Monthly Archives: August 2010

Spin-In Thursday, 8/26/2010

We had the Spin-In today and it was great! We did not have the amount of spinners drop by that we have had in the past, but it was almost 100 degrees outside and school started this week for some schools and the Rapid City schools start Monday so there was much school related activity (as in shopping for school supplies) today and meeting the new teachers and the new principal etc. We had a steady coming and going of spinners and the constant whirr of the wheels all day today and that was awesome. Here we are:

The quilts are displayed behind

us, aren’t they beautiful?

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And the Winner Is….

Me! Just being able to go to the Fair and spin and make baskets makes me a winner. But I also got some ribbons for my entries. I got First Place on my “silly scarf”.

And I got Second Place on the Black and Brown Scarf I decided at the last minute to put into the Fair

My little basket got a Third Place, but the ribbon disappeared.

And my little toy (that was the theme of the spinning/weaving/basket section this year-Anything Toys), ZILLA the Magic Sheep came in Second Place. It is difficult to see her she is multicolored in wool and very fluffy.

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I am tired, but happy!

Been a long couple of days. The weavers that demonstrated at the Fair turned out to be one person who is also a spinner! She showed us how to do tapestry weaving and weaving on a 2 harness table loom. 2 harness is just like my rigid heddle so it was very familiar, but I was able to look at up close the heddles (thin moving wires with holes for the warp yarn) and the beater with reed and the levers that lift the heddles up and down. Very interesting.

Tuesday was basket day. I took the class to make a “Twill Market Basket” and it was awesome. Very long day. I spent about 4 or 5 hours working on the basket on Tuesday and was exhausted by the end of that. Then today, Wednesday, I spent another 3 hours finishing the basket. It looks really cool though. Here are some photos that the teacher took of me finishing my basket. I am tired, the basket was hard sometimes to do, but soooo worth it!

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The Fair Has Started…

The Central States Fair in Rapid City, SD started on Saturday the 20th of August. Yeah! I spent the entire day spinning with my friends. It is really awesome to be able to re-connect with people that you only see once a year and pick up right where you left off the year before.

There were a lot of entries this year. I will post photos of my things soon. There were some amazing creations that were awe inspiring.  AND the fun has just begun. We have some weavers coming today, basket class tomorrow and the SPIN-IN on Thursday! The Spin-In is the place to be if you want to see LOTS of spinners with many different wheels spinning yarns. Oh yeah we do tell some good tales while sitting there in-between demonstrating the art of twisting fiber into yarn.

More updates tomorrow.

Life is GOOD thank you Jesus for Your blessings.

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DONE! I finished the silly scarf!

I am no longer weft behind. Yeah! I finished the scarf last night and prepared all my stuff for the Fair. I have to turn the finished projects into the judging tables on Thursday the 19th of August, so I am doing well.

I made sure that I had hidden the finished projects in my Studio so that my cat, Gracie would not find them and eat them. This morning I was in the bathroom upstairs (next door to the studio) and I heard scuffling noises downstairs in the living room. We have a hardwood floor so I thought that Gracie was probably playing in her “kitty house” a nylon pop-up square with holes in 3 sides, so she can jump through it. When I came out of the bathroom I found my way blocked by a long strand of yarn. “OH NO!” I yelled, as I stepped over the yarn strand. Yep, Gracie had found an unhidden ball of yarn, strung it around the desk and chair in the studio, out the studio door around and under the fan sitting on the floor, down the stairs, around the corner, across the living room, around the table legs and stool legs into her “kitty house” and out and in again, wrapped it around her face and was trying to paw it off of her nose! I could not yell at her, I just laughed and laughed. She looked so pathetic with blue yarn wrapped around her face, across her nose. The ball of yarn, what was left of it, was lying in her house. I snatched it off of her nose, unwound her face, and began the task of winding the yarn back into two balls since she had tangled everything so badly. I hide the ball of yarn, uh, two balls of yarn, when I got them back up to the studio!

Here are my Fair entries for 2010:

Recently finished scarf


Brown scarf and skein

Zilla and Basket

Zilla is A Magic Sheep. She is almost a normal sheep on one side of her body and a wild and wooly sheep on the other side. We all have a little Zilla in us!  The Fair challenge was Anything Toys, so why not a stuffed toy sheep?

Zilla the Magic Sheep (her wild side)

Zilla, her "almost normal" side. Her face is in the left hand corner.

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Meeting Old Friends at Walmart

I don’t shop at Walmart very often. I don’t like some of their practices and in our local store the absolutely obvious prejudice against Native Americans, the biggest group to shop there. But last week I had to get things that only Walmart carries and I wanted to do it in a hurry so I could go home and do what I wanted to do!

I walked into the main part of the store and almost collided with a couple from my church. They were getting some small things and we hugged and laughed about “meeting in Walmart” because we had not seen each other at church. I had been gone a couple of Sundays and missed seeing them. We said our goodbyes and I went about my shopping.

I was walking down the napkin aisle and I saw a young woman at the opposite end of the aisle who looked somewhat familiar. Since I don’t see very well far away, I had to wait until she came a little closer before recognizing that it was indeed R! We had not seen each other since I quit my long time job in February where she had been a volunteer. It was so good to see her, she is such a fun young woman. We laughed and joked about her summer camping experiences and I told her about my trip to my friend’s part of SD and how my friend knew everyone there! Just then a woman walked past me and stopped right in front of me as she looked over my shoulder at the merchandise behind me. I couldn’t believe my eyes. There stood M whom I had not seen for at least 15 or 16 years standing in front of me in Walmart!!! I screamed out her name and she smiled and looked at me, lost for my name. She finally said, “I don’t remember you, who are you?” and when I told her she screamed my name and we hugged. My young friend laughed and said, “you meet everyone here at Walmart” and then continued her shopping. I stood and talked with M for about 10 minutes and was introduced to her daughter and granddaughter (who was pregnant). The last time I had seen the granddaughter she was a toddler and now she is 20 something expecting her own baby. My, how time flies. I laughed and laughed at how strange it is that sometimes you think of someone and then you run into them unexpectedly. I was sure glad that I went to Walmart that day, even though the one thing I needed from there was out of stock. Sigh.

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Days of Beginning Again

I spent Thursday weaving. I also spent Thursday un-weaving. I realized as I was getting so close to the end of my scarf that I had messed up the color sequence! Ugh. It is faster un-weaving than it is weaving! After all the sighing and eye rolling I managed to get the scarf back into its proper color sequence. Then I went downstairs and found a scarf that  I wove last winter to put into the fair as I am not sure that the one I am working on will make it to the judges table!!

I spent Friday writing and re-writing. I have some story prompts (spots) from SARK that got me going on some stories. I wrote and wrote and then had to re-write. Oh well, that is expected with writing, not weaving.

I also spent some time re-writing some quotes into my Dream Book that I had found quite synonymous with my thinking. This was a good thing.

Some days all you can do is begin again. At least I’m not weft behind, just warped. 🙂

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