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Not much here, I’m afraid. Going on as usual, spending the winter catching up on book work and restocking looms. And shoveling snow, but thank goodness for Himself! He handles that part because we have lots of it!

But I have been weaving a few 4″ squares along for the Shawl in a Ball project. The bag was getting into such a mess that I decided to do a little Organizing. Yes, really! This consisted of putting together an estimate of squares rows, trying to blend the colors and bagging each row separately. It looks better now and hopefully will encourage me to start sewing up the rows again. I have started. Oh yes, I also cut out a more permanent pattern with a long sleeve. This top isn’t going to have a full long sleeve but the plan is for 3/4 if I can stretch the yarn that far. Well, likely I’m going to have to buy another skein, anyway. That will make 4.  I need to make shorter tails. I have been using them in the sewing up but some are way too long.

Anyway, here’s my version of organization. It doesn’t looks like many all neatly bagged up but there are 7-9 in each bag.

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Oh yes, I did make another set of the soup bowl mugs. Got this skein of Red Heart acrylic in Team Colors and it is scratchy as heck so finally gave up the scarf idea and wove a couple mug rugs using the 3 1/2″ Tumbling Block. There’s enough left to supply the whole team with them! lol

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Yes, and I did indulge in a little doll clothes knitting during the 4 day power outage. It’s fair isle and I find that is not my talent. It looks okay on your far away view but you would have no trouble finding the errors if you saw it for Real. I could not keep an even tension for the life of me. So anyway, I’ll go back to weaving my dolls clothing!
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The Facebook Pin Loom group is using one of my doll dress patterns so I thought I would join them and weave one myself. My girls need some new Christmas dresses. Here’s the first one. The dress is entirely 4″ squares. the headband is two book marks, 2×6’s, and the corsage is  the Loom Bloom made with the 2″ square. It’s quick to make and easy to assemble and there’s lots of variety  possible with different yarns different weave patterns and of course any number of ways to tweek the pattern for style. I have a couple ideas I’m working on myself! Can]t wait to see what people come up with. There’s going to be some happy little girls this Christmas! It’s foggy and wet outside so took these pics indoors, which isn’t the best. I’ll try to get better ones this afternoon.

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Last show trip of the year!

Well, the show are fun and we meet a lot of nice people but I am rather glad to be home for awhile. We’re getting our first rain of the Autumn and there will soon be a frosty morning greeting us. Good time for sitting by the fire and weaving!

Here’s a few pictures from our trip.

Hitchhiker doll Merida had to pose beside a Redwood like any tourist!

 

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And she got her portrait taken with the looms at the CWFF in Boonville. She’s wearing the dress I wove for her, my version of a Celtic design for this Scottish princess.

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And naturally she would want to be included in the picture at Cape Blanko, in Oregon on our way up to OFFF in Canby. Here she is with Randy and Stella, watching the whales spouting around the point from the lighthouse.

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At OFFF a weaver who was enjoying our looms brought us this bouquet of the Dalias she grew herself to honor our booth! Thank you, Sara! They lasted all the way home, brightening the camper, too!

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After the shows we went a little further north to Visit Mt Rainier Nat’l Park, which we had not been to before. The first day was clear and sunny and gave us some wonderful pictures. The next day the clouds settled atop the mountain and it could not be seen. But the park was still beautiful with the fall colors seeming to stand out even more in the fog.

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Then we were heading south toward home. But we still had our Tour Guides along the way! 😉

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And almost home we saw our ‘local’ volcano, Mt Shasta, wearing her fuzzy winter bonnet! And the wind was blowing up the dust along the way.

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So here we are, at home, enjoying the rain, trying to catch up on orders and planning our trip to Medford to stock up for winter. Randy is working in the wood shed as well as the shop and I am weaving on a couple projects in the evenings while the game is on.

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Home again!

Here we are, back where we started from and happy to see it. We had a great trip but coming home is always good, too. My own bed! Well, the bed in the 5th wheel is also mine, I guess, but I like this one better! I have a limited amount of pictures on my camera. There are more on the tablet if I can figure out how to get them here I’ll post more. Meantime, here’s what I have of our trip so far.

We stayed at a campground on the Salmon river in Idaho, outside of Riggins. This old one lane bridge is being replaced. We did not take the trailer over it, just drove down to explore. In fact, we didn’t stay in the campground just in the parking lot in front, as the camp was closed due to a fire that they had there just a month after we stayed there last year.

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Here is the view from our trailer park at the outskirts of Moscow, Id. It is a pea field. some were just starting to bloom. I have no idea what kind of peas there were but there were thousands of acres of them and also of many kinds of grain.

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This is our booth in the 1912 highschool building in Moscow. It is a community hall now days and the new hi is just up the street. That’s where the classes were held. We met many weavers and maybe converted a few more! A very nice, well organized event. Thank you, Shelly of The Yarn Underground who sponsored it and did a great deal of the work involved.

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This is Linda Echenrode of All things Fiber in St. Maries, Id who also had a booth. Linda carries our looms in her shop and she showed me the poncho she is working on using many sizes of Multi looms. My photo does not show much of the incredible pattern work and detail in Linda’s weaving. It is beautiful! If you are anywhere near there be sure to stop in at her shop and ask to see it!

 

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And if you have not seen these windmill ‘farms’ you are missing a sight. I know some people think they are a blight but I think they are beautiful! I did not get a good photo as there was no good place to stop when they were in view. There are fields of them in several states but this was Washington. Rolling hills with grain fields and these atop.

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Here we are now on the Mt. McKinley pass looking at the Sisters. We camped nearby and nearly froze! I did get Himself down to around 5000′ before he stopped so the morning temp was just barely below freezing! lol Very beautiful. Large lava flows in places.

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There are falls on the McKinley River. Thick moss and the roar is deafening. It’s a beautiful river. This is the upper fall.

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And here they are from below, looking up at their back sides.

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Here you  can see how close they were to the fall and the fury and all the mist. I guess it’s a goose thing. ??

This is the lower fall.

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That’s it for today. Here’s a little ‘hitchhiker’ I picked up at a Goodwill in Bend, Oregon while we were waiting to get a new fridge installed in the 5th wheel. :-0 !

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xo Hazel

Is it May already?!!

Well, as you probably suspect, I have finished none of the projects I’ve shown here, lots of excuses, no real reasons.  Just didn’t get around to it in most cases.  But a couple weeks ago there was a county wide yard sale, one of those semi-annual things up here where you go from door to door, and town to town. We never left Coffee Creek but I bought a new “doll”. This one is taller than me but I immediately set about weaving her some clothing. Here is Madelyn  wearing her new pencil skirt and Diamond Block top.

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The skirt is woven using the 6″ square Mutli loom. It’s lined as well to help it hold its shape even tho Maddie doesn’t sit, I thought that a good idea. The top is made up of 7″ Quilt Weaver Diamonds. This photo shows it not quite finished but you can see the diamonds better. I worked a row of sc and a row of reverse sc around the neckline to draw it up just a bit. Maddie is very thin so almost as hard to fit as I am, being rather wide. I used some stash yarn to weave this set. One of the ideas I’ve had– you know the ones that lurk in the back of your mind and only come out in those middle of the night waking periods– is to weave an evening dress. I have absolutely no use for this kind of garment but I’m thinking that Madelyn may yet end up with one!

Meantime, I think a couple more practical items are in line. I am trying to work up some ideas for a clothing weaving class. It just seems to me that since we have all these looms we should do more with them than the occasional couch pillow or baby blanket. The little easy dust collector items are cute but really, how many can you use? But clothing is something we all need all the time and can be both practical and pretty! Anyway, that’s my idea.

And speaking of practical, it’s also gardening season and here’s my first go at growing broccoli. How ’bout that!

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Hope you are having a green & growing spring while still getting in some weaving time!

A month late, but Happy 2016!

Well, I have been weaving, but too much other stuff going on as well. Not the fun stuff, but the busy stuff. You know….

Snow–DSCN0447 Rain…rainTrying to get to Medford for lumber and supplies, including groceries. Not making it! Well, we did eventually make it but not this time. Very slick ice over the mountain, we gave up and tiptoed back down 2 mph.icy Mt. And a new doll…Front so I had to go play with the doll knitters for the Valentines KAL. Yes, I know I could have woven one, but I like to knit also. I’ll be good now. And then there’s the end of the year paper work… such fun. NOT!DSCN0511

So there’s my excuses for not posting. We’re signing up for the year’s fiber fairs and planning trips already and as I said, I am getting in a little weaving time. Still working on the many way to make a 6″ square. DSCN0508 And also looking at possibly teaching a class so need short fast projects. Hummmm……

But today is February oneth and time to pay bills so I guess I’d better get on with that. At least the sun is shining today so it is a bit more cheerful if not significantly warmer. Snow tomorrow, they tell us.

Hope your winter is going well!

 

 

Looks like Fall

We have frost warning’s and the weather page is starting me mention snow levels. The chances of it this week are slim, but it’s encouraging to see it mentioned again. We had some rain yesterday, tho not a lot.  But I have been knitting on my 2 year (so far) sweater just have one sleeve to go. And today starting a doll sweater for  an ‘Along’ in my doll group.

I have the tunic, previously mentioned as ‘vest’ put together but am having a problem with it. A lot of people have told me they like the colors and the length but I am not happy with either. I think it’s too long and too gaudy. I’m going to try to over dye it to dull it down some and them I’ll consider length. It’s the sitting problem, you know what that does to loosely woven or knit fabric. 😦  Take my word for it that it looks better here than it does on me. Himself was supposed to get a picture for me as my little camera is being contrary, but he hasn’t had time yet, he says. But I have also got started on my Xmas yarn. Progress of a sort… And no presents made this year. Ah well… Hope your November is starting off on a high note! accoridan

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