Friday, April 18, 2014

A sad thing....

.....for the Robin family.  After sitting on her eggs for over 17 days, she left the nest.  She came back the next two days to sit for about half an hour each time.

I checked the eggs.  They were cold.  I opened one, then two and then all three.  They looked as fresh as if she had just laid them.  They were not fertile.

It was so sad to see her come back and try and try.  Even Mr. Robin landed on the nest, the 15th day, with a worm in his beak.  I watched him look at the inside of the nest.....first with one eye and then turned his head to look with his other.  He ate the worm and left.  He knew.

The nest is still there waiting for a family.  Maybe, just maybe, we'll still get to see some baby robins in it this year.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

How many eggs will Ms. Robin lay this year?

 After the nest was built, Ms. Robin went away until today, March 25th.
The first egg in the nest at 11:14 a.m.  I happened to look out the kitchen window
to see her panting, stand up and lay the egg.
 March 26th after 12 noon.
 March 27th after 1 p.m.
 Ms. Robin.....will there be a 4th egg tomorrow?  
She turned her "back" to me.....leaving me to wonder.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The nest building from start to finish

 March 14
 March 16
 March 17
March 18

There was no work done on the 15th.

So Miss Robin decided to build her nest on the same ladder rung as last year.
I feel honored that she likes the house so much.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Slytherin Scarf my way.....

Since I am unable to knit without a lot of pain in my left wrist, I decided to weave the scarves 
to finish the Harry Potter Scarves left to do.
 The camera captured the colors nicely in this photo of Slytherin beginnings.
Slytherin after washing and hemstitching.
Ingredients for this scarf:  Cascade 220 Superwash and an 8 dent reed.

Two more to go.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Here's what happened to me, today...

 This coop and run was delivered to us in June 2013.  Nice, right.  Picture it without grass inside.
Well, it wasn't today.  See the latch on the long side of the 4'x8' run that is only 3' tall?
I was wanting to take a really good look inside so I took the spring hook off, did a squat and closed the door behind me.  Yup, you got it.....I locked myself inside the run.  Stop laughing so you can read on.
 See this lovely, clean inside with such a beautiful brand spanking new ladder....all untouched by Le Poo?
You got it.  
After I yelled for help, it dawned on me that I could be in here with the chickens for hours!  I wasn't
the only one not happy with me in there.  The girls were tilting their heads and following me around talking to me.  At that moment, I was very happy it wasn't a puppy who would be ALL over me!
I assessed the situation and saw a possible escape route to the left of the ladder and under
the roost that is about 18" high.
Never mind that I had "to town" jeans on.....but luckily I had the "feed the chickens and clean the roost" jacket on, so I got on my elbows and felt like I was crawling under barbed wire telling myself to keep my head down (yes, I told myself to keep that part down, too).
This is another early photo of one the girls getting used to the coop.  See that feeder in the far back?  The
water container wasn't in there so I could finish crawling through the mud and poo around the feeder.
It was really tough on me with the painful tendinitis in my left wrist but I persevered.
No one my age should have to experience that!
I hope I learned my lesson.  
Don't go where the chickens go!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Bibs. Will they stand the test?

Check out these infant bibs I made as a request from my beautiful DIL.

 The Fronts of the Fantastic Four.
I used some wonderful 100% cotton fabrics.

 The Backs of the same Fantastic Four.
The backs are waterproof and 100% Nylon.
In the middle is some prewashed double-sided flannel.
 Here, my grandson, Joey, is wondering if these will rip off as easily as the velcro ones.
Mom and Dad laughed as Joey tried with all his might.
The face of defeat says it all....the bib won't budge with those snap closures.

The pattern can be found here.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Sheep Heid Tam for me....

....and knit by my dear friend, Denise, of LostCityKnits.  The irony of this is
that I test knit for her and she knit this for me.  She knew I would
not be able to knit it for some time as I have DeQuervain's Syndrome in my left thumb/wrist.
Ouch is right.
Not being able to knit, sew, tat, crochet and other daily activity is making me not so happy.

I DO have a question about my hair and would love input from you all......should I leave it the length it is
or cut it short.  I look forward to your opinions!
Hope everyone else is doing better than me.  :)

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Caviar for my Chickens?

Slug Caviar....that is.
This picture was borrowed from Ask website.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Frank Tree.

I made this up as I went along to make The Frank Tree.
This special tree is a countdown to his birthday.  
I loved the Christmas Paisley as the background to the Silk Dupioni tree and ornaments.
The Moose was recreated out of wool felt.  
He made that with his bare hands and foot when he was almost three.
The back has a huge Houndstooth pattern (with wings).
Next time, I'll sew this a little different.
Again, no pattern, just my imagination and knowing my son will love the back.
There is also a dowel pocket at the top.

I made this for him because it was to be all about Frank.

Monday, December 23, 2013

A Christmas I'll never forget....

It was 1990.  I graduated from the Reserve Police Academy that summer as an Officer;  money was tight as I worked for minimum wage to make a living for my one-year-old son and me; and I was going through a divorce.
It was December 24th and I was finishing up a sweater I was knitting as a gift for my son when I got a late phone call from one of the office gals at the PD.  She said someone left some boxes of presents in my name and asked me to come get them.  I looked at the clock and saw it was after 10 pm but told her I would right away.
I got my son and bundled him up and we drove the 13 miles to town.  When I walked into the PD, no one was there but the 2 big boxes full of presents for my son.  I packed them into my '87 Toyota pickup and we drove back home.
After tucking my son back in bed, I hauled the boxes into the house and placed them under the tree and finished up his sweater.  I cried and cried with the thought that someone cared enough about us to do this.  I still had no idea who did this.
Morning came and my son (about to turn 2) jumped around with excitement at the colorfully wrapped gifts under the tree.  I soon found out they came from the Radio Shack store that was owned by Keith Mercer and his wife.  Keith was a police officer there.  I did not think of Keith this way as he was very serious about his work.
This was the most memorable Christmas ever and I reflect back on it every year.
I am ever so grateful to him and the PD for giving me so much.....not only the gifts for my son but the gifts I learned as a Reserve Police Officer.
Merry Christmas to all.....

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The chicken named Princess Pea

Princess Pea in the roost
I just came in after locking the three girls out of their huge run so I could dig up some carrots.  They wanted in badly because I had the tool that digs up worms.  Oh, yeah!
I caved and let them in  and dug up some worms and such.  Princess Pea ran to the roost and I thought, Ah, an egg will soon be here, and went back to digging for #1 and Tattie.  Lo and behold, Princess Pea was back.  Hmmm, I know she didn't have enough time to do her job.  She must have thought, I have a few minutes before I have to.
Never mind, I thought, and went back to digging.  Oh!  There goes Princess Pea running to the roost, again!  This time she didn't come back.....not even for worms.  I'm still laughing at how she thought she could squeeze in one more worm before squeezing out one more egg.  LOLOL

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Leftovers? Easy way I put mine to work!

First, prepare a piroshki dough you make the night before.  Don't have a good recipe?  Email me and I'll send one to you....Check my profile for that.

Then chop up your leftover turkey and place in one bowl, stuffing and mashed potatoes in another bowl, vegetable of your choice and some grated cheese.

 The assembly line is ready!
Filled pastries are ready for their egg wash.
I used parchment paper for easy clean up.

Last time I used the piroshki dough recipe, I used cooked sausage and scrambled eggs for the filling.  It's a great way to start the day by taking one out of the freezer and placing in the microwave for only 30-45 seconds.  Yum!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

For Sale: Antique circular sock knitting machine

Hold on to your socks!!!  

My friend Julie wishes to sell her antique circular sock knitting machine (CSM) and everything that goes with it, and it is an impressive collection. She has neither the time nor space to enjoy the hobby any longer and hopes to find a new home for her machine. 

If you have ever been tempted, but worry about a machine requiring special care and repairs, set your fears aside. This circa l950's Canadian-made Auto-Knitter purrs ... and knits beautifully, too, as you can see by the photos. 
The collection includes 2 original cylinders and accompanying ribber dials, 60/30, 72/36, and a Mark Amlung custom-made solid brass 80/40 combination, perfect for large adult or small children's socks.  

Also, there are original manuals, new manuals, instruction books, The Sock Machine Knitting Newsletter complete from Volume 1, Issue 1 to Volume 13, Issue 4, 3 pattern books by Jenny Deters, one of which Julie edited, extra new parts, extra original parts, brochures from national and local retreats, row counters, CDs, VHS tapes, tools, and a staggering selection of over 700 needles. In short, this is a machine ready to and capable of making socks and much more!

The price for the entire collection is USD$2300.00, plus shipping from WA. 

If you have questions and wish more information and photos, please email Julie at

Friday, October 11, 2013

Knitting with friends and my cardigan

 My knitting girls.....
 Go, Allison, Go!
 See Elizabeth knit?
 Look at Jenni knit with double pointed needles for the first time!
You go girl!
My very own Lupine Cardigan blocked and drying.
I realized when you knit your own clothing, no one will have the same one in your town!
What have you all been knitting?

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Tatting thread in the mail and knitting baby booties

 It felt like my birthday finding this in my mailbox!  Thank you, Diane, for sending me some Perfect Quilter Thread to try out.  You are so kind and generous!
As you can see, I'm tatting the Spinning Wheel and it's going to be gorgeous!
Kim sparked a knitting frenzy in me to knit these baby booties up.  These are knit with Dale Baby Ull in Inox US sz 0  double points.  I've got two pair finished.  I am going to do as Kim did and knit an I-Cord for the lacing's.  Mine will be cranked out on my Antique Circular Sock Machine.
You can find the pattern for the Jane's Baby Booties on Kim's website as well as some great notes and photos as she knit them.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Lots of knitting.....and canning Bread & Butter pickles....

 Hemingway Boyfriend Cardigan with my version knit in Andean Silk in the Barn Red color.  Took about 13 skeins.  Elizabeth Zimmermann would have you notice the "dreaded frontal droop".
 This is called Caireen and is a beautiful Celtic wrap I knit with 3 skeins of Briggs & Little Regal in Forest Brown.  It took me 10 days.  Should be dry tomorrow.
Sometimes I want something sweet in a pickle and these hit the spot.  These Bread & Butter pickles couldn't have been easier to prepare and can.  I was able to get into them the next day.  Yum!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Tat, dig, weave and eat

 August Be-Stitched pattern.  I suggested a 2 round square pattern that can be tatted into a tablecloth and this is what Nancy Tracy came up with.  
I used Baroque Thread.
 Not a good year for the garden....only a little over 2 1/2 pounds from 6 seed potatoes.
 This is a cotton blanket I wove for my son and sewed a blanket binding on.  Just look at those mitered corners!
Breakfast.  Two poached eggs from the chickens on my homemade sourdough bread lightly toasted.  Yes......I like pepper.  :)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Knitting......and Tatting, too

 Round and round I went with this tatted "Occasional Doily" with Ecru sz 10 thread.  The blocking was a challenge (ALL those picots!!) and dried at 9 1/2" x 15".
Can you tell I like to take pictures?  ;)