Friday, October 29, 2010

Shh, don't tell...I've been knitting again

Just couldn't stand it anymore, had to cast on for this awesome hat I found on Ravelry.  The pattern is free which makes it oh-so-appealing to my cheap little heart.  Brambles Beret...quite snappy looking.  Using Cascade 220 in black...I'll need good light to work on this one, LOL

On the subject of the not quite healed hand...gigantic bandage off, stitches out, new tape and bandage on which I'll only have to put up with until Saturday.  I can't wait to give this hand a good scrubbing!  I am thankful that it seems to be healing on schedule and I'm able to type relatively well and as mentioned above...I can knit a few stitches...only a few though as my hand gets tired super fast.  But, 1 row a day is better than no knitting at all.

As I was drying my hair this morning I was hit by an old memory from way back...I was appreciating the fact that I can hold the blow-dryer in my left hand again long enough to blow out my hair...a little memory snuck into my head about how I used to stand over the register at home when I was 13/14 to dry my hair.  There weren't hand-held dryers yet and that was the only way I could dry my hair (upside down) to give it a little lift and body...can you imagine a time when there were no hand-held hair dryers?  It boggles the mind.

Where are you/what are you usually doing, when little thoughts like that pop into your head?
For the LitteDog lovers out there - and you know who you are - here are a few (dark/poor quality cellphone) pics of how LittleDog spent my surge-a-cation...

As you can see, he wasn't the greatest, most helpful nurse as he was asleep more than I was...but he was nice and snuggly all week.  Thanks for all your well wishes, I really do appreciate them.

As is the case on all Fridays there is a group of peeps who check into Fiber Arts Friday over at Wisdom Begins In Wonder that I'm sure will have some fun, interesting and educational fibery stuff for you to read about.  Be sure to give a visit and tell them hello.  I know they'll appreciate it as much as I do.  Thank you!

Have a great weekend, I may be picking up a few more sewing machines soon.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Fiber Arts Friday 10 22 10

It's been a mostly fiberless week here at Chez B.  Although I guess I could count the few minutes I've spent on this x-stitch project...
I guess it would have been a bit easier if I had something besides 22 ct fabric to work on.  Makes me realize how bad my near vision has gotten.  LOL

I am thankful that the hand seems to be healing and Monday will be here soon.  Once this ginormous bandage is off perhaps I'll at least be able to do a bit of spinning.  I'm sure there will be some not so pleasant stretching and exercising following its removal that I'm not looking forward to.

I'm off to see what all the other fibery peeps have been working on.  Join me at Wisdom Begins In Wonder and you'll meet some nice folks and see some good stuff.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Mending nicely...

near as I can tell anyway. 
Have you ever tried to shower & shampoo with only one hand?  It's quite tricky.  Fortunately I could rest my left elbow on the window sill.  An arm gets very heavy after about 5 minutes of least one of my arms does.

Thanks so much for all the well wishes. 

Rena brought me the most beautiful Dahlias from her garden, I hope you enjoy them also...

Saturday, October 16, 2010


Thank you all so much for you well wishes.  Surgery was quick and the staff was super nice.  The Doc is a hoot! 

I'm consoling myself with a bit of yarn gazing this morning while awaiting the arrival of my breakfast. 

Have a great weekend everybody!  Gotta go now before the vicodin kicks in again.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Surgery Day/Fiber Arts Friday 10 15 10

It's quiet in the house this morning.  The Saint is sleeping and so are two of three dogs.  If I sit here for at least 5 minutes the third (LittleDog) will be settled in and on his way to dreamland too.  First he has to make several spins, dig at the cushion to get it in exactly-the-right-place, then flop down and start snoring.

I've been wanting this day to get here and yet not.  Will be glad to have the alien removed from my index finger.  Surgery date has been changed is the day, really.  Not looking forward to being away from knitting/spinning for I don't know how long yet.  I'm sure I'll have a better idea on recovery time required when I get there a little after noon.  In the meantime I'll think about how much relaxing I'll be forced to do in the next few days, LOL.  We're certainly not going to discuss anything about cutting, more cutting, stitching and dressing unless you want to talk about making some new clothes...

I did finish the first of the red/black Summer Sox.  Love it!  Nice and flexible, not too heavy and a perfect fit.  Got some pics this morning, here are a few pics that illustrate the lace and the color.  Isn't it amazing what a difference lighting makes?

Ott-Lite lighting...

Incandescent + natural lighting...

the Ott-Lite shows the real color better but you can't see any stitch definition while the natural/incandescent lighting shows the stitch definition nicely but washes out the color.  I need more photography practice.  The yarn is Wildfoote from Brown Sheep is soft and vibrant.  It comes in lots of colors, I think I need more don't you?

I'm off to go check out all my fibery peeps at Wisdom Begins In Wonder.  Come along, you'll meet some really nice folks.

LittleDog and I too a walk by the river last Sunday when it was such a nice day.  He about sniffed himself silly.

Have a great day everybody!  Thank you so much for visiting.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Fiber Arts Friday 10 08 10

It's Friday already?!  I know there are a bunch of folks over at Wisdom Begins In Wonder that can't wait to tell you what they've been doing this week with fibery stuffs.  Be sure to give them a visit.

This week has flown past and it doesn't feel like I've accomplished much.  Although I have turned the heel on my current sock,
I spun more of Andea's black Suri
and managed to see a bunch more art...Katarzyna Rzontkowska,
  Elaine Tolsma Harlow,
 artist not known

Judy Rogers
 Fionna Potter
Not bad for the week, I guess.

Poor ole Sam is battling allergies again, just like most of the people I know.  Last night he went for a vet visit, got his skin checked out and had a manicure.  He's never happy about the manicure.  We left with a bag full-o-stuff and a lot less $$ in our pocketbook.  I really think I should get a multi-dog discount, LOL

Well I hope all of you had a great week like I did.  Sometimes even when you feel non-productive, look around you and make a list and you'll find you've accomplished a lot. 

Have a great weekend everybody.  I'm hoping to catch just a bit more art before Art Prize closes on Sunday.   If my feet will carry me...

Saturday, October 2, 2010

A beautiful girl...

went to see some Art Prize today.  She was my art prize subject most of the day.

I hope you all had as good a day as we had.  Love you Jasmine!

Friday, October 1, 2010

FAF 10 01 10

Happy Friday everybody!  Thanks for coming back to see what's been happening around here.  Crazy days have passed with all the Art Prize goings-on.  There's also been fibery fun and even some fibery animals. 

Last Saturday was Alpaca Farm Days and I visited two farms, one local and one not-so local.  I enjoyed both farms and got some spinning done too.  Lots of pictures so I hope you have fast browsers...

My first spun-by-me yarn with some of Tamara's fiber waiting in the background.
 Andrea's alpaca fiber spun-by-me...isn't it pretty?  I love the blue in this black fiber
 beautiful chickens at Via Verde Farm
 Alpacas at Wonder Why Alpaca Farm
 Holly taught many a young fiber explorer to make felted balls
 and then she helped Kim wind her handspun yarn onto a niddy-noddy
 Terri brought her loom so folks could explore weaving fabric
 Kim and her handspun (isn't she super cute with her new short hair?)
 On Wednesday night I met up with a great group of folks at Urban Mill and did some serious sock knitting.
The dominating event of the past week and a half has been Art Prize.  There were some beautiful works of art and then there were pieces that were just plain fun.  Like Melanie Fischer's "Wishes"  I loved seeing this piece, it made me happy.
 Fire & Ice by Cynthia Peterson
 a piece from Norwood Viviano's First Generation Artifiacts...lace that will last forever, it's been bronzed.

Thank you for coming to visit.  I cherish the time each of you spends here, being a part of my life.  If you enjoy reading about fiber arts and seeing pics of great fibery/artistic stuff be sure to check out Fiber Arts Friday on Andrea's blog.  I promise you'll see some nice things and maybe even learn something new.

Have a fibery weekend!!