Sunday, August 2, 2015

212: Finishing the Tour


Just celebrating our 13-years-young Newfie, Teddy. Théoden, you are one of the great gentlemen whom I have had the joy of knowing. And still going strong!

Camp CogKnitive Camarillo will be happening again in August! .Aug 21-23, 2015. WE HAVE SPACES! Info and how to sign up are HERE.
1. Call hotel, tell them you are with us, reserve room.
2. Message me that you are coming and use the DONATE link at to send $75.

CFR 7 is coming! Oct 10. 2015! We do have 1 or 2 more spaces!

More information here!

KNIT 15 BEARS IN 2015!!! Post a group pic of the 15 bears you've made for Mother Bear Project in 2015 by Dec 31, 2015 on our thread to compete for prizes.

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What's On My Hooks, Needles, and Spindles:


Spiral Socks for the Youngest Knitmore. Yarn by Shaggy Bear Farms in Merino + Tussah Silk.

A fine day for FO's here on the train! Spiral rib tube socks for toddlers.

Square for Love Blanket 2:

I just love it when a good plan works as it should. 5x5 blocked easily.
If ever there was a tribute to swatching and washing the swatch first to get a perfect 5 inch by 5 inch square, this is it. 

In progress:

Applegate Socks: Gourmet Stash on Etsy sold me the yarn, but she seems not to be dyeing at this time. Sock #1 is done right up to the toe, which will be fitted when I see my friend in New Jersey.

Train knitting: added afterthought heel to sick for pal Chris, leaving toe open to be able to fit length when I see her next month.

Mei Mei Socks--n time out until other projects are done!

The OHM Shawl by Michelle Miller. In time out.

Dizzy Blondes: 
Tour de Fleece is on!

Primary goals of tuning up my Ashford wheels. have been met.

Washing, plying, thwacking of new yarns have begun! #tdf2015

These are fibers from Lisa Souza and from Red Fish in intense blues being washed and finished. Notice the absolute lack of bleeding. Nothing like being able to buy from the pros!

Here are the dyers whose fibers I spun this year. What did their fibers have in common? ABSOLUTELY NO BLEEDING of excess dyes.

BeeMiceElf Fibers

Red Fish Dye Works--excellent luxury yarns and fiber blends

Lisa Souza Dyeworks

Sunshine Yarns

Singles in BeeMiceElf, colorway: Wild Flowers.

Spinning 2 braids of #BeeMiceElf


Put a Lid On It:

Jasmin's Kale Salad recipe. I replace cabbage with the broccoli slaw mix in a bag from Trader Joe's.

Aw Shoot!

SCUBA! It's been interesting....that is my Buoyancy control device floating around in the training pool.

What is it? It's my buoyancy control device recovering from a great "Discover SCUBA" class at Ventura Dive. GREAT job, Lyle! I'm on for lessons again and SO excited!

The running season has now officially moved indoors to the elliptical, giving me a chance to get past the plantar fasciitis that had set in to my left leg.

Hot Summer running: Remember:
1. Wear layers to adjust your cooling system. Carry water. Or stash it along your route.
2. Carry ID.
3. Wear reflective clothing. Be seen.
3. Carry water for your running dog or have the dog carry it for himself or herself. At a minimum, water your pal every 3 miles, more as needed.
4. Look for the routes where the breezes blow.
5. Avoid concrete and dark surfaces that are too hot to tolerate as you run.
6. Recognize dehydration and treat it right away.
7. Know when to stop. If you run through a damaging situation, you can lose weeks to months of running. Losing one run to concern may save you from losing much more.
8. Wear polarized sunglasses.
9. Do not hesitate to carry water for yourself, no matter how short a run you take.
RUN SAFE!--always be alert to the fact that you can be attacked.

Something I Really Like:

The Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments

Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker



Camp CogKnitive 2015--Aug. 21-23--3 spaces left!

CFR 7 update--Oct 10, 2015--2 spaces available!

The Calendar of Upcoming Events:

August: The gathering at Sunnybank in Patterson, NJ  (Aug 13-18) AND
              2015 Camp CogKnitive (Aug 21-23)
Oct. 10: CFR7!
Feb. 18,  2016: Fiji once more!

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