Saturday, June 28, 2014

JUNE POSTING


After a couple of months with only one vehicle we decided to purchase another one.  Just easier if I need to go some where without Bill or he goes hunting for a couple of days and I'm at home without any form of transportation.  Its a 2008 Suzuki.  So far I like it even if its the smallest car I've driven in a long time.


On the needle is lace I'm knitting with some fine wool yarn.  Much easier in the warm summer months than something knit of bulky wool yarn.


Flowers are blooming like crazy.  Orange lilies at my sign.  So pretty.  I love orange and not far from them is,


my lavender.  Smells so good.  I'm fight the bees for some to dry.  I think they're winning.


Clematis is all but finished blooming.  This picture was taken a couple of weeks ago.


I love the clear yellow of the caucus.  So pretty against the green.


And good old rose hips.  No only is the bloom pretty but the smell is amazing.

We had fun this week.  We came home last Sunday with everything knocked off the window seal   on the big windows in my studio.  Of course the poor cat got heck for it.  Next morning Bill went to use the phone book, opened the cupboard and a squirrel runs across the kitchen and down stairs.  That evening it was in the bathroom and ran into the bedrooms.  We closed all the doors and   chased it around and opened the front door.  Did it go out?  No. Did the cat chase it?  No.  We set a trap with corn and next morning the corn was all over the downstairs floor but the trap was still in tact.  Off to Tractor Supply we went and bought a smaller trap and some peanuts.  Luckily we caught it that evening but still can't find where it came in.  Fingers crossed it does come in the house again or we'll have to either shot it or call an exterminator.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

KOOL AID DYE


I had some corriedale roving that I wanted to dye so decided why not use the left over Kool Aid I had around the house. Fist I soak my roving in some water and vinegar.  I'm not sure on the exact measurements.  I then  mixed up four colors (wish I would have had some blue) orange, lemon-lime, lemon and grape.  I mix 1/4 cup of vinegar to one cup of water for each dye bottle.  No rhyme or reason just put it on the roving.



I then patted out as much water and dye as I could and wrapped the roving up and put it in a microwave safe bowl.  Set the timer for 2 minutes and let cool and repeated  three more times.  You want to set the dye but not cook the roving.  After it was completely cooled I rinsed the roving and the water ran clear.


I dried it out side so it looks a little washed out but we had a nice breezy sunny day and it didn't take long to dry.


After I rolled it in a braid.  I love doing that.  Not that it mattered much since I started spinning the next day.



Singles on the bobbin.


Plied and ready to knit.

Update on my dryer balls.  They work good but sure are noisy.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

FINSHED KNITTING PROJECT - DRYER BALLS - SNOWMAN


I've been wanting to make some dryer balls.  I should have taken a picture before I put them in a nylon but forgot to.  But I'm sure what you know how to make yarn balls.    First of all it has to be wool or wool mohair blend (Lamb's Pride) and second wound tightly.  As you can see each ball is secured with a tight knot in the nylon.
 

I think I washed them at least five times in very hot water with detergent.  I could tell when they were done when the space between each ball in the nylon was quite a ways apart and if you look closely you can see just how much they did felt.  They end up being very heavy so out in the sunshine they went today to dry off.  I haven't use them yet but hope to next week and will follow up with the results



My first attempt at actual needle felting.  Not perfect but no snowman is.  I might have to get new twig arms since they don't match very well but that can wait. I think I'll try it again.  I like it.  Has anyone else tried needle felting?




This my hint at starting an infinity scarf.  I attached these little plastic safety  clips to the cast on edge and made sure they were hanging down before jointing my yarn.  So simple and it works for me every time.



Finished scarf.  I probably cast on 200 hundred stitches, knit 3 rounds, purl 3 rounds until I have the desired width.



Flea marketing last week.  Yup two more Polish pottery coffee mugs.  This time I am actually using them unlike the rest of my collection that's just sitting around and collecting dust.



Last week I put new sheets and comforter on the bed.  Chub was watching me the whole time.  I could not believe it when later found her on the bed.  To be truthful I didn't think she could jump that high.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

RECOMMEND

I have two recommendations today.  First is Tom Knisely book "Weaving Rag Rugs".  Tom has been teaching spinning and weaving at The Mannings.  for over thirty years.  He also helped the television station cover the Pennsylvania Farm Shows Sheep to Shawl every.  The book is wonderful.  Easy to understand and well written even if you're not weaving a rug.

My next recommend are audio books.  I get downloads for our counties library system.  They don't have everything and some times you have to wait your turn which is not problem since you're not paying a thing for the download.  I can't tell anyone how much I enjoyed my last book, "The All Girl Flling Station's Last Reunion" by Fannie Flagg.  I laughed, cried and learned so much.  I listen to my little and very inexpensive (less than $40 at Wal Mart) Zen Stone.  Great to use when spinning and weaving.

Have a nice day, Barb

Friday, May 02, 2014

MAY


"Its May, its May the merry month of May".  And it couldn't come soon enough for me.  Does this mean we've seen the last of the snow for awhile?  I sure hope so.  Our arborvitae standing guard to protect us from the south wind and to help with a little privacy.  They sure are getting big.



I took this picture of our azalea this morning in the wind.  So nice to see them again.


And it wouldn't be spring without our good old crocked tree coming out.  The branches are so great for flower arrangements.


Mindless knitting.  Another circular scarf in a wool blend.


I found this turban pattern at Raverly "Twistin the Night Away"  It works up so easy and sure is cute.


Something I haven't made in a long time, Carrot Cake.  I haven't been doing a lot of baking lately since Bill and I are the only ones around we end up eating the whole thing.  The platter the cake is on is the same as the picture and bowl.  Bill bought me a set of  very yellow dishes from Sears well over 35 years ago and I'm still using them from time to time.  Problem is they are very heavy and very large.

Cake:

4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
2 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
3 cups grated carrots
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Beat eggs.  Add sugar and beat until well blended.  Add oil and all other dry ingredients; beat until mixed.  Last add carrots and walnuts.

Grease and flour a "bundt" pan and pour cake batter into it.  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 50 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out dry.

Frosting

8 oz softened cream cheese
1/4 lb (1 stick)butter
6 cups confectioners' sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix cream cheese and butter, add sugar and vanilla.  Beat until smooth.  Frost cooled cake.

Monday, April 28, 2014

NEWS AROUND THE HOUSE AND SOME PICTURES OF SPINNING PROJECTS


 Finally nice out so I decided to block my one skein of alpaca.  What a wonderful fleece!  Thanks Jody.


 I finished 4 ounces of mohair.  I love mohair but it ends up all over especially me.  Not good when you go and make a meal because no matter how hard you try you end up with some of it on the food.  Good thing I have an understanding husband.


I don't have a great camera but I took a picture of this tulip because I love the colors.  Yellow, orange and red, with the green stem sure is pretty.


Our new pickup.  The one we had was 16 years old and needed to be replaced.  We also traded in our Jeep because we were having so much trouble with it.  We're down to one vehicle but since we're retired we end up going every where together anyway.  If that doesn't work out we'll be looking to maybe leasing a car for me to just run around.  Anyone lease a vehicle before?




We have a guest right outside out side door.  We won't be using that door any time soon.  More pictures when the baby birds are hatched.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

NEW BLOG

Well sort of new.  Last night I was fooling around with my tablet and deleted a mess of photos which I don't know how they got there.  Today I took a look at my blog and no photos.  Yep, you guested it I deleted all my blog photos.  I still have them on a flash drive but honestly they are so old, dating back to June of 2006 that I'm sure no one will want to look at them.   

Right now I don't have any new photos to share but two new web sites you might enjoy.  http://craftgawker.com/  Which is all about crafts. http://foodgawker.com/  Which is all about food.  Enjoy.