Saturday, September 10, 2016

I Am Almost to the End of Tying the Quilt

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I have been working on this for a few hours each day. It has worked out comfortably to do three rows at a time before moving the quilt on the rollers. 

I always start in the middle and then work one side and then go back and do the other side. The second side has gone faster as I know I am almost done so work at it longer.

I forgot that I had planned this side the 4 inch squares-to have one extra row on all sides to use for the binding-I forgot how clever I can be lol

Sharing One of my Favorite Blogs for Weaving and Spinning Inspiration

Good morning my friends. We have a cold front moving in this morning with rain-loving it. So I made me a pot of decaf coffee and am enjoying reading blog posts. I really needed to catch up and see what everyone has been doing.

I want to share with you a blog that always has lovely photos and gives me inspiration for my spinning and weaving;  especially for garments. 
   This is saori weaving which is a no rules method of weaving-anything goes-just weave and enjoy the process-no perfection here required. Any size or style of loom is doable-just enjoy and then make something to wear.

Centering With Fiber is the blog and this morning Wow I love the garments she is making. Perfect for beginner spun yarn or bulky art yarn. The post is here  This is something I really want to achieve yet is to make me a couple of garments to wear.

Enjoy your weekend.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Romney Locks Progress & Review of a Beautiful Book

 Good morning Friday

I have really enjoyed spinning with these romney locks with my spindle. 

I spin a little and then flick more locks to add to my basket-at this rate I will have this batch finished by end of September or before. 
     I have been waking up way too early lately and just can't get back to sleep-so I have just gotten up and spun. Very relaxing for me and this morning it's raining-so nice.
    I am sitting on a big pillow on the floor with an old flannel backed table cloth and a sheet spread out to contain the soil from flicking the locks-helps keep me more limber getting up and down from the floor too. lol

Also, the yarn is a little more even now too after the first spindle full
    Next up to decide how I want to dye this. I have several choices of natural dyes that I bought at Fiber U last year-logwood, indigo powder, madder or the goldenrod has started to bloom too for more yellows. Not sure yet. (photos will enlarge)

Those of you that love sheep and wool and if you love to knit socks;  I wanted to share with you a new book I just bought. Just came in the mail yesterday and this is a lovely book. In the Footsteps of Sheep by Zawinski.   and the price is all over the place when I searched online up to over a hundred dollars. I found the best price on Amazon with free shipping.

 I agree with all the reviews that I read on Amazon that this would have been nicer if it had been a hardcover book instead of just a paper cover but I think they do that to keep the cost down. This will be like reading a good novel I think so will have to be careful with the cover.
    Allot of the reviews mentioned they were disappointed that the author did not share a photo of herself spinning-which I can see that would have been nice to include since this is her journey spinning and knitting. 
      I do love the book so far.
   This book is a story about a lady that decided to hike and travel through Scotland with her camping gear, hand spindle, and knitting needles. She wanted to gather loose fleece from the different breeds of native-wild sheep. This book is full of lovely photos and the story of her journey. She is a great story teller. At the end of each sheep breed she shares a pattern for knitted socks. 
   I almost did not buy the book since I do not knit-but I have a friend that loves to knit socks so I can share the patterns with her. I was intrigued with the tube sock pattern and there was also a pair with sheep motifs using north ronaldsay (which I have-the sheep that live on seaweed)

What creativity projects are you working on??

I am making progress with the knot tying on my quilt-I have one half almost completed. We have had a really busy week so have not been able to work on the quilt every day

Happy Weekend to all of you