Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sangria Set Up

The Sangria KAL started today and I wanted to share my shawl with  you.

This is the entire shawl through the set up.

 Here you can see the shape of the lace and below you can see the texture better.

I changed it up a bit by making it into a split up the center square instead of a triangle or a square in the round.  I have enough square shawls at this point but only a couple that are split up the front so I figured this would be the best shape for me.  AJ designed this shawl so that you can make as many repeats of the pattern as you desire but we only got the set up today so I have to wait till next week to work on it again.  Hopefully my life will settle down by then so I can keep up with this one. My Sands is lonely so I will work on that again until I can get back to my Sangria.  AND I figure if I go beyond the yardage due to too many repeats that I will use more of the 6/0 beads or just buy more of the 8/0's.  Then I have this lovely purple lace with hot pink blips that would work great on this color.  I always have more yarn.  ;-)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sangria Lace KAL

Here are my supplies for the Sangria Lace KAL by Bad Cat Designs which is a FEE pattern so do not ask to join the list until AFTER you have paid for the pattern please.

     This is my yarn I dyed, there are 2 skeins of merino 875 yard SW lace.  The KAL is for a triangle or a square so of course I am going with the larger one as I like to include others in my snuggles.  The 6/0 beads are in the tubes and they are all a variety of purple from transparent to solid which are all different, bronzy and I LOVE them!  DH and Pixie #2 picked them out for me.

     We need beads that blend in, unfortunately I don't have any others so I'm going to have to go with one of these as the KAL starts on Sunday the 15th.  You can't tell from this photo but the green is dark green and the blue is a dark blue... the clear are those transparent clear AB beads.  Whadayathunk?  Clear right?
     I love AJ's designs, she always comes up with real winners so if you haven't signed up for this KAL, do go over and sign up.  She's just as lovely as is her work.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Glacier yarn

WOW Chatty Patty here.  Funny I haven't looked at my e-mails since Friday (I think) due to my ailments but here, I sure have a lot to say.  I don't want to keep you so just quickly...

      There's a color which I have under my belt which I have long neglected and ignored.  Glacier!  I used to do it as a hand paint and worked up a pair of socks in it.  This was well before I invented my Meldy Deep technique.  If you are interested the two put together should have some smashing results!  
       We are also going to be working up 1400 yards of a long strand.  I made 14 hanks of 100 yards each.  I'm thinking about going through either the entire rainbow,
 or... gradient from purple through blue to green... with slight variations through each hank for a very subtle color change.  We wont "take orders" for these but only do them as I feel the desire due to how much work goes into each skein.  They are great big hanks O lovin!  I'm going to do socks though that I might have found resolution on the technique to take it from white to dark of one color... in two smaller balls.  
You can't really tell but this turquoise does just that.  I can't wait to share all this stuff with you.  There are several different techniques to try. 
1-the hanked gradient shawl, 
2-2 ball white to dark sock, 
3-2 color sock ball. FUN I can't wait.  Those black and white ribbon socks I shared,,, I can so see them in option 2 with the dark color at the toes to white at the tops.  OOO and I can paint them in the gray and put a yard of red at the start and end!  FUN!  I can't wait to play!  For now I will let you go.  Happy Monday one and all!

Magnus and Tea

     Just saw our car pass by so the road has been opened and they are home, praise the Lord!  I'm not alone any longer and the smoke seems thinner.  Writing calms me down so I'm going to give you all a quick update on some new stuff going on.
     DD and I have contrived a new design for a patchwork sweater.  We are taking our idea from an episode of Sanctuary where Magnus is wearing this snuggly number.
     Normally her wardrobe is very high end and chic.  For this episode they have her in modern Suburbia as a painter in some great sweaters.  This one is done in bulky and I'm not overly fond of how primitive it is nor the chevrons nor the color so we will be changing it to suit our whims.  We have an entire tote full of hand spun and that seemed the general idea which came of looking at this bulky.  It's all blues of course with highlights of this and that color.  So far I have had a start of a 8 x 14 block that changed several times within the block and I'm not real pleased with it.  I will probably stick with just the blues since there are so many variants within them that clash.  I'd prefer a more understated snuggle myself.  
     Here's a pile of my hand spun and the beginning of the block I didn't like.  I don't like the orange so that got tossed.  The white is a mohair which I wanted for the halo but I don't like that it's white... might have to dye it on Tuesday.  The dark brown and the green was dumped as well.  Much of the yarn (top of the photo) is from two different roving's rather then many which made me think... dump the entire idea and make a sweater from just the two.  UGH!  What do you think?  
     We made a diagram which was easy enough to change to suit DD's smaller frame.  She's going with light blues while I have darker ones.
     Also I wanted to share our tea cup collection which we get out when we are having our little tea parties.
I have been collecting them for many years now with the first one coming from my most beloved Bible School teacher in a swap.  Others I have picked up here and there from thrift stores, gift shops, Highland games and the like.  Each has a special memory or event attached to it so when one breaks it hurts a bit as if I'd stepped on a shard bare foot.  Needless to say we try really hard not to break them.
     The peach tree this year is BANG A RANG!  First there was a freeze so we put a plastic sheet on it... then we didn't take the sheet off in time for the wind to come.  The hurricane force gales just about took off the roof, we have CRAZY wind here.  All of this nature did the thinning for us this year.  I'm really bad about thinning, I hate wasting 75% of the peaches.  I know it's necessary to get larger fruit but come on! It's really hard for this old gal to take off those blooms.  What did we end up with?

Large, lovely, lushious looking peaches!  We have the bird net over it which is cinched at the bottom and then theirs all this de-bugger stuff on the soil.  Not something I like but in years past we lost them over night to either beetles or ants.  They are still growing!  We have a hose dripping on to them 24/7 now so hopefully soon we will have tree ripened peaches!!  I can't wait.
     While I was outside taking photos of the peach tree, this crazy, wild bird attacked me.  LilBooger!  He spurred my shin and cut it up pretty good.  Teach me to go out on his turf.  Normally I'm watchful but I'm afraid the star thistle caught my attention and I pulled up a few of them.  I had my back to him and was half my normal short height, so he attacked.  Has some fierce spurs on him, really long and wicked!
     Let me quickly get you up to date on my Tour De Fleece spinning.  The info is on the photos. 

   How about using some of our Tour De Fleece long strand home spun on a wee abbreviation of a poncho?  Perhaps a Navajo ply on a long strand 4 oz braid?  Worsted weight - bulky would be great.  Gradient such as Noro and Kauni make?  I believe this photo is of a stole but I would rather it was a circle that could just slip over the head.  How about a large hood on the back?  Pockets on the front?  What do you think?

That gets you caught up to today.  Still need to do my spinning, watch the Tour and get it posted by midnight.  Meanwhile it looks as if they have the fire contained.  Prayerfully it will be the only one for this canyon this year.

Fire Country

     Seems every other year or so I have to inform you of a fire in our canyon... crazy as it is we live in serious fire country.  Some folks find hurricanes and tornado's tolerable and live in areas which see many such events.  Here we live in a canyon on a mountain which is subject to burning out every few years.  We are also on top of a major earthquake fault line.  I will take the quakes over the fires any day! Ever since the last fire hit when we evacuated.  Come to think of it, that one hit in the early days of July as well.
     For many years I was under the misinformation that all parts of the country were similar to ours in rain fall.  We have NONE from May-June all the way through to end of October.  I thought it was normal to have to water anything you wanted to live through the drought months. Never gave the Kudzu a second thought, just figured it was green on the East coast of the country.  I actually thought it might be nice to plant some here due to it's voracious nature.  Instead I planted mint which doesn't need watering and grows like a weed.  ;-)  Irrigation, drip systems and sprinklers have always been in my vocabulary.  Imagine my shock when the internet opened the world to me and I learned all of that watering paraphernalia wasn't the norm country wide.
     So every few years or so we deal with high alert due to flames.  One year the fire was just across the street, it was so alive, so vibrant.  This monster was eating everything in my sight and terrifying us all.  It had a voice, loud and angry, it had colors I had never seen or imagined before, it was alive and it was hungry!  Fortunately the firefighters had it contained in a few, very long, days and although we had to evacuate (no small feat with an InValid in tow) we lived through it.  Our neighbors banded together and got us all out, 1 adult, 2 teens, 2 dogs and 2 cats.  I don't believe any homes were lost that year.
     Silence, no planes, that's scary as I still see lots of white smoke, 4:52pm.  The fire planes are here dropping from Lake Tejon, conveniently located across the freeway from us.
     All that to say we have a major brush fire here, I'm all alone and a little scared, having a very bad day due to my ailments.  My family went to church and to a luncheon afterwards with some new friends.  Even though they are on their way home (1 hour drive to the city) they will not be able to come for me as it looks as if they closed the only road into the canyon.  If you are of the persuasion, please pray for all of the people here in the canyon.

LEBEC, CA (Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 3:33 p.m.)--A brushfire was reported at about 3:30 p.m. to be "running up a hill" near Lebec Oaks Road, Lancer Way and Star Court. Fire engine 56 and 356 are enroute. Fire officials have indicated the fire has a moderate rate of spread and the "potential is high."
LEBEC, CA (Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 3:46 p.m.)--The fire is reported to be spreading from Star Court eastward toward Lancer Way.
LEBEC, CA (Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 3:49 p.m.)--Kern County Fire Department has advised the sheriff's department to close Lebec Oaks Road at Lebec Road, preventing any traffic from entering the O'Neil Canyon area.
LEBEC, CA (Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 3:53 p.m.)--A resident has reported that the fire is moving to the west, not east.
LEBEC, CA (Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 4:25 p.m.)--Radio traffic indicates that fire officials believe the "Lancer fire" may be "somewhat contained" at this time, subject to changes in the wind.
LEBEC, CA (Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 4:34 p.m.)--Kern County Fire Department's Incident Commander on the Lancer fire has estimated the fire to be between 30 and 50 acres in size at this time.

This is part of the July 6, 2012 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

July Dye Day

Along with all of the Sands of Time, camel, Azalea, Emerald Isle and Silken Web we will be dyeing through several other places where we are going off into unknown territory! "To go boldly where no man has gone before!"  A good friend wants me to try my hand at a long strand so that will hit the Inkle board as a wrap as well as a list of items.
In celebration of Shadow of the Night hitting here soon... I'm delving back into my Deb Harkness dyeing with a few new ones from:
 Sept Tours
  1. "Chateau" done on lace in pink, beige and gray, this will be a light colored yarn which will look smashing on my Pixie Paca and will make a lovely lace shawl.
  2. "Vineyard" will explore both the ground, grapes, vines and leaves with all shades therein and be a hand paint on sock yarn.
While we are on ADOW we must talk about Diana's costume at the end of the book.  Her stockings were red and white, candy cane stripes, I didn't like them either.  She tossed them and UGHed them, didn't want them on, I totally agree.  Then I became intrigued, while she might have despised those I believe done right she would have loved them.  For me it's periwinkle and deep emerald green!  Striped all the way up so 2 skeins of sock yarn in semi solid coming right up.  That will be my late night reading knitting.  STOCKINGS!  LOVE them and I'm getting to the point where I really make them well.  I make ones that stay up with a vengeance.  I could help you with yours if you like.  Perhaps a short book of what works and what doesn't work? If you are on board PM me.

     Peacock is a must for dye day, I will be doing this hand paint on a worsted for my autumnal sweater this year.  Think teal, turquoise, purple, royal, bright blue, black and emerald... possibly a hint of bronze.  She will also appear in a sock yarn.

50 Shades has made an appearance and will hit in two different sock weights.  One will be a dip dye going through all shades of gray.  The other will be done in Meldy Deep method for all those shades to be present.  Both will have blips of red and black.  Both will also start and end with a few inches of red at the tails.  Which will be a perfect start for toe up socks.
     This leads me into my next item which is pattern support for 50 Shades.  Lovely socks and gauntlets with a black or red satin ribbon to lace them up.  Along these lines.
The cute ribbon would be made of satin and be in your choice of red or black though.  The color of the socks themselves would be overall gray in the Meldy or go in and out of light and dark puddling with a dip dye.  Fun right!  The gauntlets will do the same but have less shaping as you can get away with just a tube for those.  If there's enough interest I will make up the patterns for you.  Let's chat on the Yahoo Group.  The other thing that we will be playing with is ROVING!  All of this TDF spinning has shown me one thing, while I have a ton of plain white roving I don't have much lovely little prettys!  So we have devised a method of making a long strand roving that we believe will work.  We will be trying out hand at it next week I CANT WAIT.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


Give me a break!
Give me a break!
Break me off a piece of that 
Kit Kat Bar!
     Ok this is the LAST time I say I'm going to take a break.  Vacation is not a good word for me to THINK let alone use! Things went from a snow ball, rolled to a snowman and went into an avalanche!  What was I thinking!  INSANITY!  Broohooohahaha!  Yeah, no such thing as a break for this chicka.
     The commission knit needs 8 more 8" squares of color work to do and then grafting of all 32 squares, 14 triangles and 4 corners.  I have started seaming and it's flipping back on itself.  I don't have time to reblock this... I block each block as I complete them.  I hope they have a steamer.
     Then there's Sands,,,, last minute KAL, lovely knit, gorgeous shawl but....
     Cylon Sharon reared her head and needed her top yesterday.  Who am I to say no to a Cylon! I mean come on I'm only human!

Then June 30th hit!
And it was a spinathon!

So if you are looking for me... you will find me knee deep in edits....

Knitting and Grafting like a mad woman....

As well as Spinning like a fool!  I have 2 sweaters to spin for and various oddities who have remained unknown to date.  That last photo... GREAT lace!... but come on!  
What am I? 
CRAZY!  or just exhausted, take your pick!