Thursday, October 26, 2006

Rhine -what...

Well as we all know I did not get to Rhinebeck this year, sad but true. It sounds like it was good and I must say that I'm more sad about the friends I could of seen then I am about the wool I could of bought. Alas life will go, I should is going on. I have been working everyday lately, great for the money but with both P and I working full time evenings and weekends are busy and my blog is suffering as a result. I took today off to catch up on a few important things and to apply for a job that I think wasn't really a job but was posted anyway - this is so often the way in the teaching world.

Aside from the ongoing job issues life is good. I spent a fun filled weekend in Toronto, there was no wool but it was a blast none the less. I went down to meet up with a group of friends from the Welcome Home ( a inner city mission in Winnipeg), they were people I lived with and worked with during an amazing time in my life. Anyway, we got together on Saturday and chatted about common people and friends and good times were had. I also got to stay with a few friends I just don't see enough of, it's sad they live in Toronto. We went to go and see "Little Miss Sunshine" and laughed so hard we were crying. Go see it if you can and if not rent the DVD - I can't explain why I laughed so hard... you need to see it.

And since I can't post without a little fiber related news

A picture of Tigger from our dying party ( I meant to post it earlier but forgot), that girl can spin!

My recently finished Jester hat, modeled by vintage Strawberry Shortcake doll that still blows strawberry kisses after 20 odd years.

I was inspired by this Knitty article, I took apart my rainbow sweater and felted it. It fits much better now and I just need to seam it back together.

Saturday, October 14, 2006


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C.P. Cat Rescue Society

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C.P. Cat Rescue Society

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C.P. Cat Rescue Society

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C.P. Cat Rescue Society.
Be it noted that the inmate refuses to participate in a profile shot

Food and water have been provided

Along with adequate amounts of playtime and artificial light

and human contact on occasion

The residents of the C.P Animal Rescue Society will be taken to there new home later this afternoon and normal downstairs bathroom usage will resume.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Ok it's a really crappy photo but I was alone and trying to take one so I could upload it. Why you might ask... because I cut off all my hair. I was growing it so I could donate it and I finally got the 10 inches I needed and could cut it off and still ahve a little hair left... so off it came.

and another dye picture, this is one of my favourites - it was like trying to heat up a lot of food at a big potluck - but it happened and then end results were fabulous. I had wanted to just add this picture to the last post but blogger is being dumb and won't let me add an image to an existing post.

Friday, October 6, 2006

Dye party Part I

Yes we gathered, we dyed yarn, we had fun. I have had a long week, some tough teaching days and now a pinched nerve in my neck. You get pictures but no captions. Jo ( whose link is in the post below) has another cute pic on her blog. The kittens were a success to say the very least and I don't want to hear about how mean I am for letting my cats kill mice - we live the country, we have mice - we got cats to deal with the mice.

In order to dye wool. wool must be in skiens... there was much winding going on.

Kool-Aid anyone, there was a lot of wool and sadly we ran out of some of the best colours of Kool-aid early on but we still got lots of great colours

Waiting to be baked. We did some in the oven and some in the microwave.

And then we also dyed a number of skiens in natural dye - we used golden rod and marigold flowers with alum as the mordant. It worked REALLY well.

Grren and blue kool-aid

More Kool-Aid drying.

Kittens were held

and held some more

Yes it is upside down, the yellow roving was from golden rod/marigolds. the rainbow and pink are Kool-Aid on merino that I got in CA last winter and on the end is cotton dyed in Rit dye - I ended up with 2 large hanks and I really like it. There was also some tye dying that went on of wool and clothes with Tigger but my camera died.