Saturday, September 29, 2007
I am seeing that blue color everywhere. I am becoming obsessive about that blue color we had last weekend at the dye workshop. I bought some Kool Aid to make some more dye, but have not had the time. I saw a car and an old pickup truck at a used car lot that had that blue. Then I look up and there is a huge billboard with that blue. It is everywhere!
I have my clothes hanging on the line, and there is a nice breeze blowing today. They will be dry in no time. Someone is supposed to come and brush hog the pastures, but they have not shown up. I wish they would come while I am at work. That way I don't have to put up with the pollen and dust as it is flying around.
Oh-the sky was that color blue, also!
The new shows have started on TV. That has been interesting this week. I have gotten several mitres done on the sock afghan. I can do those fast, and I don't have to think too much. I have been very exhausted from my job. There are two of us that are doing double duty since two others had vacation. So I can sit on the couch, knit mitres, and listen to the new shows. I then get up, do my back stretches, crawl into bed, read a little, and sleep, sleep, sleep. Then it starts all over again in the morning.
Baby Girl had her birthday this week. She is officially 6 years old now. Noodles birthday is in October-I think. He was a rescued kitty and I guesstimated his birthday. He will be 7 years old. I spent a fortune-literally-this week on flea medicine, Frontline Plus, and worm medicine. They have a new worm medicine that is topical and you apply like Frontline. That is good for kitties that do not take pills easily. (Like my two!) The vet said the tapeworm medicine is the same, but the other worm medicine was discovered in Japan as a fungus on some plant. It is a new discovery, and has been tested in Europe. I did not like to read the insert about the testing part, but I am happy to have an easier medicine to use.
I guess I better get busy and do something else productive. It is a beautiful day to be outside, but I have to clean bathrooms first. Oh-and the kitchen! It's a mess!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Also I found this wonderful quote that I wanted to pass along:
100,000 of your brain cells die every day-make sure it's not from boredom.
We finally got a little rain today. A small cool front moved through. I have begun to see a few trees changing leaf color. Yep! It's a SIGN!
Sunday, September 23, 2007
What a glorious end of summer yesterday was! It was warm, but not HOT! It was sunny! And a perfect day to dye outside. Colleen and a coupla others were bothered by bugs, but I guess my skin's too tough. We began with practise pieces of 2 yard skeins. Colleen dyed roving. The Greatest Surprise was the Kool Aid Crock Pot. I have never tried the blue Kool Aid dyes. Well-let me be the first to tell you- it is GORGEOUS! It is the sky blue that you see in pictures four and six. I mixed a package of Blue Berry and a package of Blue Raspberry Lemonade. Well-that's on my To Do List. Everyone at the workshop was busy, busy, busy. After lunch we got down to serious dyeing of the yarn brought by the participants. It was fun to watch everyone's techniques, everyone's color choices, and to see the satisfaction that it was really pretty. I think the surprise on people's faces was the most fun. After steaming in my roaster, we gave each a quick bath. Then we hung them in the tree to dry. Well, it was a gorgeous sight!
Friday, September 21, 2007
Tomorrow is my dye workshop at the LYS. I am just 45% ready. I am moving in slow gear. It is very difficult for me to pack everything I need. I am so used to having my stuff spread out all over the place, and if I need something, there it is. Now I have to plan a little bit. Yuck!
But I am planning on having fun! I am not one of those stodgy chemistry teachers! I am intuitive, spontaneous, and what the hell! add another color persons. I will give full reports when I get back to the blog.
I have never been good at overdyeing, but that seems to be very popular. I took one of their not so hot dyed yarns from the knit shop. I first tried to intensify the colors that were already there. That didn't go well. Then I dyed it with one color. That was really BAD in the not good way. So finally I threw it in a Kool Aid crock pot, and there you are. A nice pink yarn with extra colors thrown in. I did not get a picture before it went back to the yarn shop. Maybe this weekend I will do that.
Anyway, have a good Saturday. Meet up with ya later.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
"How to live life as a work of art, rather than as a chaotic response to external events." A good place to look for a definition of flow is in Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's book called Flow. He describes flow as "the way people describe their state of mind when consciousness is harmoniously ordered and they want to pursue whatever they are doing for its own sake." Flow is an optimal experience typically experienced during sports, games and hobbies. Athletes describe it as being in the zone. When flow occurs, you feel completely focused; your mind and body are working in harmony; you are using your whole self yet you don't feel overwhelmed. Time gets distorted and you experience life as full and intense. You feel joy, creativity, a total involvement in life.
I find this on days like today. I have been immersed in dyeing all morning, and suddenly realized that it was almost 1:30 p.m. I just ate a piece of cheese and drank a Coke. Maybe it will be a good day after all!
In simple terms the research showed that people were generally happy doing things and generally knew very little about what made them happy.
How does it feel to be in "the flow":
1. Completely involved, focused, concentrating-with this either due to innate curiosity or as the result of training.
2. Sense of ecstasy-of being outside everyday reality.
3. Great inner clarity-knowing what needs to be done and how well it is going.
4. Knowing the activity is doable-that the skills are adequate, and neither anxious or bored.
5. Sense of serenity-no worries about self, feeling of growing beyond the boundaries of ego-afterwards feeling of transcending ego in ways not thought possible.
6. Timeliness-thoroughly focused on present, don't notice time passing.
7. Intrinsic motivation-whatever produces "flow" becomes its own reward.
This last part was found on a web page austega.com. They are not my words.
So keep on doing what you love. Knit, dye, spin, crochet, quilt, CREATE. I have to get back to the dyepot.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
The weather is definitely changing. I see subtle little changes in the leaf color, but mostly how the animals are starting to act. I have to buy more cat food and now horse food. I have started increasing Buddy's grain rations by one scoop. By next month it will be two scoops extra. I noticed Baby's hair is thicker, but not her winter coat yet.
I have had little knitting time this week due to exhaustion. But I have managed a few more rows on the dratted sock #2. When these socks are done, that's it for a while. I have already decided what the next socks will be, but not after I do some of my Christmas knitting. I promised a friend's grandson a pair of socks in RED! His favorite color.
I have got to do some maintenance this weekend, but I have got to get my stuff together for the dye workshop I am teaching next weekend. I have to clean the house some, and I have to do the last mowing on the yard to empty the lawn mower. And I have to do some weedeating to empty that out too.
Hunting season is starting next week. Whew! I have made a general announcement that I am not allowing anyone on the property. Although I am renting, I am caretaking the property. So I feel that I can do that. A friend that I trust said he wanted to come down for bow hunting. I know he is a responsible person, and will be respectful of the animals. But I guess the cable will have to go up over the cattle guard starting next week. Normally it is not a big deal in this community. But last year we had "family and friends" of people tromping around and killing trophy animals. That will not do. If you need meat, most of the time people just kill one deer quietly and share with others in need. But not the trophy people. They are out for the biggest bucks they can find.
Well, I guess I am off to do chores. Whoopee! Catch up with everyone later!
Sunday, September 9, 2007
My very first Lizard Ridge block! Isn't it pretty?!? I took a class at the local LYS yesterday, and I finished my block this morning. This is going to be a wintertime project, along with the mitred afghan.
I took a real day of rest today! I am really tired today. I felt it more important to find some balance than to work on my computer job. I have read, knitted, taken a walk, and just sat outside for a while. I tried practising my Native American flute, but Baby does not like the sounds. I guess it hurts her ears. She attacks me and finally jumps on my feet and bites my toes.
I did accomplish the goals I set out for myself this weekend. I finished the block above, and I turned the heel on sock #2. I have picked up the gusset stitches, and I am starting there this week.
So nothing new to report. Just wanted to get a few words down today.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Isn't this a lovely chili? I just picked it this morning. It is 3.5" And I am going to stuff it with cheese and bake it! Yum!
I worked on mitres yesterday throughout the day. A friend from out of town stopped by to show me her new car. And she thinks I have too many projects! Imagine that? She is someone who works on one project at a time. She does not have a stash. She buys the yarn needed for the project, and never is tempted into buying something on impulse. So which of us is weird?
Today I spent the morning working on the shrug. I am going to finish that pretty quickly, and I cannot finish it soon enough. The mornings have been in the 50's for a coupla days. We have hot days still, but the weather is changing. The scarf is doomed for the give away box. And I guess I better finish those socks for my friend. So really I have three projects within reach of finishing. The mitre afghan is an ongoing project forever. And I am going to start a lizard ridge afghan. And that will be an ongoing project forever.
So-happy Sunday-enjoy the weekend!
Saturday, September 1, 2007
Well enough weaving questions. I am working on the mitred afghan. Nothing to show that is exciting. I am also trying to finish the Manos shrug. And the LYS is having a fabulous sale to get ready for the new Fall yarns. I am taking a class next Saturday, and bought my yarn for that. I also bought some pretty lavender tweed Euroflax for a washcloth for Christmas. Yes, I am thinking Christmas already. Yuck!
I went into the little town near me to run errands this a.m. I stopped at the bank, library, and post office. The necessary things. I also ran by the feed store and picked up some feed for Buddy. I was too tired to carry the sack out to the barn. I looked out later and he had ripped the sack open and was eating. So more work for me since I was too lazy to take care of it when I got home. I had to transfer some to buckets, and then carry the rest of the sack to the barn. I was not a happy camper, to say the least.
I am getting old I guess. I find that if I try to knit after I have worked all day, I doze off. It has been a very tiring week. I am beginning to fantasize about being wealthy and not working. Which is truly a fantasy! I even got tired at the Monday Night Knit Group last week. I decided to leave early so I could get home safely.
I have decided I have too many UFO's hanging out and waiting to be finished. I have found several little projects I want to do. But I am being stubborn and not start anything else. I have to finish at least one complete project before I can start another new thing. We will see how long this will last. But I really have too many projects sitting around. Yeah, everyone says that. But I really do.
I guess I will close for now. I feel like a nap is coming soon. I did 3 mitres this morning early, so that is a little bit of an accomplishment.
Baby's on guard! She may look peaceful, but she is alert to anything that moves around her!