Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Inside and outside

Inside my house, the Gastrochilus somai orchid is blooming!


Each flower is about half an inch tall, and both spikes are covered in flowers.  These have been open for two weeks now, and are so pretty.  I love their sweet lemony fragrance.


Outside my house, things have taken a definite turn toward fall.


The trees are at about peak color right now and I really need to get out and take some whole-tree shots, because wow.  Seems like they are extra bright this year.


Also, this happened on Monday.  First snow on top of Mt Emily, just north of La Grande,

Mt. Emily, La Grande, Oregon

And first snow on the Wallowa Mountains just east of La Grande.

Mt. Fanny, La Grande, OR

I was out for work today, south of la Grande in the Baker Valley, and took this picture of the stunning Elkhorn Mountains.  They got a lot of snow over the past couple days!

Elkhorn Mountains, Baker County, Oregon

The company car I drove today had beautiful frost on the windows this morning.





Monday, October 17, 2016

The results are in...

...and I have to crow a little.

Spinzilla results were posted this morning, and my team got second place again this year!  Go us!


I placed in the top five spinners! I got fourth overall for individual yardage spun!

I certainly never expected that.  But there it was, my name in print.  I was in shock.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Spinzilla 2016 Final Tally

Ta Da!

Spinzilla 2016: 13,248 yards (Spinzilla credit of 39,745 yards).

This is my accomplishment for Spinzilla 2016.

A total of 59.5 ounces (3.7 pounds) of fiber gave me 13,248 yards (7.5 miles!) of yarn, equaling 39,745 yards (22.6 miles!) of Spinzilla spinning credit (length of singles plus length of plying).

I beat my total from last year by 1,997 yards of yarn and 5,467 yards of Spinzilla credit. Mission accomplished!

Goodness. No wonder I was tired by midnight on Sunday.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Spinzilla Day 7

All done except for the measuring.

I don't know what the yardage is yet, but I'm pretty sure I beat last year's total.

Spinzilla Day 7. Done.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Spinzilla Day 6

Whew.  I spun for 17 hours today.

Spinzilla Day 6

This is 4.1 oz of merino singles, 3 oz of BamHuey "Olive Branch" singles, 3 oz of BamHuey "Katarina's Crystals" singles, and 4 oz of Fiber Optic merino/bamboo "Catamaran" ridiculously fine 2-ply.

I love my fast wheel.

Tomorrow is the last day, and I'll probably be plying all day.  I think I have 12 cakes of singles.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Spinzilla Day 5

More good progress on Day 5!  This is 4.2 oz of merino singles and two 3-oz skeins of BamHuey 2-ply ("Frog Pond" and second "Fruit of the Vine"). 

Spinzilla Day 5

I must confess, though, that I finished these skeins and took the picture at 1:17 am, so a bit over an hour of this work is actually on Day 6!  However, I back-dated this post so that it shows on Day 5.  The blog must stay tidy, after all.

In my bleary state at the moment, this makes total sense.  It will probably seem silly tomorrow (today).

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Spinzilla Day 4

Another good day.

Spinzilla Day 4

This is 4.1 oz of merino singles, 3 oz of BamHuey "Guava" singles, and 3 oz of BamHuey "Fruit of the Vine" 2-ply.

I'm tired. Time for bed.