Saturday, November 30, 2019


Our first big snow of the season.
Our neighbor took this pix as we can't get up there.
Apparently one of our trees fell on our Jeep.
Have no idea what the damage is yet.
Waiting for the plows so we can go up and check it out.
Took 4 hours for our neighbor to shovel enough snow to get out her door 
and to her driveway.
I think this may be the most snow we've ever experienced since we bought our little cabin.
Our pup Sophie is going to love it!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019


I've got a revolting development soon,
running out of yarn and only about 1/2 done.
And I don't want to spent anymore money on these expensive handspuns,
and have too many projects going on to spin my own.
What to do?
I'll get back to you with the answers.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019


Our first storm of the season came in late last night,
and it was so sweet to listen to the rain as I slept.
My hubby is up at our cabin and he said it's snowing there and cold.
Hopefully winter is here to stay.

Monday, November 11, 2019


The yoke is almost done as I head into week 2 of the online Cardi workshop.
Love, love, love working on size 17 needles and using extra bulky handspun yarns.
They are yummy!
Plus it goes so very fast.
With this last black/grey/purple yarn I'm working with 
tiny little daises have been handstitched on after it was spun,
and it's so fun to see them pop up here and there. 
I'm an English knitter but in this workshop I'm also trying to learn the European Continental style.
Another global skill which means it''s very difficult and requires much practice.
But hey,
I'm retired and have got the rest of my life.

Saturday, November 2, 2019


So this is the cardigan I'm going to attempt to finish before Xmas
for a gift.
I'm enrolled in a knit-a-long online class that I mentioned the other day out of Ojai, Ca.,
 at a new crafts shop called Cattywampus Crafts.
I never made it up there last Monday because I'd forgotten I had a previous important doctor appt.,
so I'm going to try to make it this coming Monday. 
The owners just got back from a 2 week trip to Japan and brought back many lovely things
both textile related as well as ceramic.
So excited to browse.
Something about some silk kimono bracelets, and hand dyed stitching threads.
Never have enough of either, right?
And yarn, lots and lots of yarn!
Whoo Hoo

Here are a few pix of the yarns I will be using in my cardi.
These are the base or foundation yarns.
Most are handspun by either myself or my spinning mentor Lori Lawson of Capistrano Fiber Arts.
And 4 of them came from the Amy who runs Knit Collage thru Caddywampus,
the gal who is doing the workshop.
And two of them are silk strips.

But I felt as if I needed a bit more pop to my color scheme,
so I added the red/orange at top (Manos de Uruguay),
and the stark black from Amy on far left.

Rolled most of the balls last night and checked my gauge.  
Of course it's off no matter what needle size I used.
15's were too small and 17's too big.
I've not seen size 16's before.
So I will knit tighter with the 17's, 
they felt better with all that chunky handspun.

I'll finish up the winding tonight and hopefully start knitting  before bed.

Friday, November 1, 2019


There are no trick-or treaters in our condo complex 
so if we want to see the little ones dressed up we have to go elsewhere.
This year my daughter and her boyfriend invited us over
and we all hung out and had a blast.
We started off before the Happy Halloweeners arrived by taking the pups out in their costumes.
Granger was a shark and Miss Tatum a little bumble bee.
These two pix were taken last weekend at a party for dogs in their outfits.
Who knew.
ha ha
Sorry they are a bit blurry.

Then last night we had a special appearance by one of my daughter's neighbors
in his fabulous clown costume.
And of course a very special appearance by my ex 
who came creeping around the windows with this mask on.
He scared the be-gee-bies out of us!
Fun had by all!