Friday, April 11, 2014

R.I.P. Tika

Tika lived to be 15 years, seven months and a week. What a good life he had full of adventure and healthy living. 
Rest in Peace Tika

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Lawn and Garden Show

It's too bad the show got so busy and I couldn't pull out my camera later on. I was surrounded by a lush jungle of gorgeous plants: all ready to planted out at some lucky person's ranch. You should've been there, since it felt so fresh and healthy!

Anyways, this shot shows my modest little table, covered in knit and woven items, as I set up for a sale. I have not done this before and know that there is a limit to the amount of $ one can earn in the country before tax laws kick in. The vase in the centre, (handmade out of birchbark and sweetgrass), is holding several simple spindles that I made to sell inexpensively.

Here is a close up of one of the 5$ spindles. They are all a bit different. Due to the very lightweight woods used, the prototype needed more weight in order to spin for some time. So I dove into my Bin of All Things Thrift Store, and found ribbon with beads already sewn on. These beads not only sparkle and spin prettily, but make a lovely, soft clicking noise when the motion is starting up or stopping. I spun on one of these homemade jobbies and also on my wheel, attracting a lot of attention. A reported from the local paper took my picture, so I will have to see whether "I made it in". I had a good sale, and no danger of going over the legal limit for earnings.

 I am just adding this shot because it's nice to look at. I recently pulled together my cotton stash for weaving and thought it looked pretty. It is not as bright as the wildflowers blooming along the road sides, but still makes me think of spring.

Zig Zag and Josie are two young mares who hung out across the street from me and are now two houses over on my road. They are looking for a new home. They are so sweet although Josie (on the right)  is a bit of a treat monster. Anyone want to buy two young mares?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

First Eight Shaft Projects

 So when I first got the Mighty Wolf loom with its eight shafts, I wove a long piece of cloth just to get the hang of it. I was using up all manner of yarn I had lying around. With the pattern draft and spacing I had selected, the very thickest cotton yarns turned out the best. So today I cut up the one long fabric into different pieces. I made a couple of tote bags. This first one I am calling Mocha Mint. I wove the outer fabric. The lining is linen I had left over from making drapes. The handles are made from the curtain tie backs and the striped strap I added to the handle is from a thrift store pile of ribbons and bands.
 You might not be able to see it on the blue bands, but on one the woven pattern is Xs and on the other one it is Os. One is the reverse side of the other. So I called this tote, Xs and Os.
And this is a little knitted piece I just finished. I had a little bit of green wool, and came across a pattern I quite liked. I just knit until I ran out of the green. Then I single crocheted in yellow around the outside, followed by a white crocheted wagon wheel pattern. It's a bit small but could be used as a crib blanket or maybe a mat for a baby.