Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Things You Are Grateful For Right Now

Since I am in Canada, I am assuming the T on T prompt is for Thanksgiving.  I think we'll leave it for our friends to the south. Actually, I am grateful that I'm not cooking another turkey.

In Chez Sheriff news, I have a new sofa, and the old one found a new home. I really loved the old one- the kids were kids when I got it 10 years ago, but it still will do nicely at my sister's house.
The new one is navy blue wide wale corduroy (Miss Mew says it reminds her of a pair of pants I made her wear as a kid).  I got co-ordinating pillows made in a bird print, and a matching ottoman. FC painted the walls "Late Wheat".
 I am knitting the thumbs of my Frostrosen Mittens (and I see I made an error on the palm pattern, aaaargh!)
 Made some project bags for Christmas.
 This is funny.  I found this cat toy that comes with pouches of catnip that you can put in the rabbit's pants. At Wal Mart.
And finally, we have a pic of the "Tinstigator" who is tutoring the kitten in the art of sneaking into the crawlspace.

Fleecin' out.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Places Where You Hang Out

I can't name 10, because I don't really hang out much except where I knit, and the kitchen where I cook every day. I guess you could say I hang at bookstores, but not really.

I said I would have some FO's to show, but really I have finished only one thing.  I got some knitting done watching the annual  Santa Claus Parade, and this year the floats were really amazing.  Too bad it was so warm out, because it needs to be cold to be really good.

I've finished another Ka'ana Shawlette, in Blue Moon Twisted "Huegasmic".  I really love neon brights in winter, and this is a free pattern on Ravelry.
I have done a Frostrosen mittens, using Rauma Finullgarn.  Making these mittens using the authentic yarn used in Norway is a wonderful knitting experience.  Also, notice the DPN's- a friend recommended the Karbonz.  They are unbelievable and I really hope you try them and see what I mean.
I am also spinning a boatload of BFL that I dyed up in the summer.  

TinBad the Sailor.  He has been showing the kitten how to do bad things.  Doesn't he get that Santa Clause is Coming To Town?

Fleece out.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

No-FO November

But look around
Leaves are brown
and the sky
is a hazy shade of Winter

It's overcast today (spelled that overcats), and a typical November day. Not really too cold, and this is weather I really love.  Not quite all the maple leaves are down, so you walk through all the dried up ones, and there is a beautiful smell of autumn. 

Not alot to report around here.  We're in the middle of re-doing the tv room, which is not a basement, this being a split level.  I am just waiting for my new sofa to get here and I'll do a reveal.  I will show you my new lamp, which I stalked the Costco site for.
I always wanted a dragonfly one- this is perfect. 

I think I pretty much have most of my Christmas things done, except for cookies and stuff. Next week is the parade, and I can just about deal with the constant commercials and stuff. I think it's a bit much when they don't even wait for Halloween to be over.  Kind of obscene even.
Clawed this morning. Last week he gave me a scare and stopped eating. His stomach was upset and I had to take him to the vet. I now suspect he was eating Christmas cactus- and it took a few days before he was better.  Now I have to get rid of some plants and put the rest up high where they can't get at them. Never a dull moment around here.
Howard and Tino on outside-strange-cat watch.  If I was that cat I would get a ticket to Alaska and never come back.

Hope to show you some knitted FO's next time.

Fleece out.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Hallowe'en 2015

This years pumpkin on the porch. Don't get too scared!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tuesday... no 10.

I am posting because I seem to be used to doing this on Tuesdays. I don't remember what the prompt was, but anyway, there is no list.

I am loving the cooler weather, and of course, it's Halloween on Saturday.  I adore the smell of pumpkins and burning wood and leaves- they should bottle it and sell it.

The knitting mojo was here for a while and seems to have disappeared.  I have been re-thinking my yarn stash situation and have come to the conclusion that there are many things in there that I have lost interest in.  Wollmeise? Meh.  Laceweight merino? Meh.  Dale of Norway? Blech.  Or maybe it's just general apathy with knitting. Could that happen?

This is a brand new book by a columnist at the Globe & Mail, Ian Brown.  The link will take you to an excerpt from it, and it chronicles his 61st year of age.  I really like him, and his humour and he brings up a number of subjects and facts on the aging process.  Highly recommended.

 I made this Chihuahua for Alex for Christmas. Last year he really liked his Wumpus so he's getting this.
I dyed and spun some BFL/Nylon and made these socks too.
Clawed is giving us a wink. He is the most darling, entertaining and loving of kittens.

Fleece out for now- and Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Things You Did This Weekend

If I can concentrate through the turkey stupor, I can come up with 10:

1. Cooked a turkey with all the fixins.

2. Celebrated my 29th wedding anniversary (well, FC gave me a card....)
3. Went to an amazing book sale place with FC, Miss Mew and the FN (Favorite Niece). It was unbelievable, and we literally had a cart full.

4. Watched the second season of Miranda.  Love her.

5. Laundry- lots of it.

6. Nope, the brain just can't get in gear.

I wish I had some knitting to show you, but I don't really.  I have finished one sock for FC and am working on a scarf for a gift, but that;s about it.
Here we have the Junior Birder/Squirreler sitting in the NEW WINDOWS.  I think they are way more thrilled than any of us, and we're pretty thrilled. When the windows are closed you hear absolutely nothing- what a difference. They are capped on the outside, so no more scarping and painting.

Here's to a short week- fleecin' out.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Things You Wish You Could Learn Instantly

I don't know that I can think of 10- let's see:

1. Play piano.

2. Speak German, or maybe Italian.

3. Paint beautifully.

4. Dog grooming (I think I would like doing that).

5. Play the Stock Market.

That's all I can really think of right now.

We've been having a spell of humid weather, which is obscene in September.  Today it's supposed to cool off, and become more autumn-like. One can only hope.

A few happenings.  Last week when I was in Niagara Falls NY, I entered a raffle in the Kipling store, and I won a free backpack, pencil case and small pouch. They all have these cool monkeys hanging off them.
Cool huh?  Of course, we had to drive down and get it, but it wasn't too bad. There's practically no one at the border anyway.

Also, on Thursday and Friday we are having new windows installed. The front picture window and French doors were new 5 years ago, so now the rest of the house will have new ones except for the front and side doors.  I will be downstairs with the 3 cats. Tino knows how to bunt the door open with his head.
You know it's Fall when things start to look a little squirrelly.  A wonderful gift from a wonderful friend. I did tell you that I am a tea towel maniac?  The shop has everything you could ever want. And more.
The boys will be thrilled with the new windows.  All that open air for birding and squirrelling.  Of course, Clawed will be out of commission as of tomorrow for a few days.

Fleecin' til next week.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Things You Love To Do With Your Best Friend

I am loving this cooler weather this week. As far as I'm concerned, it can't get cold enough.

1. Laugh until we cry.

2. Go shopping.

3. Have a tea/coffee.

4. Knit

5. Watch a movie.

6. Go on a road trip.

7. Yap on the phone (though I'm not a yapper per se)

8. Gossip.

9. Go for a long walk.

10. Admire and learn from each other.

Sounds kind of sucky, doesn't it. I have a best friend, but I also count DH as one, as well as my daughter (though I do wear the mother hat on occasion). I have online friends whom I hear from on a daily basis, so maybe best friend doesn't mean what it used to mean.

Around here, the Ash trees came down yesterday. The backyard looks denuded, but the dead trees were sort of freaking me out at night.  At the end of next week our new windows are being installed, so it's all go around here.

I spent the weekend in New York State. The Fingerlakes Fiber Festival:
I have some observations about certain things south of the border.

1. The Walmart carries things that we don't have here.  Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts, Underwood Devilled Chicken and Duncan Hines Caramel Apple Cupcake kits.
2. No-one really drinks tea, and if they do, they drop a bag in hot water, and put cream in it.  They also have "sweet tea" which I assume is iced tea here, and we're talking New York State.
3. They still have pennies, and they won't take our Canadian ones.
4. The service in restaurants and stores is really good, and they are friendly.
5. I noticed a high number of people driving and talking on cell phones, so I'm not sure about the laws. You do still see that here, but I always give them the evils.

I did bring back some amazing yarn. This is from Jill Draper Makes Stuff.  It is Autumn in a skein, and I couldn't resist. For those of you who may think that that's all I got, there's this:
Isn't that the truth?

Clawed is scheduled for his procedure next week.  I am hoping that it will chill him out a bit, but alot of the time that doesn't happen.

Fleecin' out.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Things You Are Looking Forward to Eating Now That Fall is Almost Here

Food.  That's one of the things my life revolves around. Planning, shopping, cooking  and eating.  Onto the ten:

1. Squash- Butternut and Acorn are my favorites. I am going to make some stuffed ones with rice, because I adore squash.

2. Pumpkin pie- nice and spicy.

3. Pumpkin lattes- well, you sort of have to, but half sweet.

4. Pumpkin Pie bread- I wouldn't use as much oil- you can use applesauce for some of it. Top it with pumpkin seeds.

5. Roasts- beef, pork, chicken. I like putting a roast in on Sunday and having a nice dinner with gravy.

6. Caramel apples- hard to find but I love them.

7. Slow cooker stuff. Chicken curry, Sweet and Sour chicken- those ones you put in early in the day.

8. Soups- Broccoli, Cauliflower, Chicken- mmmmm.

9. Nice crusty bread- best if homemade.  I should do that.

10. Turkey. I actually love it. The dark meat.

In knitting news, I began a cardigan with some Peace Fleece.  I was beyond bored, and didn't like the pattern, so I frogged it. I was mooching around for something to work on, so I settled on some socks for the Christmas box. 
I dyed some BFL/Nylon a few months ago.  I am getting back to spinning here and there.
I also finished my Dottie Angel frock. There were some changes I made to the pattern as I said before, but this is a simple dress that can be worn as a tunic over leggings.  With a long sleeve top it can be worn in cooler weather too. All in all, I'm pretty happy with it.
I went cat shopping and came across these Yeowww Stinkies.  They are available at Pet Valu and I will get some more for the kitty Christmas stockings.
It will be Clawed's first Christmas. He likes to sit in my lap while I am on the desktop.

Fleece out, and abundant pumpkins to all.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Things You Did This Weekend

As the weather was unbearably hot this past Labour day weekend, I didn't do much outside.

1. I started a Sheep Heid tam for a gift.

2. Went grocery shopping.

3. Did alot of laundry.

4. Watched some movies.

5. Did more laundry. For Sonny-O.

Clearly, I'm not going to torture anyone else with 5 more mundane items.  It did occur to me that for the 3 people that live here, there seems to be alot of washing, but maybe that's because I'm the one that does it?

It is back to school day for the kids, and it really doesn't have that nice feel of autumn coming.  It used to be so cool to see your friends and find out what they did all summer. Maybe you had a new outfit or shoes- I used to look forward to it.  I always did better with a routine.

Is anyone planning to visit any knitting and/or fiber events this year?  Last year we went to Vermont Sheep and Wool, and in past years I have attended the Fingerlakes one, which is awesome. We do have a few local events, the larger ones being KW Knitters Fair and Woodstock Fleece Festival.  I really prefer the ones in the US.  Next year, I may see what's happening in Massachusetts or Maine.  Maybe New Hampshire. Since I have been to the Dutchess County aka Rhinebeck festival, I can say that I much prefer the smaller events.

So, while I wait for cooler weather, I will make some plans for what I want to do this year to get out and enjoy it.  Daily walks (a dog sure would come in handy...) and some yard work.  New windows will be installed in late October, and of course, Thanksgiving. And my favorite, Halloween. Maybe I will make bat cookies this year.
I did finish my Monkey socks.
And Howard is wanting to know when the cooler weather will be here.

Fleece out until next time.