Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Things You Are Looking Forward To In May

It is almost May, isn't it? Geez.

1. Long walks outdoors- maybe going to some new neighborhoods.
2. Getting the back garden cleaned up.
3. Firing up the spitting turtle in the pond.
4. Wearing sandals.
5. Getting the kitties neutered (I hope)
6. Sitting on the porch.
7. Flowers
8. Planning what to spin for Tour de Fleece
9. Getting the inside of my car cleaned (my son does it)
10. Hanging clothes on the line.

I was having a hard time coming up with 10, as summer is not my favorite season. But you have to find good things about the warmer weather, as long as it isn't humid.

I'll leave you with a Valentino pic.
Doesn't he look cougarish?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Not Ten, Not Tuesday

This weeks subject was 10 Favorite Sweater Patterns, and I started to compile a list, but then I had other thoughts.  I was out in the garden on Monday morning, and that and a combination of a spinning marathon has killed my back once again.  So sitting at the computer and making links wasn't on.

I do have a few, what I consider quintessential sweater pattern in mind, and they have a few things in common. Wearability- will this design be worn? Comfort- speaks for itself.  Style- not too out there, but distinguishing itself by color or texture, and last but not least, fun to knit. I think alot of pattern writers out there get caught up in putting something on paper, an idea, and lose sight of the person who will actually be executing the instructions. I have come across alot of patterns lately that looked great in the pic, but once I started reading the pattern, thought "forget it"- they are so convoluted and complicated that you have no idea what you're supposed to be doing in the first place.

Flyingdales- by Lisa Lloyd. As a matter of fact, alot of her patterns are wonderful.  Really well written, wearable items that have an element of style that is classic.  I plan on making another Flyingdales with some Blackwater Abbey yarn (another source of great patterns).
Well, Alice Starmore, who has re-interpreted alot of her designs in her Virtual Yarns range, and I would have to say Oregon is one of my favorites. I am not an AS groupie, merely an admirer, who has followed her design career for a long time. I realize that I haven't even put buttons on this- I should do that.
Another favorite is Sirdal, a traditional Dale Of Norway Lusekofte cardigan- I look like a stunned bunny in this pic, but I love everything about this sweater, and it has the classic Norwegian braid and pewter buttons.
Love it. I've made a number of Norwegian sweaters, and they were displayed in the yarn shop I worked for in the '80's.  Laura had a small cardi, which I kept.

 I've been spinning.....
 ...finished sewing the edges on this Rams & Ewes, don't ask....
...started a sock, Embossed Leaves.....
..and have been enjoying kitten time. 

Until next time, fleece out.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Pass The Banana's-

Last week was my birthday, and I planned to go for a long walk with my sister. The weather hasn't been that nice- if it's warm out it's raining, or if it isn't raining it's cold. We had snow on Thursday, and ice on the roads. What can you do, it's Spring, and I'll just continue to hibernate.

My back is sore from a combination of bad posture and too much spinning.  But FC bought me some wonderful batts from an Etsy store, Nunoco- and their colours are just amazing, and there are (giggle) sparkles in them.

Razzle Dazzle Rooster
Hummingbird- these are carded merino with some silk and Firestar and I can't wait to get to them, I don't care if I walk like an ape the rest of my life.
  Got a beautiful Emma Bridgewater mug from my sis, and Krystyna helped.
Alexander put these on the kitchen table with a beautiful card- (sniff)-
Laura got me this Hello Kitty Makeup brush set- which is too nice to open.  Thanks baby- as well as a cool card....
And Jewel sent a gift certificate for a cool bag to made from spun Fat Cat fiber.  Thanks Honey. I got some wonderful cards and well wishes from my Rav friends.  All in all, a great day.   Notice that Howard is between Tino's legs. This just started a few days ago.

I have to go put something on my knuckles from where they have been dragging on the ground. 

Fleece out.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Ten On Tuesday-10 Things You Always Bring On Vacation

This one made me laugh because I haven't taken a real vacation in years.  But if I did (just like that O.J. Simpson book- "I didn't kill Nicole but if I did......")here's a shortlist, not in any order.

1. Lipstick- I never leave the house without it.
2. Phone
3. Knitting
4. Extra underwear. I live in mortal fear of running out of clean ones.
5. Bathing suit- if we're going to a hotel with a pool.
7.A book- but I never usually read much. Can't read in the car.
8. Plastic bags, for laundry.
9. Toothbrush and toothpaste.
10. Snoopy pyjamas.

I'm not much of a traveler. I don't like flying, but I love car rides.  My maximum length of time without my own bed or toilet is 2 nights.  Then I want to go home. 

I will be driving to New York state to deliver this Great Wheel to a friend. It comes apart so I can fit it in my Rabbit.

The kittens are growing exponentially- I do nothing but dish out kibble and food all day. This is Howard who is into everything.....don't even think about closing a door on him or having private bathroom time.....

...and Valentino or "Tino" as we call him. Like his name, a great lover. 

Fun times.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

No Ten On Tuesday

The subject was favorite pranks and jokes, and I'm not a big one for things like that.  So it will be whatever.

The big news at Chez Sheriff is the living room redecoration is done.  I am waiting for a lamp to be delivered, but here is the reveal.
 One side- 2 custom wing chairs, and recycling of some older pieces, like the tables.
And a new custom sofa- notice the spray bottle of water for kitten training.
We had Easter.....

And snow.... and backyard bunnies.

Happy April.