Friday, September 13, 2013

Picon here I come

 Just in case you are wondering, mister Stephen West has a KAL that promises to bring forth some exciting colorings into your life.  I have the yarn and the needles to go and have some color fun.  Stephen is a very talented man, yes it may be another shawl, but will he challenge you to do something you have never done?  I am all for it.  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Remodeling of Great Fortune

Remodel 464 Waller 2013 (17)
So we have been remodeling our place, we got new paint and new floors. The old carpet has been taken out, there are some pieces to lay down some heavy file cabinets and to protect the floors.  It is hard to live out of a suitcase and having a box for a dresser, but as you can see the floors look fantastic.  The weather has been very good sunny and warm. Everything is going according to plan and we shall have a brand new home with beautiful floors to walk on.  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Raspberries and Life

Well what can I tell you.  Last night or rather early in the morning I woke up with a lot of itching .  There were hives all over my torso and forearms.  I recognized these as I have seen my mother break out in them over old food.  These raspberries were a little over due, but I ate a few, probably about 5 to 8.  I had had some the day before.  I noticed my chest was itching, but did not pay attention.  Long story short the rash is gone thanks to benadryl.  I just really pay attention to the things I eat, I try and during this crazy morning itchy attack, I reviewed the food in the past two days, even my body cream.  Raspberries won, I am not a big fan of berries unless they are frozen or really fresh, because mold sets in fast, and I believe it was the mold I had a reaction to.

Floors laid down
What you are seeing is the new floors that have been taking shape in our home. There will be a need for a quarter round , but the floors will look very classy.  We are getting the floors installed by a contractor through Simple Floors.  You have to visit these guys everyday as they seem to really need supervision.  They don't need micromanagement, but they do need supervision.  The guy thought that the floors would looked better without the quarter round, but we asked for quarter round.  If we were replacing the baseboards, there will be no need for the quarter round.  Anyway, he said he was doing something extra (No one asked him to and it show you he needs supervision)  , the extra was something he said he had to do anyway (so where is the extra meaning something more than he usually does for free).  The guys have been doing this for a long time,but you still have to keep an eye on them to get what you paid for, nothing else is needed.  Honestly, this sounded more like he was being lazy and not wanting to do the quarter round. The floors look better without it, but they do not look finished, and that is why the quarter round is needed.  Anyway, I hope your day goes well and I will continue to blog more often, now that I am out of Facebook for a while.  I miss the chatter , but not really.  Thanks fro stopping by!

Monday, September 09, 2013

Felt Imperfect

Interesting choice of words.  I was going to speak about the Retreat, maybe I will before the week ends.  I have been deactivated from Facebook, mainly because I am reevaluating my life and Facebook adds very little to my life.  I still have to say that I have learned about stuff from Facebook  before it comes out in the news, but that is another story. I find that Facebook has some value, but people are too much, they say too much and stay behind the anonymity veil to be aggressive and jerks.  Some people air all their drama and frustrations in there.  It gets tiresome after a while.  Let's see how long I go before re activating my account and who has stayed with me.
I got this yarn the other day. Just in case you don't know I have all my yarn in boxes. There is remodeling going on in my life, from the floors to the ceiling. How is that for unexpected change. Well I knew it was coming, but not this sudden, I should not complain. So I went walking last Saturday to the Upper Haight and found Mendel's which is a craft store in the Haight Ashbury district.  I really enjoyed my walk from the lower Haight. So I bought the yarn and crochet hook and decided to make a felted mouse for my temporary pet Mona.
Mona's mouse
I think she likes it more than expected lol.  Believe it or not it is still a bit wet.  I added some eyes with the pink.
Felted crochet mouse

Making this little mouse and going out for some retail therapy made me feel a lot better.  Many men don't understand the therapeutic effect that window shopping or plain shopping has.  I was feeling down and very disappointed.  Even though I was tempted to buy an IPad, I decided for a traveling camera for my trip to come this week.

resistance rat (3)

So I went to Best Buy looking for a smaller camera than the one I have.  I found something very good.  It is a Samsung ST150F, 16.2 MP, 25 mm lens and F2.5, with a micro sd slot.  I really like this camera.  I have just started to scratch the surface of the things I can do with it. It was inexpensive and it was not an IPad.  I may get myself an IPad for Christmas, I don't know yet.

Resistance camera case
So I had a little bit more yarn left and decided to make a felted case for the camera.  I found the perfect pattern On The Move Camera Case by Designs by Dianna.  I have to say that the pattern is fantastic and it has a way of helping you customize your pattern for any camera you have. It is $2.00 and it is a bargain. It matches My laptop case which is pink and grey, I guess it is what the new colors are for me.  I don't mind Pink nor do I mind grey. Everywhere I read about felting I read something very important.  Felting is not easily predictable and it is a matter of feeling or sensing.  There is some adjustments you can make, but in the end it is unpredictable.  Well there is more to come and hopefully this break from Facebook will force me to blog more, which is in the end what I like more.  Thanks for stopping by!

Resistance camera case

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Men Fall Knitting Retreat 2013

MFKR 2013 Boys  having fun (1)
To begin with it is the 6th Fall Retreat and it is the best Vacation a knitter can have. Men of all walks of life and as diverse as yarn. This table was all the items that we will be bidding on the Silent Auction.  This auction benefits the Scholarship Fund.  It is tax deductible, we are a 501c now. There were a lot of new faces and some new ones as well. This year we were able to sponsor 3 guys with scholarships.
 MFKR 2013 Boys  having fun (41) 

The first night we had a spinning class with Michael Wade and some assistants. If you don't know how to spin, he will teach you and teach you . I want to take the class again and again, because Michael makes this class a lot of fun. You become full of wonder and your yarn experience will change your perspective about fiber. Tomorrow there will be more classes and more pictures about what we did, or better yet, what I did during the days at the retreat. MFKR 2013 Spin Class (14)
 Even our friend Jeremy got to take the class. This young fellow, that is legally blind and hardly hears, is in a wheelechair, and is an amazing human being. Is like our little brother that we protect. Tomorrow is another day. The boys spent the night spinning and spinning until late, helping each other and just having fun. Thanks for stopping by and yep That is Nigel! MFKR 2013 Spin Class (8)

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