Sunday, October 29, 2006

Daylight Savings Time Ends -

In an effort to understand why the heck we do this "spring forward and fall back" thingy every spring and fall season, I looked it up. Apparently it was conceived to conserve energy and obtain one extra hour of daylight during the summer months. While I concur wholeheartedly that getting that extra hour during the summer months is cool, I really, really hate the winter months where you are getting up in the dark, driving to work in the dark, and then turning around and driving home in the dark too! Oh well, I guess I can't change it so I might as well stop fussing about it.

I was kind of at a loss at what to show this week for fiber related activity, as I have put myself on a yarn diet and I am trying not to buy any yarn until after Christmas - WELL, I've made it a week, but as I said I don't have much going on 'cept those Big Black Socks: Turned the heel and look at that tension! Is that good or what? The slight ridge will correct itself in the wash, that is the move between needles -

I can show some past acquisitions tho, so here is LL's in Motherlode: Don't you love this color? I am planning on the famous Jaywalker socks for this:

And this is an artist on Etsy: Twisted This color is "Stone" which is a self striping denim - I have no actual plans for this yet, although I am not a big fan of plain vanilla, round and round you go, which is why I am struggling with the BBS's I think.

No update on the barn, as silly, silly Chris tried to catch a 16 foot 2"x 4" with one hand while standing on a ladder! Well, Good Grief! One jammed thumb leads to much pain and swelling, can we all collectively say "ouch" ? So, the week has been a bust for barn building, but it was raining most of the time too, so I guess he picked a good week to be silly. They are putting up the roofing shingles now, so next week it will really be looking good!

Have a good week everybody!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Autumn is in Full Swing -

A picture to show the gray skies, rain in the air, and the falling leaves, falling temperatures and general falling spirits it seems.

I genuinely like the Autumn colors that the trees show in abundance, but I generally start getting quite depressed this time of year as I know that the cold and snow will be upon us soon. Although, since we have moved to the south the snow is not really such a problem any longer. But, ice can wreak havoc with the roads and trees and power lines - so a backup generator is a great thing!

Anyway, on a fiber note I have nothing to show that wouldn't be a repeat of last week, although I did turn the heels on the BBS! As I mentioned last week I have gathered quite a lot of yarn that I know I will never use.

So go here: Almost Free Yarn: All I want for this yarn is for you to pick up the shipping, I plan to use US priority mail so that I don't have to pay for boxes or bags. If you want it just e-mail me and I'll get it in the mail for you! I'm giving this a week and after that all remaining yarn will be dropped off at Goodwill - If you can't see the photos, then sign up for Flickr and look under my user name of: junepot then you should be able to see them all. While your over there you should check out my sister's gorgeous photos too! Her user name is daj_klinedinst That girl can take a picture I tell ya!

Oh, but I can't go before I show you how far Chris has gotten with the barn:

What do you think?? It looks like a building now doesn't it?

Sunday, October 15, 2006

I think I'm Out of Control!

You know how it is when you are perusing the internet and you see that lovely yarn that you just can't resist? Yeah, well, I am now in the process of cleaning up my stash, and, ahem, I think I have a problem. You know, like "Hi, my name is June and I can't stop buying yarn and any fiber related object." Now, don't get me wrong, I have never had to rob Peter to pay for my purchases, but I'm starting to feel pretty guilty about it! So, next week I will have pictures of yarn for sale for the price of postage, just to get some of this in hands that will knit it!!

First off the barn: Look at all those toys!! And he is upset with my two spinning wheels??? Nawh, he really is the best - Look how far we've gotten!

So, anyway, on to other things, I have been trying to grow jade plants ever since I can remember (and that's a long time) and this is the best I have ever, ever done. I wanted to transplant it and give it some nutrients, but of course we have about one tablespoon of dirt left in the dirt bag in the garage. . . so, next week I hope.

And on the needles is: Hyrna -

I am not fast especially when I have three things going right now! But look at this, I just love, love, love this color from Ms. Lisa:


And of course, two pairs of socks: Mermaid (for me in size women's size 6)

OK: This pair should count as two pairs!!! BBS for Socks for Soldiers men's size large 10 - 11, Good Grief they are huge! Men have enormously big feet!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

The Best Laid Plans . . .

Well, I had planned to show you all progress on the pole barn, but instead took a trip with my darling, Chris and brought Bryan back to Lexington today. A six hour trip and one clean bathroom, a load of laundry, put up of groceries and making dinner put short work of this day - so I will proceed to take pictures and show all of you (what is the number now. . . 6 in total?) our progress next week -

Have a good one everyone -

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Gearing up for Fall -

Well, as we speak dh, Chris and dd, Caryn are outside working on the beginnings of our pole barn for one said daughter's horse, Blazer:

The past couple of years we've been paying our neighbors to feed and board him, and recently our town is growing by leaps and bounds (we are even getting a Lowes, who hoo!) they are building homes on acreage the size of a postage stamp. With this in mind we purchased another acre from our farming neighbor and we are pulling the horse back to our care. I really wanted more room, to do a couple of sheep too, but Chris flatly refuses to deal with sheep. . . so, I have to be content with the horse I guess!

On the fiber note: I am spinning up some lovely wool and mohair which I have been showing you in the past, just trying to finish it up:

When it gets really stressful at work I tend to spin more than knit at night, as that is about all my addled brain can handle, so here's a picture of some wool I bought from an e-bay vendor: It looks rather orange in the shot, however it is really red with just hints of yellow and orange -

I am really finally getting lace! Oh boy! I am excited about that!

And of course I am still working on the big black socks:

Two and a half inches to go and I turn the heels! This is both socks at once, but they are so very boring - so, just showing the one!