Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Things You Wish You Could Learn Instantly

I don't know that I can think of 10- let's see:

1. Play piano.

2. Speak German, or maybe Italian.

3. Paint beautifully.

4. Dog grooming (I think I would like doing that).

5. Play the Stock Market.

That's all I can really think of right now.

We've been having a spell of humid weather, which is obscene in September.  Today it's supposed to cool off, and become more autumn-like. One can only hope.

A few happenings.  Last week when I was in Niagara Falls NY, I entered a raffle in the Kipling store, and I won a free backpack, pencil case and small pouch. They all have these cool monkeys hanging off them.
Cool huh?  Of course, we had to drive down and get it, but it wasn't too bad. There's practically no one at the border anyway.

Also, on Thursday and Friday we are having new windows installed. The front picture window and French doors were new 5 years ago, so now the rest of the house will have new ones except for the front and side doors.  I will be downstairs with the 3 cats. Tino knows how to bunt the door open with his head.
You know it's Fall when things start to look a little squirrelly.  A wonderful gift from a wonderful friend. I did tell you that I am a tea towel maniac?  The shop has everything you could ever want. And more.
The boys will be thrilled with the new windows.  All that open air for birding and squirrelling.  Of course, Clawed will be out of commission as of tomorrow for a few days.

Fleecin' til next week.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Things You Love To Do With Your Best Friend

I am loving this cooler weather this week. As far as I'm concerned, it can't get cold enough.

1. Laugh until we cry.

2. Go shopping.

3. Have a tea/coffee.

4. Knit

5. Watch a movie.

6. Go on a road trip.

7. Yap on the phone (though I'm not a yapper per se)

8. Gossip.

9. Go for a long walk.

10. Admire and learn from each other.

Sounds kind of sucky, doesn't it. I have a best friend, but I also count DH as one, as well as my daughter (though I do wear the mother hat on occasion). I have online friends whom I hear from on a daily basis, so maybe best friend doesn't mean what it used to mean.

Around here, the Ash trees came down yesterday. The backyard looks denuded, but the dead trees were sort of freaking me out at night.  At the end of next week our new windows are being installed, so it's all go around here.

I spent the weekend in New York State. The Fingerlakes Fiber Festival:
I have some observations about certain things south of the border.

1. The Walmart carries things that we don't have here.  Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts, Underwood Devilled Chicken and Duncan Hines Caramel Apple Cupcake kits.
2. No-one really drinks tea, and if they do, they drop a bag in hot water, and put cream in it.  They also have "sweet tea" which I assume is iced tea here, and we're talking New York State.
3. They still have pennies, and they won't take our Canadian ones.
4. The service in restaurants and stores is really good, and they are friendly.
5. I noticed a high number of people driving and talking on cell phones, so I'm not sure about the laws. You do still see that here, but I always give them the evils.

I did bring back some amazing yarn. This is from Jill Draper Makes Stuff.  It is Autumn in a skein, and I couldn't resist. For those of you who may think that that's all I got, there's this:
Isn't that the truth?

Clawed is scheduled for his procedure next week.  I am hoping that it will chill him out a bit, but alot of the time that doesn't happen.

Fleecin' out.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Things You Are Looking Forward to Eating Now That Fall is Almost Here

Food.  That's one of the things my life revolves around. Planning, shopping, cooking  and eating.  Onto the ten:

1. Squash- Butternut and Acorn are my favorites. I am going to make some stuffed ones with rice, because I adore squash.

2. Pumpkin pie- nice and spicy.

3. Pumpkin lattes- well, you sort of have to, but half sweet.

4. Pumpkin Pie bread- I wouldn't use as much oil- you can use applesauce for some of it. Top it with pumpkin seeds.

5. Roasts- beef, pork, chicken. I like putting a roast in on Sunday and having a nice dinner with gravy.

6. Caramel apples- hard to find but I love them.

7. Slow cooker stuff. Chicken curry, Sweet and Sour chicken- those ones you put in early in the day.

8. Soups- Broccoli, Cauliflower, Chicken- mmmmm.

9. Nice crusty bread- best if homemade.  I should do that.

10. Turkey. I actually love it. The dark meat.

In knitting news, I began a cardigan with some Peace Fleece.  I was beyond bored, and didn't like the pattern, so I frogged it. I was mooching around for something to work on, so I settled on some socks for the Christmas box. 
I dyed some BFL/Nylon a few months ago.  I am getting back to spinning here and there.
I also finished my Dottie Angel frock. There were some changes I made to the pattern as I said before, but this is a simple dress that can be worn as a tunic over leggings.  With a long sleeve top it can be worn in cooler weather too. All in all, I'm pretty happy with it.
I went cat shopping and came across these Yeowww Stinkies.  They are available at Pet Valu and I will get some more for the kitty Christmas stockings.
It will be Clawed's first Christmas. He likes to sit in my lap while I am on the desktop.

Fleece out, and abundant pumpkins to all.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Things You Did This Weekend

As the weather was unbearably hot this past Labour day weekend, I didn't do much outside.

1. I started a Sheep Heid tam for a gift.

2. Went grocery shopping.

3. Did alot of laundry.

4. Watched some movies.

5. Did more laundry. For Sonny-O.

Clearly, I'm not going to torture anyone else with 5 more mundane items.  It did occur to me that for the 3 people that live here, there seems to be alot of washing, but maybe that's because I'm the one that does it?

It is back to school day for the kids, and it really doesn't have that nice feel of autumn coming.  It used to be so cool to see your friends and find out what they did all summer. Maybe you had a new outfit or shoes- I used to look forward to it.  I always did better with a routine.

Is anyone planning to visit any knitting and/or fiber events this year?  Last year we went to Vermont Sheep and Wool, and in past years I have attended the Fingerlakes one, which is awesome. We do have a few local events, the larger ones being KW Knitters Fair and Woodstock Fleece Festival.  I really prefer the ones in the US.  Next year, I may see what's happening in Massachusetts or Maine.  Maybe New Hampshire. Since I have been to the Dutchess County aka Rhinebeck festival, I can say that I much prefer the smaller events.

So, while I wait for cooler weather, I will make some plans for what I want to do this year to get out and enjoy it.  Daily walks (a dog sure would come in handy...) and some yard work.  New windows will be installed in late October, and of course, Thanksgiving. And my favorite, Halloween. Maybe I will make bat cookies this year.
I did finish my Monkey socks.
And Howard is wanting to know when the cooler weather will be here.

Fleece out until next time.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Seemingly Ordinary Things That Bring You Joy

Woot! It's September 1st.  Even though the weather is going to be hot and humid for the forseeable, it's still September.  And on that note:

1. The sunset is earlier and I love the dark.

2. Wind blowing- I love a windy day.

3. Purring cats. You get alot of that around here.

4. Trees- they make me happy for some odd reason.

5. Having my tea in a beautiful cup- pottery or Emma Bridgewater.  This is today's cup.

6. Knitting. Duh.

7. Stitching- lining up the stitches perfectly and being creative.

8. The smell of burning wood, I adore it.

9. Having a clean car- probably should do that.

10. Ironing piles of fresh laundry- not that actual ironing, but the clean clothes smell.

So, I finished my Dottie Angel Frock. It's the tunic style, and I used some Rabbit and Moon cotton.  There are a few things that I will do differently the next time. Let me say here that I am NOT a seasoned sewer in terms of clothing, but the instructions were odd. 

Cut the pocket bands and the ties with a rotary cutter. Make the ties wider, 2 1/2 " instead of 1 1/2.

Sew the side seams before dealing with the armholes. The pattern tells you to taper the arm, and then do a French seam up the side, which makes for some weirdness in the armhole seam.  Of course, if you have a serger or overlocker, use that and be done with it. 

AND... if you are longer in the torso (and your rear is built closer to the ground) adjust the gathers below the bustline.  Also, I sewed the bias binding from the inside, because even with basting, no way no how would I have been able to see anything on the right side.  I also may cut a higher neckline too.

This week I am off with my buddy to drop off some fleeces for processing, and then doing alot of relaxing.  I really want to get back to walking and getting outside, but not in the humidity.
Howard doesn't understand why he can't have the window open. Soon, Howie, soon.

Fleece out.