Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Somebunny surprised me

You might recall some posts about the bunny living under the boardwalk in my yard; the bunny has been insistent on staying inside the fence and hasn't been particularly afraid of me.  I called him Peter Cottontail around Easter time.  Since the weather has turned cold, snowy/rainy, and windy, I haven't seen much of this bunny and the others that live at the wood pile for several days.  I was away over the weekend, and I was looking forward to catching fresh glimpses of the bunnies as they nibbled the new grasses that are coming up.  

Monday morning I took a look out the window above the computer, just to see if Peter Cottontail was up to coming out into the sun for a mid-morning snack on fresh grasses.  Yep, I could see his ears.  Wait a minute!!  More ears?  Little, short ears??  Baby bunnies???  I could see two sets of little ears.  No, three.  I grabbed the binoculars.  Four??? Four sets of little bunny ears?  These little ones were huddled in the shade, very close to the entrance of their home.  They were a bit difficult to see, but I definitely saw four little bunnies.  Peter...umm, I mean Penny Cottontail has surprised me!  And today she was letting the little ones out into the sunshine and the world beyond the den.  

I watched them for probably 15 minutes...and I couldn't help but be tickled by their antics.  They are so cute. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A fiber banquet

At the Interweave Yarn Fest, Julie and I attended the Saturday night banquet.  The featured keynote speaker was to be Linda Cortright.  I knew nothing about her, but the topic of "WILD FIBERS" sounded interesting.

When we went into the banquet room to find a couple empty spots at a table, I suggested we get close to the front so we could see the speaker, etc.  One gal saw us looking and invited us to join her table.  It was the center table in the front row; the view wouldn't get much better!  As we were just getting seated,  Julie recognized another gal who came to be seated at this table as well: it was the guest speaker!!  So, we were included in some interesting conversation during dinner!  The guest speaker was quite gregarious and animated.  She started out raising goats for cashmere fiber and she had worked on some documentaries for other folks... that eventually led to her current job as editor and publisher of the magazine called Wild Fibers.  In her presentation, she showed a PowerPoint presentation of her travels and experiences getting stories for the magazine.  It was very interesting, entertaining, and educational.  She has traveled the world to seek out interesting stories about sheep, rabbits, goats, musk-ox, etc. 

It turned out to be a very enjoyable evening.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Browsing the fibers

A knitting-buddy and I attended the Interweave Yarn Fest in Loveland, CO over the weekend.  It was a very well-run event.  Everything you needed was right there...great rooms, well-attended classes with world-class teachers, fiber shopping in the Market Place, and plenty of good food.

I took one class: Fixing Mistakes.  I was not sure I how much I would enjoy this class, but it turned out to be just right...some great hints, but not overwhelming.  The teacher, Kate Atherley, did a very nice job; I would definitely take another class from her.  She's from Ontario. 

As soon as we got there and were checked in, we decided to go through the Market Place, isle by isle, vendor by vendor.  Three hours later, we had pretty much checked it all out,...and made some purchases.

I have "ideas" about what I'm going to make, but am still thinking and looking.  I'm a little anxious to get started on one of those skeins!!  The teal colored yarn is (lace weight) 50% bison down/50% silk; oh my goodness, it is so soft and is advertised as something like 8 times warmer than wool.  The coral colored one is also lace weight:70% baby alpaca, 20% silk, 10% cashmere.  It's sooooo soft too.  The purple/white is a fingering yarn, Mode Knit Yarn: 100% Superwash Merino.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Gettin' green

In the area around my pine tree where it got some deep fertilizing, the grass is green and lush (well, as lush as it gets around here!).  Looks like it may be about time to fire up the ol' lawn mower.  Although Peter Cottontail has been out helping by nibbling down some of the growth. 

And then I saw that the Columbine is getting ready to shoot up a spring bloom.  I love the delicate look of the Columbine; it's definitely one of my favorite flowers.  I'm looking forward to seeing this year's blossoms.  Hmmm, appears I need to do a little raking as well.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

On the needles

OK, I really should be reporting knitting progress.  And there has been SOME.

I think I might have about 6-8 more rows on the lacy shawl.  Talk about slow progress; that's me on this project.  But, I'm still working at it.  The yarn eventually changes colors...and it will be good when that happens.

A traveling project is a must.  So, I've cast on a pair of socks with Opal cotton sock yarn.  Hey, Dee, I'm using the Dragonfly pattern again.  I really liked the first pair I knitted; it's worth a repeat.  Now I've got a project I can pick up any 'ol time...and the lacy don't-get-distracted project. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

It's a stretch

I think Peter Cottontail has been huddled in a ball all winter, and it must feel really good to finally stretch out in the warmth of a little sunshine. 

More leaves are stretching upward toward the warmth of the sun's spring rays.  These leaves are early.  By nearly a month.  So far they are surviving the very cool evenings.  The weather forecasts predict that we may not be dipping below 30 degrees as we move through April; I hope that's true.  Leaves on a branch of one of my aspens also leaved out in APRIL.  Seems like a stretch...

The mountains are still covered in snow.  Makes for a beautiful sight, as it helps define the foothills from the highest, rugged mountain peaks.   Will we get more spring storms to help fill the reservoirs?  Hope so.  Might be a stretch.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Open and Closed

A gal in Laramie who has the Cowgirl Yarn Shop asked me to consider making an open/closed door sign for her; the request came last fall at our Yarn Fest.  It has taken me some time to come up with just the right concept for the design.  I finally felt like I had the right idea and started the project. 

I chatted with my woodworking neighbor, and he suggested we work up a piece of distressed wood to which we could attach the felted pieces.  The wood was cut, burned with a blow-torch, brushed with a wire brush to remove the charcoal and further distress the wood.  Then, I gave it about 5 coats of polyurethane, and it's nearly ready to go.  I finished the "Open" felt first.  And then I got the idea for the "Closed" felt.  The Cowgirl and sheep are the images from the logo for Cowgirl Yarn. 

I'm hoping to have it all finished and put together in the next couple days.  I've got turquoise and brown suede leather laces to braid a length for hanging the sign.  I plan to deliver it this weekend, so the pressure is on to finish it.