Saturday, January 31, 2009
Any thoughts? Do I have a bi-polar, diabetic rabbit?
Friday, January 30, 2009
On the 8th of February, will someone remind me that I need to take my red bike from downstairs. This is very important so I know I'll forget it in all the confusion.
PS. Do you think it is odd that we have been saving up our compost for the last few weeks to take to the new house? I don't. But I was wondering if it's because my brain is Lyme-fried or if it really isn't all that strange.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Anyway. Here is an excuse to comment on a blog post. I'll even tell you what to say.
Tell me, how many blogs do you read, how often do you comment? What's the weather like today? Tell me something completely irrevilant about your day. Have fun with it.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
What kind of person is the dream you?
Monday, January 26, 2009
It's interesting because if you read household manuals from the second world war and before, they make a distinction between food waste and food refuge. Refuge is things that are simply garbage, like rhubarb leaves but waste are things like carrot peals or spoiled food that could have been used to make something to eat (peals are good for broth). It's nice to see people looking at this issue again.
See also, Wasted Food.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Vancouver Island Wool, carbonized bamboo, t-silk, some cordial, some Blue Face Lester, and bits of other things laying around. I'm totally in love with spinning this kind of thing and I think I might stop by again in the next day or so for some more blending.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I think that the training goes both ways. She's been training me on how to do things like fill her watter bottle properly and how not to hold her, and I've been teaching her that this is a gentle house and that we respect her. Also, I've been reminding her how to sit still when I'm brushing her. I think she already knew this, but was just a bit nervous about her new home.
Yesterday, in two sessions totalling about an hour and a half, I managed to remove two ounces of fibre from her. Sadly, it's not spinable. It's all matted, smells like smoke and has lots of fecal matter in it. But at least now she is beginning to look like a fuzzy rabbit and not a messy tribble. The fir around her legs was completely tangled up so that she couldn't move her back legs properly. Her legs were matted to her body. It was rather gross. I've managed to untangle and clip away most of the fir that was causing this trouble. I think that is why the skin around her hips hurts. At least she's not big on being touched there. I can tell because her muscles get tense and she tries to direct my hand back so that I pet her head and her back. She also won't let me touch under her chin under any condition. I don't know if this is because it hurts or because she doesn't want me to eat her. Hopefully in a few days she will be more use to me and let me brush under there.
All in all, I'm almost half way towards making Ginger tangle free. It's taking far longer than I had hoped, but each day she seems more alert and content.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
I thought, what the heck, when am I going to have another chance at getting a free Angora rabbit? It's curious though, I've never seen a photo of an angora with loped ears. I think she might be a Fuzzy Lop, but I don't know enough about wabbits to be certain.
So, I went to the shop and bought a comb, some nail clippers (clipping the nails totally freak me out, but then again, I hate clipping my own nails, I almost always get the quick. So, I've asked dad to clip the rabbit's nails), and some food. The fir looks fine from the outside, but once you get below the thin layer of guard hairs, the fur is a mess. It's so matted together that I'm not certain if I will ever get it sorted out. I'm going to do this gently over the next few days using a comb and some scissors. I would sheer the bunny, but my hands shake and I think I might hurt her. Looking at the fir, I think it would be lovely to spin. The staple length is about two to two and a half inches long. Maybe longer once the matts get out. It's so fine, more so than the sample of angora fibre I got ages ago. It has crimp like Mariano.
Anyway, the rabbit will live in our too full apartment until we move. Tomorrow we give the cage a good cleaning and hopefully make the adorable rabbit smell better.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
There is a celebration in the Cowichan Valley where I am told that a huge number of people gather together and spend a day spinning. I'm not going this year due to health concerns. It's over an hour's drive each way with considerable change in elevation (that bit of road always reminds me of a high mountain pass and as far as my ears and joints are concerned, it might as well be).
I'm actually extremely disappointed in myself for not being able to attend this year's celebration, especially because I've never been before. I've spent a lot of this last week being disappointed in myself for not being physically able to do the things I want and need to get done. It's like my mind and my body are at war with each other. The more my body makes me rest, the more my mind dreams of things that it wants to do.
I once read a philosophical paper that stated that unhappiness is only the disparity between wants and haves. If we can modify our wants; make them somehow closer to what we already have, then we are closer to happy. I wonder though, how do we learn to do this? We have a commodity based economy that pushes us to want more every day. Advertisements that demands that we are never satisfied with what we have so that we will buy more stuff. How do we step back from the wants of our modern, Western world and step closer to what we already have? Am I going to start getting all Agnostic and say that this is the lesson that the universe wants me to learn?
I didn't mean this to be a sad post. So, I'm going to do what I have always done when I start feeling this way; I'm going to look at where I'm at and try to find out what is in my power to make better.
Knotty by Nature is having a little celebration of Distaff Day at their shop today. I think that after lunch, I'll stroll down there with my spindle and maybe some knitting and hang out there for an hour or so. I was there the other day, but I didn't get a chance to see the Wrist Distaff that Stephanie made. The shop was too busy which made me happy.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Monday, January 05, 2009
Thursday, January 01, 2009
I can still imagine what it would be like and if anyone decides to participate, let me know so I can live vicariously through your knitting.