Dec 17, 2012

First Snowy Day

Do more of what makes you feel good and less of what doesn't. Keeping this as mind as I navigate my life and times.

Still, I cry for a world abounding in damaged souls from Syria to CT and for the lives lost, esp the little children and the brave ones who try to protect them. I wish with all my heart it weren't so.

Walked with Marj and Bailer in the Smith Preserve on Saturday afternoon, good to get in a long walk before the snow, give the dogs a chance to re-establish their bond and the adults a chance to catch up.

Went to the Southern Maine Spinners and Weavers Guild Christmas meeting Saturday morning. We tossed around ideas for expanding interest in the group, programs we might have, etc. Shared potluck and projects. It was a nice, warm time.

I warped the loom for Paula's long cowl... 
The weft will be soft beats, long (2 ft) color blocks using the white, peach, and brown-black. and perhaps a thread or two of the multicolored silk ribbon you can just see here and there in the warp. My peculiar brand of whimsy!! She can"t tolerate wool, so this is nubby cotton and a bit of silk and will be long enough to wrap twice and still be loose and drapey.

I finished knitting my Wingspan scarf--it's posted in Ravelry here
It's quite attractive worn offset over a t-neck with a stickpin... I'm liking the slit in the band.



My new favorite thing is my m-wave egg cooker from t. b Pots


The handle on the cover, and the steam hole in it, make it heavy enough that the cover doesn't blow off in the microwave. The stoneware satisfies my need for handmade stuff, and it's an awesome thing for a foolproof soft-cooked egg.  I bought it locally at the Christmas Prelude Craft Fair at Consolidated School in the port, but he has an Etsy shop (see link above).

A tip. if you like a fast way to make an egg salad sandwich, hard-cook the egg in this (1.5 minutes in my microwave, which is old and slow) and mix with mayo, etc., spread on a pita, english muffin or crispbread. 

Four Days til the Light begins to return!!!!!




Dec 14, 2012

The intent is always evident in the results...

Because nearly everything we do has an effect, it's important to do things mindfully.
Firsts this week - used dried fish to make chowder, made a hammered copper pin, spun a bit of 60 dollar an ounce fiber.

1st  try, some less than perfect spots, but fun!

The chowder; the brown tone is from roasted vegetables; this tastes awesome!

I don't have a picture of the quiviut as I sat at Jenny's wheel to spin it but soooo soft!

I finished my ornament for the swap at the Christmas guild meeting tomorrow; felted and Border Leicester locks from a lamb fleece. It's stuffed slightly... adorable, no?

Eggs from Jenny's special chickens... lovely shades of green!

Speaking of green... we walked in the Smith Preserve today and I took multiple pictures of things that are still green!




The range of greens is really amazing, esp in the ubiquitous moss. 

The brook was also beautiful as usual with just a skim of ice forming little geometric shapes.


I still didn't warp the loom for Paula's cowl, but I will do that soon, maybe tomorrow afternoon after the guild meeting.







Dec 12, 2012

Awesome Day Blessings

Sun, sun, sun. How I love spinning, knitting or weaving with bright sun on my hands, esp when it's cold outside and I'm warm inside!

Jackson, my dear heart and best bud
Some of the pile of finished woven pieces--

Afternoon coffee and cookie in Lower Village--

Early fog--winter morning at Gooch's Beach

Some homespun, calling out to the loom/needles, "I'm here!"

Cascade Brook, so unexpected--

Evening light doesn't quite hide the wrinkles does it?

Here it comes, the season.

I admit it, I'll be happy when the 'season' is past and the days begin to lengthen. 
Who could resist such a face?
Today we walked in the woods for 2 and half hours, way in toward the Trolley museum. The day was cold, in the 20's but I peeled down to just my aran sweater, tied my jacket, mittens and hat, took some videos and emailed them hither and thither. Such pure joy!