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Sunday, June 11, 2006

Miss me?

OK, show of e-hands, Who loved yesterday's guest presentation at the RI spin guild meeting? ME,ME (jumping up and down waving wildly!)! May I suggest a road trip to URI to see what we might see? Hats off to Renay for putting a wonderful meeting together. Great idea. One of my favorites was the twined weaving pics. That is a must try.
For those of you not in attendance, Dr. Margaret Ordonez from the University of Rhode Island was out guest speaker. Dr. Ordonez manages the Textile Conservation Laboratory and the Textile Gallery at URI. Her computer presentation showed magnifications (some up to 600x) of some of the textiles she has worked to identify fibers in. They were fascinating. We were also treated to a feel of some of the samples, just incredible.
On to commerce; I got a small shipment of beautiful drop spindles in from CO. They are from the people who made my red glass top whorl that many of you have admired. I couldn't be more pleased. Whorls include green glass, picture jasper and more. I also got some solid color romney in dark green, med. blue, bright gold, cran red, and purple. Great for blending, felting, or spinning as is.
Also, Congratulations to Carrie Mac and MR. Carrie Mac on the birth of their new grandson! And, hello to our Canadian voyeur. I need an address to mail your felting fiber and needles out.
Hope to see many of you on Tuesday. su

Miss me?

OK, show of e-hands, Who loved yesterday's guest presentation at the RI spin guild meeting? ME,ME (jumping up and down waving wildly!)! May I suggest a road trip to URI to see what we might see? Hats off to Renay for putting a wonderful meeting together. Great idea. One of my favorites was the twined weaving pics. That is a must try.
For those of you not in attendance, Dr. Margaret Ordonez from the University of Rhode Island was out guest speaker. Dr. Ordonez manages the Textile Conservation Laboratory and the Textile Gallery at URI. Her computer presentation showed magnifications (some up to 600x) of some of the textiles she has worked to identify fibers in. They were fascinating. We were also treated to a feel of some of the samples, just incredible.
On to commerce; I got a small shipment of beautiful drop spindles in from CO. They are from the people who made my red glass top whorl that many of you have admired. I couldn't be more pleased. Whorls include green glass, picture jasper and more. I also got some solid color romney in dark green, med. blue, bright gold, cran red, and purple. Great for blending, felting, or spinning as is.
Also, Congratulations to Carrie Mac and MR. Carrie Mac on the birth of their new grandson! And, hello to our Canadian voyeur. I need an address to mail your felting fiber and needles out.
Hope to see many of you on Tuesday. su

Thursday, April 13, 2006

fleece and friends

Tuesday was a quiet and soothing evening at Rhode Island Handspun. Barbara, Cindy, and I got some knitting done while enjoying each other's company. We spoke of sheep and wool and the local availability of beautiful fleeces. Fooled around with a bit of dyeing as well.
Just an aside, is it fleeces or fleece for the plural? I know I can JFGI, but I like to hear everyone's opinion, so.....
Did anyone notice one of our own pictured in the new Spin-Off? Right there on page 26! Also, congratulations to David at the Merlin Tree. His wheels are just lovely and I'm glad to see him being recognized for his talents.
In closing, let me remind you all that you can access some wonderful wool through Barbara at Seldom Seen Farm. The babies are out at both farms and some shearing is already done. su

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Friday made a great dye day. Carrie Mac came out to play and we had a splendid time of it. We tried the pour/paint method on 2 plastic covered tables . We chose some fingering weight blue faced leicester yarn and some pencil roving. Both experiments were successful and we aim to do more in the future. Just wish the weather could cooperate a bit, tough to dry in the rain.
It's that time of year again, time for egg decorating. Is anyone interested in coming out for a Ukrainian egg day? Probably on a Saturday to include as many people as possible. Marlene and Carrie have confirmed interest, anyone else? Give a holler so I know how much to put aside. I hope to see many of you on Tuesday evening for knitting. su

Friday, March 03, 2006

How is everyone making the shift to a new season? Are you caught in the middle of could be projects for Spring and the heavy Winter stuff you have started? I'm kind of flapping in the breeze on this. My mind goes to cool tops for warm weather, but my cold feet keep me knitting wool socks. I'm also playing more with my spinning. I am enjoying the new Columbine wheel and my thought is to work up some curly stuff in great colors to break it in. This wheel has huge bobbins and a large orifice that can be converted to a smaller one via an insert. If you're around Saturday please stop in and say hey. su

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Just a reminder that this Saturday, February 25th, will be a spin in at Rhode Island Handspun. I hope all will be able to join us for tea, talk, snacks, knitting and even some spinning. Have you, like myself, been neglecting your spinning this winter? I've been knitting (OK, and trying to breathe for much of it) instead of turning that wheel. I plan to change that this weekend. I just opened a great box of new fiber for spinning and am feeling quite inspired. Here's hoping that the weather co-operates with us. su CAUTION: arriving before 10:30 will expose you to possible sighting of the dreaded "cow jumps over the moon" PJ's that only Muriel has so far survived.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Darn groundhog...

I'm sooo glad we have wool. I'm not even cold normally and I need my sweaters. Thankfully, Tuesday knit ins have inspired even more wool projects. Cindy is making THE most gorgeous hat from Grumperinas directions. It's beaded and the design swirls around the head in a lovely pattern. She is also working 0n a sweater and a secret so I dare not elaborate. We were also treated to pictures of Paula's latest aran. She overdyed to a perfecct rust-ish color, a great silk and wool blend in a small grist yarn. I wish I were more talanted in the computer department, because I would link you to her site. I has given me hope that I can make and wear a lighter weight aran without losing the detail that makes it so nice. We have missed Judy, Patty, and Carol R and hope all is well in their worlds. Oh, I also got the replacement Bryspun circs in, so if you have had problems in the past, please note that we now have only the new ones in which the join problem has been fixed. As always, I will replace any problem needles immediately for you , no questions asked. Get ready for a new round of top notch fleecees too, our local farms are welcoming new lambs daily! Best to all and please stop in when you can. su

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Did you give thanks?

Did anyone use the holiday to actually give thanks this year? I neglected to do so until the day after. My main source for gratitude? People, hands down! My family as well as my fiber and cyber friends, that's what makes my world go round. Our post holiday spin-in was needed by all and proved to be entirely enjoyable. Seeing all my knitting and spinning friends and the beauty they bring to being puts me right back in the groove.
I was delighted to have two people here with their second generation knitters and spinners! Bodes well for the future of our craft, no?
What are you most greatful for this year? Let's hear it. Maybe like Ralph, you're thrilled with your finny new friends. Perhaps, like several of us, you are blessed with a new addition to your family. Having trouble finding a bright spot this year? Drop by and we'll help you get one. Honest. su