Monday, July 30, 2012

New Hand Spun Yarns

Lately, I've been doing a bunch of fleece washing and dyeing and finally got down to spinning some yarns.  I have been on a bit of a flower kick lately so have been trying a lot of different approaches to creating different versions of flower yarns.  I've got more drying outside so will post again soon.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

A pause for total cuteness

These photos are just too cute not to share.  I am not usually into this kind of thing but these are too hard to resist.

Enjoy this Aw-w-w-w moment!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Yarn Bombing

There is a new phenomenon that seems to be circulating throughout the knitting and crocheting world.  Some examples are incredibly creative and just plain fun.  It seems as though, trees, vehicles (both two wheel and four wheel kinds), chairs and even a few porta-potties.  I absolutely love the results of  these acts of "civil disobedience" which lend a whimsical touch to our surroundings.

This bicycle just makes me smile.  Could you imagine riding down the street on this work of art?

I've seen many a Volkswagen, motorcycle and even an army tank or two decorated with knitting and crocheting.  What fun!

Here are the ultimate yarn bombed Porta-Potties.  I must admit that these make me laugh out loud.  Who would think to do this?  So much more interesting than the usual plastic pod.

Okay, on the more serious side, here are some artistic installations that delight my eyes.  Hope you enjoy.  Here is the link for more information:

This is a major art installation that certainly dominates the environment with an amazing modern presence.
This installation has a certain subtlety to it that is so lovely.  Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama always uses polka dots - she saw the world covered with polka dots when she was a child . She has a retrospective at The Whitney Museum until Sept 2012 but before that she made these trees . Work big and use red !
Singapore Biennale 2006.

Periodically, I am going to be sharing some of the wonderful things I find on line and hope that you all enjoy them as much as I do.  Now, I am off to my dye pots and to do some needle felted flowers, etc to put in a new series of yarns.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Tour de Fleece 20012

Before the event began on Ravelry, my goal was to spin up 50 skeins of yarns (mostly my textured bulky yarns) so the dye pots were bubbling and wool and mohair were dyed up in a rainbow of colors.  I also decided to do a group of natural fleeces for yarns too.  When the event began, I was ready and got to work using my SpinOlution Mach III wheel with the oversize bobbin  set-up.

The first day, I spun up 10 skeins so I was feeling pretty good about being able to finish my task.  As time went on, my goal was to do at least five a day.  Karma (my cat) decided to help me by being my cheering squad and she sat nearby most days for encouragement.  What a trooper!

Well, the event ended yesterday at midnight and I reached my goal!  I'm really proud of myself and have some photos to share.  Hope you like all the colors and textures.

Now, I'm ready for my next challenge and have been making felted flowers to include in these yarns.  Once, I get a few more done will put them up to see what you all think.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Happy Birthday to me!

Well, I am officially an old person and even had a surprise party to prove it!  It was such fun, my husband took me to my friend Natalie Redding's farm (Namaste Farms) and I was greeted by her kids, my friends, a gaggle of geese, dogs (big and little), sheep, goats and a passel of other critters!  He and my friend Manon had conspired to set up this party for me. They even got my friend Kristine Haddock (Storybook Fibers) down the mountain to join the festivities.  I was really touched.  There was even a birthday cake and presents!  Wahoo!

We spent the afternoon laughing, hanging out, playing with the dogs, being entertained by the kids who were definitely ready for cake but were very patient about waiting until all the grown-ups were in one place.  They all sang happy birthday to me, which brought tears to my eyes.  I feel so surrounded with love and happiness that it made my heart glad.

I consider myself so very fortunate in my darling and loving friends.  Thanks to all of you for a wonderful day!

Natalie's five-year-old Roanie decided he could use the 6 next year, so we cleaned it off and put it in the pantry so he is ready.  Her son Dane and I came up with some fun science experiments for the kitchen using baking soda and vinegar and I introduced him to the fun of "spark in the dark" with wintergreen Life Savers.  This is such fun. I was first introduced to this one after hours at the Renaissance Faire while being told stories in the dark while sitting on haybales and drinking tequila.  Ah-h-h, my misbegotten youth!  It is a good thing I still have a good memory so I can remember my past!  LOL