Thursday, October 19, 2017

This One's for You, Lynne

 Last night the Wednesday Nite Nitting gals met in a new spot once again in the Clayton(188 & Fraser Hwy)Tim Hortons. We should be known as the Traveling Knitters since we move every once in a while when things get too crowded, hours of operation change or owners change - I think we've moved 7 times in the last 20 years!! And every once in a while, we get old members or out-of-towners dropping by to knit & chat. Sometimes, we get REAL Oldies like Lynne, from the back of beyond, who we normally see only at fibery events!! First thing she says is - "update your damn blog!" Yessim, I can do that. So here's yer damn update, Lynn.

I know, I know. I haven't said anything since August!! Well, dammit, I was suffering from FLC & had nothing to say. And what's FLC, you ask??? Feeling Like Crap. Everything aches, you're stiff & sore, brain is fuzzy, the old gut rumbles & talks back, can't read, can't knit, can't spin, don't want to talk to anyone so you go back to bed instead. Not sure what it is or where it came from but some guy on Public TV claims he has the diet to cure it in 21 days!! Yeah. Sure. Time to get over it!!!

So what did I do on MY Summer Holidays???

Why, nothing, dammit. Nada. I'm so bloody dull!! Can we count the times I ran the Ex to the eye specialists??? How 'bout Little Ron's trip to the ER??? Didn't even drive to Hope & dip my gold pan in the river this year. And I doubt I've been more than 30 miles away from home either.

I had so many plans for Retirement. I was going to sleep in, stay up late, drink more wine, take classes & spend more time sitting on the patio spinning. And what have I done??  I took on three new bookkeeping customers & worked all summer. That's what.

Oh, I did knit a bit - finished three more pairs of socks, just about ready to do the toe decreases on another pair & put another few inches on the blanket/shawl I've been working on for my niece. I also dug out the 5, yes FIVE, sweaters I have started for myself & contemplated finishing ONE for this winter ASAP. I'll post pictures when the sky clears & you can actually SEE the colors.

Then I blew up my computer & got a new one built while we cleaned out a whole lot of garbage from my office. I think I had 5 boxes of extra electronic parts & two old computers in there as well as two boxes of records from a client who died 10 years ago. My new computer has a solid state main drive - NO MOVING PARTS!! It's so quiet I have to check to see if it's still ON. I have 4 TERRABYTES of storage space for new Audio Books! I figure if I'm gonna keep on working in my office I might as well have good tools.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Suzie Has Left the Building

Kroy stripes
Suzie has gone to a new home & to someone who loves her. Remember Suzie??? She's, or rather was, the very expensive, imported spinner I bought & barely used since I wrecked my right knee. I have one more empty place in my livingroom!! I am slowly getting rid of stuff & looking less like a Hoarder all the time. Two of my wine crates have been spoken for & the extra chair in the kitchen can go outside. Who knows??? Maybe I'll excavate that couch one of these days!! If I do, I think I'll cover it's seats with one more layer of foam & a new cover & use it instead of piling bags of fiber on it. Just a thought.

The blanket in the bag continues. I'm enjoying the mindless garter stitch while I watch tv. I think we all need a good mindless project once in a while just because. I know my niece & the pooches will love it when it gets cold outside & that's all that matters.

Socks have once more taken over my life. Everyone I know likes a pair of wild, scrappy socks - especially the 20 & 30 somethings. I thought I'd be smart this year & get a few pairs into the 'sock basket' in advance for a change. Usually I'm knitting touques for charity but I'm down to a lot of And I'm sooooooo tired of touques.
really funky acrylic that makes my finger tips sore!! I'm thinking about donating it myself or maybe crocheting a colorful blanket or two for the animal shelter. Lost pets need comfort too!!

The sock at the top is a new-to-me Kroy colorway. I really like the colors so it's going into MY sock box for the winter season. I meant to knit a bunch of shortie socks this summer but it got so hot I decided NOT to wear socks at all. So I made a couple of pairs of diabetic socks & started back into the regular length socks for the Fall. And, while rooting around looking for the rest of the sock scraps, I found at least 4 sweaters that I've started for myself in the basket by the TV chair. Yeah, I know, I know.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Ice Cream & Cold Water Days

BJ Fluff
It's been lovely since my new-to-me fridge arrived. I'd forgotten how nice ice water could be. Although I haven't found my expensive Tupperware ice cube trays yet, I have that big jug of water in the fridge. Vancouver still has the best tasting city water fresh from the tap!! Mix that up with Magnum Ice Cream bars &  you have Heat Wave Heaven. I've not enjoyed either one in a very long time. My little fridge just didn't have the room for luxuries.

The new fridge came with door shelves wide enough to put 4 litre jugs of milk in them!! And 6 bins for fruits, veggies, meats, cheese & other things. I'm spoiled for choice!! People talk about living off the grid but I'm not ready to give up running water, a big fridge & electricity just yet.

Since I never did go back to spinning for the Tour de Fleece after my rather disastrous beginning, I have managed to knit every day on my blanket. Except for the day I decided to wind off all the yarn I spun up LAST year on the Suzie Pro. Her extra bobbins were all FULL. And I filled all four bobbins last year with NEON Pink & Green for the Steven West Shawl that caught my eye. But, I never wound it off. I got involved with other projects & ended up just looking at it for a year. Time just goes so fast these days! So, I finally wound it all off in one evening. And ended up giving myself a wrist strain from using the niddy-noddy for so long!!

Suzie & I don't really like each other even though I've tried to love her. I suppose it was a bad match from the beginning even though I fell in love at first sight. I worked very hard at getting along with her snippy little attitudes & fast ways, to no avail. She doesn't like my under-twisted singles yarn & I don't like her galloping, tightly placed treadles. She's
too heavy to haul anywhere comfortably with my arthritic hands, scratches easily for all she's supposed to be hardwood & isn't comfortable to spin on since I wrecked my knee - the treadles are too close. And I've never liked her small bobbins!! I thought we could work it all out with some time but  .  .  .  .  She's just too modern for me, so I'm selling her on to a new home. I still love my Old Indian, the best. He's the one I always took traveling even though he has a couple of scratches, a chip out of his orifice, water stained feet & glue inside one big bobbin - my fault - he still spins silk thread to bulky yarn comfortably without complaining.

Blue Jeans
I love my handspun yarn in skeins. I often hang up the ones that I really love as ART, like Blue Jeans, a mixed fluff skein that appalled me when I first opened the bag it came in. Some of the fibre looked like dirty dryer fluff!! But I spun it up anyway & loved the result so much I ordered another bag!!!  It's soooooo soft & scrunchy I don't even want to use it for anything. I just want to pet it. What a change spinning made to that awful bag of stuff.