Friday, March 28, 2008

Which Pooh Character Are You?
This was so much fun to do!! I hope you'll click on the link and do one too! Which Winnie the Pooh character are you?

Your Score: Pooh


You scored 11 Ego, 12 Anxiety, and 14 Agency!




"What do you like doing best in the world, Pooh?"

"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best?" and then he had
to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very
good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to
eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know
what it was called.

You scored as Pooh!

ABOUT POOH: Pooh is a bear of Very Little Brain but quite a lot of heart. He enjoys the simple things in life, like visiting friends (in time for lunch), counting honey pots, and going for nice walks. He is a steadfast and loyal friend, and is often much brighter than he thinks he is.

WHAT THIS SAYS ABOUT YOU: You are a positive and calm sort of person, and you tend to go with the flow. When things go wrong, you generally find the most practical solution and put things right, with very little worry or fuss. You are a rock that your friends can lean on in times of trouble.

Your attitude towards life is very Zen. You appreciate the small things in life, while still managing not to sweat the small stuff. Your biggest flaw is your tendency to underestimate yourself. You are actually much smarter and more capable than you think you are.



The Deep and Meaningful Winnie-The-Pooh Character Test written by wolfcaroling

Thursday, March 27, 2008

I'm in!!!!

The letter came to day. In about 8 weeks I'm headed here:



To take this person's two week class.

I am excited and scared in equal measure. And of course concerned about Randy's health.

The dyes in the previous post were regular tubes of food color gel from the baking section of the grocery store. Remember the yarn was not white, but a medium value taupe before dyeing. The purple is powdered drink grape, since it wasn't possible to mix a good purple w/ the food color. (We tried, it was a very ugly egg.)

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Egg dyes on yarn:


  • The yarn is an 8/2's ~800 ypp mohair, originally a sad taupe color.
  • The dyes are the left over food dyes from the eggs.
  • The finished yarn is "to die (dye?) for!!"

Each skein is about 200 yds. I'll use these as a substitute for the rug wool in Jason Collingwood's workshop in two weeks.

Monday, March 24, 2008

The Eggs of B*netton collection:



The left over dyes are in canning jars waiting for fiber. Maybe tomorrow,when more snow is scheduled to arrive.

In response to Charleen.....I'm no angel, I lifted the snow angel picture from google images. Sort of thought the empty silhouette fit the Easter theme.

To Mary and Charleen...you asked for photo's:



It's just a dresser. But what's important to me is that it fits the location between two doors. The case above the dresser is a cherry thimble case, also designed and constructed by dh.

Here are the bookcases the dresser was designed to match:



I know that Sharon is going to "biggen" the picture and see what's on my shelves. That's not the whole collection.......There are at least 7 more bookcases around the house. Only one shelf in the sewing room has fiction, that's the top shelf you see here that holds a few of my favorites: Wally Stegner, Margaret Atwood, Thomas Hardy, and Isaac Bashevis Singer.

The woodworking: I think dh does pretty good work....and the price is right (wink)!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Happy Easter?!


This arrived overnight on Good Friday. Not to worry, another inch is due for Easter morning.

Why bother to dye eggs tonight? It would be more fun to hide undyed ones in this!

On a fiber note: dh made a new 5 drawer chest out of oak to match the book cases in the sewing room. I've been busy transferring items from the old chest to the new. This prompted doing an inventory of things in the sewing room. Thirty one zippers have been cataloged. Some of them originally cost 75 cents. I did throw away all of the old thread, assuming that it has reached some level of rot.

The question is: how far does one take this inventory thing?

Monday, March 17, 2008

Red Sky at Morning....

This is the view from our bedroom this morning. The sky looks like it has a big ol' bruise to heal. Wrong color for St. Patrick's Day.
9:00 AM update: About 90 minutes after the above photo, the sky is blue, the sun is shining and there is a rainbow!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Ordinarily I'm not one to do as I'm told,

However in this case, I'm making an exception. It's crazy, but I am signed up for both workshops. I will somehow get one warp put on and woven off in 2 days and put an other one on the 3rd day in order to attend the second workshop. I could use 2 different looms, but hate to drag the floor room around and ask people older than me to help schlep it around. Suffice it to say, you won't be seeing much in the way of blog posts from me that first weekend in April.

Now as a public service announcement, I leave you with the following (forwarded to me by my sister):



Fred Rogers may be claimed by Pittsburgh as a her treasure, but the truth is: He's from Latrobe, Pa. A small town about 8 miles from the even smaller town where I grew up. He is a one a kind treasure.

My direct experience with him was when I worked as a physical therapist for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh back in the mid-70's when he did a taping session with a female orthopedic surgeon (a rare species in those days!) to produce a segment for children who would have to wear a cast.

Everything Fred was on his show, he was in person: a genuine article. He was an ordained Presbyterian minister whose call was to serve young children and their parents. He did show everyone who crossed his path genuine love.
And he was ridiculed for it... publicly and mercilessly. Yet he took it all in stride as evidenced in a show he did with Ira Glass on This American Life

I could write more...but you can see the evidence here

So even if it's 80 degrees outside on March 20th, and even though I live 320 miles away from Pittsburgh, I'll be wearing a cardigan sweater on Thursday.....
And maybe even my slippers too!
Happy Birthday, Mr. Rogers. We miss you!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

A Link and some responses to earlier comments....

For those of you who observe Lent, or even if you just enjoy textile art, take a look at Linda Henke's work. The link is to her Lenten series, but you may want to click around her galleries. I especially like the paraments in the Liturgically Purposed Gallery.

Someone (anonymous) commented on a post from about 6 months ago to ask about the yardage to Woolray yarn, distributed by Plymouth yarns. Since the inquiry was knitting related and Woolray was very much a weaving yarn, I assume that the question was regarding a similar knitting yarn distributed by Berrocco. Well after all that verbage, the simple answer is, I don't know.

Wanda asked about the King's Puzzle weaving referred to a couple posts ago. It was done on 8 harnesses. The design is from an old issue of Weaver's magazine. The "trick" to the design is that it's a combination of a fancy 4 harness twill and and a 4 harness overshot threading woven as overshot. The two separate 4 harness threadings account for the need of 8 harnesses.

Wanda also asked about the Jason Collingwood workshop. The topic is Taquete' with the addition of some shaft switching techniques. Since Jason does mostly rug weaving, the recommended warp and weft for the class are geared in that direction. However there are broader applications. To read more about at least one of them click here for Lillian Whipple's description.

Finally...I'm faced with a decision. There's an opportunity to take a class I'm interested in from
Suzanne Halvorson at Heritage Spinning & Weaving. The issue is: there is only one day between workshops. The loom dressing issue can be easily resolved. The question is will I be able to absorb all that I should taking the two workshops back to back like that.

So, here's where you come in: Let me know in the comments if I'm being Miss Piggy and should just stick to Jason's workshop. Or should I go for the whole enchilada and do two weaving workshops at two different (tho' local) locations in 5 days time?

PS: If you live in a milder climate than most of us living north of the 41st parallel, please sit on your hands. Keep those pictures of spring flowers to yourself for a couple more weeks. It's rude....sort of like eating dessert in front of someone who is starving. Thank you for the kind consideration.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Batten down the hatches....

About 7" of wet heavy snow fell on Tuesday night. We cleared the driveway (yet again) and managed to get out to clear roads. But there's been something ominous about this weather.

We live on a wooded lot that is populated by the expected suburban woodland creatures, not to mention our guests at the bird feeders. The snow has been out there for over 24 hours and there is not a single animal track to be found. No squirrel, no raccoon, no 'possum.....not even the tiny little mice and vole tracks, all of which show up almost immediately after a snow. This is highly unusual and a little ominous. At least a few birds are chirping. But they aren't visible, not even at the bird feeder.

So I turned on my NOAA weather radio to hear the day's forecast in that male monotone automated voice: "Today is Thursday, March 6, the time 9:02 AM. The weather for the Detroit - Ann Arbor area: There is a severe winter storm warning beginning Friday at 4 PM until Sunday at 1 AM."

Apparently there will be no weather today. We are to just sit tight and wait for it all to arrive tomorrow at 4 PM.

I feel a little like the sparrow left on the perch of the bird feeder when a hawk flies into the neighborhood.