I got out the four skeins of hand spun cotton that I had dyed a few years ago. I never did anything with it because it wouldn't stop bleeding dye. I put it in the washer in a lingerie bag to soak in the clorox to get rid of the extra dye. Well, the color isn't bleeding now but I forgot to turn off the cycle when the washer filled and the lingerie bag zipper broke and the washer was filled with this tangled mess. I laid it out in the sun to dry thinking I could untangle it but I am admitting defeat!
I threw the whole mess into the trash. You have heard the phrase 'yarn barf' well this is it! Note to self-the washer may be used with fiber antics only as a big soaking tub....do not walk away! Ever.
On a brighter note, I made some of creamed peas and tuna earlier this week-it is comfort food. Has anyone ever heard of it or eaten it?
The King Orchid is in full bloom-it is magnificent!
These little faces look like they are laughing! I have several skeins of cotton left to play with-I am trying to laugh at myself, too........
I was reading about using wool dryer balls instead of fabric softener or fabric sheets. Since I have wool and a felting needle tool, I thought I would give it a try!
I did prick my finger once on each of the balls! It is hard to hold the wool wad in the beginning but once it gets a bit larger, it is a very relaxing adventure!
I thinly layer some wool that has been carded around the initial wad for the center and then methodically stab it over and over and over! It took me about 1/2 an hour to make each of the finished balls. I continue layering and stabbing until I have an orb the size of a tennis ball.
I did weigh them-a half an ounce for each one. Now to give them a try! I will throw them in the dryer to help the load of laundry dry quicker and static free without adding the chemical build up of fabric softener or sheets. I will let you know how it goes!
Here is the tool I used for needle felting them-I couldn't imagine using a single felting needle for this!
We have a nesting pair of Sandhills! They come to eat, one at a time and we found the nest out back in the swamp. I will try to get a picture of the eggs in the nest!
One sock done, starting on the foot of the other!
Another Brioche dishcloth off the needles. I had a few friends over for a knitting day and tried to teach them how to make this........it was a bit complicated but they are going to continue to give it a go. We might have another class soon to address this stitch! We had a great time and I totally forgot to get a picture of us! Bad blogger......
This month's challenge in the architectural theme is stairs. I live in a single story home! Except for a few steps out on the front porch, I don't have too much of an altitude change!
I know that I am a home body and that the traveling bug has expired within me but I didn't realize how much so until I realized that every subject for this photography challenge, unlike the last one, cannot be fulfilled by taking shots of things in my house or yard. This morning when I was telling Mom how another whole month has passed and I didn't get out once for a photo, she said, 'Come on! We're going on an adventure!' I grabbed the camera and we took off in the car to find stairs! This month's challenge.
These are the steps that lead to Mom and Dad's winter home.
These back steps are where I would sit in the Spring when we would leave the northern snow to visit Bill's parents and my kids all played on these steps, too, to soak up some sunshine!
On to the little town nearby! This church has some real stairs even if they don't climb very high!
The town center has this gazebo with a few more steps!
Arranged in front of the gazebo, where local talent strums for the crowd, there are several sets of risers which are another form of steps!
Across from the park is a beautiful home with a few steps up to the front door, which is a pretty common type of home.
A few of the older homes have an outside stairway leading to an apartment.
One of our restaurants has this set of stairs for coming down from the eating area to walk out onto the pier.
When we arrived back to my house, I remembered I had another set of steps that I enjoy daily-the steps to my pool patio!
And the favorite set of stairs lead right into the pool! I am grateful for a loving parent's encouragement still so I could participate in this challenge in the right spirit! Thanks!
I finished knitting the Zuzu's Petals Cowl! The whole time I was knitting it, I had that sinking feeling that it wasn't going to turn out. This is a good example of lace knitting needing to be blocked also! It is pretty hard to see what I have even off the needles!
The shape is similar to a triangle shawl as you are knitting it from the top down but I made the mistake of knitting it on 16" circulars so I couldn't try it on as I knit it and since it was all bunched on the smaller needles , I wasn't getting a good idea of the size. I kept the course like any good athlete until I crossed the finish line! (I even had to knit the last pattern a bunch more times so that I had enough of the brown part of the yarn to make it look good!)
But against all odds, the cowl turned out beautifully! I am thrilled with it!
I am awarding myself the Gold on this one! I am finished with my Ravelry Olympic knitting!
And so I immediately cast on another project, this one a sweater called the Vodka Gimlet! Crazy name but a great looking sweater!
Wednesday still had a few of us out of commission with the stomach bug but several were brave enough to take a swim in the 74F pool! ( I must say, it is nice to not fall victim to this virus for a change!)
Thursday, the majority of us headed to the beach! I am happily knitting! The wind was a bit nippy when we first arrived!
The kids knew how to have fun without any encouragement on our part!
They both have so much imagination! I love it!
They had good helpers in their Aunt and Uncle!
I think this was one of their favorite beach activities, though. David wants to bring more crackers for next time!
On the way home, we stopped at the vegetable stand. We even bought some strawberries for shortcake.......yum!
I finished the Shetland yarn mitts for Marsel! They are so much lighter than the Cormo yarn I used for the last pair. I must say, it is a good knit!
Bruce, Marsel and kids left for home this morning.......I need some knit therapy to console me.