I have been weaving and knitting for the last year since we have moved here. I suppose it is “Show and Tell” time for me too.
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!
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.
Next comes warping the Macomber CP-24 with cotton warp for dish towels! Excited to get to those too.
I ordered 3 dresses, 3 different styles and 2 colors to “try on” for the wedding. I narrowed it down to two and finally one! I am excited! The dress is soft, comfortable and flattering. These are hard things to come by when you are “BIG”. So, again, thanks for the internet.
Speaking of the internet, I have made some good friends on the internet. I regularly follow several blogs, some tell me by email when the owners have posted, the others I just look at every other day. I consider these blogs as necessary to my day. I so enjoy seeing what they are doing in their lives in ME, WV, NY, PEI, FL, WA and NYC; what their weather is like; what they enjoy or are upset about; basically what they are living! It gives me a sense that all of our lives matter and what we are dealing with is usually dealt with by everyone, everywhere, some time or the other. Also these blogs are inspiring. They inspire me to write, to blog, to create and pursue my passions, even if my passions are miles away from what my favorite bloggers are passionate about. Do you follow any blogs? Do you get upset or inspired by someone else life?
Technology. I love it! I remember hating the thought of having a computer in our home. That was about 30 years ago. NOW? Now I can’t believe what my life would be like without my computer! I can get more info from a Google search than I ever could from books or telephone calls in the past. I still read books, paper books along with digital Kindle books, but now when I need to find a dress for a wedding I look on-line. When I want to know what is being served at my local restaurant, I Google the place and read the menu (or sometimes order and pick it up later). Need a recipe for supper? Want to make a greeting card at home? Looking for a phone number? No problem, just go onto the internet, or your own computer and find or create what you need. Love it.
Phones: I used to hate them. Now, I use my phone for everything: calendar, phone, camera, email, grocery list, weather forecast, write a document, send photos of my dress to my son, his fiancee and my husband all at once! Love it.
Can hardly wait to see what they figure out next for our technology.
I have neglected it so badly. It was September that I wrote last. I have been too busy to write and that is not good.
Genealogy has taken a big amount of my time lately. It has been good, since I met a wonderful “new” cousin recently. We have been sharing family stories and info and calling each other to sigh and wonder about our crazy ancestors. None of us are ever perfect, but some families are weirder than others, don’t you think?
I finished writing a story about my literal insane Great, great Grandfather William C. Pike. He decided that the man who was seducing his wife, my great, great grandmother, should be shot in the back of the head and die. He spent 16 years in an Insane Asylum in Illinois. See what I mean about “crazy”!
I have also been weaving up a storm since last Septembers blog. I purchased an Ashford Rigid Heddle loom and have made some pretties on it. I love that it folds up and can be carried around. I take it to the “big weaving group” that meets in town once a month and then use it during the month so that I have a new project each month.
Getting ready for the wedding of my son and his wonderful fiance has been fun. I have been searching for the “perfect” dress, which is difficult in a small town, when you are a big girl. Plus sizes are not that common when you want a really fancy dress. Sigh, thank God for the internet and shopping online!
Well, isn’t this unusual, a post from me! It has been quite the year 2014. After having lots of death and negative things to deal with in 2013, I was really looking forward to a nice year in 2014. Well, I started something that has kept me VERY busy and happy at the same time. Yes, I’m still weaving, I will post photos, but this is much bigger than my weaving.
BLACK HILLS CRAFTERS NETWORK was born in January of 2014. It started out small and now has 52 shops on the website! I am pleased that it has gotten so big. The website has started me doing other things, like marketing some of the shops that are presented on the website. And I have begun selling products for my dear friend Cindy who has recently become widowed and needed help keeping her craft business going. We are doing well with her products and my mouth! I LOVE selling good product!
Another place I have been spreading my time is with Arts Rapid City another new website that features artists, crafters, events, businesses and organizations. I love going to their workshops and adding my crafters to their website.
If you are in the market for wonderful crafts please check out Black Hills Crafters Network. If you are looking for something awesome to do in Rapid City, SD go to Arts Rapid City to see what is happening.
I received a weaving “sampler kit” for my birthday in July and I am slowly learning how to make all the great patterns included in the sample. This is great fun and I will post photos later, hopefully sooner than later, later!
Here are two pieces I completed over the summer. The red, green and blue one is a fabric to become a vest and the blue, yellow/orange one once finished became a stole that got 2nd place at the county fair in August!! Both use handspun yarn for the weft and commercial yarn for the warp. Both woven on my wonderful Macomber Baby Mac.
Wow, seems like yesterday I was wishing the blogosphere Happy New Year! Amazing how quickly the weeks roll by. We finished our 2013 taxes tonight and have to wait for the government to catch up with itself. They won’t be starting to process income taxes until January 30th. That is Thursday! See, time flies doesn’t it!
I have been busy starting another new adventure. I was visiting with a yarn store owner a week or two ago and we talked about some people that we both know and how we never seem to connect because we don’t have their contact info. This started my little brain to processing what we need in the fiber community is a Network! So, Black Hills Crafters Network was born. There is a website: blackhillscraftersnetwork.com and it features crafters of all types in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming and adjoining states of Montana and Nebraska. The website has photos and info about each shop that has contacted me in response to the newsletter that I sent out announcing the beginning of this Network. There is also a Facebook Page Black Hills Crafters Network, so we can continue to reach people who want to buy hand crafted items.