Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
We built two "sky cafes" for the squirrels.We put them about five feet off the ground, too high for the predators to reach but low enough for easy refill.
Friday, September 30, 2011
The neighbors confirmed it: a coyote.
In my backyard.
I called animal control who told me to keep an eye on him. They don't respond to just a "wildlife call," but if the animal appears to be injured or rabid they will come take care of it.
Usually such animals are nocturnal so when they are out in daylight it usually means they are injured or rabid. Not a good news.
I am keep an eye on my backyard. And hope the squirrels stay up in their house.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Earlier this week I forgot my breakfast so I went down to a McDonald's and got an oatmeal and a hash brown. $3.25.
I normally bring breakfasts and lunches to work. A two six-pack of bagels or muffins at Costco cost seven dollars.
I did some quick calculation. One work week of McD's = $16.25. One month would be $65.
Twenty-four bagels from Costco costs $14.
That's $51 savings.
This is definitely an "Aha!" moment, because that's a Glindle!
Now a Cobb salad at Quizno's costs $8. That's $40 a week, $160 a month.
My lunch is usually leftovers from dinner the previous night.
Monday, September 12, 2011
It was such a simple, enjoyable afternoon.
Sunday was another story altogether.
I went to my first NFL game. Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers at the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Well I could not bring my knitting in (too big a bag and needles). I know next to nothing about football. It was first so hot we all got sunburned, then we were drenched by the rain. We were rooting for the Steelers who had the worst performance ever and were trounced.
We had a blast!It was the funnest weekend ever!
Thursday, September 01, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
It was weird.
It was 5.8 on the Reichter scale -- the biggest one ever on the East Coast. We were all sent home afterwards. At first we were told not to come back to work until further notice because there may have been structural damages to the building. Anyway about seven we got words the building was okay and we should report to work as usual.
Well this is on the wall of the stairwell right next to my office:
People on the West Coast might think we are wimps, but it is pretty scary!
The engineers say the building is structurally sound. I hope they are right!
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Just don't try this with a sweater!.
Monday, August 08, 2011
This was a beautiful, half fleece that I got from a Cormo farm in California. The fleece was very clean since the animal is covered year-round. Still it was a tedious, labor-intensive process of picking out the veggie matter, dirt, then soaking in very hot water, then rinsing, and finally setting out to dry.
Fluffy white cormo ready for you:
On a totally unrelated matter my Vietnamese neighbor brought us a flower last night. I have no idea what it is but it only blooms once a year and it opens at nine p.m. And at nine p.m. on the dot it opened.
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Most people learn to spin by starting on a drop spindle.
I thought I had no patience for the drop spindle, so I jumped directly onto the wheel.
However, I have always wanted to get a hand on a spindle. With this Tour de Fleece, I was determined to master the spindle. I did pretty well with the Golding and even though the little ebony/lapis wobbles a bit it spins quite nicely.
But I have always wanted a Bosworth. But they say you might have to wait forever to get one. I figured I could try my luck. I placed an order Monday asking for a Midi in any wood, figuring if I was not choosey I might not have to wait too long.
An hour later I got an email back saying my Midi was on its way!
Yesterday this baby showed up on my doorstep:
She is Walnut with a birch shaft and weighs 29 grams.
And she spins.
I must say I love her even more than the Golding.
I love her so much I ordered a Mini this morning.
Yes I am in trouble.
How many spindles can one have?
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
There are two main reasons I am not as prolific during this year's tour. One is the crazy workload but I really should not complain since it supports my fiber habit.
Two ounces of merino/silk from Pigeonroof Studios. About 90 yards of two-ply, DK weight.
I liked it so much I bought another spindle!
This tiny beauty came from Autumn Hollow Spindles. It is ebony with lapis inlaid on the ring and weighs less than an ounce, making it perfect for lace-weight spinning.
I am spindling this 50/50 merino/silk from Spirit Trails Fiber Work:Yes it is like watching molasses drop. But I am trudging along.
We are going to Omaha tomorrow. Guess what I am taking..
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
I remember the first time I tried to wash a fleece several years ago when I first started spinning and wanted to do it from start to finish. I did not quite know what I was doing and what I got then was a blob of matted, felted mess.
I told myself I would never again wash raw fleece.
Well, that was until I made a commitment at my LYS, Uniquities, to wash a portion of the Romney fleece for the fleece-to-scarf-demonstration and the competition in the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival in September. I won't be able to participate due to family commitment but I promised to wash the fleece. So I brought the fleece home.
The is the Romney we got from Solitude Wool. I got just about over a pound which made it very manageable. I laid out the fleece in two big heavy duty aluminum roasting pans.First a plain hot water soak:
Look at the transformation.
The ungly duckling has turned into a swan.
Saturday was also the start of the Tour de Fleece. And guess what?
I am not only spinning; I am spindling!