Monday, August 31, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
While Sue it trying to pull herself out of jet lag fog and figure out which continent she is on I thought I would post an update on my friendship blanket. A little while ago I posted my first blanket square made of yarn I dyed with a group of friends and here is an update. I still have quite a few to finish but its coming along.
Back to the right of the picture on the neighboring property is a horse stable. In the spring we are lucky enough to watch the foals growing up in the field below but I suspect the economy changed that this year and so I now sit and listen to the bleating of goats.
Yes goats! There are also a few sheep for good measure. This is all a new experience and I have to say I love it. Sometimes it sounds like they are very distressed and the other day I discovered one reason why that might be.
Meet Morgan, a lab mutt who would love to spend a good portion of his days on the other side of the fence herding said goats.
A month ago Morgan had surgery for a suspicious tumor and I am now happy to say that even though he put me through the ringer during this time he is going to live a long happy life watching goats. He managed to scratch his stitches out not once but twice until he got his foot well wrapped hence the fluorescent pink bootie.
We had to keep a good eye on him and make sure he did not overdo it so I decided I would only let one dog out at a time. One morning I did just that and a little while later heard this rather high pitched bark coming from the fence line. Sounded like something I needed to investigate so I went to have a look and saw Morgan standing on one side of the fence and a noisy goat on the other. I pondered not sure what to make of it. I got my shoes and off I went down the hill to get a better look. Its one feisty goat I thought to myself until I noticed it had a rather panicked look in its eyes. Low and behold the poor thing had been tempted by the nice green grass on our side and managed to get his head through the fence but those nice horns kept him pinned in place much to Morgan's delight. Good news is I eventually unhinged the poor creature. So now every time I hear a deathly bleat or a high pitched bark I run to the window to make sure a 100 lb dog isnt tormenting the neighbors.
Did I say earlier I loved this???
Anyway this is a very long winded way to get to the title of this posting.
Dear Carol I heard you were waiting patiently for an answer to your question about how I dyed all this yarn in the first place. I am blaming the dog for my lack of response! I promise there will be one coming in full sometime soon.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Since there is quite a lot of things happening around here at the moment I thought I would post a few photos of last weeks dye testing results.
Above are the results of day one and two, below the results of day three.
They have all been catalogued and a few remaining formulas need doing but all in all I am happy with the results. It all started with Sue requesting a color for a project and snowballed from there. Quite a few of these are heading east and will be put to good use shortly.
While I was at it in the dye studio I did a few skeins of yarn to add to the stash. Some lovely silk, bamboo, wool and a few blends.
And these little things remain patiently on my sewing table. They are all the cutoffs from my bow tie quilt that are going to find a new life soon.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
The last couple of days I have been testing some new color formulas. Here are a few of the results so far. I will be back at it this afternoon and will be aiming for more soft muted shades.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
The great advantage to living here in the Inland Northwest is the proximity to some gorgeous waters in which to put in a kayak and take a breather when life gets a little crazy.The drive to the Clark Fork Delta is an easy one. The rewards are many and once we get into the water our favorite place to stop for lunch is this big pebble mound with views to die for.
There is nothing that soothes my soul as much as a little time out on the water and one of my favorite spots is just two hours away.
The women who are in my knit group also happen to belong to the local jewelry guild with me and this is a pile of pebbles that makes all our hearts sing.
Decisions, decisions, so many choices to pick from.
A few treasures I brought home with me last time have been tumbled and are waiting to be turned into something with a little bling.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
It has been a busy time in the metals studio.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I stopped into the local bookstore for a browse and this is what I found.
To top it off there is a very cool project to make as well. You wont want to miss this one!
Way to go Sue!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Jason, Sue's youngest son who has been living with us for the last year received good news last week. He is now officially qualified to go off to university this September as a Washington State resident. His beaming smile was a good indication at what a relief it was. My mom and I went to Ellensburg with him to attend his orientation session last month and after driving through the dry scrublands of the middle of the state you come to this gorge. I will be doing the drive again with Sue in September as she is coming to help move Jason in and to get a first look at where he will be spending his next four years.
His future abode for at least his first year, gotta love that fluorescent lighting!
On the way out of town we stopped to look at this house, Dick and Jane's spot, which I love and was saddened to see that the Dick had passed away last year.
Please go to www.reflectorart.com to find out more about it.
I encourage you to have a look at his reflector art on their website especially under the heading Installations and Studio Work. I love these and what great inspiration for quilts. He will be having a show of his reflector art at the gallery at Central Washington University next year.
I love dots, in fact I cant get enough of them and these are plastic bottle tops he nailed to a wood post. The garden is filled with visual delights.
They reminded me of a project I started while Sue and I were in Australia. I kept cutting out and carrying around with me a pile of dots and finally I have started putting them to use.
Pete's family has been here visiting for awhile and I showed his two sisters my progress and so they too have started a small project using dots. We had a quick stitching lesson and picked out some scrumptious colors.
This is Nan's in beginning stages and I look forward to seeing the finished results.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Sorry its taken me so long to post but I will start trying to catch up a little.
Awhile ago Janet, Deb, Bridget and I started getting together to knit and well just spend a little time together. We decided to have a play day in our barn/studio and do a little dyeing so I ordered up some worsted weight yarn and we each dyed 6 skeins and then traded a bit of each so we all have a great selection to work with. We are making our own versions of a friendship blanket and here is the beginning of mine. I cant wait to see how they all turn out.
I cant remember who dyed this but I love the colors.
Here is how it knit up. My first square finished. This is so addictive I just had to do another one right away.
This is a great way to play with color. I am trying to pull out the colors from the hand dyed square in the middle as well as create a balance with the borders. I will keep you posted as we all progress.