Friday, May 12, 2017

I finally finished carding my wool and started spinning. Finished the wool  and then it was time to ply but I had nothing to hold my bobbins. So I went to the hardware store and bought some wood and a brass rod and made my own Lazy Kate.  I can now start spinning my other wool and  ply with no problems. Also my first spun yarn it's messy, I have taken it apart to show everyone, so I need to set the twist.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

I have been busy carding wool to spin, my son-in law made me a new spinning wheel. I printed the instructions from Spin-Olution for their Gypsy wheel but it did not give him much to go on and the directions were so badly written that he had to design a whole new wheel.







The first two pictures are where I am putting it together after I hand painted front and back of the wheel and the pedals too.  The other pictures are of the wheel all assembled and ready for spinning.  I am so proud of my son in-law who did an awesome job and worked on it for 4 months.
I am carding the wool and preparing it for spinning yarn for socks.  I love wool hand knit socks, so I am adding nylon to my wool which helps it keep it's shape when knitted into socks.
I am feeling real good again and getting ready for my Granddaughter Jamie's wedding June 17th. Bridal shower is next Saturday, so it's getting close. Purchased my gown for the wedding and received it Thursday and what a beautiful job they did, I am real happy with the results.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, and the very best New Year.  May 2017 be a great year for everyone.  I have taken out my spinning wheels and fine tuned them, oiled and waxed them. I have also bought 2 oz of many different sheep wool to try and find which I like better.  I want to spin some natural colored wool for socks.  I would also love to buy a new spinning wheel but they are so expensive.  I have had 2 of them over twenty years and the other one probably about 12 years.  I need lots of practice because it has been a long time since I have spun wool.  I also purchased some silk and tencel to add to my wool to make the socks hold up with wear and not stretch out.  Have great family time during the holidays.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Feeling so much better, 2 steroid shots and back on prednisone, but the pain is almost all gone and I feel great. Lots of shaking but the meds. do that to me.
My son came to give me a hand and he took me to go see Tarzan and it was a great movie, the story line was really good.

We are at 104 today so the heat wave is still with us, and tomorrow it's supposed to drop to 98 so that will be better.

Hands working better so it is time to start that baby sweater.
Love to all

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Summer is here and thank goodness it has not been very hot.  We will be in the 100's for the weekend but a nice summer so far.
I still have not been well, my Polymyalgia continues and have had a lot of pain, tapered off of Prednisone and for 6 weeks the pain has been awful.  Today they started me on Prednisone again at 10mg hopefully I will get some pain relief.

I am going to be a Great Grandmother again and it's a Girl.  My daughter asked me if I could make a sweater, hat and blanket and of course I said yes.
This is the pattern that she picked out and I will be making. I  started the sweater but my hands have been hurting really bad so it's been hard to continue knitting.  I hope it will be done by December, that is when the baby is due.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Knitting Socks

It has been 6 months since I last posted but have been busy making socks.  I finally took the plunge and made my first pair, I was so intimidated by socks that I never thought I would make any. But then I found Knit Freedom and they had a toe up pattern for worsted weight and so, I began my sock making, the pattern was easy to follow and since I have made 8 pairs and working on number 9. I love to wear them they feel so good compared to store bought, so that is why I keep making them. Now I can have a pair done in 2-3 days so they knit up quickly.  I am also knitting a mohair throw with 5 colors of yarn and knit with 5 colors at once on size 35 needles so it should go quickly.  Our weather has been cool in the high 50s and mid 40s at night so not too bad.  They keep saying El Nino is coming but we have not seen much of it but are hoping the rains starts soon. I have been so busy knitting and crocheting I have made no time at all for embroidery, but I do miss it so will have to start a project soon. My Yorkies are all doing good and keeping me laughing, love having them around.  When I do not feel good I tell them let's go nite, nite and the 3 run to the bed and we all take a nap. They love to cuddle in bed and I love having them.  Hopefully I will post much sooner than I did last time.



Wednesday, July 8, 2015

July

I cannot believe that we are in the month of July, it was just Xmas and now we are  1/2 way through the year.
I have always had canaries but for the last 6 or so years have had none, so I ordered a cage and yesterday I went and bought 5 male canaries. I have a red one, yellow with gray, yellow with pale orange and two others.  They are chirping but have not broken into song yet, so I am anxiously waiting for them to break out in song.
I have been knitting and have made 5 pairs of socks, I finally learnt how to make a sock and now I am making 2 at a time from the toe up.  I feel like I climbed a mountain learning to make socks, and I enjoy making them.
Right now I am crocheting a large pineapple doily, and about 3/4 of the way through, it has been a challenge the directions were not written well and at times were very confusing.
I have not worked on embroidery for quite a while, since I have been so consumed with learning how, and knitting socks.
Our weather was real hot and very humid for a few weeks, and today we were about 79 deg. so it was very comfortable, we have had a marine layer from the ocean keeping our temps down.