So where do I begin. I've been too busy having fun to sit down and get into the internet much. There's been lots of topaz prospecting (no luck), some teaching of knitting and lots of crafting. A little house renovation is going on too. Above is a used drum carder that I just bought and I'm splitting the cost of it with a friend. We will have joint custody, I will get to play with it in the winter,and GM will get to enjoy it all summer. Pretty cool! (By the way it is used to prepare fibres for spinning).
On the needles #1: I am working up a test sample of the Ebony Jewelwing Bag, a free Ravelry pattern offered by Mary Scott Huff. As usual, I am using up stash for this. After the lightest green I will move to a white band and then the soft yellow. I intend to use this pattern in a free workshop on Beginner Fair Isle techniques that I am teaching March 17th.
Here's another view of the dragonfly pattern as I am working it up.
On the needles #2: Imagine the colours a little warmer than they look here. This is going to be an afghan for the new sofa. There are four different yarns here. One of the dark brown ones is Texas Merino. It is so warm! This is a horizontal slip stitch pattern. I plan to frame the whole thing in some kind of chunky cable.
On the needles #3: Boy this one is just hanging around... A pair of socks for BS. Good thing he has a healthy sock drawer right now.
On the needles #4: using some scrap yarn I got for free last week, I am knitting up some yellow roses. I will adorn a hat or purse or neckline with them and then wear them to a fibre show in April. The show is the Yellow Rose Fibre Producers Fiesta in Seguin, April 20-22 of course.
This Drexler china hutch has found a great new home in my spinning studio. It is holding all my spinning supplies. Unfortunately the drum carder won't fit in one of the cupboards. Drats!
But look how well everything else fits! I have finished spinning up the teal yarn that you see at the top centre. I have some of it to wash and skein up though. And now I am spinning the merino/silk top that you see in the bottom right.
And into each day a little beauty must come. This ring I commissioned and just picked up the other day. It is solid silver with six blue green stones that I have been collecting for years. Sorry about the washed out colours, but trust me, it is really pretty. This mermaid's tail is really special to me.
So as you can see, I've been busy. And there's more new stuff to come. Stay tuned to this channel!
Well on the eve of leaving for Home North I am reflecting on some differences between the two homelands. Where we live in Ontario there is possible more water than there is land. We live in the thick boreal forest, very much a wilderness area.
And not too far east of us is Lake Superior, the largest lake in the world. Did you know that a lunar tide can be measured on this lake?
Where we live in Texas has some small towns everywhere. And it is a livestock producing agricultural area. There are a few rivers in the region.
Of particular interest is a comparison of the size of Texas and Ontario. In terms of area: Texas is 268,820 sq miles or 696,241 sq km. Ontario has Texas beat easily with 415,598 sq miles or 1.08 million sq km.
Sigi loved both homes as we do too. A bouquet of gratitude for the differences between the two places and that they provide such good homes for us.
The time is just racing by and things are going well at the lake. Some renovations and spring cleaning happened and we've had family visiting. That's a glorious thing.
I will be getting back to my crafts soon. One of the things I am trying to learn are a few different pick up band weaving techniques. This one is called horizontal stripe pick up.
Also I need to get back to his exploration of Leno lace. This is probably the simplest form, called 1x1. I have a lot to learn about Leno lace.
And here is my basic evening knitting project. It will be a scarf for BS. It is merino sock yarn and the stitch is called Hunter's Stitch. Athe some point this crazy heat has to break, right?
This sunrise happened a week ago. I have edited the photo to intensify the colour. But not by much. What a palette,eh?
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!