Monthly Archives: January 2012

Spinning – Plying – Getting A Little Better

I know – I have not really been posting much on spinning lately.  Between Christmas and the knitting projects and the immersion in natural dyeing, my wheel as not been getting the attention it deserves.  But the New Year also … Continue reading

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Monday Project Report – I’m Back – Imagine That!!

It’s done!!! More than a month late for Xmas, but I know Elaine was okay with that.  No one had ever knit her a sweater so she was pretty psyched that it was coming anyway. The Peace Sign was a … Continue reading

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Natural Dyeing – Logwood

Nothing like a grey day to put you in the mood to talk about Logwood. Logwood is a tropical tree, the bark of which produces a blue/purple/grey dye.  As I am still learning about sources for my dyestuffs, I used … Continue reading

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Monday Project Report – Good News And Bad News

So the good news is that I was able to knit another skein of yarn this week – which started but did not complete the second sleeve of Chip’s aran sweater.  I am not posting a picture because it isn’t … Continue reading

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Food on Friday – Sweet Potato Pancakes

There is a constant debate in our family over who likes sweet potatoes and who likes white potatoes.   I fall on the sweet potato side of the debate and Markus is firmly on the white potato side.  Jesse waivers and … Continue reading

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Natural Dyeing – Weld

Weld is one of those great weedy plants that holds a secret – it makes a great lightfast yellow dye!!  Weld is one half of the Lincoln Green color said to have colored the cloaks of Robin Hood and his Merry Men … Continue reading

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Spinning – Almost To Plying

Finally finished spinning the blue and brown Shetland/Alpaca roving. I am just grateful that the Saturday spinning get-togethers have restarted and I can get back into a routine of spinning.  This fiber was spun with too much twist.  Plying will take out a little of … Continue reading

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Monday Project Report – Imagine Two Sleeves

and a front and a back and you get: Peace Dude. Next each part has to be blocked to size before I can start sewing the pieces together. That process started today. Kinda psychedelic, wouldn’t you say? For anyone counting, this … Continue reading

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Food on Friday – Baked Pork Chops

Okay, this one is a quicky – because these are ridiculously simple. There are certain recipes that I make just because we have always made them and they are easy and quick and work.  Among those are the baked pork … Continue reading

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Natural Dyeing – Poinsettia Leaves

I was looking at a thread in the Ravelry Plants To Dye For group and someone asked if you could dye wool with poinsettia leaves.  There was further discussion about whether poinsettias were poisonous and it appeared, despite India Flint’s admonitions against … Continue reading

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