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Thursday
Jun042015

Summertime.

June 3, 2015.

Met up with friends for iced tea and cupcakes after a shady walk along the river.

On the knitting needles another sweater, this time with my handspun merino mixed with Cascade 220 wool. I just divided the sleeves and am working on the lower portions of the front and back.

 

Wednesday
Jun032015

Continuous thread.

June 3, 2015.

A treasure from my mother now that she is gone...her knitting bag, which had been her mother's.  The patterns, in Mom's handwriting, bring her back to me.

 

 

Sunday
May312015

Sheep and wool festival 2015.

May 31, 2015.

     Today my daughter and I visited the Flagstaff Sheep and Wool Festival. This is our third year attending this event and it was under new management with alot more vendors and hands on demonstrations. The emphasis was on regional/local ranches so it was fun to see the variety of animals people in the desert southwest raise.

 

 

 

      I came home with some dyed Arizona raised mohair locks destined to be doll hair.

 

 

     And some lovely cloudlike naturally black alpaca/CVM blend roving from a ranch in southern Colorado.

     We were very tempted to bring home a gorgeous French angora rabbit, but resisted!

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday
Mar312015

Waldorf dolls and handspun.

March 31, 2015.

 

     So much has happened since last fall, not sure where to even begin.  As many of you know my mother was diagnosed with cancer just after Christmas and she passed away this month.  I miss her so very much, especially our daily phone calls just to chit chat about our everyday lives.  She was a powerful force in my life and there is a very large hole in my very core without her.

     My job at the local Waldorf school has kept me tremendously busy.  Love the job, but it is tiring and my energy for posting on the blog is fairly non-existent!  That being said, I still have the energy to make things when I return home, which is most important. So, here are some things I worked on this month...

 

    My first Waldorf doll using the instructions from the book Making Waldorf Dolls by Maricrsistin Sealey.  Her hair is hand dyed wool I bought in Taos,NM (to make socks with, I think I still have enough left!)  I am very pleased with her and will certainly be making more.

 

     This little butterfly doll I just finished this morning, having started her (and her sisiter) last night after my daughter went to bed.  She is a gift for a dear friend and came together quite quickly.  The tutorial is here.

 

     And I have been spinning quite a bit on my trusty Louet S70 spinning wheel. This gorgeous hand dyed merino top is from Yarn Rescue.  The colorway is "Aquarium".  I still have another 4 ounce braid to spin but not sure what the finsihed product will be.  Perhaps a knitted cardigan using the handspun as colorwork around the yoke?

 

Saturday
Oct042014

Is it really October already?!

October 4, 2014

     I started a new job this fall as the assistant Handwork teacher at a Waldorf (aka Steiner) school.  Although it is only part-time, it is amazing how much it takes from my "free time".  However, it is fabulous and I am really enjoying the kids (I teach first through eighth graders) and teachers. I am learning alot from my students as well.  The fact that my workspace is in an Earthship is even cooler!

     We teach mostly fiber arts including knitting, crochet, sewing, and cross-stitch. Here are some of the colorful supplies at our disposal.

 

     The woodworking teacher had his 7th grade class make drop spindles so I am introducing handspinning to our curriculum.  Wasn't that nice of him?  He is an enthusiastic supporter of the fiber arts.

     And we have an old Leclerc workshop loom on which I am going to teach the older grades weaving.  Yay!

   

 We also have several Navajo looms which I do not know how to warp.  I am currently reading a book and got a DVD from our local library showing the entire process, so I hope to have those looms up and weaving.

     Yes, I am still weaving my scarves at my home studio as well (and knitting socks for my dear daughter AND spinning some lovely autumn colored merino roving for a potential shawl.) Life is good.