Friday, October 31, 2014

Wishing You

Monday, October 27, 2014

On Hiatus

So that I can focus on my new job, get some holiday prep done and also participate in NaNoWriMo 2014, I'm going to put the photoblog on hiatus until December.

See you then. :)

Sunday, October 26, 2014


Finished my first project with my CSA yarn share from Juniper Moon Farm:

I'll probably have to trim down the fringe (I always go for extra-long while making then cut it down to suit my recipient) but I'm very pleased with how it turned out. Super simple adjusting the shawl pattern into a scarf, too (the pattern is from that book beside the pillow; bought that at JoAnn.) Now I'm starting on a slouchy beanie in a similar pattern to go with the scarf, and then if I have enough wool left maybe a pair of slippers for me.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

More Spiders

It seems we're having a spider convention at Casa PBW. As I reported yesterday, I've been unknowingly walking under a huge spider web all week in this part of our property:

To give you an idea of how huge, I've marked the boundaries of the orb weaver's web with red lines here:

Now it seems she's invited a spinybacked spider to join her:

I've never seen these spiders build webs so close together, so it must be a very good spot for bugs. :)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Between the Trees

I probably walk between our big oak and tiny Japanese maple trees a dozen times a day. This afternoon a glimmer overhead caught my eye, and I looked up to see this between the trees' branches:

As the sun shifted, I got a much better look at what was shining, and what I'd been walking just two feet under:

Amazing what happens right over our heads. :)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Found the Pattern

It didn't take me long to find a pattern to use for my Juniper Moon farm CSA yarn share (it's one for a pretty shawl that I'm altering into a scarf.) I'm now happily crocheting away. :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Juniper Moon Share

Last week my CSA yarn share from Juniper Moon Farms arrived, to my great delight:

The yarn is spun from the wool sheared from JM's sheep but is otherwise unprocessed, which means it needs a bath (as recommended by JM I use Dawn dishwashing soap):

Once it's soaked clean I finish with a vinegar rinse:

Then lay the skeins out on the porch to dry in the fresh air:

Seems like a lot of work, but this is marvelous wool, and the skeins turn out beautifully clean and fluffy:

From there I wind each one into a ball for easier handling:

All done with that. Now all I have to do is decide which pattern to use for this year's share!