Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Green Sail


The Green Sail
12"x 12"

Silk collage on watercolor paper with machine and hand embroidery
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Rakestraw Spinner

I am a sucker for gadgets. I inherited this from my Father who ordered every new gizmo that hit the market. He was curious about how the new tool worked and so am I. This one, the Rakestraw Spinner is not new, but it is new to me, so I ordered one ( http://fibers.downinthecountry.com/) and spent some time yesterday learning to use it. It took me a little while to get the hang of it, but the web site video helped and by the time the televised National Dog Show started, I pretty much had it down and happily twirled away while watching my favorite dog win Best of Show.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

What If


Trying some things out.
Two shawls
The brown one made from some of my hand spun yarn,
the other made from a re-purposed sweater.
I am thinking I might applique the circles onto the openwork background.
Experiments with
modular knitting
and,
Two balls of yarn spun on a drop spindle.
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Birthday Girl

 
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Friday, November 16, 2012

Christmas Socks

I finished these socks lickity split! They are the ones I made from the unraveled sweater--the oatmeal color. Then I dyed some of it raspberry and some of it jade. Inspired by some reading on Bohus knitting, I threw in some pearl stitches, but I wasn't too regular about it. I also tried making a heel with the purl stitch on the outside. I am not showing it here because I am not all that pleased with it. It is OK, but I would have liked it better done in the normal way.
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Baby Quilt


Yesterday, I finally finished baby Sam's quilt.
He should put in an appearance any day now and when he does,
his quilt will be waiting!
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Monday, November 12, 2012

More Pictures From the Great Felted Soap Making Adventure



In case it has crossed your mind to wonder what Robin K, is wearing on her head---
It is a circular knitted piece she found on the table in the studio.
It had not been blocked and so made a perfect hat!  
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Busy Week


Last week was full of friends and family. My daughter and her family were here visiting from Italy. Perhaps you saw my blog about the great felted soap making adventure. Five year old Robin asked me to show her how to make felt. She saw people making felt in Italy, but she was too young to join the workshop, all those sharp needles you know. Like me, having been denied, she became determined to try, so we made felted soap and then a small "picture". I wonder why I didn't take a photo of that? Anyway, between eating and visiting, my daughter, Bonnie also helped me unravel a sweater from the thrift store which I then dyed--two skeins in red, two in green. We visited a favorite yarn shop and went to The Kid and Ewe Festival where we took a class in spinning on a hand spindle. Big fun. But then, their last night here, I suddenly came down with some sort of stomach virus. There I was, happily watching A&M  win a football game, when I had to take to my bed. My visiting family left yesterday and I am just thankful that the mystery illness didn't strike until the last evening.
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