Friday, September 23, 2016

Last Trip Photos

Looking down on the landscape and clouds from the top of Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

One of Summer's Last Blooms

My Grandmother always had many Morning Glories climbing strings going up from her old front porch railing. We played on the porch bathed in the vivid green color of the sun shining through the curtain of foliage. I don't have the old front porch or strings for them to climb, but Morning Glories will climb a trellis. I try to grow some each year. The seeds were planted in May, and four months later I have plenty of foliage and my first flower. I caught the shot above just before it fully opened today, and I see more buds. So nostalgic!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Group Mini-Quilt

I don't recall posting this when I received it in my group swap. It's my smallest, 12"x12", and I love it's artistic creativity. Also, purple is my current favorite color!

Monday, September 5, 2016

One More with Kathyinozarks Hand-Spun Yarn

I had just a bit of Kathy's drop-spindle yarn left and knitted up this little toadstool house. After felting, it's 3 1/2" tall. The embellishments are cut from wool felt. Fun! 


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Last Post for my Twisted Friends

This hand-spun yarn has now gone through all the necessary stages before knitting with it. It was spun on my drop-spindle of Merino wool roving and is 18 yards long. It's pictured drying on my Niddy Noddy, then after being wound into a center-pull yarn ball with a vintage wooden spindle. I bought the spindle years ago just because I liked it. I never thought I'd actually use it! 


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Twins Separated at Birth?

My mini-quilt swap partner for August lives half a country away. We communicated and decided we would both do a little quilt with an "Underwater" theme. We shared no design ideas, preferred colors, etc. just said "Underwater". When done, we sent them to each other by mail. Can you believe the similarities?? Hers is on top, mine is below that.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

For My Twisted Friends

I combined my first two drop-spindle yarns (below) into a 2-ply yarn. Next I'll wind it onto a Niddy Noddy, soak to set it, let it dry, and make a center-pull ball ready for knitting. So much to learn!

Sunday, August 28, 2016


Niddy Noddy on the way, delivery on Wednesday.
I love this activity!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Monthly Swap Mini-Quilt

The theme for August was "Underwater" and this 15" square mini went to my partner in Missouri. I didn't know what to do, so after assembling the background, I just started fussy-cutting and applying images. It's hardly realistic, but it was fun!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Drop-Spindle Art Yarn

This is my very first attempt on my new student drop spindle. I used up all the green hand-dyed roving I had from a local knitting and spinning shop. All suggestions welcome! Is a "niddy-noddy" my next step? I do not have one.



Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Kathy's Vessel

Kathy's yarn in my last post resulted in this vessel, I think the largest one I've ever made, 3.5" X 6.5". Different types of wool felt in different ways, the thin mid-stripe gray being the most fuzzy and my favorite. Working with Kathy's drop-spindle yarn made me truly appreciate hand-spun yarn, so I ordered a drop-spindle and am trying to learn this ancient art myself. Stay tuned! 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

More Handspun Yarn

I knitted and felted the vessel in my August 2nd post after KathyinOzarks sent hand-spun yarn to me. I enjoyed working with it and didn't want to give up the vessel I made, but I felt Kathy deserved something I made with her yarn. So I promised to make another vessel if she sent more yarn. Here is what she sent, stay tuned for the result. It will be colorful! 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

An Experiment

I admit this was not supposed to be an experiment. It was a new craft to me, I got excited, and thought I'd do it for the rest of my life! So next came outfitting myself with all the supplies. I watched a lot of YouTube videos, went shopping numerous times, browsed the Internet and ordered, and found an art glass shop for sheets of colored glass. I wanted to make leaves and flowers, but scoring and breaking the glass in desired shapes was a nightmare. After 5 Band Aids on my fingers, a hammer worked better, and I settled for whatever shapes I got. I thought e6000 glue would be best, so I dove in glueing down tiles and glass, willy nilly, on this 6" square ceramic tile from Lowes (the green one left mid-section is a mirror reflecting trees). But no! It was a stringy, gluey mess. So then I joined a mosaic Facebook group to learn and bought Weldbond glue instead. The last big step was grouting. That's when I started to ask "What was I thinking?!" This is the result, and although it's not what I was after, I learned a lot. I will do it again, but will I do it for the rest of my life? I don't think so. ;)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tiny Teddy

Carol, your comment on my last post made me think of this Tiny Teddy that I made many years ago. Unlike you, I made only one, and here he is, all 3" of him!