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I took this photo this morning, and of course, posted over on Instagram immediately.
Isn’t it interesting?
It’s the pool.
The beloved swimming pool.
I reached in and pulled a leaf off the surface, and found this great outline of it left behind.
Hard to believe that in a couple of months I will be in the pool scooping leaves out of it.
Or that a month or so after that, I will be swimming in it for fun.
Right now it is a 20 foot diameter, 3 foot deep block of ice.
Hard to believe.
But isn’t it pretty?
A week slips by…
There was knitting:
Cut that yarn chicken game pretty close – what you see is what was left of the big skein. I do have a mini skein I am saving for another project, so it would not have been the end of the earth if I needed a bit more, but I am glad I didn’t. This is the merino/cashmere I spun up a few weeks ago. The pattern is Seathwaite from the Fringe Association, and I love it. The variegated colors don’t hide the cables as much in real life as they do in this photo, and it fits me perfectly. The yarn softened up with knitting, who knew? And I am sure it will even more with washing and wearing.
I finished the Broadbill plied with black, got two skeins, total weight about 5.75 ounces, yardage is just over 350. The second skein seems to be a bit more like fingering weight than the first, but what amazed me was how much black I had left over! I first spun two ounces, and plied it with the first two ounces of Broadbill. I had a lot of black left over (according to my scale the first skein weight 2.625 ounces, which means I only used .625 of the black!) so I just joined the next ounce or so with the leftovers until I filled a bobbin, and plied the second two ounces of Broadbill. I had a decent amount left on the bobbin (this time, the finished yarn weight about 3.125 ounces, which means I used 1.125 ounces of the black), and I had about an ounce unspun, so I changed my mind about chain plying the leftovers, and just started spinning the remaining ounce on a new bobbin. I plied those together last night, and got about 70 yards of a nice THIN yarn. I also chain plied the last bit and got about 15 yards of that. I plied this black stuff a lot tighter than any I have done yet, because I think I am under-plying, in general. This was almost kinky, but when I washed it, it settle down a bit. The end result is that I have a nice amount of the broadbill yarn with which to make a hat and hopefully some mitts, and I have a good amount of black to use with it, or with which to do something else entirely. I am building a collection of mini-skeins, unintentionally – I can’t quite fit 4 oz of plied yarn onto a bobbin, no matter how hard I work at it. So, I am collecting mini-skeins for a future project – odd scarf? Crazy quilt afghan? Who knows.
Last night I started spinning the 1 ounce of BFL roving I dyed a few weeks ago – I love the colors, reminds me of Monet’s paintings. And I love how differently it is coming out, compared to skeins of yarn I dyed at the same time. It is really teaching my what I can do with colors and spinning, and how to tell how things will come out. Colors blend more when they are dyed before spinning. There is purple on this bobbin that was NOT there on the roving. 🙂 It is also letting me spin VERY skinny!!! And pretty evenly!!!
So, my week!
Friday, A had the day off and I took a half day off. It was hideously hot – close to 90 at our house! Rarely does it get that hot there, thanks to ocean breezes wafting up the river. And about 110 percent humidity. We need scuba gear to breathe. So naturally, we did all errands. First up was PO, bottle return, dump, and we stopped for take-out “lupper”. We made the mistake of going home to eat, and neither of us had the oomph to go back out to the grocery store. 🙂 I went for a swim, and floated around until I felt quite human. After that, we decided we WOULD go to the grocery store, and were pleasantly surprised at how few people were there – need to remember supper time on Friday is the time to go in summer! It was annoying, however, that I nearly froze in the store, having gotten quite cool in the pool, adding AC to that had me shivering before we left. A was not, and so wanted to stay in the coolness as long as possible. She thought I was crazy. 🙂
Saturday I spent 8 hours at the shop in Bucksport. It was a hot and humid day, and the “AC” there is a window that opens onto the water, a door that opens to the street and several fans. It was inadequate. But I didn’t have to move very often, so that was good. Customers were steady in the morning, and sparse in the afternoon, but I still had 19 sales, and that was a good thing! Sonja took lots of things to the Celtic Festival, hers, mine and others, and I think had a decent day. Sunday was the second day for her at the festival, though I didn’t cover the shop, her daughters did. It POURED rain all morning, I haven’t heard yet how everyone did.
I do know that on Saturday she sold one of my bracelets, so that was nice to hear.
Sunday A and I spent inside puttering and looking out side thinking and often saying “Really? Still pouring?” There were things I wanted to do outside like
grass clipping and gardening and clearing the tangle of large things where the lilacs are trying to grow swim as much as I wanted as often as I wanted that just didn’t happen.
I got some pool time in after work Saturday, and late Sunday when it stopped storming and the sun went behind the trees. This whole avoid-the-sun thing tends to drive me nuts. When it is hot out, I either can’t use the pool or yard, or go out so covered up I might as well stay inside.
Since then, I have been working. Very sad way to spend time (still remembering that I am lucky to have the job, yes.)
Oh, Monday, I got a hot tip from WEBS that my yarn was at the PO, so I stopped and picked it up. Not too terribly exciting, the Baby Ull is for baby hats to sell. The blue is for Maine Blueberry hats (sold the blueberry baby hat this weekend!), the red is for red and white striped hats and booties (we have a famous red and white striped lighthouse) but I got a lot of white so I could do some dying to get the colors I wanted that they didn’t have. Or to mess about with colors. You choose.
I finally decided I needed to buy more lace weight yarn to knit the High Country Crescent shawl.(Or maybe the Biophilia?) High Country has been on my list since I won the pattern, and I have loved Biophilia since I saw it the first time. I felt like I needed some thing different than what I had in my lace weight stash. I perused the Tosh selection for hours, thinking about what colors I wear, what color shawls I already have. I decided I needed something fairly neutral, maybe a tonal gray? Definitely not blue, aqua, teal. I already have quite a few shawls, as well as a substantial stash ready to be knit in those colors. I finally chose Madeline Tosh Prairie in Cloud Dweller, which I recall is a soft, tonal gray, just like I planned. I resisted Worn Denim, and Spectrum, which I LOVE (I have socks in that one, how cool to have socks and shawl match?) and all the other luscious blues and greens. Cousteau anyone? Oh my.
So you can imagine my surprise when I opened the package to find this:
Just can’t stop buying those pretty blues. 🙂
One thing we did NOT do this weekend was watch the news. Monday morning listening to the radio on the way to work was like getting sucker punched in the stomach over and over. Is the whole world going to hell? Listening to the news all week as not changed my mind on this front. CAN NOT WAIT UNTIL NOVEMBER 9 when it is over and done with.
I got my first payment from the shop and promptly went onto the lovely web and ordered some more yarn. Several colors (and loads of white for dying) of soft baby ull for little things, and some Madeleine Tosh Prairie for a shawl. Because I just can’t get enough lace shawl knitting. 🙂 I did save a bit for some wool purchases later this summer. I am set for a little while on that front, though. And I hope to have more income from the shop this summer, so I have been cruising the internet scoping things out.
This weekend I will actually be WORKING at the shop, because the wonderful Sonja has the big Celtic Festival in Belfast (Maine, not Ireland) to attend. In return for me covering the shop, she will take some of my product to the festival, and not charge me the commission for anything she sells there or that sells in the shop this week. So, it could be a big payday, or it could just be a favor. Time will tell. She was quick to suggest that I bring some knitting with me. She doesn’t know me well enough to know that I don’t need to be told that, lol.
That means that tomorrow evening I will head there after work to learn the ropes of her system. The shop has no AC – but it has a beautiful window onto the bay which opens, so I hope the breeze is coming up the river while I am there, to keep it cool. I suspect that window and the front door are all the “AC” the place has.
We are getting a few days of hot weather, I am so glad the pool is ready for me! I went in as soon as I got home from work, it felt really good. I can’t remember what it was like before pools came into my life, except that I hated the really hot weather and now I don’t mind it AS much.
There has been a bit of crafting happening – but things that take time – so the pictures aren’t too exciting. There is this hat:
made with my handspun! I am knitting it in the Seathwaite pattern which seems appropriate as the colorway is sea breeze. I am loving the stripes so far. Hope they work well with the cables. 🙂
Here is the Reyna Shawl I have been working on – it is my travel piece, so is slow going.
And here is a baby hat and matching booties – this will go to the store this week, hopefully be sold quickly!
The spinning I am working on is this lovely Romney braid in the color way Broad Bill. It is a bit of a challenge to me – first thing, it feels a little bit slippery, and while fluffy, I really have to watch the drafting or it breaks because it is too thin.
But I think I have that part figured out. The other thing is that the super Debbie at Purple Fleece suggested I chain ply it so the colors don’t muddy. But I was not feeling confident enough to do that after I had been spinning it for a bit, so I decided to spin up some of her solid black corriedale and ply it with that.
I really like how the first skein came out – the colors seem to pop (no photos of that yet.) And I was amazed that after spinning two ounces of each color and plying, I had a whole lot of the black leftover. That photo above is what’s leftover. That means I have been spinning it consistently thin! Very exciting to me. I will finish the colored spinning soon and then do all the black. What black I have left I will ply to make thin black yarn. Not sure what exactly I will do with it, but I will come up with something. Not that I like knitting with thin black yarn, but I will get over it. 🙂
Last weekend I got out some dyes and the book Mom gave me and messed about with mini skeins and a bit of leftover roving. The results are…interesting. And bright! But I got the idea. I was hurrying a bit because A bought strawberries to make jam, so needed the kitchen to be food safe. I think I will do more of it, and try more of the things mentioned in the book. And I can’t wait to see how the roving spins up. It is about an ounce, so it won’t make a whole lot, but it will be good practice and I will be able to see how the whole thing works together.
Lastly in the crafting world – it turns out I sold one of my little collages at the shop, so I am making a few more to bring over – they are nothing fancy, just made with bits and scraps and shells and sea glass, but they are fun to make, and I am pleased someone liked them. The prices are low, in part because I want to have things at different price points and in part because they take very little in the way of materials and thought to put together. But I don’t want to be making thousands of them, so this might be it for a while. First stage is to paint the little canvases… then go away for a day while they dry. Maybe these take more time than I thought. 🙂
Outdoors things are growing, whether I wanted them to or not. The garlic is doing REALLY well this year, very exciting! And the tomatoes survived the short drought and have blossoms. Carrots are slowly popping up, and the lettuce is re-thinking it’s decision to grow. Strawberries are coming slowly, a few a day, so they are just snacks to the gardener. Weeds and grasses are doing exceedingly well, and I will have to get out and weed whack in the next few weeks. So glad we have no lawn, but the straggly mess does look better when it gets cut. Daylilies here and there are blooming, and blackberries are taking over the world, but at least they are bearing fruit – which I might get before the birds do – or not. Birds are chowing down on bird seed, but I see the cherries are ripening on the trees, so I expect birds will switch over to those soon enough. We had a tiny baby deer and her mama and sister in the field the last few days, I wish she would eat what I want her to eat. 😦 At least since the baby came along, they have not come as close to the house in their grazing.
So that’s it in my world this week – not all about yarn, but it’s always there in the background, doncha know?
I hope you will bear with me.
I get mad at the weathermen all the time, as you know. They get my hopes up, only to be completely wrong in their forecasting.
My pool only needed about 6 inches of water when the ice went out this spring, and I was all excited, because I knew that would happen fairly quickly with the spring rains.
And the weatherman predicted rain each week.
And it didn’t rain. For two months.
There are floods in Texas. France, Germany, and Belgium are nearly submerged.
And it doesn’t rain a drop here.
I start running the hose for 15 minutes a day, knowing this will take an eternity to bring the pool water up to the filter inlet. But knowing that it will have to rain eventually.
They predict “torrential rains” for Memorial Day.
It is foggy, maybe such heavy fog as to actually be a drizzle, but it never rains. My rain gauge doesn’t even get wet.
I keep running the hose a bit each day. I also give the asparagus and garlic and a few tender shrubs very brief drinks every other day. If it isn’t raining, then I don’t want to over-use the well, right?
Meanwhile, they stop predicting rain in the immediate forecasts, just some chances of unsettled weather 5-6 days out, moving to always stay 5-6 days out.
It never comes.
I keep up my fifteen minutes with the hose, and start noticing the gap is shrinking.
Then, Friday night, I take a rock to my windshield, and a very long crack races across it. I call to have the glass replaced. They can’t do it until Thursday.
Thursday arrives and so does the glass man. He does his thing, I give him the credit card (sigh) and before he heads off he says to me “keep the windows open 1/4 inch for 48 hours.”
Thursday night when I run the hose I FINALLY reach the bottom of the filter intake!
Friday morning’s weather forecast is for unsettled weather, chance of showers.
It is pouring rain, and has been for hours.
All the seats in my car are wet.
But the pool – at last I know I will be able to get the pool cleaned out and usable THIS WEEKEND!
The plants and trees are so happy!
For once, I am glad the weather man is wrong, although I still think he should stop calling it a forecast, and call it what it is – a wild-assed guess at what the skies might bring us. Or he should be fired, I alternate between the two.
I can’t believe how the sun is streaming in the windows on a SATURDAY. It feels fantastic. Almost like spring. Until I go outside. It’s still a bit nippy out there. Still ice in the pool, I am afraid.
Interesting thing about that pool. I drained it in September. Now it is 3/4 full! And not frozen solid. I have been able to reach in and get a few leaves out when I get home from work, as there is a skim of water on the top at the end of the day. It won’t be long now!
This morning we awoke to a really cold house. Last night we decided to let the pellet stove go out so I could clean it today. We have to do that every couple of weeks, and it has been unseasonably warm, so we didn’t think twice about it.
But the house should not have been THAT cold. 59 degrees chilly. A turned the heat on at the thermostat, which should not have had to happen, it should come on automatically. We burrowed under the quilt and waited.
So I got up (a couple of hours later, I must admit) and went down cellar to check the hot water heater. We had hot water but it wasn’t circulating. This could get expensive.
I lit a fire in the stove down there and came upstairs to hurry and clean the pellet stove. As I passed the thermostat, I thought I would just check it out. Hmmm. When did we last change the batteries? I popped new ones in on a whim and damned if I didn’t hear the circulator start to work.
I don’t understand why the thing needs batteries to work when it is hard wired to the house, but I guess I will change those every fall, because you just never know when you might actually need the heat on.
I did clean the pellet stove, and we are warm as toast now. A has been out to the dump (yea, A!) and I have done some cleaning about the house. Laundry is nearly complete (all credit here to A) and the bed has been changed, bathroom cleaned. Life is good – time for a break to sit on the couch and knit. 🙂
This weekend I am making a full court press on the golden waves THING (Wrap? Shawl? Scarf?) to finish it once and for all. I am tired of toting it around. I am near the end of the second ball of Kidsilk noir, and although I have more, I think that this will be long enough. Maybe. I am actually considering putting in a life line, blocking it and seeing how long it really comes out. I think it need to be about 5 feet to be useful, not sure if I can get it there yet. No new photos of it, but it looks the same all the time anyway, so here’s an old photo for you. 🙂 (Very old, it turns out – late last summer!)
I finished the little light orange baby hat, and will take a photo sometime this weekend. It is cute, and now that I am comfortable with the yarn again, I will make something more like I intended in the first place.
Hap for Harriet comes along, more slowly. I think I have 15 or 16 of the first 22 sections done. I want to get clear of the golden waves so that the hap becomes my traveling WIP – I get lots done at lunch time at work. 🙂
Yesterday I got home a couple of hours before A so I hooked the laptop up to the TV and watched how to spin videos. I practiced on some leftover sock yarn, and I have more idea how it is supposed to go, but I do struggle to keep the wheel spinning consistently while feeding the yarn in. I can only imagine the mess I will make when I have to draft wool. 🙂 I plan to get in touch with the Purple Fleece for some lessons after tax season is over. Just a few more weeks of that!
Niece B texted the other day to see if she could stay here for March break. Well of course! Got new sheets for the new bed in “her” room, and made it up, ready for her whenever she wants it. I think she arrives next weekend. We have nothing planned – it is March, after all, and we both have to work, but that way she can sleep the days away. I might be bale to squeeze some time off and maybe think of something fun to do.
Tomorrow is a day in the “big city.” A and I are volunteering at a 5 K road race which benefits one of our programs at work. We hope to be done shortly after 10, and then we will meet up with Crimson Crow and do some errands while in Ellsworth – groceries, cat food, and a reward at our favorite pizza place. Not our usual Sunday, but change is good for the soul, someone said. Not sure if I can knit while the race runs, but I plan to try. 🙂
Have a good weekend, and don’t forget to get out and enjoy the sun of you are lucky enough to have some!
I hope you aren’t looking for photos – I took some, but the camera is across the room, and well, I am not.
Amazingly enough, I got things DONE this weekend. You know I always have ambitious lists that take me days longer to accomplish than I hoped, but this weekend I somehow got everything on the to-do list done!
Of course, there are things that weren’t on it that maybe should have been, but they aren’t going anywhere, right?
It is mostly yard work – yesterday I got up early and “planted” the bushel of daylilies my sister-in-law S gave me a few weeks ago. How I did it – NOT how the master gardener would suggest, but they are daylilies – hard to hurt them, right? I scraped out a shallow trough in the sand and gravel under the satellite dish, laid them out haphazardly, not breaking up the clumps of roots at all. Then, I gathered the bags of garden and potting soil that have accumulated around the yard for my projects, and dumped them on top of the plants. I raked it smooth, watered it (crazy to water after last week, but I know I needed to settle the soil around the roots) and called it done. Now there is a mound of soil between the dish and the little bulb garden. I hope it will someday be a mound of beautiful daylilies. Someday, I will dig them up and thin them and plant them and their offspring properly.
Then I got all cleaned up pretty (wore one of my Indian Feather shawls) and went with A and her sister S to their aunt’s 90th surprise birthday party, which was quite nice. Her sons put it on, and so we got to see/meet them and their extended families, and also see Cousin C and re-meet her son H whom I haven’t seen in probably ten years, since he was in school. He is all grown up with a lovely girlfriend who braved the event. A’s mom’s family once had ten children, now there are 4, this aunt is the oldest remaining of the gang, and sadly the other three have dementia in one stage or another. A has cousins she is pretty sure she has never met, certainly not seen in 30 years. Cousins she would not know if she saw them on the street – an odd thing to imagine! But N, the youngest of this aunt’s boys, and C, the daughter of another aunt, are two whom she does see occasionally, so even I would know them if I saw them. 🙂
A drove, so I knit a swatch for my next project, which is a Charleston baby sweater and hat, and matching mittens for a woman who works with A. Glad I took the time, because as always, my knitting and recommended gauge are quite different. The “baby” is 2 and a half, so bigger than the largest pattern size. I will knit it on bigger needles, but knit the 12month size. I think that this will mean fewer rows, so it will get done faster, and the fabric will have a nice drape. It is Madeline Tosh Light in a color called composition book gray, which has definite purple tones to it. It is going to be quite pretty, I think. Not your typical baby garment – yea! I washed the swatch when we got home, so was able to cast on the two fronts this morning. I always knit the sleeves and fronts of a cardigan at the same time so that they are the same – much easier to get the decreases in the same place if you do them together. Of course, it feels like you are making no progress whatsoever until suddenly you are done. It is also nice to do this when I have whole skeins to work from – if I do them at the end, I am always running out on one side or the other and having odd amounts left on the skeins when I am finished. This way, I will use up any leftovers on the back and have all my leftovers in one skein, not two partial ones.
Then it as back out into the yard. I harvested the carrots (there is a photo of the colander full of orange goodness on the camera. You should see how pretty! And you will, someday.) I will probably make curried carrot soup with them this week sometime for the freezer. They were the last thing to come in from the garden, so I began the process of getting ready for fall. The asparagus bed is now cut back and ready for mulch. I put a bag of compost on it after I cut it back, so it should be happy next spring! I also put a bag of compost in the bed where the carrots were, and planted a whole lot of garlic in there. Let’s see if I do a better job of growing that next year than I did this year! I will get a bale of straw mulch, and mulch the asparagus, garlic and those crazy strawberries with it. That will hopefully happen this week.
The strawberries are the bane of my existence. I fixed them a special raised bed several years ago, and made sure they got very good soil, straw mulch in the fall, fresh straw in the spring, and for years got very few, very small berries. Last year I decided enough is enough, I could use that ground for something that grew better and produced more. So I didn’t mulch them last fall, nor this spring. But I never got around to ripping them out.
We had the best strawberries ever this spring! And you should see the plants now, they are tall and healthy looking. So I will give them some straw mulch and another year before I think of ripping again. 🙂
I also scooped leaves and debris from the pool without getting in it – a bit chilly for wading today. It is awkward to do from the edges but I can if I work at it.
That and a few other raking/weeding chores got done, and now I am on the couch with a laptop, and wondering why I didn’t bring myself a beverage and a snack before I sat down? And the camera?
A is off playing golf this sunny day – probably the last time this season, but maybe not if it stays nice. You never know. 🙂 She traveled a whole lot the last two weeks, but will be home all week, so I think the house will get worked on in the evenings. Someone needs to really clean it, and I am afraid it has to be us. 😦
Next weekend I am heading off to Pennsylvania with Mom and niece B – we are going to visit B’s sister C at college, and give B a day or two at home with her mom and dog, which I think she will welcome. She has had a tough month of start to her semester. I haven’t seen C in so long, it will be nice to see her and where she goes to school. Lot of driving, though, good thing we have Monday off to be lazy.
A begged off the trip with the promise that she would finish building the bookcases for the loft – have I ever written that those were going to get done imminently? Lol, I know I have. But I think that she really means it this time. I hope so – although it means I have to paint the room they go in, and then them as well. But if we can get that loft done and the books unpacked, it will feel amazing!
That’s about it, I think – it’s very fall-like out there today, but most of the leaves are still green and on the trees – amazing! I do hope they fall before the first snow flies though, or there will be lots of damage, and we don’t want to start winter that way. Heck, I don’t really want to start winter at all. I hope we have a nice, long fall. And an early spring. 🙂
Yes, I know Sunday has come and gone. I intended to write Sunday, but the thought of powering up the computer was just too much. Then I got busy last night.
Friday water delivery just didn’t happen. But bright and early Saturday morning, this came up my driveway,
and emptied itself completely into my pool,
and from then on, I was happy. I didn’t get all the chemicals sorted out and in until last night, but I swam in it anyway.
And was cool. In fact, I needed a blanket Saturday night. 🙂 A thinks I am nuts. I think she is nuts to not get into it.
Saturday we went with L up to Moosehead Lake as planned, and rode on the steamship Katahdin for three hours – which meant we covered roughly the lower third of the lake. It is amazing how big it is! The trip was fun, we sat in the shade and were quite comfortable watching the mountains glide by. The clouds were (apparently) amazing, I filled the camera with shots like this:
The seats, on the other hand, were NOT comfortable – folding chairs for three hours is tough. I can’t imagine how sore we would be if we took the 8 hour full lake cruise!
The lunch was delicious – the galley is run by a woman who clearly loves to cook – she was telling me how she loves her job, they let her choose the menu and the specials, so she has fun with it. Her husband is the Captain, and he is retiring this year, but she decided she is just not ready yet. That is a sign of a good fit, employment-wise. Lucky woman!
This sign made us laugh – would people really wear high heels on a boat?
There might have been some knitting…
On the way back, we tried to go into the Davis Furniture store, which we see ads for all the time. Sadly, they close at 3 on Saturday, so we peeked in the windows. It looks like they have some nice lodge style furniture. I liked the lines of some of it, but it was so predominantly BROWN, and that was just too much for me. Unless it is chocolate, I am not a fan of brown. 🙂 But we liked enough of what we saw to decide to make a trip up there in the fall, when it isn’t so stinking hot. 🙂
We were more successful in Corinth when we stopped for ice cream – at a place (might be named the Corinth Creamery) that had good ice cream and a “make your own Sundae” bar with over 40 toppings. That was supper…
Sunday I did chores early – dump and grocery store, and then spent lots of time knitting in the house with all curtains drawn, or out in the pool. It was a day to not do much. A even cancelled her standing golf date with my step-dad. Of course, she watched the PGA championship on TV, so we still had our golf fix.
I love my pool! I love my pool! I love my pool! It saved my sanity this weekend. It was too hot to think of a beach, or even our favorite lake. I set the pool up so it only gets sun in the middle of the day, morning and afternoon it has some shade, so I can use it a good part of the day without disobeying the doctor’s orders to avoid the sun.
Life is good. 🙂
Here’s a photo of beautiful Mt Kineo in the haze to get you through the rest of the week.