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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.

Tuesday
Jul152014

Fiber, fiber and more fiber.

July 15, 2014.

     Although it seems like I have not posted in a loooong time, I have been very busy.  Posting some pictures of my recent projects...

I spun this on my trusty S75 Louet spinning wheel, which has seen alot of use this year. The roving was 100% shetland moorit which I got at Grandma's Spinning Wheel in Tucson, AZ because I was tired of spinning pure merino wool and wanted something with a little bit of character.

 

This was a gorgeous merino/silk roving that I started spinning last year and finally finished up this summer. I proceeded to knit myself fingerless gloves for this winter.  Amazingly soft! And I have a whole skein of yarn left!

 

Taking a break from handspun, I am knitting up socks with this gift skein from my daughter's handwork teacher at school. It was part of a thank you present for the volunteering I did this year at the school. So sweet!

 

A shuttles eye view of my loom this week--blue rayon chenille scarves. I think I have 7 out of the 10 on the warp woven.

 

I love this 100% Falkland wool colorway from The Fiber Factory in Mesa, AZ-- I haven't spun alot of it but I think I will ply it, then knit gloves? Hat? Not sure yet. 

 

Not a great photo, but I sampled a fair isle pattern for the first time. I enjoyed making this swatch which is a blend of junk yarn and some leftover handspun bits. Maybe I will try a hat down the road apiece.

 

I have been learning how to spin cotton on a tahkli spindle, too. Will post photos later.

So that's what I have been up to...

 

Wednesday
May212014

Oak Creek Canyon, Arizona

May 21, 2014.

     In April we hiked a small portion of the trail in Oak Creek Canyon looking for spring wildflowers.  This area is unusual (for Arizona) in its shady dampness along the creek, perfect for violets and other magical forest blooms, fairy pools,and moss covered rocks. Add to that the imposing red rock formations running along the side of the canyon and the scene is inspiring.

     I heard the news last night that a wild fire has consumed a portion of this special place--my thoughts go out to the animals, plants, and people who call this beautiful area home.

 

Moss--a rare find in the desert.

 

Fairy cattails...

 Red rock cliffs above the creek.

 

 And a cave to explore.

Monday
May122014

Handprinted cloth bags.

 

 May 12, 2014.

     I made two cloth bags from cotton fabric that I printed with my hand carved stamps.  These bags are lined in Thai silk and stand up on thier own due to "boxing" the corners on the bottom--I followed this pattern for construction. Then they went to my sister for her birthday...