Monday, July 9, 2018

Fire Season's Opening Salvo

Ah yes, summer here equals fire season and on the 5th of July, a fire broke out in the greater Hilt/Hornbrook area of Northern California, just over the border from us and about 15 miles from us as the crow flies. It crossed into Oregon Friday night. I can ride through the monument to California you know. Friday morning I woke up to find this on my car and it settling on everything for that matter.



Utter misery if you want the truth.

To complicate matters communication between CA and OR could be better. California has deemed from the CA border to Highway 66 Level  2 on the evacuation scale. Preparedness is a good thing and everyone who lives in a fire zone, an earthquake zone, a flood zone, tornado alley etc. should have a plan and be prepared during these seasons or events. Panic is another thing. This area should be on alert, Level 1. It is further away than the Beaver Creek complex was a few years ago and they have some pretty darn good fire lines drawn and resources on it. Anyway, poor Gene has been on the phone non-stop during waking hours with scared and worried residents. The sheriff's department handled some fundamental things poorly if not at all. So, the first fire of the season and we're working the kinks out. You would think it would be better than this.

In other news, since life goes on, the Jalie Scrub top is a work of wonder.



It is a complicated bit of sewing but oh so beautifully drafted and well fitting.



This was a generic make, for the gals to try on and tell me what needed to be done to fit them better. It is my size but if I was making it for myself I would shorten the waist about an inch, otherwise it fits beautifully. I will gt feedback this week from the techs.

I also made the Style Arc boyfriend shirt. I love the covered placket.



 The dang cuffs gave me fits. I took them off at last 3 times and then, discovered that I had made two left sleeves by not paying attention to my chalk X marking the wrong side of a fabric that is the same on both sides... I gave up.



I had worked and reworked this garment to DEATH. The collar stand was a crappy fit and needed to be recut and the collar reset. Sigh. What to do. Now I love the look of that funky cuff and I love the hidden placket and I can do those easy enough on a better fitting classic shirt pattern. This is going to be my summer of button down shirt testing I think. :-)

The blanket warp was finished and Master Kilvin made quick work of it.



Sadly I could not put the warp on Mongo because I realized I didn't have a pair of lease sticks long enough nor warp packing sticks. Dawn had sectionally warped this loom, dispensing with the need for those items. So tomorrow will find me wandering the isles of Home Depot along with a half dozen other errands.

This is where Master Kilvin lives when he's not working



 and this is one of the last of the placemats on Buttercup. Love those colors!



Tour de Fleece has started and I am finishing up some Inglenook Fibers yarn I've had spun but not plied.



Then it's onto Firefly!

Fire on the Mountain...of course!

Parting shot: Not a creature was stirring.....


18 comments:

Barbara said...

Hilarious creatures!

Theresa said...

Barbara...sometimes! ;-)

Thistle Rose Weaving said...

You run a very tidy and comforting day care. Nap time at it's finest! Looking forward to seeing how you and Mongo get along.

Leigh said...

Is that... six noses I count? Sorry to hear that the fire season is not going smoothly. One might think, that having had fires, there would be a continuously improving process and not a wild ride each year. Of course, I wonder similarly when, after several weeks of dry pavement, it rains, and not a single driver can figure out how to drive in it. Hope they get the hang of it soon.

Theresa said...

Thank god we have all that good comfy furniture huh? The only item they share with me at all is the ugly beige comfy chair.

Theresa said...

Close, 7, there are two on that beige recliner.
The twins, Robin and Stella, Hazel is on the blue recliner and L to R is Pogo, Jack, Mandy and Spike. Fingers crossed for a Border Terrier in the fall....

Theresa said...

I think Mongo and I will be fine. My gripes are usually with the fibers not the looms....

Tobie said...

That is such a cute nap time photo!
I live in the San Francisco bay area and we are getting smoke from Yolo County. My car has been covered with ash for a week. This is a very early fire season and doesn't bode well.

Michelle said...

Love it; a dog on every surface! ;-) Wondered how you were affected by the fire. Seems so early this year. :-(

Theresa said...

It was a very dry winter. And it's going to be a very hot summer.

Theresa said...

We like fur draped everywhere don't you know! :-)

Retired Knitter said...

Love that dog picture. Peaceful.

beckster said...

Sorry to hear about early fire season. I hope luck stays with you. The nap time photo reminds me of my house, but I only have 2, but they have to be convinced to give me my chair back when I need it.

Peg Cherre said...

LOVE the parting shot! For me, I really like my PVC lease sticks - EVERYTHING moves through them so easily! And I just use paper packing, not sticks, so no suggestions there.

You and your hubby are a remarkable pair. You do so much for the community and the world. Thank you.

Susan said...

Those placemats are true Buttercup colors! And that is the first fine-looking scrub I have ever seen - lucky techs. Thank goodness there will be one more - you can't have an uneven number, can you? Little bundles of 'love', right?

Susan said...

P.S. I'm always amazed at how quickly people can slip from order to chaos in their reactions to recurring things. I hope you get a long period of cool, damp weather soon. The threat of fire is a real one. It is the only downside of living in your part of the country that I can see - but it is being quickly off-balanced by the myriad of wonderfulness out there. :)

LA said...

Oh, my! It's been ages since I heard that song...brings back memories! It sure looks like the pups are on Level 1 alert...good to know! Lease sticks and packing sticks--that makes Home Depot one of our favorite weaving stores! LOL

Kristi Founds said...

Dang, I forgot about the Tour de Fleece. I was thinking about doing it this year, but haven't been spinning at all. Glad you and your wonderful family are safe.