Monday, November 23, 2009

New SpinOlution wheel - the Hopper

Here is a little info on the brand new spinning wheel from SpinOlution. This one is called the Hopper. These photos represent the first prototype wheel and in photos it is shown in relationship to SpinOlution Mach II, Bee and Echo. On Sunday, I took it to the spinning group at LisCat in Long Beach to share with other spinners and see how they liked it or had any suggestions. The photos were taken by Jamie Badore on his new camera phone because I forgot to charge my digital camera.

I will be adding more information to this post about the wheel in the morning but at least here are some pictures to tempt you in the meantime. One of the ladies trying it out stated that the wheel just made her feel happy, kind of like you did when you rode your tricycle as a kid. That is an apt description.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

New Projects - finally working again!

Now that I am feeling much better, I have been trying to finish up some projects that were interrupted when I got sick. Yesterday, the blue fantasy flower felted bag was completed. Some of the photos turned out pretty good but still have to get a good full size pic. I did knit and the full this bag in the washer. Afterwards, I ended up embellishing further with needle felting using handspun yarn, felted balls, beads and embroidery as well as adding a set of exotic La Beana handles.

After that, I started embellishing another felted bag which looks like it is going to turn out well as I love the colors. These are going up on my Etsy shop as patterns soon.

The current issue of Haute Handbags features an article on two of my freeform handbags as well as another needle felted bag in the Salon section. It has been a busy year. Also, the 2010 Pattern-A-Day calendars for knitting and for crochet are featuring five of my patterns. So cool! Be sure and get one when they are available in your local yarn shop.

Off to make brownies for my husband and cook him a lovely dinner. He has been such an angel taking care of me while I have been sick. He has definitely earned it. The only down side is that he was "in charge" for a while and now I need to shovel out the house as housekeeping is not his forte. LOL.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Homage to Painted Spinning Wheels

Finally, I am emerging from my bout with flu and pneumonia, hurrah! Still a little weak but definitely improving! Therefore, I elected to celebrate by paying homage to some gloriously creative painters of spinning wheels. These are just a few that I have come across recently on Flickr. In the future, I will re-visit this topic. The two Celtic style wheels are by Northwoods Dyeworks. The Flower wheel is by Magee* and the multicolor wheel is by Princess Froglips. These are their user names on Flickr where I found these lovelies.

In a way it reminds of Olympia Dukakis in Steel Magnolias when she made the statement that what separates us from the animal kingdom is our ability to accessorize (I know I am seriously paraphrasing here but you get the idea.) Each wheel was such a wonderful work of art in its own way that it made me smile as I looked at each. I thought you might enjoy them too. I know they brightened my day.

Now that I am feeling better will be working on some new designs and getting ready for a big photo shoot for new patterns. This year has gone by so fast, I feel like I need to catch up!