FINALLY COOLED DOWN A BIT

I finally finished one of my fall socks. It takes me forever to knit and lets face it there aren’t that many stitches on a sock. I cast on 64 and work from there. I also finished knitting a shawl this week but like the other one I took off my needles it needs to be blocked. I hate blocking!!!!

I’m watching Land Girls on Netflix right now. I was so sad when Call The Midwife ended but I’m enjoying this series too. Takes place in WWII with women helping with the farm chores since all the men are fighting the war.

I got my order from Show Me Yarn a couple of weeks ago. The colors on the project bag and yarn are amazing. Love both.

Some outside pictures. Right before Easter our daughter brought us a couple of plants. I’m not sure what this plant is but it beautiful.

I love this birch tree especially the scabby bark on it. Check out all the leaves that have been dropped already.

One of our Rose Of Sharons. We have six and they were all given to us and are doing very nicely.

OLD WEAVING SAMPLE BOOKS

Years ago I was given these sample books. The woman who gave to me had a mother who was a weaver and had passed away. What a find.

The first two photos are from Warp and Weft dated 1950. This is one of the cover pages.

This photo shows the instruction to weave the same and what yarn was used to weave it with.

This is Portfolio March 1953 from Shuttle Craft Guild Handerweavers Bulletin.

Again a sample and instructions on how to weave it.

This Portfolio was from January 1954.

Samples and instrctions.

When you think of all the time it took putting these Portfolios togerther it is amazing. All had typed on which I’m sure was a manual typewriter than by the looks of things run off on a minugraph machine then hand mailed out. Also someone had to research the patters or designed their own. Wind off and warp a loom each month. All in all it was a lot of hard work.I am very grateful for all their hard work.

SPINNING TV AND WEAVING

Dyed Corriedale. I’m in the process of pulling it apart. I’m loving colors.

Started spinning it up this morning. I can’t wait to see it spun and plyed.

Call The Midwife. Since it’s so darn hot outside I’m taking my afternoons watching this on Netflix. I’ve heard it was amazing and I tell you it is. If you watch you always need a tissue for every episode. PBS has the greatest programs!

This is my last floor loom. It’s a Dorset four harness. I love this little loom. It’s only 24 wide, folds up which makes it easy to transport and except for me going around to the back to release the break I love it. At one time I had an 8 harness 36 inch Schacht, 45 inch two harness Harmen, 8 harness Baby Wolf and a 24 inch Ashford table loom. Since I’m not weaving very much I sold most of my looms. I love each one of them.

I’m weaving a pink twill scarf to wear in October for Breast Cancer month. The yarn is Miss Babs sock yarn.

BOOK AND KNITTING

I didn’t read this book I listened to it on my mp3. I was lucky enought to download it from our library. A very young girl was let to her own when her mother, sisters, brothers and finally her father let her alone. Kya Clark known to the locals as the “marsh girl” She was completely alone except for her friends the gulls and her love for the sand and nature. A friend of her brothers taught her to read. She does fall for two boys and one of them is found dead at the bottom of the light house. Now we have a murder myster. That’s where I’ll leave it. I enjoyed the book and hope others do too.

I just received this lovely yarn from Bumble Bee Yarn. It’s a shawl that requires two skeins of sock weight yarn.

I started my bandana cowl for emPower People Cowl. This is some of my handspun yarn. It’s the only purple yarn I had and of course since it’s handspun the color is variegated. Lovely soft squishy wool/mohair.

Another hot day. Hope we get a break soon.

Stay cool safe and knit on.

Barb

HOT SUMMER

Another hot July day. When it’s winter I alway think I’m going to spend my days sitting on a chair reading or knitting. Right. To darn hot.

I’m moving right along with my fall socks. I don’t know who the other knitters do it but it takes me forever to knit a socks. I suppose I’m a slow knitter. Oh, well I’m not getting paid for it so what the heck.

This shawl is going ok. Slow but sure.

A friend gave me this Laurel Burch bag. I’ve always loved it. Colors are amazing.

I’ve had this succulent for awhile but it’s the first time it flowered. The flower is on the upper right on the photo. Do I keep it or cut it back?

Keep knitting, stay safe and cool.

Barb

SOME SPINNING AND MAIL

I use a Hansen Spinner to spin with. The other five just sit around looking great. I’ve been spinning some good old white to dye later.

I winded it off unto a ball winder and plied it. I always use a ball winder to do my plying. I find so much easier than from bobbin to bobbin.

Large soft skein of yarn ready for the dye pot. But first I need to spin the rest of the roving.

Beautiful yarn and roving from Kay Shumperts Etsy shop, bedesisters.etsy.com. Lovely. I can’t wait to get my hands on this roving.

HAPPY 4TH

Happy 4th of July. This is one of my favorite holidays. Enjoy your day. We have a great country

My Japanese Good Luck plant is going a bit crazy. It now reaches the top of my Hoosier. In side this white planter is the original planter the plant came in. I just put it in the white planter because the plant keep falling over. You can’t see it but they’s another baby growing.

A couple of years ago my granddaughter gave this planter. It came with three African Violets. I can’t believe it’s last this long and has a new one to boot. I think it likes where it likes again it on the Hoosier along with the Japanese Good Luck plant with an east facing window.

My snake plant is only a couple months old. I’ve already had to replant it into something bigger. It also is having babies. It’s in my large windows in my studio facing north.

Have a safe holiday,

Barb

CHAIR KNITTING AND BOOK

Am I the only one posting a desk chair? Before our lock down we knew we need a new roof on our storage shed before that could happen we need to clean the thing out. What a mess. Well after two dumpsters we were finished. The only problem was my husband put both of desk chairs in the dumpster. Bill and I are not great at putting things together. After two days and the help of his cousin putting the last bolt in and tightening everything up we finally got it finished. Sits great.

This is The Gathering Shawl by Bumblebee Acres Farm’s. The yarn I’m knit it with is Lallybroch by Honey Girl Farms. I had one problem. In the center of this shawl is: yo, k1, yo. I’ve had a problem keeping the stitch marker in the right place. It keep slipping under one of the yos. I found on of the plastic safety pin type markers the best for me.

The Baker’s Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan takes place in France toward the end of WWII. Emma learns to bake bread from a master baker who is killed because his a Jew. She is now in charge with the task of baking a dozen baguettes for the Germans every day. She stretches her supply of flour by adding ground straw to each batch of dough. She manages to bake two extra loaves each day and share them with the villages. Amazing store which is well writen.

Be safe and keep cool,

Barb