Spinning for Feral Beginners
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I did manage a quick trip to the local guild to see what was happening, but besides that, nada. Will have to go on the new year's resolutions list.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Check out Aboundingful Farm -- Ellen Hanson Anderson - Shepherdess and Spinner, and breeder of the most beautiful Angora Rabbits you've ever seen! My sister, Beth, bought Angel from Ellen. And yes, since the photo was taken, Angel has had a haircut! Ellen breeds Icelandic and Jacob sheep and keeps angora goats too. Her kid mohair is spinning heaven.
Look out for Nancy and Lili Weik's Overlook Manor Farm -- home of fabulous Cormo and Border Leicesters. And they breed gorgeous guard dogs too! And you know I'm loving that.
Both of these farms are happy to email you with information on which fibres are in stock. Look for them at the fibre festivals too. Be sure to tell 'em Melissa from SIOz says hello.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Roclans -- Kate grows the most unreal Ramboullets you'll ever see! And her fiber is worth emailing and ordering. She dyes the fleeces then has them processed for spinners -- the result is the softest, most wonderful spinning fibre you'll ever feel. Well, I'm biased, as in addition to having great fiber, Kate is an ACE person and so is her husband, who runs the farm and keeps her Rambos in good shape. Email her and ask her what colours and types of fibers she has in stock. It's worth the extra effort.
Flying Fibers: Jeri stocks rare UK sheepwools. I've stashed a variety to take back home with me. I'm particularly taken with her Manx batts. They're so kewl. Jeri is a talented fibre artist -- and I now am the proud owner of one of her wild hats -- PURPLE of course! I love it so much that I'm sad it is summer in Oz and can't wear it for a while. Buggah!
I'm sorting through what I've hoarded and will post more links as I get to them.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Awaiting details from several wool producers for weblinks, so please stay tuned for those!
M, in Easton, MD
Monday, October 13, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
It's so beautiful!!!! Now I'm dying to see what she does with the hand-painted Sherwood Forest I did with some of Wendy Dennis' top! WOWEEEE.
This was an experiment to see if I could dye a floral -- there are photos of this hand-paint, undyed, in a previous blog entry. Her spinning is amazing.
Speaking of amazing spinning -- I've spent the last 2 weekends in the company of the North Country Spinners, NJ -- an fab group of spinners, weavers, and knitters. Survived a very sleepless, but enjoyable retreat, then followed that up with a workshop the following Friday -- topic? Freeforming and the roll/bullion stitch. Of course, I couldn't help but insist that they purchase Prudence Mapstone's Bullions and Beyond -- a must if you want some inspiration on freeform crochet. Most, however, hadn't looked at the book. No worries, as it wasn't required, but I expected 10-12 people would be interested. Imagine my surprise when 30+ showed up, with hooks poised. It was a bit like herding cats, but we had a lot of fun negotiating the hook gymnastics as a group. Some very groovy patches started already!
So it's back to Maryland to prepare for the next SIOz outting!
Catching you later, m
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Funny: one of the cable film channels has been showing Australian films all month. HA! At least that's one channel worth watching, at least for now. Family has 700+ channels on the digital tv and still... NOTHING WORTH WATCHING when SciFi isn't showing a new programme. FIE.
Spinning: sneaked my very pointy drop spindle on the plane -- whorl packed separately from the shaft (shaft has a notch, not a hook) and spun happily on the plane (aisle seat) for a while. The flight attendant was quite intrigued. Or maybe just polite!
Still, not a wasted flight. :-)
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
When coiled, the sliver at the left resembles a fairy's dragon dropping.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
I will post piccies when I am awake again.
I didn't get to spend much time with my ptog buds, which bummed me out, but I was in work mode, not fun mode!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
I know this violates some strange sacred rule of spinners everywhere, but it's my damned yarn and I like it this way. I do know how to ply, but that isn't what I was after. So There.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
*schniffle* not enough time to play. This could turn me into a walking, talking (babbling?) Stephen King character. All knit and no play makes Mel a dull girl. WAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Sneaking in some spinning time this am at the guild... m
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Here are some groovin' photos Dot took of the Monkey Sock Swap 4 pack I sent -- The socks were knitted in Opal Mosaic purple. The yarns were: Jojoland, Knittery Slim Sock, and Lace Wings. I included a monkey (who looks jetlagged!), some jungle (w/monkey) stickers, a banana bunch fridge magnet, The Mingus Sock Pattern, some funky monkey material for Dot to use for patchwork -- she's a quilting fiend, and a bracelet that has a banana and a monkey on it.
I contemplated the contents of the pack and concluded that, after all, knitters probably prefer getting YARN (nice yarn) over any other items, so I went heavy on the sock yarn. I don't think DOT minded!
I really wanna do a monkey swap down under, but don't know who would be game... Any takers?
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Can't wait to finish work this week and play with wool.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Back to work --- and still no time for spinning. Bugggahhhhh.
Still stranded in oz...
Sunday, May 11, 2008
*sigh* Eggplant. Kiwi.... Juju Fruit surprise. It was a funky, weird multicoloured puff thrown into the box. How kewl is this?
MUST HAVE MORE MAUCH CHUNKY!!!
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
So I feel better having spun something this weekend. Alas, it was but a tease, as I am back at work knitting something, but for that brief, pleasant hour on Sunday, I was happy spinning yarn. And yes, it is very feral yarn indeed. :-)
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
My spindles lay idle whilst I work, which is making me sad! Spinning reserved for this Monday, my official day off.
Happy spinning and knitting!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Shoe size: 7 US
Foot length in inches: 9.5
What are your favorite colors? Purples, Greens (avocadoish), and Ocean Blues
What color clashes with your wardrobe? Yellow
Do you prefer solids or variegated yarns? Variegateds
What are your favorite brand sock yarns? Cherry Tree Hill, Interlacements, & Hill Country
Is there a new sock yarn you really would like to try? Anything from my faves
Cookie A. Patterns
List the patterns you do not have but would like to receive: Gothic Spire or Flicker. Apologies to sock buddy -- I just got a gift of a coupla patterns, one of which was the one I originally put here yesterday!
Do you have any allergies that your pal needs to know about? (animals, fiber, sensitivity to smoke etc.) No.
Will you knitting be exposed to animals? Yes, a dog.
Will you knitting be exposed to cigarette smoke? NO!
What country do you live in? Australia
Are you willing to ship outside your country? Yes.