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Friday, September 18, 2015

Odds and Ends

Our trees are beginning to change. I guess this has been a hard summer and a hard year for them. This has been just a perfect week weatherwise. Lovely cool days and nights. Next week is the most beautiful time of year. Autumn begins on Wednesday!!! I read this today, I think it fits:

"Oh how we love pumpkin season. You did know this gourd-ish squash has its own season, right? Winter, Spring, Summer, Pumpkin.... We anxiously anticipate it every year." ~Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer, October 2010

I love the richness of these colors, and will be using them right away.  The one heart stopping minute I had, was I had them drying on the swimming pool fence. I also had my chickens out in the yard for a little me time. It was kind of breezy yesterday. After the wool was dry some of it had blown off the fence. I went out  and gathered it and brought  inside. Much later in the afternoon, when I went to put my hens back in the coop, I noticed something in the pool. The way it was laying I thought one of my little hens had fallen the pool and drowned. I went running, and thankfully is was just a dark piece of wool that I had missed. The funny thing about wool is that piece even though it had been in the pool, it was barely wet. That is why when you dye wool you have to soak it in Dawn so it will make it so the fibers adsorb the dye. 

After I got my kitchen cleaned I finally got to use my new wool on the back ground of my dog, whom I am now calling Stretch in my mind.
Here he is after he got some background wool hooked around him, I love how the pattern looks once you get to that part of rug hooking.

I hope to get to work on it some more today. Our microwave broke a couple of weeks ago. It is a built in kind and today is the first day Ron has had time to look at it. Now there is lots of banging and the sound of tools and drills going on so I just can't remember what else I was going to write about. One thing that has been interesting is making myself remember what life was like before microwaves. I don't mind it too much but the boys have really had a hard time with it. I am still old fashioned in that I heat water in my teapot to make tea. Things like that. I get mad at myself and my dependence upon things like microwaves.

Have a lovely weekend. This is grandma and grandpa Friday night, movie and pizza night with the the grands. I believe the other day, they told us our movie would be Planes. I really hope they bring Despicable Me 2


October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came,—
The Ashes, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The sunshine spread a carpet,
And every thing was grand;
Miss Weather led the dancing;
Professor Wind, the band....
The sight was like a rainbow
New-fallen from the sky....
~George Cooper, "October’s Party"


  1. your colors are pure fall. :) good luck with the microwave!

  2. PRETTY wool! I'm glad the chickens are okay! The long doggie is adorable! SO CUTE!
    Have fun at movie night! Sounds like LOTS of fun to me!

  3. I love your wool colors. Stretch sounds like a good name and he looks like he has a high class personality.

    I'm glad it was a piece of wool in the pool and not a chicken. I can see your reaction in my mind.

    Take care and have a great weekend.

  4. I hope Ron can fix the microwave. I use it a lot especially when I'm in a rush to thaw meat.

  5. Your wool is beautiful in the rug...You amaze me with your rug hooking talent. So glad it wasn't one of your chicks in the pool. I can just image how relieved you were when you found out it was a piece of wool....

  6. How I miss the changing colors!!

    Your rug will be beautiful.

  7. Oh, Yay.. I see that you were able to get your wool dyed. The colors turned out fantastic, as your rug is turning out fantastic too!
    Glad that a chicken didn't fall in the pool!

    Wishing you a night of fun and laughter with the Grands :)


  8. Very beautiful rug.

    Have a blessed weekend.

  9. Oh yes that would have been sad had it been one of your chickens in the pool.- That rug is looking amazing. Sounds like you've got a great Friday night planned.

  10. I rarely use my microwave ... occasionally to reheat something, but even then, I prefer to reheat on the stove top or in the oven. Glad that was just a piece of wool in the pool. Whew!

  11. Those colors are all about fall, my favorite time of year!!!!!!

  12. Your wool looks so yummy. It's really tempting me to try dyeing. Maybe this winter I will get brave enough. Summer is back here. I want cool fall weather NOW

  13. Your wool is so spicey and fabulous !
    Movie night with the grands sounds like great fun !

  14. Beautiful wools!!!
    Oh, I do love the Minions, too.
    Hugs :)

  15. I do love those colors in your wool. It must feel very good to work with the natural fiber and dye. I'm glad you didn't lose a chicken!


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