[The title brings to mind the short story "Flowers for Algernon," which just made me sad, and I'm kind of wishing I chose a different title, but nothing else popped into mind so I'll just have to deal with it.] I have finished my first sweater! Huzzah! [Pattern: Flax, from Tin Can Knits. Yarn: Ice Road … Continue reading Flax for Sam
My workshop has become a little more dangerous, with the addition of my newest textile tool. Wool combs. Ah, yeah! Up until this point, I have been working through my box of alpaca and Shetland fleeces with a pair of "wool combs" that I improvised out of a set of angel food cake breakers. Don't … Continue reading More Like Woolverine, Am I Right?
[Note: I actually wrote this...oh, about two months ago, and promptly forgot about it. So here you go. A random yarn post, as I frantically try to finish up all the things I need to do before Christmas on Sunday!] I have been working my way through my stash of roving at a fair pace, … Continue reading Irish Moss, starlings and dandy lions
Mom, Robert and I drove out to the Winchester/Berryville area two weekends ago for the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival. It was much smaller than Maryland Sheep and Wool, but I think it was the perfect size for the weekend - just enough vendors to give people options for yarn and roving and tools, but not so … Continue reading Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival
As the days and weeks tick by and I'm still not done with the updates to my bedroom (the floor is clean and prepped for the concrete paint, and the walls and ceiling are finally painted - with just the touch-ups on the ceiling left) I find myself looking for little things to brighten the … Continue reading Spinning From Stash (and some little handcrafts)
[While I continue to work on my room, here's a little bit of festival fun from a few weeks ago.] For several years now I have heard the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival discussed, in tones both hushed and exuberant. I was regaled by tales of spinning wheels obtained for cheap through the auction, or … Continue reading Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival 2016
A few weeks ago, I had a surprisingly lazy Sunday - nowhere to go, nothing pressing to do, so I proceeded to ply the last little bit of the wool/alpaca/silk singles I had on my bobbin, and the last of the blue wool/silk blend I still had on my drop spindles and then, for good … Continue reading Keep Your Wheels A’Spinning