Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Cardigan... It Worked Out Pretty Good

I thought it was about time I posted about the alpaca and wool fiber I spun up last summer
(see this post for beginning of the spinning process : https://gwenbuchanan.blogspot.com/2019/05/heading-into-my-little-studio-early.html 

I handspun on my traditional Ashford wheel.. such a simple dependable tool... I love working with it.

 skeins done up after removing from the clothesline

on the skeinwinder... another dependable tool

using the ball winder here to make it easier to use the yarn.. 
It keeps the loft in the yarn as it is not wound on too tightly

beginning pics of the knitting/experimenting on the wool/alpaca blend... I really enjoyed the entire process...  
still hoping it will turn into a cardigan.

At first I was going to make a knit purl diamond design across the body of the sweater, but it seems the yarn has so much colour/texture that they would disappear so I am just doing stockinette stitch on the body and an interesting ribbing for the bottom of the sweater and the sleeve cuff. 
 I persevered with my limited knowledge and made the 2 fronts and the back

 seamed them together at the shoulder and picked up the stitches for the sleeves from the bodyback and front side seams ( before sewing together) 

Well, surprisingly, I finished knitting my  cardigan.. 
...can't believe I did it.. 'cause I do not know how to knit a cardigan.. 
took measurements from a very worn out old shirt, scribbled notes on several sheets of paper...

I did not know what I was doing but I just kept knitting, changing things as I went along...
 I did not know how to make buttonholes or a real collar... but it eventually turned into a cardigan!!! 
...took 3 weeks.... and I am really missing working on it. 

It actually fits and is really warm... I'm pleasantly boggled ...I think I love it!

A big Thank You to all the YouTube people who share your knowledge..

Sunday, January 05, 2020

Happy 2020 Everybody

After we put our new years's apple pies together, my son, Max the tattoo artist, and I, started playing with the remaining dough and did a bit of decorating.

I liked Max's "Crow" pie  the best... 

But they both tasted super delicious.

The best of the new year to everyone... Time moves too fast so make yours exciting and special !!!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Cats, Cats, Cats

Sketches, drawings, playing around in my sketchbook, charcoal, pencil, watercolour, ink, whatever felt right and was within reach... having fun with Cats... Love these creatures

Monday, November 04, 2019

Garlic Harvesting and Planting 2019

The garlic has been hanging in the kitchen since August... at first it was lying on a large wire rack airing.. it took up a lot of space so it could not stay that way for long.

turned out great.. 106 nice large "Music" hardneck garlic bulbs

the roots on a couple of them had grown through the composted tea bags... so tea bags do eventually rot.

I eventually had to trim off the drying leaves as they kept making a mess on the floor. they look a lot better now all pruned up and hung in a beam over in the corner out of the way. 

and man o man are they flavourful!

A couple scapes were allowed to go to seed and produced these little seedlets.. so cute!

and one of the seedheads grew into mini clovettes

 last year I felt I waited too long as Oct. had been very rainy and cold so when I planted, the ground was wet and mucky... not fun... not taking any chances this year and planted them the first week of Oct...( yes this is late to post) so I prepped the garlic cloves, John tilled up a space and  added compost...

 then I popped in the garlic with a good sprinkle of bone meal, covered about 1 - 1 1/2" of soil and spread straw on top.. Very happy to have them in... such an easy crop...

A farmer up the road 10 minutes had straw for sale so we got a few bales. 

 nothing to do now but wait for next years harvest.... oh, planted 103 bulbs...

On another note, as the year progressed the leaves were brilliant, wish I had more pics of them... they stayed on the branches a long time this year... at last I thought so... till the Oct storms came through.

They are gone now till the spring... 
...so to hold the memories of the gorgeous summer, we will be adding garlic to as many things as we can think of. 
Cheerio and Be Happy!

Thursday, September 26, 2019

My Happy Place

 We had so much pleasure from the new perennial flower garden this year and it is still going strong... looks a bit unruly, but I like it like that... and so does the family of Sparrows, Chipmunks and other creatures that have decided to make it home... so fun to watch them scurry under the overgrown flowers, search for seeds, feed their babies, perch on the fence stakes, take baths, sing their songs... and it's in full view of our dining island in the kitchen... Love it 

Hope you enjoyed the flowers and nature near you this summer.... 
Cheerio and Happy Fall