Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Things You Can Do to Serve Others

We're in the middle of a cold snap.  Everyone, it seems, is complaining about it. I feel like shouting "IT'S JANUARY". I am loving it, personally.

I don't know that I can make a list on this weeks subject, because I really feel that what we do in our everyday lives is what is important.  I think if we only slowed down a little and remember that we are not the only one inhabiting the planet, that we could show kindness and empathy, and the world would be that much better.  Manners are what separate us humans from beasts- and what does it cost? Absolutely nothing. So allow someone into your lane when driving, open a door for someone, help someone who seems to be struggling- an older person trying to cross a street. Say thank you to the cashier (not an easy job) and allow someone to have a seat on the bus. Little things.
I have plied and washed my spinning from last week. I got 373 yds- love the colours in this.
This week I am spinning some fine, soft BFL from BeeMiceElf fibers. The colour is maple, and it is a deep magenta pink with a hint of gold, and I want to make a shawl- Niantic Rose with it.

I am coming along swimmingly (see what I did there..?) on my Whitby Gansey. I am almost finished the front, which is done back and forth after the split for the gusset. Fascinating.
Our Blogbuddy-Sel & Poivre.showed some tempting yarn on her blog, and as I was going down to Romni Wools to exchange a needle, I happened to pick some up. It's truly beautiful BFL spun in Yorkshire. These are the natural shades in the DK, but there is also dyed, and some bulky.
Valentino (right) is not aware that Clawed is lying next to him, or he wouldn't be there. But I guess that blanket is so soft, who could resist?

Fleecin' out.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Favorite Bowie Songs

Too bad and very sad to hear of his death.  He was the guy who made androgyny okay.

1. Ashes to Ashes.
2. What In the World
3. Space Oddity
4. Heroes
5. Sound and Vision
6. Ziggy Stardust
7. Jean Genie
8. Starman
9. TVC15
10. Wild Is The Wind

He worked with people like Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, Rick Wakeman - too many to mention. When he started going disco I stopped listening. But he was a man of many faces and was who he needed to be at the time. A master of reinvention. RIP, Thin White Duke.

I just realized this is my first post of 2016.  I am really loving this time of year. No more crowds or craziness.
I am at an exciting point in my Whitby  Gansey, the top part of the patterning.  What you see between the stitch markers is the bottom of the underarm gusset, which gives the sweater wonderful ease of movement when you wear it. Of course, you aren't supposed to call it a sweater, it's a Guernsey, Jersey or Knit-frock.  I hope to make more of these because I am loving it so much. They are done at a tight gauge and we'll see how long this one takes.      
In the past few weeks I have been spinning alot, and I'm still going. I bought this Polwarth from Winterhaven Farm at the Fingerlakes Fiber Festival. It's called Fairytale- gorgeous.

Clawed likes to sit on my lap when I'm doing e-mails and stuff.  He is such a little character- and makes me laugh all the time.

So I'll be fleecin'-