Stopover and KAL

Bang Out a Sweater is a great idea and I joined right in but this sweater has been years in the making.  

I began spinning the yarn I'm using in November 2014. It is a lovely soft Romedale spun into a squishy 3 ply aran wt. 

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The dark blue brown blend was carded and spun last summer. Not for this project specially, but with the idea of using it in a sweater as a contrasting color.  

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The Ocean Shetland blend was carded years ago when most of two pounds was spun as another 3 ply yarn that I apparently have stored in a very much too safe a place.  I know it exists, I have pictures.  Lucky for me, I had a batt or two left in an unsecured location and was able to spin, ply and wash it over the weekend.  

Knitting began this afternoon. 

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It's going to be fun!


Weekending

finally, it was all about winter!

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This was a weekend of things indoors and out.  There was hiking before the snow fell and then again after, blue skies, gray skies, white outs , and a glorious full moon, loading the wood box, feeding the fire, homemade pizza, movies, knitting, and football. The den curtains were finally sewn together and rehung.  I read a little, cleaned a little, and feed the turkeys for the first time this season.  I relaxed, shoveled snow, drank beer, played word games and even read a bit.  The X-files returned.  

The celebratory after the game bottle of champagne.. it was not uncorked.  ( It'll keep a few more days.)

 

 


Friday's Photo

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One week into the new year. I'd love to say things are slowing down and that we're settling into winter.  I would if we were. We aren't, it isn't.  I, Ball and Skein, have a show next week and it is all about getting ready.  By the same time this post is finished, the dye pots will have heated.  I've a day of dyeing ahead of me. 

It also looks like a perfect day for walking.  If the weather holds and I meet my goal....

balance..

There it is, my new word for this year.  It is a lofty goal, born of a wish to do and be.  

 


weekending

What a shame it would be to waste the gift of warm December days.  The weekend was gorgeous.  Taking a full Saturday off this time of year wasn't possible, but with a bit of planning, we got the afternoon freed up.   The morning was good work; going to the greenhouse for tropicals and the wholesale supplier where we get orchids, silk plants, and ribbon.  

The reward was lunch at a favorite restaurant and an afternoon hike.  

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The light was spectacular.  

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So were the views.  We made it back to the van just as the sun went down.  We decided to get a bit more work in Saturday night to free up Sunday afternoon.  Another beautiful day was in the forecast.  

I don't do a tree in my house these days.  After decorating all those corporate trees, I really like to keep it simple.   Tw0 weeks or so ago, when we cut all our brush, we also cut a tree for the deck.  As big as would fit into the van, it stands at about 9 1/2 ft.  Lights and (this year) balls.. Visible indoors and out.  

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The outdoor pots are filled with greens for the winter.   The wreaths are hung.  If only the guy would come and wash my windows...


Terrarium #2

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#2

While I was at the floral supply buying ribbon and balls, I bought a new piece of glass for a second terrarium.  Some of the material I used in this one has been out of the woods for several weeks or more.  It is too early to know if either will be successful.  The temperature in the room has been warmer than I hoped.  Too wet, too warm, too.... ???  I'm learning.

 

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#1  

 

 

 


Happy Thanksgiving!!

It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without the annual turkey pardon, now would it?

"As you may have heard, for months there're has been fierce competition between a bunch of turkeys trying to win their way into the White House," Obama said.  

ahem..

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IMAGE: JUSTIN SULLIVAN/GETTY 

 

This year's winner.. Abe!

 or TOTUS 2015

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 (Photo: Evan Vucci, AP)


Ten Minutes

Every morning, weather permitting, I spend some time outdoors wrangling cats. It can be interesting if the cat and I can poke around.  If the cat decides to sit in one spot for 20 minutes and wait for a mouse, well.. it can be pretty boring.  That's when bringing a spindle is a really good idea.  I can get a lot done in those bits of time each morning. 

 

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Last summer, I spun 4.5 oz. of hand dyed silk.  After spinning two shafts, I'd wind them onto a plying ball.  

 

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The yarn is a little under plyed.  Over twisted and under plyed.  When I decide what it will become, I may add twist.  It'll wait.