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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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A Couple of New Things I’ve Been Doing

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.

Large, medium and small handmade books

3 Handmade Books

cat inside large felted "house"

Gracie’s Knitted and Felted Cat House

woven warp and weft on loom

tapestry woven scarf beginning

knitted hat and mittens

Seahawk hat and mittens for my new grandson

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Where Have I Been! Visiting the Queen? Nope.

Been a while since I have posted. The Sewing Machine gathers dust in the corner. I finished another scarf with handwoven gray yarn for the weft, I think it is pretty. Went to Handcrafted in the Hills Fiber Retreat a couple of weeks ago. Our relatives came to visit last week and our son came home for 2 days this week. Busy. But good. Oh yeah, and then there was laundry, shopping, eating, sleeping, emails, facebook and work in-between!

The Local Yarn Shop (LYS) got a bunch of the recurring customers together and we fashioned a wonderful retreat from everyday life for 3 wonderful days. We found a lovely Guest Ranch (Sunrise Guest Ranch) in Edgemont, SD about 85 miles from Rapid City. The accommodations were perfect for a Fiber Retreat. There were over 20 ladies ranging in ages from 8 yrs old to 70 something. We had Scotch Eggs for Breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and a catered steak dinner all on Saturday. We got there on a Friday night, had a huge knitting/spinning/crocheting circle, ate snacks and laughed and got to know one another. Saturday after Breakfast we watched Rita (LYS shop owner) demonstrate Dartmore Dyeing. She had some lanoliny wool that she dyed in crock pots.

Dartmore Dyeing

Then we had a Tunisian Crochet class that Katy taught with a huge crochet hook so we could all see. We had lunch then Needle Felting class taught by Marti, and finally a Colorworks Knit class taught by Rita. All throughout the day we had quick demos of the dartmore dyeing process, very interesting. The sun was shining and some of the more adventurous souls trekked through the barnyard to see the bottle lambs, sheep, horses, and cattle that were at the Ranch.

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I taught a Beginning Spinning class while the Colorworks class was going and it was fun to see the ladies catch on to the process of spinning. We had so much fun doing all of these things together that we hardly wanted to stop in order to be fed our supper!

View from Lodge at Sunrise Guest Ranch

Mark, Suzanne and Kylee, of Sunrise Guest Ranch, prepared and served a delicious supper of organically grown beef steak, baked potato, veggie and salad. They outdid themselves with dessert: home-made vanilla ice cream made with that day’s fresh cream! Wow, we felt like royalty. ┬áCircle in Lodge

After supper we decided to play a silly game. The fiber that had been dyed during the day was all sitting in colorful piles on paper plates on a table in the main room. We all drew numbers and then when our number was called we proceeded to the table to choose a color of fiber that we liked. We carried the fiber, wet, on its paper plate to our place. Then the next number was called and if that lady liked your color more than any others on the table she could STEAL the fiber from you! We played this for a couple of hours because there were so many plates of fiber and so many ladies. We thought we would all break ourselves laughing so hard. Some of the quietest ladies stole the most fiber!! This silly game really cemented our friendships. We all declared at the end of the night that we had become a COMMUNITY of like minded fiberistas.

Sunday was a day to pay up our bills for the “Necessities Shop” that the LYS had brought along, most of us bought more yarn, fiber or needles. We cleaned up after ourselves, and then bought recently sheared fleeces from Mark and Suzanne’s Rambouillet sheep. NICE! After saying our teary goodbyes, we all decided to come back next year. Such a fun time.

It took us all about a week to get ourselves back to normal but it was worth it!

Then the week following the fiber retreat our son was scheduled to come home from Italy. He flew in on a Sunday afternoon and left again on Tuesday evening after seeing friends, getting financing, buying a truck, renting a trailer, loading his motorcycle into the trailer, and sleeping and eating. It was a whirlwind of a visit, but very worth it.

And now I am trying to get my self motivated to warp the Macomber again, so I can do an experiment with plastic bags. Will post more later about this project!

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My Favorite Place to Play and no, I don’t live there, much

I have always loved Yarn Stores. When I was a child my mother took up serious knitting. She knitted sweater after sweater and her place for help and advice, and of course yarn, was the Local Yarn Store (LYS) Reseda Yarn Shop, in Reseda, California. It is long gone, but here is a photo I found on the internet

Reseda Yarn Shop Calif

Well, now I have a LYS to go to and it is wonderful. It is located in downtown Rapid City, SD on Main St. It is called C.R. Yarn and the address is 519 Main St. The owner is Rita and she has wonderful yarn, needles, ┬ároving, buttons, books, stitch markers, earrings, patterns and soon…spinning wheels. I have taken a bunch of photos of the inside of the shop and one not very good photo of the sign out front. ┬áEnjoy my favorite place to play below. Rita and Katy teach knitting, Katy teaches crochet, Rita teaches drop spindling and soon spinning on a wheel. There is a Knit Night (or Yarn Manipulation with Tools, you can come and crochet too!) on Thursday evenings at 7pm to 9pm and a Spin-In on Friday mornings starting at 10:30. The shop hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Sat, except on Thursday the shop is open from 12 to 9. See the website at www.cryarn.blogspot.com and on Ravelry. Rita also sells her hand spun yarn (Castle Fibers) and hand dyed roving. Come see for yourself why we LOVE this store!!!

Castle Fiber Sheep in the wool

Ladder Yarn moving fast!

Bags and Books

Hiya Hiya needles

Window Sleigh

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I am actually doing something!!

I have not been untangling the mess on my loom. It has been very cold here and I have been staying curled up on my sofa, next to the electric baseboard heater knitting! The LYS (Local Yarn Shop) has gotten me into knitting again. I am in-process on a pair of socks and finished the cutest little bag called a “Dumpling Bag”. ┬áIt was quick and lots of fun. The pansy button on the bag was hand-crafted by Susan Rouleau from Piedmont, SD and is soooo pretty. I got it at the LYS (CRYarn). Hopefully I can post some photos of my favorite place to play C.R.Yarn in the next few days.

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