Location: Crescent City, California, United States

I love to make things with my hands. My current passions are knitting and spinning.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Things That go Bump...and Crash in the Night

At 3:00 AM the night before last, I woke up to some very loud noises in the yard outside of my bedroom where we keep our trash cans. The trash cans have been inside a dog pen that we haven't used in years, just to keep stray dogs out of our trash. Well the noises I heard were not from dogs. I finally woke up enough to realize that something wasn't right and it definitely wasn't my husband outside.....and why is my Golden Retriever not making ANY noise whatsoever if something isn't right?......
Soooo, I'm getting a little nervous, but I peek through the glass door (without turning on any lights), and I see a bear less than 20 feet away!! Thank goodness he didn't see me! As soon as I saw him, all the stories my father-in-law ever told me about wild critters coming into people's homes and terrorizing owners went through my head. Next thought was, do I have a gun and would I know how to use it to defend myself (answer - no). And why is my dog still so quiet and not barking her fool head off. Wait a minute, maybe that is a good thing because then she might attract the bears attention, she definitely isn't mean enough to scare anything away.
My final decision was to run to the other side of the house, try to stop shaking and decide what my options were. I tried to tell my 18-year old son what was going on, but the silly boy just wouldn't wake up. Eventually I wondered back to my bedroom, snuck another little peak out the window and the bear was gone. Needless to say, I didn't sleep too well the rest of the night.
And this is what that darn bear was doing....
He knocked that whole fencing over. Now mind you that there were trash cans inside of that, so he had to get the fencing up and over the trash cans. He dragged one large bag of trash off into the woods beside our house. Last night we didn't hear from him. I hope he stays away. If he comes back he might get a surprise zap from the fence. Yes, darling hubby took care of that. As for the dog? She may be good at protecting the yard from lions and tigers, and the occasional elephant, but not from bears, Oh My!


Monday, July 12, 2010

Just a Few Finished Objects

I got a light box for Mother's Day and finally got a chance to use it. I hope you like the photos.
The first is a Zig Zag scarf pattern courtesy of our LYS. It is knit with Boku by Plymouth Yarn, color #6 on size 10 needles.

This was a quick and fun knit. I was working on it during my lunch break and got alot of favorable comments about the colors.
The next project is the neck cozy. Yep, it's the same pattern that I was using to knit up quick Christmas gifts. This is a great one skein pattern. The yarn I used is from Manos and is a silk blend. I couldn't resist the yarn when I bought it several years ago, and have been wondering just what to do with it. I think I found the perfect solution! Now the question is: do I use it myself, or save it to gift to someone else??
The next project that I finished was the Koolhaas Hat by Jared Flood from the 2007 issue of Knits - Holiday gifts. I used Palace yarn from Berroco, color #8909 that I bought about 1 year ago. Did I mention that all of these projects are stash busters??
I have about 5 things marked to knit in 2007 Holiday Gifts magazine, and this is the first project that I have done. I love knitting hats. They are such a good way to try out different yarns and patterns. They are also quick and gratifying to knit. T0o bad I don't look good in them - plus they just ruin my hair. Oh well, they make great gifts for people that do wear them :) This is all part of my plan to knit ahead for the holidays.
And for the back view...............

I think my model needs some sun, what do you think?

I have also been working on this cross-stitch sampler. It isn't going very fast, of course it would go faster if that was all that I had to keep my hands busy!This block is almost done, only 7 more to go!

And last, but not least, is this small skein from fiber that I blended at the class I took at BSG.
Happy Spinning and Knitting :)

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