Monday, July 27, 2015

Episode 7: Some Summer Knitting

Here are the show notes for Episode 7:  


In the Mug: n/a

On The Road: An out and back to Pine for lunch, got caught in a little rain. Pack your rain gear!

On the Needles: 
Knitting Projects - starting at 6:45
FO's: My Crossover Top by Patons, using Universal Yarn Inc. Cotton Supreme Splash in Calm Waters'; I've sewn the front together, sleeves, seamed the sides and wove in ends.

WIPs: 
Atlantic Current Socks, I'm still turning the heel
Vanilla socks in Zitron Trekking XXL color way 156
I want to cast on all the shawls!
Starting Aug 1 the Brooklyn Tweed KAL for the My Sister's Knitter KAL group
Knit any pattern from the Wool PeopleBT or Jared Flood pattern lines 
I will be working on my Seraphine shawl

Spinning Projects -
FO: chain plyed my Loop bump for Tour de Fleece
WIP: 
spinning thick/thin on my drop spindle for Tour de Fleece 2015, team spindlers!

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - starting at 18:40
Waves of Glory quilt back done
tablerunner to match placemats finished
working on my scrappy Chain of Friendship quilt by Sally Schneider

Gone to the Dogs: n/a


In the Garden: starting at 23:00
What's blooming - catmint, hops, anise hyssop, blue blazes

In the Beeyard - starting at 25:40
Queen Fiona's hive is doing ?
S&J hive is good.  
Got stung twice, once on each hand, and they swelled so much I couldn't knit (GASP!)

Off Topic: Tea House Knits talked about dealing with depression also in her latest episode
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Thanks for watching!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Episode 6: A Little Off Topic

Here are the show notes for Episode 6:  

In the Mug: Irish Breakfast Tea with cream and honey

On The Road: n/a

On the Needles: 
Knitting Projects - starting at 1:10
FO's: The New Bittersweet Cowl by Megan Goodacre, using my own handspun
WIPs: The Crossover Top by Patons, using Universal Yarn Inc. Cotton Supreme Splash in Calm Waters'; I've completed the neck border, need to sew front together then I start the armholes.
Atlantic Current Socks, I'm still turning the heel
Vanilla socks in Zitron Trekking XXL color way 156

Spinning Projects -
FO: Falkland wool, which is merino wool sourced from the Falkland Islands.
WIP: singles from my Loop bump are done, now I've started chain plying it, which is my first time to do this method of achieving a three-ply
spinning thick/thin on my drop spindle for Tour de Fleece 2015, team spindlers!

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - starting at 13:50
Waves of Glory quilt top done, borders and all
placemats are up to the point where all 8 just need the binding sewed down, hot pad made

Gone to the Dogs: n/a


In the Garden: starting at 16:05
trimmed the tree, pulled some weeds
What's blooming - penstemon, catmint, hops, 

In the Beeyard - starting at 16:40
Queen Fiona's hive is doing ?
S&J hive is good.  
Another cutout that didn't work.  Would have caused structural damage to get to the hive, they were entering under a deck going in between the joists of the house.  All they need is a tiny entrance and a void and they will move in.  Be preventative.

Off Topic:
My grandmother died and we went home for the funeral last weekend.  
My heart also goes out to Wink's friends and family, author of A Creative Being blog.

Thanks for watching!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Episode 5: The Queens are Laying

Here are the show notes for Episode 5:  The Queens are Laying
In the Mug: Duncan Donuts coffee with LOTS of creamer, just like my Dad!

On The Road:
The Pikes Peak Hill Climb was this weekend.  Cool to watch the Victory stunt team, but unfortunately the Victory Project 156 bike was a DNF due to crash damage.
Victory Project 156 Racing
On the Needles:
Knitting Projects - starting at 7:40
WIPs: The Crossover Top by Patons, using Universal Yarn Inc. Cotton Supreme Splash in Calm Waters'; I've attached the shoulder seams using mattress stitch (my first time!)
Atlantic Current Socks, I'm ready to turn the heel
Started a new pair of toe-up socks in Zitron Trekking XXL color way 156

Spinning Projects -
FO: Spanish Sunrise singles, dyed by me, BFL (Blue Faced Leicester) 
From this hand-dyed braid of fiber . . .
To this beautiful hand-spun single yarn
WIP: still spinning singles from my Loop bump




Under the Needle:

Sewing Projects - starting at 13:30
Waves of Glory quilt top is all pieced, just need to top stitch the curves down

Gone to the Dogs: n/a


In the Garden: starting at 15:15
What's blooming - penstemon, penstemon, penstemon.  And catmint.

In the Beeyard - starting at 18:45
Queen Fiona's hive is doing good.  She's not only alive, but I saw her!  There were eggs and larva.
S&J hive is also good.  Didn't see the queen, but I did see larva, which means the queen didn't get hurt during the move.
REALLY need to cut the weeds down again!
Two hive cutouts that didn't work out. In one, the bees had left, in the next I think they hired an exterminator.  I'm doing another cutout today though, hopefully with a new beekeeping friend.
Beeyard visit with the local group.  Walked through hive inspections, powdered sugar roll for mite check, and created a nucleus hive.

Off Topic:
Been a busy, tiring week.  Sleeping a lot.

Thanks for watching!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Episode 4: Hot Enough to Melt Wax

Here are the show notes for Episode 4:

In the Glass: Coffee with creamer for that hit of caffeine I need.

On The Road:
Yamaha Silverado stock leather seat for sale if anyone knows anybody

On the Needles:
Knitting Projects - starting at 2:42
FO - The Vanilla Ornament socks
WIP - Atlantic Current socks
both in Gynx yarns

Spinning Projects -
FO - Lemon scones merino 2-ply
currently spinning singles from my Loop bump

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - nothing this week

In the Garden: starting at 11:50
Hops progress
What's blooming: catmint, May Night salvia, something else that's purple

In the Beeyard - starting at 13:02
Update on swarmed hive - no news
Friends delivered their hive to me as they were nervous beekeeping in their neighborhood after their hive swarmed.  So now I'm back up to two hives!  
Created a recycled item solar wax melter to filter and refine the lovely gold beeswax I've got in a bucket.

Off Topic:  
I participated in the neighborhood garage sale this weekend, so I'm a little behind schedule.  Trying to minimize the clutter and get the closet down to manageable levels.

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Episode 3: Not Much Knitting

Here are the show notes for Episode 3:

In the Mug: Tea, because it's been another rainy week.  Earl Grey with some of my own honey.

On the Needles:
Knitting Projects - starting at 1:50
FO - Drift by TinCanKnits, in Juniper Moon Farm Moonshine in color way 13 (teal).  LOVE the yarn.
The Crossover Top by Patons, using Universal Yarn Inc. Cotton Supreme Splash in Calm Waters

Spinning Projects -
currently still spinning singles from my Loop bump, but check out my cool 3D printed bobbin, free plan from Thingiverse

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - starting at 9:20
workshop on Waves of Glory by Annette Ornelas, Southwind Designs
another UFO, double wedding ring table runner by Carolyn McCormick

In the Garden: starting at 15:50
Trellising my Centennial hops along top of fence now, and Jackmanjii clematis is blooming.
Also blooming - Nepeta Walker Low catmint 

In the Beeyard - starting at 18:00
new Queen Fiona?  why swarming is bad for beekeepers, but good for nature
small (5 11/16"), medium (6 5/8"), deep (9 5/8") supers 
Thanks for watching!


Sunday, June 7, 2015

Episode 2: More of my Hobbies

A big thank you to everyone who watched my first episode and to those who gave feedback.  I'm enjoying myself, and hopefully you'll enjoy it too.

Here are the show notes for Episode 2:

My other hobbies -  yes, I'm a schizophrenic hobbyist.  I do a little bit of a lot of things.

In the Glass: Diet Dr Pepper.  I'm addicted!

On The Road:
Motorcycling!  started on a Kawasaki vulcan 900, now onto my Victory Kingpin Low
Definitely take the MSF Beginner's Safety Course.  
Learn how to pick up a dropped bike 

On the Needles:
Knitting Projects - starting at 9:06
The Sunburst shawl by Helen Stewart
The Crossover Top by Patons, using Universal Yarn Inc. Cotton Supreme Splash in Calm Waters'

Spinning Projects -
FO my pretty blue 3 ply, spun on my Tiger's Eye drop spindle from KSInspirations
currently spinning singles from my Loop bump

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - starting at 13:10
Quilted placemats

Gone to the Dogs: starting at 17:12
Dog park etiquette
     - vaccinated
     - preferably fixed
     - pick up your poop!
     - manners - no jumping, biting, growling, etc.
     - let dogs meet off leash so they don't feel trapped

In the Garden: starting at 21:06
Trellising my hops and Jackmanjii clematis (Centennial hops for home brewing!)
Rhubarb out my ears!  Some of my favorite things to do with my "pie plant" is to make buttermilk rhubarb cake, and rhubarb compote

In the Beeyard - starting at 26:00
Queen Elena's hive has swarmed!  This is what the queen swarm cells look like.  I found them on the bottom of the frames, and several showed that they had already been released.  Hoping it recovers.

Taking care of hive equipment is A LOT of work!
Cleaning, painting, going through the frames, cutting weeds down around the hives.

Thanks for watching!





Saturday, May 30, 2015

Episode 1: Getting to Know You

My new endeavor . . . a video blog!  My intention is to post updates once a week.  I'm hoping to use this as part of my therapy and recovery.



Here are the show notes for Episode 1:

Knitting Projects -
The Eden Prairie shawl by Nancy Whitman
This was my inspiration photo for the color story, based on a Prairie style stained glass window

The Crossover Top by Patons, using Universal Yarn Inc. Cotton Supreme Splash in Calm Waters'
Hermione's Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder
Atlantic Current Socks by Melissa Sibley

Spinning Projects -
FO my Colorado Sunset
currently spinning singles from my Loop bump

A Rough Shooter's Handbook by Guy N. Smith for training gun dogs and beyond basic obedience.

The Backyard Beekeeper is a great starting guide for raising your own bees.

Thanks for watching!