Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Simply Put...

in black and white:

Warp and Tabby Weft:  12/2 organic cotton in natural
Pattern  Weft:  5/2 pearl cotton in black

Threading:  Design 55 from the  Bertha Gray Hayes book.

Intended use:  Table Runner.

Another pattern that makes dh dizzy when he looks at it.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Love this....

Here's how it was made:

I haven't gotten this much entertainment out of the gas company since elementary school, when its name was "Peoples Natural Gas" (really...who thought up that name?!)

More to Love:
I've mentioned before that I love the Michigan library system.  It is one of the greatest assets of this area which is deserving of our financial support.  Now there's something new to love:
This is the same library that Yarn Harlot blogged about after her mid-month event.

I'm going.

Jackie: Thank you for your comment in the previous post....it's exactly what I mean.

Also I've found a new favorite blog at Nonsequitur, but it's not a fiber blog.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Time has been passing like water over stones (a phrase Judith uses a lot in the aforementioned dvd set):

I've been doing a lot of thinking, and usually when I think I write. But this isn't a political blog, so I've spared you my thoughts about health care and finance reform. Let's just say that my observation in an earlier post about Republicans being sore losers is once again being born out. I find it so embarrassing that we are the only industrialized country which has not found a way to provide basic affordable health care to its most vulnerable citizens. But enough of that.

There has been some reading and knitting:

Some successful, some less so.

There has been a lot of spring cleaning/fiber equipment maintenance.

See? I've used a lot of lubricant:

And the looms and wheels are looking smooth and lustrous:

Yesterday, after winding a warp, I decided to dismantle the 4 harness loom and get the harnesses set up "properly". Now the heddles are aligned and evenly distributed across the harnesses. And the nail polish applied to every 10th heddle (for ease in counting) was refreshed where needed:
While the loom was dismantled, I cleaned all the lint out of the lamms, lubricated all the moving parts, and tightened all of the bolts.

If today goes as planned, a new warp will be on this loom by this evening. WooHoo!

Ooops...almost forgot....(a hazard of being a lazy blogger)...

Judith has passed along a sunshine award to me. I appreciate the honor, but have to laugh because I am the first to complain about the lack of sunshine in southeast Michigan from September to May. I'm supposed to pass this on to blogs that I read and recommend. My quandry is that I use Google's feed reader and follow well over 100 blogs (thank heavens most don't post every day....many don't even post every week. I would never keep up!)

So...if you are one who stops in here even semi-regularly, I probably follow your blog looking for some sunshine. Feel free to consider yourself tagged with this honor and post as you see fit....and let me know, so I'm sure that you're in my feed reader.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

March Forth....

Things are looking up.  We finally have a month with good celebration days!  For example today, March 4, is National Grammar Day.  (Maybe I should stop this post right now, before I make any more grammatical errors.)

Aside from Grammar Day (This link is a little different and entertaining, but I still say 'irregardless' is not a proper word.)   I've loved this date since the day we studied homonyms, homographs, and homophones in elementary school in 1964.  "What day of the year sounds like a military command?"   You know the date.  It was a Tuesday, in case you are wondering.

Soon we will have National Pi Day, a day of note with two engineers in the house.  Three days later will be St. Patrick's Day (no link for that one, you already know about it.)  Then on March 20, at 17:32 we will celebrate the Vernal Equinox: the first day of spring!

It has been a long winter.  Over the last two weeks I wore holes in three pairs of hand knit gloves while shoveling and blowing snow.  That just isn't right.  Who wants to knit new gloves in March?

Well, I may not feel like knitting new gloves, but I certainly do feel like spinning some yarn for new gloves.

Here's the reason:

This week I've had the luxury of  sitting, sipping tea, and knitting  while Judith MacKenzie imparted wisdom of all sorts related to the spinning wheel.  If you've ever taken a class with Judith you know exactly what I mean.  She is like a cup brimming over with fiber information.  And I love the chance to be the paper towel soaking up what spills out.

I have no connection with Interweave Press or Judith (other than being a former SOAR student), but I will say this:  If you are a spinner, you need this 2 dvd set.  It is one I will watch over and over again.....right after I clean and lubricate my wheels, now that I've had proper instruction!