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2.2.17

WIPs and even the kitchen sink

 This was spindle spun with my Icelandic birch spindle I bought on a visit to Thingborg in Iceland. The wool was a birthday gift from Mikey.  I ended up with 5 skeins of white, 4 skeins each of the grays, and 1 skein of the black for a total of 876 yards.
Deb Peterson's "Kitchen Sink" fiber that came off the drum turned into beautiful yarn.  I spun this with the bottom whorl spindle that Rob made.  Deb owns Ewespun Fiber Mill at Old Man Wool Farm.

Progress on Ben's Moose Sweater, sleeves.

The back and one front.  The other front is about one-third finished.

Sample swatch for an upcoming class at Anoka Fiber Works,
Around the World in Knitting--Cables

On the Cricket, the Pontunic front panels.  One of the threads broke and I had to add another piece.  This one is going slowly because I haven't been taking this loom to AFW for Weaving Wednesday.

On Hank are the scarves for Jim and Ben.  The warp is Harrisville Shetland in foliage and the weft is some tweed I picked up in Cashel, Ireland.  I like the broken twill pattern.  Things clicked into place with learning how to read the pattern and understand the tie-up for the treadles.  I have to decide whether to change the weft yarn for the second scarf.  

22.1.17

Flexiblity

I like the word flexible.  As an adjective it is defined as capable of bending easily without breaking, the able to be respond to altered circumstances or conditions, and ready and able to change so as to adapt to different circumstances.  As with most things in life it's good to be flexible.  On Friday, Jim decided we would go to 45th Parallel Distillery for the five o'clock tour rather than the later tour.  It was nice (just the two of us) and afterward we stopped at Culver's in New Richmond, Wisconsin to get something to eat before going home. On Saturday, I took a class to learn about making flexible felt.  Having wet-felted before, I knew the process using wool, water, soap, and agitation to mat and felt the fibers together.  The fabric I made is lightweight and beautiful.  The process was much faster than when I made the sheep rug last year in Linda's class.  She is  Bekaz Felt Works at Anoka Fiber Works and has done extensive work to ensure student success with her tried and true felting techniques.  I opted not to add a surface treatment as in my sample because the goal was to just make the fabric.  The next time I'll be sure to plan a multi-directional design.  After I got home, we went to Minneapolis to go to the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert.  They put on a good show!  We were fortunate to be in a suite with some of Jim's work colleagues.  A concert with good seats and good eats!  It pays to be flexible with one's schedule and when making fabric.

Humpty Dumpty was sporting a jaunty red, white, and blue cap.

This still is called Carl, Jr.

The barrels are made in Missouri.

Grinding stones make great tabletops.

Deb brought Mandy the bunny for a visit.  She was quite the puffball.

A power tool, pool noodle, and rolling pin are great for felting.

With the felting complete, it was time to stretch and smooth into shape.

The finished fabric blocking along with my sample.  The fabric is lightweight and just beautiful.  




17.1.17

Goings on

There's always something going on at Anoka fiber Works.  I've been busy knitting swatches for classes and winding warp for my next weaving project.  Tomorrow is the Short Row Class.  I have five different short row techniques to teach.  It gives the students plenty of options from which to choose.  

A sample needle felted painting I made for Teresa's upcoming class.  I'd photoshopped the original photo to use as wallpaper for my phone or iPad.  

Bunny on the run!

Deb's bunny kept us company one recent Saturday.


11.1.17

Progress

Holiday is over and I hit the ground running, or sliding.  It's 3-degrees F and snowy this morning.  Winter showed up!  Grey Wolf development has started and for the next five months, we will be developing the team for our week in June.

I'm making progress on Ben's sweater, the fronts are looking good.  The two pounds of Jacob wool are almost finished.  I began the natural black the other day and even found a bit more of the gray to spin.  The Icelandic birch spindle is one of my favorite tools.


The fronts of the cotton top are coming along a bit slower.  I took out two of the contrast yarn stripes and will continue to use the dark brown between the contrasting stripes.  The texture in addition to the color gives the fabric a more cohesive look.

The textured brown cotton is the star of this project.