Thursday, January 5, 2017

Four Then, Eight Now and a Giveaway

It took just about an hour and a half for Schacht Wolf Pup Shrek to go from 4 shafts to 8. I like that. No drama. Holes lined up, instructions were adequate, it all fit nicely back together after expansion and it was just challenging enough I felt I had accomplished doing it.

Truth told it took longer to put all the treadle ties on for those 4 new shafts. Now I can have a little fun planning the next warp, but as I think I said, pillowcases are calling me and Lunatic Fringe has some nice organic naturally colored cotton at a price I think I can afford.

We've had a number of snow days this week. In fact the whole week so far has just about been snow filled.

 We got about 3 feet of the fluffy white stuff.

Gene spent at least 8 hours plowing yesterday and my car still wears a two plus foot covering. I suppose I'll have to broom it off sometime this morning and get it moved so he can clean up around where I was parked.

The snow has made time for a good amount of sewing and weaving and football.

yes, this is a gratuitous shot of the Pats killing the Fins.
Some pretty makes up in the salon. One a fine white linen tunic of which I didn't get a picture of but I will, and the other, also in linen and using one of the small half meters of Japanese fabric I bought from Fabric of Visions little pop up sale before Christmas.

 I have some fun things cut out since the grey and silver top was the last of my pre-cut projects. More on those as they get sewn up.

Weaving galore, well at least for me. The band is coming along, but since it pretty much looks the same start to finish, I'll wait until it's off the loom to show you. Fiona has an all wool warp on, weaving a  winter runner.

 I bought the yarns from the Web-sters with my gift certificate, along with a cute little Erda wristlet.

You can see the inspiration for the pattern in the back.

The neon green towel has been completed and I'm on to a navy blue linen.

You can really see the block pattern now.

Sorting my knitting stuff is what brings me to the give-away. I got frustrated trying to find a certain size circular knitting needle I wanted and thought there must be a better way to store them There is and here it is. 

 I managed to get all my circs in there and have room for a gauge and the cables to the sets of interchangeables. That of course leaves two very nice storage cases from Namaste, which sadly, is no longer in business.

Stella is not included in the giveaway

 But these are up for grabs and some yarns.

4 different colors of  Isager 50/50 alpaca and wool lace/fingering weight.

 Each drawing winner will get two skeins of the one color. There are two skeins of a Colinette yarn. This is a dk weight.

3 skeins of Manos del Uruguay yarn, one is variegated.

 And lastly is 4 skeins of Donegal Tweed Homespun.

The rules are simple, the yarn and cases are free, I pay for shipping. This is first come, first serve. State your preferences when you comment....I pick names randomly out of a hat, usually with some canine help. I only ask that what it is worth to you,  you pay it forward. Give to a charity of your choice, work a day in an animal shelter or a soup kitchen, help a neighbor, donate some unused towels or blankets, pay the adoption fee for a cat or dog that has been at the shelter way too long. It might help them get a home. Anyway YOU pick that random act of kindness. I'll announce the winners next Wednesday.  PLEASE make sure I have some way of contacting you and I'll need addresses. You have been fore warned! ;-)

Parting shot: Feathering the nose!


  1. What a great giveaway....and an amazing way to pay it forward. The world needs so much more of that. If I won, I would like any yarn....already have my circulars hanging. And I need yarn like a hole in the head, but that hasn't stopped me yet. :)

  2. Your generous nature is something this world could use a lot more of. I am on my way out to the PAWS shelter to donate a case of dog food that my two delicate tummies dogs can no longer eat. Wish more people would donate food to the shelter. I agree with Hilary, I love new yarn, especially alpaca yarn - stash is a good thing right??? Hugs for Miss Stella and her feathery nose.

  3. Oh Theresa, another giveaway, you are so generous when you clean things out. I would love the lime green case or the Donegal tweed homespun. Please stay warm and cozy with your little ones. Love your new top anhow you integrated the darker fabric, very creative! Thanks.....Anna

  4. You are indeed an amazingly generous woman.

    That Manos yarn in the reds is STUNNING and I can see it knit up into a shawl wrapped around me. :-)

    So how do the little ones deal with deep snow? Do they wait till plowing is done to go outside? Do they like falling into it over their heads? Do the jump like bunnies and have a good time, or crouch by the fire until you have to drag them out bodily?

  5. I actually don't need to bring anything new into my studio as I'm trying to destash too. But, what I do want to know is what is your new storage system for the circulars? I have not found the perfect storage system for my circulars.......and then to add to that I have a bad habit of not putting them away right away after being used.

  6. That top is amazing; love what you did with a small piece of patterned fabric! I think paying an adoption fee is an GREAT idea; I think that's what I will do if I win yarn. I love either of the last two lots, or either of the two alpaca/wool colors on the right. (It's not acquisition if I don't BUY it, right?)

  7. I am in awe that you have converted your Pup to 8 shaft!!! Way to go!!! So...what will be your first project on your new canine???

  8. I love your way of beginning 2017. It will really set the pace for the rest of the year. Everything is beautiful and I would be overwhelmed to win any of them. I help canines with attitudes learn better manners so they can go to a forever home. Doing my job and placing them is a joy indeed. I would send them off with a big bag of dogfood if I win.

  9. I have been following your blog recently and am continually amazed at how much you accomplish in different crafts/arts. I love your aesthetic and choice of fabrics. Of your give-a-ways, I particularly like the Isager yarn, which I would probably use in a weaving project.

  10. Love the Erda wristlet - I hadn't thought of using that shape. Wristlets rock!

  11. love to try the donagal tweed homespun, great idea to pay it forward.

  12. How generous of you! I am interested in the Isager yarn. Also, what is the pattern for the top. What a great showcase for a small bit of special fabric.

  13. What is the pattern for the white top? I really like it!

  14. Tobie and Maggie, The pattern for the top is really one of my own design, but I started with the Grainline Studio Scout Tee. I pretty much use that as a sloper for most of my top makes.

  15. If I were to be so lucky as to get the donegal tweed homespun, I would make pussy hats for the January 21 marches. I've already made 5.
    I love your blog!

  16. Ooooh! Ooooh! Ooooh! I'd be happy with any of it, really, but it looks like the Colinette hasn't been requested, yet, or one of the Namaste bags. Thank you for your generosity! Yvonne in Bellingham WA

  17. Thank you for your generosity, I've been following your blog a long time. I love to see your weaving and dogs. I could really use a circular storage case. Many thanks!

  18. I love reading about your weaving, sewing and doggie filled life. I don't need needle storage, but would love to knit with anything pink or cheerful and warm. Elaine

  19. I was a recipient of one of your give-aways many years ago and still havn't used it all, but I have plans. Your snow looks like our snow! The total cumulative from the three storms was 57.5" - it's going to be a beautiful spring this year :)