Friday, November 6, 2015

The Harvest!

My spooky neighbors!  They (she) LOVES Halloween, and begins with a few things at the beginning of October.  By Halloween night that house across the street is crammed full of bodies and pumpkins (only 59 this year), and lights.  It's a spectacle, and a great one!
The time came a few weeks ago, to pick most of the tomatoes from my one plant.  When I lifted the towel which has been giving a little extra night-time protection, I found a preying mantis cocoon.  I love those guys!  They are so ferocious, the way they eerily turn their heads to stare you down, and give you the creeps... and they take care of many garden pests, so I would like this one to survive.  I carefully replaced it and will remain as patio decor over the winter.
Still thriving, I decided to put the tomatoes in the garage, and have canned tomatoes and onions for the future.
Halloween?  This is all of the decorating I can muster...
Above photos from October 23, 2015.  Since then, we've had frost.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Scraps socks

What I need to carry with me for those "down" times: Waiting for appointments, in between gigs when I don't want to go home...
My thrifty nature is satisfied:  It's called stash busting the remnants of other socks.
Combining these two yarns, randomly with purpose, colors are pleasing to me. I haven't found many remnants that I wouldn't accept in pairings. And no pattern except 2x2 ribbing, trading yarns every row or every other row.  When I get to the end of the row, I play genius and decide if I switch or continue.  Since both yarns have many colors, my mood determines what I do next.  I wonder if it will work for two socks...?
Fingering / 4 ply
75% Wool, 18% Nylon, 7% Acrylic
206 yards / 50 grams

Fingering / 4 ply
75% Wool, 25% Nylon
437 yards / 100 grams

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Conquering Cedar Hill Arch

In August, John and I got to this point, but needed to scale a second bench.  I wasn't brave/foolish enough to attempt it, so we turned around.
Then John called a climbing friend to accompany us.  He came with ropes and rappelling gear.
Looking down at where we started.
This is the part that scared me off the first time.
It wasn't as bad as I thought, of course, it never is when it's behind you!  Speaking of behind, I gave John's friend permission to touch my butt!  He asked politely if I needed help, and I told him he could give me a push.  Thanks! That's what I needed to make the last few handholds.
Smiling, because we were confident we could make it from here!
 The Arch is peeking through, and we discovered something from the past.  A horse trough?
At last.
The top:
And another reason we brought John's friend: He found the geocache!

Perfect day.  Noticed a mini-arch forming on our way back.
Preparing for the descent.
I took the steps and handholds with a safety rope tied around me.
John decided that rappelling was the fastest/easiest for him.
Yay for climbing!  My thighs complained for the next two days.

I love the Southwest, especially in the Fall. 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

My friend, John!

A few weeks ago, my friend, John, turned 98.  I met him several years ago when he was just starting his 90's, when he took my class on Geocaching.  He was smitten!  And now we go out several times a month.  The more caches the better.  
But on his birthday, as he has for the past 8 years, he goes to the climbing wall at SJC.  Here's his performance.

Next:  You won't be surprised at where we went last week!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Going to work

Just an amusing aside, for all of my friends who ask, "What does Mick do?"

He now has a part-time job! Although he goes to gigs all the time, for all his years, it's somehow different seeing him pull out of the garage going to a "job".  What is it?  KSJE Roving with the Arts program.  Part-time, so his shows will air twice a week.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Sheep in clothing

Each one has a sweater... Isn't that cute?
It's from a book called A Tower of Giraffes.
Each page has a different animal group and they are clad in prints of fabric or wall paper.  The sheep are appropriately clad in knitted patterns.  ❤️  A nice surprise for a knitter/grandma.

A Tower of Giraffes: Animals in GroupsHardcover – September 8, 2015

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Pants Saga

Chilly, damp weather is on the way... in Bergen.  A little girl needs WOOL!
This will be the fourth (or fifth) pair of warm pants.  But it turned into a saga of yarn!  (If I was clever, I would compose a rhyme...)
It started with... "I need wool, superwash wool, in girly colors, of a certain weight..."  Normally, a knitter would have a look around the LYS, however, there exists none within 50 miles.  (sigh)  That just makes me dumpster dive into my stash, and there, sitting in my living room is a big BIG BIG bowl of yarn. (You know what I mean, Denise/Kay/Jennifer/Jenny. It's been there for years.) Fingering weight (used double), various colors, and I decide to use it up. (This yarn was purchased for a sweater, but I lost the pattern and didn't find it until 3 years later. In the meantime, the size became obsolete, and I got fed up with trying to locate it and used some of it for other projects: Here, here and here.  (Seven projects in all; see below for Ravelry link.)

But without knowing how much I needed (exactly), I started out using two colors at a time. 

And then another color combination, and...
Another combination.  Now I knew how much, but not really crazy about mirroring my original, so...
I ripped it back and ... made a new combination!
This one I like! It's a keeper.

 Patterned pullover 4.6 skeins = 979.8 yards, 230 grams
 Turkish Socks 0.25 skeins = 53.3 yards, 12 grams
 Child's Redbird Pullover 5 skeins = 1065 yards, 250 grams
 Bonnet for Fiona 0.92 skeins = 196 yards, 46 grams
 Little cow mittens 0.12 skeins = 25.6 yards, 6 grams
 ELF cap 1.3 skeins = 276.9 yards, 65 grams
 Removeable sole socks 0.7 skeins = 149.1 yards, 35 grams


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