Thursday, June 28, 2012

I'm Chillin'

Well, it's coming up to July 1st. Canada Day.  It's a long weekend, the Pride Parade is on, and most importantly for me, it's Tour de Fleece.  That means from July 1st to the 22nd, I spin with a goal in mind, and this year I've decided on a large quantity of Polwarth. I will spin that on the Ladybug, and at the same time, I may spin some fine BFL on the SR- and aren't I the lucky one to have choices?
I have 12 4oz bumps of the Polwarth in Brick. I am spinning for Team Fat Cat, and last year I had a blast.  It's probably going to be really hot in the next few days, so I don't need to go outside, except to water the plants.
Alex (aka The Raging Success) got some of this Marley's Mellow Mood  and every time I open the fridge, this makes me laugh.  He says it works- so I'll let you know.
The kitty boy is loving his perch on the dining room table. All he has to do is roll over and open his eyes, and he can survey the squirrel, chipmunk and bird situation at a glance.

It's nice to know he's on top of things.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer Solstice

Did I say that it was cool out last time? Because guess what- it's the first official day of summer, and it's blazing hot outside. A record breaker. Mad dogs and Englishmen. You get the drift.
So, I'm here in the house, with all of the windows closed.  One of the positive things I can say about summer is I can hang my laundry out- which in some weird way, makes me happy.  One of my quilts is hanging up- as well as FC's shirts- which smell nice, and will be ironed.  That makes me smile.

Still smiling, I am getting geared up for Tour de Fleece 2012.  I am not taking part to be competitive, more for the fun. I am on Team Fat Cat, and will be spinning some of the gorgeous colours- I have some of the club fibers, this year was "Famous Couples" and I have Romeo and Juliet, as well as Sid and Nancy.  I hope to spin and knit a shawl during June 30 to July 22nd, so I don't have a problem being indoors during the hot weather.
When I was newer to spinning, I tried some different dyers, and one of the ones I really like is Three Waters Farm, from North Carolina.  I am fascinated by how each dyer comes up with their colours, and Mary Ann has alot of very different ones.
Here is the Winter Sunset that I spun on the SR last time.  It looks different again after plying, and then again when you knit.  That's why spinning is never boring.  Either that, or I am pretty easily amused.
I WILL finish this cross stitch for an upcoming wedding, and hopefully retain most of my sight. I told Laura that if she ever loses her senses and decides to marry, don't ask for a cross stitch. Or a quilt.
Mr. Kitten Chow lives by the adage "when Daddy is away, the cat will play"- and takes full advantage of the fact that I allow him on the dining room table.  Now, everything is fair game.

I guess that means he's kinda busted- eh?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Ten on Tuesday (almost)

It's Tuesday, and I noticed that some of you post a "10 on Tuesday"- which is a great idea, but not alot happens at Chez Sheriff.  Let's see.

1.  It's June, and fairly cold out, and it has been raining for about 3 days. Union Station flooded on Friday- a sewage pipe broke.  Gotta love Toronto, never a dull moment.
2. With a bit of aid from mummykins, Laura pieced her first quilt top.  I have evidence. She even appliqued some little hearts on 2 of the blocks.  Sweet.
3. The peonies are out- they're out.  I have evidence of that too.
4. Sonny O's truck is in the midst of some do-it-yourself brakework.  One of his friends offered to place an old engine on the lawn to complete the look.  This should do wonders for property values.

5. (See above) If you decide you want to walk by my house in the morning, when I am half asleep, and can't see around the giant truck, you'll probably get run over.

6. I am thisclose to the 25lb loss at WW, and I have been even closer to quitting.  Note to self: stop eating Cheesies, Combos and Reisens.

7. I sort of discovered this blog-What Houswork-and I do believe she lives the life of my alter ego.  I have always sort of thought of living on a farm, raising animals, and she also lives in New England where there is SNOW.  I friended her on Ravelry, and have been reading the archives, so if you're reading this Jessie, I am not a stalker, more an admirer of a fellow blogger.  The tales of her Lab and his polyfil girlfriend are hysterical.
8. I am finding much joy in my spinning. The Schacht Reeves has been a bit of a leaning curve, but I am quickly getting the hang of it. Tour de Fleece is coming up in July. Let the games begin.
9. Didn't make it to 10- but as always, Kitten Chow is his fluffy self.  I love him.  I must get around to scrubbing cat schmutz off the walls and railings.  I will do this for love.