Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Bears

The bears are winning the count, so far I have seen 3 grizzlies (not in my yard yet), two blacks right in the yard. First one was to late in evening for a pix but yesterdays was right up close and it was just 11 am so perfect for picture taking. The griz were in what we used to call the upper hay field and much to far away for a pix with just my point & shoot camera. However I'd bet my yarn stash that sooner or later they will show up much closer, likely right in the house yard. I am keeping a camera in kitchen for west shots and one in the wool room for east shots.


Took some time from KH's socks to make a couple of pair of booties for CF in town. With sock yarn and 2.4 mm needles they are I think newborn size. But with most of bootie in garter stitch they do stretch in all directions.


Weather is finally looking like early summer temps, for only the second time this year I have windows open in my wool room. High today predicted to be 28°C (82°F) and even a touch warmer for tomorrow. People that garden are delighted to be able to get planting done, usually its after the first week of June before frosts at night are finished. I am sure looking forward to swiss chard, beet greens, spinach etc.

I went into town last Wednesday, stayed over and picked up 7 flats of water, Denise buys it for me when its on sale, was glad to get it as I had been down to just 3 bottles. My house water certainly is not the greatest for drinking, it works for everything else so not complaining too much. And now with an upcoming DR's appointment have to go back in on 30th, I haven't seen him in close to a year, its time to get meds refills and he won't do it unless he sees me. While in ordered 10 pounds extra, extra lean grass fed ground meat, enuff to last me another year. Ordered it W and was able to pick it up before leaving town at noon (frozen) on Thursday

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

This and That

Finally unloaded pix from camera to iPhoto from the Williams Lake spin in, just over a week ago , not to bad for as slow as I have been moving. First pix is before people started showing up, then same area with spinners.



I also finally got the new electric plying wheel set up, and now know why it was for sale so cheap, herky jerky and tension so delicate that its almost impossible to use, so think I'll take it to fall DM and see if I can move it down the line, just might be perfect for someone that wants to spin art type yarns.


Have been working on socks for KH and finished the first pair of fatties for Nolan (two strands odd balls Opal knit together).

Cold wet spring day lows 40's F so far with just enuff rain that ground can soak it all up. Will for sure start weeds growing, toad flax, dandelions (OK with them) and likely something new this season. Not much exciting for today, will try and finish the plying job and make a big pot of chicken with rice soup.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Williams Lake Spin In

Just back to Denise's after WLSI, how come so tired from just talking and spinning. Will stay in one more night then head west in the morning. Smaller than usual crowd, and only 4 vendors but a really good time. Didn't buy anything this trip, fibre wise. Did get a much needed haircut yesterday. Tomorrow won't be getting much in grocery line, a few fresh veggies, maybe I'll get lucky and lettuce products will be back in stock.

Saw 20+ deer and one moose on the way in Friday.

Monday, April 24, 2017

This and That


Much water over and under the bridge since I last wrote, in other words my crazy life is crazier than I thought possible. First the head whack is healing finally, still not ready for a haircut tho. Have a patch of really short hair in the area of the whack eventually it will grow out, and for some of the heavier handed haircut places in Wms Lk I'll stay far away from.

The two road trips so far have been great, first down to Whidbey Island and green grass and flowers, met up with Val while there and she had my folding wagon for me, now wondering how I ever got along without it, was able to carry everything into spinning room in just one trip. Used it again at Desert Mesa the next weekend again just one trip. Love it.















Lots of good times, laffs and so on at Desert Mesa, even with gimpier than usual hip was able to make it up and down steps to meal area, bud Gail, Dotty, Karen, Vickie all sat to together along with Shelia. Next DM will be in early October and already looking forward to same. Had a bunch of yarn (singles) for Karen, sure she will make something wild & wonderful. Vickie's felted hat, looks almost like the sorting hat from Harry Potter.


Bought another electric plying wheel at DM to replace my 40 year old current model this one has a huge bobbin on it and will easily be able to fit 4 of my Louet S90 bobbins on it.









The bag of sock yarns that Linda sent via the twins to Whidbey was an incredible bonus, so much so that once back home I shared some with Christine and Deb at Knitting Bee. I kept out prolly close to 60% that I wanted then let Deb And C pick from what was left. They needless to say were very happy.








Back working on socks for Kristie. Just finished 3rd pair for Miss M, after K's socks are finished will get on with the Fatties for Nolund. Using up a huge pile of odd balls along with one main colour of Opal.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Home

Got home yesterday 3pm from Desert Mesa and Whidbey trips. Dorian came via school bus and had car unloaded in about 5 minutes,got perishables put away and planned on doing the rest when I got home from today's knitting bee, but instead fell and whacked my head and arm, head bled some and arm just a bit. Ruth (nurse) from Tatla came down, helped me getup, then cleaned and steri stripped the head. Stupid on my falling, didn't even trip over anything.

Desert Mesa as usual was a good time, only purchase was a new to me electric plying wheel will nicely sit on one of my folding tables.
Same for Whidbey, friend Val came Saturday and brought me one of the folding wagons,sure made it easier getting everything into spinning room. Pix of plying wheel tomorrow.

Monday, April 3, 2017

BC

Back in BC, crossed border just after lunch, well within my allowed limit. Heading for Williams Lake tomorrow morning, will be at Denise's two nights then back down Cache Creek for spring Desert Mesa.

The folding wagon Val bought for me is perfect, spinning wheel fits in like it was made for, plus everything else went in as well. Will also be using at DM. Takes up enuff room in the back that I wasn't able to get the Instant Pot that I wanted to pick, next time for sure.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Whidbey Island

Arrived early today just after 2 pm was lucky my motel room was available, checked and then had 30 minute nap. Spinning tomorrow at the high school gym. May wait until Val arrives with my new folding wagon before trying to haul stuff in.

Hip certainly not comfortable, even the T3's don't help much. Tomorrow might be a chore combined with fun.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

On the road again

Spinning wheel loaded in the car, will do suitcase in the morning and the rest of the light stuff. Into the Willie tomorrow, lots of running to do. Will stay at Denise's place Monday and Tuesday nights. Car in for spring go over Tuesday. Wednesday will head for Sally's in Langley,taking her wherever she would like to go. Then Friday down to Whidbey Island and their annual spinning weekend.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring ? ? ?

-11° C for the first day of spring. But at least it didn't snow.

The 2nd bobbin of the vintage roving from Reflection Farms is about 1/4 done, this bag had more blues along with patches of greens, think once its plied with the mostly green first bobbin that I will really like it.

A little over a month ago Christine started on this sweater, the yarn is all my handspun and the design her own, I think she did an incredible job especially since she doesn't use any pattern. I also got her addicted to making socks, she really did well with the Fatties from the Monstersock group, think she has now done 5 or 6 pair.


















And I am still knitting (as hands allow) on Kristie's socks, pattern knitting when I have to use both hands seems to be the most troublesome. I will persevere tho and get them done.










I saw DR Rob in Tatla on Thursday and he has started the ball rolling on getting hip replacement for me, consultation with surgeon in Kamloops will prolly take 2-3 months or more then likely as much as 6 more months before the surgery. Hey this is BC where hurry up and wait is the name of the game. BUT when its done it won't cost me anything.












Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Stuff


Knitting bee today and should get a bit more in the way of bodies showing up. For me its another blood donation, last time was two weeks ago and at that time was withing the range that DR wants, now for the last month.

Rained yesterday that plus strong south winds, got rid of almost all snow, just a few smallish patches left in my yard. Was -3° C this morning so trip to Tatla will be on the frost and return home will be in the mud. My driveway will be "pay attention" kind of driving. But would much rather the mud than ice.

Two pair of socks on the go the pair for Kristie is using two colors per row and that is meaning that I use both hands in patterned rows, depending how arthritis is only try for maybe 4-5 rows before taking a break, the second pair is a pair of real Monstersocks with very few rows where I have any kind of pattern. Just using up small balls of odds & sods.

Made 3 Naan bread pizza's last night, with pineapple, mushrooms and a bit of leftover cooked bacon, one for supper and another tonight, will try freezing the last one and see how that works. Really less than excited about cooking anything just now, guess I'll have to fall back onto a big pot of soup, still have two packages of chicken breasts, that along with a large container of chicken broth should do well. Celery, carrots and probably rice will make enuff for 3-4 evening meals.