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Did you know that in the past year, I got a job that requires me to drive 55 miles one way, which adds up to 500 miles a week? Yeah, so, we are building a house half way between my job and Chris’s job . . . so, I’ve been really busy.

Our New Home

But, I am missing putting up notes about my projects, so I am going to try to get back to blogging again.

I’ve been spinning BFL from Handy Hands Yarn in Crocodile Rock and BFL Silk from Corgi Hill Farms in Tidal Pool to make a cardigan called “Gypsy Lee” Cardigan which called for 1750 yards of fingering weight yarn. So, I bought a pound of Crocodile Rock BFL Fiber, and spun up four bobbins. The first two bobbins plied to 690 yards. Well. . . dang. That won’t be enough. So, I bought 10 ounces of Tidal Pool from Corgi Hill and spun up two more bobbins. I plied on bobbin of BFL and one of the BFL Silk, and got 595 yards. I’ve still got two more bobbins to ply, so I’m pretty sure I’m safe now!

Crocodile Rock 690 yards

Well, first off, last weekend we went on a 2.0+ Mile hike to the top of the East Pinnacle trail, that is very near our house. We had just been waiting for some cooler weather, and it finally arrived! We had a choice to go east or west, but we chose East –

It was quite a haul up there, but I think the trek was worth it to see this.  We didn’t even know there was a dam nearby!  We also came across this, which is really wild:

Sand in Granite

Embedded sand pebbles -

What glacier did that come in on?  I mean whoa, there isn’t anything like this rock any where in town, or in the neighboring towns that we’ve seen.  Pretty cool, huh?

And on the fiber front, I am determined to make Dark and Stormy, yeah, like I need another sweater on the needles, but isn’t it pretty?  So, I decided to dye my own yarn, since 1.) I have lots of undyed here in the house, and 2.) I have the dyes  and a plan.  Yeah, well it went like this:

Whoops!! Holy Crap!

Yeah, I had made up some rose wood (color) early in the morning, decided against it, went with dried roses, and GD it, I grabbed the rose wood instead of the dark birch I had set to the side.  Well, as I was cleaning it all up I saw the dye and so, ok, make up more rose and add to bucket one and add the dark birch to bucket two and I now have this:

All Fixed and I love it!

I think that went pretty well, don’t you?  Well, sort of, I am now working on untangling all of this yarn since the skeins were not as securely tied as I thought.  ((SIGH))  That has how this whole weekend has gone. . . and it’s back to 75 degrees out there . . . double ((SIGH))!

Talk at you all soon!

My sister has come to visit, and if you all don’t remember she has FTD, which is a form of Demetia, so I have been quite tied up this week.  Chris began and almost finished our new deck:


Back Deck

Back Deck

I started a quilting class:

First Quilt

First Quilt

Disregard the masking tape in the lower left hand corner, each row was marked, and that is really my top left, but you get the picture!

I finished a sock:

Impressionist Sock #1

Impressionist Sock #1

And that is all folks!

It isn’t my strong suit – I mean, look at my sister in law Carol’s Crochet: (Hey, that’s catchy isn’t it?!)

Baby Blanket Center

Baby Blanket Center


Isn’t that just gorgeous? Look, here is more:
Baby Blanket Gift

Baby Blanket Gift

Being the lovely person that she is, she is making this for a co-worker which I think is really nice venture – and then on top of that she made this one for us!
Carol's Housewarming Gift

Gorgeous Afghan by Carol

I wonder sometimes, why it is that all my closest friends can manage this art form and I have to struggle like a banshee to get it right?! I guess it’s all what you are comfortable with. Maybe my favorite crocheters aren’t comfortable with two sticks? Yah, I know it’s like that, but let me show you what I did with two sticks:

Spring Blossom Shawl

Spring Blossom Shawl - Almost


That’s Caryn’s Spring Blossom Blanket, and to knit one row at the end was taking on average 30 to 45 minutes, the instructions say you should have 712 stitches at the end, but I think I went further and had something closer to 750. So, anyway, this blanket has a crochet cast off, which is really pretty cool, and really makes a pretty edge:
Spring Blossom's Edge

Spring Blossom's Edge


But, I worked on finishing it through the whole Super Bowl Game, and still couldn’t get all the way around! It’s really simple too, Ch 8, yo and pull loop through 3 stitches on left hand needle, repeat.

Maybe just the fact that my left hand sucks, I have tension issues (MS related I think) and so I am slower than molasses going uphill in February! So, after all that crocheting I am only 75% finished with casting off!

Crochet Cast Off

Crochet Cast Off

So, I guess you will all have to wait another week to see this baby blocked out!!

It’s off to Lexington we go. . . moving day for Caryn again!

I can't take these car rides!

I can't take these car rides!

Talk to you all next week!

Isn't it Pretty?  Logwood

Isn't it Pretty? Logwood

Caryn and I went to see these guys last night!

Best Concert Ever!

Best Concert Ever!

OMG it was great, great, great! They played together and separately for 3 and a half hours!

We are bringing Caryn back to Lexington, for her summer job, so I just have no time this week to post, but you can expect a surprise next week, when I return!

Deck Daisies

Deck Daisies

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