Spinning Sunday


I decided to try space dyeing on the new roving I got from UpTownDesign and since I didn’t really know how to go about it, I hopped over to YouTube and check out a couple of how tos by ChemKnits.  Here’s an in progress look at my first try at it.


It turned out to be the ugliest yarn ever so I overdyed it with some sky blue Jacquard acid fast dye I had on hand. Much, much better.


Rinsed, dry and ready to spin:


Still has some ugly spots, but socks can be mostly hidden 🙂

Live out of your imagination, not your history.  Stephen Covey



WIP Wednesday 4/9/14, Booklove


Pleiades Shawlette

Stash Yarn – Cascade 220, Savona Rose


Socks on a Plane are sort of hibernating at the moment as the first one is way too small.  I’ve been trying to delude myself that they’re just “snug”.  They’re past snug, they’re too small, even too small for Bigmommy, who has teeny feet.  Dang.


I’m still reading Victoria Sweet’s God’s Hotel.  Very interesting, premodern medicine, I’d never thought too much  about it.  Learning something new every time I pick it up.

Linking with Tami and KCCO Frontier Dreams, along with Ginny’s Yarn along.

It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day basis.  Margaret Bonnano



Reduce Reuse Recycle Confession


I ordered some lovely superwash merino and was pretty much bowled over when I saw it had been mailed in a cereal box.  I’ve never thought about doing that but it makes perfect sense.  So I’m a little slow getting into the reduce, reuse, recycle mindset.  I have great intentions, I just forget sometimes.  Remember, I’m a baby boomer, we were proud to be able to throw things away and never considered what it might cost us in the long run.  But, then, we never thought gasoline would top a dollar a gallon either. Those were the days, my friend.


The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.  David Russell 



Meet Me In St. Louis

This is the post that apparently was published in an alternate universe yesterday.  Don’t know what happened to the original.


Everyone made it safely to St. Louis – just in time for some bad weather – hail, torrential rain and high winds/tornados. We spent a little time down in the basement when the tornado got a little too close for comfort. Mr. Iknead’s new car fared pretty well during the hail, a couple of minor dings, one on the hood and one on the top.  I think we got off easy – it could have been much worse.

It was so good to be with everyone, watching all the little girls giggle and play. We marveled at how much everyone’s grown and were been introduced to Baby Carter, the newest leaf on our family tree.

Babymama spends some QT with Carter

We went to The Magic House and the Zoo.  Little niece Marin had a mishap at The Magic House with this resulting pretty blue cast on her leg.  Her doc couldn’t pinpoint a fracture on x-ray since two year olds still have so much cartilage, but just to be on the safe side, he recommended the cast.  Poor baby!

For the record, I didn’t hear this kid complain once – at all, about anything, before or after her adventures in casting.  We should all be so cool, calm and collected.  Marin, you’re awesome!

Lunch at the Zoo with Sprout

Art with Cousins

The young lovelies in this photo are, left to right,

Babydiva aka Harper

Papoose aka Susannah



Another Cousin, Lila, at the Zoo

Mr. Iknead: Truly a Wild and Crazy Guy

Dad Jason, Mom Julia and daughter, Mollie at the Zoo


Sprout and Me at the Zoo

More pics to come.  Stay tuned!

Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.  Leonardo da Vinci



WIP Wednesday 4/2/14, Booklove, Leak Be Gone


Our plumber rocks!  The leak I mentioned in my last post is history!  As it turned out, he found the leak, fixed it and only charged us $145.50.  If you’ve had to call a plumber in the last ten years, you’ll know we got off easy, fix-wise and money-wise, with no fuss and very little muss.  What a relief!


I’ve finished one book, Benediction, by Kent Haruf and started two others, an ebook, God’s  Hotel by Victoria Sweet and an audiobook, Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen.  I wasn’t too sure about  Benediction, it took me a bit to see where the author was going with the story, but I got involved before too long and ended up enjoying it very much.  I like it when at the end of the book, there are still some loose ends, not everything is tied up nice, tight and neat.  Real life seems to always have loose ends!


Woodlands Scarf in the found merino, Papercut, both of which I’m liking a lot.  I tentatively started a new pair of socks using my first Yarnbox yarn,  in a new pattern, Leaf on the Wind, but ended up frogging after deciding that my choice of both pattern did not do the yarn justice and vice versa.


Yes, the photo is upside down but it just took me an hour to figure out how to insert a picture in a post on the iPad.  I’m not up for another hour of frustration today.

I’m linking with Tami and Frontier Dreams KCCO, please pay them a visit.  Oops, I almost forgot Ginny’s Yarn Along!

Skill to do comes of doing.  Ralph Emerson



Under Construction, Fam Fun, Plumber Pain


In the past year or so, Mr. Iknead and I have been finally able to have some much needed work and/or sprucing up around our house, starting last spring with having the front yard landscaped and a sprinkler system installed.  Now, it’s spring again and it looks as if most, if not all of the plants wintered just fine and are greening up nicely.  We’re newbies to the gardening stuff and have been amazed to see plants that looked like a bunch of sticks sticking up are putting out new leaves and buds.  I find gardening very …… hopeful, as in, things encased in ice a month ago are again fresh green and getting fresher and greener every day.


We had new siding put up last fall, which we love; it’s made a huge difference.  Now, we’re having a new, nicer patio put in, with tile replacing the old, ugly concrete pad.  This means that today, a concrete guy is coming to break up the old concrete to ready it for the tile.  Sledgehammer or jackhammer?  No clue but it’s sure to be loud and dirty and Josie Pug will bark herself into exhaustion.


1:38 p.m.  Still waiting on concrete guy.  Beginning to get irritated.


We still have our trip to see the St. Louis branch of the Coleman clan the end of this week.  The weather is possibly going to be a little dicey, starting tomorrow. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we can get out ahead of it or better yet, they miss the forecast.  This year, we have a new baby in the mix, Carter, bringing the current total of assorted grandkids to seven little ones under four years old.  Wow!  When you put that in writing, it’s sort of mind boggling.


Bad news.  We have a leak.  The plumber is here and he’s trying to figure out where it’s coming from.  He tells me that fixing it is going to involve digging.  At least it’s outside, but still not good.  They’ve been here a while and I think they’re still trying to pinpoint exactly where it is.  See ya later fun money.  It was nice knowing ya.  Sob.

Money grows on the tree of persistence.  Japanese Proverb