How beautiful is this? To think that it started out as this…
We are YouTube and Google spinners, self-taught with the assistance of low-resolution videos and superior keyword choices. Sophie as usual is intuitive with her fine-motor skills, particularly as pertaining to fibre crafts. So far we are practicing on the undyed
A friend of mine re-iterated her offer of the loan of a spinning wheel today. We’re getting closer …
Thanks to a borrowed drum carder, this phase is going reasonably efficiently. But it still takes ages. We’ve spent hours at it over the past couple of days.
It’s fall. Every fall for the past few years I am struck by the urge to get out yarn and needles and start creating things. The kids have all got sweaters and hats, countless Christmas gifts — socks, hats, mittens,
The first colour, the first twenty per cent of our washed and carded fleece, hanging to dry above our heads at the apex of the living room ceiling. This is about 250 gm or half a pound. We have a
The washing machine worked wonderfully! Of course I probably have another 4 loads to do, but so far so good. And my machine’s not too dirty. I think I’ll run a load of dog bedding through the washer and that’ll
Our neighbour sheep were shorn a this spring. A bag of fleece arrived last month. Today we’ve been washing the fleece and carding has begun. We tried doing a preliminary carding prior to washing on some of the fleece to
… one bag full. A bag as tall as Fiona. It’s from a white sheep, not black, but that’s all the better for dyeing. It’s amazing what teaching a few violin lessons will get you in the Kootenays. I love
My mom got a new camcorder and let us borrow it this week. Fiona and I decided that for this week we would do her reporting for the SelfDesign program by way of video. There are some fairly random snippets
You can click on the photo to zoom in and look at the lovely serendipitous interweaving of alternating stripes of varied-colour yarns. And to look at the lovely cute face of the girl who took the two colours of Noro
This photo is from before Christmas (and you can see “Erin, the couch-prop,” as Sophie has been known to refer to her, under the laptop to the right) but I had to wait until after Christmas to post it because
They play a game at aikido to work on their rolls where the kids run one at a time towards the sensei. He tosses a hackey sack towards them as they near him. The idea is that they’ll catch the
Sophie has finished the top of her cushion, and felted it. Wow, felting sure is magical! In the photo the piece is blocked out for drying so that it will be a flat circular disc that will hold its shape.
Sophie decided to knit and felt a cushion. It was to be a round cushion, about 15 inches across, grey background with something else producing a pattern on the grey. At our Local Yarn Shop she settled on these colours.