Earth Day + 1

04/23/2013

 
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    Yesterday, on Earth Day, it seemed like a good thing to do, so I figured out a how to make a paper bag using a newspaper, glue stick, and cereal box.  Not really to hard to do but time consuming.
    That is how it is with knitting too.  You just need to get good at making 2 different stitches.  And keep going.  Add some new techniques, manipulate the 2 stitches.  And keep going.  It can be as simple or as challenging as you want.  Most of us keep a least 2 kinds of projects going at all times.  One for knitting socially or in the car and one that is best done in private with concentration.  There is room at the table for everyone. 


Fiber Word of the Week
Soy silk - a fiber made from soy beans that imitates the sheen and drape of silk

What is ply?


 
 
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    Wow!  This sweater was started the last of January and finished just a few days ago.  Love the leaf pattern yoke.  It is modified form af a Knitty.com pattern from last fall.  It sure feels good to finish things. A great sense of accomplishment. The color of the alpaca/wool yarn reminds me of copper and autumn leaves.  I guess that that is why I chose it.     
    Last Friday I dyed up some bamboo socks in bright spring colors.  Also did a rayon infinity scarf.  See what you think.  I think it will be fabulous to wear.  The fabric is very light and it moves wildly in the wind.  But it is gusty today in central Kansas, so everything moves in the wind.  The blue is about the same color as the sky.  Lovely. 


Fiber word for the week: what is boucle?  Next post you'll know.
 
 
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    We had a second go around(or could it be snow around?) this week.  I can't tell you when the last time was that we had 2 big snows this close together. Infact, one big snow a winter is about normal for south central Kansas.
    Just beautiful.  A blanket of  white, brings out the color in everything else.  The most subtle shades glow. And the brights knock your socks off.  Mr Cardinal is a streak of red.  You can imagine the flames following him across the sky.  There is something magical about a snowy day especially if you get to stay inside out of the cold. 

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    So with that said, I'm inside working on Lucy's dog sweater.  It is worked from the rump up. I am working on it as the computer uploads photos.  Tweed stitch is going great.  It looks so good in both sides, I just don't know which side is the front side.  Do dogs have opinions about such things?

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     Here is the super fine merino combed top that I dyed & spun last week.  Seed beads are plied into it.  Do you agree with me that I looks a little like small pearls on an oyster shell?  I think that it would knit or crochet into a lovely shawl.  It is a sport weight.

 

Snow!

02/22/2013

 
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    Welcome to the "Blizzard of OZ".  This is the third day that I have been snowed in.  Such a strange thing in south central Kansas. We have a truck, which is being driven by my husband. But even it is being parked just off the road.  The Mini Cooper is staying in the garage until it is safe for it to come out and play.
    Our new dog, Lucy, likes small amounts of snow.  But when the snow as tall as she is, well that is different.




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    I've been having quite a lot of fiber fun.  Spun up some lovely merino combed top with beads.  They honestly look like pearls in an oyster shell.  Finished knitting a baby owl with an egg shell.  Soooo cute.  Trying to decide if I work on a copper cardigan with leaves at the yoke or start a dog sweater.  The dog is kind of winning at this point.  Just look at those eyes.  Maybe I'll get out tomorrow.

 

Great Weekend!

07/31/2012

 
Fiber Christmas in July outside of Tulsa was a wonderful time.  Saw some old friends and made new ones.  There's lots going on in the fiber/knitting/textile world in that part of the country. I Heard many positive comments about the classes.  And I saw and felt lots of wonderful fibery goodness.  I'm intrigued by sari silk for spinning, which I purchased.  I'll try my hand at it when I get the time,before the end of the week.  A special thanks to all who stopped by my booth and patted the hexi-puffs.  You know who you are.  And I'll plan on seeing you again next year.