Archive for May 2015
Oh dear, I had so much I wanted to get done! But today is rainy, and so no golf for A, so no afternoon to putter outside for me. Well, I guess I could, but it’s raining and cold and dreary. So I dyed yarn instead. Oh, and made brownies. I did change the bed and wash the old sheets, so I should get points for doing SOMETHING worthwhile!
The yarn is more teal and blue – I decided to make the lefties shawl with the yarn I dyed last time, but I thought I would like to have a set of gradient colors to do it with. So, I mapped it out, and decided I needed aquamarine over-dyed with teal, blue, and blue over dyed with teal to go with what I already have. All of those are hanging out side now, “drying” in the rain. All I have to do is wind some natural, wash it and dry it, and I am good to go. We will see how long that takes, right?
This week I started another double knit buffalo checked cowl, based on the Trapper Cowl in Interweave Knits last winter. Since I was doing it with a vague recollection of the instructions, and was too lazy to go upstairs and get the magazine, it is a bit different, but close enough that I can’t take credit for the pattern. I am using some Quince and Co Lark, in Peacock and Bird’s egg. So far, so good!
I blocked a few quick knits I did this week – three bracelets, a necklace and a thing that might be a shawl – I think I mentioned I was knitting something with the beet dyed yarn?
What I did was the lacy leaf shawl, but I didn’t want a triangle, so I added a third section of leaves. It was easier to do than I expected – I started by casting on one more stitch, and so had two “center stitches”, then I just followed the instructions, essentially. I didn’t have enough yarn to go far with it, but I like how it came out. Kind of a half circle, or a butterfly. 🙂 Pictures will come eventually (I mentioned it was raining, right?) If only it wasn’t so orange. Maybe I will over dye that, as well! Or just put it in the giveaway box.
Not sure how I like the experimental bracelets ether, but they did work. I used some of the leftover yarn from the lace scarf I finished last week (and mailed off Friday, it definitely should arrive in plenty of time for the Tuesday birthday!) If I like how they came out, I will pop one off to the scarf recipient and sell the rest. Or at least, put them up for sale!
That is about all that is new – a quiet weekend – the last one for a while!
I decided to sleep outside on the porch tonight. The sky is pretty, it isn’t going to rain and it’s nice and cool. Perfect night for it!
A thinks I’m crazy. 🙂
For a short week, it seems like a long time since I was here. Not much is new, our quiet weekend is filling up, though. Car appointments, breakfast with family while we wait, errands and chores. Then off to Orono for niece E the elder’s School performance. Sunday a plays golf while I play in the yard. And boom! The weekend is over!
Oh how I miss my Friday’s off!
I have done some research on spinning lessons and found some nearby. I will check out the woman next week at Fiber Frolic, so that is exciting. Just going there next week will be exciting! Actually there is lots going on over the next few weeks. But we will take it one week at a time!
I will try to find time this weekend to show you what I am working on now that I have finished the long scarf- something to look forward to!
After spending Saturday with A’s immediate family, we traveled on Sunday for a couple of hours to a lovely part of the coast to spend the afternoon with her extended family – Cousin C recently moved into a great place on Orr’s Island, and invited us down, along with a few other cousins, and two aunts and an uncle. It was nice to see everyone, and get to know the other cousins better. Always good to see the older generation – of ten originally, only 4 are left, and sadly, three of the four have dementia at some stage or another. So we saw the one aunt who at 90 is sharp as a tack, although deaf, which can sometimes cause confusion, and the youngest of the ten who is still able to function and share a joke easily, and his wife who has her hands full keeping things going forward. It was a pretty day – although we had some showers, it was mostly nice and sunny and breezy. Cousin C has a spinning wheel. And two rigid heddle looms. She tried to sell me a loom but I resisted. I might not have been able to resist a wheel had she offered. She is thinking of having fiber weekends at this new place – it is spacious and has a large sunny deck. I told her to please include me if she does it. A rolled her eyes.
On the way back, we stopped in to visit with Mom and B. Mom’s eyes are doing really well – she has no had both cataracts removed, and can really see well. She can’t wait to get her new glasses but she has to heal a bit more first.
Today B and A are off playing golf, I stayed home to do chores. Yes really. I planted the tomatoes and summer squash, and harvested asparagus for tonight – we might be almost done with the harvest for this year, but I see tiny little seedlings in the bed, so our crop will only grow. 🙂
I also vacuumed about a third of the house, and will work on the rest of it when I cool off from doing that – it is warm today! And I will go dig out rocks for that pool area – today is a day I would like to have a pool up and full. Good motivation.
I also finished a little bracelet to match C’s birthday scarf. Not sure if the bracelet will be for her, I will see after I block it if the size is right.
Not much else is getting done, there are so many blogs to read…
Here are the illustrations for my last post. 🙂
Some things in the garden are blooming – bulbs in their second year (sorry about the blurriness), and a bleeding heart transplanted from mom’s garden last fall. And in case you don’t believe me when I say we live on a complete pile of gravel in the woods, some of these photos will prove it. 🙂 the raised beds are the ones L and I planted last weekend – my radishes and lettuce are already up! Mine is the bed on the right, L’s is on the left. I’ll post progress photos as the summer goes on.
Here are a couple of shots of that gorgeous morning we had a few days ago. This is the same deck that was buried for months in snow – I sure like it better like this! (And Kepanie, that is a cherry tree blooming beside the deck. I will try to get some photos of the wild pear trees this weekend – they are almost gone by.) Isn’t that morning sky gorgeous?
A gratuitous cat photo – Allie loves climbing up into the porch rafters and racing around. But she was a good girl and posed nicely on one of her perches. 🙂
Yarn I dyed – three skeins of varying shades of teal/blue. Each is about 3 ounces. Not sure what they will be yet, but I have some ideas – maybe at long last, the leftie shawl?
I let the teal “dry” outside, but it rained. Still, I think it looked beautiful in the mist.
And now, some finished products –
one of the endless scarves – this one needs to get mailed out this week, so I am glad I made it in time. You can just see the beads in this photo, but you can feel them in the weight of it. This is a silk alpaca blend, in colors that shift softly from terra-cotta to lavender – like a sunrise. I hope she likes it.
And the KAL lace shawl – my second one, but the one I started first – the color is called International Gothic – sounds mysterious! But it is from a local shop, One Lupine in Bangor. Very soft and lovely lace. I thin I will keep this one. (the other KAL shawl, a green/blue/gold boucle is for sale at J and B Atlantic in Ellsworth if you want to buy it, let me know!)
This is a little experiment that went well – silk and bead I cord bracelet. I am going to list it on Etsy later this weekend, so look for it!
That’s all that is on the camera this week. I’ll clean it off for you again next week.
This weekend is a holiday weekend, which we are both grateful for – an extra day off together is always good. Today we did a few chores in the morning, then went to Bangor to meet A’s family for lunch to celebrate sister-in-law S’s 65th birthday S’s daughter T, her husband J, son S, and daughter E joined us, as well as sister-in-law L. We had a nice lunch and got to visit with the “kids” both of whom have big graduations this year – S got his associates degree, and will continue at the University this fall headed for a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and E finishes high school this year. She will head off to the local community college in the fall, working toward a nursing degree. Seems like they were just little kids a few minutes ago.
Tomorrow we head down the coast to A’s cousin’s for a picnic, then maybe we will stop on the way home so A can play a round of golf while I knit. 🙂
No plans at all for Monday, but much yard work to do!