Sheared Bliss

One person’s FO . . .

. . . is another person’s WIP.  I just dropped this pile of freshly dyed blues and greens off at Wild Yarns, ready to go off into the world and be made into beautiful things.

And this has been sent off to the lovely Kim at Maru Designs to become part of a new pattern series she has in the works.


April Showers

I know April showers are supposed to bring May flowers, but if the showers happen to be snow showers like we’ve been getting lately then it’s much more useful if they bring brightly colored wool.

I’ve been dyeing up a storm.

There’s fluffy roving in every flavor:

Looks like cotton candy, but it’s better for you – fewer calories, more fiber!

There’s a whole spectrum of sock yarn:

And there’s a rainbow of silks for good measure:

If you’d like to see firsthand how to get these colors and more using all natural dyes (as well as all of the other aspects of fiber processing), come to the Littleton Museum’s Sheep to Shawl event this Saturday.  I’ll be dyeing in the summer kitchen.  Stop by and say hello!

Happy Easter

This was SweetP’s second Easter, but the first that he was mobile enough to hunt for Easter eggs.  Finding the eggs was exciting and they made interesting noises when he shook them.

The bit about putting them in the basket was a little confusing though.

After we showed him that the eggs were full of tasty things he started to get the picture.

Meanwhile, I’ve been busy dyeing up my own basket of goodies.

Feelin’ Blue
April 9, 2011, 11:25 am
Filed under: Dyeing, Fiber Arts, History, Museum | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

I’m sorry that things have been so quiet around here lately.  My excuse is that things are decidedly not-quiet at work right now.  Unfortunately, the not-quiet work situation is going to prevail for at least another week and a half so posts will probably continue to be a little sparse until then.  By way of apology and distraction, here’s some baby lamb cuteness.

Last weekend we had one of those freak spring snowstorms that we get in Colorado.  The temperature dropped about 40º over the course of just a few hours and by mid-afternoon it looked like this.

PioneerCelery and I were at the museum and ended up lambsitting because PioneerT was concerned that Maggie was too cold out with the other sheep.

Miss Maggie had a busy day of eating lunch, exploring the cabin, nibbling on the rug, and supervising our other project for the day . . .

. . . indigo dyeing!

I’ll be doing another indigo dyeing demo with PioneerJ at the Littleton Museum’s Sheep to Shawl event on Saturday, April 16th from 10 to 3.  Stop by for some wooly goodness.

Catch Up

Wow, where did the last week go?  My only excuse is that it was National Volunteer Appreciation Week which makes for a super busy week at work when you work with volunteers.  Then MommaCodeMonkey and I did a bunch of work around the house this weekend and I’m basically too tired to move.  So while I’m being exhausted and boring, here are some pictures of the Sheep to Shawl event at the museum last weekend.

Here's the before shot.

And the after shot.

And a gratuitous shot of Daisy in the background with a thoroughly nonplussed ewe in the foreground.

I spent most of the day dyeing yarn with PioneerV and PioneerJ.

The root of the madder plant gives lovely oranges and reds.

Yellow from marigold flowers, fuchisa from cochineal, and orange from madder.

Denver Handmade Craft Fair

Today was the Denver Handmade Craft Fair.

NurseK and I got there early to set up our booth.  She was selling some of her really stunning crochet creations and I was selling my hand dyed yarn and fiber and handspun yarn.

It was a small fair, but a good first experience as a vendor.  I made a few sales, got to spend a beautiful day in the park with NurseK and LuLu who came to hang out with us for the afternoon, and got a fair amount of spinning done.

I’ll be getting my leftover inventory from the fair posted on Etsy over the next few days so keep an eye on my shop.