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Beautiful spring day. I went over the hill  to tend to some business and hit the grocery store. On the way back I spotted a column of smoke at the end of Derrick. I thought it was someone burning brush. Could have been, I guess, but a bit ago I got a call from a neighbor saying it was a one acre wild fire and that both volunteer fire companies & the USFS were there in force!  That’s sorta good, but it left no personal or vehicle when an accident call came in, so the highway patrol ended up sending a chopper to that ‘event’. the fire’s over the hill from us and as today is a not too hot, still green, and a still day I expect they’ll get ti down in a short time.

Meantime, I’m getting the garden planted and the early flowers are starting to bloom. My prettiest iris has put up a second stalk!

And my little tomato experiment has succeeded beyond my best hopes! I wasn’t able to find a ‘cherry’ tomato at the nursery so I saved a small yellow and a small red out of the basket I bought at Costco some time ago. I think there are maybe more ‘plum’ than cherry, but they’re small. Some years ago we kept heirloom seed and we were told to ferment them so I kind of applied that to these. I’ve had them come up in the garden from dropped fruit so I  filled the pots with a combo of potting soil and dirt and smashed each tomato into a pot and covered it lightly with soil, watered it, and put the lids on. Several days later I checked and there was every sign that fermentation was going on! 🙂 Sometime later with the lids only partly on to keep the soil moist, I spotted green! There were several in the red pot but only one in the yellow. But that’s okay, I really only need one. But guess what?!  I am unable to kill these little baby plants so I am going to have to find a lot of friends in need to tomato plants! Red on the left, yellow on the right.

As for weaving and knitting, well, not much these days of getting the garden ready. Did I say the alpaca project was a bust? I got about 8″ of ribbing done and decided to try it on. Nope. There is no way a human being could wear that garment. It was not only huge, it was just weird. So it goes into the frog pond. I’ll find another use for the squares but the ribbing was a lot of wasted effort. Except I guess I learned something, not sure what just yet but I’m sure it was something! lol I’m knitting on my Tee, It’s top down and I just got past the vee neck so there are at least several months of knitting left! It gets a row or two during the evening ball game on the radio.

We have a huge population of birds this year and have had some we’re not see before. One that says, “kitty, kitty, kitty”. I’m told it’s a titmouse but they dont’ seem to be in California. At least the one that sings like that isn’t. Anybody know what it might be? Lots of gross beaks and tho they do “sing”, they just never shut up so it’s very noisy around here. I’m hoping that’ll change once the nesting season is over. The Robins have taken over one of the Jays nest sites. There was a bit of a confrontation over it but the robin won. The jays are losing out all around. They have been nesting here for some 30 years at least, but they lost the ‘discussion’ with the gross beak in the rose bush the other day, too. I don’t think they  wanted her nest, I think they just thought she was too close to theirs.

But my Super mulch garden seems to have worked. At least when I moved the mulch back this week, it is working with earthworms. The tomatoes and peppers I planted look quite happy out there. I’ll probably plant beans this next week, too, unless it does get cold as they seem to be forecasting. Not cold enough to have to cover, but just a little chilly. Himself planted his corn (I think it’s a waste of space) but he’s got a Plan. He planted it and covered it with black plastic, says it would heat up the soil. He checks it daily just in case any green shows up. He and dog have gone up to check the water in Treasure Creek and see what the beavers have been up to!

Well, I guess that takes care of chatter for today! I hope you’re having a lovely warm spring. Unlike Denver, where the Giant and the Rockies played baseball in a snow storm yesterday!

 

A conundrum… fur sure!

So, cleaning up the studio, downsizing, all that  kind of thing. Here’s another big batch of woven block. All of assorted yarns, weights, textures, sizes, techniques… you know the way it goes. I’ve been demoing these looms for almost 20 years now and tho I have used a lot of them you can see that I still have a lot waiting to go into some lovely & useful projects. But what? What can you do with such a mish-mash? A lot of them I will not be able to identify the content so what happens when I mix wool and acrylic, or chenille  and silk or cotton any other probably incompatible  mix? I guess I am hoping some of you will come up with a clever answer! There’s a small stack of felted squares and a couple that fit no category!

Sort of like my pictures! lol I can’t seem to get them to do what I want, either! But you can see what I mean. There’s a lot of weaving hours and a lot of yarn tied up here and it ought to be good for something. Any ideas?!

Not sure!

Many Multis but mostly different!

Felted 7″ squares 

Woven on the 7″ square, different ways different sizes, too! Now what?!

Help!

School Weaving

Had 5 kids at the table, 2 boys & 3 girls. One 1st grader, 1 6th grader and three in the 3rd. Small schools are interesting and fun! They all did well and finished their little rug. They took the cardboard loom and the wooden needles that Randy and I made home with them, hopefully to get used again.  I wouldn’t mind doing more with them.

My first grader drew this tiger for me. He says Thank You! lol

  

Ellie’s mom posted this the next morning. She says, “Ellie is weaving at breakfast this morning! Thanks again for sharing your skill.” Love it when they vole it!

Another project.

 

Been meaning to make another one of these for some time now. Gabi’s WAL got me inspired.  The only towel in my stash was one I got for xmas from my $store shopping MIL a couple years ago. I just happen to have some kitchen cotton in the green-ish colors of the wreath. So here it is. I worked a slip stitch up from the outside bottom of each tri to kind of reinforce the edges for the tie string to hang from.  The ends are sewn into the hems  where I stitched the tris to the towel. The towel is cut about 2/3 of the towel and cut edge zig zagged, then gathered this time. I fitted it to the edge of the tri and pinned closely and sewed it down, on the back side first, then the same on the front side. Then stitched another row about a half inch above that to encase the raw edge of the towel. This one has not been washed yet so you may see some ends that will be clipped later.

This is a photo of the first one I made before I chained on the tie strings. It is no longer photogenic! lol But it’s been very handy and is still working despite it’s less than stellar condition. This one was pleated rather than gathered. You can do the dame thing with the towels you weave, too. But this is a quick  project. They make nice gifts as well.

I’m still working on the idea for an apron.

As I promised…

I finally found some buttons for the vest I posted earlier and I promised to show it on at that time so here it is.

   

One thing I am happy about is the back view. It actually hangs at my waist instead of halfway up my back. I did some asking from Tech knitters about this issue with my “hump” and got some good advice on fitting.  It was a matter of extending the front shoulders just a tad and cutting the back neck lower. It made a great difference from the last ones I have tried. My shoulders sit at my shoulders and the back at my waist! I added a couple short rows to the ribbing in back just to make sure. Not happy with my figger but am pleased with the fit. If the WIP  does as well I’ll be doubly happy!

Up next is…

It was supposed to be my new sweater but  was not working out for that. I bought this alpaca yarn on a good sale as it was being discontinued so I have a limited amount to work with. It’s Blue Sky, I’m sure I can get more. I think it was just the colorways that were being discontinued. Anyway, I think I found a way to use all these 12″ squares. It’s a knitting pattern but so simple that it will work for the squares. It’s just a matter of will it fit me?! I’m forging ahead and hoping for the best! lol

So here’s my layout. I have enough (I hope) Navy to knit the ribbing. If not I also still have some of the colors so it could be as colorful, almost, as the squares. Well, these are the blocks but I cannot get a picture of my present layout. It’s a camera issue. But this one is going to take awhile as I did not weave the ends in as I went. I’m sure I have advised you to do so, in the past. I guess this is another case of “do as I say, not as I do!’ lol It will be sewn together with an overhand stitch. Pinned each time to avoid stretching out of shape. It’s a very soft yarn. Soft and drape-y.

 

       

The other thing is that it is also getting toward gardening season. The rain (knock knock) has stopped and the sun is out. Water is quite high in streams and the lake. We’ll have a full lake this summer! Took a ride north yesterday and got a picture of Scott Mountain creek! It hasn’t run like this in years! I wish you could hear it as well. It was Roaring!! Love it! all the branch creeks and seasonal streamlets were adding to it and by the time it reached the Trinity River and on down the canyon to join Coffee Creek, that one was roaring as well! But CC does not seem close at all to flood tho a lot of people who have moved up here in recent years may be a bit anxious since they’ll never have seen spring run-off.

 

Another one done!

This one I’ve learned to hate! I’ve assembled and frogged and reassembled and frogged… So what do you do then? Something that can’t,  at least easily, be undone. Get out the Singer! So here is the Singer Infinity Cowel. Done & finished.

It’s been so long-3 years, I think – that the band is gone & I’ve no idea what it is. A nice yarn… just wasn’t working for me.

I’m beginning g to feel a bit more like I may live. Still not over it, but better. Himself has it now, of course.