Wednesday, July 23, 2014

TDF 2014-Day 17

I tackled the making of yarn today!   Plying the two bobbins of singles spins together much more quickly.   The new anti-inflammatory meds gave me some relief today, too.  Ahhhh, what nice words to type-r e l i e f.  Not eradication of pain but a reduction and that is a wonderful improvement!
 I have half of the Alpaca wound off now into a 450 yard skein of fingering weight yarn.
 I take it off the niddy noddy, admire it and then pop it into the wash basin!
This removes the last of the dirt and such from the animal and sets the twist so it is a perfectly beautiful skein of yarn!
See what I mean!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Yard Renovation

 I love the look of red mulch.   With the hacienda look of the front of the house, it is a perfect complement.  Unfortunately, it dries up and disappears and needs replacing every few years!
 This is the year so Bill went and got a truckload of new mulch and we set out to give the front yard some love!  (I mostly watch and supervise!  It works out well, the perfect melding of brain and brawn! lol)
 We ran out of mulch before we were completely finished, but we accomplished enough to see how much better it looks now!
 I am so happy with the transformation!  We will continue the yard work on Thursday!
 Oh, it is so nice to see all the plants stand out now instead of look like scrub.   The mulch holds moisture which sustains the plants in the heat of the day, too.  Function and beauty is a pleasing combination!
Yes, I like the look of new mulch........it is just the right touch!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Whooosh!

That was time rushing by......days tend to blur when you are attending doctor's appointments and labs and insurance wrangling.  It is not an easy schedule when you are feeling tip-top let alone a lump of miserable pain!  Needless to say, it's been a tough week!  I feel like this-all washed up!
The only thing slow motion has been my craft production!  I finished the second bobbin of Alpaca at least and so it will be ready to ply.
Long time friends, Tom and Becki came for a visit!  We went to Corky Bells for lunch then back home for a bit of yard review and then inside where it was cooler and more comfortable!
I ripped out all the knitting I had done for clue one and reknit it on bigger needles.  Not only does the shawl feel better-lighter and less dense, it is 5" longer-much better!   Now on to clue two and to catch up on the knitting!

(I am going to post-date this so I can catch up with other subjects, too!)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

TDF Day 11-REST!?

 Since I didn't have to 'race' today, I used the time to card the rest of the Alpaca!  I have 12 more ounces to spin!  I might stop when I have another bobbin full at the 8 ounce marker...  I then took the time to clean out the carder, oil it and discard all the SAND that fell out from the fleece!  Wow, can this fiber hold dirt!  I then cleaned and oiled my Espinner so all is ready for tomorrow's schedule!
 I cut out a denim straight skirt.   I didn't have a lot of oomph left after this activity so I moved on to a sitting job.
 I finished the Mystery shawl clue one.  I was supposed to have at least 2/3 of my starting weight of yarn left after this clue and I have that and a bit more!  Nice to know I am on the mark.  (Remember this is no blocked;  lace knitting doesn't look as impressive on the needles!)
 This afternoon when a mighty thunderstorm moved in, I did some knitting on this project!  I did quite a bit of it in the dark as we lost the power several times over two hours!  We did get almost an inch of rain which is a lot for us!  This doesn't look too exciting laying down like this but when you put it on your foot, an amazing stripe is evidenced:
See the pretty stripe of zig zags up the outside of the foot and leg!  Very easy to knit and fun to just do 'one more zig...' !  (Zigzagular Socks is a free Ravelry download!)  I did add my own heel to this and make it toe up instead of following the directions but it is the same idea;  I have been a knitter too long to knit any way but my favorite way!

Monday, July 14, 2014

TDF 2014 DAY 10

This is the fullest bobbin I have ever spun!   It is holding 8 ounces of finely spun Alpaca!  I weighed it to be sure, subtracting the weight of the bobbin, of course!  This goal is reached;  a day off tomorrow!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

TDF 2014 Day 7 and 8

It  might get boring to keep seeing this silver Alpaca, but it is a nice soft spin for me and I am using this fiber up which is a great bonus for the Tour de Fleece!  I spun up an ounce batt when  we got home last night and another 1 1/2 oz batt today.
The cats missed us.......they follow us around, just waiting for a lap!
 Today I also started a Mystery Shawl Knit A Long from Wendy Johnson.
  I am using the last of the Shetland I spun up. Once I figured out the direction she wanted us to go, it moves right along!   It is nice to have some choices for go-to projects from my control-center recliner!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Beach Bunnies


Friday morning the guys got to work putting up the 'ceiling so the deck above didn't leak through to the deck below.   The landlord asked that they not do anything permanent which called for some creative wood work!
 The girls did some creativity on our own!  Ella liked playing with 'mud'!
 After burying the pretty stones, we put her to work on her own so Cassandra could save the Ella prints on her stepping stone!
It turned out well!  The guys got the decks organized, the yard all cleaned up and the projects were done~  (Caleb called later to say that the fiberglass worked so he could grill in the rain and stay dry!)
We took another hike to the beach and saw Ella's bunny from the boardwalk.  She calls him and the turtle each time they walk over to the beach!   It is very cute!
 She knows the way-off she goes down the dunes to her water!
 Grandpa and Ella got slammed by a wave;  she took it in stride!
Bill and Caleb were able to do 50-60' body surf rides on the waves-the water was warm and no undertows to mess with your safety!  It was beautiful.  
I was determined to find a shark tooth!   Caleb finds one within seconds, and then Cassandra does.  I will say in my defense, trying to see a 3/8" little tooth in this kind of beach detritus is hard and complicated by my glasses! 
And against all odds, I found one!  What a thrill!  It is tiny but it is my first shark's tooth !  See me smile!
We packed it up to head for home-Ella had a snack-it is chocolate Nutella.
She does it proud. 
And she did not appreciate my picture interruption!  This is pure Ella here!
 On the way home, I saw this Agave plant in bloom and begged Bill to turn around so I could take its picture!  (on the opposite lane of a four lane highway.....he was mostly patient with my request)
This stalk is about 25' tall!  It is an incredible sight.  It only happens after the plant is 15-20 years old and it will then die.  It is commonly called a century plant people claiming it only bloomed after 100 years but that isn't quite right;  it should be called the suicide plant because after it blooms, the main plant dies!
 But, the plant has been busy reproducing itself at the base,
and it is growing new ones up here, too!  Read the cool article here about them.
Thank you for the sweet visit, dear family!