Archive for the ‘winter’ Tag
Just been too lazy to power up the computer or to try to write a post on the phone (WHY is that such a tedious chore? Work on it, WordPress, please?)
Loads of knitting has happened and some spinning, and a day away from shoveling, and a long weekend.
Here’s the spinning:
Filled a bobbin with the second color of my planned three ply. Now the two filled bobbins await the third, which I started yesterday. This is going to be some crazy yarn! Or really awful, time will tell.
I worked on socks – plan to finish this one up before March 1, according to my 6 pairs a year plan.
I finished the Corrugated Hat to match the Corrugated Cowl, these will go on Etsy sometime soon. I still had yarn left, so I am doing a striped hat in the same colors. Not sure if this will be an Etsy listing or a donated item. Time will tell.
I finished knitting the Gloria del Sol shawl in Purple Fleece’s Aquamarine Radiant gradient – OMG , I love this thing. Wait until you see it blocked. It was a challenging knit, and I didn’t bead it, but if I ever do it again (and I am thinking I will when I forget how challenging it was) I will add beads, if only to help me count the crazy long endless repeats.
I have to dig around in yarn and queue to see what I will cast on next – or maybe dig out an unfinished something to finish it. I have a couple of things that could use some attention, I know.
Saturday I travelled down to Mom’s so I could hop in the car with her and B, and drive over to western Maine, Bridgton, to be exact, to have lunch with my two cousins who live there. Brother N and SIL D joined us as well, and it was a very nice time. So good to sit down with the cousins we usually only see at funerals. Afterwards, we went to visit a friend of Mom’s for an hour or so, then drove all the way back. A 13 hour day for lunch? Yup. But it was a nice change of pace, and of course, I knit the whole way there and back, as B drove. And let me tell you – I thought we had snow – they have literally two or three times as much on the ground as we do. Truthfully, mom and I both found it really depressing, even though the sun was shining and the sky was a beautiful bright blue. It took us both back to the years we lived there, and how endless the winters felt. Mom said “This is why I moved to the coast” which I had never known, I knew she loved the ocean, but not how much she hated deep snow that never stops and there is no where to put it. So naturally, she moved to the part of the coast that regularly gets slammed by the coastal storms. But at least she has a bigger yard and some place to put the snow.
Sunday we finished cleaning up around the driveway and paths and decks, which was great, to let everything melt in the warm spring sunshine – amazing weather! Hard to believe this is one week ago: (That’s my car to A’s left.)
We were both glad to be done with it – A even has shoveling blisters – ugh. So yesterday we enjoyed our holiday by having me work on our taxes and clean the pellet stove while she worked on clearing out files and folders. Fun, fun!
As you can tell, it has been the same old low key life around here the past few weeks – and I like it that way – no drama, no unexpected surprises, and loads of fun with fiber.
How have you been keeping busy lately?
We won’t even talk about wind chill forecasts for the weekend.
And can someone please tell me why, if we have to endure such cold temps, we can’t get the storm at the same time so that it is all snow??? What is with warming up enough for wintry mix Saturday night?
That is really too much.
A few words about the weather.
Humph. Grumble. PFFFFFT.
All week they have been talking about this “inverse Norlun Trough” that will bring some lucky slice of Maine an amount of snow that is unpredictable but big. This narrow band could include Hancock County if it goes where predicted, or it could go a little to the east and include Hancock County, or it could go a little west and include Hancock County.
It will snow in the targeted area from Friday night to Saturday night, and accumulations could be 6 inches or 12 or 18, depending on who says it.
So I planned my day around a snow storm, living as I do, in Hancock County.
No new snow this morning. Turned on the weather channel, where they showed a current weather map.
They think it is snowing on my head. It isn’t.
They did say the outer islands of Penobscot Bay already have ten inches. Note: Most of them are in Knox County, not Hancock County. Just saying.
I amended my plans to include some blog time while I wait for the dump and barber shop to open. Lucky you!
A is on her way home from Texas – she drove from San Angelo TX to Knoxville TN yesterday, that’s about halfway. She got a good nights sleep and was back on the road at 5 am. So, if all goes well, she should be home in the middle of the night tonight. If it doesn’t go as planned and she has to stop due to weather or general sleepiness, she will get home tomorrow. I have one day to make messes and clean them up. And make her valentine. 🙂
So far I have stripped the bed, started the laundry, unpinned the shawl (oh my!), filled the bird feeders and enjoyed a cup of coffee.
Now it is time to get dressed and start the errands.
Hope you all have a fun, productive day, and that the snow doesn’t fall on your heads either. 🙂
And just to wrap up as I began – about the weather – it is supposed to be bitter cold this weekend, wind chills 30 below (F). Not unusual this time of year. But how about this – on Tuesday it will be in the 30s and we will be getting heavy RAIN. Now that is just not right. What a mess we will have.
Humph. Grumble. PFFFFFT.
Why hello there! I thought I would stop by today with an update of the random variety. 🙂
It seems that I have not had the computer on in a long time – I think it has to do with the winter furniture arrangement – the couch is across the room from the wall with the internet connection – which means a cable across the room when I want to be online. Such a small thing, right?
Anyway, I’m here now.
Life has been sort of ordinary – plodding along on long term projects and working. We were THRILLED to be missed by the big blizzard! We know our luck won’t hold forever, but that makes it all the sweeter. And the days are getting longer – take a look – sunrise coming when we head out the door to work. 🙂
Can’t wait for the day the sun is up when we get up. I think that happens n May…
Last weekend we braved the bitter cold to attend a fundraising concert in Ellsworth at the Grand Auditorium. It benefitted one of my work programs, so it had a mandatory tenor to it, but it still felt good to get out! We stayed for the first two acts, both local. The first was a singer/songwriter named Bobbie Lane and the second a Celtic band named Friends of MacLir. Both were really good, and I loved the music, though I was disappointed that they each played only one set. We left after that, missing the rock and roll band. But we got home and back into our warm house before it got too late, which felt really good on that January night.
This weekend’s “entertainment” had to do with visiting relatives. A headed off to see her sister S yesterday. S had eye surgery on Friday that requires that she keep her face down (but above her heart) at least until Monday. She has sitting and sleeping contraptions, but as you might imagine, is uncomfortable and doesn’t sleep well, so tired. A brought her up some comfort food and they had a nice visit.
Meanwhile, I headed down to Mom’s, gathered her up and we headed off to visit my cousin B and uncle V. I think I mentioned that my uncle had a stroke just before Christmas. It was pretty darned scary for a while there, but he is working hard at rehab, and is able to live with B and his fiancée C. Everyone hopes this is temporary, but no one really knows for sure. B built his house himself, with help from his dad, and it is a great house. Not tiny, but small and efficient, filled with warmth and light. It wasn’t designed with an invalid in mind, but they make do. We had a nice visit, V did really well. I was surprised at how mobile he is – he had just come back from a walk outside with C when we arrived. He dozed a bit during our visit, but seemed sharp and clear minded when he was awake. Sadly, he has a hard time getting the word he means to come out when he wants it to, so he struggles to make his usual puns and jokes, and gets frustrated. B and C both seem really good at picking up on what he meant to say and helping him out. My aunt G stopped by – the family is a bit complicated, but she is Mom’s sister, V’s ex-wife and B’s Mom. She and her husband live down the road from B, they all get along now days, so it is a good set up for caring for V. It was nice to catch up with her as well, and there was a huge bonus surprise for me that I will share with you at the end of this post. 🙂
Mom and I headed home, and I must note here that we DID NOT STOP AT ANY OF THE YARN STORES ALONG THE WAY.
I think we deserve extra points for that.
Mom had to go to a fundraiser auction thing, so I went along home.
Today A and I are just hanging about working on household chores and our projects. I am determined to get through the Pease Blossom shawl today. Maybe not the bind off row, but at least the ninth chart.
I haven’t shown you my progress since chart three, I don’t think –
here we are at the end of chart 4 (I think):
And Chart 5:
And chart 6:
Look at how the color changes in those photographs! Yikes. The first one is the closest, and it isn’t perfect. It is warm soft browns and tans with rose highlights. The beads are clear with a copper lining. There are almost 700 stitches on this short needle now, so it is hard to get a shot that shows the pattern and beads accurately. This is very clearly a project where blocking will make it shine. 🙂
Shine like these beads – aren’t they wonderfully sparkly?
So, on to the big surprise. We were conversing about our fiber related projects (my aunt is a wonderful weaver) and my aunt asked me if I knew how to spin. I told her I intend to learn, and had tried drop spindle spinning but hadn’t given it enough practice. She asked if I had a wheel. No… did I want one? yes, duh! Turns out she has one, it is in the attic gathering dust, she never really got into spinning. I could have it on a long term lend if I was interested. No doubt about that!!!! So, we stopped by her house, she went up in the attic and returned with this!
I am so thrilled!!!! I will be hopping over to Youtube to look for instructional videos, and I will be saving pennies to take the lessons I have craved over at the Purple Fleece this summer.
When we talked about “payment” nothing was set concretely, but I suspect I will be knitting her something fabulous. Not promising her any spinning yet, but someday, maybe.
You can imagine the look on A’s face when I walked in the door… she sees money flying out the door and the house filling with fleeces. She might be right. But first I have to learn how to use it. 🙂
I’ll start with the finished objects. I am amazed at how many there really are! Two shawls – Leftie, just finished today – still on the needles here, as yet unblocked, but already well loved. This is the yarn I dyed myself. Lots left, I am thinking about a sweater….
And Indian Feathers, which I finished a while ago, but just got photos of. It is pouring rain, so they are inside shots. The close up is pretty accurate, color-wise. The beads are there, but as I mentioned before, too small for the pattern.
Another Indian feathers – this one, 1/3 the size of the original. Also, larger beads, and more of them. Still unblocked, but I think it will be big enough to be a small cowl. I think I will wind up adding buttons to it.
The trapper cowl – I am pleased with how it came out – very warm and cozy. I think it is a Christmas present, but I might keep it. Or just make another one….
That’s the lot of finished items – I’ll have socks done for you this week I think. And maybe cast on another shawl. Or a sweater. Or both? Who knows?
Next up the yard. This is for you, Kepanie. I know I have confused you all with my endless pool project – here’s how it works (and why it is endless!)
Here’s the area the pool will be in eventually:
So, I need to clear a circle, 20 feet across, and make sure it has no rocks, is just sand. Here’s how I do that.
I dig down into the rocky sand about a shovel’s depth (which often takes several tries to get, because it is rocky!) and put it into the sieve on the wheelbarrow.
Then, using a rock (it took wearing out the fingers of several pairs of gloves to think of using a rock, not my hand) I sift the sand from the rocks.
When I am done, I am left with a wheelbarrow full of sand and a sieve full of rocks.
I dump the rocks in the other wagon, and the sand on the cleared ground, to later be spread and leveled.
Then, I take the wagon of rocks over to the place where I am putting in the path. Dump them, shovel out some sand if need be (about every other load of rocks, I need to excavate some more sand, but it is easy digging – no rocks!) and take that back over to the pool area.
All of my work is supervised by Zumba, who just doesn’t get it. Lots of people don’t get it. But When I have a pool to swim in, I will be a very happy person. Luckily, it hasn’t really gotten hot yet, so I am not worried that I am missing prime swimming weather. 🙂
Here are some other shots of the crazy place I call a yard.
The wygelia is in bloom – it did not mind being under 5 feet of snow this winter! Well, perhaps it did – it is a funny shape this year. 🙂 But it is blooming like mad.
Here is the lupine by the driveway, spreading nicely to fill in the space between driveway and woods.
Here is a shot of that deck I love so much except in the midst of a snowy winter. It is sunny all morning, then has increasing shade in the afternoon – a lovely spot to eat dinner.
Speaking of winter – remember this shot?
Yeah, I know, I try not to, too.
Here it is now –
The raised beds are coming along – these photos are already a couple of weeks old, I forgot to take some yesterday.
Tomatoes and yellow squash, with some marigolds. Tomatoes have blossoms on them now!
Strawberries, which I ignored this season, are producing the most they ever have. I will dig out a lot of them this fall, though, they take up too much real estate for the amount they produce (we have had three so far. 🙂 )
Radishes, carrots, peas, lettuce and pumpkins. Radishes are up, but not getting round. Peas are up and looking ready to bud, but not growing tall because a deer keeps trimming them. Carrots are up, but not very well. I will likely reseed them when the radishes are done. Lettuce not up at all, I’ll reseed that as well. Pumpkins are up and growing.
Sister-in-law L’s garden – cilantro, beans, carrots, all seem to be happy! As are the volunteer morning glories. It looks nice and lush in her square. 🙂
So that is it off the camera. It piles up quickly!
This week is going to be a fun one – first off – Friday is a holiday! So only 4 days of work. I like that… Tuesday I have my very first ever spinning lesson! I am going to learn how to spin on a drop spindle, and hope that I love it and that a spindle will keep me happy for many years, because I have seen the price of wheels. Yikes. Can’t wait to share with you what happens when I try spinning. 🙂
Sister in law L’s son D and his wife A are back in the USA after two years in Madagascar. They will be around this week, and we will be so excited to see them, and get to know A better. I am hoping for good weather all week so I can continue to make progress on that sandy project, but if it rains, I can sit and spin and knit. And think about how happy I am this week with SCOTUS. And how pleased I am at how YOUNG my favorite justices are. They will be on that court for a long time to come.
So that is what I am up to at this moment. All exciting, I know!
Here’s what I am working on today. It is going to be hugely warm as I am using Lamb’s Pride Bulky. Not what the pattern calls for, but what i had near at hand in a generous quantity. I had to seriously adjust the number of stitches, making the rows are nice and short, and the end product will be warm as can be. We won’t talk about why that is a good thing.
I have never done double knitting before, but when I saw this cowl by Lisa Myers in Interweave Knits, I decided to give it a try.
And I have been playing with black and white the past few days, coming up with an idea for a hat based on what I see out my windows – trees and that which we will not talk about. This just fell right into place with those thoughts and after I master this type of knitting, I plan to invent a hat and maybe cowl pattern. I already have a name for it, but no pattern yet. Creativity knows no order.
Maine woods in winter is what it will be called, and it will be beautiful and warm, unlike Maine woods in winter. (Winter is not weather, so it is OK to say that much. However, when you put winter and weather together, you come up with something I definitely do not want to talk about.)
It seems Mother Nature has suddenly remembered that it is, in fact winter. Our snow storm Saturday started on time, and gave us 5-6 inches of pretty fluffy snow. Not bad. We got our Saturday chores done early, then hunkered down and enjoyed the pretty stuff. Sunday we cleaned off the car, went off to Brewer to do a few errands, then came home, and learned of the Nor’Easter headed our way. In true hysterical meteorologist fashion we have heard the following for a forecast: Blizzard conditions for three days, winds in the 50 mph range, power outages, and accumulations? Anywhere from 7 inches to 2 feet, depending on where you are. (Duh, of course it depends on where you are! If you are in Florida, you won’t get any snow. Jeesh)
Forgive me if I find it difficult to buy into their wild stories.
I expect we will get quite a storm, and that it will start tonight sometime and be over and gone by Wednesday morning, and that we will have about a foot of snow. I can predict this because I have a degree in Finance. (As useful as any when it comes to the weather.)
They get so darned excited that it goes to their heads, I think, and they predict wild and crazy things, then they back off of them, then afterwards, no matter what happens, they can say they predicted it.
Oh, and lest we decide to let that snow hang about uncleared for any length of time, Thursday night into Friday, we are getting more, as yet unspecified amounts, except that it will be “plowable.” Another few inches at least.
So, this fine Monday, A is home (previously scheduled) and we will clear off the paths and decks in preparation for more snow. I’ll fill water jugs, charge cell phones, etc. We already have candles and flashlights out for the season, and so are in pretty good shape for a few days of storminess. I roasted a chicken yesterday, so we have leftovers ready to be warmed up. Life is good for the moment.
Of course, Tuesday, A is scheduled to go to Brownville, but I suspect that won’t happen. She may have a mini-vacation this week!
Wednesday, I am scheduled to spend the day with Mom, but that may be only half a day, or get rescheduled as well. We will see. That would be a shame, as we had a hard time finding this day, when we were both free. Taxes start next week, so my weeks become instantly full.
Thanks, Mother Nature! Get it out of your system now, please, and then go back to sleep.