Knitting, Spinning and family dementia
Monday, December 31, 2007
And, yes Victoria, she sent Magazines. Your gonna love these! I better put my name in them so they don't disappear..lol.. just joking.
She also sent deep purple roving and some of her lavender oil scented wooden balls (I think they're wooden) that smell ..Ahhhhhhhh....wonderful. The kitties will love the felted balls she sent for them too.
It is also my 34th Wedding Anniversary today. This is what Bill got me.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Here are a few pictures of the day.
#1 ~is the Tree with SOME of the prezzies before the mayhem hit.
#2 ~Trysten, Eryka, Jayda and Bryce. They look so innocent don't they?
Rather like Deer in headlights..lol
#3~ is of Jayda in her baby alpaca tam (wonder if she'll ever wear it correctly) and the sweet little bolero she picked the yarn for and the pattern. Oh and the "dress" she's wearing? Is her Dora Nightgown that I bought her. She tried very hard to wear everything all at once. For awhile she had on all this and pink fairy wings also. Wish we got a pic of that!
Hope you had a wonderful Holiday......Hugs to All......Annie
Monday, December 17, 2007
Next.. All weekend we've been kept awake by this crunch crunch crunch..gnaw gnaw gnaw in the ceiling of our bedroom. Its been driving us both crazy.
THEN I come down to make coffee Sunday morning and notice alot of bits and pieces of ??? on the counter and on top of the canisters. Oh Geez, what now?? AND..there is a little hole in the ceiling where something has been trying to get in! I look outside puzzling it over and see Squirrels chasing each other around our big maple tree. As I turn to continue making coffee something hits the house with a huge thud and scrabbling up the side of the HOUSE!! WTF was THAT!! I turn to tell my husband about the hole in the ceiling and that I'd just heard the loudest noise.. thinking a squirrel had scaled the wall again (I've seen them do this plenty of times) when what drops down onto the deck but the BIGGEST Raccoon I've ever seen! Now, I don't normally worry about them. They're cute and they don't live in our yard. Its not possible that it was the one gnawing on the ceiling..can't get in there (to fat). Bill points out that Crystal is in the back yard not 6 ft away from the Raccoon. I've heard they will kill cats. Bill takes off out the back door. OH MY GOD.. you should have seen that Raccoon. It wasn't afraid of anything. It stood up on its hind legs with its arms out stretched.. like "Bring it Buddy.. ya want a piece of me?"
I thought we were gonna have an incident but he at the last second it backed down and ran when Bill started yelling and I never saw Crystal run for the house so fast!
As he was searching the garage to see how the "squirrel" was getting into the kitchen ceiling he discovers a broken hot water pipe spraying water all over the wall next to my kiln! Wonder how long thats been going on!
So, I delay my grocery shopping to stay to call the para-medics if Bill falls off the ladder putting up thick metal screens on all the soffits to keep the lil tree rats out. We'll finish the soffits in the spring when its not so windy and wet.
And, It worked like a charm.. slept like babies. The water pipe is fixed and so is the hole in the ceiling. That was more excitement then we usually have around here.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Click on Photo to see other Pictures Emma took.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Doors open at 10:00 AM
11:00 - 12:30:
|Free Make 'n Take, Session 1|
1:00 - 3:00:
3:30 - 5:00:
|Free Make 'n Take, Session 2|
Our free Make 'n Take project this year is a knitting-themed holiday card sponsored by Close To My Heart. We provide the supplies and inspiration, you supply your enthusiasm and talent!
In Our Vendor's Corner:
Amy Allen, Good to be Girl Stitch Markers and Gifts
Emma Kidd, Dragonfibers Hand-dyed Roving
Anne Turner, Handmade Beads
Terri Shea, Sellbuvoter demonstration and book signing
Live music and a food sampling from Christopher Brooks - holiday puddings and chutneys - round out the day. We hope to see you there!
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Just a few of the Pictures from Thanksgiving a Jyll and Wyatt's.
#1 Pic is just general Chaos. I'm standing behind Marshall. The Kids are Trysten and Jayda. Rose and Mike standing looking at the food and wayyy in the back is LouAnn..Jyll and Jami's mom.
#2 You see the Lovely Jyll and Jami (with Uncle Mike in the background) .. whos who?
#3Then there is Marshall and Wyatt sitting on the couch.
I will leave you with one more picture. From left to right..Mike,Jami,Jyll,Wyatt,Annie and Jami's x boyfriend.. never can remember his name. Hee hee..Ooo did I say that?
There was alot of talk about knitting. Jyll just finished a beautiful sweater. She's really turning into an expert Knitter. And..she starts CADD at ITT in a couple weeks..good luck!
Monday, November 12, 2007
Finally got my Invitation.....I am hereby known as Pixx.. duh go figure.
For those of you that care.......Jerico passed his tests for 200 ton masters Lic. He can be a captain of a 100 ton ship or a mate on a 200 ton till he gets more sea time... this is BIG!!
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Woke up this morning at my usual 4am even tho Bill is taking the day off to be with me. Nearly ran into a Giant balloon with a floor weight that starting singing "Happy Birthday, From ELMO" Which I grabbed and Jammed in the kitchen so it wouldn't wake up Jerico..lol.. Laughing all the way. There was a teeny box by the weight with a new black hills gold heart in it..YEAH!! My other one broke and I was so upset. And a Card telling me that He loves me.. which he never says in words..but evidently..from the card..tells me in burps and other rude noises..lol!! ~Shakes her head~
I want to thank all of you who remembered my birthday. Well remember isn't probably the word. Being, I said things like "oh thats close to my birthday" and "Did you know its my birthday next week" I'm as subtle as a sledgehammer. Thanks for you gifts. I treasure everyone of them!! Jerico and Mike(my brother) GOOD CHOICE those gift cards from Village Yarn and Tea..such smart guys.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I'm knitting it out of Emma's Dragon Fibers.. Tide Pool Merino/bamboo that I spun fairly thin. Its a very simple pattern and seems to be going pretty fast.
Finished Jayda's Lavender bolero except for the buttons which I'm researching now. Finished Marshall's Birthday socks which I forgot to give him after all that work!!
On the family new front.. Marshall got his raise!! Jerico started school (10days) to get his 200 ton masters lic. so he can pretty much work anywhere being captain of his own ship! No more cleaning toilets and cleaning up after the capt. He will be able to hire someone to clean up after him..lol
Everyone else seems to be doing great..nothing to new or Earth shattering.
Oh..the NEW project ..the hall linen closet..is well underway with mirrored sliding doors that we had to make Bill his own cloths closet then found out they were to wide. They fit perfect in the hall. Its a bit Alarming to come out of the bathroom to Mirrors showing you all your cellulite and mmm other fat(s) Especially if you're just wrapped in a towel. Shudder
We built this house in our 20-30s. Its been pretty much unfinished, except the bedroom, all this time. Its nice to finally get it done.
I have the nice green bathroom and a Peach/white bedroom that empties out into this hall. I'm trying to figure a color to paint it. The hall empties into the wreck room which has huge half circle windows made of glass blocks that show Green most of the year. What color do you think? I'm playing with the idea of a Cinnimon shade.. on the light side. Not to dark.
Friday, October 26, 2007
What someone with to much time and to much yarn may do. They are cute but the Cats are not amused. My black cat would poop on my pillow if I did this to her.
Check it out tho......
then look here...Crazy Aunt Pearl is at it again!!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
He's a whole 26 today! I can't believe it.. thats my baby!
Finished Marshalls sockies. Almost done with the bolero for Jayda. Just need to do the collar. YEAH!!
Whats next? mmmm... Shawl and Fingerless Gloves for some friends. Hopefully, by Christmas
On the home front.. the Bathroom is done. I went knitting last Saturday and came home to the hall closet upstairs, emptied out into the hall and bedroom. The Bedroom we just dumped out into the hall and cleaned. Poor Hall. I'm almost afraid to go Knitting. I am grateful that these things are getting done. Don't get me wrong. Its just the mess and sorting. I hate change.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
|Your Vocabulary Score: B+|
You have a zealous love for the English language, and many find your vocabulary edifying.
Don't fret that you didn't get every word right, your vocabulary can be easily ameliorated!
Sunday, October 07, 2007
So many patterns .. so much yarn.. so little time. I really am going to have to make some things up on the Bond knitting frame. All the yarn is getting oppresive..pretty soon I won't be able to breath for all the yarn!!
Sunday, September 30, 2007
I started the pale green mohair which the consensus was that it smells like machine oil. Its not yummy wool smell. To bad the outside spinning season is over.. cuz of "rain".
Oh, and I believe our Saturday group will be moving back to Third Place Books. It was hinted that we take up to much space. Regardless of the fact that at least 4 of the people in the group can be considered vendors of this shop. We've been unwelcomed .. sigh!!
On a fun note.. JERICO is making DINNER!! I'm so happy!! BBQ chicken Calzones. yummm yummm!
Monday, September 24, 2007
Most of the trip was a blurr. It was still dark till we hit the coolest gas station that looked like it belonged on some castles grounds. There besides getting gas we got a great view of Mount St. Helens with the sun behind..just coming up.
We got lucky and got to park inside the first day. At first we thought.. is this all there is??? The Festival actually didn't start till Saturday. We walked around and saw that very few people had set up and this place had the potential of being HUGE! Ginger had a class right after we got there so Emma and I sat and spun for a few hours..moving here and there to either get some sun or avoid it. We all got very burned.
Sometime during that day we hooked up with Betty and her mom Martha and Teresa. Betty has the coolest and most unusual spinning wheel. If you saw it there..you'd remember. LOL!
Well, I won't get into the day by days. Lets just say we all had a wonderful time. Bought way to much!!
I in particular felt horribly guilty about my purchases. It seems I left my glasses somewhere on Friday. The ones my husband had given me so much crap about buying in the first place. I knew I was gonna "get it" when I got home so.. mmmm.. should I buy more and just roll with it.. I mean I'd already be in trouble, right. Or, be more conservative? Really, how often do I get to these things? Like never!! Ginger was surprised to find out that this would be the first time Bill and I had been seperated for more then a day.. ever! I'll get back to the glasses story in a bit.
Ginger, Emma and I shared a room at the Super 8 motel in beautiful Wilsonville. I was a bit worried. After all, I'm nearly twice their age. Not been away from home or family for probably 35 years. Used to Scratching ,belching and farting at will. LOL!! I think we all slept very well except for me on Saturday morning I went to shift/ turn in bed so as not to shove Ginger out and flipped my stupid self outa bed onto the floor on my knees!! OH yes I did too fall outa bed. How embarrassing!
The rest of the weekend was kinda a blurr. I'll try to remember. Saturday I hung out with Martha, Betty's mom, cuz we both move kinda slow. We looked at all the animals.. goats, sheep, yaks, llamas, alpacas and 2 young camels. I bought some beautiful alpaca that was spun by the ladies selling it which was made from a combo of all these ladies alpacas. I also bought some a hank of silk roving and a hank of merino roving in the same colors.. Deep purples. I think I'll spin them seperate and then ply them. I went to wander threw one of the buildings looking for Ginger and came across the wooly winder guy. I don't know why I thought they wouldn't have one that fit my Ashford Traveler but they did. I couldn't buy it fast enough!! It didn't even matter how much it cost. Which leads me back to the glasses............
Sunday morning, I check with lost and found for the umteenth time and still no glasses. Sigh!! I wandered threw one of the buildings with Ginger and Emma for awhile and run into Sam and Jen at Sheila's booth glassnut booth, afterwards, I decided to go outside to sit. So, I sat at the same table I'd been sitting at on Friday. All day Saturday a group called PDX bloggers had been sitting and knitting/spinning. I'd given up finding the glasses ever. I turn to look at the booths and there in the middle of the table are "MY GLASSES.. WTF!!!" Some guy sitting near started laughing(I'd said it rather loudly) and told me that things happen for a reason which I took to mean I needed to BUY MORE!! But, since I found some of the members of the afore mentioned group to thank them for my glasses maybe I was supposed to make new friends? Who knows!! After that I relaxed a TON and bought some more.. lol
Here you see most of "the Spoils". On the bottom is a brushed Alpaca shawl from Peru..left to right.. very pale green (kid mohair) roving (1.1lb) the purples I mentioned above. Some Aqua squeeshy stuff (1lb) that I had to have. A PINK drive band for Beatrice (my wheel) and a Woolie winder also for Beatrice. the black and white is a little over a lb of Jacobs fleece (like the sheep on the left) from a 5 mo. old sheep named "Thistle" I had to buy it. NOTE: One of my favorite Vases ,that I made years ago is called "Amy and Thistle" the painting is of a young girl with a Fairy sitting in her palm. The girl is the picture is a remake of a drawing my mother made of me when I was 14. The Fairy was just for giggles. Anyway.. I had to have Thistles fleece. The gentleman that sold it to me told me her brothers name is "Thorn" and her mama "Bramble" I love that little touch of history.
Here are Emma,Ginger and I after buying our fleeces.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
All Wood surfaces are a rich Mahogany. The colors here are washed out by the flash.
Countdown.. 2 days till Oregon Flock and Fiber. Looks like its Ginger (driving) Emma, Jane and I. Hope we all snore. Cuz, I do. I'm so nervous..and excited!! I don't have a decent camera anymore so hope someone brings a digital.
Jerico gave up on buying a Sailboat. He went out yesterday and Paid cash for a Landrover!! WHITE! It was noted that if I traded my Bronco out for the Lil Mercedes around the corner ( that I LOVE and is for sale ) that we'd all have WHITE cars!! Is that a bad thing?
Sunday, September 09, 2007
The bathroom remodel is coming along slowly. At least the shower is done..so we're clean. Now, we are working on a Linen closet. I painted and primed the shelves that are now a lovely Aloe green same as the walls around the shower.
Next come the doors. Bill has been working on them for weeks. Seems an Old neighbor gave him just the perfect doors, when they moved away.. 10 years ago. They were so perfect he had to add wood at the bottom and add a piece of mahogany to the inside edge. OH, and so things don't get damp he fashioned a dealie to make round holes the size of CDs in the top and bottom of each door. He spent all day yesterday making mahogany slats to fit in the holes. One little strip at a time.. amazing. I will be painting the doors today. With the slats they should have an Oriental feel. I have planned a simple mural across them with minimal branches and leaves and a few red berries. Its a theme I use on alot of my art projects. I may have to put a light spray of a willow yellow where the mural is going because I think the green will wash out the leaves. I can maybe use the airbrush for that. Haven't used it in years. Thinking with my fingers again..lol
On the Knitting scene......working on socks for Marshall out of Dalegran Falk in a not to annoying charcoal color on size 5's. Going really fast.
Bought (I know I said I wouldn't buy anymore yarn, so I lied) some mushroom zephyr to make the lily of the valley shawl out of. Can't wait to start it but need to finish Marsh's socks first.
Jyll came knitting,at Village Yarn and Tea, Saturday. It was wonderful. I miss having my daughter inlaw close by. She made me (pfffft) buy pale green tofutsie sock yarn.
Got to play with the grandkids when we went home. Always amazes me to see them. They grow to fast!! My middle son is 31 now..to me he's still that dreamy looking 17 yr. old. He used to have lustrous waist length hair that I would braid and run my fingers threw while he sat at the computer. He's buzz cut it all off.. can't get used to that.
Ginger and Emma tell me I'm going to Oregon Flock and Fiber with them in a couple weeks. I haven't gone anywhere without Bill in so long....will be really wierd. I'll try to have a good time tho. I'll have to buy yarn.. or roving.. its like a rule.. isn't it? Oh my goodness.. sigh.. whatever shall I do!!
Saturday, September 01, 2007
My Eldest son, Jerico is staying in the "Yarn Room" till he can get his own Apt/boat.. whatever. Trying to talk him into sharing an apt with Marshall but so far I hear. I'm 40 and I need my own place. So, whatever! So.. ahem.. he lives with his parents. Oh well, its only till November when he goes back to his ship. He got a few months off.
Its interesting having him around. I always enjoy his humor. There is Alot of laughing when he's around and alot of running around it the car. Usually, its really quiet around here. So, it livens up the joint. Till it gets old.. anyway. I never heard anyone discuss heatedly with the Tv set ,like he does. And, laugh wildly with the same old commercials. Its amusing.. for the moment.
I am knitting. Socks mostly. I can't seem to resist the new sock yarns. I mean.. I don't really 'wear' socks. I'm a barefoot person. But, they are just so pretty!! On the needles now I have a pair of blue/purple megaboot socks. I had to cut off the toe and make them longer. Do you ever just wanna get them done NOW and do that? Well I guess I did. Also, started a pair of Grey socks for Marshall, who actually wears them. He's told me he LOVES them and even ventured into Village Yarn and Tea to pick out yarn for more pairs. Theres a good kid for ya.
I seriously(eyes to heaven) want to make the shawl that I posted below. Every yarn I've tried so far is to fat or to something. Annie's Pearl isn't going to work. I have to much of this yarn and not enough of that. I guess, I should just suck it up and buy more yarn but I'm trying reallly hard not to buy more yarn. Theres no more room in the drawers!
Its September already.. where did the summer go?
Saturday, August 25, 2007
I signed up this year. This is always the hardest thing for me to do each year. I hate it. OH, I said that. Well, I'm hoping the bus will be better and being with friends will make it easier. Plus, I think they are giving Goodie bags which might be worth all the pain and mental anquish. Might!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
My daughter-inlaw Jyll sent me this link. I was drinking coffee at the time and had to clean my screen after. It is a Knit and Craft sight.. Don't check this if your easily offended. Anticraft
She actually sent me an Archive post.. crack me up!! Look here.. Knitted Condom
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
I finished spinning "Annies Pearl" Dyed by the "Ever Popular" Emma. It will be going into a shawl from Lace Style .
Altho my handspun yarn isn't LACE weight it is very thin. I think if I use a larger needle that it will be somewhat Airy.
I have actually figured out the provisional cast on (I think) and done 2 rows. I read over the pattern and didn't stare into space going "HUH"? Like I did other lace shawl patterns I'd looked at. Why do charts have to be so damn complicated!!? I really DO love knitting lace as long as it doesn't give me a Migraine. My brain doesn't work like it used to.
As for the Bathroom..its coming along. Work goes slow but at least it goes a little further each day. Bill had me pick up a rack for the ,dry side of the shower,for my shampoos etc. because the built in soap tray isn't bottle friendly. It has little ridges to keep the soap from getting slimey but shampoo bottles (full.. brand new bottles) tip and fall on your foot and possibly break a metatarsal. Which the bruises on my right foot might be. I don't know but it sure is colorful. Mostly I think it just irritated some bone spurs I've been fighting for years..so..owie owie owie.
Got to babysit my friend Cynthia's son, Jaden for the whole day. What a joy he was. Never cried except when she left for work. I forgot, however, how energetic 9 mo olds can be, as he climbed me like a tree every 5 min. While hanging on to my hands for support. I slept for 2 days after.
Today, Saturday, I get to baby sit the Grandkids. Not sure if its 3 or all 4 we get. I rarely see them anymore. Wyatt and Jyll bought a house in Granite falls. While not being on the moon, exactly, is still a long way away for someone like me who doesn't drive more the 5 miles from home..ever. So Saturday Knitting Ladies and Roger..and Brad.. I won't be there this week. I will miss you. Sniff!
Saturday, August 04, 2007
I met Judy in 1992. She homeschooled her daughters for a few years. Most people know I homeschooled my youngest..Marshall from 4th grade to graduation. Judy and I have remained friends all this time. She is very good about keeping in touch with me. I'm afraid I just get self involved and forget to call people. She tells me the phone works both way..lol. I'm very lucky to have her.
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Saturday, July 21, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Still have my fingers crossed that I get a Linen closet next to the shower and that he finishes the upper walls with something. The plan is wall board. Which means paint. I can do that!!
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
The Saga Begins: We built our addition starting when we were in our late 20's. Its never really been finished. But, it will work for now. When does make do become forever?
Many moons ago ..maybe last summer (and 30 yrs later). My husband finally found the shower surround he wanted for our upstairs bathroom(aka The "I've seen nicer bathrooms in condemned buildings). $700 later we had the kit arrive only to find out that it had been damaged. Box was torn and pieces munched a little. I called the company and they put through the Damage paperwork and about 3 weeks later we got another kit! This time it had wooden palettes all around and was perfect. I asked the secretary if we had to ship the damaged one back..hee hee.. Nope!! I like that! Maybe we can use the damaged one on the downstairs tub. Shhh, its a secret! Since that time the shower wall pieces have been in the hallway upstairs..next to my bedroom. I run my fingers over the faux tiles every night and dream.
The further adventures of a shower stall:
Saturday.. the weekend before the 4th of July.. out comes the shower pan. Ooops, broke the previously broken corner, again. We bought it in a salvage yard. Well, the first time we fixed it we were in our 30's..we know more now. Lets make a mold of the good corner so he can fiberglass it proper this time. Sounds like a deal to me!! I can help!! I've been a potter for 25 years. I've read many articles on mold making. Did some research on the internet and First mold was Plaster of Paris..to much water..crumbled.. Hello garbage can. #2 was a cement product.. worked PERFECT. Not to dramatic.. and very interesting. We love working together.
Three days of Fiberglassing and you can't tell it ever was broken. Three trips to Lowes to buy and return Cement backerboard etc. A Special Tub paint kit makes it so bright white and perfect ya need shades to look at it.
In between layers of fiberglass he took care of any rot in the floor (was a bit, mmm, well alot). Bill fixes all that... bang bang bang till all hours. It is 4th of July week we figured no one would really notice. So far so good!
Oh oh, What do you mean you put a screw threw the cold water pipe?! WHAT? We can't even use the toilet? SIGH!! Not that sitting on the toilet and talking to him in the garage through the hole in the floor was such a wonderful thing, anyway...lol. Not to worry. He'll fix it!!
So.. as of the 4th of July.
1. Shower pan refiberglassed- looks better then ever
2. Painted with special paint
3. Walls and floors ripped out and replaced with new wood. Do I want a Linen closet (HELL YA)
4. Cold water pipe replaced..lol.. these things happen. In the works as I type.
Tomorrow he's back to Boeing and can relax for a few days. I'm sure he'll work in the eventings on it. But the real nasty messy work is mostly over. Not to worry... we have a 2nd bathroom.
OH OH I hear water running in the Garage!!!!
To Be Continued