Are you missing your humidity?

I think I found it.  Just tell me where to send it, I will be glad to hand deliver it.

The mugginess is back.  I noticed it yesterday – got up early, thought it felt nice and cool, went out to water the gardens, and came back in absolutely dripping wet.  Not from the hose.  It wasn’t hot, but the air is just overwhelmingly full of water.

So, I didn’t do any more gardening.  I really have to get moving on working on it, but I am feeling uninspired.  Instead, I just kept spinning and knitting.

Frieze cowl is nearly done, just need to finish the ribbon and knit the cord.

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I like it, mostly.  I don’t like the visible jog at the end of the row.  I think I know how to fix it on the next one. It will be on the side or back of the garment so I can live with this one.  Not ripping it out and doing it again.

I made the large, and it is taking the whole of the navy blue skein (color A) and likely a bit more.  Luckily I was able to buy more, and it is a color I will happily use again. I also got some different colors to make a few more.  I will make them smaller, and shorter.  I think that will make them more useful to people.

I did lots of spinning, as Tour de Fleece (TDF) demands…or inspires.

This spin is a fun one.  I want to make a nice thick yarn, and I have 7 ounces, combined, of these two braids.  The Three Waters Farm one was a gift from a friend, and the Purple Fleece one I had purchased.  I spotted it deep in my stash as I was digging about, and I thought they would look fine spun up together.  The Purple Fleece one (Sweet Dreamz) is 3 ounces, so I had to augment that half of the spin with a little bit of the TWF (Iron Blue), but I think when they are plied together it will just be blue. I am calling it Sweet Iron Blue Dreamz.

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Here is my end of day Saturday shot:

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And my end of day Sunday shot

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This is once again BFL and silk, and I do love it.  Spinning thick yarn is a challenge for me, I expect I have too much twist in most of it, and it is not particularly even.  But I have the wheel on the largest whorl, and I am trying to remember to treadle slowly.  Whatever it is, I know I will love it and be happy with it.  With 7 ounces, I should get enough yardage to do something fun with it.  And I should get it this week.  I finished filling this bobbin this morning, so will ply tonight, then refill both bobbins.  That should get me to the end of TDF.  And I then I will be spinning up some of the great rovings of the month I have been collecting from the Purple Fleece.  I think I am meeting my goal to spin more than comes in, yet I seem to not be keeping up with spinning the most recent ones.  I get distracted by stash.  Then I see what my fellow spinners do with the braids, and I wonder why I put it off. 🙂  I need more hours in a day, I think. (I just checked Ravelry.  I actually am ROCKING the whole spin more than comes in thing.  I have started and finished 11 braids since January 1, this will be the twelfth. And only 7 have come in, so I am down 5 from stash! We won’t talk about how I am doing with using up yarn, lol) )

Other than this, I did NOT MUCH this weekend, in the way of chores.  I did finish up the laundry, and I did clean the bathrooms, you will be happy to know.  I did go to Whorls and Purls (SUCH a chore – not!) and the grocery store ( a bigger chore each week – here comes a rant – the clueless tourists have shown up.  Our store has very narrow aisles.  If you stop in the middle to get something, all flow in the store stops.  Natives know this and pull over so people can pass.  Tourists, operating as the center of the universe, do not know, nor do they observe everyone standing around staring at them while they look for something you can’t get here. They frequently get annoyed if you ask them if they would mind moving over.  And then you meet them at each aisle. I do see why old time Mainers referred to tourists as “summer complaints”  Kinda like black flies. )

Sunday evening, I had to attend a fundraiser to take photos for work.  It was an absolutely lovely event, and I think I got some fun photos. While I was there, the rain held off, though it sprinkled.  After I left, I guess it really rained, and so volunteers were bustling about holding umbrellas over the wait staff.  I probably should have stayed longer to get that photo!  But all the patrons were under cover, so I think they had fun.

Now it is Monday, and I got to go to work and sit in an air conditioned office, and so life is good!

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Mostly I spun

I didn’t do so well on the list.

I let the bugman in and learned the ants we were seeing are carpenter ants, so good I called! No signs that they have moved in, they likely were exploring. He refilled the critter bait stations which were empty after one month! Yikes. No wonder we hear creatures in the walls.

I did change the bed and towels and get most of the laundry done.

But really I just spun.

Finished foggy fall morning on bfl/silk, and got 564 yards before it’s bath. Just under 4 ounces. I had quite a bit left on one bobbin, I could have made a small skein, but just added it to my 2018 frankenbobbin, which is almost full! Not sure how I will finish that…Maybe cake it and make a 2 ply? Or chain ply? It will be interesting to see all that is on it!

I did no yard work, so will pay for that today and tomorrow.

Today is continue to work on the list, go to whorls and Purls followed by the grocery store. Exciting stuff!

3…2…1… and we’re back!

Here we are looking at another weekend already!  I love how the weeks fly when I only work 4 days.  This will be hard to get over when five day weeks return next week, but it is worth it.

This week I took Friday off so that the bugman could come and eliminate the ants.  Rememberr I called him last Friday?  Well, this week he is coming between 9-11.  I decided to just take the day off.  So glad I have lots of vacation time stored up so I can do this kind of thing.

That means I will get up and dressed at the usual time.  A has to go see a client, so she will be out of the house most of the day.  That gives me loads of time to putter about and play with fiber.

My list is pretty standard, I think, this week.

  • SPIN! It is still TDF (Tour de Fleece), and I have been spinning as much as I can each day.  Somedays that is not much, but I think I can finish off the second bobbin of this spin and start plying. It is foggy fall morning from Three Waters Farm, and is destined to be knit up with the tree bark colorway I finished spinning last week.  This one is BFL /silk.  My next spin will be half Three Water Farm and half Purple Fleece.  And will be kind of amazing.  But I will share that with you when I finish this one!  NO getting ahead of myself. Though this photo shows only one bobbin full, I am about halfway to filling the second one.

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  • Knit.  Although I am focused on spinning, I have been making progress in small bits on my frieze cowl.  It is definitely potato chip knitting, hard to put down.  I already have yarn for another one.  This is Plymouth Galway, by the way.IMG_3035[1]
  • Garden.  Though the pathway is complete, I want to put a few pavers down at the start of it, to hopefully kep the nice pea gravel away from the glacial messy gravel that is the driveway.  I also wan tto start creating the beds on the ouside of the path.  Don’t have anything much to put in them, but I think it will look nicer with the pile of dirt and old blue tarp gone.  And if I am going to do that, I might as well clear out the junky volunteers and put down the good dirt and mulch.  Then next year I can move things into it and expand it.
  • Pool.  The pool guys came, and said I can upgrade the filter, yeah!  But not this year, as there is no pool budget at the moment.  So this year I have to keep on stirring it up and letting the filter run, and changing it when it clogs, as it does quickly with all the sediment I stir up. That means getting in it, which it makes sense to do AFTER the gardening, right?
  • Change the bed, change out the towels, start the weekend laundry.
  • Clean the bathrooms.
  • Not sure if I will go out, but if I do, I will go to the PO, and possibly the grocery store while i am out.
  • Oh, and I will let the bug man in when he arrives and follow him around.  And ask him how we get what ever is bowling with acorns in our bedroom ceiling all night OUT once and for all.

I think that this will fill up my day, and I will wind up in the afternoon in front of the spinning wheel catching up with season one of Victoria. It’s a little bit anticlimatic, as I watched season two already.  And spoiler alert – I knew before the show ever started that she would, in fact, marry Albert.  But I still like watching it.  Learning a lot about early Victorian times in England.  Afghanistan was an issue even then.  What kind of people can survive in a place where there is near constant war for more than  200 years? Yikes.

What are you doing this fine Friday?

 

How I did with the list and the rest of the weekend, too

Here’s the original list:

  • Get the weekly laundry going.
  • Plant the lemon lilies Mom brought over from her garden last week.
  • Start plying the tree bark polwarth silk.
  • Call the bug man.
  • See if A is willing to take some photos of me in the completed handspun Fine Sand sweater.
  • I suppose I should do a little house cleaning, too. Sigh.

Here’s how I did:

  • A was home and offered to do the laundry, since I did it all the past several weeks.  I graciously accepted her offer, and
  • went right out tot he garden while it was still cool, I thought, and moved a stell d’oro daylily out of the way to plant the lemon lilies.  then replanted the lStelle d’oro and watered everything.  By then I was dripping wet. It was cool but humid.  So, I went inside and
  • started plying the tree bark.  Later in the day I finished it.IMG_3021[1]

About 460 yards after it had it’s bath.  A lovely two ply, light fingering.

  • I called the bug man.  He comes sometime Friday, so I will have another list for you this week.  After I called, we saw no ants for two days, but they are back.  Now also the tiny ones are around, so glad I made the call.
  • A did.  She is getting better about telling me if my clothes are on straight, but not that my hair is a wild hot mess.  thus, these are headless shots.  I love my new sweater!
  • I did no housework.  I call that a win.

 

Friday we also did all the little errands for the weekend, together!  We don’t usually do that, but it was nice.  We also had lunch at a new restaurant.  It opened a few weeks ago, we waited to give them time to settle in.  It was good, service was good, but it was a bit pricey, we thought.  Still, it is a year round venture, which is exciting to us.  Another errand we did was go to the pool place and talk about my pool.  turns out I am not doing anything wrong.  The pool filter that came with the pool is simply inadequate to handle the volume of water. There is a larger one for a couple hundred dollars, or a REALLY BIG ONE for $500.  They came over this morning to see which one will work on my pool, and amazingly, they think I will be happy with the smaller one.  Not sure if I will get it this summer, but definitely in the spring if not next month.

Saturday we were up early and off to help niece T move, with what was the last of it.  A had helped her the week before, and thought she was nearly done, but there is always more, right? We made a few trips with car and truck, then we rented a carpet cleaner and I cleaned the one room downstairs with carpet while T and A moved heavy furniture.  Again, it was hot and muggy.  Ugh.  I had intended to go straight to Whorls and Purls, but by the time I was done, it was a good idea to go home and wash up and change my shirt.  🙂  So I was late to W and P but I made it.  Sitting and knitting was a nice relief!

Sunday, Mom and B came over and we finished up the walkway.  I still have tidying to do, and more gardens to dig out on the outside of the path, but I think their work is done.  Mom and I also dug daylilies out of the bank and put them in the garden.  Most of these are minis which I have never seen bloom, they had gotten swallowed up by sweet fern and black berries almost as soon as they were planted originally. I decided to let the sweet fern and black berries have the bank, and put the flowers someplace where they could thrive.  I hope we found it.  We also dug up buckets of sweet ferns for my sister, who wants them on her own bank.  And who PAID MONEY for one this spring.  I hope she never does that again.  We have enough to fill her entire yard.

By Sunday afternoon, we were completely wiped out, and promising each other that next weekend would be relatively quiet.

Time will tell.

Friday the 13th

I have a new policy about work. If I work late during the week, I store up the hours and use them to get Friday off, even if I have to add vacation time to make it add up to a whole day.

Last night we had a party to celebrate ten years of one of our programs that is strongly supported by donors, so I had an extra long day. That means with a few hours of vacation time added I have most of today off. I just need to sort out the photos and send some off to the papers with the press release I have ready. 😉

And THAT means that you get a Friday list!

So. I hadn’t given it a whole lot of thought until this morning, but here’s what hits me as things I can do.

  • Get the weekly laundry going.
  • Plant the lemon lilies Mom brought over from her garden last week. They are flowers with a story, once again. Many years ago Mom lived in western Maine, and she found an old abandoned cellarhole with gardens all around, overgrown and forgotten. She used to spend lots of time there, wondering about the people who had built the house and created the pretty garden. She began referring to it as “Susanna’s garden” At some point she did some dividing of the lemon lilies, and put some in her own garden. When she moved from there to eastern Maine, she brought some with her. They continued to flourish and again, when she moved, some came with her. My sister and I have been eagerly awaiting their next division, which came this year, so I got a bucket of Susanna’s lemon lilies delivered last week!
  • Start plying the tree bark polwarth silk. I finished the singles yesterday and got the new jumbo flyer on and adjusted yesterday morning. I went back and forth with whether or not to ply this with itself or wait and ply it with the next spin, which I bought at the same time, to go with it. I finally decided to spin them as two separate yarns and knit them together.
  • Call the bug man to see why we are finding ants in the house, everywhere. First year ever on this one.
  • See if A is willing to take some photos of me in the completed handspun Fine Sand sweater. Before it gets too hot!
  • I suppose I should do a little house cleaning, too. Sigh.

That’s what I’m coming up with for today!

I’ll let you know what I really do. 😉

Made it through THAT week!

Like a good chunk of North America, the weather here this week was abominable. Normally I would look forward to work and the AC, but it was a bad week at work, and I dreaded going in. My merry band of coworker friends was reduced by one a week ago and it is sad and unsettling.

Saw a great t shirt the other day, on a fellow being interviewed on the news. “Sorry I’m late, I didn’t want to come.” That pretty much describes it.

I know things will settle down there a bit, but not yet.

Anyway. At home it was too hot to do anything BUT sit in front of and under a fan and knit, so that’s what I did.

I fixed the cuff on the last pair of socks, and wove in the ends, so they are officially finished.

I finished sock #1 of my current pair, and wove those ends in while I was at it.

Cast on the second sock, so that is going.

They don’t look like a pair, do they? The yarn is a from Knit Circus in Wisconsin, two small balls packaged as a chromatic pair. This one starts as navy and gets gradually lighter, similar to the shading on the first one.

Cast on and knit a few rows of the next Durrow square. Sure looks like a blob right now! But those cable will begin to show soon. Loving using the medium color, can’t wait to see this one in place

And then while in the throes of all that casting on, I cast on the frieze cowl that I have been it hing to do since I saw it come to life on the needles of Nothingbutknit quite some time ago.

Which I already am addicted to! It’s so fun to watch the design evolve.

And this morning it was so much drier that I finally put my cardigan in to soak! It should be able to dry over the next few days.

But knitting must take second fiddle, because today starts the Tour de Fleece (TDF). I have no great ambitions this year, unlike last year when I started my epic sweater spin. This year I just want to try to spin as much as I can each day. So knitting will happen at lunch and on Saturday afternoons and otherwise just here and there.

This is what my bobbin looked like this morning, let’s see what it looks like at the end of the month!

And tomorrow J and his crew of parents return for finishing up the walkway. So not much fiber will be touched then.

Hope your week was better than mine! What are you doing this weekend?

After the weekend

Did everyone else dream of lemon ice last night?  It is the coolest, most refreshing thing I know… and I really wanted to swim in some this weekend!

It was a pretty good weekend, actually, except for the heat and oppressive humidity.  After all my big chores (lol) on Friday, I tried to get things done early the rest of the days.

Saturday I went to Whorls and Purls without my sweater.  How odd it felt to have that off the needles! The knitting is DONE, the blocking and weaving in of ends will happen when it isn’t so humid.  Perhaps this coming weekend.  Instead, I worked on my sock and my Durrow shawl.  That seems more interesting and easy now, I guess it just needed a break. I worked on it both days, and finally closed up the center of the center square watching Victoria Monday night. Now only 4 more to go and two triangles before I get a spell of nice easy stockinette!

After Whorls and Purls we went out to the Angler for our annual supper gathering, which is always fun.  That group is always up for a nice meal and a party.  We were missing a few members, but those who were able to make it had fun.

Sunday I got up early and put a coat of paint on the bookshelves.  I discovered one benefit to hot and humid weather.  When painting, you don’t have to hurry to keep a wet edge.  It isn’t going to dry any time soon, take your time laying on the paint carefully! I will likely give it all a second coat on Wednesday, since we will be home and I can do it early.

Then we hung about trying to keep cool before I left to go to Belfast for a blogger meet up.  I have followed Paige at Paige Makes Stuff  for a long time.  Last week she wrote in her blog about her daughter being at camp in Maine and she would stay for the week, rather than spend an extra weekend on the highway between here and home.  I immediately got in touch and said if you want to get together, email me.  Well, she did, and we did.  We met on Sunday afternoon in Belfast at Heavenly Socks.  I was early and the owner, Helen, nicely provided me with a chair at the table of filled with local knitters while I waited.  Somehow the table was situated where there was a cool breeze, and the ladies were so friendly that when Paige arrived, she just sat down and we stayed there for our whole visit. (We did manage to get up long enough to do a tiny bit of shopping.  I got some gray sock yarn that I plan to fiddle about with in my dye pots before I knit socks with it.  Paige got some Quince and Company Owl to make a sweater.)  So, we had a lovely, mostly cool, afternoon knitting and chatting away.  One of the ladies has a friend who is looking for sweet fern to harvest for some soaps she makes.  I have an overabundance of the stuff everywhere, so I hope to hear from them soon about coming over to help themselves.  And Paige told us about a business endeavor she is a part of – OMG.  Trips for Knitters.  You have to check it out.  They put together some really wonderful looking trips to places I want to go.  I need to win the lottery!  I am so glad that Paige said something about her trip on her blog BEFORE she went, so we could meet up.  So often you lovely readers tell about a trip to Maine that you just got home from, and what help is that in having real life get-togethers? Paige, if you are reading this, I hope you have a lovely week by yourself being creative and relaxing before you pick your daughter up and make the long, hot ride home again!

When I got home, I climbed in the pool to scrub and stir, and there was no complaining from me that it was murky and green when I finished (it was) because I was wet and cooler.  A shower had me less murky and green, and we had an early night of it after that.  We both find that this heat really saps our energy… or perhaps it is the lack of oxygen in the air?  Not sure, but it is hateful.

That is it for the weekend, though.  Lots of knitting between small chores, as befits a very hot few days.

This week continues to be hot, and of course there is a holiday in the middle.  Not my favorite structure for a week, but I am not turning down the holiday!  We have no big plans for it, but are open to invitations if anyone in the family comes up with something fun.  Which hopefully will involve swimming in a CLEAN pool!  🙂