No finishes, no photos (well, maybe one or two photos…)   17 comments

Just a post to catch you up on my week.

It felt really long, as it always does after vacation.  🙂 This was not helped by a meeting on Thursday afternoon that meant I didn’t get home until 7:30 (12 hour day.) Thankfully it was the last such meeting for a while.  And it meant I only had to work half a day on Friday.

Which in turn meant that I was able to get to the Purple Fleece to pick up my NEW SPINNING WHEEL after work.

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It obviously is not ready for spinning, but I have it and now can work on finishing it and putting it together.  The oil/ax I need will be in next week, and then you will see changes.

Meanwhile, I am still working on my copper and gold spin on the old wheel.  I want to finish it up before I start spinning on the new wheel (or I know what will happen!) so in a way, the delay is a good thing.

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I have been knitting away on things all week – cast on my red socks on Monday.  They are my May-June socks, and as soon as I finish my 1898 hat, they will be my mobile project. The 1898 hat should have been done ages ago, but it isn’t.  I was almost done with the band when I ran out of yarn.  So, I ripped it out and started again, only thins time I made the band 4 stitches narrower.  I think it will work fine if I adjust the height on the cap portion, which will be in a contrasting yarn.  So I am almost done with the band again.

Shawl, vest, and sweater are all progressing nicely.  No photos, but someday I will have some for you.

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Saturday was Niece B’s Husson University graduation.  It was scheduled for 10:30, but it was open admission, so we knew we wanted to get there early.  We left home at around 8:30, were there before 9:30 and were able to easily park and get great seats, and save enough for all the family traveling in from all over New England.  In that regard it was a really nice day – got to see her maternal grandparents from CT, her mom from PA, as well as my sister-in-law and nephew B from a couple of hours away in Maine.  And of course, mom, and proud dad, brother C and his SO, D.  The ceremony was pretty traditional, dull speeches, a big long march of graduates, all piped in by a drum and bag pipes corps, which of course got me teary.  Those pipe bands were made for marches. (literally, I guess!)  Afterwards, we all met up for lunch at a local gas station.  Yup, only in Maine is the best place in town at a gas station.  🙂  Well, really a truck stop restaurant well known for it’s great food, and they did not fail us.  Then the work began – emptying out the dorm room and fitting it all in the van.  C was a HUGE help in the hauling, and Grandpa was aces at loading the van.  It was the easiest it has been in the 5 years of moving her in and out that we have been through.  It was still too many stairs, and this is a tip for you if you are looking at schools with your offspring – ask if the dorms have elevators.  Don’t go to a school that doesn’t say yes.  I don’t care how good a school it is, your feet and back will thank you.  We got through all of that and were on the way home by 5.  It was so sad to think it was the last time. I know we will see her again, but I also know there will be no more weekends of her coming over for a good meal, a lot of laundry, and a few games of cribbage.  Now we will have to wait until she finds a job, gets some vacation, and decides she wants to come spend it here.  I expect it will be years.  I know we will see her next year at this time, in PA, when her sister graduates.  Then I can only hope that they move a little bit closer…

Today is so very low key.  We slept late, did some errands, went out for breakfast, and now are home being slugs, and loving it.  Trying not to think about the beautiful sunny day outside and all the yard work that needs doing… just focused on the knitting and spinning.  🙂

 

 

Birds   15 comments

Quick post to say that now I know that spring has arrived – the first hummingbird arrived on Saturday – tired and hungry.  I had the feeder up in time this year – hurrah!  And it is good as nothing delicious for him is blooming yet, though the quince is close and will be in flower by the weekend, I think.

And the phoebes with their pretty songs and bobbing tails are back, wondering how to get into that nesting spot we blocked off three years ago. And one did fly into the glass of the storm door, but he flew off again, and we put the screens up so he won’t do that again – at least on that window.

Also, Sunday night we saw a barred owl snacking on the side of the road not too far from home.  We hope it is our friend Barry whom we thought was killed by a car, but we don’t know for sure (not having been formally introduced).  He hasn’t been back to his tree overlooking the feeders in a while.  I wish he would come back, the squirrels are getting too cheeky.

But the really big news?

Our first ever cardinal!  He stopped by to check out the feeder last night close to dusk.  A spotted him, telling me there was some kind of red bird in the tree.  I said, without looking, “Purple finch?  They have been around all week” and she said no, it was brighter red.  That got me moving!  I have seen a pair of them occasionally a few miles away, and our neighbor said she has them occasionally at her feeder, but we had never seen one.  I don’t know if he will be back, but he was here once, so there is hope.

The weather might still be cold and raw, but the birds are believing that it will warm up.  I am with them.

 

 

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Sunday   29 comments

Well here it is, Sunday.  Last day of vacation.  Back to work tomorrow.  Sigh.

How’d I do on my list?

Here it is, in case you have forgotten it:

  • find a vest pattern and swatch for it, using the combo spin yarn I made. (in fact I did this before I even finished writing this post.  Galiano is cast on.  I’ll be playing yarn chicken, but I think I can win it) I have been working away on this, and have almost finished the pretty lace edge, which of course does not show in my crazy variegated yarn.  I briefly considered ripping it out and just making it plain, but decided to only do that if I have to rip it out for some other reason.  If I wear a solid color under it (and what else WOULD I wear, with all this activity going on with the yarn?) I am hopeful the lace will show.
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  • do the math after swatching and cast on the vest. (yes, well, I think I will be OK, I got gauge!)
  • cast on the next sweater, teal and black stripes. Did this – twice.  I knit quite a way (this photo s from that cast on) and decided that the neck was too big, so I ripped it out, started again.  I am back to this point again. The green is a little more blue than this.  I really like the color combination, and the yarn is nice and soft.  Too bad it is discontinued.  Sigh.

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  • finish spinning Copper and Gold, and ply it with silk and beads. Um what was I thinking?  I worked on this in some good chunks all week, and still, I am just over the halfway point, I would guess.  Maybe two thirds if you are feeling generous. It is going to be gorgeous.  Someday.

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  • figure out if the green/gray sweater is done or not – it’s blocked, and drying now but the button band remains a concern. It wasn’t done then, but it is now!  I redid the button band, and it is perfect.  Now I have to work on buttons.  I have some that work but I am not sure I like them.  I have some very special ones, but not enough of them.  So I have to ponder it a bit.
  • finish knitting the gray High Country Crescent shawl. DID IT! With a little yarn to spare, but not much.

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  • block the shawl. Let the photo speak for itself.  🙂
  • cast on the moon and sky shawl.  About a minute after I bound off the High Country Cresent, I cast on Moon and Sky.  🙂  I am up into the first lace section now.  Much better choice for this yarn than the previous pattern.

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  • and maybe the chain mail shawl with the Copper and Gold if it is washed and dried in time. Sadly not happening yet!
  • clean out the POOL!!!! I have been working on it, but it isn’t even close for human enjoyment
  • Hook up the filter so I can catch the rain that is sure to come to fill the top 6 inches of said pool. Filter is hooked up, but it didn’t happen before the rain.
  • rake leaves. leaves? what leaves? It rained for most of the week, I don’t rake leaves in the rain.  Nor do I rake soaking wet ones if I can help it.
  • weed the bulb garden. See leaves.  🙂
  • work on clearing out craft room. I did a small amount of this – sorted out yarn stash, boxed up tons of old needles and yarn to mail out to a woman who will be teaching knitting in Africa. I also started a “swap bin” for yarn whole skeins of yarn I won’t use but am willing to haul to Wisconsin in September, in case anyone at the knitting gathering wants it. So I will take this as a win, although the craft room is still in need of more attention
  • remember to go to the doctors appointment Monday.  🙂 I did. It was not worth the effort.
  • renew passport Check
  • get A’s birthday present. It was boring but I got her what she wanted. (Bungee cords and a first aid kit for the truck.  Oh, and her recliner is still on order, it will get here eventually.)
  • Celebrate A’s birthday multiple times with various family members. I got this one in spades!  We had a delicious brunch with Mom and B last Sunday, and yesterday, we celebrated with lunch and cake with a sister, a niece, a great niece and nephew, and a cousin.  All of this and none of it the actual day, which we spent together doing errands, but had a lunch at one of her favorite burger places in Ellsworth.
  • wind up the week at a dinner to honor niece B and her academic achievements in her 5 years at Husson University! Can’t claim this one as done yet, but we are on schedule to head out around 4 to go to this one.

I feel like I had a really nice, relaxing week off, spent so much time with my knitting and spinning, but not much else.  And I like it that way.  I told A if we ever have two weeks of staycation, I might have to retire, it would feel so good!

 

 

Wednesday   14 comments

The best laid plans…

Actually my plans are coming along just fine, it is A who had a spanner in the works yesterday.  She and SIL S went off to Augusta in the morning to visit their aunt and then the sister they seldom see.

I stayed home and worked on knitting and puttering and clearing out some stash to ship away.

I finished the shawl Monday night, actually with loads more yarn leftover than I expected, so I blocked that yesterday while they were gone.

I finished the green sweater, button band FINALLY lying flat and not pulling or rippling.  Now to select buttons.

I dug deep into stash, packed up almost all my straight and DPN needles, only kept one of each size of my grandmother’s, in her needle roll.  And I emptied two bins of yarn I will never use, all to ship off to a woman who will be going to Africa this summer and will continue teaching people to knit.  I also filled a bin of “swap” yarn for my trip to Wisconsin in September.  I hope I remember to bring it.  I might find more such yarn as I go through things this summer, who knows?

I swatched for my next sweater, teal and black stripes.  I love how the colors look but I am not sure about all those ends…

And then around 2 I got a text from my SIL.  They were headed home, but did not get to see Aunt M because she had passed away that morning, a couple of hours before they arrived.

While they were not close to her, I know it was a blow.  So few of that generation left in her family.  She was well over 90, and not well, but I think it still was a shock.  I wish we had stopped on Sunday instead of whizzing by.  A dreads family visits, and hospital visits, but I think she would have stopped if she had realized how close to the end M was.  But she didn’t want to go without her sister, so we kept going.

They did have lunch with their sister, and met her puppy, which was a good antidote to the morning. They had lunch at A’s favorite pizza place, and her sister gave her some snazzy snowshoes for her birthday, so the day ended better than it started.

I felt a little guilty about having such a good day here at home with the knitting and craft room (and laundry, in case you thought I was ONLY playing) but it is what it is.

Today we are home, it is raining, so no photos for you of all my finishes.  I’ll do some knitting and spinning and see what I can cast on.  🙂

Sunday   11 comments

Just a quick note to let you know I am on track with my vacation plans.  🙂

I went to Whorls and Purls yesterday at the Purple Fleece, and had fun chatting with the ladies while knitting away on shawl and vest.  I think I will get the shawl done this week, if I don’t run out of yarn.  It is going to be pretty close.

I did some spinning this morning before we headed out to have A’s breakfast brunch with Mom and B.  We went to a place we had never been to before, but Mom had and said it was good – Aunt Gin’s in Whitefield, near Augusta.  They have a Sunday brunch buffet and it was quite good.  From there we went up to Augusta so A could find the nursing home where her aunt is – she and her sister will go there on Tuesday.  Then we circled around and came home with a stop at the fancy new Hannaford in China, so we got the groceries for the week done.  Once we got home and loaded those, I went off by myself to do a little shopping for the big birthday tomorrow.  🙂

Tomorrow is a busy day – starting with an early doctor visit, then to Ellsworth for passport renewal for both of us, license renewal for A, a trip to EBS so she can have fun with her birthday gift certificate from Mom – I see lumber and tools in her future!  She wants to go to Fuddruckers for lunch while we are in Ellsworth, and then go to Bangor in the afternoon.  Our goal is to get all the errands and chores done tomorrow, so that we will have a few days where we are at home, not out and about all the time.  I like the sound of that.  🙂

 

What I hope to be up to this week!   14 comments

The long anticipated vacation is here!

The grant is in the mail.

The marketing materials are all printed.

The meeting minutes are typed up and distributed.

The surprise last minutes tasks ( ad redesign, loan application review) are done.

I am exhausted.  🙂

But energized because NOW I can relax into things I want to do.

 

Here’s what I have come up with for a list for this week so far.

  • find a vest pattern and swatch for it, using the combo spin yarn I made. (in fact I did this before I even finished writing this post.  Galiano is cast on.  I’ll be playing yarn chicken, but I think I can win it)
  • do the math after swatching and cast on the vest. (yes, well, I think I will be OK, I got gauge!)
  • cast on the next sweater, teal and black stripes.
  • finish spinning Copper and Gold, and ply it with silk and beads.
  • figure out if the green/gray sweater is done or not – it’s blocked, and drying now but the button band remains a concern.
  • finish knitting the gray High Country Crescent shawl.
  • block the shawl.
  • cast on the moon and sky shawl.
  • and maybe the chain mail shawl with the Copper and Gold if it is washed and dried in time.
  • clean out the POOL!!!!
  • Hook up the filter so I can catch the rain that is sure to come to fill the top 6 inches of said pool.
  • rake leaves.
  • weed the bulb garden.
  • work on clearing out craft room.
  • remember to go to the doctors appointment Monday.  🙂
  • renew passport
  • get A’s birthday present.
  • Celebrate A’s birthday multiple times with various family members.
  • wind up the week at a dinner to honor niece B and her academic achievements in her 5 years at Husson University!

I hope A doesn’t have any plans for me this week, it seems I have a lot of things I want to get done.  🙂

 

Countdown to vacation   16 comments

As so often happens, the week before vacation is crazy busy.  There are meetings to schedule and attend, grants to write, reports to put together, marketing materials to be designed.  When people find out there is a vacation looming, they suddenly want it all before I go.  And the faces they make when they find out next week’s calendar is off limits! What is up with that?

Tuesday turned into a 14 hour day including 4 hours of driving to go to a meeting.  And I drove, so not much knitting happened on Tuesday.  A few rows of a hat at lunch is all.  I missed it.

Maybe that means I can make Friday a really short day, if I can get through all the deadlines.

And maybe I will have time to put together a vacation list for you all.  But for now, I need to head to work and get things done!

 

 

 

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