Tuesday, February 15, 2011


 Hubby brought home a beautiful bouquet of Red Roses and my favorite candy, Red Vines, for Valentines day! He knows that I love those crazy things more than chocolate.

 The Phatfiber theme this month is gems and minerals. I had to think about that one for a while. I could have picked one of the many jewelry pieces that Hubby has bought me over the years. This garnet and diamond ring, that he bought me one Christmas, is one of my favorites. The garnets remind me of poinsettia flowers... so fitting for the holidays. But, I decided to go in a different direction for this month's theme.

I took out, ROCKS AND MINERALS - a small guide book from the late 50's. I decided to do a little research on one of my favorite rocks in our stone wall.

The story behind the stone wall is as follows...

  One day, as Hubby was driving through the back roads by our house, he spotted a huge rock pile out of the corner of his eye. Following the dirt drive up to the old farm house, he knocked on the door and a elderly gentleman opened it. Hubby proceeded to ask him, "Would you be interested in selling any of those rocks that you have out there in your field?" He took a good look at hubby and said, "Why no, you can have all the rocks you can haul, but you better keep one eye open for that old bull that I have wandering around back there".
 So... many rocks were hauled that day, and for many weekends after - both Hubby and the old bull keeping an eye on each other. Some of the rocks went into our shoreline, and many went into our long stone wall.
Some are just plain stone, but there are quite a few sprinkled here and there, throughout the wall, that just plain sparkle. Pink granite is one of those.

 Pink granite is one of the Igneous Rocks. I tried to capture the sparkle from the large amount of mica in this particular rock, but it was hard to photograph.  There are three of these particular rocks in the stone wall, and they really sparkle in the sunlight. I usually have to reach out and run my hand across them as I work out in the perennial flower beds.

         Pink granite - fiber samples are at Phatfiber headquarters awaiting the official box drop.

Swirls of red and pink dyed Tunis, along with black carbonized bamboo, milk, and sparkly firestar.

Well...the sun is shining thru my front windows, so I think I'll do a little spinning, enjoy my lovely Roses, and eat some Red Vines.

Hope your day brings you, lots of Sunshine!

Monday, February 14, 2011


                                                 Happy Valentine's Day
                                                 Hope it's a good one!

 Grabbing a hank of handspun, I just could not stop myself from casting on for yet - another project. Such a fun looking pattern. Of course, I had to drop everything else I was working on, and cast on immediately.

Leaving the room to get the camera for a progress shot, you can see who had to get up on the table, to enjoy a little sunshine.

So... I snapped him! Such a big, warm, fuzzy kitty.

 Well.... it's back to some fun knitting, for me.

 Hope you make a little time, to enjoy the day!

Friday, February 11, 2011


It can't end soon enough to suit me!

The weather channel said that we will have above normal temps starting next week.

Temperatures are supposed to hit the mid 40's.

Crack out those swimsuits, girls - it's gonna be a heatwave!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


 Just before Hubby was about to leave for work this morning, this is what he found! A Possum had wedged himself, upside down in my bakers rack. The rack is right outside my kitchen door.

 Hubby - being the great problem solver that he is, thought of a very creative way to get the possum out. A car jack! Kinda like a smaller version of  the Jaws of Life. Very clever, that man of mine. I was concerned that he might get bit, if he wasn't quick, and careful. Well all was going well and then he realized that - the possum's tail was frozen around the rack. So...........

 He proceeded to pour warm water on the possum's tail to try to thaw it out a little .......

                 Then, very carefully, he worked the possum's tail loose from the bakers rack.

                         Gently laying the rack on it's side, on a foam core board to let the possum go.

                           He's free!!!!!  But wait... he's not moving.  Mmmmmm.......let's see.........

                         Back Hubby comes with a big cardboard box.
                                                                     A Possum house.

                         Possum inside, on a rag rug of mine. But wait........He needs to be warmer.......

 So...off Mr. Possum goes, into a nice sunny spot, out of the wind. Laying on a rag rug, along with some diced chicken breast that hubby found in the fridge. Hubby then proceeded to plug in a heat lamp for him.  Hopefully to warm him up after his rough, cold night.

And this is one of the many reasons why - we have been together for over 35 years.

Gotta love a man with kind heart, and warm soul.

He's a keeper!

Saturday, February 5, 2011


The snow continues to fall, but nothing will stop this little guy from getting his seeds, and cracked corn.

The big games is tomorrow, should be a good one!

Think I'll have a nice hot cuppa tea, do a little spinning, and watch a good movie, while the snow continues to fall outside my window.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Spring is here!

Phil has officially announced that Spring is here! But... wait....

Lot's of snow, and still falling. So far the power (fingers crossed) is still on.

Off to my work building, the heat is on, and and I'm going to do some wool carding.

Stay warm, and safe everyone!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


The storm is headed our way, with more snow!  Poor kitty goes out... then in... then out.... again in hopes that it will be nice out. But he doesn't last long before it's back in for him. This is the time of year when we all get  cabin fever.

I have finished the second pair of Cowgirl Slippers, and I'm finishing the toe on the third pair. This time I am using a heavier handspun in BFL, mohair, and firestar. These slippers knit up so...fast.

Off to ride out the storm, and do a little knitting.

Stay safe and warm everyone!