Getting Ready for the Summer


I am officially in two shows this year – the Twist Festival in St Andre-Avelline, QC in August and the Woodstock Fleece Festival in October. After a great small discussion with a friend yesterday, I have a glimpse of my fibre path again!

I started a few weeks ago with my fibre flax planting for the year. Originally I was going to rent a tiller, but my husband wanted to buy one instead. And this electric cutie has already been in use at both the city and farm houses this year. I can handle using it for about an hour at a stretch.

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We cleared a 6 ft by 21 ft area. I marked it off with a shovel, and we finished it with the tiller.

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I planted 4 varieties (marilyn, vesta, calina, and melina) just before we had rain for a week. I have sprouting from all the seeds at various rates. It will still take a few days to see how well spaced it is.

Marilyn (sprouting seeds)

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Melina

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Calista

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Vesta

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I also picked up this new house. Behold the Bee Chalet!

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Mowhawk Hat


Have been looking at funky wig hats lately…

I hand dyed a bunch of thick mop cotton. Using 8mm needles, I made a bunch of hats testing out some sizes.

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Once I had the size right, I made this!

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When I have some time I want to make a Rapunzel style wig out of silk!

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The Stitch Bandwagon


I too felt the need to learn the crocodile stitch and made an elf boot(ie)! I used 2 strands of Lanaknits Hempwol on 6mm needles. A third strand for the heel.

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I keep mulling over the colours I want to use in boot number two….

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The Lovely Mia


Mia Torres, my wonderful model in Las Vegas recently celebrated her birthday! Here are a few more pics from our photo shoot in 2013.

A new picture I can print for my booth

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Some fun ones

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And a neat little picture that I made into a series

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And a new banner

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Looking to the Sky


My husband published in a conference recently in Providence RI. I took the chance to tag along. We drove there on Sunday and drove back home on Tuesday. On Monday I took a walk arround downtown searching for a bookstore (where I bought a weaving book from 1906). It was a difficult shop to find as I kept looking upwards at all the incredible architecture in downtown Providence.

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Sculpture by Lee Jae Hyo (I was able to find the artist online!) And the rest of the time I was pretty much looking up.

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I was taking these pictures from across the street to get the widest field of view. There were stained glass pieces in every arch. I couldn’t see the details on the day, but I can enlarge the mostly blurry ones (the focus of the camera was always higher above them) and pretty much see heraldic looking stuff; lions, eagles, shields. Except for the one I did have in focus. The guy in his underwear!

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And back up!

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And a few impressive murals

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Ginormous!


This may be the biggest pufball we have ever found on the farm yet!

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Unfortunately its very spongy and wet inside. We picked this too late this year.

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Can’t wait to see what comes up at this site next year.

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Hearts, hearts hearts, and a few more!


So here they are. All the test knitting I have been doing in the last little while that match up with the new pattern I’m testing out!

I started with a single heart in a shawlette or bandana, and moved on to hearts in a line in a three tier pattern and finally increasing hearts per tier. I have been using everything bast to test, lately focusing  on Louet linen, both yarns and fibres.

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This first bandana is made out of handspun linen fibre. I have already washed and left it out in the sun to lighten up.

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Louet linen Solo 3 Tier Hearts pattern in moss, stockinette and garter stitches. I love playing around with colour and texture. I was also curious if the hearts would look different in different stitches, and they do! This pic is off the needles, before blocking.

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And after blocking. Ahhh the magic of blocking!

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Back to handspun bast yarns. I think this is hemp that I spun up many years ago (hard to remember if I used just hemp or a blend now). A little teaser of the increasing hearts per tier pattern.

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I am starting an increasing hearts per tier pattern in Louet linen and using my Kollage needles! The light green is from a batch of hand painted Eurosport yarns that were available a few years ago. Can’t wait to see how the colours look further into the piece. I may have to switch up for two more colours on the next tier…..

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Another single heart bandana using up scraps of yarn.

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Trying out the heart motif in 3 ply and 6 ply hemp yarn cowls. I need to see these blocked, I should work on the ends more often!

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This is the test piece I brought with me to the Twist festival this year. I made it out of a brand new silk/wool blend yarn that came from the carpet guys I originally bought my silk yarns from. There are only 2 tiers in this one, I decided I didn’t like the bridging pattern I tried using between tiers. I also ran out of time before the show and didn’t want to show this piece on needles.

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Another heart cowl. While I can show the heart well in pictures, but I actually added too much other lace pattering in the cowl, which makes it too hidden for me.

These last few heart pictures are a repost from an earlier blog about blocking.

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If you are interested in testing out my charts for making these patterns, please message me!

 

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