May 14
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Sandy and I will be vending with Dyed in the Wool at the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival this weekend, so the shop will be off line beginning the morning of May 15th  through the evening of May 18th.  If there is anything you want, get it before the 15th because it might be gone by the time I get the shop back online.  We usually sell out of a lot of the fiber at Kentucky.

If you are going to be in the Lexington area over the weekend, come to the festival and shop.  There will be lots of great vendors there selling anything from the from the fiber animal through to finish product as well as all of the equipment needed to make it yourself.

 

May 12

 

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Four-Square Mitered Pullover

Hermoine’s Everyday Socks

Brioche Stitch

May 4

Lesson on plying on a spinning wheel and wet-setting the twist.

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Four-Square Mitered Pullover

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Brioche Stitch

Apr 27

Learning to spin on a wheel.

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The Sweatshirt Sweater Pattern

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Apr 21
Beautiful!!
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I have been in email contact with a lady who dyed her own yarn and knitted my Walking Through China socks.  She chose slightly different colors, but I think that is wonderful.

And what she did was beautiful!

2015 china socks right

2015 china socks front and back

Thank you Verna Burt for sharing these photos and your journey dyeing the yarn and knitting them up.  I love them!!!

Apr 20

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Bedford College of Lace Making

Leading Men Fiber Arts

Bijou Basin

CJKoho Designs

Hearthside Fibers

Fiber Addiction

Knit Circus

The Cyborg’s Craft Room

Apr 14

I sincerely believe that this past Saturday was the last extra work day I will need to make until next January.  At least I certainly hope so.  I have worked at least one day each weekend (except Easter weekend and one other) since mid-January and to say I am tired, is an understatement.  From here on out, if I am busy on a weekend, it will be my doing and not for the office.

Sunday, I had intended to clean up the yard and mow.  Mentally, I just couldn’t, so I did something that I have been wanting to do for weeks, now – I spent some quality time with one of my looms.

On my 4-harness, 22″ Harrisville Design loom, I have a 10-yard warp for waffle weave dish towels and dish cloths.  Before Sunday, I had one towel done using the same weft as warp, but it was full of mistakes because I had insisted on weaving when I was exhausted and not able to focus.  This towel will be for my bathroom where no one but me will ever see it.  Since then, I have woven a towel in a dark blue weft and most of the matching dish cloth.  Sunday, I had a blast!

After putting in a Jacob fleece to wash after its cold soak all week, I wove the rest of the navy-wefted cloth, wove an entire set with a green weft and started the next set with a magenta weft.

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This picture shows the transition from the navy weft to the green.  I love how the different weft colors change the tone of the warp threads.  That red line is my cutting line after they are washed and are ready to hem.

color change

Going to the magenta weft really changed it.

red

I love how the floats versus tabby areas make hills and valleys.  This is going to be so much fun once they are washed and finished.

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And underneath!  Looks like a fancy ceiling in an old building.

Once I have this all woven off (Still have to finish the magenta weft, then do a set with light blue weft and the last set in the same weft as warp), I will be ready to move on to something different.  I’m torn between overshot and double weave.

By the way, this will be the last thing I weave on this loom.  I am in the process of selling off all my looms except my 8-harness Baby Wolf.  I’ve already sold my 15″ LeClerc table-top loom, and I may have a buyer for the 18″, 4-harness Dorset (although if anyone is interested in this and you live within a couple of hours from Indianapolis, please let me know).  This Harrisville loom has been sold to a current student of mine and as soon as I can gather together everything that came with my 40″, 8-harness Herald loom, it, too, will be up for sale.  Then I have an old, ca. 1940, X-frame, 4 harness loom that needs the beater-bar rebuilt that will be up for sale once it has been fixed.

I’m not quitting weaving, only no longer teaching weaving classes.  So, I am going to get my equipment down to only one loom and the equipment I use myself.  I will keep a couple of wooden boat shuttles and my end-feed shuttles, but the rest will be sold.  I’ll let you all know when I am ready to place them out to new homes.  Sometime this summer.

 

 

Apr 13

 

Spring is here!!!

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The Year of Seasons

Apr 9
I Think She Likes Them
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My SIL, Missy, stopped by and got her World’s End Fingerless Gloves that I knitted up for her.

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Yes, I think she’s pretty happy with them.  Definitely a knit-worthy person!

Apr 6

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