Unconscious Mutterings and other stuff

We’ll begin this week with some unconscious mutterings:

Red tape ::government
Crush :: orange
Magical ::  OZ
Sticky ::tape
Tile :: ceramic
Doubt :: when in
Inconsistent ::  ly
Kiss :: my husband
Inspiration :: Ravelry
Thanks ::  for the good times

If you want to play, go to Luna Nina and copy the same words that I have.

I’ve been knitting a lot, but haven’t been taking a lot of pictures.  I have done some knitting for KAL’s for Super the Summer Knitaway, and I did Christmas knitting, and also for a swap where I had to spin the yarn and then knit the shawl.

I knit some Clepsydra Mittens as a gift for my niece Lindsey to go with an Emma’s Star hat that I knit her.  Both of the items are knit from  Madelintosh yarn in the Cove colorway.  The hat used the sport weight and the mittens were in DK weight.  I started to do the Beaded Fingerless Mitts, minus beads, but I didn’t have enough of the sport weight and then I mistakenly bought the DK weight because I was buying by color not weight.

I knit the Horizontal Ribbed Hat for my other niece out of Koigu.  The colors in the yarn are blues, browns and yellowy oranges.  It turned out really nice.  I’m doing some fingerless gloves for her, using a basic pattern and then adding a cable up the top of the hand using the same yarn as in the hat and then adding a brown cuff.

I joined the plurk spin/knit along and had to spin the yarn for the shawl and then I had to knit the shawl.  I purchased 12 oz of fiber in two different colors to make sure I had enough for the shawl.  I spun it up and then knitted Kleio out of the yarn I spun.  I say I knitted Kleio, but what I really did is kind of knit the pattern.  Because I was using handspun, at one part of the pattern you are knitting a braid and it was twisting the yarn so badly and not untwisting as promised, that I lost some.  I didn’t have much to lose and so I cut two of the braids out and did other patterning.  I like the shape of it and love the colors, although they aren’t my colors.  I knit it for Beck, on Ravelry she’s Lemonhalf, and she assures me that she loved it.  Here is a picture:

We are getting ready to go home to pick up our mail and to take a trailer load of hay to my aunt and uncle.  We won’t be doing the hay fetching again, at least not from the person they bought it from this time.  He’s a jerk of the first order and it’s taking forever for them to load our trailer.  I’ll do another post from home to show you the swap package I got from Monet.

Also, I have been a member of BzzAgent for a while now.  BzzAgent is a word of mouth advertising kind of thing where you sign up for BzzCampaigns and they either send you products for free to test out or send them to you for a nominal fee.  One of the campaigns that I am involved in right now is about.me.  You can do an about me page for all of your social networking pages and have the info be the same for all of them.  If you are interested, click here

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One Day Shy

It’s one day shy of 11 months since I posted on my blog…guess it wasn’t as much of a habit as I thought it was.  It’s been an interesting 11 months with some changes, but not as many as I would like.

We are still on the road, still driving a truck and still trying to build our house.  Trying to build the house without a mortgage is trying in these economic times, but we stay on the road and try to stay busy so that we can save money to buy building materials.

I still knit while we drive, but it seems like nothing ever gets finished, or I don’t get pictures of what I’ve knitted or what ever, so I don’t have much to show for knitting.

I did participate in an afghan square knit for a friend who is doing a raffle to raise money for breast cancer.  My square is the one in the lower left corner.  LisaLisa is the one who organized this and she is raffling it off in conjunction with something at Starbucks. This is the blog that she started to show what she was doing and why.  I knit my square in honor of my friends daughter, Laura Kutcha.

We were home in October, and this is the snow that we woke up to one fine Wednesday morning.  DH was going to work on the truck, because the compressor went out on it and we had purchased the new one the day before, but he didn’t because of the 9 inches of snow.

The boy is still home schooled and is finishing up 9th grade.  We don’t necessarily do things in the traditional school year, but we do do things  in a way that works for us.

This is the front of our house.  There is a porch that will sit on those boards that are above the stone foundation rocks.  This is the front of the house and where that big black tarp covered thing is on the deck is the end that has our bedroom.  This end is the kitchen and the living room.at I

This is some yarn that I actually spun myself, and I’m pretty proud of it…

WOW!!!

It’s been since June since I blogged.  I was going to blog about the house and the progress we’ve made on it, but there hasn’t been a lot, so there’s been nothing to blog about there.  The rest of my life is just that, life…it’s no more interesting than any one else’s, it just happens in more places.

I am going to play Unconscious Mutterings with Claudia today…

  1. Block :: your shawl
  2. Comforter :: quilt
  3. Santa :: Clause
  4. Tape :: your mouth shut
  5. Humor :: is the spice of life
  6. Charity :: for those less fortunate
  7. Receipt :: for your donations
  8. Hospice :: care
  9. Stuffing :: blech
  10. Binge :: eating

As always, if you want to play, link it back to Claudia’s blog so that she knows you played and everyone else can see your answers.

I have some knitting content…finished Wendy Knits Lady Bertram Shawlette a couple of weeks ago and finally got it blocked.  I can’t get flickr to work for me and let me post pictures, so I’m going to either have to use another service, or figure out what flickr is doing.

I’m going to have to play with things so that I can post the pictures of the things that I have.

Still in Colorado

I have decided that I might not post every day for NaBloPoMo, but I am posting considerably more than I was before, and that’s a plus. I am getting more in the habit of posting, and again, that’s a plus.

I want to take some pictures of the yarn that I have in the truck so that I can post it, and I might do that when we get back to the truck. I also want to show you what I got at Estes last weekend, and I will try to do that when we get back to the truck.
Here is a picture of the Churro ram that we stood around and admired for several minutes. We were also chatting with the owner about raising and keeping churro, because DH wants them for their wool.
He’s rather good looking, for a great big ram.


This is a picture of our Jack Russell Terrorist, Kenni. She decided that it wasn’t time to get up in the hotel room over the weekend and so she got back under the covers and went back to bed…yes she’s bad, and yes she sleeps under the covers every night.

I went over the the NaBloPoMo website and looked at the prompt for today:  If you could take a train journey through any part of the world, where would you go? Gosh…that’s a little bit of a tough one.  I love our country and would love to go through the northwest on a train and see things that we can’t see from the highway.  I would also love to take a train tour of Ireland because I really want to go there and see the whole of the country.  I would also like to go take one through Europe because I would love to see parts of Europe, especially Germany, France, etc.  See…kind of tough for me because of the amount of places I would like to go.

Estes and more….

So much for posting every day of NaBloPoMo…but here I am today.  It’s going to be picture heavy, or mostly pictures.

Here are some of the sights from Estes this last weekend:

The Stanley Hotel

The Three Muskateers and me

This is what the river looked like in Estes Park…it was way high and dangerous.

We were chatting and he started yelling at me.  I caught him mid yell.

Look at that face…it’s a Southdown Babydoll sheep and they are sold as pets because they are small and CUTE!!!!

I haven’t taken pictures of the fiber and yarn I got this weekend, but hopefully tomorrow I’ll be able to and post some of it.

Estes

We drove up to Estes this morning and got to Estes Park in time to go to lunch with three of my friends that I met at the Loopy Ewe’s Spring Fling.  We had lunch at a mexican restaurant in town and then all went back to the fairgrounds to go back to the wool market.  We kind of all split up and then DH and I wandered the market and saw some cool things.  I bought some yarn, some fiber and a few other things.

DH and I have a room in Estes this year and it is nice not to have to drive an hour or so to find a room.  And the hotel is not bad…it’s not great, but it’s not bad.

More about the wool market tomorrow and my finds.

No Work for me today

We didn’t do any work on the house today because we decided that we were going to go to town…that didn’t happen.  My aunt called this morning and asked us to meet them for breakfast and then I was going to her house to bake cookies for the youth group bake sale.  We both went up there and took showers, baked cookies, DH visited with my uncle who has just had his knee replaced and is semi bed ridden and then we helped my aunt feed the horses and move some rocks in the garden.

Last night, after we had finished the beams (all three are up now) we were on the way to town and the mountains looked gorgeous.  DH took this picture on the way in to town.  You can see that the truck was moving because the grass is blurry, but it looked pretty

Sun tipped Sangre's

because the sun was setting and was shining just on the tips of the mountains.

I know I keep posting progress shots of the house, and it really doesn’t look like we have made any, but we have floor beams…three of them:

I know you only see two in this picture, but the two you see are 63 feet long and had to be cut in half to be able to put them up.  DH and my cousin did the closest one, but DH and I did the furthest one yesterday.  We have one post to set, but it is pretty much up and is very steady.

Finally, for today, I followed a link on Plurk to Karen’s blog and found out that she had given me a Beautiful Blogger award and the rules are simple…If I am doing this correctly I have to list 10 little known facts about myself & then nominate 10 people so here goes:

Facts most people don’t know about me:

1.  I love garnets..so much so that it’s the main stone in my engagement ring.

2.  I drive a 15 year old pick up truck.

3.  I like to yak or reprimand potty mouths on the CB radio.

4.  I have a pink hammer.

5.  I used to do Civil War living history and reenactments.

6.  I lust after a newer Ford F-350 pick up truck.

7.  We are going to own Yaks when we are finally done building our house (at least that’s the plan)

8.  I met my current husband, the love of my life, at a civil war encampment.

9.  I am mildly lactose intolerant.

10.  I was raised for my teen years in Mesa Verde and Yellowstone National parks.

Now to nominate 10 blogs that I find beautiful for whatever reason:

Sheri from the Loopy Ewe, My favorite yarn pusher

Mia because I love her photos

Anne because it’s Anne Hanson of Knitspot

Jo of Celtic Memory Yarns for her wit and pictures of Ireland

Annie because she tells it like she sees it, and she inspires me

Ree from the Pioneer Woman because really, it’s THE Pioneer Woman

Lydia because she is amazing and I learn a lot from her

Wendy because I want to be as talented as she is when I grow up

Stephanie because anyone that can admit to being a harlot is ok in my book

and for number 10, I am a slug because I can’t come up with another one

I hope that all those people will see that they have been nominated and will see that I really do admire their blogs.

That’s all for tonight because I need to go back to the truck to get ready leave for Estes Wool Market tomorrow and to see a bunch of my friends.