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August 2007

make hay..

"Make hay while the sun shines"
Everyone has heard that old adage.  Around here, especially this time of year, it should be altered a bit to include, "while the full moon shines, and your head lights work". Days run into the night time hours.  It is cutting time.  Itinerant farm machinery arrived the other day.  Most of the neighboring fields are done this way.  Farmers have their cutting done, rather than invest in and keep up their own super expensive equipment.  The machines roll in, the machines roll out.  This year, just in time.

I woke to this view.  It is getting thicker by the minute.

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I've got my knitting with me at the shop.  Between dye baths and skeining, I've got the second Monkey.  A stitch at a time.  (I'm full of them today)

The moisture shows off the girls handiwork.

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No one gets much sleep this time of year.




dyeing and drying

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Can it be that on these late summer days, that I am really too busy, too tired and maybe even too cranky to join them?  Yep.  Seems that way.  Time for a break.  It is a busy time of year, no doubt about it.  And just about everything that needs to be done requires standing, mostly in one place. 

This morning I found myself with more wet skeins than I could dry easily.  The late summer sun is lower in the sky these days.  It stays behind the trees, shading the back yard and my clothes lines until afternoon.  The grass stays dew wet until late in the day. It makes it  hard to dry clothes or yarn.  C made me an alternative line this morning.  I can move it with the sun.  Clever guy. 

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It was filled quickly and another spot found.  Look who's at the water's edge.

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Other stuff is drying...

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There is a definite change in the air, you can feel it.  And, see it.

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The cats are right, time to make time. 




Something for you

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Want a coupon?  Click here and print it out.   Vermont's Sheep and Wool Festival is two weeks away and I am dyeing like a fiend.  Last week, just before the family arrived, as in hours before, I signed up Ball and Skein for a booth.   We'll be in the State Building.  It's been too cold for the tomatoes to ripen.  Without a counter full of tomatoes to put up, there is a hole in my schedule.  The flip side is that all that cool weather is perfect for dyeing.  Yarn for tomatoes. 

It was a great week with my family.  The first day of their visit, we went to the Orleans County Fair.  It was the same day as the Demolition Derby; there was something for everyone.  By the end of the day, I'd bought a fleece.  It was sopping wet from all the rain and as I found out later, full of burdock.  It has been well skirted and now waits for a bath.  Sooner than later would be good, but.... I am way too busy.  It was one of four fleeces that I acquired that week.  The other three were alpaca, two white, and one a gorgeous grey.   Knitting didn't happen.  I managed to kitchener the toe of one sock.  That's it. 

Funny how the quiet settles in immediately.  Must be a state of mind. The car had no sooner rounded the bend in the drive, when the week disappeared and what remained was silence, thick and heavy.


walk with me wednesday

Guest Author: Grace

Today's Walk with Me Wednesday was walked and photographed by my 11 yr. old niece.  She's visiting this week and has made more than one trip down to the mailbox for me. 

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Aunt Judy got this fleece at the fair last Sunday. The sheep's name was Louisa. 
(Thought you might be interested in knowing that Louisa is from the same farm that Bess came from.  Another Romney / Border Leicester cross, her fleece is thankfully , much smaller. In keeping with the rest of the flock, the sheep are named for President's wives.)

Two years ago Judy and I got the face and put it up when no one else was around to see if anyone would notice it or get scared. 
(took days..)

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This rock reminded me of Judy's special rock.
(Rock love runs in this family.. luckily.)

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When I saw this picture, I thought of how beautiful Vermont's mountains are. 

(what can I say to that?

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This cloud reminds me of my best friend, an elephant, which is her favorite animal.

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This is one of Judy's "famous" stacks of rocks.

It is always fun to see my landscape through new eyes.


walk with me wednesday

Guest Author: Grace

Today's Walk with Me Wednesday was walked and photographed by my 11 yr. old niece.  She's visiting this week and has made more than one trip down to the mailbox for me.

Hpim0691   

Aunt Judy got this fleece at the fair last Sunday. The sheep's name was Louisa. 
(Thought you might be interested in knowing that Louisa is from the same farm that Bess came from.  Another Romney / Border Leicester cross, her fleece is thankfully , much smaller. In keeping with the rest of the flock, the sheep are named for President's wives.)

Two years ago Judy and I got the face and put it up when no one else was around to see if anyone would notice it or get scared.  Don't you think it looks spooky?
(took days..)

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This rock reminded me of Judy's special rock.
(Rock love runs in this family.. luckily.)

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When I saw this picture, I thought of how beautiful Vermont's mountains are. 

(what can I say to that?

Hpim0699

This cloud reminds me of my best friend, an elephant, which is her favorite animal.

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This is one of Judy's "famous" stacks of rocks.

It is always fun to see my landscape through new eyes.


walk with me wednesday

A trip to the garden begins here, at the barn. 

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Everything is late this year.  There has been so much rain.  Everywhere is green.  The blackberries should be starting. Time to check.  The weather has cleared and with the nights cooling down, it may be now or never.  It would be nice to find enough for breakfast.   The best  berry patch is on the far side of the field, through the Christmas trees and beyond to the edge of the clearing. 

This is about the area where I begin to sing.  Anything.  It is good to let the other berry lovers know I'm coming.

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I zig zag my way through the field.  Row crosses row.  Sing.... sing!

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I'm not the first.  She can have that one.

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I pick better than a quart, munching as I work.  This is the way I like them best, warm from the sun and sweet.   Most of the berries are still green.  Another day's berries.  I head for home. 

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The field across the road is golden in the sunlight.  The season has moved on.  Funny how it happens.  Almost overnight.

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I've hit the section of the Mystery Stole that I can describe only as the doldrums.  Over and over.   I'm slogging my way through to Clue 5... falling weeks behind.   


weekend notes

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This was one of the times when weekdays run into the weekend.  The shop has been a busy place and Saturday morning was no exception.  C finally finished up the newest in his line up of table top skein winders.  This one is completely manual.  It is, like the electric model, completely adjustable up to a bit more than 2 yd.  It has a counter and an adjustable hand crank.  I've been testing it. Saturday, it came in handy as a skein holder, a place to stretch out the skeins I was tying in ready for dyeing.  Pretty handy. 

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Saturday evening friends invited us to a fabulous, celebrate the summer, party.  The skies looked dark and threatening most of the day.  We were starting to worry, there were supposed to be lots of friends and it was a very outdoor affair.   Around 4pm the sky cleared, just in time.  People living too far to want to drive home, pitched tents around the pond and parked campers in the field.   Party time.  Fantastic food.  A smoker turning out chicken, pulled pork and planks of salmon.  And vodka slushies, my first.  There was dancing.   Thanks to the new laws in VT, there were fireworks! 

Sunday, I headed down the road a bit to a  local alpaca farm.  I wanted to buy some raw fiber.  A baby had been born two days ago, all white.  She was still finding her knees and introducing herself to the other cria.  I came home with two bags of white alpaca.  In the evening I went back to the shop, to card, just a bit.  Lovely by itself.  I spun a small sample, plied and washed it.  I bought it with the idea of having it carded together with merino and silk in ready for dyeing.  Now, I don't know.   So many choices. 

The finale to the weekend was Mother Nature's own.  Meteors!  and lightening.   I watched  'til the clouds covered over the skies.  More tonight.

Back to work so I can rest up for next weekend.

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walk with me wednesday

through the years...

On August 1st, smatterings walked through another year and I didn't even notice.  I thought I'd go back through my files and look at some of the banner images I've used through the years.  Starting with the first in 2003:

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There were others, there will be more.  Some of you have walked with me for a long time, others, I've only just met. Thanks for your company, it's been great.


hot, cold, & sock yarn

Read a chapter, jump in the pond and cool off, move chair wherever the breeze blows (if there is one is blowing), read chapter, jump in the pond, ...  Last week was hot, rip your clothes off hot.  Today is cold.  Cold enough that C has been wearing a knit cap, and socks.  Perfect day, I thought, for dyeing.  By 7:30 this morning, I had the dye pot going.  Then the skies opened up, the lightening snapped and flashed, and the thunder....well Bu went and hid under the bed.   I got one batch of yarn in the pot before I decided that standing on a dirt floor under a steel roof, stirring a pot of water heating on an electric burner, in the pouring rain, made no sense at all.  It's been one of those days.   I don't have as much to show as I'd like.  The Harry Potter is finished, and digested.  Some of the alpaca / merino / silk blend I carded over the weekend has been spun just "to see".   

Here are a couple of the colors that I did manage to dye on the days when it wasn't SO hot. 

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Gourd  sock yarn
Sure looks bright in that picture, it isn't.  Shades of orange, subtle to a bright rosy orange with khaki undertones.  Guess I need to photograph it in better light.  I made a pair of socks from this colorway last fall or winter.  I tried to go back to reference it, but waiting for pictures to load on dial up.. not in this lifetime.

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Dress Blues sock yarn
grey to a greyed navy