Sunday, September 30, 2007
There was a cool group representing the "Colored Regiments" in the war and two ladies were knitting (actually one was crocheting) with Red Heart yarn! Yikes. I got thinking about it and thought that maybe that would be a good home from my first homespun yarn. It's Lincoln; rough, minimally dyed and processed and more than a little amaturish. So I went home and got it and took it back to them. They were thrilled and anxious to get started on some knitting that was a little more authentic to their reenactment than turquoise acrylic! And I'll always remember that my first spinning wheel yarn was used for the Union Army in the Civil War!
I finished my Walk on the Wild Tide Socks. I'm really happy with the stitch pattern and will make sure and remember it when I knit with hand-dyed's in the future. It pops the individual colors out a little more.
Yesterday was Saturday knitting. Baxter's Mom and YarnThrower weren't able to make it but Elizabeth and Linda were there and a couple of other's I hadn't met yet, Rhonda from the UWH and Chris who popped in on the fly on her way to a movie. The company was delightful and the time just zoomed by. Everyone's projects were lovely. I had to 'unknit' a lot when I got home because I'm too interested in chatting and not interested enough in paying attention to my needles!
Off to the basement to get started on the photo quilt!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
And working on my photo quilt. I fed a photo into the program which spit out a small chart which I hand transferred into this...You can't really see it, but it's 1"squares with numbers. A 1"block of a specific color goes on each space.
Here is a bad photo of my swatches. I picked the colors and put them on this worksheet and photocopied them. This removes the 'color' and lets you work with just the value. Then you arrange them from lightest to darkest, cut out a bazzillion 1" squares, organize them in a box with numbered cubbies and then lay them out on fusible interfacing that has been laid over the pattern. I know in theory what happens next, but I'm only at the cutting a bazzillion 1" squares phase now...
If you're local, be sure a mark your Calendars for next Friday October 5th. The Sow's Ear is having an Anniversary/Grand Opening Celebration/Knit Night with wine, munchies and a Customer Art Show. Be there or be a little 1" square!
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Indian Petroglyph Rock at Roche-A-Cri State Park
More Rock Formations at Roche-A-Cri State Park
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
MG&E’s automated message said that they hoped to have our power restored in two hours or so. Fine. We were just going to sleep anyway. We didn’t need light. Of course I was considerably sleepier before participating in the Flying Bentley Wallenda Light and Laser show but anyway... I got back under the covers and snuggled in. The sheep were approaching the fence, but hadn’t started to leap over yet so I could count them when…BEEP. What was that? Listen. Listen. Listen. Hmmm. Nothing I guess….BEEP! Crap! Turns out our smoke detectors are hardwired into the house and when the lights go out they think their batteries need to be replaced. So beepedy-beepedy-beep we went for the next hour or so until the lights finally came on. Then we were up again resetting clocks and alarms so that we would get to work on time today. So YAWN! Molly Bee needs a major nap. Or a coffee IV.
But I started a quilt project last night that I am excited about. It’s a quilted photograph pattern. I went to the Tammie Bowser lecture at the quilt expo and was amazed. I had seen her books before and they totally do not do the technique justice. She had quilts with her at the talk and I was in the front row (because I’m THAT girl). She held the quilt up and it was just little bitty squares of color. Then she started backing up and when she got a few feet away, the images just popped! Kind of like those 3D magic pictures. The premise is that the colors of the pixels in a photograph are not as important as the value. As long as you put the light, medium and darks in the right place, you will be able to see the image. I was VERY intrigued and impressed but held back on getting the programs and stuff until I researched it more. Those of you who know me, know how atypical this is of me. It was a proud moment.
I came home, downloaded the sample demo from her website and then ordered her first book from the library. I picked a photo of a toddler I know and ran it through the program and was amazed. The book came last night so I figured out how to transfer most of the pattern to a huge freezer paper grid. I hope to do the rest tonight and start cutting fabric on Thursday night. It’s 2,142 one inch square pieces of 24 different colors (8 lights, 8 mediums and 8 darks) fused to a piece of interfacing which is laid over the grid with your pattern on it and then flipped and sewn like a watercolor quilt. I’m hoping it turns out and I’m hoping that I can get it done by the Employee Art Show here in December. Now of course I am seeing photos everywhere I look that will translate. I never do anything half way!
Off to drag the coffee vending machine to my desk for easier access…..
Sunday, September 16, 2007
This time around it seemed to be all about creative uses for charms-5 1/2 inch samples. It was interesting. Lot of stuff was interesting. But nothing really grabbed me other than the quilted photographs and the landscaping stuff. [By the way, if you were there on Friday, yes, that was yours truly destroying the set that Nancy Zieman (of Sewing with Nancy fame doncha know) and Natalie Sewell were setting up for their class. I had a bright idea about tacking cloth up on an easel that failed miserably and they made me come up on stage and try to fix it as it fell down around their ears. We basically geri-rigged it and ran gingerly away before it could topple again.]
This weekend has been all about spinning. I finished the Lincoln/Handspinning Mutt I got from Mo at Four Crows Farm. I dropped her an email and begged her to tell a poor newbie what the information on the label meant which she kindly did. I'm getting it slowly but surely. She invited me to go to her farm one day in October for a spin in. I really hope I can attend. Think of all of the knowledge in one room!
I started in on this...
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Until we got on the highway.
As soon as we approached cruising altitude, he went absolutely POSTAL and threw a little birdy snit fit of Alfred Hitchcock-ean proportions. He literally turned from sweet, docile, little, 3-inch tall, Tweety into the Gargantuan Death Bird from Hell in the blink of an eye. He spent the next 7 excruciating miles furiously trying to drill his way through my palms with his tiny razor like beak. He scrambled. He pecked. He fluttered. He bored. He bit me and made me say bad words.
I went from cooing and cuddling to snarling and threatening to turn his little birdy bones into paste and hang his broken wing feathers from the rear view mirror.
We got him to the clinic and were met by the receptionist who gushed about what a cute little thing he was. I quickly thrust him into her hands mumbling something to the tune of "Cute little thing my BLEEP!" and skedaddled. (I did call later and they said that he would be fine and commented on him being a 'little feisty'. Yeah. In the same way that the Arctic Circle is a 'little chilly'.)
Even though I disinfected within an inch of my life afterward, I still have sting-ey holes, welts and red spots on both palms. Just my luck, try to be a good Samaritan and get the Bird Flu, or Little Birdy Feet and Beak Disease or whatever it is you can get from being nearly pecked to death by what basically amounted to a wee assassin with wings. It's not stopping me from spinning though. I really can't think of a scenario that would at this point other than traction or incarceration and even then I'd be eyeing the IV tubing or the fluff in my little thin prison mattress and thinking about it. I spent quite some time today talking myself out of collecting the milkweed fluff outside my office window and giving that a whirl. Hey! I totally get that saying now!
Off to the Quilt Expo tomorrow! If you see me, say "Howdy".
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Most of the roving I bought are sheep's wool although some from Sandy's Palette has some tensel in it too. I did get a big wad of really nice merino top that feels like silk from Mielke's. It is natural so I can try my hand at dyeing my own. A little treat to look forward to after the holidays when the depths of winter despair comes on. When I get really good and reeeeaaaaaallllly need a treat, maybe I will invest in Qivuit. $40 an OUNCE! You have to be spinning-straw-into-gold good to mess with that! Musk ox are pretty cute though. I wonder if my neighborhood is zoned for them...hmmmm...Lord knows my furniture is covered with enough fur-baby hair so that I really don't need to buy roving again...EVER.
Things at Chez Bee have been same old same old. Homestead chores, furbaby maintenance and of course indoctrinating Mabel into our home has kept things pretty low key. Fall weather always brings out the cook in me though and I've decided to cook at least one new dish a week. Last week's experiment was a very successful fish chowder. Last night's wasn't bad-chicken pot pie. I stole Jerry's idea of creating a new web page for my recipes. It makes blog entries too long to post them here. I've put a link on the side of this blog called Molly Bee's Kitchen.
Bon Appetite !
Saturday, September 08, 2007
I also brought home a few balls of wool roving to run through her.
Saw and hugged lots of animals. The only thing we didn't get to see was the herding dog trials. One lady said that they were going to herd baby ducks so it would have been a sight I'm sure. Kind of like me and my 15 'kids' at work. In fact I often refer to them as baby ducks on crack.
But here are some more pics of the fair in case you didn't get to go (click on 'em to make 'em bigger). Off to bond some more with Miss Mabel. *Bliss...sigh*
Friday, September 07, 2007
And here's one bag cut into a continuous thin strip and ready to be knit into the beginning of a tote bag! There something to the tuna 60 bags so I may be cutting for years and it may be a whale of a bag indeed! Holy Mackerel!
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Red sky at night, sailor's delight. The weatherman says that today is supposed to be the last day for a while that is hotter than the surface of the sun. I'm holding him to it. I know where he works if it turns out to be in the muggy 90°s again and I have to drive over there and find him and 'work it out'. The sunset seems to be backing him up tonight so we'll see. I'm ready for the cool crisp days of autumn. Have been since June actually.
I started knitting up some of my Socks That Rock yarn last night. The colorway is called "A Walk on the Tide Side". It's got a bit of just about every color in the spectrum in it. It was a little dark when I took the photos tonight. I'll wait for more light when I take a photo of the finished sock. The pattern is a cool one from my new favorite book "101 One Skein Wonders". It's a slip stitch rib pattern that really makes the different colors pop.
I am counting down the days until Saturday's Sheep and Wool Festival in Jefferson! How many opportunities does one get to watch border collies work, smooch and hug sheep (all the while 'thanking them' heart-felt-edly for the yarn. That's the part that REALLY embarrasses Mr. Bee) and buy woolie goodies all in one swell foop!?! Looks like Christmas is comin' early for Molly Bee! So if you see me be sure and say 'hi'. I'll be the short lady (with the tall hubby) laden with packages and covered with hay and sheep schmutz but smiling from ear to ear!
Monday, September 03, 2007
Finished purple Cascade Tulip socks
Bought some new Dansko shoes to display them in!
All and all a marvy weekend! Hope yours was too!