Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Scottish Festival 2014

First, let me just say sorry for how long these photos are going to take to download, go get yourself a cup of tea and allow the page to load.  Didn't want to tell ya'll I was hoping to go to the games with my family this year, first time in 8 years, until I'd done it.  I never know how I'm going to feel until I wake up, if you just bustle me out of the house, I tend not to know and go anyway.  Oh dear, cats out of the bag now.  So last Saturday found us at the Costa Mesa games. My kilt was the first to be purchased over the years and now fits DD to a T. 
Needed a new skirt, I purchased a tapestry a few years back, added some batik to it and called it good.  I had many people stop me and either offer to purchase my mystic topaz ring, tell me I was beautiful or complement me on my outfit.  I felt truly spoiled by all the people who were surrounding me with love, both family and the strangers who stopped me during the day.  We were a large party, we split up and joined back several times and everyone seemed to have a great time.
  The girls in a candid while eating a potato, high satiety levels and totally quack's DD out... she's LOVES her potatoes.  
Christina (left at the table) purchased a sword complete with scabbard.  The fun was in attempting to get the sword off of their back in a swing, impossible.  I believe it hung too low on their backs but I'm sure they will eventually figure it out. 
Jeremiah bought his full regalia at the games.  While has has no lineage to trace back, he's so much a wannbe that he had to have the full garb, all the way down to hose and flags.  Looks pretty natural on him though, I must admit.
  If you are wondering about the different tartans,,, they are all ours, some are ancient and some are modern, one might be of Glengarry, I'm not sure and can't keep it straight any longer.

Now for some fun, the Queen of the Fae is also the Queen of the Leg! 
Threw a Queen Henry the 8th ARGH in it for you as well.

     We have a few video's for you but they aren't loading here so I'm loading them to YouTube.  The Pasadena Pipes and Drums, due to us being from Pasadena.  And the fact that they have the totally adorable lime green fuzzy marshmallows that the drummers twirl.
     Wicked Tinkers due to them being our favorite band through all these many years.  I have most of their CD's and one with all their autographs.  Highly recommend them for your listening entertainment.  
     The only things that came home with me was a
new crochet hook holder, also known as a shot glass.  AND this LOVELY fair lady, as soon as I saw the lovely shades of green and purple I knew she was mine.  I fussed over the one with the unicorn and the one with the horse for a time but in the end settled on the moon as her colors were so me, match made on the moon.

In the end, great fun was had by all but we had one tired worn out me.  To show you just HOW worn out I was, I slept all of Sunday and Monday!  I'm finally awake today and back to work but I lost the long weekend. 

  This photo came home as I thought it might be fun to make.  Take a pretty bit of glass and wire it up with some metal and beads to hang it from.

Another bit of inspiration came from a search last night... I ADORE this multi colored/solid.  I'm going to dump some of my greens on and a wee be of medium blue and touch of yellow in the hopes that I can "find" this color.  You all full well know how much I'm all about the multi colored solids these days.  I'm thinking I'd like to try it on the tencel/merino but I know it would work better on a 100% superwash.  Will have to think about this more.
ANYWAY! I'M BACK!  Quick knitterly update, Lagniappe sample final photos are coming in and it's gorgeous!  So pretty that DD wants Lagniappe 2 already!  LOL Not just yet.   Dumah is about half way through the design process I'm up to the hard part,,, designing the bolero but I'm up to the challenge.  Dye day will be again this week,,, towards the end we are thinking. Pixie Shawls in TK also haven't heard how we are coming with that one just yet.  Next up is the Art Bag, my yarn is dyed and screaming at me but the bolero needs at least till the end of this week before I can pay any attention to the bag.  Hope you are all doing well and are happily knitting away.  ENJOY!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Youth Trumped by Dinosaur!

    Do get to the bottom of this post... there's a painting and a poem I want you to see.
     YEAH BABY! This older then dirt grandmother trumped the 17 y/o puter genius in the end.  Many of you know that Delilah my old computer who served me, at times faithfully and at times true to her name, for many years.  It was time to put her to rest after her power jack failed, from the many times she was ripped off of my lap.  I made due for another year but the last straw was when the screen started to flash down and right.  Before loosing her and all my work, we opted for a new laptop.  I went for the largest I could get with the funds we had available and then just knew that Windows 8.1 would kick my tooshie and so had to have the touch screen to at least maneuver well.  Pixie #2 was very much involved in downloading all the programs I needed and a few things I didn't need. :-)  After it was all said and done I started to rely on him less and less.  One thing I really needed was wireless headset as I tend to forget and walk away still plugged in!  Yesterday the little wifi thingy that plugs into the puter came.  I had the headset for a time and now was the time to load.  I tried last night and finally plugged in the Bose wired and called it a night.  Tried again today then called in Pixie #2.  Granted his heart wasn't in it as he wanted to go watch LOTR again for the 1,000th time and gave up.  About 15 minutes of zany boxes and searches and YouTube help videos... I figured out what was wrong! It was a first and not likely to happen again so I was pretty amped, still am.  


     Update to the YF peeps... we have not one but THREE patterns in the test phase, Lagniappe a triangle made with camel or merino/tencel, Dumah which is either a stole, shrug or bolero depending on how long you want to work on it.  Last but not least Pixie Sleeves which is our next "Official KAL".  This one is designed to be worn with a tank, sundress, cami, dressed up fancy or down with denim they are gorgeous.  The sleeves are beaded all original lace and they attach to a lovely beaded choker.  These knit up fast and are gorgeous.  The pattern will come out shortly and kits will be made available soon.  We will post the placeholder up for free for 15 minutes and then it will have a sliding scale and will stop at about $5 total cost for the pattern.  The kits are relatively inexpensive for such high end yarns.  I will be sharing this one soon so keep your eyes peeled.
     A few of you have PMed me concerned about the pain.  Yes, when I get quiet it's due to the paint, the shot has completely worn off and I have been in bed not even able to change my clothes lately.  It's all I can do to take a shower once a week any more. Yes, not only did all the old pain come back but more it would seem.  You ever had a pinched nerve?  That's the short of pain I'm dealing with, doc calls it 10x10 I don't know exactly what that means but if it's horrific and off the charts, he's nailed it.  Somehow I just continue to get more and more knitwear designs though the pain.  It's weird but since the pain came back in toto I seem to have the designs just swirling about.  There are THREE stoles, not just the one that I worked into a pattern.  One I want to work in color work roses on black in Knit Picks Palette or my sock. Oh dear,,, one skein of multi with the black background work work really well,,, instead of all those separate skeins to paint with allow the yarn to do all the work.  I believe Suz T. just said that last week about Fae Garden, that the multi was doing all the work.  That ones pretty hard,,, this stole would be a massive circle worked from top to bottom or vs v.  Yeah, designs are flooding through the pain.  The new laptops named Rider of the Storm... it being the conduit to "ride" the storm (pain) and get me through to another day.
     For Mothers Day Pixie #1 painted a picture for me and wrote a poem.  She's a lovely girl who is maturing into a wonderfully grand lady.

     Hope you are all well and happy.  ENJOY!