about town


Day before yesterday I put my hubby to work on fixing the window in the back door. It’s been broken out for awhile now, and the board we had over it was loose and letting hot air in. I had him screw a board over the top and the bottom window and now it’s not only nice and dark back there, but not a wisp of air is coming through. It’s not pretty, but it did the job.

He had to go into the garage to cut the board to fit and when he did, Moxie came bolting out of the garage carrying something. She dropped it and we noticed it was a baby bird! Paul and I both freaked out a bit, got it away from her, only to have Gutter try to take off with it! After wrestling it away from him, Paul picked it up and took it back into the garage to see if we could find it’s nest. We let the wrens nest in the garage because we don’t keep anything important in there and they help keep the bugs down. We looked around a bit before realizing that the poor thing didn’t have a nest, but the mommy wren had plopped them right down on the garage floor against the wall!

baby birds

Paul carefully put the little thing back with its siblings and we disposed of a fifth one that had moved away from the group and died. We finished up quickly in the garage and left them alone in hopes that mommy wren would come back and take care of them.

I decided to check on them this morning and get a picture of them and they’re doing great. They look pretty plump so mommy is obviously still taking care of them. We don’t go in the garage too often, so hopefully they’ll get big and strong and continue the fight against black widows and water bugs in our yard!

Anyways, here are the beads I talked about yesterday.

matte czech glass beads

I’ve really been enjoying incorporating beads into my knitting. Several years ago my Aunt Noreen taught me how to add beads to my crochet. She’s amazingly talented and has a good 75 years of crafting under her belt. For some reason though I loved the look of beaded crochet, I never enjoyed doing it. It was too bothersome to string the beads on first and then crochet because I would inevitably add too few beads or colors in the wrong order. I’m loving adding them to my knitting though because I can place them one at a time without pre-stringing them. These are on the large side, about the size of a pony bead.

matte czech glass beads seed 2

These ones are 2/0 seed beads; small but not tiny. I love the colors so much! The beads are kind of frosty looking, the package of the smaller ones say they’re matte. I’m not super educated on beads or beading, so I don’t know the difference. I got the beads at the swap meet in Golden Valley. GV is about 10 or so miles out of Kingman and though it’s building up fast it’s still pretty small. The lady that owns the bead shop thingy is set up year round (It’s an actual building in the open air swap meet…there’s a few long term buildings) and she’s open four or five days out of the week. She’s got this little bitty shop, but it’s stuffed to the ceiling with beads and beading equipment of all sorts. I love it there! She’s got 6/0 seed beads by the hank and she’s very reasonable with her prices. She’ll even split the hanks in half or into single strands; it’s awesome! I’m not sure what I’m making with my beads yet, but they’ll be going in to some sort of knitting.

caron heathers deep plum

Here’s my yarn. Nothing special, but I took a picture for my ravelry stash and decided to share. I love the color so much! One thing I love about Caron Simply Soft is that it may be acrylic and it may be cheap, but it’s so soft and I love knitting with it. The only complaint I’ve really got is that it tends to pill. I think it may be because it’s pretty loosely plied, but it’s not a huge problem.

I’m off to knit now, and do more laundry. I’ve been going nuts washing up everything in the house and getting it organized. It’s amazing how I’m always complaining about not having any clothes, yet when I go nuts and do all the laundry and put it away instead of throwing it on the bathroom counter, I’ve got a decent amount of clothes! Funny how that works.

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The weekend went by in a blur and I’m kind of reeling this morning. It could be because I haven’t had any coffee though.

Paul had to work on Saturday, but he was out of work by nine and we decided that we were going to take off and check out the town wide yard sale in Chloride with his parents. We all loaded in to their van and drove the 20 miles to the teensy little town out in the middle of nowhere. I made them stop the van so I could get a picture of the sign:

chloride sign

Chloride only had around 150 residents, but because of it’s mining history it’s become a bit of a tourist stop. There are gunfights, a few small shops, and this past Saturday they had their town yard sale. It was kind of neat to soak in some of the kitschy tourist stuff (like a renewing of wedding vows followed by a gun fight) and hit some thrifty shopping at the same time.

cyanide livery shootout

The wedding vows went quick, and the shoot out even quicker. You could hear the gunshots through the entire little town.

We walked across the entire “Main street” and then drove my mother in laws van around the other couple of streets. I found a few bags to store projects in and a brand new set of hot curlers for $2.00.

chloride station

After we’d perused all the little yard sales and I’d gotten my Crocs absolutely covered in goat heads (Seriously, there were probably thousands embedded in each shoe!) we started heading out of town. At the last side street before you reach the highway there was a yard sale sign so we veered to the left and followed a dirt road for a few miles. That yard sale was the gold mine. I replaced two of my cd’s that were stolen years ago (TLC Fanmail and Alanis Morisette Jagged Little Pill) and the first 7 books of the Shannara series by Terry Brooks (In hard back!) as well as a whole bunch of paperback sci-fi books for Paul for a whopping $5.55. Before we left the yard sale I walked across the road and took a picture of a cactus in full bloom because it was beautiful.

flowers closeup

I got a little more sun than I expected during our jaunt so now I’m sporting a bright red neck, nice ghost-white shoulders and red arms from the midpoint down. Hot! I got a nice chewing out from my husband because of it, so I suspect we’ll be picking up more sunscreen soon. Years ago I got a sunburn on my back so bad that it was blistered around where the edges of my bathing suit were and even after all this time – 10 years or so – there’s a part of my back that is darker than the rest. I can’t blame him for bitching me out I guess…just have to be more careful next time.

The rest of the weekend was pretty uneventful. We went out for breakfast yesterday at Golden Corral (One of our favorite buffet places) and that’s going to be my last high calorie breakfast for awhile. I’m finally going to start keeping track of what I’m eating and try and lose a “little” weight. I picked up a ton of veggies and some fruit yesterday when we went shopping and I joined a site called The Daily Plate. It’s similar to FitDay, but I like the layout better and it seems more user friendly. I haven’t logged anything in to it yet, but I plan on starting to use it today. It even has a calorie calculator to figure out how many calories you should be eating for your weight to lose x number of pounds per week. It’s nifty!

Anyway, I’ll leave you with a picture I found way too cute not to take yesterday:

gutter in drawer

I left a drawer where I keep a lot of my hand knits open the other day and Gutter’s decided it’s the perfect little hidey hole for him to sleep in. I’ve left it pulled out so he’s been in it most of the last three days. Adorable old snot!

I’m a little late with this post, but yesterday wasn’t a good day.  Around mid-day I started feeling flu like symptoms and spent the rest of the afternoon in bed.  I’m feeling a lot better now.

I never did get around to making any potholders, or those nifty hair turbans, but I did make a little muslin dress.

Everything started out great this morning.  I got my sewing machine out, all the little things like my rotary cutter, measuring tape, cutting mat.  Right after I’d cut my “pattern” is when I started feeling icky and called it quits.

 

    When I got up and got around without feeling like falling over, I finished this light little smock.  Please excuse the horrible photoshop job…I just didn’t want anyone to see my craft room wall because there’s so much junk hanging on it!

It’s not fashionable, and I probably won’t dare to go out in public in it, but it’s very comfortable and it breathes.  I’m thinking about dyeing it cornflower blue since I’ve still got some dye and I’m not a fan of tan.

After I finished the little shift I spun for a little while.  I first got in to spinning about a year ago and though I liked it, it wasn’t a craft I got instantly overjoyed with.  I put my spindle up and didn’t touch it for several months.  The funny thing is, the morning I got up and decided to spin some new yarn, I’d found that my puppy Moxie had annhiliated it!

R.I.P my pretty spindle

For some reason because I couldn’t spin, I desperately wanted to!  I remembered seeing a tutorial somewhere online for making a spindle out of cds!  I rushed to the computer and looked it up.  Literally five minutes later I had this:

Okay, so it wasn’t full of yarn after five minutes, but I had a spindle with a fantastic weight that looked pretty cool too!  Matter of fact, I think I can spin better yarn on it than my pretty one that I put hours in to making!  If anyone is interested, look up the instructions for making your own cd spindle here. (Warning…pdf file!)

I’m really looking forward to using the yarn I’m spinning.  You see the yarn that’s on my first spindle?  I still have it!  It was the first yarn I’d ever spun and I was so proud of it that I couldn’t find just the right pattern to make with it.  I’m going to get on that because it’s a shame it’s not been made in to something fabulous.

On the knitting front, I finished Heart from Knitty and I’ll be pinning it out tomorrow.  I’ll get pictures soon.

I’ll leave this long picture-filled post with another picture.  It was taken from the passenger side of our car on Sunday after a delicious lunch at our favorite chinese restaurant.  It’s of Bull Mountain in northern Arizona.  Too bad I couldn’t get a clearer shot without all the new developement cropping up.