Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Little Bunny

The little one was out with the momma about a month ago; I guess he was finally big enough to be out in the open without danger.  He (or she) sure is cute...and rather fearless.  This little bunny was determined to get to my grass for some nibbling, and I was determined he should find his way back out of the yard and graze on the field grass.  Anyway, I was talking to him, telling him how cute he was, and he just let me get closer than I would have imagined, about an arm's length away. So, I went for the camera, hoping I could get close again and snap some shots.  No problem.  This little bunny was not a bit scared; he even seemed to be at ease with the camera.  So, here's his photo shoot.

Then, I spent the next hour attempting to "bunny proof" the fenced yard. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

And it's off the needles!

Modicum Hat
Once I got to the decreases, the hat just flew off the needles.  But I had a lot of ends to weave in before I could cross the finish line.  Now I didn't leave them all to the end; that would have been close to overwhelming.  I stopped every few inches and got the tapestry needle out to weave in the loose ends.  Even so, it still felt like it took a quite a while to finish.  That's the downside to changing colors every three rows.  Ah, but no pain, no gain, as they say.

Monday, August 25, 2014

A new cast-on

I started a new knitting project on circular needles...a hat...also a class I'll be offering this Fall.  Knitting a hat with a variety of scrap yarns for a color stranding pattern seemed like it may have some appeal.  Also, one can learn to knit with both hands with this pattern.  I'm excited to see what it looks like when finished, but it may take a while, as the project doesn't seem to be moving quickly.  I suppose changing yarns slows me down. 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Minor felting adjustments

I think some minor adjustments made a difference for the better.  On the word "little," I changed the form of the first "l" to match the second one.  Then, I added two tiny paw prints.  So, now, it's finished.  I'm ready to move on to the next one.

Friday, August 22, 2014

I'm must be nearing Fall...

I've got a felting project I'm getting ready for a class.  I came up with the idea of needle felting a Poetry Pillow.  I took a line from a famous poem, in this case, "Fog," by Carl Sandburg.  I used one of Billie's dusty purple felted mats to needle felt the top of the pillow, and I used a portion of Colleen's gray felted pieces to create the back. 

I haven't sewn it together yet...and I'm still looking at it, wondering if I should move the word "little" over to the right a bit.  It's good for me to get away from a project like this, and then when I look at it again, I see it with a fresh perspective.  The flat piece I was working on looks a little different now that it's puffed out by the pillow insert.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A ride under the Ramshorn...

Another ride with 4wheeler friends took us to an area just north of Dubois.  We followed the Brent Creek Road and then the Burrough's Creek Loop.

At this stop, I asked them to line up for a photo, and this is what I got! Ha. 

Anyway, a little further up the trail is this pond under the Ramshorn. 

The next stop was at Ramshorn Lake for lunch.

Then, Rainbow Lake. Here is where we could see the results of the fire that burned through here last summer.  The new growth ( I think the name of the pink flower is Fireweed) was a beautiful bed of color, contrasted against the charcoal trees.  

We also saw Virgin Lake and Burnt Timber Lake, but I didn't stop for photos.  This turned out to be a 29 mile ride.  The road was unexpectedly rough in places because of very deep ruts formed by the heavy snows, rain, and run-off this year. It certainly was a pretty ride, and I was amazed at the amount of wildflowers still blooming this late in the summer. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

More more thumb, then done...I mean finished.

I'm making some fingerless gloves for a friend in California.  These will be just the ticket for taking the chill off a morning walk or drive during the winter months.

They are made out of Baby Alpaca, one of my favorite fibers!  This is a new pattern for me too; I've not previously made the fancy fold-over hems at the wrists and fingers, but I really like the way it looks.

I have to say that I had a rough start.  The pattern called for size 5 needles, and the opening of the mitts were huge!  I was already past the cuff pattern...and ripped it all out.  Ouch!  So, then I started again with the same number of stitches, but used a size 4 needle.   I got to the same spot. The sizing was much better, but it looked as though the mitts were going to still be a bit big.  They would have probably been OK for someone like me with large hands, but for my friend, this was not going to work.  After a discussion with my knitting buddies, I decided it was worth a try to change to size 3 needles and continue knitting.  I cast on the second mitt right away so I could make sure I changed needle size at the same point.  Now the mitts look just like the picture on the pattern, and they fit perfectly.  So, I will need to write down a few "notes to self" on this pattern.