Monday, February 27, 2006
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Thursday, February 23, 2006
(It was a Wensleydale top roving that went by the name of ocean mist...but I could not even remember where I had originally purchased it.) He seemed to like the alteration very much.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
2) What was the last book you bought?
She is an author of children's book, as well as a shepherdess and sheepdog trainer.
3) What was the last book you read?
4) List five books that have been particularly meaningful to you (in no
Hummm..well...only if you read this and you want to...good luck...its hard choosing!
I have mixed feelings about this book...It is a beautiful book with an embossed cover...my librarian knows that I like old books, so she snagged it for me when someone brought it in for a donation. I was delighted until I opened it....and found that some child had colored in all the engraved black and white illustrations! Still ...it remains one of my favorites and has a bit of its own character.
Friday, February 17, 2006
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
I have started weaving the 2/2 twill on the triloom with the Border Leicester yarn that I recently spun. It goes pretty fast with the use of the shed stick to hold the warp open. I am starting to see the diagonal pattern of the twill appear. It should become more defined after I full the finished shawl. The sett is a good half inch across the top, so the take up should be noticeable.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Saturday, February 11, 2006
nothing seems to me more surprising that the planting of a seed
in the blank earth and the result thereof. Take that Poppy seed,
for instance: it lies in your palm, the merest atom of matter, hardly
visible, a speck, a pin's point in bulk, but within it is imprisoned a
spirit of beauty ineffable, which will break its bonds and emerge
from the dark ground and blossom in a splendor so dazzling
as to baffle all powers of description."
- Celia Thaxter
I am a big seed saver, and have been growing as many OP and heirloom types as I can-- for more years than I care to admit! As I sort through the basket, it seems a lot like sorting through old photographs or letters...because I remember when I brought the seed, or who gave it to me, or why I ordered the particular variety. I save seed for more reasons than just to plant it. I save seed and plant seed that has some significance to me ...either spiritually, culturally or historically...so most of my seeds are like a snapshot of my life that can only be viewed by me.
record life span for seed longevity is held by a species of lupine, (Lupinus arcticus)? Those seeds were found in the Arctic permafrost and they germinated after 10,000 years!
- Leslie Gaydos
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Sunday, February 05, 2006
I have been plying, winding off and setting the twist on skeins of the Border Leicester P-29. At one point, I decided to use the Jumbo Flyer attachment to ply with. I think this changed the drive ratio, and subsequently the take up was different and inconsistent with the other bobbins that I plied with the regular flyer. The jumbo bobbin easily held the 315 yards...but the finished yarn is different from the other skeins I have completed so far. Not to worry, I will keep this for myself to make the shawl, and package the remaining skeins for sale.