I love the rainy night 365

a little competition

a little competition

As much as I enjoyed the nice weather we had and the ability to work outside, I love the rain that comes after even more. I know, crazy, right? But the truth is I am not ready for all the responsibilities that come with the nice weather.  More weeding. Mowing. Planting the garden. Today I caught up with the housework and other inside chores and then the mister and I sat down for a game of cribbage. I forgot all the rules so he had to explain them to me again and then I proceeded to win. BIG! Like I say, I love the rainy night! -Sandy

Have you had your fiber today? 365

washed, carded and ready to spin

washed, carded and ready to spin

Saturday has become the day of the week that I try to fit in extra time for fiber. Not the eating kind, but the warm fluffy kind! Today I spun and plied some fiber that I had bought at the first Oregon Flock and Fiber festival that my mom, sister Rhondi and I attended.  The raw wool (unwashed) was from a texel sheep. They are known mostly for their big meaty lambs, but their fiber is nice too. Not super soft like a merino, but not itchy either. I washed it and dyed it with green kool-aid and carded in bits of other colors of wool that I had on hand.  I love the look of the un-spun fiber! I spun it up on my new Pocket wheel (thanks sis) and plyed it together to make a nice bulky yarn. I think this will become a simple, wear around the house sweater…… eventually. I love this whole process, and I will not just have a sweater to wear, but one that reminds me of the fun time we had at the festival. –Sandy 

 

bobbins

Singles waiting to be spun together to make a bulky yarn

 

Plying together the singles on my pocket wheel

Plying together the singles on my pocket wheel

 

Won't this make a nice sweater!

Won’t this make a nice sweater!

I Get Started On A Project….Again

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Sandy

Sandy

Our house is a wonderful 1920’s bungalow. It has tons of character and tons
of projects.

The project at hand is our kitchen. It started with a new
French door refrigerator found at the scratch and dent for a great price and
a commercial range we got for a song on ebay. The new appliances did not
fit with the existing cabinets, so out they went. We replaced the old,
steep steps to the basement, so I decided to use the wood from the steps
(beautiful old growth douglas fir) to build the cabinets. “Oh she builds
cabinets” you are thinking. Well…. not really. I have done lots of finish
work and smaller projects, but never actual cabinets. The problem is I was
raised with the notion that I could do anything. Just read how and do it. [Read more…]