Friday, September 30, 2011

Beach Therapy

 I woke up feeling like I am returning to my energetic self today!  About time!  I hung this sliding glass door blind this morning while Bill did an oil change, and then I packed a lunch for us and we headed to the beach!
 When we got to the beach, we discovered we did not have the lunch!!  Off to our favorite beach restaurant!
 We were able to drive onto the beach today, conditions are not always good enough for us to do this but it was a treat for us today!  The tide was going out when we got parked- perfect conditions abounded-hardly any people, excellent temperature , sunshine, and breeze and shells.
 We walked and lounged and let the ocean air clean out my sinuses!  It felt so good to be at the beach.
As the tide continued receding, there was a tidal pool and a sand bar right in front of us that we enjoyed exploring.  The two sets of waves were fascinating to me!
 The clouds gave just the right amount of comfort, changing the water from light to dark blue today.  We saw several dolphins but I couldn't get to the camera in time to catch a photo.
 The dolphins and the pelicans were feeding on schools of mullet just beyond the waves-very fun to watch them swoop down for a catch!
 There were lots of crabs and scurrying in the tidal pools and lots of these miniature volcanoes from the mussels under the sand.
The sunset on the drive home was spectacular-a perfect close to a great day.
When we got home, we found the picnic lunch right where we had left it!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Stitching

 I made a Quant, an entrelac headband with some left over bfl yarn.  It has a very nice subtle color change.
 So, I took some more bfl left over yarn and made on with the garter stitch entrelac.  It was faster to make but it used more yarn and lost the woven look of the entrelac.  I like the contrast of the colors too much to waste the yarn!
I have ripped out the garterlac Quant and will reknit it-I can because I am the Knitter!  (Nyki helped to unravel the knitting-you can only imagine how much help she was!)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Smoke Signals

Bill cut the roof out for the fireplace chimney!  A perfect cut!
 Of course, it will all have to be framed in, but it is installed and almost ready for inspection.
 I knit these fingerless mitts from some mohair I had spun several years ago.  Very heavy, soft and warm!
 I also used the alpaca I spun last year to knit these mitts-a free pattern from Ravelry called Diamond and Feather Mitts.  I did have to make quite a few changes but that is typical of this knitter.  They are very, very soft.  I am sure I will get to use them when in NY next month!
 The cats like the incomplete rug already-and they lie right on the warmest spot, too!
Even though the temperatures are still very warm, the first signs of fall are all around us.  There are thousands of acorns on the laurel oak tree.  (No, I am not feeling tons better yet, the medicine is helping but I feel like I am only a shadow of my real self.........)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Third Time's the Charm

 It has been a hard week again, I finished the sock knitting which aren't needed until next week for a birthday surprise.  The variegations gave two very distinct patterns for the socks-so much fun to knit!
While digging in the sewing room for a 'lost' project, I rediscovered this hooked rug in progress.  I enjoyed working on this yesterday, enjoying the rain and not moving much!  My present mode of existence!  The strips are cut 1/8" narrow so it is slow work but it is relaxing and not too taxing-just right for my mental status!

I gave in and went to the doctor's again today, some steroids, a shot of antibiotic and a bottle of the same, I hope to be gaining on this drama.  I also went in for x-rays of my head-keep the jokes to yourself, I am not in a frame of mind to laugh yet, to determine if there are polyps which is the cause of the sinus pressure.  Will get the results on Monday.  I am being grateful for the medicine to help me make this sinus adventure a thing of the past!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Birthday Boy! (man?)

 Drove up the Matthew and Caleb's house so we could spend the day with Matthew for his birthday!
Bill and Matthew took off to try a new golf club nearby and I plopped on the couch-my new station in life!
I worked on this pair of socks.  And when the guys got home, they grilled some steak and shrimp (which the boys had caught them selves last week!) and it was ready just as Caleb got home from work!
 After stuffing ourselves on our feast, we took a short drive to the beach.
 I am grateful for so much......
 A passerby took this for us!
 We ended the day with a rousing game of cards in which Matthew lost the most-lot's of laughs.  I do love my family!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

World Wide Spin in Public Day!


And I am home in my pajamas.......not feeling well enough to venture outside.  So , I did some spinning in the living room watching Bill work on the fireplace!  I spun the silk mawata that was this month's Fiber Binder Club.
Once I got the speed up on the wheel so there was enough twist to hold the silk together, I did alright spinning the silk.  Just a slight learning curve because it isn't wool!  Unfortunately, when  I was finished with the small amount of fiber, I had a blister on my thumb!  I guess I was spinning fast enough to give myself a friction blister!  I ended up with 76 yards of two ply yarn-very pretty!
 Bill loaded the fireplace on the forks on the tractor so he could move it from the garage to the other end of the house to set it by the hole in our wall!  It weighs a couple hundred pounds and I was no help!
 Ta da!   Almost log ready!  Well, not really but it is nice to imagine it ready for a fire!  Most of the work will now take place outside to put the pipe up through the roof.  (We have to have the surround and mantel made for finishing the inside-I think some tile around the firebox, too.)
Pretty slim clearance on the porch, too, we are glad it still leaves lots of room to walk around!  Bill will be boxing it in and doing the stucco finish to match the house, in the future....
The fingerless mitts are a set!  These are fraternal, too!  It is a good test for me to wear them when they don't match exactly-I struggle with symmetry issues, you know!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Steps Ahead and Backwards........

 I have a pair of bfl hand spun socks!  Soft and silky!
 On Wednesday, I was feeling good and began doing some work in the hall-building out the two by fours so they will be flush with the existing wall (used to be garage space) so it can be sheetrocked.
 Bill got the inside work done and placed the plywood over the hole so he could work outside.
 He has a cement saw to cut through the stucco.
 The reciprocating saw did the fine tuning for the cut.
 Bill got the base built on the outside, too!  The sunset is shining on the fireplace hole so that it looks like there is a blaze going already!
 I woke up with another terrific headcold!  I feel miserable again!  This is getting to be a vicious cycle!  I didn't feel up to hammering on the sheet rock project so I peeled these sand pears.  They are not a variety that you can eat fresh off the tree-they have to be cooked to be edible-they are hard as a rock and stay that way until cooked!
 I have found my favorite way to eat them is to cook them down into a sauce-like applesauce-delicious!
I have a new project on the needles, the second fingerless mitt of this pattern found on KnitPicks called Belladonna.  The cuff is worked around, seamed and then you pick up stitches for the hand.  I made some changes (don't I always?!) but it is a nice pattern.  The yarn is the last of the hand spun BFL.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Stitch and Day Two Fireplace

 Bill got the insulation pretty much removed, cut out the 2 x 6's and ran into a little glitch with wiring.
Where there is a will, there will be a way!  He thinks he has a plan!
I am working a pair of plain socks in the blue faced leicester wool I spun in July.  I am well on the way of the second sock, too; I have turned the heel and begun the ribbing-the yarn is so soft and silky-a real delight to knit!  The color is working up nicely also-very pretty but the two socks will not match exactly-a good exercise for me!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Getting Back My Full Stride

 PlanetPatchwork had a mystery  quilt on Saturday, so I dug out some scraps and got to work .  They release a clue an hour so you have time to finish each one before the next-fun!  I did not get to finish this because I need some orange/blue batik for the border and I didn't have any scraps that would do it justice.  The JoAnns list has one new item on it! (Each block is 11 1/2"  and it is dimensional-the blue strips and the blue squares  are folded and sewn in so that they stand out even when pressed-fun to learn a new technique!)
 This is some fabric I had bought for a Fall table runner-one yard is enough for the center section and the 60 degree triangles on the ends.  Quilting will get done this week.
 Today, Bill started the fireplace!  This is the week to see the fireplace installed!  Yippee!
This was delivered today also-a wood splitter!  More pics to follow when we get it put together!
 I finished knitting the headband and got it blocked today-the sun was so warm it was dried in no time!
 So here is the set, ready to go into the mail to my daughter-pattern for the mitts on Ravelry as Anna's Mittens.
Empty needles?  Of course not!  Socks are ready to be cast on and knitted toe up!

Neglect

 The studio is feeling neglected but a little bit of knitting is happening and........ a little bit of piecing.  All in good time. ...