Saturday, May 31, 2003

The Silk Road

While I was reformating my computer and cleaning up my files I found the slideshow
for The Silk Road, last year's
Folklife Festival at the Smithsonian. It was so hot and dry last July - you
felt like you were on the Silk Road with the amount of dust that was kicking
up. Hard to conjure up that feeling with the cool, damp, dreary days we've been
having lately. Of course, with 21 school days until vacation, I guess it's good
it doesn't feel like summer.

I took the blanket off the loom. I'll post pictures after I twist the fringe
and wash it.

Sunday, May 11, 2003

Happy Mother's Day

Softball conesHappy
Mother's Day! My youngest daughter, Sarah, went to a yard sale yesterday and
found these eleven cones of Conshohocken Softball 2.2 for $1 each. What a great
gift. I'm thinking the greenish blue on the right would make a good Wallaby.
I've knitted with it before, but I also think they'd make a great weft for a
blanket. You can't really see from the picture, but the multi cone under the
white one has flecks of navy, blue, red, and green. Anyone ever use this for

Another cool present I got was from Dan, my oldest son. He gave me this heating
tool, that can be used for woodburning, stencil cutting, even soldering. I have
some designs in mind for my Louet that I wanted to burn and I now can make up
my own quilting stencils.

I'm still playing around with the Jacob. I think because it has so many burrs
(at least that's what I think they are, it looks like tiny little sticks, not
hay or straw) that the best course of action will be to rake it with the dog
rake, then card it on my drum carder. It's really going to be a messy job. Even
after raking out tons of stuff, the carder still got lots out. I'm going to
spin up the first batt tonight and see how it looks washed up before I do anything
else. I like Claudia's
idea of hand carding it and Navaho plying, but I couldn't get it clean enough
to do that. If this doesn't work, I'm just sitting it aside and going on. Life
is too short.

Saturday, May 10, 2003


I had a great time at MDSW this year. My plan was to pick up a variey of fibers
to stretch my spinning abilities. I also wanted to get a book on needle felting
and some needles. Other than that, I was fair game!

I picked up some dyed Coopworth
for some needlefelted tropical fish I want to make from Dyed Dreams.
The woman in the booth was demonstrating knitting right from the locks and was
getting a lot of attention.

Stony Mountain
had brightly dyed roving
and needle felting supplies.
I also bought some cormo that was pin drafted by Ohio
Valley Natural Fibers
. Didn't figure you needed a picture of a coil of white
fiber! After seeing the nice job they did on Stony Mts. cormo, I went over to
talk with Don (?) about the Whitefish Bay corriedale. He explained to me how
the do the pin drafting and the difference between top and roving. I understood
it when he explained the different terms but don't ask me to explain it to you

At the Carolina
booth I found some gorgeous Merino/Tussah
and a few ounces each of Silk Rayon Blend, Cultivated Silk, and Soy
Silk/Cashmere Blend. They were all natural colors.

Stopping by The Woolery
yielded 2 oz. of Camel/Silk Top and white Firestar and a deep blue/green/fushia
Metallic Mardigras.

Check out this gorgeous Bombyx top
from Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks. I don't know where I heard it, but someone mentioned
The Drafting Zone for processing. I stopped by their booth and picked up 8 oz.
of a 80 Romney/10 mohair blend
that they processed and dyed themselves. I figured it would be a good indicator
of their work. Somehow a pound of Brown Sheep roving also found its way into
my bag. Well, you know I need something to dye with.