Friday, January 22, 2016

A little hatmaking

Working on a Christmas present for my niece.  She went to Peru last year and I off handedly said to bring me back some yarn. She did.  She brought back an oversized under tied hank of tangled singles.  I balled it up and let it sit until a project idea came to me. So I'm crocheting a hat, and will use the remaining yarn in a pair of corresponding mittens.  So far it's just a circle.

Monday, January 11, 2016


So today's topic is"journal about breakfast".

I like to eat a big breakfast and smaller lunch,  so I typically have eggs and something else,  today I had sausage,  eggs,  and an English muffin with grape jam on it.  I'll be satisfied until lunch which won't be until about 2 pm today. It was delicious.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Biggest Change

Today's prompt is what was my biggest change recently.  Well that would have to be working for North East. There is a whole lot to learn plus I find myself in a constant battle against time. My hours are later in the day, but since Quinn's schedule has not changed  I can't just shift my schedule so I find both ends of the day coming up short. A lot of things I have routinely done for cost savings in the household just aren't happening,  I feel guilty about that and Quinn's homework seems to be suffering.  The extra money has eased things a bit but it's  not a huge relief. I'm hoping I can get into a groove,  I really only have a year and a half before things will begin to ease up. Quinn will be in middle school by then and she'll both have an earlier bus ride plus we won't need afterschool care. I'm also hoping the Y will have some  youth activities by then as well. But also my required time in my current department will be over and I can apply to other functions at the bank so I won't have such a late schedule,  and won't have to take so many calls. So I can stick it out. A year and 1/2 isn't so long.

Today's mundane task will be cutting pallets and moving wood oh joy.

Friday, January 01, 2016

New experiment

My friends Amy posted about wanting to journal more and that if the day was low key she often felt as though nothing was good enjoy to journal about,  so looked up a bunch of prompts. This sounds great.  So I'm going to try to follow along too. I'm not at all consistent to blogging and often berate myself for not being better at it,  but because Facebook and instagram are quick one liners or just a photo that's where I typically post. So here goes,  the first prompt is goals.

I like to keep my goals small and attainable.  For right now,  I'm going to try to blog at least one a week for the month of January,  that's 4 posts?  I think I can do that.

I'd  like to give more knits for Christmas in 2016, they were so we'll redirected this past Christmas and I feel good about not contributing to the consumer fest that is Christmas in the 21st century.  So I'll be sprinkling mitten projects around the year,  I bought a pattern for my mom years ago and haven't made them,  my niece got me some yarn from Peru,  I want to full circle that back at her and make winter accessories for her or of it.

I'd like to stay on budget for camp, school, and holiday purchases this year so we aren't stressed out,  scrambling to come up with the cash like we seem to do every year.

And my big big goal is that I want to go to the NHA gathering in NY this fall.  I need a trip away by myself. 

So there it is,  my goals for 2016

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!