (I think) broke last September, window was low E glass two panes with argonne gas in between, so only the outside part of the window broke. $700 dollars later window is as good as new.

Finished the 4th bobbin of the variegated reds & pinks, Have enuff of the last braid to nearly fill bobbin #5. Waiting on the belts for my homemade electric spinning wheel that I ply with, once that pkg. arrives will quit spinning for a while and just ply, definitely not my favorite part of the job but situation is getting critical, if I am to have any empty bobbins for upcoming Tour de Fleece have to force myself to do it.

Another black bear last Saturday, 7am just wandering. Someone said all the sightings are prolly just the same bear, wait next one I see will run right out and ask if you have been in the yard 4 different times, of course this person has never seen a bear except maybe in a zoo.

Two pair of socks for M, have enuff of the red to make one more pair. Big brothers socks are two strands of fingering yarn held together, sturdy but still soft.

Knitting bee in Tatla tomorrow, will stop at the library on the way home, then back on Thursday for more blood letting, if numbers remain good should be OK to only go in once a month.