Archive | February, 2010

Three Month Mittens

28 Feb

Started in mid-December 2009, I finished the first mitten in January, 2010 only to notice I had neglected to knit the cuff.  I cut the yarn and unraveled the ribbing and knitted the cuff and ribbing down.

After knitting the second mitten and starting the thumb I noticed both mittens were left-handed!
(third photo)

I ripped out the mitten down to below the thumb and re-knit it.
Done.  Finally.

The Great White

28 Feb

Jay is on snowshoes so he is not sinking in.

Pounce, however, only crawls in the snow canyons.

The Great White.

The lilac.

Songs in the Night

28 Feb

An encouragement from Charles Spurgeon:

Any man can sing in the day.  When the cup is full, man draws inspiration from it.  When wealth rolls in abundance around him, any man can praise the God who gives a plenteous harvest or sends home a loaded argosy…

It is easy to sing when we can read the notes by daylight; but he is skillful who sings when there is not a ray of light to read by, who sings from his heart.  No man can make a song in the night of himself; he may attempt it, but he will find that a song in the night must be divinely inspired.  Let all things go well, I can weave songs, fashioning them wherever I go out of the flowers that grow on my path; but put me in a desert, where no green thing grows, and wherewith shall I frame a hymn of praise to God?…

No, it is not in man’s power to sing when all is adverse…Since our Maker gives songs in the night, let us wait on him for the music…Let us not remain songless because affliction is upon us, but tune our lips to the melody of thanksgiving.

February Yarn

27 Feb

This  4.5 ounce skein is mostly from wool from Celia’s stash.  The few yards of light purple-blue is my own blend and was on the bottom of the bobbin which  held the dark blue singles (Spinner’s Hill bats).

The multi-color strand is wool which was dyed in a thick dense sliver and which Celia had started cutting into 4-6 inch lengths and separating by color into plastic bags.  It may straight wool or a wool-silk blend.  There was no label.  Early on at one point I thought perhaps it was cotton because  it spun like butter and unlike any wool I have ever spun.  Merino?  But other sections were clearly wool.  There were some second cuts bits.  Sometimes it felt like there may have been silk in the blend.  Who knows.

It came to me via Ellie.  I spun all the red at once.  It will be on  the next or third skein since it  on the bottom of the bobbin.

Then I realized Celia had probably meant to spin a varigated yarn so the rest of the fiber was spun in random color order.  They are desert kind of colors: brown, rose, teal, orange, a sad yellow.  They look nice with the dark blue, I think.

Fingering weight: about 144yds/50grams.

Fourth Week of February Menus

27 Feb

Supper Main dishes–

Monday:  Fish Chowder, Blueberry whole-wheat muffins

Tuesday: Spicy Pineapple-orange shrimp on Jasmine scented Thai rice

Wednesday: Venison-lamb Swedish meatballs, egg noodles and braised cabbage with garlic, Chocolate speckled cupcakes with pineapple cream cheese frosting

Thursday: Whole wheat pizza: pepperoni and mushroom and mushroom, olive and artichoke

Friday: Cauliflower-Cheese soup, whole wheat rolls

Austin, We Have Snow

26 Feb

We have dear friends there, and not in Houston.  No liftoff, just lots of shoveling.  Jay brought Isaac home Wednesday night just ahead of the start of the storm.  Isaac put in a few weeks worth of wood yesterday.  Both kids shoveled most of our driveway and a neighbor’s yesterday late afternoon.

By this morning there was another 12 inches.  Jay had to shovel to leave for work.  Even Cornell had a delay.  All schools closed for the second day.

Jay had to shovel a path just to open the door and get to the driveway!  The  goal: the garage and the chickens.

Hawthorne is like a snow walrus–he has to jump and flop and push to get anywhere since the depth of snow is up to or above his belly.  His legs are totally submerged.

Not that he minds.

Third Week of February Menus

22 Feb

Monday: President’s Day: leftovers from St. Valentine’s Day: beef steak, broccoli, stuffed baked potatoes

Tuesday: Chicken-Broccoli Alfredo

Wednesday: Apricot-Nut bread , Savory Egg Custard with broccoli, bacon, onion, sun-dried tomato and multiple cheeses
Thursday: Spicy coconut lentil chicken soup, whole wheat bread with butter

Friday:As above, with Bodacious sweet corn added

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