Monday, May 09, 2005

"ROOM TOOM AHOOM Don't Be Hasty" says Treebeard

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This boy was fancinated by the angora bunny, but never would pet it!

Saturday Mike and I went to the Kansas Sampler festival in Newton, KS. I made it into the first little area, saw fiber, spinning wheels, sheep and an empty chair with my fiber friends. That is where I spent the most time. I talked fiber, worked on Kim's crochet poncho and explained the create with unspun roving method to everyone who asked.

One woman who stopped by had taken Deb Mentz' class and didn't spin. She was thrilled to find a way to use up all the batts she had created at the class. The group was demonstrating spinning, knitting, crochet, weaving, and how much fun it is to be a fiberholic.
I had not intended to demonstrate that day, but the opportunity presented itself, and I am glad I did. It was fun.

I did get to see some of the exhibits. Makes me proud to be a Kansan or Kansite as we are called in my home Hoosier state of Indiana. There was a huge variety of Kansas products.
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Mom you pet it first!
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Kim combing her bunny
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This would be a beauty of a yarn!
The Raptor sancuary exhibit was right across from us.

Progress update on the studio hostile takeover.

((Theme to Indiana Jones, Temple of Doom plays in background, suddenly the music stops))

The booming voice of Treebeard is heard in the distance. "Don't be hasty little Dudley" hoom toom boom ahoom!

Dudley the lion tamer has been shuffling bags of wool, sorting, and listening to Treebeard telling me "Don't be hasty". My goal of getting wool in the mail off to the mill has been altered. I have to really think about this a bit. What do I want to send off, and what to turn into art. What should become garden mulch.
Browns with mohair is the current planto send to the mill. (subject to change as the need arises.) Matt at Wooly Knob described some roving that Jamie did for him with black and mohair that sounded very yummy. The mohair was put on the outside of the belt, so it ends up on the outside of the roving.

I call myself a fiber artist, but where is the art??
I have plans now to turn some of this huge stash into wall hangings, vests and such. I have a huge pallet of colors and should really use it that way. It would be mediocre spinning quality any way.

I found something in my studio I haven't seen in a long time. THE FLOOR! There is a small patch of open floor now. Progress is being made. Slowly, slowly. One step at a time!

My friends Greg and Cathy offered me a 6'x4' antique wooden drafting table. All I have to do now is make space for it!
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This was yesterday evening after a much needed rain. This is the view from my front door. Of course there isn't always a double full rainbow, only on the best days. There is hope!

6 Comments:

At 4:32 AM, Blogger Kate, the Odd Ball Knitter said...

A floor? A Floor? ... what pray tell is a ...floooooor?

Oh yes, one of those things to hold the yarn barns and keep them out of the mud. Haven't seen mine in ages but I'm pretty sure there was one here when we moved in. They don't disappear if you forget to feed and water them and wash them occasionally, do they?

The fibre fest sounds fun. Ours in in 2 weeks time.

 
At 12:18 PM, Blogger Dudleyspinner's Tie Dye Rovings said...

Kate,
No, the floor doesn't disappear, if you don't feed and water them, but they do begin to shrink!

I have actually been to Fredrickton. It was in 1976. We stayed at a youth hostile there on our way to Nova Scotia. We were hitchiking through Canada.

I want to hear all about your fiber festival.
Deb

 
At 1:30 PM, Blogger Amie said...

Welcome to the Spinning Wheel!

 
At 12:33 AM, Blogger Kate, the Odd Ball Knitter said...

Sorry to hear about your mother in law. Blessings and Peace to you and yours.

Not to worry, there will be lots about the fibre festival. It'll be blog fodder for the month of June, no doubt. I'll be milking the rentless quest for shameless self-promotion for all it's worth.

 
At 7:11 AM, Blogger Liz said...

1976 eh?That was a good year for Fredericton. My baby brother was born and I knit for the first time.
I can currently see 75% of the floor in two rooms.I forgot how much I liked the new tiles in the kitchen, they really are quite nice!! It is a bloody Miracle. I am taking a whole crapload of yarn to Trish's tomorrow and knitting bags. this should indeed help to bust a hole in the floorclutter of the dining room. That and I could start spinning the three pounds of angora/merino roving that I have saved for a rainy day. Dye the roving/ or dye the yarn. HMMMMMMM...
Sorry about your MIL
Be well
liz

 
At 1:21 PM, Blogger Carolyn said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving advice! I checked out your rovings, and OMG, I feel like I have been visited by true greatness!!

 

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