Thursday, November 24, 2011


 Happy Thanksgiving - Everyone!

 It's early morning here, and I'm just enjoying the quiet stillness before the busy day begins. Sipping piping hot Spiced Gingerbread coffee in my favorite mug. Of course I just had to accompany it with some crusty bread toasted to a golden brown, topped with some yummy jam.

Simply delicious on this still - dark - cold - holiday morning.

 On the knitting front, I have been puffing  away on the Hexi's for the Beekeeper's Quilt.
These particular puffies have been sent off to Hope Lives. There, they will join other puffs that were donated to be knitted into a charity blanket that will be auctioned off.  I sent in a colorful variety of handspun and commercial puffs.

As the weather gets colder, my thoughts turn to knitted scarfs, hats, mitts, and cozy slippers. So.. the other day I went stash diving. Into the Wool Cave I went -on a quest for the perfect handspun to knit a warm fluffy scarf.  I found a warm cinnamon brown fine wool with nubby flecks of color (a two-ply bulky wt. handspun). I think this will look yummy knitted up into a nice warm scarf. Now, I just have to select a perfect pattern. I just love knitting and spinning this time of year.

On to the finished Knits. The Fresco Basket Whip Cowl is finished! What a fast knit. Really some great TV knitting. You know that busy work you like to do in front of the TV, but not so complicated you can't get into the movie  because you're too busy counting lace repeats.  This will make a great Christmas present.

Well.. it is just starting to get light here, and soon the preparations for the busy day ahead - will begin.

Hope Everyone has a great Holiday!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Little Red Riding Hood

Hey there! Little Red Riding Hood - you sure are looking good!  I just cast on The Fresco Basket Whip Cowl, and all I could think of was Little Red Riding Hood. Maybe because one of the new shows this season is Grimm. The first episode was a take on the fairytale. I'm using some of my handspun in a 2-ply fingering wt. yarn. The perfect red for a hood. Easy enjoyable knit.

Isn't she sweet!  This little darling is a Baby French Bulldog. My daughter will pick up her new baby on Thanksgiving. What a cutie.

The weather is still warm but really rainy today and will be turning colder soon.
Better get on with getting the winter wear around.

Stay warm, everyone.

Are you ready for winter?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Winter's Breath

Winter is finally starting to show its face around here. A few snow flakes are just starting to drift down from a cold grey sky.

Holly-Days - Just in time for some winter spinning, and in the Giffordables shop at  now. The fleece washing, dyeing, and carding continue. Will be updating the shop with more batts, locks, and more fiber soon.

Knitting on the Acid Green Skull socks continues. Hope to have this sock, off the needles soon. So many other things to do this time of year.

Brrr...Bundle up, and keep warm everyone.

Hope you all get to enjoy the long extended weekend that is coming soon!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Harvest Batts and Acid Skulls

The Harvest - a fluffy wool spinning batt of masham, merino, and sparkling grape angelina now listed at
Shades of golden ochre, and bittersweet orange are topped off with a generous dusting of sparkling grape angelina.

Sparkling Grape

Merino, and corrie topped off with sparkling grape angelina. Would make a great companion batt to The Harvest. Whether you spun together or plied.

On the knitting front, I am currently working on a pr. of Skull socks in some of my handspun. Dyed an Acid Green - it is one of my favorite colors. I'm just about ready to start knitting the heel.

What a beautiful fall afternoon.
 Couldn't ask for a better day this time of year.

Hope you all take a little time to enjoy the day!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Frost is in the Air

There is a chill in the air today as fall winds down, and soon will turn to winter.

 I just finished drum carding up some Fall Harvest batts.  Will be listed in the shop soon.

Also just finished this handspun shawl. Should be warm and toasty to wear this winter.

Bundle up, and keep warm  for the rest of this cool fall day.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

It's Coming!

Last Winter's view from my Window

It won't be long before we are looking at Snow again.  Brr....  Some have already had a big dose of  the white stuff. So far we have been lucky, and it's above normal temps for today. But... its coming.

Thought I would share one of my favorite Cardinal photos of last year. The birds are already gathering in anticipation of the railing full of birdseed.

We both win on that one - they are fed, full, and happy, and I have a lovely closeup view of wildlife to enjoy as I gaze out the window while I knit or spin.

Winter is coming. Are you ready?