Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Episode 23: It's a Sweet Life!

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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

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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!

Thanks for watching!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Episode 21: Quick, Quick, Slow

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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

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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.

Thanks for watching!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Episode 19: Oh Wait, It's Spring!

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I am DaniGirlCO on Instagram and Ravelry.
Here are the show notes for Episode 19:  
On the Needles: 
Knitting Projects - 
FO's: 
Eileen Tee, by Coralee Meslin, out of Tahkli Yarns Sedona in kiwi, seamed it up and applied edging, just need to weave in ends.  So it's finished, but not finished finished.

WIPs: 
Blueberry waffle socks out of MadTosh Sock in Cobbler color way, no nylon so doing heels out of diff yarn
Prayer Shawl #2, out of TLC Heathers, donating to the prayer shawl ministry at my church
Serephine shawl, making for mom, cables require a LOT of attention

Stalking - nothing, trying to finish up WIPS

Acquisitions - none, I've been very good

Spinning Projects -
UFO: back to working on the natural white cormo (?)
spindle spinning some brown and black alpaca, lots of vm :(

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - 
Nicole's wedding quilt, made it simple this month  
1st thursday mystery quilt block, 3 new blocks
Jo Morton reproduction prints and patterns club called Jo's Little Women, paper pieced pineapple blocks  

In the Garden: plan to hire landscaper to replace sod in back and add some perennials

In the Beeyard - PPBA bee school took place over several weekends this month, crop of new beekeepers, yeah!

Off Topic:  
Watching:  Yarnings; Kristine does great color work, sweaters
Visited my sister and bil.  Had fun playing with the nieces.  Did some painting and helped unpack some. Got up to 90 in Phoenix, came home to COS and it's blizzard weather

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Episode 18: A Blonde Moment

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I am DaniGirlCO on Instagram and Ravelry.
Here are the show notes for Episode 18:  

On the Needles: 
Knitting Projects - 
FO's: none

WIPs: 
Eileen Tee, by Coralee Meslin, out of Tahkli Yarns Sedona in kiwi, washed and blocked the body and sleeves, now I just have to seem it up and apply edging
Blueberry waffle socks out of MadTosh Sock in Cobbler color way, no nylon so doing heels out of diff yarn
Prayer Shawl #2, out of TLC Heathers, donating to the prayer shawl ministry at my church
Serephine shawl, making for mom, cables require a LOT of attention

Stalking - nothing, trying to finish up WIPS

Acquisitions - some quilting fabric because I couldn't resist a sale

Spinning Projects -
UFO: back to working on the natural white cormo (?)


Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - 
Nicole's wedding quilt.  Redesigned for a king bed, slowed up on my progress though.
had my quilt class, it's a Jo Morton reproduction prints and patterns club

In the Garden: n/a

In the Beeyard - n/a

Off Topic:  
Watching:  nothing new
Visited my mom and dad for a week, had a good time, but it took me off grid for a bit.

Thanks for watching!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Episode 17: Winter Doldrums

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I am DaniGirlCO on Instagram and Ravelry.
Here are the show notes for Episode 17:  
On the Needles: 
Knitting Projects - 
FO's: Yowza Weigh-it Shawl 4 by Susan B. Anderson, color Night Lights
Prayer Shawl #1, out of TLC Heathers, donating to the prayer shawl ministry at my church

WIPs: 
Eileen Tee, by Coralee Meslin, out of Tahkli Yarns Sedona in kiwi
vanilla socks, 

Stalking - nothing, trying to finish up items for DCS Pigskin Party

Acquisitions - going to make the Etched Rio Wrap out of Hand Maiden Cashmere and Silk

Spinning Projects -
FO: Moscow Mule color way of super wash Targhee from ITW

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - 
Nicole's wedding quilt.  Surprise!  They bought a king bed!  Making adjustments as necessary.

In the Garden: n/a

In the Beeyard - n/a

Off Topic:  
Watching:  Junkyarn podcast Christmas card swap partner included 2 pairs of earrings she made.  How cute is that?
Days are getting longer, but I've still got the winter doldrums.  I'm reading Hinds' Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard, and I feel like I'm going through the place of fog before the valley of loss, slogging through mud day after day.

Thanks for watching!