Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy New Year

    Still feeling ill and I need to go the shop for some basics like bread, really not looking forward to it but needs must. Think I'll pick up some cold and flu meds as well, what I've been using isn't doing the trick. I shouldn't really complain, its very rare I get sick. I can usually go a few years and never be ill, the last two years I've been sick once each year so still not bad.

    I really fancy doing some weaving, if not today then very soon. I've not touched the loom in ages and need to start practising again now I have a couple more books on the subject. Been looking at balsa wood to make a heddle out of for the bigger frame loom I have, not sure how well balsa sands though and whether it will catch on the threads.

    Very little knitting has been done, it even looks like the scarf is going backwards and getting shorter each time I pick it up. I'll keep nibbling at it then hit it heavy once I'm back on my feet, just not sure how long that will be.

    Not got any more spinning done, been thinking about getting some oatmeal bfl or another colour(undyed) of soft fleece and blending it with the Falkland roving I have. Just itching to have a play with the drum carder.

  Thats all for today, take care folks and have a Happy New Year.

Thursday, 30 December 2010

water, water everywhere,

 nor any drop to drink.

   Watching the chaos over in Ireland with the water situation, and at least one town near me, I thought I'd write a little on water and the need not to que for a necessary. I remember a couple of years back when there were some bad floods in England and they didn't have clean drinking water and had those bowsers/tanks out. You had kids emptying them and taking a leak in them overnight. This is no  way to live and with a few simple precautions its easily avoided.

   Each person needs approx. 2l a day drinking water or 1 gallon of water for drinking, eating and washing per day. Water can be stretched by using paper plates and plastic cutlery, using baby wipes and the spray or gel hand sanitizers. At the very minimum you want at least the 2l a day and I'd suggest 14 days worth, more the better. Pets need to drink to so don't forget to store a similar amount of water for your pets, especially if your feeding dried food.

  Storage can be as simple as 2l pop/soda bottles, takes a fair amount of room and never forget that water is very heavy. Containers for collecting water seem to be a problem over in Ireland so its wise to get some foldable water carriers that campers use. Because I do home brewing I always have several gallons of filtered water on hand plus water in the freezer, a full freezer cuts down electricity use, 2l pop bottles and a couple of water barrels outside. I have at least 2 weeks of clean safe drinking water for myself and the dog and well over a month of unsafe water that could be used for flushing the toilets with.

  The water in the barrels can be made safe for drinking by filtering, boiling or adding cheap thin bleach(Sodium Hypochlorite), not the scented stuff you use in the toilet bowl. 9 drops per gallon then let stand for 30 mins, if the water is dirty filter it through coffee filters or cloth before adding the bleach. At this stage you should be able to smell the chlorine slightly, if not then repeat. You can run it through a Brita filter at this stage to help get rid of the chlorine taste, Brita filters will NOT make unsafe water safe for drinking on there own.
  Boiling is another method for making water safe, again filter dirty water first through coffee filters or clean cloths like tee shirts. A hard rolling boil of only 1 min is really needed(longer at higher elevations) and not the 15 mins you often hear about.
  You can also make water safe by using UV lights or even the sun, I'll not go into that here as I've never tried it and don't think the climate here is good for that.

  My personal choice is a British Berkefeld gravity filter system that uses ceramic filters. Its an expensive method but well worth it to me, I have the stainless steel one. You can make your own gravity filter system with a couple of buckets if you buy just the filters for a cheaper option. Water is the stuff of life and important to me so I don't scrimp on it and I'm not peppered to que for it like some third world hell hole.

  A good article on water, I'd write more but am still feeling ill, its important stuff though so go read more now before you really need the information. I've not written about water collection, its best to have what you need on hand now but you do need the knowledge of how/where to collect water, just in case. Email me if you want any more information or help.

You need water to live, its your life, take care of it, nobody else will.

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Bit better

  Feeling much better in my body but my mind still seems a bit cloudy and my throat is more sore. I'm also very cold even though the temperatures outside have been above 0c for a couple of days. I should be 100% by tomorrow or the day after.

  I had a little spin of the Falkland roving earlier today, it feels a little course when spun but that could be just me. It is very soft before its spun. I got 200g of the Falkland before Christmas and today was the first time I've unwrapped it, its all in one piece which was fun trying to strip it into thinner pieces.

  I got the ashford book of carding a couple of months back and hadn't read the sections on drum carders and blending so read that today. I think I might blend the Falkland with another type of fleece. Itching to use the carder.

  Very little knitting done the last few days, a row or two here and there. I'll keep at it, think in about a week the moss/seed stitch scarf will finally be done.

  Have a good day and take care folks.

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Run down

   Think I might be coming down with something, feeling very run down, sore ish throat and a little achy in my upper joints. So if I don't post for a day or two don't worry I'll be back asap. I don't really feel to bad but want to take it easy just in case it catches up with me.

  Just ordered some tobacco seeds so I can grow my own next year, will order another blend before February. Going to do a biggish crop of potatoes this year as well, spuds will be one of those crops that will be going up in price during 2011 along with a lot of food stuffs. Cotton aswell is already very high. I'll have a go at spinning nettles next year, from what I've read nettles are nearly as good as cotton.

  This is all, my heads not in the game today, have a good one and take care folks.

Monday, 27 December 2010

Taking it easy

   Hope you all had a great Christmas.

  I managed to finish the bakers boy hat in time, even had time to wrap it. I'm still working on the moss/seed stitch scarf,at a much slower pace. I think it will be ready before the new year, unless I have to redo the pockets.

  My other sister who got the double basket weave pocket scarf absolutely loved it, she wore it all day with her hands in the pockets. Its always extra nice when someone genuinely loves your work. The bakers boy hat and winter flame scarf went over very well but think the double basket weave scarf was the most enjoyed.

  Time to take things a little easier for awhile, still have the moss/seed stitch scarf to do and I want to make a start on spinning the Falkland roving I got before Christmas. I also want to buy some washed fleece so I can have a go on the drum carder. I'll wait until spring before I buy a full raw fleece. Don't fancy washing and drying a fleece in this weather.

  Talking of weather, its thawing and raining/sleeting a little. If it freezes tonight getting around tomorrow is going to be very tricky. No fun at all, well the dog will enjoy it.

  Hope you all have a good day.

Friday, 24 December 2010

Merry Christmas

   Got the winter flame scarf weaved in and blocked now. It was a bit of a pain to block, normally I just flatten the knitting out and put a towel over the top while it dries. This time I had to pin all the waves first then put the towel on top to weight it down. That and its long which also makes it a little more tricky.

  Gave up on trying to get the moss/seed stitch cable pocket scarf finished in time. So I'm attempting to get a bakers boy hat completed in time for Christmas instead. Yes it is Christmas eve, yes I am a little nuts. Its possible for a quick knitter to do the hat in 6 hours, I'm not a quick knitter and even if I was I don't think I have 6 hours of spare time. I'm still going through with it though, never say die and all that. Its the English in me, we will not be defeated.

  Hope you all have a Merry Christmas, take care.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Finished one.

   The winter flame scarf is finished. Well, its knitted it just needs weaving in and blocking and then I can wrap it for Christmas. If it dries in time. I'll take some pictures if I have time and the batts. charge.

  The moss/seed stitch cable pocket scarf isn't going to be done in time I'm afraid. Even if I could get it knitted and sewn up, it still needs a good wash. I can't give the scarf as a present and say "you'd best wash that before wearing it". 

  I'm going to keep at it and see what happens but I very much doubt it will be fully finished. I'd like to say I learned a lesson and will start earlier next year but I haven't, its the same every year. I'm happy this year that any presents that needed to be bought where bought pretty early for me, most years I do the shopping on Christmas eve.

   I still need to wrap stuff up, I hate wrapping presents. I can turn
squares in to scruffy circles with my wrapping. I still need to weave in the other two scarfs aswell.

  I best jump to it, have a good day folks.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Dog tired

   Spent an extra hour walking the dog so we could enjoy the snow while its around. I don't think its going anywhere soon but think it will melt a little today and become slippery as heck, never any fun for walking on. We didn't get any of the expected snow last that that was due for my area and its warmed up a little, still below 0c.

   I'm aiming to get the winter flame scarf finished today, or tomorrow at the latest so that I can get it blocked and dried in time for Christmas day. I don't think the moss/seed stitch scarf will be done in time and looking at the pockets I might need to re knit them a little larger.

  Back to the grind stone, stay warm and take care folks.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

An extra day.

   Its strange how -3c can feel warm but it does. The official temperature for Sunday night/Monday morning was -17c just up the road from me, which is cold.

  I don't know why but I had it in my head that Christmas day was on Friday, so that gives me a little more time to knit the scarfs. I need to weave in two other scarfs but they don't need blocking. The flame scarf is in serious need of blocking, when its finished. The moss/seed stitch scarf probably doesn't need blocking but am not sure because of the pockets. One thing it does really really need is a wash. Its a lovely white colour but I don't think I'll ever knit in white again, it looks like I tied it to the dogs tail and let him run around the yard on a rainy day.

  Sorry for the short posts but I really need to get the knitting finished, normal posts will resume after Christmas. Stay warm and take care folks.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Warmists are killing us.

    -11.9c is very cold, thats the temperature I got just after 7am on Sunday. Didn't take a reading this morning but when I got back from walking the dog around 11am it was -9.1c . That's with the sun shinning pretty bright for a couple of hours too so God knows what it was over night. I'm waking up in the morning and the house is getting down to 5c, starting to worry about the pipes freezing if it goes any lower.
   Wish I had the money to get the chimney sorted so I could start having wood/coal fires. Swapped my gas/electricity supplier over this weekend but still think my next bills are going to be through the roof.
    Stupid .gov spending billions on globull warning while folks die of the cold because of hidden taxes and levies in the gas and electric bills to pay for windmills that don't work. The death rates in London are up by over 15% due to the cold, Lord knows what they are around the rest of the country. The warmists should be ashamed of themselves, its tantamount to murder.

  Didn't get as much knitting done of the flame scarf as I had hoped over the weekend, it is approaching 4 feet now though and I think I should be able to get it done in time. I can't say the same for the moss/seed stitch scarf though. Its around 1.5 feet but I don't seem to have the time to put some serious work into it.

  Have a good day folks, stay warm and take care.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Its snowing.

   It started snowing last night just after dark, came down pretty heavy for a couple of hours and dumped half a foot. Snowed on and off all night and at the moment is still snowing, though its very fine snow. Not sure when it will stop, it could carry on like this for a couple of days. Seems the weather folks don't know either, ya those folks who are paid with our taxes to come up with dodgy computer gigo that tells us that white stuff out there is really very warm sunshine.

  Nearly at the 3 foot mark on the flame scarf and am planning to get to 3.5 feet today, planning is easy doing is hard. The moss/seed stitch scarf still seems to be hovering around the 6" mark for some reason. I really need to play catch up with that one.

  I best get to it. Have fun playing in the snow if you have some, me and the dog had a good hours walk/play this morning. Stay warm and take care folks, have a great weekend.

Friday, 17 December 2010

Pan handled.

   Just gave some guy enough for taxi fare. I'm usually a grade A cynic and its not that I believed his story, even though it wasn't as far fetched and heart wrenching as some of the bovine scat I've heard before. Maybe its the time of year and I haven't donated as much as I should to charity this year, all in all its only cost me a few beers and I hope he enjoys it how ever he spends it. Who knows maybe he was telling the truth. I did make sure I wasn't followed home, its hard to shake the cynical nature.

  The knitting is coming along, I've knit 2 feet of the flame scarf so far and am starting to think maybe it is possible to get it finished in time. Problem now is I look at the moss/seed stitch scarf and worry about getting that finished in time. The moss/seed stitch scarf is an easy knit but still takes time and I've only got around 6" done so far.

  Oh well back to the grinder, hope you all have a good Friday, keep warm and stay safe.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Christmas came early this year.

For me. 

   The asford drum carder arrived today, wish I had more time to play with it but I really need to get on with the flame scarf. I'm starting to think it will not be possible to get the scarf finished in time. I'll not give up, keep pushing myself hard with it and hope life doesn't intrude too much. Or that my neck doesn't crick permanently. I say it every year and never do it but next year I will start the Christmas presents earlier.

  That's all for today, I need to knit, knit, knit. Stay warm and take care folks.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Sleep knitting

   Quick post today, I've really got to get stuck into this flame scarf. I've got 9" done so far but at this rate I'll need 15 days to finish it and I don't have 15 days. The moss/seed stitch scarf I've got about 5" there done, not really worried about that one. I can do moss stitch in my sleep. Wish I could knit in my sleep right now, would be very handy to get 8 hrs of sleep knitting done.

   I think I've got everything else for Christmas sorted, its best to double check though. I'll start wrapping presents when I take a break from knitting, I'll have a better idea then if I've forgotten someone.

  That's all for today, weathers going to take a turn for the worse soon so I hope your all prepped. Have a good day folks, stay warm, stay safe.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Flaming pocket pictures

Flame scarf
     Blogging is going to be lighter than usual in the run up to Christmas I think. I made a start on the flame scarf and its slow going so I will have to devote a fair amount of my free time to it. I'm happy with the results so far and while I was taking pictures of the pocket I took a couple of the flame scarf. Enjoy.
Five fold aran braid
   I've gone with a moss/seed stitch back ground instead of a reverse stocking stitch so that the pocket matches the rest of the scarf. In the book I got the cable pattern its called a five fold aran cable. I've searched online and can't find it under that name,if anyone knows of other names for it please let me know.
5 fold aran cable pocket
   Last picture of the flame scarf, I'm really liking the way this one is turning out but will be pushed hard to get it done in time for Christmas.
Flame scarf, 4 inches
  Hope you all have a great day. 
(click pictures to enlarge)

Monday, 13 December 2010

Pockets are done.

   Got both pockets knitted over the weekend. I decided to go with the five fold aran braid cable, its a much more interesting pattern. The rope cable looked kind of boring, seems strange saying that as about 3 months ago I couldn't even knit any cables. I'm very happy with the 5 fold aran braid cable next to the moss/seed stitch's, I'll take a couple of pictures today and get them online asap.

   Now I just need to knit the rest of the scarf, oh and another one. Made a small start on the moss/seed stitch scarf to go with the pockets last night, I think I'll do that one as a mindless no thinking project and work on the flame scarf when I have the time to concentrate. The flame scarf isn't really a hard pattern but any mistakes made I think would be extremely hard to unknit.

   Ordered the ashford drum carder today, its my Christmas present. Gone with the 2 speed 72 point one, I couldn't afford to get the packer brush with it this time so may get that later if its needed. Now I need to get some large totes to wash fleece in, or learn how to use my washing machine and pray I don't felt anything.

  Have a good day, enjoy the warm spell while it lasts and take care.

Saturday, 11 December 2010


   Decided to use mainly moss stitch for the pocket so it matches the rest of the scarf more. I'll make the pocket a little wider than the scarf so it will not be too tight and will rib the top. 
    I've almost finished the first one with a double rope cable but I will knit another one with the 5 fold aran cable with the moss stitch to see how it looks, depending on the size it comes out I might knit the five fold aran cable twice. Not sure I really have the time to be messing about like this but what the hey it will all work out one way or another. I'll save the pockets I don't use and call them swatches and will take pictures for the site.

  Ordered some firefly type yarn in pink yesterday, its sparkly and pink. Not sure what its like but was thinking of doing IPhone socks with it. If it works out ok I'll get more more colours. All that will have to wait until after Christmas which is a shame really because I bet I could sell a few on ebay as stocking fillers.

  Hope you all have a great weekend, stay warm and take care.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Two scarfs

Got the red yarn today so I can make a start on the flame scarf, when I get time. Not sure I want to be knitting two scarfs as the same time though.
   Even though I figured out how to knit the 5 fold aran braid I decided not to use it on the pocket, it was pulling the edging stitches so that when stretched it was kind of holey. It did look ok flat but if someone put there hand in the pocket it would stretch too much.
  For the pocket I'm now experimenting with two simple plait cables with moss/seed stitch inbetween. Not sure how they will turn out or look but I'm steaming ahead anyways. Time is starting to run short for knitting projects and I still need to do 2 scarfs. I must be crazy.

   Ordered some Falkland fleece yesterday so I can do a little spinning inbetween knitting sessions, if I ever have the time. No idea what its like, it did look soft in the pictures but who knows. It was pretty cheap and will give me some more experience in spinning different fleeces.

   Bought one of my nephews a toy double barrel shotgun that shoots foam darts, I can't wait until I get to play with it. heh. Think I will get another nephew a pistol that shoots foam darts, not sure of his age though, he may be a little young yet.
   Thinking of buying my eldest nephew a Swiss army knife, he might not be old enough in the eyes of the law but some laws are just plain dumb. Its about time we blamed the people and not the tools, same with guns. They have recently put gun alert detectors up in Birmingham because of all the plastic gangsters shooting each other. We need to address the problem and it isn't banning handguns, which has worked out soooo well.

   I got the scarf and yarn in the post today so they should make it to the states in time for Christmas, fingers crossed. That's one down, now its time to get on with the rest.

  I'm not doing a picture post tomorrow, I'm going to stop the Saturday pictures posts until I'm on top of my Christmas knitting.
   Have a great weekend, I will post tomorrow still so pop back then. Stay warm too, the cold is on the way back soon and is expected to last into the new year.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Yay Me.

   All done. I can't believe how easy it was to wind that ball up, not a single problem. Probably only took around 30 mins, compared to the 2 days each the other balls took. The skein wouldn't fit back over the the chair so this time I turned the stool upside down and it fitted across the legs easy. Decided to wind it back around the chair, just in case there were any problems. Tipped the chair and an angle so the yarn would come off it easy and onto the ball winder. Its a bit hard on the back and one shoulder but all done now. Yay me.

  Now I will take pictures of the 3 balls and will get them in the post tomorrow so there guaranteed to get to the USA by Christmas. Well as guaranteed as the postal service can be.

 Hope you all have a great day, keep warm and stay safe folks.

The race is on

  Well I figured out how to do the 5 fold aran braid, its pretty simple really. I'll write it down here when I have more time. I'm still kind of working out the rest of the pattern surrounding the cable, tried a few but am unsure of which one to use. They all seem kind of untidy, I'll keep at it.

  I've got to get the last of the Christmas yarn balled up today, tomorrow(10th) is the last day for Christmas post to the USA. As long as the skein doesn't get tangled I can do the ball really easy, if the skein tangles though it will take me 2 days. It could still make it there in time for Christmas but no guarantees.

  So very short post today, I might post again later depending on what happens with this ball, fingers crossed.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Next scarf is....

   I did the flame scarf in double knit yesterday on 4 mm needles and think it works great so have ordered some red yarn. I've gone for the Jarol heritage again, its what I used for the test knit and the other pocket scarf. Plus I really like knitting with this yarn. It was a little more expensive than the other 2 times I've bought some but worth it seeing as red was hard to come by.

  Made a swatch attempt on the other scarf, the one with the cabled pockets. I really need to play around some more as the cable I chose isn't working out very well. 5 fold aran braid, the 2 rows that are cabled don't make a lot of sense to me so I'll work on that more today than maybe choose another simpler cable to do. Christmas is fast approaching for me to be messing around too much.

  Still waiting for my homespun to dry so I can wind it into a ball, I've moved it closer to the radiator but don't want to apply too much heat. Think I'm overly worried about felting it.

  Short post today, I need to go play with cables. Have a good day and keep warm.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

In between

   Made a start on the bulky braid scarf for my moms Christmas present yesterday, its way too bulky with the yarn I have though. Sort of thing that would be too warm for the Arctic, better suited to the dark side of the moon. It does look nice though, I'm thinking of getting an aran weight yarn to do it with.
    I'm going to re try the flame scarf today but in dk on 3mm needles and see what that looks like, if it turns out ok I'll get some red double knit and do that instead. Maybe, maybe not. I'm stuck inbetween projects right now with no yarn* to do either. If it wasn't so close to Christmas I'd use the homespun I have for the bulky braid scarf.

  I do have yarn for the other scarf that needs doing, I just haven't put pen to paper yet and designed the pockets on it. I'll start working on the design for that after I've tried the flame scarf in double knit. Its just the pockets that need designing the rest will be in moss/seed stitch.

  I did get the last of my homespun plied and set yesterday, now I wait while it dries and then I can have fun trying to turn it into a ball. Pretty please with sugar on top that it goes well this time.

Have good day and stay warm.

*I do have a fair amount of yarn just none that I want to use on these two possible projects.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Nearly There.

   Didn't get as much plying done on Saturday as I would of liked too, my shoulder was playing up. I did much more on Sunday though, finished the first bobbin worth and made a start on the second bobbin. I've not tried to guesstimate the lengths this time but just off the top of my head I'd say 150 yards roughly.

   I got the pocket scarf pretty much finished, the pockets are sewn up and most of it is weaved in apart from where I've sewn the pockets. Not sure why I didn't weave those ends in while I had the needle threaded.

    I made a start on the flame scarf, the one I was going to do for moms Christmas present. In a dark green sock yarn and I don't like it, its not the colour its the flimsiness of the pattern I don't like. Talked to my friend who gave me the pattern and she doesn't like it either for the same reasons and she knitted hers in double knit yarn. 

   Its much more like a scarf for a warm summer evening than a winter scarf so I'm going to have a go at a chunky scarf pattern I found. I'll try it with the chunky yarn I have that didn't seem to work with any other pattern so far and see how we get along.
    The chunky scarf I'm looking at is a reversible rib cable pattern that looks braided, if it works with this yarn I have I think it will turn out nice and will be very warm. Will try and make a start on that today but must finish the plying today first.

 Have a good day and keep warm folks.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Bye bye snow

    It started snowing last night as soon as it went dark, not too heavy but enough for a few inches. Woke this morning and its bleeding raining. Theres still bits of snow in the long grass and patches here and there but most has turned to slush already. At least the temperatures are up, for now. Once it starts freezing again its going to be a death trap out there.

   I'm not going to do a picture post this weekend, I promise to do one next weekend of my bakers boy hat. Going to be busy today with regular chores plus I want to finish the pocket scarf off, get it weaved in and the pockets sewn up. I should also be able to start a second scarf this weekend, think it will be the flame one, I'll give a link to it once I start.
   Going to ply up the last of the Christmas yarn today, hoping I can finish it today, then I can set it and get it dried ready for winding into a ball. With luck and prays it should wind into a ball easy, fingers crossed. Then I can get it posted during the week so it has time to get to the states before Christmas.

   Have a good weekend, take care and stay warm.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Tis Chilly

    Walking the dog this morning and it was still -5c, glad I have my wool parker though I don't think the fur trim on the hood is real fur. Real fur is so much better in the cold dealing with condensation from your breath, the fake, faux fur stuff holds the moisture. 
     Its about -2 out now  as I sit here writing this while drinking coffee. Just been the shop for supplies, didn't really buy much but did get some packets of hot chocolate they had on sale and instant cuppa soup. Also bought some turps substitute that I need to check the UN and EC numbers on to see if its naphtha or kero. Looking at my old stuff I don't think it is kero but should still ok in the alcohol burner, I'll test it later after I've checked the numbers.

   The two bobbins for the kick spindle are filled, I could fit loads more on the drop spindle but think there is enough to ply with. I'm going to leave plying until tomorrow and work on the double basket weave pocket scarf today, think I can finished that off tonight.

  Not sure what the picture post will be tomorrow, I'll come up with something. Hope you all have a great weekend, stay warm.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Tired today.

   The vets was closed yesterday so have just been today. I took my ice spikes, in my pocket, but they weren't needed. It was a little slippery in places but for the most part it was fine. So that's the dog taken care of for another month, I'll have to plan the next pick up early I think as it will be around Christmas time its due.

  Got a little spinning done yesterday, I managed to do some white and oatmeal bfl. I think its near the end, should be finished fully by the middle of next week, then I can get them in the post. I will take a few pictures first for you folks. Think it will take about 2 weeks to get to the states so should make it for Christmas.

 I'm coming to the end of the pocket scarf I think, its very close to doing the pattern turn now. I'll have to keep measuring it and remember my sister is a little shorter than I am. I should be able to make a start on the second scarf this weekend.

  That's all for today, I'm pretty tired for some reason. Have a good day and stay warm.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Tangled Nightmare.

    Finally woke from my tangled nightmare, its all rolled up into a ball now. Of course I still have at least one more to do, plus all the ones I want to do for myself to knit with. I really need to figure out how they do skeins without them being a tangled mess. What bugs me is I'm good with rope and wires, never have a tangled mess with the lawn mower cable.

  Didn't spin yesterday, think that's 3 days now. No way will this be ready by the weekend. I did get a little knitting done on the scarf, its now 5 feet long.

  It started snowing before just as I left the house to walk the dog, I was dressed up nice and warm though and the dog just doesn't feel the cold at all. I've got to take him to the vets now for a repeat script so another short post today. It doesn't seem slippy were I walked the dog but will take my ice spikes with my while I'm walking in town.

 Have a good day and stay warm folks.