Sunday, September 25, 2011


Sometimes serendipity answers questions when you least expect it.

Last Mothers day, my family and I were walking along the Sawyer Pond road to check out how high the water was at our favorite swimming hole.

Sam pointed out this flower and asked what it was and I didn't know.

Until yesterday that is when I went to the Audubon in Auburn and visited the bathroom. In the bathroom was a gorgeous mural of all sorts of local plants and flowers including this:

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Sunday, January 03, 2010

Finished the Claifornia Red

I finished spinning up the california red. It's much softer in 2 ply.

Friday, January 01, 2010

New Year, New Project

Yesterday I alluded to a new project I had just started. I'm going to give you a little background first. A year or two ago I joined a wool swap on the sheep-l list-serve. All the hand spinners sent in zip lock baggies of fibers from the animals they had (this was before I sold the girls), and the person organizing the swap reassembled the boxes to include one of every kind and sent them back to us (So I sent in 9 baggies of the same thing and got back 9 different baggies).
I put the box in the office and it got buried in toys and school projects and yarn and stuff. I've been watching the A&E TV show Hoarders and the prospect of becoming one literally scares the bejeezus out of me, so I've been taking steps (baby steps) to rid myself of some of the excess stuff I have around. So I was doing a little cleaning in my office the other day and found the box with the exchange baggies. I also got Abby Franquemont's Respect the Spindle book for Christmas, and having joined team Suck-Less on the Ravelympics, so spindle spinning is really appealing to me right now.

I have decided to spin up all the samples and knit them into one garment. I haven't decided what garment yet, and I haven't decided if I'll dye any of them (there are a whole lot more in the white family than the colored family). But at this point the intention is to ultimately have one garment with the whole story.
I started to spin the first baggie yesterday. It's a California Red from Apple Rose Farm in NJ.
Kind of hard to see from this picture, but it's mostly an off white fleece with red hairs incorporated throughout. The white is pretty soft, but the red is scratchier and though spun it makes a really interesting heather effect, it's probably not next-to-skin soft enough for most people (I have a high prickle tolerance). It will be a nice mid-color in a fair isle.
Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year's Resolutions

I have been woefully neglectful of this blog in 2009, and I resolve to have at least one post per month for 2010. I think I can manage that no matter how crazy life gets.

So I started this project last night, which was really not thinking on my part because I'm going to need a projetc for the Ravelympics* Team Suck-Less. Maybe I can swing buying some Spunky Eclectic roving for the purpose, but I'm either going to have to be tethered to the wheel - not a horrible thing mind you but since Sean has appropriated my spinning chair, not a lot gets done when he's home. The other alternative is to use a different spindle. So I might go with the latter option. I have a turkish spindle that I really love but can't seem to get it to do what I want it to do, so perhaps mastery of the turkish spindle might be a good ravelympics challenge. Hmmm....

*Those of you who can't follow Ravelry links - Ravelympics is a challenge, where during the course of the olympics (Feb 12-28) you have to complete a project from start to finish, you can't start until opening ceremonies, and you have to be completed by the end. I have joined Team Suck-Less which is Abby Franquemont's team, and the goal for thos team is not necessarily to hav a completed pair of socks or a sweater or something, but to look into an area of your spinning that needs improvement, and practice that for the duration. During the Tour De France some members of Team Suck-Less challenged themselves to spinning a mile a day - I don't think I'm ready for that - well I could be, but I have a life that intervenes and I'm not sure I could meet that challenge without undue neglect to my family, my job, and oher responsibilities. So I'm going to keep my challenge on the DL to something more doable. I'll let you all know when I decide what exactly I'm going to do.

Tomorrow's post about my new project for this winter.

Monday, February 09, 2009

My House

Some people have expressed an interest in my house - I don't understand why, but anyway, here's some pictures for you. This is my house in 1931.
This next picture is me and my 11 year old painting the house last fall.

This bit of loveliness is my mantle (pardon the blurriness). It's all that's left from the great keeping room hearth. When the house was turned into a post office they went modern and took out the old chimney and replaced it with a new one - bad mistake, the floor sags toward the chimney now because the original one was what actually supported the interior of the structure, but the new one is free standing and the new posts they put in have shrunken or sank or whatever, so it's useless. They bricked up the fireplace as well and put in outlets for stove pipe in all the old fireplaces. (Yes I made the quilt, Yes that's Moxie on the mantle - this is New England after all). This picture is a prime example of the rubble stone walls in my basement. This is another bit of stupidity on the part of the previous owners...there was a bulkhead here, which they filled in, so we have no way to get into or out of the basement except by the door in my living room. I think they may have done this in a vain attempt to keep water from coming in - it didn't work, the water rises from the floor.

I appologize for the crappy photo quality - my battery was almost dead and I wanted to snap the pictures quickly - this one's blury too. Anyway, here's a lovely tree post. It appears to be cedar. It has shrunk in the years it's been holding up the floor ablove and so it's married with another post now. (that's our old furnace in the background - we can't get it out because we no longer have a bulkhead - I suppose we could dismantle it and cart it out that way, but it's really not important enough for all the work that entails).
So you see, the house is OLD, it looks OLD, and just 'cause it's old doesn't mean it's pretty.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Wool tour day

We went to the NH Wool Arts Tour today. Here are the girls running to see the Alpacas at Mirage Alpacas...

They sure were nice...
Here's the loot... We didn't get anything at the Wool Room, but I overheard Anne saying that she wasn't going to participate next year so it was nice to see the place one last time. At Chauncy Farm we got a pumpkin, some apple butter from Thyme and Ewe farm in Claremont (which isn't on the picture 'cause the hubs had put it in the fridge and I forgot to get it back out, sorry Thyme and Ewe), hats for the girls from We-Z Farm in Hancock and the harp player was fantastic...Quinnie was wary of him while he was playing, but she struck up a conversation with him between songs - apparently he's only scary when he's playing. On to Western View Farm where I got some sweet shetland roving from Hope Thomas. We didn't buy anything at Mirage Alpacas either, but we spent an inordinate amount of time with their alpacas and their turkeys - Quinnie loved them. And last but certainly not least the Fiber Studio...Wow what a change! I hadn't been there since it was taken over by the new owners, they were busy and I didn't get a chance to talk to them, but they seemed friendly enough. The place has gone through a major overhaul though....they moved almost all the knitting yarns into the weaving studio area, and the upstairs was open to the public, and they had a new staircase that went downstairs to a classroom/studio space and there were two more vendors down there. The whole place just seemed open and airy and you could find things without going into tunnels and it just was lovely. I got two balls of sock yarn to make my sister Beth and Brother-in-law Kris socks for Christmas, and a braid of pretty dyed roving from one of the vendors outside the name of which regrettably I didn't pay attention to 'cause I figured the name would be on the receipt and sadly, it wasn't...well in any even it's very pretty and quite soft....I plan to spin it thin and make some gloves out of it.

I had an awesome time.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Potatoes and Beets

One of the items I wanted to try for the growing challenge was potatoes. I tried them last year but I don't know what happened to them 'cause when I went to harvest them they weren't there. I think someone, or should I say some thing ate them. So this year I put in a few potato pieces I hacked from some store bought potatoes 'cause the seed potatoes I had ordered were sold out. So anyway I waited until the plants died back. I never did get to hill them, lacking a ready supply of stuff to do that wit and not having the energy/ability/ambition to dig any dirt in the oppressive humidity that was our summer.. So considering I didn't hill them and there were only a dozen or so pieces of commercial potatoes I think I did all right. Quinnie had a blast helping me find them, and she was very proud of her haul.