Saturday, April 7, 2012

Just this Week

 I started the week with a visit from a friend who wanted to learn how to use acid dyes to color our fiber.  She raises alpaca so we had lots of that fiber to play with.  (This is my batch, it is from a fleece I had purchased from her in the Fall, Platinum Cloud.)
 After carding, the fiber is just too soft and delicious for words!
 I finished spinning the Shetland from that I started last weekend at the Spin-In.  (400 yards of fingering weight yarn destined for a shawl.)
 In the sewing room, I am making a new purse insert for myself from some vintage fabric.
 I have a new quilt on the frame, this on is from my neighbor for her grandson.
 The end of the week we were in St Augustine again for another foot doctor appt for Bill.
 I enjoyed watching the aerial antics of the pigeons; we used to have them in our barn in NY but do not see them where we now live.
 The tide was out and there were tons of Spring Break beach goers today.  Unfortunately, the midges were there, too, and we didn't stay long.
 The surfers were enjoying the 4' waves and the kids loved the tide pools.
 I have put up a new arrangement on our mantel.  This tree is from my Mom-I had bought it for her almost 40 years ago.  It has been in storage in her attic; she called my sister to dig it out and then gave it to my brother who drove down here for the wedding last month so the whole family got involved in bringing it to its new home!                                       
I am knitting away on the Philomena Cardigan........I substituted a new lace pattern for the bottom section and after one false start, having it working just fine.

 Bubba likes to be out all night ( he is neutered) and then takes over the good sleeping spots all day.
I used to keep pretties on the buffet but have left the center uncluttered so he can sprawl and not knock over anything!
 He does like the back of the couch , too, for a change of pace.
 PuffDaddy will nap wherever I am working, here, he is helping me while I spin.  It is interesting that he and Bubba stay indoors in the a/c when the temps climb outside while Bling, Nyki and JD stay out in the pool area most of the day and night!
 Speaking of the pool area-it is in full bloom in each corner-this is the day lily.
 ....the ground orchid,
 ....the African iris,
...the dew on the cactus roses.  We are spending a lot of time in this area , too!


  1. There are too many lovely things in this makes it hard to pick which ones to comment on...I wish I was there to sit by the pool with you!

  2. That African Iris is beautiful!

    You have been busy.

  3. Nice waves! Haven't been surfing up that way in years and years.
    Love the fiber. Did you use a drum carder?

  4. You've been busy working on a lot of beautiful things this week!

  5. Another wonderful full week at Casa Minota.


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