Sunday, December 19, 2010

Pre Ho!Ho! Update

 Well it is getting close to Christmas day and it is past time for an update.

As promised are the pictures of my "Apple Cider" aprons made for the Tie One On challenge of the same name.The full apron is made from apple fabric that my friend Deina gave to me this fall and the half apron was actually a curtain that I purchased this past \spring at a second hand shop. They were great fun to make and I look forward to the next challenge.


Apple Cider Full Apron


Apple Cider 1/2 Apron
 We had a few busy weeks at knit club at Read's with plenty of show and share.Here is Joanne's moebius as modelled by Nathalie and Deina's hat.I apologise for the poor quality of the photos. I had only my cell on hand.


As you know I have been working on a mixed media fiber challenge hosted by London Wul of Moncton. Here are a few photos of my work thus far. I seem to be stuck on the exact right hair and hairstyle for this 3D wall hanging. I will look in my doll making box and come up with something.

Sketch and pinned head
Stuffed face

The group met at the Homestead for supper on Wednesday evening and a great time it was. I mean really the Homestead does serve very filling food and wonderful pies. Our Deina had called ahead and reserved a peanut butter pie for us. Thank you for that Deina and the Homestead agreed even though they don't normally offer that particular pie on Wednesday. If you have never had their peanut butter pie you simply must go and try it, it is divine. Since it was our last meeting before the holidays I made the ladies a darning egg each. They were fun to make. I purchased the wood eggs and the wood coat rack pegs at Michael's. My sweetie of a hubby did his magic with drill and glue and assembled them for me. Then the fun began! I got to tole paint them and varnish them and then give them as gifts. Very satisfying.

Darning Eggs
Half the eggs

Half the eggs
 The group will not be meeting again until mid February 2011.
From my house to yours I wish you all a joyous and peace filled holiday season.
Ho!Ho!Hope!
Cinna

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Happy December

Well happy December to one and all and yes I am finished my holiday shopping, no my tree is not up yet. I usually put the tree up the week of the 10th. This year should be interesting with the kitten. No I am not decorated yet either. I do that with the tree. Baking,baking! What is that? I used to bake like a mad woman for the holidays but since there is just DH and myself I just do light baking. You know a few of our truly favorite things. Quite frankly I am not a great baker. My cookies are usually too brown on the bottom and my cakes don't rise as high as they should. So I usually make peanut butter balls and shortbread cookies. I used to make peanut butter brittle now I just buy it along with chocolates and other goodies.

This past week at knitting was great. Deina shared the moebius cowl she completed. I never particularly cared for them but Deina's is great as can be wrapped around like a small ponchette.
Deina's Moebius

Joanne shared her lovely pink and white crocheted baby blanket she completed for someone where she works.
Joanne's Baby Blanket

 I shared 2 pairs of socks I completed. The striped pair are just basic knit using 2 at time magic loop from the toe up. The yarn is North Pole, Victoriana. The fair isle socks are from a class I taught at Cricket Cove and is a modified Paton's pattern. Modified from DPN to 2 at a time magic loop.
My Socks



I want to share with you all the new and wonderful present I bought for myself. I purchased a set of Hiya Hiya interchangeable needles from Zen Yarn Garden. I purchased the small set to use for knitting socks and lace. I received the set with the very lovely red case. Delivery was quick and I received a lovely note from the proprieters. I have not actually knit with them yet. I have just fondled them and looked at them but I plan to road test them on my days off. They are very pretty.


Hiya Hiya Needle Set

My Mum was down last weekend I took her out for supper and by the time we left the restaurant there was quite a snowstorm. I realized how awful my tires were. Does the term slip-sliding away ring a bell? Thank goodness I was scheduled on Monday for servicing and having my winter tires put on. Of course it has been raining for 2 or 3 days now and the snow is all gone but I know it will return and I am ready. It was good to see Mum and I gave her, her Christmas presents. I hope she likes them.
I haven't been spinning much. What with teaching class, working and studying for my recerts ans them doing the recerts at work there hasn't been much time. I didn't go last Sunday due to the bald tire thing. I couldn't get out of the driveway. I should be able to make spinning this coming Thursday and look forward to going to London Wul with the ladies.
Our next meeting is Wednesday night, December 8th. This will be our last meeting at Read's before we break for the holidays. Hope to see you there until then stay warm and cozy.

Cinna


Monday, November 22, 2010

No Title , Just a Note

Hi there due to the snow there was just Deina and I at knitting tonight. We had a nice quiet night and I finished off a pair of socks. Speaking of socks. My sock class at CC finished last Thursday night and the ladies did a great job. I will post pictures of socks in a few days.

I have noticed more and more houses decorated for the Holidays and a few decorations have crept out into the open at Curves in Riverview (the gym I frequent). Bravo to JoAnn for finding a family that needs the assistance of some of Santa's helpers to provide a fun filled holiday. I always feel so much more Christmasy knowing I have added to someone's joy.

Well that is all really.

Take care.The next Read's knitting group meeting will be at 6pm Monday the 29th but if there is a storm we will try Wednesday the 1st of December.

Keep your sticks in the wool.
Cinna

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Brainstoming a Mixed Media Challenge

    Well thanks to Heidi Wulfraat of London Wul I have yet another creative outlet this winter. Heidi is hosting a Mixed Media challenge until December 31st and I have course have signed up. Now here is my dilemma! Do I  mix media in rug hooking, tole painting, knitting, quilting, cloth doll designing, teddy bear making or do a mixed media garment?? It has been a very, very long time since I worked in the medium of cloth dolls. I must admit to thinking this would be a chance to renew my love of that creative outlet. Hm decisions,decisions.

    Just a little break there as I raced into the ensuite where I had left the tub running!

   Yes my creative thoughts are flowing. I am thinking. The project will have to be fairly small as it is November. Perhaps a wallhanging with some patchwork and trapunto. Both of which are traditional quilting techniques but use the trapunto to create a face and needlesculpt the features with the hair being found objects or tiny patchwork blocks flowing into the wallhanging, add some crazy quilting, paint/embroider/bead the facial features. Hm it has possibilities. Title the entire thing  "Into the Quilt". Oh my I am liking this. Stay tuned as I will be  uploading sketches later.

  Tonight is Sock class night at Cricket Cove. I had two out of three students show last week. Both very nice women and they have proven to be accomplished knitters. Which is a good thing as learning to knit 2 socks using the Magic Loop method does take a bit of knitting knowledge. We are knitting a modified Patons Fair Isle sock pattern and it is quite nice.

  Tomorrow night the Read's Knitting Group will be meeting at Read's and taking off for tea and shopping at the United Church bazaar in Salisbury. Where JoAnne and Doris of our little group are volunteering their time and some items. Exciting!

   Last night I managed to spin and Navajo ply a finished skein of 39 yards of some roving I purchased at MacAusland's Woolen Mill on P.E.I. while at the handspinning retreat. I had purchased a variety of colours and I am spinning them in a particular colour order. Which is why I am Navajo plying. After seeing the lovely scarf sample at London Wul that has the colours so nicely ordered I thought why not give it a try.

   Well now I must get busy and make a few samples up for tonight's class, do housework, and make lunch for DH.

    You all have a great day and remember Spinners do it on the flyer. Groan!
Cinna

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A Silk Purse from A Sow's Ear

   So what do you make with wild spun yarn?
   Well I made a cute pair of mary jane slippers from  Knit Simple  magazine, holiday 2010 issue, pgs31& 66, designer Alicia Kachmar. Pictured below is the original wild spun yarn, the wild spun yarn with a previously spun chunky yarn and the slippers.

Wild Yarn
Wild Yarn Combo
Wild Mary Janes

      When I arrived home I had the above yarn and an unplied sparkly skein that I had drum carded at the retreat. I plied it with a silver metallic crochet cotton and the result is below.



Sparkly Wild Yarn
          I noticed this neat hat pattern in a Spin Off magazine last year. It is the Tahoe hat from the winter 2009 issue, pgs 88-90, designer Jill Smith-Mott. This is a good pattern because you use small amounts of fiber to knit it up. I must say it is a rather large hat at 24 inches. I did a rib at 86 sts and it is still a bit big.I like it and will probably make another on smaller needles.

Tahoe Hat
      Knit club will be meeting at Read's on Wednesday the 3rd and then heading to Salisbury for a church bazaar and tea.
Hugs
Cinna





Monday, October 25, 2010

Retreat Roundup

  Well what a wild weekend Ash and I had at the 10th Annual Handspinner's Retreat at the Rod Mill River Resort on PEI. Wha-hoo!! We spun, swam, spun, ate, shopped, slept, spun and shopped some more. Met new people and reacquainted with people I met last year. Ash spun for the first time on a wheel and she loved it so much that when queried if she would like a wheel for Christmas it was a resounding yes. As luck would have it Heidi was spinning on a borrowed Ashford, Kiwi that was for sale. Thanks Elaine for telling us about that and mediating the sale. Ash and I brought her new used wheel here early yesterday and sanded and treated it before her Dad took her home to Halifax. Along with the usual 3 bobbins and lazy kate she got a jumbo flyer and a stand alone skeiner. Merry Christmas Ash. Heh,heh now all I have to do is knit that shawl you asked for. Ash's Kiwi is lovely and if she decides to sell it I get first dibs. Now I couldn't ask for better.



Ash's Kiwi


Finished Kiwi

   The weekend was just great. I came out of my comfort zone and tried some carding and spun same. Rosalie showed me how to chain/Navajo ply. Thanks Rosalie and congratulations on winning that wild carder. You lucky pink-sparkly shooed gal. Ash won a pair of hand knit socks from Maine and I won a wonderful bag of goodies as a door prize from The Loop of Halifax. See what was in it.



 We bought fiber galor. I mean I filled my wheeled shopping cart with it as well as a Spin Off 2011 calendar and the Alden Amos handspinning book. What a weekend.  Thank You to Louise and Elaine for organizing and we will see you next year in Nova Scotia. See what I bought.



  I finished my Lakehouse socks just in time to wear them to the retreat and here they are.

 
 
   Here are pictures of  Ki Ki and the chicks just before we left. The chicks are now going out side the coop into the pen.They weren't going out when the pics were taken.




  To everyone at the retreat who asked me about the apron Ashley was wearing it is Simplicity pattern #7481. I believe I said it was a Butterick pattern. Sorry about that.

  Well it is back to the real world. Tomorrow is the first class of 2 color, 2 at once, cuff down socks at Cricket Cove in Moncton. I am looking forward to the class and will be happy to make your acquaintance. Tonight is knitting at Read's in Riverview at 6pm and hope to see you there.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Apron Crazy Weekend

   Well let me just tell you that we named our new kitten "Ki Ki" and we of course actually call her Ki Ki-D. Our little princess has been well received by our two large canines, Barclay and Ralfie. Our cat Tansy on the other hand is still at that hiss and growl stage of their relationship. Poor Tansy is quite put out.

  My Mum was here on Thursday, her birthday! Sorry I can not reveal her age. We had a great visit and DH and I took her out for supper at The Homestead and the staff there sang happy birthday to her and served her, her peanut butter pie with a candle. It was so nice of them and supper was more wonderful because of it.

 Friday after going to Curves I came home and started making a bag to carry my Ashford Traveller spinning wheel. I have a little luggage cart to pull it but I feel it needs protection from the weather. The bag is almost complete just a few little things to add before this weekends retreat. The making of the bag led me to a weekend frenzy of apron making. I swear to you that I did nothing but make aprons until noon today and I only stopped then to go to London Wul to knit and um I had to bathe before going. Eww!! Too much info! I made a couple of aprons for the Tie One On apple cider apron theme. I will post those pictures when the deadline for the theme has been reached in December. I made a few other aprons and I of course made a new spinning apron. Check them out.  I really enjoyed making the spinning apron as it allowed me to use the embroidery option on my sewing machine.

Wednesday knitting club was great fun this week with a good turnout. Many thanks to Deina for donating fabric to the group. We all appreciate your generosity and as you can see I have been making good use of some of it. Doris is working on some snowmen to sell at her Church`s Christmas bazaar. Joanne is working on this really pretty crochet baby afghan , I am almost finished the Lakehouse socks. This week the meeting will be Wednesday evening again on the 20th and then on Monday evening the 25th after the spinning retreat.

  Well I must look after the bread I have rising and get ready for sleep.

Hugs
Cinna




3 Pocket Apron



Asian Fabric Apron



Floral Apron



Back Floral Apron


Spinning Apron


Back Spinning Apron



Clos up Front

Close up Back


Friday, October 8, 2010

The Home Front

Well number one. Happy Birthday to my dear daughter Ashley. Twenty-eight years ago today you arrived and my life has been enhanced ever since. See you on the 21st girlie. We will have an awesome time at the handspinner's retreat.

Number two. I have not as of yet been able to sneak up quietly enough of  on the 2 baby chicks to get a photo. They are still being sat on by their Mum. Sigh! Hubby built a box for them and placed it on the floor to get them out of the nesting box which is quite high off the ground. I want so badly to hold them so they will be less shy of us then their mother is. Besides chicks are so cute.

It has been an odd kind of week or two. As you all know I have been trying to safe a bit of spending money for the upcoming retreat an almost impossible task and I am going to tell you why. First our water cooler gave up the ghost. So there was $$ out of pocket for that. I must say that the new water cooler is more energy efficient and the cold and hot water are that. Then the washing machine quit in the middle of it's rinse cycle full of water and bedding. Hubby got it drained and we got it repaired. Then I went to do dishes and the fawcet came off in my hand. Thank goodness it has a lifetime guarantee so we are awaiting a replacement. Moen really does give you excellent service and they stand-by their products. Meanwhile a screwdriver is getting the job done. We had to have our septic tank sucked, why do you suppose they call those trucks "honey dippers"? I mean the fluid level was a foot away from filling the tank to overflow. Mind you our 500 gallon tank had not been sucked since we built the hous 9 years ago! Anyways, I am hoping that will be the last of the breakages and extra costs 'til at least next month.

Yesterday I headed out to London Wul for some spinning. I have to work Sunday so fortunately for me the Thursday ladies are very welcoming. I bought a bag of mohair to spin/ply with my polworth to make any socks I knit from it stronger and I also bought a bag of soysilk and wool to spin. The most amazing thing is that when I arrived Heidi was cradling a small kitten. Some person had abandoned it as far as Heidi could ascertain. She is a pretty little medium haired tabby and quite frightened. Heidi's hubby is severely allergic to cats so I brought her home in my coat and popped her in our pet carrier and placed her in the ensuite with a litter box, some food and a baby gate keeping secure away from our 2 dogs. Not that the dogs would harm her. She is just too frightened right now and too little to be running around. She just wants to find a dark safe place to hide. The poor little thing. I am calling the vet to set up an appointment to have heer checked out and I haven't named her yet. I have to observe her for a few days but I am liking Rose or Lilac so far. I managed 1 good photo of her.

Our New Kitten
 I managed to complete a Traveling Fern Lace Scarf by Sherrie Xie. I had joined the Spin Along and Lace Knitting groups at London Wul this spring and I have finally completed my project. The fiber was some of Heidi's hand dyed Polworth in brown-pink-mauves and I spun it fairly fine on my Louet ,Victoria. It was one of the 1st things I have spun in abundance. The scarf is 10"wide x 41"long unblocked and 13"wide x 51"long blocked. I overdyed it with a scarlet color that made it more red-rust in tones and I like it very much.



Blocked Scarf


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Close Up of Scarf Pattern














Well hubby has regained consciousness woken up so I best go have a coffee with him and get on with my day. As I am working this weekend "Happy Thanksgiving" fellow Canadians.

Keep the Home Fires Roaring
Cinna

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

update

So it's been a while since I last posted. Let me bring you all up to speed

Well when last I posted DD was visiting and we had a good time. One of our things is to visit second shops in the area and we hit pay dirt this visit. I found a bag of handspun wool that included 2 skeins in violets, a skein of spun sari silk and, a few balls of grey mohair. Woo-hoo! Also DD will be accompanying me to the Handspinning Retreat on P.E.I.. My birthday gift to her.

I have lots of pictures this time. I have a few projects by Therese. Notably here green and block socks, her in progress baby blanket with the 4 corner ducklings and, 2 cotton knit cardigans for her grandchildren. Excellent job Therese and aren't your grandchildren lucky. Deina's Uberball socks. My completed handspun with B&L heels and toes, a cowl, SIL's hat, Carolle's white shawl, and my Syrian shawl from the book Victorian Lace Today, page 130, made from Paton's FX sock yarn.

Therese's Socks


Therese's Projects
Deina's Socks


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Cowl





Syrian Shawl


Syrian Shawl Close-Up


SIL's Hat

Carolle's Shaw

Sari Silk Scarf

Handspun Socks


On the home front we have at least 1 baby chick from our hen Elly-Mae who is an Ameraucana and our rooster Clyde who is a Canadian Chantecler. I saw just 1 chick and it was so sweet. All yellow and fluffy. I just caught a brief glimpse before Elly-Mae settled over it and started snapping at me. I am so pleased after we've lost so many of our hens to a brutal attack and more to poor health. The chicks are most welcome. Poor Bonnie our Chantecler is I believe sitting on eggs that probably won't hatch. DH is very pleased.

Well that is all for now. I will post pictures of the chick(s) as soon as Gracie will allow us to take some.

Hugs
Cinna

Monday, September 6, 2010

Progress

  Well Wednesday night this week will be fun at knitting at Read's as my daughter will be coming along to knit and Deina has asked me to talk about kool-aid dyeing fiber. I finished work Saturday evening and I wasn't surprised that the power was off at the house due to the wind gusts brought on by Earl. At least it was warm and the power had just gone out (again) so I was able to have a cup of tea before heading off to bed.

   I am making progress making borders for the couple of shawls I have knitted. I have definitely found it quicker to knit the border separately and then add them to triangle shawls. I finished a purple Yo-Yo Stripes shawl yesterday. I knit it out of Briggs and Little sport weight, colour Mulberry. I will block it today. I chose the border from the book Super Stitches and it is a sweet little shawlette.

  I had placed an order with Mary Maxim and am delighted with the sock blockers, sock yarn, books and the skeins of Paton's Lace I purchased. One of the books I ordered was "Knit Prayer Shawls 15 Wraps to Share" by Leisure Arts. I am looking forward to making a few of the projects.

  I hope everybody enjoys today, the Labour Day, holiday. See you Wednesday.
Hugs
Cinna

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Just Thrilled

 Well I am so thrilled!! I sent my registration in for October's Maritime Spin In, in PEI. I also reserved my room. Yeah! The theme is Spin Wild and info can be found at  the Maritime Spinners Retreat website. I am anxiously waiting to find out if my DD is going to get the time of work to be able to join me. Thrilling! Speaking of DD I am thrilled that she will  be visiting us shortly at the beginning of September for a few days. I haven't really spun anything for weeks because I have been either working or pooling.

     "Pooling"? Is that a verb? It is in my household and today was the perfect pooling day. Yes instead of working, knitting, or spinning I admit I was pooling. I can hardly believe my good fortune. The end of August and the temperature in the high 20s. The sun shining, a brutal stretch of work behind me and the pool water crystal clear and beckoning. How could I possibly resist? Well I couldn't but the day is waning and this blog doesn't update itself.

     I just received my Cricket Cove newsletter informing me of KnitEast a weekend of workshops featuring, Cat Bordhi, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (Yarn Harlot), Lucy Neatby, the Fleece Artist and, Jane Thornely. Sadly I will be working that weekend with no hope of possibly getting it off (Cinna is weeping uncontrollably) but I am thrilled for all of you lucky knitters, and fibre fiends. All that talent in one spot so close to me and I can't go.

   Once again I am thrilled that the Moncton, Cricket Cove store has invited me to teach a Magic Loop sock class this fall. I am excited to be offering a 2 socks on 1 needle, cuff down, 2 color, fair isle class. Go see the sample and sign up. I will be offering a toe up sock class in the Spring if invited to teach by C.C..

   Well knitting group has continued throughout the summer and I have been thrilled to be able to show up as often as my work schedule allows. The ladies are always such a treat to knit with and the group is so relaxed that I just de-stress the entire time I am there. Last week was an excellent turn out and Nathalie and Therese thrilled everyone by sharing a few of there finished projects. Nathalie completed her crocheted shawl at the meeting and Therese showed of here yummy afghan. I am telling you these gals can knit and crochet.
Nathalie's Shawl

Therese's Afghan

Therese also gave me the name of a French on-line Knitting club that she belongs to and is located in Quebec. I believe it is the Canadian club of Bergere de France and is Club Direct Laine. Thanks Therese.
So as thrilling as updating this blog has been I am once again off to the pool before it gets to cool. See you tomorrow night at Read's.

Hugs Cinna

Monday, August 9, 2010

Borders

 Well last week the worse thing I did to myself was to crush my right thumb in the garden door. So it was a pretty good week.

     Last Wednesday night knit group was small with Therese, Nathalie and I. Very cozy. We had a surprise guest for a few minutes, the lovely and vivacious  Marielynn stopped by and sat a spell to knit on her shawl. Marie Lynn was home visiting her parents as she has been teaching in Korea for 4 years.

    I have decided that I am not very fond  of knitting borders onto triangular shawls. It just seems to take forever. I have no problem knitting borders onto circular or square shawls! I offer no apologies and can give no reason for this. Just a personal preference.

   DH informed me the other day that he may go home for a week early in September. Boy howdy talk about short notice. I ran around like mad when I got home from work last night hunting for the 2 balls of red Sirdar ,Tweedie Chunky yarn I had purchased in the spring to knit my SIL her requested hat. I found the yarn after about an hour and managed to about 9 inches of the cable band before the Sandman got up to me. The pattern is 9069 and I am making the beret. This is thankfully a quick knit project.

   Well that is all for now. See you Wednesday evening.

Take care
Cinna

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Taking the Good with the Bad

It has been a while since my last post, as was pointed out to me at Monday's knit group, so I shall update you now. July has been a busy month. I completed a few shawls, worked on some projects and started some new projects.

  So the good. Well I completed the Moss-Fern-Wrap by Kimberly K. McAlindin from Interweave Crochet, Fall 2009. I used Berrocco, Ultra Alpaca Fine in 1282.

Moss Fern Wrap

I had purchased a neat little kit from Cricket Cove in June with my birthday $$. It was a melange of different weight and shades of yarns in red in a little nylon bag. There was enough yarn to create 3 scarves or a wrap. I opted for a fringed triangular shawl. Geesh I forgot to say that the style was to be "free range". If you aren't certain of what that is check out Jane Thornley's site. I enjoyed the challenge of being somewhat unstructured in my knitting and I had combed through my books, magazines and many websites looking for a suitable pattern. I decided on Aunt Phebe's Comfort Shawl by Donna Druchanas. Here is one bad. I had spent a fair amount of time looking for a pattern and was reminded by Therese at knitting group that there was a pattern supplied in the kit. The good is that they are almost identical and I changed the cast on to use only 3 stitches and size 10mm needles.When I started knitting the shawl I didn't think I would care for it very much but upon completion I know I will enjoy wearing it. I like it very much.

Free Range Shawl

Close up of free range shawl
More good. DH and I went to visit our DD for a day and we of course visited LK yarns and I purchased a skein of Noro "Sekku" lace weight yarn  in citrus or colour 1 and for a shawl from the book folk shawls I bought 3 skeins of "Cadenza Hand Paints" by Estelle in a teal pathway 968. Very yummy. Besides visiting and yarn shopping with my DD we visited my DB (dear brother) in his new apartment. I was wowed by his design sense!! The 2 bedroom upper and main floor apt was surprising enough but I really believed my newly  separated, submariner brother would have just the bare necessities. Not so!! The apt is tastefully decorated and neat as a pin. I am certainly looking forward to spending some time there. Despite the sad reason for him having to acquire the place he certainly has set it up to be a comfy place for himself and his daughters when they visit.Plus DH and I went for a day up to my Mum's and my Aunt was there. I hadn't seen her for a longtime and I was delighted to learn that she had started knitting again. Congratulations to our niece on the birth of her 1st baby.The weather here has  been exceptional and that is always good. I have  been reading a lot of feel good books by my favorite authors; Debbie Macomber, Robyn Carr, Sherryl Woods, Earlene Fowler and Maggie Sefton. Ah, brain candy is always good.

 Are you ready for the bad?
 Well actually it was really only one bad day. Yesterday was bad. I would have to say it was an "I Love Lucy" kind of day. It was suppose to be my last day off before going back to work but I am obviously off today. The day started off typically with me doing piles of laundry and housework before having to return to work for 4 days. Then while I was down on the carpet vaccuming under the sofa my very light weight vaccum snuck up behind me and, please don't laugh too hard at this, sucked a hank of my hair up into it's power bar. I swear it took a handful of hair right from my scalp. There was blood! So there I was face pressed to the carpet and unable to reach the turn off switch with my hair being yanked out. Thankfully the belt became overheated and the darn thing shut off. Hair fell for at least 30 minutes. To comfort myself I went to town to a shoe sale and bought a pair of DANSKO's. That afternoon I was down by the pool when I decided I should go bring the cat litter I had purchased in from the car. I  was walking along and was almost to the stairs when I took a mistep and fell between the deck and the pool! I laid there stunned briefly, got up, made my way into the house, laid on the ottoman and wept. Meanwhile my dogs were frantic and the cat litter was totally forgotten. I think I got off lucky, a bit of whiplash, bruising, sore from head to toe and some double vision for a couple of hours. I spent a horrible night trying to sleep but doing absolutley nothing today has helped. So now you tell me wasn't that an I love Lucy kind of day?

 I will be back at work tomorrow and because it is a Civic holiday on Monday, knit group will be meeting on Wednesday, August the 4th. My love to group members Deina who is tending to a sick relative and to Doris who lost her brother suddenly. We are all thinking of you.
Hugs
Cinna