Archive for April, 2008

The Weaving Finlander

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

The Weaving Finlander is a great blog that I just found today. Nothing better than weaving and being a Finn! Her colors are beautiful and the pictures are relaxing. Wish I could reach out and feel her weaving.

Tapestry Crochet bag

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Just tackled tapestry crochet and it is super fun. The Takhi Stacey Cotton Classic is fantastic to work with and now I need more colors!! Just need to block this, sew the bottom shut and attach a handle and I am good to go.

Smocking on a Brioche Rib Knit

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Hats for Thomas Kelly

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Wishing you the best Thomas!

some things we do for our environment

Friday, April 18th, 2008

I wanted to get a list started here regarding our “green”-ness, unfortunately that word is getting a little overused and stale, but if for a good cause, why not.

So, here are some things that Dean and I have been doing for quite some time now to be more friendly to our mother planet:

* Recycling – plastic (what they will take…which is NOT enough), aluminum, glass. Now, where we live, we do not have curb-side recycling, we have to take it to a place out by Nanny Pop-Pops and load and unload ourselves. So, if you have curbside recycling, are you using it?? If not, why not?? Tell me you are not also using paper plates and napkins and plastic forks like our neighbor family….ugh.

* Clothesline – I had Dean hang this for me the second we moved in. I just LOVE my clothesline! It always smells good out there with the wet clothes breezing in the wind. We live out in the country where there are no idiotic restrictions on things like clotheslines….god forbid.

* Work from home – yep, I have not been to a gas station to fill my tank in well over a month. Not only am I saving on gas, but not sitting in traffic fuming the planet up for sometimes an hour each way. And you know what? I am a significantly more effective employee since I have started working from home over a year ago…and why not?

*Composting – this would work better if we have more fruits and vegetables than we currently do (oh, it is on the list..) but nevertheless, we like to compost any matter like this. Doogs likes to sniff the pile.

* Rain-water collection – we have a 305 gallon tank in which we collect our rain water. Why in the world is this not a practice for our water supply rather than sucking it out of the reservoirs??? This makes absolutely no sense to me and really hit home after watching a doc about the guy who built the original EarthShips, who went over to Thailand after the Tsunami and built a home for them out of old tires and sand in which the center of the house was a huge cistern in which the roof collected rain water for them since the tsunami had flooded all of their wells with salt water and they did not have fresh drinking water. In a country in which they have over 200 days of rain a year, they were dependent on the water coming out of the ground rather than the sky, which was more than plentiful. So, we should all take a page out of that book and look to see how we can utilize rainwater collection to reduce the drag on the water table. We use ours only for irrigating our plants at this point, but a plan for whole house rain water usage has been brewing for some time.

Cloth grocery bags – nuff said

* SolaTube lighting– These have been incredible. We keep asking each other “who left the light on?” in the rooms that we had them installed in. Nothing is better than heatless bright natural light for free from the sun.

Here are some things that we would like to add to the list in the near future:
* Solar – come on, we live in Texas. Why would this not make sense??
* Rain water collection for the whole house
* Electric or bio-fuel VW Thing – or other vehicle

So what is on your list?

Tahki Stacy Charles – Cotton Classic

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

Oh this yarn is going to be fun to play with. It looks and feels like giant embroidery floss

a little backyard birding

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

I just love these little Lesser Goldfinch, we have 2 thistle socks out for them this year and they are SO happy! We have at at least 4 pairs and they are nesting in our big Live Oak trees out front. They are usually the first out with new babies each year, just saw the first ones yesterday. The male was singing when I took this picture – “poooo-eeee” with a lilt up at the end.

This little guy is a Yellow Rumped Warbler and had been hanging around the suet all winter. I have not seen him or the Orange Crowned Warbler in days, so I am thinking they are nesting right now too. I love this guys little heart shaped marking on his breast.


Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Yes, that’s right you heard it – I have started knitting! It was easier to learn than I had thought (as with everything) – the much talked about scary long-tail cast on was probably the most surprisingly easy part which makes me nuts since everything I read or hear about casting on is about how hard it is to do and maybe you want someone else to do it for you…etc etc. It was freaking simple!

Soooo, from now on, I will not pay any attention to the voices in my head or elsewhere that say things are hard to learn, ooooh I could never learn that, maybe you should not try that, that looks hard, scary, fear fear fear. The key is just sitting down and trying it, only then can I really see if it is hard or impossible or impossibly easy or not. The website has excellent teaching videos that has helped me greatly so far in my learning.

Now having said all of this, my knitting form is atrocious, I am fighting the yarn and needles with my too tight stitches, my hands ache due to the struggle. But form comes with lots and lots of practice which I am more than willing to do. The even more exciting part about learning to knit is that I can start translating my needlepoint patterns into knit patterns, which is awesome. Which of course means that I need to conquer multi-color knitting. I was successful in my first attempts at adding colors in rows but also knitting with 2 colors as shown in the little green and cream example. I am all about little pixels of color creating an overall pattern and in this way knitting is no different than needlepoint but with the potential limitation on the # of colors used in a single piece. I have read that you can only knit with up to 5 colors at once (why? not sure yet – probably because we humans have only 2 hands) but will love taking that challenge on once I can knit without fighting the needles and yarn.

My my, now I can indulge my yarn fantasies and work in 3 mediums, needlepoint, crochet and knitting. I am waiting on a shipment of mercerized cotton in some fantastic colors (maybe it will come today UPS man?) that I ordered from Tahki Stacy Charles. Look at all those colors!