Category Archives: Spinning

So Many Crafts to Craft!!!!

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Today is Monday, my usual day for “domestic duties.” Aha! I have finished my duties, because I live in a small apartment this is easy! So, now, I contemplate: Knit? Weave? Finish making that little book? Write? Spin? Ahh, so many crafts to craft, what is a girl to do?

Write! So, here I am writing. I am actually settling into a good routine of crafting, doing my knitting in spare moments, weaving when my husband is working on his book, spinning when I need some meditative time and making my books whenever the mood hits. Hmmm, sure doesn’t sound like the anal person that I have been in the past. I guess my mantra of “live in the moment” is finally sinking in.

Unfortunately, my “no more volunteering” has not sunk in. I have volunteered to help at the Pullayup Fair in September and the Seattle Weavers Guild October Sale, with whatever they want me to do. I will also volunteer for the Vashon Island Sheepdog Trials for the Fiber area, probably spinning, but maybe weaving too, in June. I also signed up for the Hospitality Table at the Seattle Weavers Guild. Oh, and I usher at church too. My goodness, I have gotten involved!

Next week is the Puget Sound LYS Tour = Local Yarn Store Tour!!!! I can hardly wait to go. The Tour is from Lynden, WA all the way down to Kent, WA and features 26 yarn stores. Each store will be open from 10am until 8pm with special knit/crochet patterns made for the Tour attendees, a button for your yarn bag and discounts on yarn. There are also prizes for those that get their passport stamped at each store. It goes from Wednesday May 17 through Sunday May 21. I am driving a car load of ladies on Wednesday and we are going to have a blast. Another group of us will hit the road in a different direction on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Here is the info: lystour.com. If you have never done this, it is truly a blast! It is fun to see the different types of yarn, that each store carries; to meet the owners of the different stores; to get free patterns and the excitement of vying for a prize! So many yarn stores, so little time!

Well, I have written so now is the time to finish my little book. ­čśÄ

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Seattle Weaving Guild-Wow!

Yesterday, 23 Feb 2017, I had the privilege of going to a Seattle Weavers Guild meeting in Seattle. Wow! I was wowed by the amount of people attending; by the beautifully woven garments worn by attendees; the “Hot of the Loom” show and tell on display and discussed; the friendly people I met and the program. The Speaker was Kathrin Weber of Blazing Shuttles and she was very, very good. She dyes her warps and weaves the most colorful pieces I have ever seen.

I have waited for a year to begin getting involved with different groups here in the area that I live in. I didn’t wait to find a yarn store! I go to an awesome yarn store in Edmonds, WA called, “All Wound Up”. It is run by a mother-daughter dynamic duo that aim to please and educate. It has the nicest yarn, best prices and sweetest people ever. I spend at least a couple of days a week there knitting and chatting with the friendly customers and staff, oh, and petting the yarn!

My trek to the Seattle Weavers Guild was so wonderful. I had been reading  their web site and meeting individuals that are members off and on for the last year, while we got settled into our life in the PNW. So, I finally had the 4th Thursday of the month free from other appointments and drove to Seattle for the whole day. The meeting hall is huge and was filled with  people and beauty and color!

I met so many wonderully nice people, especially ones that wanted to help you get going forward in your weaving. Or Spinning. I met a lot of Spinners too! Fun place.

I mailed my SWG application for Membership today and hope by March I will have an offical “nametag” and be a “real” member, not just a virtual one!

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Weaving in Spring, I hope

Well, we have had some lovely Spring-like days here in South Dakota. BUT, today it is COLD. So back to weaving and spinning. Currently spinning merino top and currently weaving on the Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom a BRIGHT Pink scarf.

The weather was perfect outside weather, Saturday and Sunday, so I warped my little loom and went outside to weave. I also dragged the wheel out onto the upper deck so I could spin and space.

Here is the latest weaving off the Ashford. I did it in almost all natural fibers with a few commercial dyed yarns woven randomly throughout. I am teaching a weaving class in Wyoming in June and wanted some samples of what you can do with the fiber off of your local (or your own) sheep. I live about 3 hours from Brown Sheep company so I threw in some awesome bulky spun purple just for fun. The greys are Icelandic from a local shepherd.

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Next comes warping the Macomber CP-24 with cotton warp for dish towels! Excited to get to those too.

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Spinning at the Fair

We all had a great time spinning at the Central States Fair this last week. I am not in the photos, because I am behind the camera! We had fewer entries in the spinning and weaving this year, but then so did all the other areas of the Fair. Seemed odd that last year we had so many and this year not so much.  Attendance seemed down this year also, less people walking through to watch us demonstrate the spinning. The Quilters behind us had lots of entries and many demos throughout the Fair Week. Interesting to listen to.

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I Dyed Yesterday, but I’m OK Today!

It was warm yesterday, but not warm enough to keep me from dyeing the most luscious mohair I just got from Psalm 23 Ranch. It is a covered fleece and is sooooo clean and soft. I dyed it with acid dyes and here is the drying rack full of beautiful color.  I plan on spinning this as the fluffy stuff on a core yarn. I can hardly wait to get to it.

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Meanwhile, I am taking a break from warping my Macomber with a shawl. It is going to be all cotton and very nubbly, thanks to my friend Gayle and her cotton cones that were for sale!! More on the weaving later.

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Weaving and Spinning

I have been weaving almost every day for the last month. I have taken a bit of time off to work on my Genealogy but I have been just truckin’ along. I also joined Ravlery’s Tour de Fleece and have been spinning every day also. That is really fun. I finished my “Blues, with a little help from my friends” fabric tonight. I chose a sock yarn weight wool warp in a tealish color and then added all my bits and pieces of handspun yarn in blues. I think it will make a lovely vest with the addition of another panel. Sewing will come later, just weaving now is all I want to do, along with spinning!!ImageImageImageMy Tour de Fleece yarn for the first days of the race.

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Blues and Purples!

Well, I certainly got motivated to weave! As I was finishing the Pinks and Reds, I thought, Blues and Purples must be next. I found two Pima Cotton/Silk blend balls of yarn that became the warp and then I found a lovely blueish/purplish hand spun skein that became the weft! Since I put the new apron on the warp beam I have a lot less loom waste so this scarf got rather long. I love it! ImageImageImage

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