Saturday, March 25, 2017

March Mudness

Yep, let the wet and wild windy weather of March fall down upon us, melting snow pack, seasonal streams bubbling up and slick as snot boot sucking mud cover the landscape. What's not to love?

Just like I stupidly bought a new car in January, I decided to replace comfy chairs in March, also a month famous for mud hooks. That would be the condition of the front paws on most of the dogs. Terriers gotta dig and apparently mud is like ambrosia after a long white frozen winter. A doltish decision, but check out that chair and a half for the new comfy chair. We have two new chairs because the first one, electric and supremely comfortable for a human was only a 3 dog chair.



It was just too pitiful looking at the two dogs that use to be able to snuggle in the old chair, sitting on the floor longingly and also too uncomfortable when they tried to make the 3 dogger a 5 dogger chair. Hence this half price 1.5 butt recliner in light beige!



Yikes. Let me tell you the places that sell recliner slipcovers are abysmally slow.

In other news around the mountain, Cindie and I got together for a little Kitchen Store shopping last Thursday. Mostly I picked stuff up for my Mom's new place. We branched out and had some fun at a few other stores too. As always, it's a treat to go out and visit a good (and creative!), friend.

I have been threading for pillowcases. I'm treating Shrek the Baby Wolf like a Macomber, removing the front beam and dropping the beater.



 It's tight, but with an itty bitty stool I can thread pretty easily.
Of course that didn't stop me from making a grave error on heddle spread and had to pull all ten inches
of threading out to start again. We are back to nine inches right now.

Sewing for the most part was more summer than of the season. Just what do you sew for mud season I wonder, yellow rubber?

These two sleeveless makes will do summer beautifully and of course, add a sweater for now.

Leftover 1.25yards of cotton

Voile Mississippi Ave top. Snow yesterday
I just had to get the hedgehog fabric made up into a fun tunic. Cotton linen blends have a bit more body but are not terribly heavy fabrics. This should take me into summer and come out again in the fall.



The trim on the pocket is a band I wove BTW. And a little hanging tab on the back.



DID THAT JUST HAPPEN?

Russia, Russia, Russia! So many orange threads lead to the Kremlin.

And it appears if you disagree with Putin at all, your life is at risk.

But if you are sick of Russia, you can skip on over to Cyprus! Do a little banking.

Lastly not news, but a really well done commercial with a conscience. Trust me, it's good. There's a dog. ;-)

Parting shot: What dogs in chairs wasn't enough??!
Miss Marigold at 14.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Goody Procurement Department

Over the last year I've had to find different sources for my fabric habit. While Fabric of Vision has had some awesome little pop up sales of some special and unusual fabrics, they are not the bread and butter of my sewing.

Coral leather and some very special gauzy linen
 Cotton and linen remain the mainstay, with some wools thrown in when needed. Natural fibers. I ran into a FOV alumni last week in the grocery store. She didn't really like the fabric stores she found online and wanted to know where I had been buying my fabrics. Etsy! I have plumbed Etsy and found some wonderful sellers. She was going to go home and give it all whirl. I hope she did!

For those reading, here is a list of my go to sellers.

Spindle and Rose. Alexa is a lovely seller to deal with, and who doesn't appreciate a beautiful thank you card with their sweetly wrapped order.

FABRIKSHOP. Not the largest collection but some really fun Japanese fabrics. I got my lovely flannel raccoon fabric here. It's been a favorite tunic this winter season.

Fabric Supply. Mostly, if not all Japanese fabrics. I like her index too. I've bought a fair amount of fabric here through the year.

Pink Door Fabrics. This is one of my newer discoveries. She sells new fabric coming out on pre-sale and I like that. Some pretty cute quilt patterns I might add and some good sale fabrics too!

JAQS Fabrics. They carry a huge inventory and offer free shipping over $50.00

For linen I have one source and it is Fabrics-Store.Com  I have used just about every weight and color of linen offered. Their IL019 line of mid-weight linen is the staple pant/jacket weight for me. Their finally woven IC64 makes the best tunics and the heavier 4C22 line makes great towels and bedding along with heavier garments. I've ordered a lot of yardage from them and have never been disappointed.

So there you have it, you have been enabled!
And here is some eye candy of recently curated fabrics.

The foxes are a linen cotton blend and the moths, a cotton lawn.

Check out those raccoons. The fabric is called "Snacks"!
And let's whiplash into ...

Did That Just Happen?
Rep King, I think you have America all wrong or maybe you are what is wrong with America.

For the life of me, I can't understand why we wouldn't want everyone covered under a single payer system, but barring that, why not just fix the ACA instead of this?

I wonder just how we will explain how we turned our backs on this in the coming years.

And little tempest Stella gets her own perfect storm. My Northeast friends, stay warm and safe.

Parting shot: Happiness is....

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Mission Accomplished

My Mother is finally out of the big cottage and into the cozy apartment. It's actually quite roomy and everything fit and fit well. She is in the main building and has but an elevator ride to get to many services and restaurants. They have four of them BTW. Since she has a whole staff at her disposal I am taking a much needed break. She has new friends to meet and new routines to make and I just need some time to myself.

The pre-move weekend did find some fun weaving stuff going on. I managed to finish up the Crabapple pink linen towel and move onto a turquoise one with cotton weft.



 This is the fourth towel on a 12 yard plus warp. I want to get a few more colors out of it. I watched one of the Harry Potter movies while I wove. It was easy enough to fold the loom up and slide it from the studio to the family room.



 Upstairs Baby Wolf Shrek is getting the pillowcase warp. I installed a second simple warping valet for this warp.



 It was long and it was sticky.



While this Henry's Attic 10/2 cotton is very soft and will be lovely for those cases, it is also very fuzzy and grabby. It was a bugger to wind on and took me quite a bit of time.

Martha, can you see Jack in this pic? ;-)
 I had measured out about 10 extra ends and it is a good thing I did as there was breakage during the beaming on. Drat those pesky fuzzy grabbers!

I did receive these two wonderful books this week from Susan Foulkes.



 These are self published via Blurb.

While I was working on Shrek, there was discussion going on about a nylabone.



 Like most things in this house, it was a lot a noise about nothing. After about 5 minutes it was obvious a mediator was needed. I asked Spike if he really needed that bone.



He said no, so we gave it to Robin to shut him up. Spike got to nap, I got to go back to working in relative peace and quiet and Robin got the bone. Win, win, win.

I can't decide if the "Did That Just Happen" portion should be renamed WTF? In any event, lets get to those little blips from this past week.

DID THAT JUST HAPPEN?

Okay, so Trump pissed and moaned for the whole campaign that jobs numbers were fake, false and lies.
President Obama handed over a pretty good economy, certainly one MUCH better than the one he got.
So lets's talk about the continuing hypocrisy of Trump here in this report about jobs.

I personally think women are empowering themselves and it's about time! Just look at these Native American women from Standing Rock fighting for water because even a child knows, water is life.

I'm sure you've all read about wire taps, Flynn, Trumpcare, who knew what when, there, there and of course the drip drip drip of information about Trumps collusion with Russia. Makes me wonder if the CIA dump from Wikileaks was from the WH, but that's a story for the coming days. This one is for today. Honestly, this crap, this harassing of our own citizens because of color and religion has simply got to stop. Will we all have to carry our "papers" soon? More bomb threats and destruction at Jewish day schools, cemeteries and synagogues. Never has a President brought so much hate and fear into our country and spoken out so little against it. Don't buy into folks, look at North Korea. That's what happens when a dictator closes their country to the outside world (to keep it safe of course!), and instills hate and fear about all others.

Parting shot: Another dental surgery victim in recovery.


Friday, March 3, 2017

Goodies!

We had some Internet issues on the 1st, and dog issues after a dental on Tuesday but it's been all smooth sailing since then. My 59th birthday came and went on the 1st too and a lovely dinner out with Gene, my Mom and good friend Sandi.

Scallops! Yum!
Beignet's! Even Yummier!!
Some great B-day goodness to share. This awesome quilt, handcrafted by expert quilter Sandi,

covers the king sized bed I might add
 a beautiful new cookbook from my Mom

The recipes are simple and beautifully presented.

All veggies. The growers markets can't open soon enough.

 and look at this awesome surprise card and goody from dear friend Cindie.



 Foxes (and JRT) do, after all, rule!

I'm told Ikea is keeping DH gifts hostage and I'll share the new yarn containment cabinets as soon as they arrive and are assembled. Today though is a little shopping spree at the Webster's.

I did manage to get a perfect fit on the Indygo Junctions Asymmetrical Tunic pattern.



 This would be Version 3.0, complete with inseam pockets. This will work as a jumper too BTW which is how I'm wearing it out today!



 I used a mid weight Japanese linen/cotton fabric I had bought last spring. I had a hate love relationship with this fabric over the last year, but now that it is made up, I not only love the fit and feel of the garment, I'm loving the fabric pattern all over again.

I was on an Indygo Junction roll. I wanted to raise the neckline on this Urban Tunic.



 It was just too low for me to feel comfortable in, so I did a summer version with a substantially raised neck and am MUCH happier with the pattern.



 It also offers a boat neck but I know very few people that one is particularly flattering on. Certainly not me! The grey linen pants are a new addition to the closet also.

The usual amount of cutting went on and very little weaving. This next week is going to be busy. My Mom's big move from cottage to apartment happens. There will be packing for a day or two and then the unpacking. We have pared down a lot. Some rugs and artwork will be coming here, and the rest with her. Busy, busy so if I don't touch base next week, you'll know why!

Did That Just Happen?!

You know I have to say, the hypocrisy is DC is mind boggling. The GOP not even giving Obama's moderate Supreme Court Justice pick a hearing for almost a year and then crying foul when the Dem's talk about slowing down their pick. Here is another instance. Where is the outrage that was directed at HRC for doing the exact same thing?

OMG, the flipping Russia thing and all it's little slimy fingers feeling their way out of what appears to be a very dirty WH. WE really do need an independent investigation and quite possibly one into the dealings of the FBI. We also need to see some tax returns, don't you think? And this all needs to be done before permanent damage is done to the environment and our contacts around the world, with like our real friends....

Let's wrap this up with something enjoyable. The Smithsonian's 14th Photo Competition. Some stunners there!

Parting shot: Post surgery R&R, new quilt and all.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Inkle Loom Winner

Susan in Upstate NY is the inkle loom winner.
Congrats Susan, please contact me with your shipping address.

To everyone else, I wish I had a dozen more to give away and even if you didn't win, maybe you'll drop and extra buck or two in a donation jar somewhere. ;-)

I would make this longer but we are having internet issues. Better post when things are back to normal.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mojo Restart and a Give-Away

Let's lead with the give-away. I had said that my Schacht Inkle loom was little used and unloved and should be sold. Well instead of selling it I am giving it away along with a very pretty bird's eye Maple shuttle.





 I'll pay for shipping but please, only lower 48 states entries for it.  If you want to be in the drawing just leave a comment saying so. Names will go into a hat and one will be randomly picked next Wednesday, 3/1/17. I only ask that you pay it forward to a cause near and dear to your heart or community.  Pay the adoption fee of a dog who has been at your local shelter too long, some funds maybe to the famine crisis in South Sudan, Planned Parenthood, maybe a few bags of groceries or a generous gift certificate to your local food bank for grocery items they may need to round out their banks. Volunteer some time. Your choice on the feel good act of kindness and generosity. :-)

Okay, the mojo kickstart. A new pattern always seems to help.



I did a really crappy run through for the first one. I didn't like the multiple treatments for the neck on this pattern. Some of you will. For me, the flipping and fussing didn't suit, so I streamlined my 2nd version to take a self bias binding for the whole neckline.



 I paired down the armholes some but in the end, I need to go down a size on the top portion and keep it graded out for the lower portion/hips. I also want to put inseam pockets into the next one.



Version 2.0 is perfectly wearable and being a dark color will likely see a lot of use. Plus, well foxes! Version 3.0 will probably be linen.

And speaking of linen, I have a lot of good sized linen scraps around since it often comes in a 58" width. I really wanted to do something to get some of it out of the scrap stash.



 So a pretty much unmodified Scout Tee pattern became the perfect vehicle for a fun morning of color blocking and sewing.



All in favorite shades of green and with a slightly shaped shirt tail type hem.



A new inkle band was started on the Cendrel loom.



Time was also spent this week in spiffing up my little desk area. I am a sucker for art tiles. I have one hanging on each of my looms on Command hooks ( along with small scissors and wing nut tools), and I finally rounded up some of the tiles I had been collecting to hang en-masse.



 There's still a bit of room for a one or two small treasures.

Winter is still holding a pretty firm grip in these parts.



 Over the weekend we had 10" of wet snow that melted quickly and yesterday about another 10. Things are pretty sloppy as we slid into mud season.

That brings us to:

Did That Just Happen?

Finally, people are getting involved in their government! Record numbers of constituents are turning up and speaking their minds. For us that is remarkable. There are many other democracies around the world and it would seem Norway has hit upon a nice balance. I have to say, ours could use some fine tuning and it certainly would be a different country if we had the give and take of the Norwegian system and the participation!

Even though our elected officials may be a group of greedy power grabbing asshats, there is still much good in our country. The Muslim community coming together to help fix the headstones tipped and broken in a Jewish STL cemetery and this from a flight last Saturday night.

Lastly, there has been a spate of dog food recalls, some pretty deadly. Those with pets might want to sign up on this site for the alerts. They are very quick to send them out. And remember, foods with Xylitol are poison to your dog. Check your peanut butter especially if you use it for pilling like we do.

Don't forget to leave a short comment if you want to be included in the give-away!

Parting shot: My own basket of adorable.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Mojo Search and Rescue

About once a year my creative mojo seems to need a break from me. I don't feel like sewing, I don't feel like weaving much, whatever is on the Kindle isn't particularly interesting. It's a funk of some kind, I think we all go through it at one time or another. I will say the crushing overload of awful political news doesn't help. And there is some final estate set-up and clean-up that has needed attention now that tax season is here.

I have started in on a test sew of a pattern I've had in stash for a while and likely will get to it this weekend.



 I've been on the lookout for a few good new patterns, but that has been rather disappointing. More looking needed I guess. -)

The jacket I had been working on was completed.


We even had a day warm enough to wear it this week!

Life has not been totally devoid of creative activities. And even if it was, I still have this to brighten up the mojo-less times! Belly rubs are a viable creative substitute activity. Just ask Robin. ;-)



 I've been doing a little spinning. I finished up this pretty wool/silk blend



and started plying it.



 I'm thinking a pair of those wonderful mukluks or maybe a warm and cozy pair of half gloves? I also have a couple of new slouch hat patterns I might want to try.

The one thing I loved about the now sold Glimakra band loom was that it was a floor loom. I am simply not a table loom kind of gal. In fact I have a nice Schacht Inkle loom I should probably sell. Anyway, wise and knowing friend Cindie suggested that a LeClerc Cendrel might be a worthy replacement. I  took that advice to heart and ordered one on the day I sold the Glimakra. It got here Tuesday afternoon and was put together by dinner time Tuesday evening. I spent most of yesterday morning getting a test warp on and weaving.



 I adore it. I wove over 3 feet yesterday.

I know about the mistake. Test warp.....
The same comfy wood chair I use for spinning works for weaving on this loom since the fell is head on, I experienced none of the back, shoulder and neck strain from weaving sideways.

Notice paw on bone. Direct link to lips and growler.
In addition to the overall comfort, this loom is beautifully finished. Unlike the Glimakra, which is unfinished soft pine and all rather cheaply manufactured, this loom is made from dried Canadian Maple, smooth and with a glossy finish. Everything lined up and it was made to last a lifetime. Two nice shuttles came with it, Useable ones!

The snow has pretty much melted in many areas. Wildlife is waking up. The foxes are pairing and mating. My little gang of masked thugs was out on the deck the other night, raiding feeders and acting like teenage goofs. They probably all wintered over with Mom, but will scatter to the winds this spring.
There will be a new batch I hope.

It was hard to pick from the plethora of stuff that has happened over the last week or so. None of it very good and a lot of downright frightening but here is this posts offerings. I'm holding my breath to see if the GOP leaders roll over on a true investigation on the scope of Trump/Russia links. Personally, I think if you cheat you don't get to be the winner. I'm all for another untainted election. It will be cheaper than the wall.

Did That Just Happen

The USDA removes all information on animal abuse. This folks is near and dear to my heart and I'm betting yours. I can only ask..WHY?

Hate crimes are up and here is an interesting piece on what scares us by political divide.

And here and here are two articles about the power of protest. The second link is about what is happening around the country TODAY

Science is not dead, only in hiding, but what they have to tell us is alarming. Our oceans are in serious trouble.

Finally, a wake up call video. I caution you about language but it is an important and thought provoking 3 minutes.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch we have;

Parting shot: Playtime! That nip has gotta hurt.