Spring at the Lake

Since we arrived in early April it snowed on us maybe four times.  This photo is of the only time that it stayed on the ground. We enjoyed it while it lasted, because it was the first snow we had seen in over a year or two.   Now we are approaching the start of walleye fishing season and Blue Thuder has come to join our flotilla of boats. The previous owners' son called it that, not realizing he had made a spelling mistake on the sign proclaiming the boat's name. A red boat beside it was called Red Lighting.

 There are some new developments on the gardening front. We have been busy building the box to hold the soil we have made. This raised bed will be painted up, once the nights are a bit warmer.
In the photo you can also see the greenhouse which I was gifted by a neighbour. So far the seedling plants enjoy hanging out in the greenhouse during the day. At night they are coming in to the cabin.
 In this photo is a sample of my next weaving project. The warp is ready and I am …

Wildflower routes

The photos really speak for themselves. What a glorious part of the world we live in. And at this time of year, it really is at its best. We crossed the Llano River. Blue bonnets, Indian paintbrush, wine cups and gaillardias were everywhere. Besides these, any other species of flowers delighted our senses.

Something New For Me

As the title suggests, I have yet another new tool for the studio. This time I purchased something new. In fact it is so new, that I was a supporter through Kickstarter. This electric spinning wheel is in the development stage. Eventually it will be available for general purchase.

The first photo shows the beginnings of my spinning on this Electric Eel Wheel 5. I do not need the silicone mat for slippage since the wheel has rubber feet. But the inventor of the wheel found that it runs a little quieter with it. The construction is mostly bamboo and 3D printed plastic. This guy is very small ( around 5 by 7 inches) and very lightweight.

It operates via three different power sources. I can plug into normal household current. In the truck, as a passenger, I can be spinning using the accessory port, drawing power from the vehicle battery. And if I am away from these two sources, I have a portable lithium ion battery that will run it for eleven hours at full speed!

The fiber I am spinning t…

More rug projects

This is the second small rug piece I wove on my new-to-me Harrisville rug loom. It measures 15 by 28 inches and uses a variety of materials. The warp was linen and the light grey weft is cotton. The four other colours are churro wool.
I believe I will use this as a table topper, like an oversize hotpad or even on a coffeetable.

 And here is the third piece completed. I had wanted to use this as a rug, but because I was trying to cram a lot of weaving in a short warp, I could not use normal binding off techniques. So I do not think the edges would have held up to heavy traffic. It graces my office wall right now. It is 26.25 X 33 inches.

Both of these rugs utilize shaft switching techniques and equipment.

First rugs off the Loom

Here are the first three little rugs that have come off the Harrisville Rug Loom. The very first one I wove is the furthest back. For all three I devised the pattern charts and chose I great variety of old stash yarns. 
In the picture above you see the side of the rugs that I saw as I was weaving. 

In this second photo you are seeing the reverse side of the rugs. The exact opposite color is found on the back. This is the side that was underneath as I was weaving. This is an interesting fact about the technique I am using; that both sides are equally usable. 

In the third photo you can see both sides of the second rug I made. It is quite modern compared to the two others. 

The fourth rug is an expanded pattern based on the first one. It was really fun to weave. And what a good stash buster project! For the orange weft yarn I held three different yarns together. And for the black weft, I also held three yarns together.

The three pieces have been cut apart. Due to a short warp that was …

The busy knitter

This busy crafter has also been busy knitting. I know I have not shown any finished projects in awhile. But a few things are underway.

 First we have a series of strips I started to knit in Canada. I have about three or four of each colour. The stitch pattern is a ruffled edging called Bell Edging I from one of the Walker Treasuries. Here's my idea. I am going to join the strips and mix the colours up. Then the long strip will be sewn up in a spiral fashion (maybe to a base tube) to form wristlets. I feel like going very dramatic and make them long to go over the elbows. If I have enough strips I want to make a Victorian ruff collar and even maybe a muff. These are wool yarns and all scraps left from other projects.

This blue yarn is a silk and wool blend. I started this at camp too and what you see is the back of a pullover. It will be for me, in a very mermaid friendly colour. I am partway up the second torso piece.

Up close and personal, this is a mohair lace piece I am current…

Belt Loom

Introducing "Little Dude" the Harrisville Belt Loom. I purchased this sturdy little loom used from a Ravelry friend. It arrived at the same time as it's big brother, Bright. I put a light green linen warp on, the other day, and have a third bookmark going. I grabbed some bright tones of wool and I am having fun with these beach colours. The middle bookmark or strip is just some handspun yarn left over from something else.

Here is the project at the very start. The four little bobbins were custom made by a talented woodworker in Wisconsin. His name is Norbert and a group of us at Ravelry have taken to calling them Norbobbins. So far I think they are excellent for band weaving.

The third shot shows a bit of a close up of the random striping. It is like playing with sunshine. The day I started on it was a grey day and I think that is why these colours jumped into my hands.

This young beauty took up residence across the street from my studio. I believe it is a female but I …