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I am finally going to learn how to use this blog thing… I hope.

The tutorial says I should: Tell us about you and what we’ll find on your blog.

Well, I am Hazel. I haven’t always been this old but have always been more or less  arty. I guess my main ‘art form’ would be drawing, extended to painting, but I have always been interested in any art form that crosses my path. I’ve dabbled in many, no point in listing them here, it would take all day, but they range from fiber crafts to metal & wood work. My Pop was a rock hound and lapidarist (is that a word?) and I tried my hand at those forms, too.  Momma taught me to crochet way back and my 4th grade teacher taught me to knit so yarn arts have always been in there, too. Is gardening an art? I don’t know that I have a green thumb but I enjoy my garden, too, both flowers and food. I’ve written some poetry and short stories, designed birthday and get well cards, written children’s picture books, directed siblings & off spring in musical plays, just for our own entertainment. i can  pick out a ragged tun on piano, cord a guitar, and used to be able to tootle a tune on a clarinet or flute. Badly in all cases and sing along as well, probably badly at that, too, but with Gusto! Well, I still sing along in the car! Randy and I celebrated our 34th year yesterday and he is having a birthday poker party with the boys for his day today.  I had mine a couple weeks ago, but we won’t talk about that. What else? Well, it’s already more than you wanted to know!

So what’ll you find on the blog? Pretty much what you have already found I’m sure. Stuff about the looms and my weaving projects. Stuff about my dolls and what I am making for them. Pictures of my garden and our trips hither and yon. Things I bake and can and a few pictures of the dogs and cats and the deer & other wild critters who wander though the place. We have two Stellar Jay nests this spring, there’ll be baby birds all over soon!Checkered lilies close

My checkered lilies are blooming again. and my peas are up. I’ll plant kale tomorrow. So there you have it for my first lesson in how to make a proper blog. I think it’ll get better. Well, to be honest, I hope it’ll get better!

But thank you for reading this, both of you, even if you are my sisters.

 

trying again.

I’ve been trying to load videos on this blog. I am supposed to be able to load them from my computer but so far have not been able to do that. I reloaded this one from my YouTube page, where I can no longer post since I can seem to come up with whatever password I used way back when! lol The internet can be sooo frustrating! But I’m still working on learning how to use this blog. “Old dogs” do have trouble learning new tricks!

Now I have to earn about pages, I suppose…..

Progress! No- really!

I am just one shy of halfway done weaving my blocks. Counted 11 today. Yeah, not nearly one a day, but I think I denied that possibility right from the start. But now that Baseball season has started I will probably get more done as I can do that and listen to the game at the same time!  I think they are looking good (the squares, if not the team) but also they seem to have a little more draw-up than I figured on so I’ll likely end up needing more squares. Which may mean some creative coloring in order to do it since I have a limited amount of this yarn. Well, I have never objected to colorful so we’ll see.

I’ve up dated this blog so that I can post videos on it but so far have not been able to make that work. In part, I’m sure because of my very slow connection here in the backwoods. I’m going to try again today or tomorrow. A nice summer day, I think people are going to want to be outdoors instead of sitting by the fire with the internet so maybe there’ll be a little extra bandwidth for me!

If I can get this working I’ll have all sorts of things to share with you, we can weave together at last… so keep your fingers x-ed for me!!

Merry Christmas to me!

Randy makes other things than looms, but it takes longer and happens less often. But I am delighted with this Christmas, even if it is March before it was finished. It’s up and filled now! Well.. there’s room for a few more! 🙂

The bigger dolls have a cabinet but these little ones were just stuffed in anywhere. I wanted to see them and now the bigger ones have a bit of breathing room, too!

But I am still weaving squares for my sweater and a couple more dish cloths from the Home Dec yarn. I’ve also got a couple weaving buddies hooked on it! Great fun! Getting loom orders out and trying to find parts for my bread machine which is not doing well. Still working, but limping. And it’s getting warm, the snow is almost gone. Be time to plant peas before long! March is my month for Bunko, too, so I guess I’m going to have to cook a corned beef. What a busy little girl I am! lol

I have been knitting, too, for a KAL on the Doll List. It’s Space for our new Stem Girl, of course. But I made my space suit for my faux Wellie, Piper. She off to Barsoom to meet Capt. John Carter.

She’s blasted off, hitches a ride with SpaceX for awhile, but then kicks in her FTL drive and finally arrives, to meet her Hero!  A little disappointing, tho as he advised her not to stay long. The planet was not doing well and those left in their last city, on the Dark Side were about to blast off for a new world. So I’m afraid that by the time Space X arrives he will find only the same things that NASA has seen and no Baroomians. Piper won’t go with them, she’ll head home again, but she’s glad she went. Maybe She’ll join a colony on the moon when she grows up!

      

New years resolutions?

Well, maybe.  I cleaned up my Love Seat yesterday. That’s where all my projects and yarn- UFO’s, WIPs, new yarns etc end up. I just have too many projects started and many of them are never going to be done so I decided to seriously prioritize.
I decided on two projects. First, a fast one with a new yarn. It’s called Bernat Maker Home Dec & says it’s 72% cotton & 28% nylon. I wanted to try it for a dishcloth. I wove the ends in and then secured them by sewing the ends in with sewing thread. I’ll let you know of it makes a decent dish cloth or not. The skein comes with a crocheted blanket pattern. The yarn “tube” is about the size of a #4 knitting needle, quite elastic. It’s a knitted tube with a tiny bit of stuffing.

The second and long term project is a new sweater. My orange one is getting pretty ratty looking and I have been swatching for a new one lately and finally decided to use the bag of alpaca I bought on sale a few years ago. It’s Blue Sky 100% baby Alpaca in a sport weight. I have 5 skeins each of these three colors and several balls of two greens and a charcoal that may end up being the trim if I run out too soon. It is going to be many colored but I think it may end up looking a bit tweedy once it is woven and assembled. But in any case, I need a sweater and I want to use stash so it’s going to be what it is. I am using the 12″ Quilt Weaver square for the sweater, the same one I used for the old orange one. That one I did many years ago before I tried cut & sew so the sleeves in it were knitted. This one is going to be all woven so I am planning 24 squares, hence long term. I figure about 1 hour per square and I doubt I’ll be able to manage one a day, practically speaking. All of us have Other Lives which interfere with our weaving. sigh…;-)

     

Autumn once again.

Well, the old saw is true… time does fly when you’re having fun. Sometimes, even when you’re not. I have mostly been having fun this fall but winter is coming before I am ready, I think.  It’s be a beautiful autumn, tho. The colors have been outstanding, the temperatures mild, chilly but not really cold. We’re had frost enough to kill my tomato plants but I have  geraniums on the deck still blooming. But the flowers are out-shown by the trees this time!

    

There’s more, of course, but I am sure you have many beautiful scenes in your own yard. It’s also end of garden season with the last of the tomatoes and peppers and I dug my small potato crop and apples! A fantastic year for apples and the bear is too late this year, we got there first for a change!

  

The new canning pantry is pretty much full now! We’re doing some work in the bathroom and he moved the water heater which made room for this little cupboard in the washroom. Project unfinished as you can see but it’s going to be really nice here once it is. I’ll have new closed cupboards for storage here and in the bathroom. While on the subject of canning, I also pickled some beets and made applesauce and also canned and froze some sliced apples, just in case.

 

But have I been weaving, you ask? Well, no, actually, until the last couple days. Gabi from Texas is starting a WAL on Looms To Go. Two fo them actually, if you think yo might be interested, one is to make ornament using, she suggested one 4″ square , I’m thinking 2 might work better.But easy and a good use for left-over stash. She’s going to offer suggestions with her Turtle looms, I’;m sure and I’ll dive in with the 4″ square. She’s suggesting one a day, but I’m easier with one a week, but of course yu can do as many as you want and share them with us all. Ideas always welcomed! More the Merrier!

The 2nd WAL is to make a temperature blanket. This is a longer and a bit more complicated. Something I have had in the back of my mind for sometimes, but it does require stash diving and planning! I don’t know if I’ll be able to get started on this just yet. It’s going to be dull for awhile, anyway as our temps have been running mid 40’s for a couple weeks now… A solid color blanket! Maybe the 2″ square would be the choice for this blanket.

Anyway, I do hope you’ll find time to join us for one of these WAL’s.

And accept my apologies for letting this blog go unloved for so long! I hope you are staying warm and dry and keeping your looms polished!

UFO

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.