May SNOW? Showers

Today appears to be bringing May Snow Showers instead of rain showers. Good thing I took my clothes that have been hanging on the line for the last 3 days down last night. yeah! We do need moisture and it will be back up in the 80′s by Thursday so all is good.

May SNOW? Day

I just hope that my early in garden will not have any difficulties with this cold snap and snow. I do have all my tomatoes under little green houses built just for them and my herb bed is under a large hinged green house cover. It has been all winter and is why my chives are over 2 ft tall and in flower already. My lettuces and spinach garden should be fine as well as that spinach I planted in October and it has been growing all this time under the green house garden cover during the winter. They are just grand and really help at our altitude as we have some odd weather here.

Charlie and I were walking Kizy and Broch together at the Blossom Festival in Canon City, Colorado on Saturday in 95 degree full on sun. Today it is snowing and barely above freezing. yup that is weird mountain Colorado weather.

My sweatshirt is the one that I took off the line last night so it does smell April Doggey Fresh! that lovely smell my puppy has after being outside and playing in the sun and wind or how your clothes smell after being on the line. Thursday is Charlie’s 50th Birthday and I am happy to see that the forecast says he will be back in sun and fun by then.

I have been busy crocheting and weaving as best as I can with my shoulder and wrist injury. I have finished 2 ponchos, and have an 8 ft triangle shawl part way done as well as another free form open lace shawl close to finished.

Tri Loom Progress

I will finish the crochet shawl today, start on a crochet mobius and work more on the triangle shawl. Later this week, I think I will take Vicky the Mannie out into the garden and do a photography session of all the new shawls and ponchos. Stay tuned for the photos later this week or next week depending on when I finish making them.

Closeup Tri Loom Progress

Still on Llama mom watch. Glenda has 6 more days for her first official due date. She is definitely fat, definitely preggers and definitely got the bitch to prove it!!

It is only 71 degrees here in the cabin and with the wet, rain, sleet, wind and snow outside, it feels really cold in here. I think that I must get to making some food in the oven, in the casserole dish, baking to create some warm yummies for us inside. What do you all want me to make? hmmm……..

I am thinking one of my regular Italian casserole pasta dishes. Mince, hamburger for you Americans, browned and then simmered for a half hour to hour in lots of onions and garlic minced in. Throw in a few red, yellow, and orange sweet bell peppers. some chopped or maybe even stewed tomatoes, a bit of cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, some cream cheese and a touch of Parmesan cheese for a 4 cheese flavor. Some basil and oregano from the herb garden and put it all together to bake it nice in the oven. Take the lid off the last few minutes so the mozzarella on top can crisp up a bit. Throw in a few pieces of garlic Naan bread and we are good to go. I don’t know what you are going to have but this sounds good to me and I am hungry!! I am going to make an Aztec Coffee as well to enjoy while I go to create!!

Triangle Loom

I got my new triangle loom and it has been waiting for Charlie to put it together.

Close up of Tri Weave

He got it together the other day once I was ready to start weaving as this time I wanted to use the 8 ft loom and we only have the 12 x 18 cabin. With a loom that size, in that small of a space, I knew that I could not put it together and just look at it for days. I managed to get about 2 of the 8 ft wove that first night but have not done much in the last two days. I do hope to get at it more, as it is in the way and rather large!

8 ft tri loom

This is using a hand painted Boucle yarn called Baby Woo Boo. It is 35% Baby Alpaca, 30% Merino, 30% Bamboo and 5% nylon binder.

Aztec Mocha

I came back from Fiber Group and told DH wanted to go get a coffee. We piled Kizy the Great Pyr into back of VW bug and went to get coffee.

Kizy

Started raining and sleeting once we left but I carried on. Going in to get my Mayan Mocha now. Of course DH thought I was nuts ??? Is it MY fault the coffee was almost 1.50 hours away?? He is lucky he isn’t on his way to Mexico!

We went for a joy ride. 3 hrs to get an Aztec Mocha. Place had gone out of business. Went for walk and found new coffee place. Didn’t make Aztec but knew where I could get one. Drove there. Got 2. Told DH was $12.51 for 2 coffees. DH said that had I come back without coffee saying it was too expensive, I would have got a slap in the heid and sent back in.

We went almost home but didn’t want to stop joy riding so drove to Canon which was another 1.5 hour drive in another direction. Tired now. No more joy riding!

The Day After….

Today is the Day After my Birthday.  We are recovering from eating and cooking all sorts of things yesterday.  The Llama ladies seem to be settling in nicely and mostly getting along with the Live Stock Guardian dogs. Glenda has been particularly pissy this last week or so with the LGD as her due date for her cria is May 15 so her hormones are showing.

Hand Painted Cheviot Roving

I was ran over by an alpaca about 5 weeks ago which sprained a wrist, broke a bone in my hand, knocked ribs out, shoulders out and other damage.  I have not been on the computer much with my hand injuries or doing a ton of spinning.  The alpaca is no longer on the ranch, nor will it be ever!

I have been dyeing Cheviot rovings, Merino Rovings, Various yarns in fun boucles to keep myself busy.  The Cheviot roving will be used to create more art batts like I did several months ago as I need at least 600 more yds to go with the yarn I have now to weave my sweater coat.  I have the warp all dyed and ready, half the weft dyed and spun, and all the Teeswater Long Locks dyed and ready for the cuff and trim bits.

I think that the Cheviot roving will make some interesting art batts and the rest I am thinking of weaving into a rug on my peg loom.

I did just get an 8 ft Triangle loom, easel and other bits so I can make numerous sizes of triangles as well as rectangles.  We have not set it up yet as I am in the middle of crocheting

Mystery Yarn

a poncho and then a shawl and then the loom will go together.  It isn’t something I want sitting around not being used.  I can’t really put it together in our little cabin until I am ready to use it.  The cabin is only 12×18 so which corner would I put an 8 ft Tri Loom in out of the way? haha

I did make other art batts, hand dyed and hand spun them into yarn to go with the sweater coat.  But the art batts did not turn out the correct color for the sweater coat.  Right now I have about 750 yds all spun up and the twist set with enough art batts to maybe spin up more for a total of 2000 yds.  Not sure what to do with this yarn as this was unexpected.  I haven’t even been able to come up with a name for it.  It is Merino, Silk, Milk, Angelina, Bamboo and a touch of Cheviot.  what do you think I should call this yarn?

Cheeseburger Au Gratin

Today I am going to make Cheeseburger Au Gratin. What is that? well not entirely sure as I have not created it yet but I think it will be like this. Fingerling potatoes chopped to bite size and lightly boiled, chopped onions and garlic sauteed in with mince (that is hamburger for you USA people), then said mince with veggies put in casserole dish with potatoes, heavy whipping cream, flour, salt pepper, goats milk, all baked in my casserole dish. Sounds like Cheeseburger Au Gratin to me.

I forgot that it will have some sharp cheddar cheese put on top and baked for an extra 10 min to melt it at the end right before serving.

Charlie keeps making fun of my Cheeseburger Au Gratin as he said it is cheesy potoates and mince and I just gave it a pretenious name. hmmm…but it is au gratin potatoes with the other stuff added so he is just wrong!