Saturday, April 23, 2011

more retreat pictures

I will try again to download the pictures from the retreat..just look at the concentration on these three... Lou, Linda and Glenda...
This is Sue and  Renata... these two do production can feel the heat from their wheels

Bill and Hanlo, two old friends catching up
Isobel modeling a shawl i made..i just saw a big mistake in it... damn..and i traded it for a watch with a beaded strap... guess i will have to email her and tell her i will take it back... this poor shawl originally was white with hot pink beads where the nupps should be...(I hate nupps)...after washing it and blocking it, i found that the colour of the beads had run, and had stained the wool..i was so stressed that i cried..decided to over dye it in Lavender ... turned out better although I can still see the pink stains..but looking at the other picture i took of it... i found a big mistake... of course no one but me can see it...

Levi and I had a good day at agility today... he was better than the others in some things of course... worse in others... I decided to jump him at 16 instead of 22... and he seems to run faster.. We have added another mutt to the pack.. Matt's Miniature Pincher   Kayda.., now Wynn as her own private live toy... they love to play togethere... she is here for a month or two... poor Matt isn't spending the time with her like he should.. that picture is when she was a pup... will take some new ones of her....  have a great nite...S

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Desert Mesa Spring Spinning Retreat

Well, the Spring retreat has come and gone, and was really great fun this year... there were 37 of us, and a few drop ins..the food was great... a bit of Philippine food thrown in for good measure..a chicken and pork stew, and their very delious spring rolls were to dye (die) for..we had new cooks in the kitchen, and they a great job... although she had a fit when she realized that she had not thawed out the hamburger, I told her to take a breath and send hubby to the store for some fresh dinner was a little late, but we were all fine with that.
We had a goofy bunch of spinners this year...this is a picture of Martha.. wearing dread locks and a beard made by Gudie..

And this is the before pictures... Martha has a delightful laugh, makes everyone smile.. this is the friendship blanket that we made for Bishop David, he was badly beaten in Kamloops in October 2010..he was a very special friend to the spinners and came and had lunch with us several times over the years... one year he brought his vestments and they had little pulls, so the weavers among us fixed them..they were lovely hand woven silk..                                                                                                                                      

 this is too weird... i didn't type the last paragraph in Capitals... were did they come from

This a very warm and very well done ear flap hat by Wendy V

These beautiful socks are by the famous socklady, Lynne... aren't they beautiful  
these are very interesting flat top toques by Carol a very new spinner.. this blog drives me nuts...i have a terrible time getting the pics were i want them.. will write again soon with more pictures of the retreat... S

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Cold, cold, cold

Whoopee... next weekend is the Spring Retreat... I can hardly wait... we have 35 guests, and Donna and I...
 i like the spring retreats as the smaller group makes for lots of laughs and eavesdropping...I am finally feeling better... cold/cough/bladder infection/sinus infection all seem to be gone.. thank goodness..
Levi and I had a tough weekend at the Cloverdale Agility Trial...there was something wrong with him...Friday nite we did run a very poor Steeplechase, but Saturday was awful... for the first run he won't leave my side, so i tried to run with him, but he went around the first jump, tried several times to get him to go over it... no luck, so i excused us and left the ring... same thing happened for the 2nd run.. except this time he went thru the jump... twice... so i excused myself again...I spoke to the Judge, and she thought that i did the right thing leaving the ring, she thought he might be limping a bit and suggested that i take him to dog chiropractor who comes to these trials, of course she wasn't there on Saturday..i think he wasn't feeling well as several times i found him quivering in his crate... so we tried again on Sunday, and he went thru the jump again, I then tried the weave poles which he did, but he won't take the next jump.... so I excused us again, and went to find the Chiropractor, she had time to look at him... she ran her hands over him, and felt that he had several spots that need adjustments... so $40 bucks later she had him adjusted...there were several spots that he turned his head to her like she was hurting him... I scratched him again that day... and was very lucky that the manager of the trial gave me a 6 run credit for another trial.. I took him to class yesterday and he seemed okay, although I had him jump 16 inches instead of the regular 22..   damn agility and Dixie have taught him to jump the yard now we can't keep him in... i was wondering if jumping the fence might cause the problem and he does sometimes twist his body as he jumps...
Nothing else too interesting... Food Bank is full of laughs.. some of those native men are just too funny... they love to make ya laugh... I am now Secretary/treasure of the food bank... we are changing a few things..and plan on going to Kamloops to see how they run their food bank..
I rescued the shawlette today... the one where the beads ran and made my white shawl spotted with pink... I over dyed it with Lavendar... and it looks good..still a bit of pink on it... will take it to retreat for show and tell... I am hoping to get the shawl from Denise, the multi colour one.. not sure i will see her this week though.
Well I had better go clean up the kitchen...and get my wheel out and do some spinning, working on some alpaca and silk from Barb Eslake..very nice to spin, although the colour is too soft for me... might over dye it, the lavender was lovely... have a great day