Wednesday, January 25, 2012
As the year stays new at least till February or even March, I find my self tidying up my 2011 and setting my goals for 2012.
I accept and now will plan for the fact that I'm 'allergic' to my computer during the holiday season, which goes from about a week before Thanksgiving, through to Chinese New Year on Jan 23rd. That, of course, is not to say that things don't get accomplished during that time... on the contrary, lots of friends, family, making things, eating, festivals, etc. What is does mean, is that things like blogging don't get done.
2011 was a short but good year with lots of fiber fun. I wove a double weave doll and am working on a second one. I tatted several new earring designs and started designing a bobbin lace collar. I'm knitting a pair of Maeva socks and finished a pair of cashmere Borough Mittens. I made a backstrap loom and did a strap on the inkle loom. I knitted a vest out of some of my handspun and crocheted a crocodile clutch. I wove a fleece scarf and a gold scarf out of thin 20/2 silk. I purchased more roving and a new golding spindle at NY Sheep and Wool.
....... more to come....
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
CORNUCOPIA: AN ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
An artisan, farm, food, gift and wine festival SULLIVAN COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
112 College Rd.
Gerry Field House
Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
My first time in a long time attending the NY Sheep and Wool on Saturday. I usually go on Sunday.
It's a 1 hour casual drive to the Dutchess County Fair Grounds, along the scenic roads of the Hudson valley, meaning with normal traffic condtions, its 1 hr, door to door including parking. I paid toll at the Rhinecliff bridge at 11:40 certain I'd get into the lot by noon, perhaps 12:10. I arrived at the other side of the bridge at 12:20 and arrived via shuttle bus to the Main Gate at 12:45! That's right, it was so croweded they had us park at the entrance to the Bridge!
I discoverd too, that I have no phone signal at the fair grounds, so I did not rondevue with some friends, but all in all it was a lovely day.
I entered the drop spindle contest, not sure how I would compare. I placed third, even though the quality of my yarn was a bit sad, I've learned that spinning under pressure is very odd. There was a huge crowd and people taking photos, flash bulbs going off, the clock ticking, 15 min to spin as much as you can. I didn't drop the spindle or anything, but when I wraped it on the niddy noddy I had a break or two from poorly spun wool.
Shopping! I got a second Golding spindle. Its the 2" .85 oz solid purple heart whorl. It also came with a sample of roving, which was a mix of silk, wool, and glitz. It spun up beautifully. I think I see some sock yarn spinning in my future, though spinning for weaving is also catching my attention at moment.
NY Sheep and Wool Day 2:
There was no traffic getting to the fair grounds. (I stopped at Twisted Foods in Rosendale and got two pretzel rolls; as good as the ones in Berlin. ) I was hoping to see the punkin-chunkin but it was canceled.
I enjoyed a leisurely stroll through the show, running into several friends and buying roving.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
I've been extremely disinterested in sitting in front of the computer... you could say I've been a bit allergic to it... But I'm feeling its digital pull once more and I have much to share... about 5 months worth to be exact.
So this post is to break the silence...
Monday, May 30, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Finished the tatted stripe pouch after attempting to use a purse frame then a snap frame, I decided I looked best as a draw string bag.
The tatting is size 20 cotton and the bag is royal navy blue cotton velvet and vintage grosgrain ribbon. The lining is dark blue.
I hope to weave something with the singles. There were a lot of shorter fibers in this batch and it took a bit to get the results I wanted. As I see how much yarn I have, I'll decide what to weave and if I'm also going to use it as the warp.
I describe what i did in the Flickr Set.
Friday, April 22, 2011
The Hindu : FEATURES / METRO PLUS : Lace making gets a new lease of life
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Cable Braid Necklace designed by Olgajazzy. I used Karabella Boise cashmere and found the perfect color button.
Tatted earrings for my aunt.
Mini twined woven baskets using waxed cord and embroidery thread. The orange and yellow one I made into a flower amulet. there is a plastic tube so you can put a real flower in it.
And two tatted necklaces. These are two designs I've been thinking about for while. The green necklace came about while seeing what I can do with just one shuttle. I like the mossy look.
The white necklace was more to do with the chain. I really wanted to use split rings in an elegant way, something that looked more like pearls. The green bead added some punch and little weight. Both necklaces are metal free which I've been thinking about as well. Like peanut allergies, there are also a lot of people allergic to metals.
It's made from the Nessaland dyed roving. I 2 ply spun the wool on my drop spindle. I spun just over 200 yards from the cotton candy roving and added another 64 yards of green merino to lengthen the scarf.
I knew the scarf might shorter than I wanted so I used a provisional cast on with 30 stitches.
I love how soft and gushy the scarf is. It hugs snug and is really warm.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Parade steps off at 12 pm at or near the Lodge and will end at the Rock Hill Fire Dept. The local Fire Departments, Businesses and Veterans will be marching. Irish bands will be performing along with Irish tenors. Many antique autos, Horses, Motorcycle clubs and many more attractions.
You can find me across from the Trading Post were several vendors will be set up.
See you there.