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POLL - I Need Your Input!

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The good news - I was accepted as a consignee at the Center for Maine Craft!! Yay, and phew!  But, as is usually the case, even good news brings about a conundrum, and it is with this that I need your input.

At this time the Center only wants 10 assorted scarves, as they already have a vendor that sells "similar" towels.  While waiting to hear their decision, I decided to wind a long warp for another run of towels, naturally.  I've just gotten 11 yards beamed, and am about to start threading the 500 heddles.

My first thought when I heard the news, was to get that warp off the loom as quickly as possible, by trying to re-chain it as is unwound off the beam.  I know the chances are good that this process might not work, but knowing how long it can take me to get through a project of this size, it seemed like a good idea.  But then I had another thought...

So, you remember these towels;

Do you think a warp similar to this might make colorful, summer-weight shawls?? The 10/2…

Summer Solstice

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I already shared these photos on Facebook, but they are so lovely I wanted to make sure all could see them.

These photos were taken through a UV-protective window with my cellphone, so the colors are only about half as amazing as the sunrise was to my eye. Just breathtaking.




What a great way to end a shift/start a day.  Mother Nature at her finest!

We spent yesterday at my father in law's memorial service; a wonderful gathering, but so very difficult.  Many stories were told, and many tears were shed. The service was held at a beautiful botanical garden, and although I did not get a chance to roam around afterwards, the smells and beauty on the way in were very calming.  It was a superb place to pay our last respects.  RIP Alden.


Bit by Bit

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Life just doesn't seem to want to slow down, so I've only gotten small amounts of work done, at least in the fiber realm.  I was really drawn to some fiber I purchased from JulieSpins on Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/JulieSpins).  She has a group on Ravelry that I stumbled upon, and some of her saturated color dye jobs are to die for.

These braids of "Paradise" caught my eye, and so they are my next spinning project.

The fiber is Falkland, which is the same fiber as my handspun sweater from a couple of years ago, so I know it makes a comfortable sweater.  Each braid is 6.2 ounces, so I may have difficulty getting enough yardage, but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.

Here are a couple of bobbin shots I took yesterday, as I spun up one quarter of one of the braids.



I've decided to spin it fractally, meaning that I divided the top in half lengthwise, then divided one of the halves in half again.  This will change the length of the color changes, making …

Bad, bad blogger1

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I know it's been a long time since I blogged.  It's not that I haven't been doing things fibery, but life has gotten in the way more times than I would like, so I've put it aside whenever I've thought about it.  This will be a short post, but I promise I will try to be more consistent.

The latest fiber fun I've had was spindle spinning up some Romney, dyed in the "Gunsmoke" colorway from Spunky Eclectic (http://www.spunkyeclectic.com/).  It was a bit of a challenge for several reasons.   First, I wanted to spin a worsted weight yarn, or even a bit thicker, instead of my usual MUST.TRY.FOR.THINNER.YARN mode.  I was successful - mostly - except the trade off was consistency. I was so worried about getting too thin that I overcompensated and it got thicker.  And thicker.  I know that the knitting will hide it a bit, but it's definitely something I have to work towards improving.

Here's a photo of the lovely fiber:

And here's an in-progress ph…