Thursday, May 23, 2019

Another Warp for Towels

Okay--I'm ready to weave again--but, first you must wind a warp--big decision to be made--
What colors?  What size fiber?  What sett on the loom?  The last question will be answered first--
whatever the pattern is on the loom now--that's what it's going to be--yep, I'm just tying on and pulling through----AGAIN!  Think I've done this four times already--it's a regular twill pattern warped now and there is so many ways you can change the treadling to make different patterns.

What colors for the warp?--Easy--I go to my fiber closet and pull out all the colored yarns--and size, I don't worry about--anything goes in this warp.

I'm using bright colors--nothing white or natural, my lightest this time
is yellow--but the rest of going to brighten up the towel
How is this warp looking?  I'm not sure I want to leave the yellow now that
I've seen it in photos--might change that out.
and, I'm not worrying about the way the colors lay--just random--
try it sometime--it's a freeing--no planning!

The size of yarn runs from 10/2 to 8/2 cotton.
Okay, warp is ready--
just need to finish that last yard of weaving to begin warping again........

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Small Things--Good Things

Thinking tiny --working Kathleen Tracy's 2019 Mystery Quilt--
This is April's block--cut and ready to sew--I'm keeping up so
If you look at my blocks--there is no room for 1/4" seam!
Guess these blocks will be sewn again--it takes perfect
measurement to get these tiny blocks just right!

Remembering Adelia: Quilts Inspired by Her Diary quilt book (Kathleen Tracy) is being used to make Peony Stars:   

Want to give it a go?  Check out Kathleen's Facebook group--
so many wonderful free patterns in the files
and you too can think tiny.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

ONE of These Days.........................................

One of these days, I'm going to learn to Brioche Knit!  That's a fact Jack!  I have several brioche patterns that I would love to knit--I have two videos in my library--there are multitude more in Youtube library...........................
For some reason, my mind will not wrap around this knitting technique--I get carried away by distractions too easily..........................................Now, here is another opportunity to learn

and it comes from one of the master knitters--Franklin Habit of

 Just look at this---BASIC Brioche- 101
What better place to begin.......

oh gosh, he even has Brioche 102--knitting with two colors in the round!

And if, IF, I can get through 101 and 102, I can graduate up
to Brioche 201--Oh Joy!
There are pictures--lots of pictures--

I Think I Can--I Think I CAN!

Friday, May 17, 2019

Summer Time! And The Living is Easy..................

Oh Yeah!  Summertime!  What a song!  Easy breezy!  Great listen!

Come along to this summer time quilt along from Moda Bake Shop--
Ocean breezes, waves crashing and sand between your toes--The theme for the summer is Seashore with Ocean themed QAL.  This journey begins on June 3 with fabric requirements and ends on August 26 with the reveal and one last 'bonus' block that can be used for the label.
Hard to believe we are talking about Summer time and June--time stops for no one!

Mark your calendars for this one--should be cool breeze as we sail through
summer time!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Unst Lace Shawls

Where is Unst, you ask? I wasn't too sure myself until I did some research.  Unst is one of the Shetland isles located north of Scotland--
  I love lace knitting and when I found these lovely Unst Shetland Lace shawls, I was in heaven!

Here is a lace knitting pattern you can buy from Sharon Taylor--such a lovely
garment!  These shawls are fine, you can pull them through a wedding ring!

Watch this video to see how these beautiful shawl are knitted but
first, you must do the spinning--my question--how can they knit so fast!!?
Enjoy the magic of creativity!


BBC Archive has a video from 1960's with more information--fascinating to watch!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Relax! Read!!

Haven't I told you how much I like to read?
I sure hope you like to read as well--
this is a whole new world out there when you
open a book.  You can travel to all parts of the
world as you lose yourself in the pages.
I'm always reading at least two books at the same
time--One book is on the bed stand--another
is on the coffee table in the family room.
Here is my latest reads....

We (hubby is a reader too) have discovered John D MacDonald with his
Travis McGee character--we've finished the first in the series--
"The Long Goodbye"--why it took us so long to indulge in this read,
I don't know!  So glad we began this series.

Elizabeth A Garcia--"One Bloody Shirt at a Time"--oh my, how
I love this read.  I've also finished the second ("The Beautiful Bones") in the series!
These reads take me back to Big Bend Texas and Terlingua--
I walk in Deputy Rios shoes....

"Luckenbach Texas--The Center of the Universe" by Becky Crouch
Pattison--daughter of Hondo Crouch, founder of Luckenbach--
We visit Luckenbach often--we attend the Cowboy Church on Sundays--
attend the afternoon or evening music concerts.
This book brings you the history behind the town, population 3--
a delicious read and music that comes out of the history

"The Lost Girls of Paris" by Pam Jenoff--
I learned about the lost girls of Paris through an episode of
"Foley's War"--an almost true look at WWII in Europe--
And now we step into secret agents lives

Mike Blakely's book "A Sinister Splendor"--a semi fictional
look at 1845 Mexican-American War--We know Mike and his
wife Annie through their music--they play many of the events
and functions around Hill Country Texas.  Imagine my surprise
when we were eating dinner with Mike/Annie and learned
he is an author--many times over!

Hope you will find a way to escape the mundane routine of
daily living.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Dyeing Gradients..................................

You seen these lovely gradient yarns--some very expensive.
I can understand why--it takes time to skein yardage to make
a smaller skein but continue to be in the same ball of
yarn.  I came across this tutorial on Simply Notable
web page--you can see it process with step by step
instructions.  She is using Kool-aide for her dye.

But, for me,
after Easter sales--give me a ton of those little
tiny dye tablets for egg dyeing--those will work just

In years past, I've dyed my silk roving with these
tablets--using the microwave to set the dye--spin it
up and knit a lovely scarf for spring wear.

Simply Notable has an April dye along for hand painted
yarn--using Easter egg dye--book mark this site as you will
find many useful tidbits of crafty things.