A few non-quilt finishes

Over the last week or so I’ve finished up 2 projects that are NQR (non quilt related).  Both are for me, one has a definite purpose, one is still undetermined.

Last winter I started knitting a pair of socks in a fuschia/purple/green yarn.  Then the weather warmed up and I lost interest, until the other day and we got cool.  I finished them yesterday and finally, after 4 pairs of socks, have my sizing right!!!  Apparently I knit with really loose tension and have had to drop to a size 1 needle….and could probably still drop to a size 0 and have an even better fit!

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Until now, when I knit socks, I’ve been using DPNs (double pointed needles), but doing one sock at a time means I have to write down the # of rows (and which row I left off on) on little slips of paper.  So I have ordered a set of circular needles to go with my newest sock book that I purchased (Two at a Time Socks).  I’m looking forward to trying that and see if it’s more confusing, or less confusing for me.

Until the needles get here, I have a luscious ball of hand-dyed yellow rayon yarn to knit into a special project for a special person.  Hey, you KNEW if it was YELLOW it wasn’t for ME!   LOL

The other project, whose eventual usage has yet to be determined?  Well, it’s a woven ?????????  Hmmm, too short and stiff for a scarf?  But I finished it with fringe like a scarf.  Maybe a table topper scarf?   Or ???????    I don’t know what it will be, but I love it!!  Love the texture, love the color, love the feel of it so for now it is draped over my office chair where I can see it daily.

Oh, you want a pic?  Here you go:

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And just because I can:

"Honest Mom, I don't need a bath"
"Honest Mom, I don't need a bath"
Me neither mom!!!  He smells worse than me, HONEST!!!!
Me neither mom!!! He smells worse than me, HONEST!!!!

Learning to Weave

Last year I was gifted with a Beka tabletop weaving loom.  A beautiful piece of equipment that I had not a clue how to use.  But just the wood itself made it a wonder to me (yes, I love wood).

While talking with another friend, who is a weaver, I mentioned I had a loom I didn’t know how to use.  One day this friend offered to teach me to use the loom, and eventually I was at a point where I felt I could accept that offer and give it the time and consideration a new skill needs.

Yesterday I received my first lesson on weaving!  WOW, what a world!  I am amazed, intrigued, my mind races with possibilities.  Here’s what I managed to accomplish yesterday:

Weaving-010And a bit closer look at the weave itself:

Weaving-011I found as I practiced my weaving became consistently straighter and more uniform, until I started to get tired, at which point the last few rows became wobbly again.

I also realized there is a soothing, meditative aspect to the process that absolutely harmonizes with my soul.

Thank you Rain and Susan D-L, without the two of you and the gifts you have given me, I would never have known this wonder called weaving!

Heat, dew, and bowls

Isn’t that a strange title, but that’s what’s on my mind this morning.

Listening to the weatherman on the late news last night, I heard him say the predicted heat index for today will be 107!  Now I don’t think it’s going to get “that” warm (hear that noise, that’s the sound of my being an ostrich and burying my head in the sand!).   But, there are signs of it being pretty warm (alright downright hot and humid) today.

First sign, at 8:30 this morning it was already 80 degrees!

Second sign, heavy dew on the plants:

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Of course the heat and humidity we have is causing all sorts of sprouting to take place:

Morning-Dew-June-20-2009-00 (that’s bird seed in the holes on the feeder platform)

All this brings me to the conclsion that maybe it will be hot today!  Hence, after a few chores this morning, I shall spend my day in the studio.

And speaking of the studio, there are a few new pieces under works, which I’ll show at a later date.

Yesterday I delivered the little wholecloth sample to Quilter’s Loft for the class I’ll be teaching this fall.

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And I’ve gotten a few fabric bowls done in the last few days:

Fabric-Bowls-006This one was all done with my hand-dyed fabrics and yarns.

The next two snippets are of completely commercial fabrics and yarns:

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Fabric-Bowls-004All three of these bowls were done using Isacord embroidery thread.  And while I love it’s sheen and the way it handles in the Bernina, I would really like to find a thread with the same weight and sheen, and yet variegated!  Any suggestions?
Well, I’m off now to find more coffee and rethink the days plans….it really might be just a wee bit too hot out there to venture outside much!