Saturday, January 31, 2015

Friday Felines Vol. 2 2015

Willow doesn't like to be cold ... she'll find the warmest spot to sit. I was trying to fold laundry to put MY clothes in the dryer after my husband did a load ... she promptly jumped in since it was still toasty.

I told her I was trying to fold the clothes and use the dryer ... this was her response ...

So I took her out and put her on the bed and got some clothes folded ... she came back ...

And then decided now that I had all the clothes out (though they were comfortable to lay on) this was still warm and since I was apparently done she would settle in ...

I still have to dry my clothes ...

Friday, January 30, 2015

Seaming and seaming some more

Its the penguin pillow!  The body is done ... the instructions said to BO, then use the tail to sew the top together ... I opted for kitchener stitch.  I'm not sure that grafting is any less painless than sewing 144 stitches up.  So far, so good, but I'm taking it slow going at few inches at a time.

Don't forget its knit off, purl on ... purl off, knit on ... I have to repeat this in my head the ENTIRE time, LOL!

I've got some hot cocoa and Yoda and the Sheep are watching me work.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

FO: Manos Merino

Manos del Uraguay
100% Extra Fine Merino
Color: Dragon

This was a lovely fiber to spin.  I love the colors (plus, its called Dragon, so  .... duh!).  Some parts of it were a little difficult to deal with, uneven staple lengths, but for the most part it felt like butter in my hands.

I decided to try a traditional 3-ply.

I got 306 yds of a fingering weight 3-ply.  I tried navajo plying the left overs, but it just fell apart, so I did a 2-ply for 53 yds.  It is super soft and squishy, as a 2ply its a little uneven, but the 3 ply rounded out nicely.

Sunday, January 25, 2015


I'm taking a Craftsy class on sketching ... this is my first attempt at a still life. The instructor said a great tip for when you're not too sure of your work ... ask someone if they recognize the item, can they see what it is ... if yes, then its not half bad, LOL!!!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Penguin Appropriate Weather

I am working on this as a silly gift for a friend.  Its a penguin pillow ... today is snowing pretty good, seems very appropriate weather to be knitting on a penguin.

I'm thinking I might want to block these bottom pieces before seaming though ...

I debated blocking the separate pieces before beginning knitting in the round, but I didn't want to stop knitting for a day or two to do it.  If I continue up and finish the top, I can block the bottom and side seams while knitting on the other pieces (wings, feet, etc.).  I would like this to be done by 2/21 when we have plans to get together with this couple.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Felines Vol. 2 2015

Why ... oh why do all the cat toys end up in 
the room they are not allowed in?!?!?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Local, Fresh Maple Syrup!

So ... one of the Officers I work with taps some local trees and makes maple syrup ...  

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Snow Gulls

When I pulled into this parking lot, I was wondering what the weird lumps were in the snow ... 
Snow Gulls!

Click photo to embiggen.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Friday Felines Vol. 1 2015

My husband got the cats a new scratching post for Christmas ...
they've annihilated it already ...