Friday, May 30, 2014

Lontue Wrap

Lontue is a 50%/50% linen/cotton yarn hand dyed in Chile.  It has a nice drape and light-weight feel that's perfect for the versatility of this pattern design.  This is my favorite color (matches turquoise) so it will be mine and I'm working on a couple more in different colors for gifts.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

I Still Ride

I guess I haven't posted riding pictures lately.  Yes, I still get out and ride.  Not as many miles as I used to (been there - done that) and now what I consider more "quality" rides.

Cassoday Breakfast Run with my neighbor, Shawndra

And a good friend had a biker wedding a few weeks ago

Knitting on a Plane

Knitting gets me through business travel trips and makes long layovers enjoyable.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

My Bestest Friend

Happy Mother's Day to you and yours!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Free on the Side of the Road

I have a big basket filled with raw cotton I picked close to Winfield after harvest and decided to work it up.  It's kind of a tedious process but those are the ones I tend to like the most.  I also gave a demonstration over the weekend at an artist's gathering.  Here are the steps (which don't include a crazy white girl out in a field pilfering free cotton):

1) Pull the fiber out of the pods and then pick out all the seeds and debris
2) Hand card (flat brushes that line the fiber up) and roll like cinnamon buns ready to be spun
3) Spin two spools with a somewhat heavy twist
4) Counter clockwise spin the two spools into one yarn
5) Soak to clean, give it some good whacks against the bathtub then hang outside to dry

And that's it.  Ready to knit up into something useful like cotton washcloths.  Pretty cool to make something from nature into something useful.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Girls Just Gotta Flea

I'll admit it, mom and I are flea market junkies.  And it's not like we drag a bunch of junk home.  We just like to spend time together and look at old things.  And I will admit sometimes...I do find some good stuff. 

Yarn Bomb a Chair

So, remember that flea market chair I found in Texas a few weeks back? 
Since it's the right height for my spinning wheel I though it needed to be somewhat fiber themed and yarn bomb came to mind.  For comfort I decided just to milk paint the seat and then used leftover yarn to wrap around (with mod podge to secure) the pegs on the chair.