Monthly Archives: April 2016

Spin In with Lois

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This past weekend I hosted the Killaloe Fibre Arts Circle for a Spin In with Lois.  Lois went through the 6 year Master Spinner program at Haliburton School of the Arts. She has skill and talent and loves to share them.  She arrived Saturday morning with a mountain of fibre. All shapes, colours and sizes.

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We used carders to blend fibre to make batts that we then went on to spin. Not the best pic but the shiny stuff poking through is many colours of silk that will stand out when I spin it.

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This is some mixed fibres that I carded, spun and chain plied.  It was my first time chain plying and it was good to have a patient teacher – especially when I pull too hard and the bobbin popped off the flyer and sailed across the floor.

I’ve been spinning a fair bit lately, finally re-energized and ready to get back to the sweater project.

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Hopefully I’ll finish spinning this blue fleece in the next couple of weeks and see how much yarn I have. A rustic sweater would he a nice reward.

We had a ‘stand in the kitchen’ type of pot luck lunch. People brought wraps and salsa and cake and salad and chocolate. I made a pot of soup with pig that I butchered, tomatoes I grew, beans I canned, and stock from all those turkeys back at Christmas.  I also put out some of my home made salami and a hunk of local aged cheddar from a farm just over the hill. A great day overall.

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And so it begins.

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And we’re off! Garden season is offically  here. I noticed the first wee sprout of garlic poking up through the straw on Monday. Today  is Friday and there must be almost 100. 

It brings me great joy.

April snow storms bring May flowers

I knew we weren’t done with winter yet but this is just silly. If the next 24 hours unfolds as predicted we’ll get about 20 cm of April snow. And then more the next day. Fun fun.

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March was the usual kind of busy with applications and reports all due in and around a trip to a hot place and an extra long Easter weekend. The one good thing about March is that it always ends in Spring.

Now that I’m back in a grocery buying phase my meals are a lot more green. Last week one day I came home from the store with broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage,  parsley and a tub of yogurt.  None of it was planned but I guess my body knows what it needs.

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I’ve also bought fish a couple of times which was a rare treat.  In this case it was for trout pot pie with a biscuit top.

I don’t generally use this space to advertise but after a recent experience I feel compelled. If you’re in the market for a new cell phone provider do yourself a favour and stay away from Virgin Mobile Canada (far far away!!). Awful awful awful piss poor company that uses its powers to screw people over.  I’d pick tin cans and a string over them any day.  It was worth the $250 to break my contract and get the F away from them.  Do yourself a favour and stay away.

Congratulations to my brother and sister in law as they start a new chapter. What fun!