Monday, November 29, 2010

Kipling The Kitten

While walking to my car today, a kitten came over to say hello. I hadn't met her before.

She is quite adventurous. I'm going to call her Kipling.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Death Of A Camera

I was about to take some finishing shots for a blog post I've been preparing when my camera wouldn't turn on. Again. I've had my trusty Canon G6 Powershot for over five years now. I used it so heavily that it wore out before the warranty ran out and I had it repaired. But now the rechargeable battery won't keep a charge and the autofocus has severe difficulty in low light as well as close-up situations.

This means I am now in the market for a new camera. This time around I'd like to have a camera that I can manually focus if need be. I'm looking for something versatile enough to do anything from landscapes to decent macro shots. With the gobs of money I have (haha... I wish) I'd love to get a canon ef 24-70mm lens.

But I'm undecided on what my dream camera body should be. Any suggestions?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Mr. Tumnus Chose My University Degree

Scooter is back home with my parents. Turns out he is an expert escape artist in the country. He also loves to play tag. He is never "it".

The Mr. Tumnus scarf is finally finished. I've dreamed about making it since The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe came out. That movie helped me to decide on my university degree. (Design)
I used two ends of Touch Yarns Brushed Solids. Co 15 sts. [K2, P2] K2, P1 until you have your desired length.

Too bad Scooter wasn't a better behaved boy. He missed out on another excellent evening.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Winemaking 101: Part 2

So you've got grape juice fermenting in a cooler. It's been about two weeks, so you should start checking to see how much longer the juice needs to ferment.

Materials List for checking the juice: Hydrometer, graduated cylinder

Put some of the juice into the graduated cylinder. You want to make sure there is no grape skins or seeds in the cylinder, so cover the top and slowly let the juice through your fingers and into the cylinder. Put the hydrometer in. Make sure it isn't touching the sides of the cylinder when you read it.

Once it reads zero, you are ready for the next step.

Materials list for transferring containers: A large pot or two, a colander, a funnel, carboys, airlocks, stops big enough for the carboy tops with a hole in it for the air lock, oak chips.

First start straining out the seeds and skins.

If you like, squeeze the skins to get every drop of juice.

Discard skins and seeds.

Pour the juice into the carboy until the juice reaches where the bottle starts to slope in. You need to make sure there is some room for the oak chips.

Take your oak chips and pour them into the carboy. You want there to be at least a quarter inch to half inch layer in the bottle. Make sure that there is very little extra space in the carboy. If there is too much oxygen in the bottle, the wine will become vinegar.

Place the stopper and airlock into the top of the carboy. I breath into the bottle a little to get rid of some of the oxygen.

Once the oak chips settle, we'll move onto the next step.

Monday, November 8, 2010

EZ Longies

I finally finished off my Longies. (raveled) It took me exactly one month to make them! I've already got plans to make a second pair. The pattern was from Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac. Super E-Z to make. (Haha - Elizabeth Zimmermann joke)

I found out that the yarn I thought I misplace in Chris' car in New Zealand never actually made it into my bag when I left the store. Luckily the nice people at Knit World Wellington kept it for two whole weeks. It was labeled, "The American Family." Chris picked it up for me and sent it. The color way is Ocean.

After visiting my parents I headed back home to the mill. It was a beautiful day. Unfortunately there was a power outage. Guess what runs on electricity. The pump for the well. Guess who had no water...

It wasn't too bad though. Scooter and I went to A.J.'s house where I ate pizza and Scooter begged while we all watched Top Gear.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

I Was A Teenaged Kitten

The kittens have been slacking. They missed a mouse in one of the buildings. (Warning: the next picture is going to be a bit graphic)

This is what happens when a mouse gets carded. The kittens have been eating many mice, so it hasn't happened in awhile. But apparently they have become teenage kittens and enjoy snoozing.

We also have a foxtail problem around the mill. So far we have found foxtails in a lamb's eye, one of the kitten's eyes, and now this poor guy. At least he still has one eye left. After Marcail pulled out the foxtail, he refused to leave her hand.

I've been knitting a bunch too. I finally found some yarn for my Mr. Tumnus scarf. I've been dreaming about making a scarf like Mr. Tumnus' from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe movie for some time now. The yarn is by Touch. It is called Alpine on the label, but it also referred to as Brushed.

I also have started my very first sweater. The pattern is called Iceland from Rowan 42. The yarn is Tui by Zealana.

It's been a busy week, but I still managed to meet up with Brennan. He had a surprise for me. I've been told it does something cool when the mug is hot.

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