Sunday, July 24, 2011

2011 Tour de Fleece - Project #5

Like project #4, I think project #5 will be hanging out on my counter top for a little while so that as the abbominal snow man of Bugs Bunny fame says, I can pet it & hug it & squeeze it & call it George. I don't just like to tempt; I absolutely love when I am tempted by other indy artists' creations as well. Think this one came from Chimera on Etsy. Sorry to say it took me close to a year to spin it up! 100% Merino wool, 4 ounces & 300 yards.

2011 Tour de Fleece - Project #4

Finished yesterday evening. Washed, rinsed, hung from the chandelier & dry as a bone this morning. This corespun lovely has a fingering weight all wool center encapsulated in smooth merino, Tunis, Shetland, coopworth, mohair, silk hankies, silk noil, bamboo, firestar and last but not least lots of sparkly glitzy goodness. Approximately 150 yards and 4 ounces. Might have to pet this little lovely for a little while before putting a price tag on it.

Oh, I did the collages on an iPad app called mood board. Pretty cool huh!?!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Tour de Fleece

Project # 3 for the Tour is a core spun LunabudKnits batt. Chock full of yummy merino, Shetland, mohair, glitz, firestar, Tunis, and a few other tid bits that are slipping my mind at the moment.

It is of course Miss Kitty approved;)

Saturday, July 09, 2011

2011 Tour de Fleece Projects #1 & 2

This year, I am numbering my projects in order they are to be finished.  So far, my starter project is done and while the spindling of the Merino & Yak is slowly progressing, the run of Shetland/Angora 60/40 blend is in line to be the second project I finish.
Crosspatch Creations batt purchased at Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival.  Started before the Tour started, but one of my goals was to finish it during.

One of my favorite fiber blends from Vintage Fibers that was traded for during Midwest Fiber & Folk last month.  Love this stuff!!

Friday, July 08, 2011

On Hold

I need to place an order to restock.  But, in order to do that, I need to know what I am short on.  I'm sure at this point, you are saying......  'Um, really?  Why can't you just count it and do your order?'

The reason it just is not as simple as that is because I made a promise to Mr. Bill that after the Midwest Fiber Festival was over, I would not be bringing the fiber back into the house.  I would instead be unloading it to the new shop.  And that would have already happened if I were not waiting on the electrician to finish putting in the wall outlets (picture coming later).

In the meantime, I tried out the Brookstone 'iconverter' this week end.  If you are just trying to make quick copies of your photo negatives and do not care about having top notch quality then this little machine will work OK for you.  If you are wanting top quality scans of your photo negatives do not buy this machine.  It works OK for slides, but not for print worthy quality.  Here are a few of the slides I scanned in over the week end.  Note, some of these have been heavily photoshopped.  None of my negatives turned out.  After the slides starts some old digital from the time before digital cameras were such a big hit.
There is a tree on the island of Dominica that grows gourds.


For Sale


The island of Monserat.  This is a photo of smoke coming from an active volcano.

A tattoo band on a friends leg.

And so we start in on the digital images.  The majority of these were taken for a photography class I was taking way back when.  The one thing I took away from the class was.....  Always try to look at the world from a different angle.  In other words try to see a simple object in ways that most would never think of.

A very small basket in a grainy macro setting.

Yep, it's just a flower.  I do love my flowers

Light Bulb

A disgusting habit.

I am thankful I no longer smoke.

Camp Nelson


clip 2


The rocky shores of Dominica one of the islands in the Caribbean.

Face in a fan

Bonfire at Terrapin Hill Festival

Getting close to the fire

The circle

I love fish markets.   Not only can I buy dinner, but it makes for a great photo too!

Fort Shirley in Dominica



Peace Lily

Stone Rose

Yep, another little flower.

mare for sale





Mmmmm.....  Snapper

A study of light


Taking a break

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Tour de Fleece Start

Started the Tour de Fleece this year with a bang literally!  Bill frowns on bringing a spinning wheel to the lake when we go so this year, I opted for a couple of spindles.

After giving the boat a quick clean and hitting the dock kitchen for a greasy burger & fries, it was time to hit the water to drift in wait for the big 4th of July fire works show put on at our end of the lake.  This year it was between Kennedy & Sunset Marinas.  

This is the first year that my allergies have really gone hay wire.  I think that since I have quit smoking over a year ago my nose is really affected by all the things that never bothered it before.  I'm not complaining though as I very much so enjoy being able to breath after going for a short walk;)

Our boat.  Click to 'biggify'.  The arrow points straight at us.

Spindling before the big show.
The pre-show.
The big show about to start.

After the show, get out of the way or prepared to be run over.  This is a wall of boats heading our way to go back down the lake to their perspective docks.


Dropped the fiber into the lake.  No way am I going in after it.
You too can be protected from the big  Amazing what you see on the way to the lake!

Other Fun Facts..................

I taught myself to knit by watching a woman while on a flight from Scotland to the USA in 1996.

I taught myself how to spin yarn Feb 15th, 2007. I think I've done fairly well:)

'Lunabud' is a combination of two dogs' names I was loved by, Buddy and Luna:)