Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in the United States and in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla).[ Mexican Americans also often see the day as a source of pride; one way they can honor their ethnicity is to celebrate this day.
The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken to be Mexico's Independence Day—the most important national holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16.


To Me--It's Fiesta time!  Bring on the

Margaritas!

Tacos!


Guacamole!
 
And of course, delicious beans!
Yummy!  Nothing like celebrating this holiday in true style!
Check out these recipes and more at

 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Read Like A Child!

I love Children Books!  Children Books of all shapes, sizes, colors, no words, some words, poetic words, nonsensical words, picture books, texture books and the list grows!  Whenever I visit a Book Shoppe, I head to the children's book section to see what's new.   Find a good book, pull up a cushion or plop on the floor and begin to read.

The 50 Best Books For Kids is a listing of books that some find worthy of reading over and over again. 


In fact, I have the complete set of Beatrix Potter's Books--all little books that are certainly a pleasure to hold in my hands.
But, according to my list, there are a few not mentioned on this listing
A great read for anyone--several years ago a group of my friends and I visited Tattered Book Store in Denver and of course, we went to the children's section.  One pulled out this book and said "I love this book" so it was bought.  Later, in the afternoon as we sat and relaxed we decided to read our books out loud--
we passed it around until someone was brave enough to say "I'll read it!"
and so the pages turned, the words were spoken, and by the end of the last page,
we were all in tears!  Happy tears!  Lovely tears!
To this day, I will gift this book to a new Mother!


And this book!  Ahh, a favorite of our son--he would want this book read every night.  When he was a grown man, he still enjoyed the story of this book and he gifted it to his friend's first born.
Books live forever!
So, If you need permission to play in the Children's book section,
I grant you that permission!!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Jane Austen Rocks!


Jane is Timeless!  Not only can you find knitting patterns inspired by Jane Austen, but you can also enjoy her books over and over again.

Jane Austen Knits by Interweave Press  This is my issue from 2011--I thoroughly enjoy this magazine!  "What Would Jane Knit?"  "Jane and Knitting"  Time line for Jane's life--what more can a gal want?! 

How about listening to "Sense and Sensibility" while knitting up one of these lovely patterns!!
A super love story! that is timeless!

CraftLit is the way to go when you want to hear a good book.  The host, Heather, has the insight into the story line with many asides that make the listening more fun.
As I've written before, this is a free podcast for those who love books!
Drop in and get a dose of Sense and Sensibility.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Weave It! Weavette! Small Looms!


If you are a weaver, how were you first interested in weaving?  Was it with this small loom?
I found this weaving loom at a garage sale--priced at $.50--what a bargain!  Not that I've used it lately.  This is definitely a keepsake for ages to come!
 
The previous owner laid down the warp and began to weave with the weft.
There are so many ways one can weave these days.  When I began in 1970's, I used a photo frame--just wrap the warp around the outside areas and began.
We can use cardboard pieces, paper plates, ice cream sticks, etc.  Check out this Pinterest page for other weaving equipment that won't break the bank!
And Schacht has this portable loom that is getting rave reviews from new weavers!
Weaving is a never ending craft to learn!  Never boring! 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Selvedges in Weaving

There are selvedges involved in weaving--in sewing--in knitting!  Today let's work on our selvedges in weaving!  Why do we obsess over nice clean selvedges when we are weaving?  Maybe, that's the first thing, as a weaver, you want to be perfect--or it's because, other weavers always look to see how you did your selvedges so they can improve.




  Laura Fry  has these following steps.  They are listed on Craftsy.

Tip #1:  Beam the warp under consistent tension using good packing materials

Tip #2: Try to be consistent about using the correct amount of tension during weaving on the warp for the yarn being used

Tip #3: Do not weave too close to the beater/reed

Tip #4: Wind your bobbins well

Tip #5: Don’t over fill bobbins

Tip #6: Leave a good angle on the weft and make sure it is loose in the shed when beating to ensure that it can take up across the width of the weaving and not cause excessive draw in.

Tip #7: Be consistent advancing and tensioning the warp

Tip #8: Be consistent in beating

Tip #9: Set the weft loops at the selvedge with good tension

Final note: The first step in achieving good selvedges is to develop good working skills.

From Jane Stafford, another experienced weaver comes these tips:

Throw,
Beat, Leave It…meaning, leave your beater against the fell
Change your Shed
Beater Back to the Castle

If you want to have a great discussion with other weavers, bring up this topic!  you will have several ideas on what works best when weaving.............

Happy treadling!












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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Selvedges in Knitting

We're back on the topic of selvedges.  this time in Knitting!  Have you ever thought that you must make your selvedges work just right?  Of course, you have!    I found this site Tricksy Knitter very helpful.
Here is a simple chain slip on this shawl selvedge

 
How about a crochet edge to finish off your selvedge?
On this shawl I used garter stitch on the border.
There are so many interesting stitches to use for that added feature on your knit wear.
Happy stitching!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Clouds.

Have you ever lain in the grass and looked skyward and to see what cloud shapes you can imagine?
What fun that is.............................."oh, I see an elephant" "that shape looks like a clown".............
We look towards the clouds to bring us relief on a sunny day--
"Thank goodness, that cloud blocked the sun"
 
 
 
clouds give us reflections of the setting sun
clouds fill the sky with light fluffy puffs--
I don't know the name of the cloud shapes
but
 
I'm always happy to see some of those puffs on a clear blue sky day!