The Happy Skein

Tricot, Filage, Chats - Knitting, Spinning, Cats

09 juin 2006

Mice and Cats - Souris et Chats

Mice:  I have translated my pattern for the crocheted mouse in French and it can be found there.  I hope it's OK because I haven't crocheted from a pattern written in French in a long time.  Now, I just have to remember to take a picture to show you what the finished mouse looks like.  Well, I first need to find one that is not too badly mutilated, or make a new one! Cats:  For those of you on the other side of the Atlantic, since it might be difficult to support Rebekah's Basil and Abner's Critter Charity... [Lire la suite]
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09 juin 2006

Where was I ? - Où en étais-je ?

Just as I felt that things were going back to normal (if there is such a thing) after our five day vacation, we had to leave again!  ME's grand-father died on Tuesday (May 30), the viewing was on Thurday and the funeral on Friday.  Considering that it is a 10-hour drive (one-way, not including stops), we had to leave on Wednesday.  So Tuesday night we had to pack and get the cats taken care of.  Our usual Apollo-sitter was on vacation, so we ended up having to board him.  It was a first for us, as we never... [Lire la suite]
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30 mai 2006

Christmas in May? - Noël en May?

Almost since Sunday was my birthday and I got spoiled again.  I am not going to tell you everything, but I got some Gaywool dyes, some Socks That Rock sock yarn, some sheep earings and lots of Angora fluff from Elaine's bunnies:Presque puisque Dimanche c'était mon anniversaire et j'ai encore été gatée.  Je ne vais pas tout vous dire, mais j'ai eu des teintures Gaywool, de la laine à chaussettes "Socks That Rock", des boucles d'oreilles moutons et beaucoup d'Angora provenant des lapins d'Elaine: White English... [Lire la suite]
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26 mai 2006

Basil and Abner's Critter Charity Drive

Rebekah started the Basil and Abner's Critter Charity Drive (you can read the details on her blog).  This reminded me that a couple of months ago I wrote a pattern for a crocheted mouse which made a perfect cat toy.  I have added the instructions to my free pattern list on the right side.
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26 mai 2006

How to wind a hank of yarn into a ball in a few easy steps

You will need the following equipment: The hank of yarn you want to wind, A couch to sit on, A ball winder (optional, you can also do it by hand), A coffee table in front of couch (if you are using a ball winder), Protective clothing, Soap and water, Iodine, Lots of bandaids of various sizes. Follow the following steps: Gather your equipment and sit on couch, If you are using one, clamp ball winder to coffee table, Remove all ties from hank of yarn, Hold hank of yarn and start winding, Your... [Lire la suite]
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25 mai 2006

Five days in paradise - Cinq jours au paradis

Yep, I think that's a good way to sum up last week!  ME and I spent the week at The Mannings learning how to weave.  May 20 is our anniversary and this year we wanted to do something different.  Since we are both interested in weaving, we figured that taking the week long beginning weaving class would be great.  And it was!  We learned a lot (although I don't think that ME learnt as much as I did since he already knew more about weaving than I did) and had a lot of fun.Everybody there was very nice.  Our... [Lire la suite]
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09 mai 2006

My three sheep - Mes trois moutons

Yes, that's right, I now have three sheep... well, only their fleece!  All three were acquired at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival on Saturday, where I really had a good time.Oui, c'est vrai, j'ai maintenant trois moutons... bien c'est-à-dire, seulement leur toisons!  Toutes trois furent acquisent au Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival Samedi, ou j'ai vraiment passé du bon temps. The first one is a white Romney cross.  You are looking at 5 3/4 pounds of fleece (and Apollo, who had to inspect it).  I am planning... [Lire la suite]
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05 mai 2006

It's tough to be a cat - C'est dur d'être un chat

First, thank you all for your kind comments about Stacy.  I really don't want this to be a sad blog, so I am going to share with you some pictures.D'abord merci à toutes pour vos gentils commentaires à propos de Stacy.  Je ne vraiment pas que ce soit un blog triste, alors je vais vous montrer quelques photos. This is what some of us did last Saturday:Voici ce que certains d'entre nous on fait Samedi dernier: Apollo was guarding the stairs to the second floor:Apollo montait la garde dans les escaliers menant au... [Lire la suite]
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22 avril 2006


Last night was very sad.  When we got home, we found Stacy in the middle of the road in front of the house, dead.  She had been hit by a car.  We miss her a lot!  She never let us touch her but we still love her.Hier soir fut très triste.  Lorsque nous sommes arrivés a la maison, nous avons trouvé Stacy au milieu de la route devant la maison, morte.  Elle a été heurtée par une voiture.  Elle nous manque beaucoup!  Elle ne nous a jamais laissé la toucher mais nous l'aimons quand même. She was... [Lire la suite]
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21 avril 2006

Not much going on... Pas grand chose...

Yep, that's right, not much going on here... just work, work, work... and a little bit of spinning and knitting.Ben oui, il ne se passe pas grand chose ici... juste travail, travail, travail... et un petit peu de filage et tricot. So here are a few pictures from my garden:Alors voici quelques photos de mon jardin: This last picture was taking looking out in the front yard.  I was trying to take a picture of our neighbor plowing (no, not in the foreground, those are geese along the creek!).Cette dernière photo a été... [Lire la suite]
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