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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Signs of Spring


I've been working in the garden!

Left to right: The garden plot, broccoli, onions and chives (chives are from last year)

Lamb's Ear in the morning
I have a bunch of seeds starting indoors. I love going out into the garden each day to see what's going on. I hope the rabbits will stay away from my broccoli and brussels sprouts until they get bigger.
Brussels sprouts? Yes. They are so much better fresh off the stem. Whenever I make them my husband says, "Were you bad?" Obviously I only make them for myself.


Monday, March 23, 2009

Goodbye . . .


my little car. It died last summer (the transmission, actually) and I finally have someone picking it up today. It was a good little car!



I just posted this in the store:


Love that face! And now I really have to get working!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Say Yay For Spring!

It's spring!

It's spring!


I wanted to make some springtime necklaces this week. So, I gathered all my collage sheets, some stamps, glue, Exacto knife, various other doo-dads, and took them to the living room to work on in the evening.

I cut this out, I cut that out. I put this here, I put this there. I had stuff everywhere. Nothing clicked.

Tried it again the next evening.


Nothing.

Tried it again last night and thought, hm. And now for something completely different . . .




Thursday, March 19, 2009

New For Spring

It doesn't feel very spring-like here today. Ok, ok, it's not spring yet, but we had some nice weather recently.

Anyway, I am soooo happy to list a new scarf for spring.



I was so excited to finish it. It was on the loom with two others and it just seemed to be on there FOREVER. So I finally cut it off and knotted the fringes while talking to my mom on the phone. Actually, she does most of the talking. I threw it in the washer and dryer and thought I would be ironing it before its photo shoot, but no! It came out all crinkly. It was awesome.

Yes, I am bragging.

I have the two others in a hemp bath and will be rinsing and washing them today. I'm so happy. I feel the flow of creative qi again!


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Lovin' My New . . .

computer!


I have been THRUST into the 21st century! We got it on Saturday and words cannot express how cool it is!

Meanwhile, I have been productively whipping through fingerless gloves, as seen here:

These are knit from Connecticut-grown sheep, handspun and hand-dyed by me. They are very hardy, yet soft enough for your hands. You can even feel a bit of lanolin in them. They will be going to Swift Waters later in the week. They are quick to make while I'm hanging out with Matt after dinner.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Creative . . .

constipation.

Ugh. Sorry, but that's been my state of mind this week. I thought it was because I was sick last week and I had to get back into it. but upon reading through some of the posts on Etsy, I think I am not alone. At any rate, all the bottled up ideas are slowly coming out. Instead of wallowing in it, I am just ignoring it and plodding ahead.

I knit these up yesterday. Started them while I was working at Swift Waters.



Fingerless gloves knitted from yarn I spun and dyed, from Connecticut-grown sheep. Here are some more colors I have:




When I had a "real job" there was a guy I worked with who had a couple of sheep. He bought a house and the sheep came with it. So he kept them. He used to give me the wool. I have so much of it that I don't take it any more, but it was a good experience. I skirted it, cleaned all the hay bits, bugs, poop out of it, washed it and laid it out in the lawn to dry. It's Hampshire wool, so it's best for hard-wearing things. I never knew what to make with it. Then, I needed something to take to the store, so I grabbed it and I think it's working out well. I'm making something, therefore, adding some prune juice to my creative diet. These will go to Swift Waters, which has sold fingerless gloves in April.

I'm in Connecticut, after all.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Ssshhhh!

Isn't it strange that some of the loudest people in the library are the ones who work there?

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Treasury

I'm in another Treasury!

http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=43642

It's my Rain Tonight scarf:

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

It's a new day . . .

I feel 100+% better today. Yesterday I had a fever of 102+ and was in lala land - not fun. I slept most of the day but did clean the driveway and make a loaf of bread. I probably could have let it rise on my head.

Today my feet are comfortably nestled in my lasted handknit socks.


Handknit socks are THE best. They are extremely comfortable and they last a long time. Unless you have a sock knitting machine/device, they take a while to make. That's why I haven't tried to sell any yet. I may one day. But I just make them for myself and for my family.

I am so happy I feel better, too, because I am almost done measuring the warp for my next weaving project - belts. Or sashes. I tried to dye some hemp yarn in henna but it didn't come out very dark. I'm winding it on my nostepinne:


See, the socks are even helping.

I'm getting hungry. I don't know what the time says under this post but it's really 11:15 a.m. I can't seem to fix the time here on my blog.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Bleech



Here is my latest weaving project. It was hearted by a very talented weaver, Diane Thorp. Check out this window covering:



Isn't that gorgeous!

Yesterday I spent the day sleeping. I think I have some sort of the flu. I'm feeling a little better today but my cough sounds like I smoke two packs a day. Gross.

Plus, we're having a blizzard. But that doesn't bother me much, except that Matt is driving down to NJ today. I made him take a big comforter just in case he gets stuck somewhere. I wanted to throw in some granola bars but we didn't have any. Then I thought, even if we did, I'd have eaten them all.

Yesterday was my sister, Shannon's, birthday.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SHANNON!

Visit her shop on Etsy, Gwynevere Creations.