It's a wild and wet day and wouldn't you know it, some wet wildlife came to visit. Here is a yearling moose. I didn't dare get up off my recliner, so thank goodness my camera was close at hand. As he looked right at me, I tried not to move much as I took this shot. He grazed at the lush grass for a bit and worked his way across the edge of the deck. In a minute or two the encounter was over.
Earlier this spring a neighbour and I have seen a mother and yearling in the area. Maybe this yearling is our previous sighting? Mother was no where to be seen today. Maybe she has let her young one know it is time for it to be on its own?
If it wasn't for the rain and for the deck bench, it'd be a great shot.
And for the crafty amongst you, this is the third sock in the series of traditional Lithuanian socks I started knitting a year ago. The design is from Donna Druchunas and is called Compass Rose Sock. Here it is with the ends not sewn in and not yet blocked. The second sock is underway and I suspect with this rain system parked over us, will get completed shortly.
As the title suggests, I have yet another new tool for the studio. This time I purchased something new. In fact it is so new, that I was a supporter through Kickstarter. This electric spinning wheel is in the development stage. Eventually it will be available for general purchase.
The first photo shows the beginnings of my spinning on this Electric Eel Wheel 5. I do not need the silicone mat for slippage since the wheel has rubber feet. But the inventor of the wheel found that it runs a little quieter with it. The construction is mostly bamboo and 3D printed plastic. This guy is very small ( around 5 by 7 inches) and very lightweight.
It operates via three different power sources. I can plug into normal household current. In the truck, as a passenger, I can be spinning using the accessory port, drawing power from the vehicle battery. And if I am away from these two sources, I have a portable lithium ion battery that will run it for eleven hours at full speed!
Well on the eve of leaving for Home North I am reflecting on some differences between the two homelands. Where we live in Ontario there is possible more water than there is land. We live in the thick boreal forest, very much a wilderness area.
And not too far east of us is Lake Superior, the largest lake in the world. Did you know that a lunar tide can be measured on this lake?
Where we live in Texas has some small towns everywhere. And it is a livestock producing agricultural area. There are a few rivers in the region.
Of particular interest is a comparison of the size of Texas and Ontario. In terms of area: Texas is 268,820 sq miles or 696,241 sq km. Ontario has Texas beat easily with 415,598 sq miles or 1.08 million sq km.
Sigi loved both homes as we do too. A bouquet of gratitude for the differences between the two places and that they provide such good homes for us.
The time is just racing by and things are going well at the lake. Some renovations and spring cleaning happened and we've had family visiting. That's a glorious thing.
I will be getting back to my crafts soon. One of the things I am trying to learn are a few different pick up band weaving techniques. This one is called horizontal stripe pick up.
Also I need to get back to his exploration of Leno lace. This is probably the simplest form, called 1x1. I have a lot to learn about Leno lace.
And here is my basic evening knitting project. It will be a scarf for BS. It is merino sock yarn and the stitch is called Hunter's Stitch. Athe some point this crazy heat has to break, right?
This sunrise happened a week ago. I have edited the photo to intensify the colour. But not by much. What a palette,eh?