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still thankful

December 9th, 2012 by knitnzu

So, it’s been 2 weekends since Thanksgiving, but I’m still thankful!

Friends visited from upstate NY, and we had a grand time together. Visiting, cooking, playing, walking around, etc etc etc. Sharing the love we have for each other.

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We ate that potato that could feed an entire family,
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V was a great help in the kitchen, and she got the chore joy of peeling that bad boy! It came from our garden.

The girls loved her and she loved them.
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Friday was off to Popham Beach. I told DH we’d probably see horses there. He said no way. Um…
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It was interesting watching that first group of horses (with that handsome draft mix). They’d never been to the beach before, so they balked at one of the waterways through the sand… but they went over it, and then they were fine.

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It’s always beautiful there!
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And, you know me… It’s a need of some sort…
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It was rather cold…

Fireworks that night downtown… they were pretty good! We walked down to the river to watch. A couple went off “badly” and ended up on the water, and that was interesting too.
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Small Business Saturday meant a trip to Robbi’s open house (Maple Lane Farm in Windsor). Some pottery may have been purchased… And we visited the sheep and chickens for a bit.
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V brought the coin kitty I made her a few years back… (the original post is so old, it came over from the old livejournal blog and half the photos are missing…)
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she still loves it!

A wore some old mittens she found, I think she said her grandmother or a cousin made them. Latvian mittens made by a Latvian woman!
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These are a simple, but lovely design. Latvian mittens can be crazy complicated… they’re all really beautiful!

We were poking about in Ravelry, and V commented on how much she liked the Shroom Hat. I had some super bulky, non-wool yarn around, and so…
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The yarn rather hides the design, but she loves the hat!

Today is all about getting that breaking black (Wilton’s food dye) experiment to work. Phase 1 failed somewhat, so I’m into truly experimental territory.

Oh, and getting the tree.

a birthday and a bug and pots and a vest and rocks and dogs with new haircuts

November 20th, 2012 by knitnzu


Boyo turned 17 recently. He wanted a batman cake, and this was what happened. I figured it was a success when his friend took a photo, and then he did too. And it was gone by morning (two boys stayed over).
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Look what DH found in the garden digging up potatoes…
tomato hornworm
I thought maybe it was a giant beetle grub, but our entomologist friend said it was a lepidopteran, and we quickly figured out it is a tomato hornworm (which we call tomacco hornworms), late stage pupa. The totally disgusting part is that this thing is alive. It moves. And that loopy handly thing is its mouthparts.


And totally fascinating.


Dad and Linda gave us a fabulous humongous frying pan. We have been at a loss as to where to put it. The oven already holds the two 13″ and the single 8″ cast iron pans. I thought I’d get a pot rack, but the one I wanted (a simple steel bar) is actually relatively hard to find. I did finally find it, for only $16, but then there was the $12 to ship and the extra $10 because I didn’t spend enough.

And so, I bought 4 locally made wrought iron hooks (from Scottish Lion in Round Pond), only $24, and a board from Lowe’s (I got to use the jigsaw and I learned to use the router).

And so this corner,
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was changed.

The board got up (after a miscalculation on where the stud was… but the initial series of holes in the board got plugged, shhhhhh), and even though I had an idea where the pans should go, I hadn’t marked where the hooks should be… and so…

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While I was about it all, I extended the knife slit a bit, and really sanded down that piece to the left of the stove. It gets gummy. And re-oiled the rest of the counters…
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I’ve been wanting a vest… this is made with the handspun I made when I was learning to spin. I thought I might have enough yarn for a vest. Turns out, I probably have enough for three vests… I wasn’t sure at first how to close it up, but after wearing it for a day with just a pin, I realized it really needs closure and put in hooks and eyes. There’s waist shaping and short rows for the bust. I’m reasonably pleased with it, but think I might need to add pockets, because my hands keep looking for them (I have a fleece vest that fits something like this one, and it must feel familiar to my body).

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We took a quick walk at lunch today over to the arboretum, where they have some new sculpture on display.

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From one side it looks like a hug, from the other, a face, or a really pointy bum!

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Susie noted that this black spot is called an enclave. She’d seen some of this sculpture a couple days ago, with some other geologists.
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Needless to say, she heard very different things from us than she did from the geologists. WHAT is that? Giant bull testicles! That’s a sexy piece. Cylons! A face! A bum! (these were not things the geologists were saying…)

This piece was made from a single piece of stone… we were strong doubters, but then we were convinced…
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And Sue was with us, in her hunter orange… we stuck close to her, and nobody was shot.

Pinkish beige on the outside, and black and shiny inside… remind you of anybody?
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The bum (face on the other side)…
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Do you see those mosses growing on the granite? My guess is Andrea rupestris, but I didn’t look closely.

Oh look, they’re trucking in another piece… wonder what it is…
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dogs with new haircuts

These are really lousy pictures, sorry!

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Zuzu begging for a toy, and Gravy coming to get one.


Getting ready for Thanksgiving… friends from far are coming, and friends from near will be here too.

We are blessed.

wee bit of knitting, pen1s shaped mushrooms, calendars are out!,

November 9th, 2012 by knitnzu

Aka stinkhorn,
Phallus ravenelii, looking rather disgusting after getting rained on.

These red mitts are for Mom. She says they make her arthritic hands feel better. I had wanted to finish them a month or so ago, but at least they’re done. Made of cotton with elastic in it (Fixation). The gray wool ones are for a friend’s mom in VT. I forget what kind of wool they’re made of, something I had lying around.
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Remember the Calendar Girls post? Well, the calendars are out! I’m April…

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Get yours at Rocky Knoll Photography.

Election night… the dogs I was visiting were not especially interested in the results. Sid (the girls’ bro) and another friend’s pal Chester.

sid election night 2 chester election night

In other dog news… the girls got pruned today. Pics soon.

And in other family news, this boy turns 17 tomorrow.
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Cripes, my photos are all a bit blurry. I think my lens needs cleaning. It’s a tiny point and shoot, Sony T77… do they have a lifespan? Or am I just getting old and shaky?

Temperaments and Telephones

November 4th, 2012 by knitnzu

Taken out of chronological order, but presented in order of smoochyloviness…


I helped a friend temperament test a litter of puppies this morning!

These are cousins to my girls, as the puppies’ mom, Bear, is my girls’ auntie. This was a mixed litter. Three boys have a German shepherd dog father, two boys and two girls have a border collie father (Bear is half border collie and half yellow lab). It was a pretty even litter, temperament-wise, though there was some variation, and definite differences between the pups with the different fathers (the border collie pups were more interested in fetch and overall more mature).

It was a great puppy fix!

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The two girls went home with their new owners today.


We were without internet for two weeks and a day. Felt like an eternity. Felt like living in the dark ages.

All because Fairpoint isn’t good at maintaining their equipment, and we had an old circuit out in the Network Interface Device (NID).

And because it took four days for GWI to let me know that testing the modem at the NID indicates the problem is outside the house. GWI is our phone and internet provider, but Fairpoint maintains the lines, or they supposedly do.

During those four days, however, I totally re-wired all the phone lines, from the NID to all the jacks.

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I don’t have any in process pics in the cellar, but here’s my brother’s favorite part of my cellar…
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The phone lines are all behind that “blow out” in the wall. This wall is between the main part of the house (with its dirt floor cellar) and the ell (concrete floor, as is below the barn and old carport).

Anyhow, it was an extremely frustrating process trying to get the tech support to believe that there was a problem outside the house, and to get one of their techs out here to confirm that. And that yes, I do have great sounding phone lines when there is no modem plugged in (Fairpoint tested this at some point).

And I had a colonoscopy about a week after it all went down, which meant no internet (Netflix) during the prep! As we also have no cable tv service (our only means of any tv reception), there was also no tv.

Thankfully I have friends who lent me dvds to watch. Firefly was the series of choice during the whole colon cleansing episode. If you haven’t seen it, it’s great fun… think space western, ala Whedon.

Who cracks me up.

Remember to vote on Tuesday!

(and all good news on the colon front… except for that nasty bruise where the needle went in my arm, and then I found another nasty bruise elsewhere during a fool body tick check. I figured if a clean needle stick made lovely colors, then, well, um… but it was all good).

so I took the day off

July 12th, 2012 by knitnzu

And took myself to the beach! But on the way down, I had to stop at Halcyon Yarn because I wanted to get some different fibers. I’m not spinning every day in this Tour de Fleece, but I am spinning again, so that’s a good thing.

Before you knew it, I had a little haul… I plan to dye some of the natural/white stuff, probably before I spin it, but who knows.

Half a pound each of Domestic (on the left) and Romney (on the right). Notice that the domestic looks like less… I’m thinking it is less airy.
halcyon domestic andromney

Three ounces of something called “Coyote Cotton”… it’s soft (and a gorgeous soft,, rich brownish color)!
halcyon coyote cotton

Two rayon-like things. Tencel on the left, it’s creamy white and very slippery/soft. The camera had a hard time focusing on it. And something called “Black Diamond” on the right. It’s the color of a charcoal brick. Two ounces of each, I think…
halcyon tencel halcyon black diamond

Two ounces of hemp… it feels kind of greasy, which is interesting. I’ll probably make a bag or basket out of it, but I don’t know.
halcyon heemp

Some cotton out of the sale bin, Louisa Harding’s Ondine. I’ll probably make a Montego Bay Scarf (Ravelry link).
halcyon ondine

And a Noro Kureyon knock-off by Plymouth, Gina. I’ll probably use it for some Maine Morning Mitts (pair #37 or so… I make a lot of these).
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And some very cool steam-punkish buttons (for those bracelets I’ve been making).
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I love the drive through Bath to Popham Beach. I had a great time at the beach… the tide was way out. I took a much needed sorta nap. I swam and floated around and played in the waves. And I started reading a new book (The Historian). Couple of things… I love my cup-sized bikini, but it isn’t really meant to keep things contained while swimming. So I developed this technique of surfing in a wave and then flipping over to face the ocean to be sure that what spilled out went back in. Didn’t want to frighten the young people you know…

And I think maybe I should have gotten the prescription bifocal sunglasses, no?
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It was as always, beautiful. And since it was Thursday, it wasn’t crowded!
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There was a very cool sea breeze coming off the water… you could see the mist flying about. The water was warm, for Maine. At first it seemed cold, but after I finally got to that critical depth (where you can pee), it was fine. I loved floating in the waves. And when I finally walked in (for those of you who don’t know the place, it’s long and shallow, so you can walk out for a long way and still not be very deep), it felt like bath water in the shallows!

Here’s some recent spinning… blue-faced leicester and silk, in the color “tropical fish tank”. It’s from the Portland Fiber Gallery and was a dream to spin. For the first time, I beat the yarn after I washed it… it really makes a difference! Freshly spun on the left; soaked, beaten, and dried on the right.
tropical fish tank unbeaten tropical fish tank beaten and hung

DH has been away this week. I developed a little irrigation system in the garden… ahem… actually it’s to hide the paw prints. Guilty as charged, yes, I did not close the gate behind me…
garden dogs in the garden

Check out this awesome thing I got at the Salvation Army store in Rye (NH). I think it’s goat (angora mohair??), and it’s woven, and I got two at $1.99 each. Based on Gravy’s reaction, I think somebody used them for what I intend… dog beds/blankets. Even after washing (they shrunk quite a bit, but still will be bigger than the girls’ crates), there is a lot of shortish black hair, so I’m thinking maybe they belonged to a lab.
woven goat