Archive for May, 2008

Iris and 5

May 30, 2008

I thought I’d give this fiber combination a try.  The purple is “Primrose”  a merino/bombyx blend from Chasing Rainbow Dyeworks and the yellow is some of the hand painted merino by Deb Menz.

This combination reminds me of irises, one of my favorite flowers.  They are also one of the few flowers that I don’t seem to kill  thrive in my yard.


I knitted a sample to get an idea how it might look.

The yellow doesn’t look as drab as in the pics.  I think it will make a nice lace scarf.

Dear Miss Alice  tagged me with a the “5” questionnaire.  So here goes.

What were you doing five years ago? (I’m suprised I remembered that far back)
1. A lot of what I’m doing now, being a stay-at-home mom.
2. Knitting, but I was sewing more, some quilting.
3. Girl Scout troop leader/cookie mom
4. Soccer team manager
5. My last camping trip in a tent (also the last time I will take someone else’s word that it is a good tent and it doesn’t have any holes in it)

What are five things on your to-do list for today (not in any particular order)?
1. Go to DMV and get the title change on my daughter’s new/used truck.
2. Take son to soccer practice.
3. Clean the screens and windows in my bedroom.
4. Bills
5. Talk to my fiber guru (Pamela) about fiber for sock yarn

What are five snacks you enjoy?
1. Cheese, lots of varieties
2. Gingersnaps
3. Vegetable Spring Rolls (not fried) with a chili dip
4. Good smoked salmon
5. And last but not least, chocolate

What five things would you do if you were a billionaire?
1. Set up funds for education, health, and economic development for those in need.
2. Pay for all the kids’ education
3. Buy/start a farm with all kinds of sheep, alpacas and any animal that has great fiber. There would also be a nice trout stream nearby.
4. Fund a really big party for family and friends at a different fun location every year.
5. Travel with my DH (first class)

What are five of your bad habits?
1. I procrastinate
2. I tend to over analysis
3. Bit of a pack rat
4. Watch stupid sitcoms when I’m tired and should have gone to bed
5. I don’t put my purse one spot when I get home, so I’m constantly bugging my family with “Where’s my purse?”

What are five places where you have lived?
1. Norfolk, England
2. Princeton, New Jersey
3. Jamesburg, New Jersey
3. Kodiak, Alaska
4. Anchorage, Alaska

What are five jobs you’ve had?
1. Waitress
2. Lab tech in a laser research lab
3. Lab tech in materials (for construction) and geotechnical lab
4. Civil Inspector (roads and earthwork)
5. Geographical Information System data base tech

Ta, ta for now, have a good weekend! 


Something Red… and Green

May 22, 2008

First off, let me calm your fears, I not going to be posting anything about Christmas this time of year!

Before the Deb Menz’s workshop, I was playing around with some multi-coloured fibers and spun up some singles.  I had one bobbin of red merino with different values and saturations, another bobbin with some red silk from Chasing Rainbow Dyeworks (on the left) and the cranberry merino from Ashland Bay ( on the right).  The cranberry spun up looked more like blueberry to me.

I didn’t use any of these singles at the workshop, so I want to ply them and looked to see what might go together.  At first, I thought would just do a two ply with the red merino and red silk singles, but after taking the workshop I wasn’t going to try something more adventurous.  Looking at a colour wheel, I saw that red and purple are analogous and the values of the singles weren’t too extreme so I thought I’d give it a try and make a three ply.

And voila…

I am very happy with the results.

And now for something green.

As I was sitting in my car waiting on my teenagers, this pulled into the parking space beside me.

I thought this was so cute, I had to take a picture.  I use to love watching the “The Muppet Show” when I was a kid and I bought all the muppet movies for my kids.

Below the beer, on the side of the scooter, is written.  “It’s not easy being green.”

Too bad the husband, 4 kids and dog won’t fit on it.

Again too cute.

Plying For Colour, Part 3

May 19, 2008

Well, I was a total star struck fan with Deb.  She gracefully signed my copy of her book.  I brought along a case of coloured markers, I wasn’t going to give her a boring black pen to autograph “Color In Spinning”.

Check out her watch, the face is a colour wheel.

Her book wasn’t the only thing  I had her sign.

Yep… that’s my drum carder, “Deb’s Delicate Deluxe”.

This is the first time someone has asked and she has signed a drum carder.  She got a good giggle out of it.

Attending the workshop was another “fiber star,” Celia Quinn.  

She a spinner who teaches and has written for “Spin Off”.  Deb and Celia are good friends and Celia is listed in the dedication and acknowledgements in “Color in Spinning”.  Celia lives in Alaska and I have had the pleasure of taking one of her workshop.

Here’s a peek of what is on the loom (a computerized one) in the background.

Our host/weaver is going to use the fabric for a table cloth.

At the end of the workshop, the hand painted fiber that was not used was available for sale.

Here’s my acquisition with some solid merino that I might spin with it.

As I mentioned in my first post, I had an absolutely fantastic time.  I learned a lot, Deb is a great instructor and has a wealth of knowledge to impart.  The other spinners that I took the workshop with were a joy/hoot to be with.

I’m still grinning.