Happy New Year to everyone! Yes, it has been awhile, but how many of you had the time to try and keep up a blog AND do all things Christmas-y? Baking, cooking, shopping, wrapping, visiting, etc?
That is my defence and I am sticking to it.
I can also add spinning, knitting and weaving into the above as many of you who follow me on Facebook can attest to as I regularly post pics of FO’s or WIP’s (Finished Objects or Work in Progress) to brighten the days of those cruising on FB.
Now that the holidays are fading in … Read more...
Can you see me waving?
No, not the loon (who seems to be waving) but me! 😉
Long time, no chat everyone! Totally my fault though as the past year has been nothing short of controlled chaos (and I use that term loosely). Last summer hubby and I started getting our house ready for sale, meaning de-cluttering, purging, building a new bathroom, gutting and renovating the original bathroom and sprucing up the property. All that effort eventually paid off, even if it tried our patience (and bank account) as we sold promptly this past March in 3 days.
After … Read more...
This year I had an abundance…..no…an over-abundance of Marigold flowers around the Homestead. They not only provide cheerful, sunny, colour to my garden landscape, but they are also perfect companion plants in vegetable gardens as their somewhat obnoxious smell wards off harmful insects, as well as luring the pollinators towards my veggie plants.
So what to do with this overabundance of flower heads? Well, you can’t eat them, but you can use them to dye yarn with. Which makes sense since I have been spinning up a passel of yarn in the latest hobby craze to enter my life.
Dyeing … Read more...
It’s hard to believe how fast *summer* flew by. By summer, I mean that bright yellow thing in the sky that was supposed to give us heat for oh…say about 3 months or so?
Not this year. We had snippets of heat, but certainly not what we are used to. Rainy too. Good thing I have a home-made recipe for killing moss, because I need to use it on my hair to get rid of what’s now surely growing up on my head.
With Fall snapping at my heels, it is almost time to pull out the soup pot. First … Read more...
I need more time. 24 hours in a day isn’t enough….
24 hours in one day
– 8 hours for sleeping
– 1 hour for eating
– 8 hours for working
– 3 hours for “domestic chores”
– 1 hour for errands/etc.
= 3 hours a day for knitting/fiber related hobbies….
How am I supposed to get these projects done?
This is what I have on the go at the moment (not counting the project that is currently on Bob the loom, whom is missing from this photo…sorry Bob). I have a sweater just started (the lovely gold/brown yarn), … Read more...
Me: Let’s see…what was my password to log into WordPress?
WordPress: Username ______________ Password ______________
First Try: Type type type type….Nope, that isn’t it, let’s try another one.
Second Attempt: Type type type type…..
Crap, this is what I get for leaving it so long between posts.
Third Attempt: Type type type type….. Yay! I’m in!
As for my audience here….have you missed me? I sure have missed y’all (typed with a southern accent, make sure you read it in one). It has been an insanely busy Spring that launched headlong into Summer. So busy that I haven’t had time … Read more...
I am not talking about the stuff that makes your colon happy either. I am talking about the wonderful things in this world that are made into fiber. Whether it is the wool from sheep, cotton, hemp and linen from plants, angora from rabbits or mohair from goats, the common denominator from all of them is that they provide humanity with the necessary fibers to be made into all types of clothing.
Otherwise we all would be cold and naked. Not a pretty sight I can assure you. Even ancient man knew to cover up with a fig leaf or … Read more...
Have you missed me? I know I have missed sitting down here writing out my thoughts but life just seems to be getting in the way of my writing these days. I will try to become a little more regular…emphasis being on the word ‘try’.
Now I am sure you are asking.. “What the hell are WIP’s and FO’s?”. Well, WIP’s are “Work-In-Progress” and FO’s are “Finished Objects”. Acronyms of the fiber/craft world and I am sure many other pursuits either hobby related or career related.
I have a lot of both going on right now. Actually, I think there … Read more...
Last week my daughter and I went yarn shopping. Just writing that sentence is a big load off my shoulders. You know, like admitting your a crack addict (something Rob Ford can’t bring himself to do), and now my daughter, through my enabling efforts, is also hopelessly addicted to yarn just like her mother. Thank goodness it’s an addiction cheaper than crack.
We planned a day together last week to go fiber shopping and she had been to a yarn shop before in a neighbouring city, but I hadn’t, mainly because I would not be able to control myself if … Read more...
Don’t you wish that there was a book or manual you could buy that would tell you exactly what you needed to do for just about anything? Me too…. but if there was, it would be the size of Lake Erie and not all practical as a coffee table book.
Over the years I have come upon or discovered tips that make my life easier. Most come from happy accidents or the “what happens if I do this…?” scenario or passed down from older relatives who have gone down the wrong path to discover new ideas. There may not be … Read more...