Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Riding Thermals

 Such a breezy day - the wind before the storm - the turkey buzzards seemed to enjoy the free ride.


Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Another Note To Self

The Man found a Boat Owner's "CHECK OFF LIST FOR H.M.S. F - - - " in a copy of Chapman Piloting Seamanship and Small Boat Handling he borrowed from the Marina's lending library.



He showed me the printed 3 x 5 card and we read it together.

I thought it looked pretty straight-forward; I am sure The Man has a similar list he goes through before he locks Nell up to come home.

But then we read:

___  Wedding Ring ON

Not sure what that is about. Perhaps it's a safety issue and he removes his wedding ring while onboard. Perhaps.

Monday, January 29, 2024

Note To Self

Note to self: Always, always, always watch an evening Rocket Launch from Vandenberg SFB.

Self, even if you're in bed, you're already in your PJs, and you're at the end of a Stephen King book. Doesn't matter, put on a jacket. Go outside.

An evening launch never fails to disappoint.




 Last night's SpaceX Falcon 9 launch was fantastic.


Sunday, January 28, 2024

Sock Yarn Prep

 Dividing sock balls in half to knit matchy-matchy socks.



Saturday, January 27, 2024

Daily Notes

The picnic table was dry this morning so I brought my coffee and notebook outside. There was a little sun which made it seem warmer than the 52° I recorded in my notebook.


I went through the notebook and retrieved the days that I had spun for the 100 day Challenge. For the first page (50 sheep) I was able to color in 41 sheep. Not too shabby.


Friday, January 26, 2024

Sun Shine

The sun finally made an appearance today.

The Lendrum and I spent the afternoon soaking up the sunshine.




Thursday, January 25, 2024

After The Rain

Highway 101 sparkles in the early morning light.



 A bit of lichen stuck on an acorn cap.



Old roots and new growth.



Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Gloomy Weather

Under leaden skies and a drizzly rain no one seemed happy today.



Tuesday, January 23, 2024

January Box

Today's Talley Farms CSA produce box included: Leeks, Spinach, Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Japanese Sweet Potatoes (purple), "Pink Lady" Apples, Green Kiwi,"Cara Cara" Oranges, and Romanesco.



Hmm, Romanesco? I'm not sure how to cook it but it sure is pretty.


Monday, January 22, 2024

A Touch of Silk

"Bleu vert pale" on Grey Merino Silk

70% Merino wool, 30% Tussah Silk

Hipstrings Base12 2022

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Cozy Sunday

Wove a bit more on the Cricket loom.


Spinning on the drop spindle and soaking up some sun.



Listened to the fourth book in the "Thursday Murder Club" series.


Library Audiobook

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Weave it Off

I started a scarf project on the 10" Cricket loom today. I didn't really want to but it was already partially warped some time ago, that is, the warp had been wound on to the back beam but not sleyed or tied on to the front apron rod.


I would like to use this particular loom for a small weaving project. Which means I have two options here: 1) remove the warp or 2) weave it off.

I decided on option number two.



Friday, January 19, 2024


They're calling for several days of rainy weather I hope Boots and Jack are enjoying their last day of dry sunshine.



Thursday, January 18, 2024

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Last One

It's all about the toes, three are done, only one more to go.


Tuesday, January 16, 2024

For the Cats

 Remember the handspun wooly cord?



I found a use for it. I gave it to the cats.


Sunday, January 14, 2024

Mostly On Repeat

 Today I roasted Butternut and Delicata squash to make a salad. Same same.



Finished another sock toe. Same same.

Then I watched half of Liz Gipson's video, "Twice as Nice: Weaving with Two Heddles on a Rigid-Heddle Loom". Not same same.


Saturday, January 13, 2024

Toes in a Row

Socks in progress ~ it's all about the toes, one is done, three more to go.


Friday, January 12, 2024

Veered Off

I had a couple of things on my To Do list for today, nothing exciting, nothing too hard, just chores.

But first I would skein up the Swaledale Sampler #3 that I had plied and free up the bobbin, it would just take a few minutes.



As the very hairy 2-ply yarn passed through my fingers it reminded me of rope.

And then I stopped winding to get a book.



I could make a Cable yarn.



But first I needed to wind the yarn back onto the bobbin and add more twist, spun counter-clockwise.



 Checking to see if I added enough twist.



 The yarn was then wound off and plied a second time in the opposite direction, clock-wise.



The yarn was so energized pigtails were sprouting out all over. I decided to ply directly off of the Handy Andy plying tool instead of a plying bracelet on my wrist.

Needless to say nothing on my To Do list was checked off but I made a Cabled yarn.

Spinning cordage - it's gotta count for something, somewhere.


Cord Yarns

"Cord yarns are produced by twisting ply yarns together, with the final twist usually applied in the opposite direction of the ply twist. Cable cords may follow an SZS form, with S-twisted singles made into Z-twisted plies that are then combined with an S-twist, or may follow a ZSZ form. Hawser cord may follow an SSZ or a ZZS pattern. Cord yarns may be used as rope or twine..."