I always knew one was looming in my future…

Last week, I finally got this 20" loom and had my first lesson at Yarnorama.

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Behold… my first warp. My left hand selvage took a bit of work to get right, but it will get better. Lord knows my first knitted items were not my finest. Just ask my husband about the first pair of socks I knit for him. They had that perfect 80's slouchiness that I used to wear with my pink Reeboks to aerobics class. He did not fancy them.

Warp

This yarn has such an amazing sheen to it. It's amazing to me that the same yarn I used for these socks creates such a remarkably different fabric when woven. For the time being it's leaning against a bench in the studio, think I'll pick up the stand this week.

Burying the lead….

Sunday we drove with friends a few miles down the highway to Carmine for a little treasure hunting. Treasures were indeed found, some tin types, counter cards and a green McCoy planter. DH really wanted to go in a shop that was closed, so he called the owner to come open up. Sure, it was a great shop but I was happy enough with my finds, and quite frankly ready to head home. I was headed for the front porch and about tripped over this…

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A Kelsey Excelsior Mercury model 3 x 5 Table Top Letterpress. I am sure I stammered a bit as I walked with the shop owner as he hauled it up to the counter so I could take a better look. It was pretty hard to contain myself… and yep, I know how incredibly geeky that sounds. After a bit of WD-40, she was fully operational. Her rollers need to be redone, but the chase, quoins and ink plate are still intact and seem in good condition. Anyone who knows me well, knows I have wanted one of these forlikeever. Ever since I first walked through the doors of Hatch Show Print about 13 years ago, on a cross country road trip with my sister Jessica, I knew I wanted to print.

Chase

and then there's the Baby Elton…

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My friend Susanne and I took this workshop this past Saturday, with Stephanie Rubiano. So many ideas have been rolling through my mind since. I will show you the finished house when it's all stitched up.

Seriously, I had vacation time to use up and I manged to spend my time doing just what I wanted. I took a weaving lesson, finally painted the front posts and under the fur-downs in the kitchen, took an amazing workshop with my BFF, planted strawberries, blackberries, and more. I also managed to squeeze in some freelance work. I've been busy indeed, but busy is great when it's doing what you love.

Flora & Fauna

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Oregon Grape Mahonia aquifolium
There is no good reason why this plant is loving life in my Central Texas courtyard, being that it is the state flower of freaking Oregon, but it is.

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Blackfoot Daisy Melampodium leucanthum
Drought & heat tolerant… attracts butterflies

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Bloodgood Japanese Maple Acer palmatum
Loved this so much we went back to the nursery the following day to buy another one of these

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Needs lots of water & kisses

Those Damn Biscuits, a Blanket & a Noodle

Biscuitsafter Remember these? I couldn't get them out of my mind, so I made some. While these were indeed yummy, I will cut the salami into much smaller pieces next time…. these were great but a bit more rustic than i hoped for. I will also try them with ham and cheddar.

Collards

I harvested so many collards and mustard greens I had to give a bunch away. These were amazing.

Blanket Another Moderne Log Cabin on the needles, knit in lovely woolly heathers.

Noodle

and the sweet kitty Noodle (one of this blogs namesakes). Noodle will be 13 this March, and while he has slowed down a wee bit, he's still a tiger. I love his h(ears).

View from the front porch 4/15/09

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Evidence of a weekend spent planting seeds. Sunday I sat down with a cup of coffee, graph paper and a new copy of Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholemew and mapped out my spring garden. I didn't actually grid off my garden as the author suggests and am using my compost rich organic soil, but did follow the plants per Square foot guidelines… I mean, for Pete's sake, I can eyeball a square foot.

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Only one sleeve to go on my February Lady Sweater.

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What's up next? Either

Leisl
Diminishing Rib
#286 Bulky Shrug

cluck cluck

 

Chicken
I know, I know…I've said this before, but this time I just may mean it! I still worry about my high strung Catahoula making mince meat out of one of the gals… but I think that I just need to try it. If there is blood, we'll build a funeral pyre and I can always deconstruct the coop/run to fashion a larger compost arena. The thought of walking out back in my jammies and scooping up blue/green and café au lait hued eggs makes me so dizzy that I am willing to set my fear aside and see if Callie Jo can be trusted.

at lunch I ran out to buy some Robin Eggs because I do not have children to steal them from. Easter just isn't Easter without hurting my tongue on these little buggers.

Robineggs

November Love

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Skye Tweed Vest for my father. I had 3 skeins of this heathered mushroom color but needed more. Luckily Cascade colors are prety darn consistent even in a different dye lot. I picked up a couple more skeins of this yarn at Yarnorama, where Susan suggested I alternate the yarns every two rows to make sure the colors blend. I guess even if they are so close, there's always a chance it could look weird. Cool tip.

Below are some images of my fall/winter garden.

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knockout rose
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lantana
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mustard greens
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swiss chard
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collard greens
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Happy First Day of Fall!

I know the temperature is about 90º today but I am determined to begin fall today with the rest of you. I love fall, or more accurrately, I love October… which is right around the corner.

Today, I am working from home. I have a pot roast in the crock pot and I'm working on this…

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which is not making my pining for cooler weather any easier. Aah, doesn't it look just dreamy?

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More seeds for the fall garden. I'm planting in succession to get more greens over a longer time. I just love scooping up th ebulk seeds at the nursery.

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I spied this bird out my living room window… yeah, they like the giant teacup turned birdbath.

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I am hoping to finsh Rayne Wrap Cardigan by Laura Chau ( I woul link here but typepad is acting up) before

our trip to the Ozarks. I'm at the first armhole…may happen yet.

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Still need to hang all this stuff

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After much thought and consideration, we finally decided to give No Bark Collar a try with Callie Jo. She's a Catahoula and will tree a squirrel and bark at it for 7 hours… and is undeterred. We finally came to the conclusion that it was more humane than letting her get shot by a neighbor ( We o live in small town Texas. Yesterday she was very surprised… today she is just staring at squirrels.

Here she is napping and waiting for pot roast.