Thursday, August 25, 2016

Slowly She Goes

My last warp is still sitting on the loom. Finding the time to sit and fiddle with it hasn't been easy.

 The same goes for the new warp. It's going on but at a snail's pace.

 It's been nice working from these big cones for a change. They stay put instead of rolling about.

I always have to get creative with ways to keep the little guys tame when I am working with so many colors. I think I know what I want for Christmas this year from the kids. Cones, cones and more cones.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Yesterday I posted today's post by accident. I wondered why people were commenting about butterflies AND dishcloths. I HATE when I do that. I have a bad habit of writing several posts at a time and goofing up the posting dates and times. Oh, well.....

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Dishcloth Fail-Sort Of...

 This is not really a fail but it wasn't done in time for the dishcloth swap. It probably won't be done in time for Christmas gifting either. I had good intentions but this project kicked my behind in several different ways.

 In the sea of free patterns floating about, I bought this pattern as soon as I saw it. It is Spa Cloth by Stephannie Tallent.

I should have known this was going to be humdinger. When I saw the chart my eyeballs almost fell out.

 I had to take lots of notes to have it all make sense to my old brain.

 I use the chart and the written instructions to always make sure I know where I am.

Having said all that, it is a very well written pattern and the results are beautiful-just not in this yarn. Regular craft store cotton is too splitty and too stiff to do all the cabling and lace sections.

I am soldiering on with the original but I've got reserves on hand that just arrived in the mail. Dishie is a softer cotton that I hope will be the answer to making good use of this gorgeous pattern.  As crazy as it seems I am liking the challenge.

Little Visitor

 I was hauling in all the costumes and scenery from the week at camp when I sat down the bag of colorful tutus on the outdoor table.

This raggedy fellow wasn't shy at all about sitting a spell in the middle of them. I wonder if he/she thought it was a flower?

Yesterday was also the day that we could open the windows for the first time since way back in July. It was cool enough in the morning for a few hours of airing out the place.

It was also cool enough to go outside and take stock of the yard. Here's what I found on the deck-a promise of better days to come. I can't wait.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Tchau Rio!

 It was a fast 16 days, wasn't it? My TV is glad the Olympics are over. It was running pretty much all day and night. I am going to hate to see September's electric bill.

I didn't get much done on my designated Olympic project. Only three new colors of the last sequence got added. I just had too many other things to do this month.

 I did manage to finish the ply on the fly mitts in time for the closing ceremony.

 I had to watch it streaming online so I could see it live. NBC gives us a delayed version filled with commercials and stupid commentary in prime time. Ugh. The streaming version was excellent.

Did you see this?

Was that all about lace making? That's a giant doily right?

It's going to feel weird around here for awhile without the background noise of all the competitions. Maybe that's not such a bad thing. It's been all go, go, go here for weeks and I need some quiet time.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Soap: Success at Last

 All those fails of the past weeks really shook me up but I am very happy to report that I seemed to have worked the bugs out of all the new fall fragrances and colors. This one I am particularly proud of as it was reviewed as a scent for "experienced soapers only" as it supposedly heats up then accelerates and rices. I don't consider myself very experienced but I did my homework, I kept the temps low, I worked quickly and voila...something not too terrible with no real problems to speak of. This is Crisp Apple Wine and it smells just like a bottle of Boone's Farm which brings back lots of fond memories to this old hippie. It was yummy. Do they still make it?

 This one had me praying to the soap gods, for real. It took a lot of time and effort but it seems to have paid off.

Meet Witch's Brew. It's a spicy blend of patchouli, cedar and cinnamon. Lots of people hate patchouli but I love it so this is a big win for me.

With my confidence restored I threw Something Wicked in the pot, gave it a stir and came out with something lovely. This is a mysterious scent. It reminds me of a fruity pipe tobacco. It's smoky but sweet. Perfect for a cool autumn night. I can't wait.

This is Afternoon Tea and it's nothing to brag about but I've made worse lately. Much, much worse.

Finally here is Pumpkin Picking. It has to stay in the mold for a while before I cut it so I'll have to show that off next week. Whew... fall soaping is done. It's hard to believe that it's only a few weeks until I have to start Christmas soap if I want it to be ready in time for gifting. Time does fly when you measure it out it in soap curing time.

Saturday, August 20, 2016


 Woo hoo! I made it through a long week of skate camp and I've got the blisters to prove it.

 Sharky was a big hit with the kids and the audience. I had people stopping me for selfies and hugs. The kids couldn't keep their hands off me.

Getting to work with all the coaches and skaters was a wonderful experience. We start rehearsal for next year's production on September 11th so there isn't much of a break before all this has to be drug out and assembled once again, for real this time. Competition season starts in February!