Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Wrong Color Yarn Again

I bought the wrong color yarn again for my Color Affection Shawl.  This time it was in person, at the last minute at the Rhinebeck sheep show.  It's a pretty shade of turquoise, but the wrong color.  I also bought a lighter shade of blue.  It's the wrong weight.  I wonder how many people spend time buying the wrong color yarn before they finally find the right one.

I am trying to match the colors to my favorite summer batik clothing, that I am determined to lose weight to wear again.  (I'll let you know how that goes.)  Looking at an article of clothing tonight under my Ott floor lamp, I saw that the blue is actually sapphire!  I had a bracelet nearby with sapphire beads and held them against the purple and green for the shawl.  It made sense.  Now I know what color I am truly looking for, and I know it's fairly common, maybe I can find it in the right yarn.  I think I may try next spring at Cummington, and then maybe at Southern Adirondack.

Today I did find a skein of Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride in a color I wanted for a multicolor vest.  I had bought one hand-dyed in about the same color, but the artisan said it might run, and I didn't want to take a chance.  At least I know this is the right yarn, since it is what the rest of the yarn is for the vest.

The Rhinebeck sheep show has gotten huge.  The number of cars in the parking lot was a lot for Sunday.  Although there were new vendors there, it didn't seem to change much. There was still a lot of emphasis on specialty blends and dyes of yarn, most at fancy prices, too.  I did see some lovely merino and bunny angora yarn at a good price.  That was a rarity for the show.  

I have so much knitting to do I don't know what gaps I need to fill except for my shawl. I'm going to try to do it as inexpensively as possible.  Some yarn I can't wear anymore because I've become more sensitive.  I hope to sell it to buy yarn I can knit and wear.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Time for Color Affection Shawl?

Several years ago I bought purple and green yarn to make a Color Affection Shawl to go with my favorite purple and green batik clothing.  I needed the right shade blue to make it work.  That was easier said than done.  By this time I've visited several distance instances of fiber festivals and shops and never found the right shade.  Today I took a chance on this beautiful color by Tuskenknits:

I know if it's not the right color I will still be very happy with it.  Buying yarn over the web can be very tricky.  I've had some disappointments, but it wasn't anyone's fault.  Some larger companies could take more care, though, to make sure the yarn they're selling truly looks like periwinkle on the web and not bright reddish-purple instead.

I probably won't stop going to fiber festivals, though.  

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A Survival of Christmas Trees

In response to all the video being shared this year of cats disturbing and sometimes knocking over Christmas trees, I offer photos of Christmas trees I've had with my cats that were relatively undisturbed and survived intact.  I don't count pawing an ornament or rubbing whiskers on branches.

I had one cat with an odd habit.  I kept finding the bottom row of lights pulled off the tree.  Even so it wasn't very destructive just very puzzling.  I bided my time and waited to see what happened.  My cat Jenny pulled the wire with her paw to look at the lights more closely.  She might have been near-sighted and definitely an intelligent cat who wanted to know more than your average one.  Eventually I had to spoil her fun by attaching the bottom row on the tree with florist wire.

This is as close as we got to destruction:

Emily surprised me by admiring the ornaments at a distance.

Christmas 2003

Christmas 2004
I believe 2004 was the year where I added red and white twisted canes with bells on the bottom.  Midnight liked to pass underneath the tree brushing them to make them ring.

Somehow I never took a full photo of the tree in 2009.  Here are a couple close-ups instead. (Yes, I skipped some years.) I had discovered that real Christmas trees emit thousands of mold spores inside and I was allergic to mold.  I found a tree on sale for $37 on-line and ordered it.  I wanted a tree that looked real, and not like a prickly upside down cone. I didn't have much room either. It's sort of Charlie Brownish, but I like it.

Molly decided she liked to run into the living room and leap over the branches of the tree to go behind it.  That might be why that area is a little sparse.  I've always tried to put the more sturdy ornaments on the bottom.  I don't recall any major problems.  It was her tree diving act that was a little nerve wracking and disruptive.  She isn't a light-weight kitty.

Christmas 2010

I changed the theme drastically for 2010.  I had never done so completely.  I decided on a natural theme, no doubt helped by the beautiful fleece deer I bought locally.  I liked it so much I kept it up a long time.  The cats liked it too.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Getting There

I've had a sore right shoulder since late September 2014.  I knew how it happened and that my job made it difficult for it to heal.  This past week I figured out what was adding to my misery.  Somehow my chair got set lower and I had to lift my arm to use my mouse, which I do constantly.  I also discovered the hydraulics no longer worked.  Think they're connected?

I played Goldilocks with the chairs in my office until I found one high enough to work.  Already my shoulder is better.  My toes just brush the ground and I continue to use the footstool that I brought in after I was assigned a cubicle.  I'm either really a short person (which I am, but there are others just as short or shorter) or I pay more attention to my working ergonomics.

This improvement is just in time. Every day at work I'm reminded that Christmas is coming closer.  I want to knit fingerless mitts for a friend at work. I was lucky enough to find the one remaining skein of yarn in her favorite color in a not-so-local yarn shop.  I favor Amanda Gill's Fingerless Mitts on Ravelry.

I also want to knit fingerless mitts for a cousin who has occasional assignments working outside.  I thought I would be using the black metallic yarn in my stash, but it turns out it's not wool at all.  It has no elasticity.  My next guess is that it's cotton and linen  I had intended to knit it in a shawl and sell it, so I guess I will.  Her husband said black was the color (I guess the love of color is not genetic paternally), and luckily I have some hand-dyed Plymouth Happy Feet sock yarn in black that should do nicely.  I think for her I'll use Julia Davies' Birdie's Mitts.

At the Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival I bought the yarn below with the succinct name of "Nothing Says Screw You Like a Rainbow" by White Birch Fiber Arts.  My love of colors got to me, despite the price.

I think I'll knit myself a pair of fingerless mitts for work on days when I need some cheering up. The best part of knitting fingerless mitts is it doesn't take a long time.  A week or two and they're done.  I think I will indulge myself over the long Thanksgiving Weekend.  I have an extra day off too.

I also need to finish up the vests that I've knitted.  I have just the ribbing left. It will probably take longer to find where I put the buttons than to knit the rib.  Looking for them will be very entertaining for the cats.  Molly is a good looker, but not a good finder.

Who? Me?

I had a dream the other night of Susie playing with the little toys she liked. I wished I could have saved it somehow.

At least work is going well.  Management likes me.  I was ranked 13th in the office when it came time for shift bids, so I got exactly what I wanted.  My rank gives me a little more confidence. I'm developing some friendships at work and I'm getting along with my neighboring co-workers.  I am hoping with the New Year I can get back to my historical research.

To respond to a previous post, my cats, especially Molly, seem to like the aquarium lights.  I found two second-hand.  One stopped working entirely.  The other I hope I can change the light bulbs.  They make good night lights too.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

New Saying Needed

I think we need to start a new saying.  I'm sure I'm not the only offended by the saying "crazy cat lady." I have thought of another one and I encourage everyone to start using it, unless you know one better:

Caring Cat Lady

I plan to add permanent information on cat and toxic plants, but my health and spirits have been low.  The time will come soon.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Good-Bye Susie

See these Peruvian lilies?

They are toxic to cats. Susie loved to drink the water they were in and lick the leaves.  I told my mother  I wasn't sure she should be doing that and to ask the vet about it.  I trusted her to ask the vet, and Susie did, too.  I guess she never did because she never stopped buying the lilies and indulging Susie. Today the poor sweet little kitty was put to sleep due to liver failure today.

 Susie was nine years old, one of the sweetest cats in the world. My heart is breaking.

Always, always, always be very careful with plants and flowers around cats.  If you don't know, ask!  Don't assume everything is all right.  If you have an elderly parent, you need to double check what they say and do, even if s/he thinks you're being obnoxious. Your parent may be not wanting to listen to you and not be as sharp as they used to be.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Arvel Bird, Indian Summer Showcase

This video gets the official Molly Paw of Approval.

I haven't been very creative this year.  I was given an older camera that broke.  I'm still waiting for my right shoulder to heal.  It's difficult when you use a computer continually for eight hours a day at work, I keep having setbacks, like my doctor testing it to see how badly it was injured (not much).  It sure hurt afterwards, though. Sometimes even my hand hurts from work. I've had to cut way, way back on knitting. I haven't beaded since I lost Midnight.  She liked to help me bead.

People have called this year's allergy problems a pollen tsunami or supernova.  It got me from spring to fall.  The most irritating part is it makes me foggy-headed and tired.  I don't know how much was caused by medicine I became allergic to, though.

On the very first day of my vacation in June I sprained my right ankle, my driving ankle.  I'm still waiting for that to heal as well.  At least the doctor didn't test that, too. I had to give up my daily walks.  I couldn't go to outdoor activities and walk around.  I've been using a support bandage and icing it.  I also discovered that minimizing climbing stairs and putting my foot up right after I got to work has helped too.

A few weeks ago my body decided it was allergic to Benadryl and all the different over the counter antacids I'd been using.  It was not a lot of fun trying to find a way to calm the fire in my stomach without an antacid. I barely got any sleep. I switched over to Zyrtec and my doctor gave me a prescription for an antacid.  Fortunately for right now, that problem is over.  

I am cautiously optimistic that my minor physical problems will resolve themselves soon.  I might even be more clear-headed, too. Wouldn't that be wonderful?  I wonder what I'll do first to catch up on things.