Friday, July 11, 2008

Things to come

As expected, I didn't accomplish nearly as much as I thought I could during my vacation. There are stacks of books and magazines yet unread. I have lots of yarn unknit, roving unspun. So what did I do? Why, I took a trip to Stonehedge Fibermill, and bought lots and lots of their beautiful Shepherd's Wool yarn,  and, for my spinners, some of the Shepherd's Wool roving.  I had to keep a close watch on it, as Kelly was verrrry interested in how it might spin. OK - I gave her a little.  We are both in love. 

I also designed a bag, two stitch challenges, spun some hemp from tow, and a very bright karaoke, plied with solids. I also made good progress on my Habu Paper coat.   All of this is crammed into the picture below, partly because my camera battery is flashing red. Mostly because some of these are somewhat secret.  You'll see. When I'm good and ready!

Most days I called back to the shop to see how things were going. From what I hear, it has been plenty busy.  When I placed my Fall orders at the Trade show in June, I asked that most orders not arrive until after July 15,  so that my shop-sitters wouldn't have to contend with boxes, and boxes, and more boxes of yarn rushing in the doors.  However, it appears orders from Habu, Plymouth, Dale, Louet, Stitch Diva, Mac and Me, Frabjous, Lantern Moon, Unicorn and Feista yarns are pouring in.  I won't recognize my own shop when I get back!  You'll see me next week, in the gallery studio, surrounded by mountains of brown boxes spilling out yarn and fiber, with a perplexed look.  It will take a bit of determined creativity to display all these treasures to their best advantage! 

But, right now I am savoring the last bits of time at the lake. Maybe one more trip in the Kayak. 

Friday, July 4, 2008

Arts and Crafts at Camp McRay

I took a class at the Crooked Tree Arts Council on Japanese Woodblock printing with Mary Brodbeck.  I think I did this type of printing 15 years ago in college - so I am way out of practice. I am thrilled that I was able to carve a shape, and using two colors, register the print. I even got a tiny bit of depth to the image - something I initially wasn't even going to try for.  I don't know how much of this I'll do in the future, though I hope I do again before another 15 years pass.  I consider this to be cross training.  I had a moment of that "homecoming" feeling when I first walked into the large sunny studio with the huge work table in the middle.  Anyway, below is the result. I made 8 prints, and gave one to Mary.

I have found lots of time to spin!  This little skein here is Karaoke fiber, dyed in a very bright, primary colorway, plied with purple.  Next up - plying the same karaoke with acid bright yellow. Find your sunglasses before my next post!

Unfortunately I have tendonitus running across the top of my right foot. This is not caused by spinning! No!  Doc advised no more spinning until foot heels, and no more long walks either.  Good news is - I can spin with my left foot. Now I just have to figure out how far I can hop!
And this above is my bag. On a puzzle. We have a boatload of girls,  ahem, young women with us.  They love to do puzzles, so every surface that is not covered in yarn or fiber, is covered in puzzles.  Can you guess the puzzle?  Can you see how this will be a bag?