A New App and Renewed Intentions

Blogging has taken a backseat to living life over the last couple months. It wasn’t intentional, it just happenned. Slowly over time, one procrastination at a time, blogging slipped to the back of my plans. And then a few things happenned. DH gifted me with an iPad for the holidays. Syncing it to my phone installed the long forgotten because it didn’t work well on the phone iPad app. And I received a comment on my last post, which was apparently back in October, that made me actually look at the blog.

As there is no way to catch you up on everything that has happened I’m going to try to summarize.

Quilting. Most of the last quarter of 2013 was spent on customer quilts that were gifts, hence, no photo’s at the time.

Dogs. We lost two in the last quarter and now have only the two young ones. But they are a handful in themselves.

Rabbits. I now have 10 angora’s and am still running 2 meat rabbit lines. I am thinking of removing the meat rabbit lines as we don’t eat much meat here and I’m stocked for several months.

Chickens. All are healthy, although egg production has been extremely poor over the winter, as to be expected. I did add a rooster to the flock, a RIR (Rhode Island Red) and he’s a beauty. Funny how the male in nature almost always carries the more attractive markings, and yet as a society we put so much pressure on females to adhere to unrealistic cosmetic beauty standards. But that’s another discussion for another day.

Knitting. I spent lots of time during my winter break knitting and it was so relaxing! I even finished a sweater I had started almost a year ago! And it fits!

Spinning. Well it was non-existent while the tree was up over the holidays. The tree goes in the same corner, so the wheel went into storage for almost a month, and while it’s out, I’ve yet to return to it regularly.

That’s the update. Now I need to figure out how to add pictures to this post and then, possibly, the blogging may be a bit easier to schedule.

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Having taken the weekend off……..

Having taken the ENTIRE weekend off and a long one at that (Wednesday through tonight), I got to enjoy some family time.  DH and the youngest grandson have been busy all weekend, and I’ve spent a lot of time cooking for them.  Something that surprisingly I enjoyed!

But, that didn’t meant I didn’t get “fiber” moments, or flower time.  I have to have those to survive.
First I finished spinning all the singles of the Alpaca/Merino blend I’ve been working on forever:

I’ve already started plying them into a 2-ply yarn, which I hope to have finished by mid-week.

And I wove in the ends of my Vermont Shawl so that I can actually WEAR it!

 

And I took some time to enjoy the blossoms in the studio.  My Cactus and African Violets really like the light:

 

This little beauty, planted in a small pot that fits inside a cup was hiding most of it’s blooms on the backside.

 

Now what to do with the remainder of my weekend?  Dear youngest grand goes home in a couple hours and then I still have the rest of the day to go through…..do I sew, spin, knit, read a book?   So many choices, but I know ONE thing I won’t be doing until tomorrow….going back to work!  ;>)

 

Hope you’ve enjoyed your weekend as much as I’ve enjoyed mine!

On The Needles, Friday, Nov 16, 2012

This week I’ve made some progress on my knitting skills and finished last week’s Plain Vanilla socks.   I have to admit I’m finding this Magic Loop method much quicker, but there’s also an adjustment to make.  If you look carefully at the photo below, you’ll see the second sock (Magic Loop) is much narrower in the foot than the first sock (DPN).

I’ve tried both socks on and they do both fit.  One a little more snug than the other, but they’re for me and I can live with that.  I think I actually like the snuggier (is that a word?) fit of the second sock.  But as I knit on size 0 needles, I didn’t want to go to even smaller DPN’s to get that fit.

Of course, being super smug about my new-found skill with Magic Loop, I decided to try Two at a Time Magic Loop on the next pair of Plain Vanilla socks.

Did you notice they are NOT being done “two at a time”?  LOL  I made it a few rows in on the toes and had untangled the balls of wool so many times I knew I would be frustrated with it.  Since knitting is my relaxing hobby, I slipped the one sock off onto a spare circ and am knitting one at a time.  But I am still using the new (to me) method!

Most of my “yarn” time this week has been spent in snippets not on knitting, but on spinning.  I’m still working on the Alpaca/Merino blend.  I still think I’ll have enough 2-ply yarn when I’m done to knit a shawl.

When I reached the halfway point by weight on the first bobbin, I started the second.  Perhaps I’ll have this all spun up by December?  Maybe?  Possibly?   Since I just started a major remodel of my business website, and it’s the holiday rush season for longarm quilting, and I like to take some time to enjoy the holidays with family, AND we’re still working on training the cute little bundle of fur that now thinks the living room end tables and coffee table are jungle gyms built just for her, I’m making no promises!  :>)