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Garden salad

 

Not much in the fridge just now so took the clippers and my basket out and found salad makings in the garden. These will go with the tomatoes green peppers and beans I picked this morning. There’s some lovely red jalapeño peppers out there, too but I am told that bush is the really hot ones. The mild ones are not red yet. I’m not sure what I am going to do with these but they will not be in tonight’s salad in any case! But I found kale, nasturtium leaves and flowers, celery leaves, lemon balm, rosemary, & thyme. The little blue flowers are also eatable but darned if I can remember the name of that prickly plant. I have some napa cabbage in the fridge to fill it out. Himself will get Tuna with his and I might make some cheese toast & lemon aide. Doesn’t that sound like a nice dinner for a hot evening?

Jalapeño peppers.  The mild ones on the left and the hot ones to right, under a gauze of spider web!

And the butterflies are really enjoying the zinnias!

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Eclipsing in Trinity

Himself and I had our “Eclipse party” out on the deck this morning. It was pretty cool, actually. I bought the proper glasses at Lowes, I think it was, and am glad I did. Even tho he laughed at me at the time, he used his, too. We got to 88.something % here in Trinity Co in north Calif. That left just a sliver. I could not really tell the difference in the light from a partly cloudy or smokey day, but I could really feel the temperature drop. It did not get cold, its August after all, but it did get noticeably cooler. I managed to get a couple pictures to focus. I know there’s going to be a zillion better ones around but I just kind of wanted my own. It got much thinner than this but I could not get another one to focus.

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Picking up an abandoned project. It’s 4 colors of Lopi. Can’t remember where it came from, a swap, maybe? Anyway, I think it was supposed to be a vest and that is what it is going to be now. Haven’t had a new vest in awhile.  It was lovely out on the deck this morning so I will weave and sip until the sun makes it over the firs.

Fair Season again.

First it’s Big Sky and then the Black Sheep Gathering. I think we’re ready! I have all my ‘stuff’ for teaching packed in the trailer but I don’t have any idea if I have anyone signed up!

But meantime I am working of several projects, as usual. My hat was a pretty big hit so I am reweaving it to be able to write up the pattern. I have also been looking at hat wire, hoping to find ready-made rings but so far it looks like they have to be made to fit. I haven’t decided if I want to take that on. I am thinking maybe a kit with yarn , pattern, and wire. But on the other hand the design as it stand now takes 5 different looms so I’m pretty sure some of the interest will be modified by that number. I may try my hand at redesigning it to use less. If you haven’t seen it on Ravelry or facebook, here it is.

And the class, if it happens, is a workshop discussing how to make clothing with your loom. I emphasize the singular Loom as you really can use whatever loom you have.  We all know that Hazel Rose Looms are the best choice of course, but if you have one of the inferior  ones , they will also work. We’ll also do some weaving along with a different methods of joining. I am planning to learn as much as I teach.

Anyway, if you need to try us this month we may be slow to respond, internet on the road being sketchy at times. Please be patient, we’ll be home between fairs. And if you can get to Big Sky or Black Sheep Gathering I hope you’ll come by and see us!

What’s new?

Not much here, I’m afraid. Going on as usual, spending the winter catching up on book work and restocking looms. And shoveling snow, but thank goodness for Himself! He handles that part because we have lots of it!

But I have been weaving a few 4″ squares along for the Shawl in a Ball project. The bag was getting into such a mess that I decided to do a little Organizing. Yes, really! This consisted of putting together an estimate of squares rows, trying to blend the colors and bagging each row separately. It looks better now and hopefully will encourage me to start sewing up the rows again. I have started. Oh yes, I also cut out a more permanent pattern with a long sleeve. This top isn’t going to have a full long sleeve but the plan is for 3/4 if I can stretch the yarn that far. Well, likely I’m going to have to buy another skein, anyway. That will make 4.  I need to make shorter tails. I have been using them in the sewing up but some are way too long.

Anyway, here’s my version of organization. It doesn’t looks like many all neatly bagged up but there are 7-9 in each bag.

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Oh yes, I did make another set of the soup bowl mugs. Got this skein of Red Heart acrylic in Team Colors and it is scratchy as heck so finally gave up the scarf idea and wove a couple mug rugs using the 3 1/2″ Tumbling Block. There’s enough left to supply the whole team with them! lol

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Yes, and I did indulge in a little doll clothes knitting during the 4 day power outage. It’s fair isle and I find that is not my talent. It looks okay on your far away view but you would have no trouble finding the errors if you saw it for Real. I could not keep an even tension for the life of me. So anyway, I’ll go back to weaving my dolls clothing!
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