Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Episode 26: Celtic Cables are Done!

Welcome viewers! 
I am DaniGirlCO on Instagram, Periscope and Ravelry.
Here are the show notes for Episode 26:  
On the Needles: 
Knitting Projects - 
FO's: Celtic Myths shawl by Asita Krebs, need to clear off the guest bed so I can block it.

WIPs: 
Linum Tee by Bristol Ivy, using Classic Elite Bella Lino yarn, sz 3 needles.  I connected the shoulders using a 3 needle bind off (my first), need arm bands and it's done.
Blueberry waffle socks out of Opal in summer colors because I needed another pair to tote around. 

Stalking - Nothing, trying to stay faithful to current knitting. Although the Transverse Cardigan in my queue will be moving into projects soon.  Looking for Berroco pattern book #294 Origami.  It has the Kiama pattern in it that I would love to make out of handspan, but can't purchase a digital copy.  From 2010 so it's not in stores anymore.

Acquisitions - fabrics

Spinning Projects -
none, I'm in a slump

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - 
Mystery Block of the Month put together with sashing/cornerstones.  Need to figure out a border. I'm now addicted to EPP hexis, slowly growing larger. Not sure what I'll do with it.  All of these are using 1800's reproduction fabrics.
Cousins wedding quilt is back from the long-armer, now I "just" need to bind it.  Again, it's huge and unwieldy. 

In the Garden: Need to start fall clean up, pulling weeds, mint (never-ending), etc.

In the Beeyard - 
Will start again in the spring with a swarm.  First time since 2012 I haven't gone into winter with a hive.

Off Topic:  
Watching: Listening - Down Cellar Studio with Boston Jen
Are you playing in any KALs?  What are they?  I'm participating in the Down Cellar Studio podcast Pigskin Party 2016 KAL.  If you're not a member of the group already and want to play along, let me know because I can get points for "drafting" somebody.  I normally watch some of the games anyway, but this year I'm playing in some fantasy football leagues so NFL Redzone is my friend.
Took a motorcycle trip over the 17th to Snowmass, CO.  Four passes in two days, leaves changing, balloon glow and a free concert.  It was really good, and I didn't have to push myself too hard to be social.  Still took time to recuperate after though. 
Received a lovely package from Roseanna of Meli Melo Arts with some stitch markers.  Take a look at her Etsy shop.

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Episode 25: It's Been a Long Time Gone

Thanks for coming back to watch My High Plains Life!  Welcome viewers! 
I am DaniGirlCO on Instagram, Periscope and Ravelry.
Here are the show notes for Episode 25:  
On the Needles: 
Knitting Projects - 
FO's: Blueberry waffle socks out of MadTosh Sock in Cobbler color way, toes are odd, hopefully blocking will help

WIPs: 
Celtic Myths shawl by Asita Krebs, picked up another skein.  About 65% done.
Linum Tee by Bristol Ivy, using Classic Elite Bella Lino yarn, sz 3 needles.  little more fisherman's rib on the back, then I connect the shoulders and it's done.
Blueberry waffle socks out of Opal in summer colors because I needed another pair to tote around. 

Stalking - Nothing, trying to stay faithful to current knitting

Acquisitions - fabrics, didn't show

Spinning Projects -
none

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - 
Lots of blocks for the Mystery Block of the Month. I'm now addicted to EPP hexis. 

In the Garden: Hail pretty much took it all out.  Flowers are recuperating but there won't be a hops harvest.

In the Beeyard - 
Looks like I had a hive on the porch in the honey supers I set out.  Then they disappeared.  Was it pesticides?

Off Topic:  
Watching: I skip this section this week.
Are you playing in any KALs?  What are they?
Spent 2 weeks in Phoenix enjoying my nieces, so didn't get a lot done knitting wise.  

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Episode 24: No More King Sized

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I am DaniGirlCO on Instagram, Periscope and Ravelry.
Here are the show notes for Episode 24:  
On the Needles: 
Knitting Projects - 
FO's: n/a

WIPs: 
Celtic Myths shawl by Asita Krebs, ran out of yarn, waiting on another skein.  About 65% done.
Linum Tee by Bristol Ivy, using Classic Elite Bella Lino yarn, sz 3 needles.  Loving the fabric.
Blueberry waffle socks out of MadTosh Sock in Cobbler color way, little more length then on to the toe!
Blueberry waffle socks out of Opal in summer colors because I needed another pair to tote around.  Good for the Colors of the Season KAL, too.

Stalking - Bond Street by Kirsten Kapur, saw an example in person and it was gorgeous.  My LYS Ewe and Me has some great samples that make me want to knit it all.

Acquisitions - fabrics

Spinning Projects -
none

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - 
Nicole's wedding quilt top is all complete, borders and all, and off to the quilters.  Will get it back just in time to bind it before the wedding.

In the Garden: Perennials are blooming and growing.  Somehow I have a random corn stalk growing in my front yard.  Go figure.  Hops are about 10 ft tall now.

In the Beeyard - 
Looks like one of the swarms I caught was good.  I got the queen!  They've been coming and robbing out the frames left from the honey extraction.  REALLY need to add another honey super to them ASAP.

Off Topic:  
Watching: I've been sucked into Legacy Knitz podcast with Chelsea and Sue.  
Want to play in the Colors of the Season KAL? Started June 1, thru Aug 31.  Make something in the colors of the season that inspire you.  Are you playing in any other KALs?  What are they?
Mr. HPL did a 1000 mile in 24 hr motorcycle ride to earn his Iron Butt certification.  Crazy.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Episode 23: It's a Sweet Life!

Thanks for coming back to watch My High Plains Life!  I'd like to welcome any new viewers we have. 
I am DaniGirlCO on Instagram and Ravelry.
Here are the show notes for Episode 23:  
On the Needles: 
Knitting Projects - 
FO's: n/a

WIPs: 
Celtic Myths shawl, doing the fingering weight pattern, finally on the border!  going to run out of yarn, had to order another skein.  Hope the color blends into the border well enough.  This is going to be an expensive shawl.

Stalking - things for the Colors of the Season KAL, swatching for the Linum tee, 

Acquisitions - 

Spinning Projects -
none

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - 
Nicole's wedding quilt, some new blocks, trying to get my rear in gear already.

In the Garden: we had yet another hail storm, and my rhubarb is still recovering.  Perennials are blooming and growing.  Hops are about 7-8 ft tall now.

In the Beeyard - Extraction party went great, if messy.  Everything got sticky.  Hubby used it as excuse to buy a power washer.  Rented extractor from the Pikes Peak Beekeeper's Association.


I've gone out on two swarm calls, but I only managed to get one, and not sure if I got the queen at that.  Installed in a hive.  Checked them yesterday and they were still there but didn't see any brood or eggs.  Not enough population to make it worthwhile to requeen.
Also did a hive extraction for a lady with bees in her house.

Off Topic:  
Watching: n/a
Want to play in the Colors of the Season KAL? Started June 1, thru Aug 31.  Make something in the colors of the season that inspire you.


Thanks for watching!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Episode 22: Cables and Colors

Thanks for coming back to watch My High Plains Life!  I'd like to welcome any new viewers we have. 
I am DaniGirlCO on Instagram and Ravelry.
Here are the show notes for Episode 22:  
On the Needles: 
Knitting Projects - 
FO's: vanilla socks, using Zitron Trekking XXL

WIPs: 
Celtic Myths shawl, doing the fingering weight pattern, finally on the border!  going to run out of yarn, had to order another skein.  Hope the color blends into the border well enough.  This is going to be an expensive shawl.

Stalking - things for the Colors of the Season KAL, swatching for the Linum tee, 

Acquisitions - 

Spinning Projects -
none

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - 
Nicole's wedding quilt, some new blocks, past half done point.
1st Thursday mystery block, second block finished

In the Garden: rabbits are eating my perennials.  Arrrrgggghhhh!
Rhubarb is picked again, hops are trellised, flowers are blooming.  Mint is taking over so I pulled what I could, but it's jumped the yard.  Garden is . . .not planted yet, and we just had quarter size hail which shredded a lot of my new plants

In the Beeyard - Remaining hive has swarmed.  Hosting an extraction party on June 11.  I'll be sure to take video and pictures.  Renting extractor from the Pikes Peak Beekeeper's Association.

Off Topic:  
Watching: Teahouse Knits with Tina.  Knitting and educational info about tea varietals.  Want to play in the Colors of the Season KAL? Starts June 1, thru Aug 31.  Make something in the colors of the season that inspire you.
Playing with my meds.  I think it's helping some.
May 30th was ONE YEAR of podcasting!

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Episode 21: Quick, Quick, Slow

Thanks for coming back to watch My High Plains Life!  I'd like to welcome any new viewers we have. 
I am DaniGirlCO on Instagram and Ravelry.
Here are the show notes for Episode 21:  
On the Needles: 
Knitting Projects - 
FO's: nada

WIPs: 
vanilla socks, using Zitron Trekking XXL

Celtic Myths shawl, doing the fingering weight pattern and turning out much better on the edging.

Stalking - nothing, trying to finish up WIPS

Acquisitions - quilting ruler, quilters have gadgets too!

Spinning Projects -
none

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - 
Nicole's wedding quilt, some new blocks, past half done point.
1st Thursday mystery block, one of two block finished

In the Garden: landscaper finished and the sod looks great.  Still need more perennials.
Rhubarb is picked, hops are vining already.

In the Beeyard - And the bees are . . . one of the two hives has died out.  Low populations probably couldn't keep brood warm?  Saw queen in the second hive, but also several swarm/supercedure cells.  They haven't swarmed yet, but . . . I reversed the hive boxes (top to bottom) so we'll see if that helps.  Suffered a bit of heat exhaustion doing hive inspection, so it's a good thing Jason and Sarah were there.  Jason ended up hauling everything out that needed it.  Thanks Jason and Sarah!

Off Topic:  
Watching: Suburban Stitcher with Dianne Brown.  Want to play in the Around Your Neck KAL? 
May is flying by so fast, yet I feel like I'm getting nothing done.  The rhubarb needs pulled again, the weeds need pulled already, and the hop needs trellised.  Garden needs planted this weekend.  Where does the time go?
We celebrated the Kentucky Derby with friends and family, and lots of mint juleps.
Been sleeping A LOT.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Episode 20: The Fate of the Bees

Thanks for coming back to watch My High Plains Life!  I'd like to welcome any new viewers we have. 
I am DaniGirlCO on Instagram and Ravelry.
Here are the show notes for Episode 20:  
On the Needles: 
Knitting Projects - 
FO's: 
Eileen Tee, by Coralee Meslin, out of Tahkli Yarns Sedona in kiwi, Ends woven in.  So it's finished finished finished.

WIPs: 
Blueberry waffle socks out of MadTosh Sock in Cobbler color way, no nylon so doing heels out of diff yarn

Celtic Myths shawl, doing the fingering weight pattern and turning out much better on the edging.

Stalking - nothing, trying to finish up WIPS

Acquisitions - fabric, I've been very bad

Spinning Projects -
none

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - 
Nicole's wedding quilt, some new blocks, about half done point.
Jo Morton reproduction prints and patterns club called Jo's Little Women, paper pieced pineapple block table runner, and little baskets wall hanging

In the Garden: landscaper hired, now I just need to plan the perennials.  Yes I'm an engineer and have it graphed out with existing plants to determine where I want things to go.
Rhubarb is up and I've already divided three splits off it leaving plenty behind.

In the Beeyard - And the bees are . . . 
Swarm season isn't generally until May, but need to act now to prevent losing any bees.

Off Topic:  
Watching:  Grocery Girls with Jodi and Tracie.  They've only been podcasting a few months and already have almost 8000 followers!  What's up with all the Canadian podcasters?
Went to a new doctor for an independent diagnosis for disability paperwork, and left with an optimistic feeling.  Playing with my meds right now and I can tell.
Went for first motorcycle ride of the season, it was nice to get out and blow the dust off.
First fire of the year, even smoked some cigars.  Nice to hang out and talk with the hubby.

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