After some necessary shopping for some small items this morning, we headed into the “big city”, Seattle. Our son lives right across the street from Pike’s Place Market which is a big shopping area for tourists and locals. It is a place where farmers and artists rent stalls to sell their products.
After meeting up with our son, we decided to have lunch. We were amused by the name of this building, “The Sanitary Market”. It just had a 100th birthday this spring. Apparently being built when horses were still big on the street, they wanted it known that it was a “cleaner” place. We had a wonderful Mexican lunch there. The menu has both regular and vegan offerings.
Son has a condo near the top of the building and these are some of the sights out his floor to ceiling windows. The back wall is all cupboards and refrigerator covered to look like a solid wall.
Sometimes, this place really and truly is a zoo. Today, we had to give some of the sheep shots and others got larger coats, which they need every 3 months. We didn’t have enough coats the right size and so will order more and 4 still need to be sheared plus the alpacas. And our ram has decided that at least one girl was missed and he should take care of her.
But look at this heavenly wool. It is a dream come true and hand spinners love it. This and the enjoyment we have from watching the sheep make it so worth the little troubles.
Before the rodeo, we had a couple strong helpers out here turning the garden beds, in which we hope to get the potatoes planted this week. The garden is also getting vermiculite and possibly peat moss this year. The weather report has sun through Saturday. which is good, as we are a bit behind. We didn’t use most of these beds last year, so they had two years of growth on the weeds. That was a huge mistake. We should have at least covered the beds with mulch.
This is hours upon hours upon hours of work though it doesn’t appear that way. It is 2 plies of dog hair -about 60% and 2 of sheep wool. I’m not sure what I’ll make yet, but the yardage estimate is 285 yards if 4 ply.
Then I tool the flyer on my Hansen’s electric spinner apart and cleaned it thoroughly. It is now ready to work again.
The frogs are in full chorus now – they started day before yesterday. I love leaving the door open at night and listening to them. However, that means it is time to start the early garden and I’m just not ready for that yet. I need the earth to dry out some first. I could work in the hoop house, but that takes energy as well.
The hot wire has now been extended. Maybe that will keep Beau on the side he is supposed to be on. He so loves us and thinks he needs to guard us, which would be okay, if he didn’t follow the car out the gate.
The raisins were miserable to get off the screens.
However we now have another 20 cups of raisins made from our own grapes.
I tired of doing the same spinning, so am now doing some small pieces of various colors, then will go back to the sweater yarn. I have also decided I need to spin another piece of wool to add to the sweater yarn so it will be 3 ply.
Some days are just too long for the energy I have and too short for what I want to achieve. This was one of those. After walking half an hour this morning (I’m doing 10,000 steps a day now), I rested my legs by spinning on my electric spinner. Then it was time to go to the medical appointment to try to avoid knee surgery.
Lunch already! Ok, we decided since we were close to a Whole Foods, we’d pick up some bread we especially like and put some in the freezer. Since they only had 2 loaves left, we didn’t fill the freezer. However, we decided to eat there, which won’t happen again soon.
Home again and another half hour of walking which gave me about 3000 steps. Then it was time for a webinar on replacing zippers – continuing education which I enjoy. After that it was time to feed and put the animals to bed. A few more steps to complete my day and oh, yes, another batch of grapes on the dehydrator that weren’t drained enough made the smoke detector tattle on me again. This time I was right there and saw what happened. So this was a day, plenty happened, but nothing gained in the studio or in the garden. And tomorrow I start over again with the steps and the gym which I am grateful I can do.
Finally, I chose a flannel backing and have mounted this ready to quilt – which won’t be this week. All these trips are taking their toll on my time and me. I am getting much less done, because after all this driving, I’m to tired to tackle anything big. Now the legal work is done and we only have to sign the house deed over to our trust when that paperwork is done. So happy we don’t have to think about dying any more, I can get back to living! I still have a few more treatments before I know if the work he is doing to avoid knee surgery is doing the job.
Isn’t this a beautiful piece of fabric. It will become a part of my next quilt, which will be pieced without any applique. I have pressed the pieces and will cut them tomorrow.
This was my first spinning wheel – the one upon which I learned. It is a wonderful wheel, in fact, it is still being made today by Clems and Clems. They are now charging over $800 plus $30 for each extra bobbins. So on Craigslist it will go this weekend. Can I call this downsizing? Hopefully, someone who doesn’t want to float a loan will have the opportunity to learn. If I had to pay that kind of money to learn, it wouldn’t have happened. By the way, if you live in the Seattle-Tacoma area, the big fiber festival is Thursday (and free). You will find it by googling Madrona fiber festival in Tacoma. I have not been before, but I’m planning to be there this year. I will be checking everything out – not taking a class this first time. And of course, I’ll try to remember photos for those who can’t go.
I started the day with exercise and then a knee treatment.
By 1 PM, I was ready for a rest. I spun another 30 inches of roving (I tore the roving into 30″ lengths – just 28 more of this particular one to do at one a day). When the roving is spun, I’ll ply it and look for a sweater pattern
Then to the greenhouse where I thought there might be some potatoes from last year that we missed.
This is what we found – about 1/3 bucket of potatoes and one single leek. Enough for a couple meals. There were a number of tiny potatoes, so we left them to grow new plants. I need to get someone to dig the beds outside as I have about 50 potatoes with 6-8″ long sprouts that need to be planted. Maybe what I need is a whole week of sun without appointments.
I looked again at working up these two kits and decided they need to go in a very back spot. The designer gave all the patterns and fabrics, but not much in instructions. And applique is not my favorite thing to do. Maybe when I get old………..I can drag them out again.
Meanwhile, I think tomorrow, I’ll go sign some legal documents, and by then it might be warm enough to go play in the dirt and I can get a few of these potatoes into the ground. And I need to buy peas and get them started soon.
These socks are progressing nicely. They will have a contrast heel and toe. I’m also happy it is an easy pattern, so I don’t have to think too hard. The pattern I’m using is an internet find, called “Lace Socks” by Jacqueline W. I am using an 8 ply wool made by PANDA. The contrast for the heel and toe is by them as well, but 50% wool and 50% acrylic, so hopefully will wear well.
Today was a great day with some spinning, some sewing, some knitting and added to that, I took the machine to have it serviced and went to the Dr. I feel like I accomplished much. I’d love every day to be like this, but then I might not appreciate it as much. Oh, and did I say the sun has been shinning today.
The sun was shinning today! It has rained so much lately that this was a real treat. I spent several hours enjoying the sun on my back and spinning. I had several pieces of roving in different colors that were between 12 and 18″, so played with them.
This is yummy yarn to spin. It has some angora (rabbit) that makes it so very soft.
After some spinning we went to the sewing store and purchased a couple gift cards this morning since they were offering a $50 card for $40. Then off to lunch at the Rio Blanco for a nice Mexican lunch.
This dishcloth pattern is called “Weekend blues” by Janet Nogle. I am at the half way mark using a Bernat cotton. Maybe it will get finished tomorrow, but then we have gym in the morning and company in the afternoon. I think for the next week or so, I’ll stay with some easier projects.