NO! Just lots of little socks for bookmarks. The Springboro Wild Bird Unlimited store has asked me to place some in the shop for sale. I told her I would bring a half dozen or so and we'd see how they do. She asked that I label them - make my cards, explanation, etc. for them. If everything goes smoothly,
I can knit a little sock from start to finish in about 45 minutes (I think - need to pay attention).
Question - what do you think the sale price should be????
Remember the jewel tone roving? I have spun two VERY full bobbins of singles and am plying them. I've almost filled a large plying bobbin and there's still a good amount of singles left. There's also more roving to be spun. This is going to produce at least a couple of good size skeins of yarn.
Alas, I must learn to Navajo ply even though it eats up yarn. You can see by this plied yarn that I've lost the
beautiful jewel tone quality of the roving.
Skunk Update - Remember Mr. Skunk? Andy was going to bury him yesterday afternoon when he got home from work. Well, I looked out in the yard a couple of times yesterday morning before leaving for knitting. Then, when I was getting ready to leave, I glanced out the bedroom door and NO skunk. The dead skunk was GONE. I went outside, I looked around the house and the yard. No skunk. I called Andy and told him that now he didn't have to bury the skunk because he's missing. I left for knitting and while I was gone, Andy came home and worked in the yard. He found the skunk OR what was left of him near the pond. I'll spare you the gory details and only tell you that there wasn't much left of the skunk. Now, I'm spooked. What would do that? Especially to something that stinky. Coyote? I know I'm in denial. I know they're in the state park across and down the road a bit. I can hear them some nights. The park area across from us has constant boat traffic in and out. I have chosen to believe coyotes don't come in our yard and especially not 8-10 feet from our house. Now, I'm not so sure.
I went to knitting yesterday at Dorothy Lane Market in Springboro. We had a good crowd and I didn't take a single picture!
Garden Update - The flowers are relieved that the skunk is gone. But, now there's a new problem and I think it's a raccoon. I have an upside down suet feeder for the woodpeckers. Twice this week, the screen
has been pulled out of it causing the suet cake to fall to the ground. But, the suet cake is no where to be found. This morning, one of the little plastic trays that hold fruit, mealworms, etc. had been flipped out of its holder on the pole and was on the ground. The suet feeder's screen was on the ground with yesterday's suet cake no where to be found. Neither the wind nor an overzealous bird could do these things.
I just want to grow flowers and feed birds. These activities should not be so difficult! Dealing with these critters is a challenge. I'm off to Wild Birds Unlimited today for a baffle for my bird feeder pole.
Here's a snail's view of my garden as he peers through the lavender and coreopsis toward the birdbath.
Taylor called Mom and Daddy several days ago and told them that he and Rachael are coming for lunch today. This makes me so happy that they are making time to visit my parents. Even with their work schedules and the approximately 3-4 hour one-way drive. When Taylor visits, he always has menu requests which usually include Momma's brown rice and deviled eggs. Both of my boys are crazy-go-nuts for deviled eggs. The brown rice dish is an artery-clogging-heart-stopping event just waiting to happen. The dish consists of rice, a stick of butter, and beef consomme. Both boys love it! So, the menu for their lunch today - steak, brown rice, deviled eggs, tossed salad (to negate the brown rice), and chocolate pie (which Rachael will love).
Hope you all are having a wonderful Sunday! Very hot here and expecting storms later in the day.Good time to stay inside plying yarn and knitting tiny socks.
My Signature Needles - #0 Double Points - have arrived. Even though I knit this little something on some
long metal needles I found in my collection, I much prefer using 5 inch double points.
Here is another little something.
Love these for bookmarks!!!
I knit this sweater out of OnLine sock yarn - same as the little sock.
These take practically no time. Cast on at the hem and knit. Cast on for the sleeves as you knit across and back. Knit even and then bind off stitches for neck opening and next row, cast those stitches back on. Then, knit even. When you've knit the same number of rows down from the neck as prior to the neck, bind off your sleeve
stitches. Then, knit down the rest of the body and cast off. I did do two rows of K1, P1 ribbing at both edges of the hem.
These directions are probably clear as mud but I hope you can get the picture.
Little sweaters are a great way to swatch yarns to see how you like them. The Yarn Lounge, great knitting store in Richmond, VA, does this all the time. They are really cute, too! You can vary your stitch patterns and necklines. I used to make them and stuff them with cedar chips to put in my drawers, yarn bins, or hang in my closet. Love the smell of cedar!
Skunk Report - Dead. He was in my garden and around the outside of the house again last night. The kitties were safely inside the garage. I held the flashlight while Andy did the deed. Mr. Skunk died at approximately 10:00 PM last night - right outside our bedroom. The house was filled with a very pungent aroma that air freshener only took the edge off of. A little better this morning but not much. He will be buried later today.
Last night, Andy and I went to Lebanon, OH to the Mexican restaurant we like. Great food and it always seems like a party. They're always busy and loud! I love their shrimp quesadilla. Yummy!
On the way home, we spotted three
hot air balloons off to our left and one to our right. The right one looked as if it was heading for the area where we live. Sure enough, when we got to our road to turn left to go to the house, the balloon was just up the road to our right. Of course, we had to go get a closer look.
This particular balloon was from Bella Balloons located in Lebanon. So pretty seeing it float along. I
thought it was going to touch down but they gave it flame and up it went again. There were three people in the basket. Checking their web site, they offer all kinds of packages. They even have one where you launch directly from a vineyard with complimentary champagne flutes and champagne. I bet the view would be lovely. I haven't made a bucket list but if / when I do --- a hot air balloon ride will be near the top of the list.
Perhaps they were all out practicing for this event that's coming up in July in Middletown. I can't wait to go see all the balloons.
There are balloons in my garden, too! My balloon flower is in full bloom! I didn't think it would ever bloom
now it's covered in buds and blooms. I hope they all don't open at once and then nothing. Will just have to wait and see.
We have a stinky problem here! We have a skunk --- a very regular skunk. He visits every night and has been outside for the past several mornings when I go out to water. He is foraging under the bird feeders and around the base of my flowers. Problem is --- well there's more than this ONE problem with having a regular skunk --- he is cutting my flowers off at their base. He has now severed branches off my Tiki Torch Echinacea and one of my sweet bright-colored Lanatanas.
The other night, I noticed the cats watching the garden very intently. It was getting dark but when I looked closer, there he was. Snooting around my plants. I got the hose without him noticing and sprayed him and he waddled off. This morning, I fed the cats inside and was headed to the garden to water and pulled up short. Mr. Skunk
was in MY garden AGAIN!
How to get him out??? The hose nozzle was lying only about 8-10 feet from him. I went back through the house and came out the patio door. I peeped around the corner of the house and he had his back to me. This is not a necessarily good end to have pointed at you by I skunk but he was busy snooting around. I slowly walked toward the hose nozzle. He turned and looked at me. I stood V-E-R-Y still. He decided the seed was more interesting. I grabbed the hose and sprayed his arse right out of my garden!
The skunk has GOT TO GO!!!!!!
I called Andy and told him to stop somewhere anywhere and buy something - a fence or whatever - that will roll out around the garden to keep the skunk out.
Can they jump? If yes, how high?
Mr. Skunk may be going to meet his maker soon but until then, my garden needs protection!
I'm back in the business of knitting tiny socks and sweaters. My Signature Needles arrived today. Sweetly wrapped in blue tissue paper and in their own little
silver drawstring bag. (The bag should have been lined in REAL silver for how much the little buggers cost! Just saying!) I'm going to LOVE these needles! The tips are fabulous! I ordered a pair of circulars for a friend and they look wonderful, too.
Today, did the sky look bluer or was it just me??
Have you ever seen a Pot Marigold (aka Calendula)? Here's a picture (to the left) of one. So many dense layers of petals. I tried
to grow them in my Virginia garden but was never successful. I buy Calendula petals in bulk and use them in my soap. They're supposed to be one of the few flower petals that hold their color in hot process soap making.
The Pink Poodle Echinacea has all of a sudden gone crazy with blooms. They start out regular looking and then go wild with petals all over. They look kind of poodle-ish, don't they?
I can't resist another picture of the Giant Coneflowers. Love them!
It's been hot here recently and my welcoming committee seems to have lost its usual enthusiasm. I don't think it's anything personal -- they're just hot!
You can't tell because he's lying down but Earl Gray is getting almost svelte eating the weight reduction kitty food.
I'm probably boring you with more pictures of my garden flowers but I'm making the most of them while I
can. The Giant Coneflower is terrific! I could fill my whole garden with just these. I love that I can sit at the table in the sunroom and see the tops of them. They're so tall! When the petals first appeared, the cone was just plain but not - starting at the base of the cone and moving up to the tip - these little very dark blooms are opening.
The Lime in the Coconut Coneflower is blooming like crazy! It's just stays full of blooms.
I love these Lantana. I bought three different colors and they're blooms are so bright and sweet.
Now, on to my Little Something .......................
On the trip to Indiana this past Sunday, I worked on a new little project. I worked on it with these Brittany double pointed needles in size 0.
This is what remains of my Brittany DPNs.
I will NEVER again work anything on wooden size 0 needles.
I made it to binding off the stitches and then the needles just snapped snapped snapped. From there, I worked on pieces of needles.
Andy was driving - listening to me in the passenger seat. When I showed his mother and sisters my little sock, he told them that I had blessed it as I was finishing it. I blessed it, indeed!
The results were totally worth the aggravation!
I ended up with the cutest bookmark ever!!!!
At one of this year's fiber festivals, I bought a similar one. (Their sock wasn't quite this shape.) When I got home, I remembered that I bought an sock earring kit years ago. I pulled it out and attempted to knit the sock on those size 0000 DPNs. Life is just too short so I decided to switch to the size 0 needles. This is the size I normally knit socks on so I thought it would work.
I ended up adapting the pattern a little. I added a couple rows
of ribbing at the top and lengthened the cuff and the foot sections.
I finished the sock on the trip up. Today, I located a bead and ribbon to match and threaded everything together.
Next, I'm going to try to make a teeny tiny sweater also to be used as a bookmark.
Last night, I ordered a set of Signature Needles' Double Points in a size 0. They're outrageously expensive but will be so totally worth it.
The flower garden has taken off and is requiring daily
watering on these hot days we've had recently. I'm loving all of the coneflowers and daisies.
This is a Giant Coneflower and it's TALL! Probably over 4 feet. I've read that they can even grow from 6 to 9 feet depending on the climate. I had never seen this variety before. LOVE it!
The Pink Poodle, Lime in the Coconut, and Tiki Torch coneflowers are also doing well. I pictured the Pink Poodle in the last post and have also shown the Lime in the Coconut. The latter is just full of blooms. Something broke off a couple of branches of the Tiki Torch. The pieces had some roots on them so I replanted them. The Court and
Crazy (pictured) Daisies are also doing well. I'm still waiting for the Shasta and Becky Daisies to bloom. I love having flowers right outside the door to cut and bring inside and enjoy.
There are lots of little yellow squash visible now and even a cucumber or two. Also have lots of green cherry tomatoes.
Something else is loving my garden,too. This morning, I went out around 8:00 AM to do some watering and noticed Earl Gray at the corner of the house watching something very intently in the garden. I walked over and there was a SKUNK! RIGHT UNDER THE BIRD FEEDERS! Now, the garden space is not all that big which means that Earl was just a few feet from the skunk. I started calling Earl - trying to distract him and HOPING that he would not decide that this
is something he needs to hunt down. While I was hollering at Earl, Mr. Skunk waddled off around the house. I followed - at a safe distance - with the
water hose but didn't see him anywhere. Don't know where he went.
Earl Gray is having all kinds of critter experiences here in Ohio. First, there was the raccoon in the garage - twice. Then, the skunk at the garage door and now in the garden. Yesterday, he decided he was going to have frog legs for dinner but Andy rescued the frog from his mouth and returned it to the pond.
Work is crazy-go-nuts! I just can't seem to get caught up on entering my activity into the computer and doing my reports. Hard to do the computer work when I'm driving so much to attend my appointments. I worked several hours yesterday morning and then went to knitting.
We had a small group - only 9 people - and met at Dorothy Lane Market in
Springboro. Nice roomy place to meet with yummy samples and plenty of lunch choices downstairs.
Ande was finishing this scarf for a friend in these cool summery colors. This was knit from one of those everything-but-the-kitchen-sink balls of yarn. Fun!
I worked on my Hapi Wrap and am also still working on Citron. I also did a little something - and I do mean little - that I will show you in a later post.
I finished my fifth pattern repeat on Citron and am going to keep on going. I'm
trying to practice my Portuguese knitting. With hundreds of stitches to either knit or purl, Citron is a perfect project to practice on.
After knitting, Andy and I drove to Montgomery Cyclery and he got a pair of bike shorts. Now, we'll both be well padded for a more comfortable ride! He hasn't tried them out yet - was going to tonight but he fell asleep!
We returned home around supper time today from Andy's parents' home in Indiana. We live closer to them now than we ever have but it's still about 350 miles round trip / 6-7 hours. It was a very long trip. Andy's mom is a phenomenal cook and there's always lots to eat. We had a delicious Father's Day lunch and she sent us home with a loaf of her homemade bread and lemon muffins.
I miss my father today. I think this is probably the first Father's Day that I have missed in 50+ years. Wish I could click my heels or twitch my nose and get from Ohio to Virginia and back at the speed of light. Happy Father's Day, Daddy!!!!
I want to thank you for your company over the past four years. You see, today is your blogiversary. You are four years old!
For the past four years, you have been a place I have come to record my life's happenings - lots of adventures and maybe a couple misadventures and tons of commonplace activities. You have been a companion to me through my move from my home state of Virginia to my new state of Ohio. You have made me more accountable for my knitting and spinning. You have introduced me to new friends through comments left here and I've even had chance to meet a few in person.
Most of all, you've provided me with a place to reflect. I truly enjoy going back through your archives to revisit past posts. I love seeing pictures of my children, my family and friends, projects, and places I've visited. It's like doing it all over again!
I think you are amazing! In these four years, you have been very busy! You hold 710 (711 counting this one) posts and have had 147,273 pageviews. You average just over 100 pageviews per day and have gathered 4,820 comments. People read you from places near and far - some that I've never even heard of.
Here's to many more years to celebrate together!
And, to all who read you ---- a most sincere thank you!
Today, I stood at the window and watched the hummingbirds for the longest time. The buggers are so fast
that it's hard to get good pictures of them. I snapped and snapped but most of what I took turned out too blurry. The ones with both of the hummers on the feeder were especially blurry. One of the birds - I think it was the male - kept swinging his head side to side. This movement made his head blurry in a lot of the shots and also shook the feeder slightly. See him on the left - far side - of the feeder in the photo on the right? He's even a little blurry in this picture.
They are just such amazing little birds. When I first hung out the hummingbird feeder, one was here within the hour. He must have been waiting for it.
One day years ago, my father filled his hummingbird feeder with new nectar. He hung it on the inside of their screened-in porch to let the water cool before hanging it outside for the hummers. Not too many minutes passed before one of the hummingbirds flew right into the screen heading straight for the feeder. He got the tip of his beak stuck. Daddy said he threw his wings into reverse but it wasn't enough. Daddy had to give his beak a little push to send him on his way. That was the last time Daddy hung the feeder within sight of the hummingbirds while waiting for the nectar to cool!!
My bike wear came today! I ordered bike shorts, bike knickers, and a shirt. I wore the bike shorts tonight and they make a huge difference. The shorts and the gel seat I bought. Much more comfortable ride.
Andy and I didn't have much time so we just rode across the road down to the boat ramp area. It's a very busy place. I think it's supposed to be the biggest boat ramp area for the state park.
I had a good time flying down the hill to the boat ramp but going back up --- not so much! I was breathing as if I'd run a 5K and my legs felt like noodles. So much for the 21
We've had severe thunder / lightening storms the past two nights. Hail, tornado watches/warnings, rain, wind. The temps have been in the upper 80'sand humid. HOT. Tonight had a slightly cooler feel to it and not storms yet.
The sky was pretty tonight. I love clouds. I could watch them forever. So peaceful. As we set off on our bike ride, the sky looked like the first photo and then as we returned home it had changed colors to pink and lavender.
Yesterday afternoon, I rode my bike. For eleven miles!
I dressed in what I thought would be comfortable clothes - nothing different than what I normally wear - T-shirt, capris, tennis shoes.
After eleven miles (well probably a few before then), I found out that capris are not comfortable for bike riding and I had no idea the seam in my underwear was so huge! Since I want to be a regular rider, I think bike shorts (even though they are not very complimentary to womanly figures) and/or seamless undies are definite future purchases. And, a gel bike seat!
We loaded the bikes onto the rack and drove to Corwin. There were at least two dozen other cars parked at the bike path. We set out of the Little Miami Bike Trail heading south along the Little Miami River. We turned around just before we reached Oregonia. (Find Corwin and
Oregonia on this trail map.)
The trail is very pretty. We passed farms, gardens, horses, a covered bridge, and lots of birds. Shaded for the most part by lush foliage, the ride was fairly cool for the most part.
After riding several bikes at different stores, I chose a Townie 21-speed by Electra. The 21-speed is probably many more than I'll ever need but the next down was a 7-speed. I didn't want to be sorry after my purchase that I didn't get more speeds --- hence the 21-speed. The Townie incorporates flat foot pedaling technology which puts your feet a little forward of the traditional pedaling position. This seemed far more comfortable to me -- my knees felt strained with the more traditional (with my feet straight under me) pedaling position.
Enjoy these pictures taken along the Little Miami Bike Trail.
*Note to self -- need bike basket to hold knitting!