Monday, September 22, 2008

happy equinox!

HAPPY AUTUMN EQUINOX! i welcome and love fall. i am so NOT a summer person! the nights have cooled and i love, love, love needing blankets on the bed again. i actually wore a sweater this morning. i tried to keep in on all day but eventually the heat set in and i had to take it off or fry my brain. i so look forward to cozy rainy days!!!

well, so much for posting more often. life has been stressful, hectic and way over the speed limit lately. multi tasking has never been one of my strong points-(see past post about trying to dye and school at the same time.) unlike hubby who can drive, clip his nails, change the radio station and look at the passenger all while driving the curvy canyon road-no, for me i start multi tasking and things just start breaking.... like when i forget i've collected eggs and put them in my pocket instead of taking the time to bring them to the kitchen.
don-cha just hate it when that happens? i end up feeling like one of kitsie's little creatures that she tortures in the nite. this is the dog's water dish- is it a gift or a threat. remember her nick name is luca brasi from the god father.heavy sigh!!!!

weekend before last i missed our monthly spinning satuday as i took younger son and his best buddy to the downieville antique bottle and glass insulator show. but i get to make up for it this weekend as some of us are spinning at the celtic festival! i will also be able to sell some of my fiber goodies! the boys were a bit disappointed as the show was mainly bottles this year. but they did get some treasures. i was able to turn my collection of 2 into 4 insulators.hey soxchik-please note the ultra cool hand painted gnomes i scored also!!!! i know i know-try to contain yourself. my gnomes are smaller- but i need to get them all together for a group photo!! what a score!!!

remember the contest i won? here's the awesome sock yarn i received from hazelknits. it is so soft and the colors are of the olympic peninsula-way up yonder in the great state of washington. check her etsy shop out she has so much wonderful hand dyed yarn! thank you jeanne of 4 chickens for making my day! before i cut out tonight i wanted to mention the family did a wonderful high sierra hike this past weekend-our little equinox celebration-all together hiking to a little lake on donner summit. the last time we did it liam as in the sling and and we were hiking thru snow. i'm still looking for the old pictures. i love high sierra snags. they are so beautiful.i was able to gather some lichen for dyeing my wool.but i only gather once it has been blown off the trees as the lichen is very slow growing and an essential part of the ecosystem. i love the smell! this picture is faded-i'm talking effin bright chartruese!!!! almost blinding!!! i won't bore you with a barage of photos from the hike but i will leave you with a pic of a very tired puppy.yes, he has couch privileges-i know i know-don't say it!!!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

vulcans have arrived!

if only i could post more often-i wouldn't have all these lengthy posts with tons o pictures-sorry folks on dial up. i'll try and post more often. today was my lucky day! i won a contest. can you believe it? i won a contest over at jeanne's blog- 4 chickens. i'm tickled!!! and the prize is awesome-i get to pick a skein of hand dyed sock yarn at hazel knits!
i don't know how i'll ever be able to choose from all the awesome colors. like my son at a glass insulator show-torture. pure torture.

speaking of contests remember my mystery vacation photo contest? well- annemarie won! and she just sent me a picture of her yarn she spun from the roving i sent her. she turned this:into this:the skeins remind me of new mexico!!! i sure miss it.
-i love it! she's gonna make a warm wooly hat. send me pics when you are done annemarie!!

i've been digging up old projects and trying come to terms with my inability to complete projects. i found these dead solders in a box in my closet from years ago- socks i was knitting after our fiber guild had a natural dye workshop. all these colors-dyed from naturals dyes-what fun we had. indigo dying was intense- a bit too scientific for me. all the ph levels and stuff-whew! i really need to finish these cozy buggers!
this past weekend we had our rebel ridge volunteer fire department picnic and flea market to help raise money for our fire dept. as usual much fun was had. the toddler races were hysterical.i scored big time with a killer pair of redwing boots(feminine foot wear at it's finest) and some kind of pelt. seems like it was dyed to me but it is real.
i've been knitting a baby sweater out of my purple disaster yarn and it's turning out way cute. last minute kate here-trying to get ready for my holiday craft shows!!!!!gotta go-red alert! spock-i mean puppy in need of a run-later!