5.03.2007

Fiber Adventures Commence

The Spinning Loft and Three Sheeps to the Wind

Look whose eggs (and yes, that's me spinning--er, holding up my bagel--as well) have shown up elsewhere! Yes, I went a'spinning Tuesday night at The Spinning Loft with my mommy (you can see a picture of her there, too) and much fun was had by all. Plus, Beth has a great blog with lots of cool, fibery stuff. And she's very funny. Funny ha-ha, not the Other Kind of Funny (funny-weird, not-safe-to-take-home-to-your-parents-and-small-children kind of funny like me).

The Spinning Loft is brimming with gorgeous fibers and fleeces so don't click unless you really want to be lured into buying something or, at the very least, coveting your neighbors' sheep (which I'm sure would lead you into breaking one of the ten commandments, and I just can't be responsible for that).


McRay Weaving with a Side of Domestic Piracy

In other exciting fibery news, today I visited another place I recently discovered, McRay Weaving. Granted, I haven't ventured down the weaving path yet (as I just told Shadkitty, I need another fiber addiction like a hole in the head). But I went to McRay to find Wild Fibers magazine and discovered an unbelievable array of the most gorgeous yarns I've ever seen under a single roof.

And who should I meet there but Ragnar of Domestic Piracy? She works and teaches at McRay, and was as cool as (if not even cooler than) her blog.

Drop Dead

I want to make a rug like Drop Dead by Alex Carpenter. I think it would be great in the living room. Can't you just picture it adorned with some snoozing pussycats? I love the description:

The shape mimics that of an unfortunate soul which may have come to pass right there on your living room floor with their silhouette remaining as evidence.

It's not a kit or pattern, just a photo of the artwork, but I think it's a brilliant idea. Everybody should have at least one Dead Fred (Dead Daphne, Dead Doornail, or Dead Whomever). Latch-hooks for everyone.

Out to Pasture

The pasture is beginning to turn green. As you can see, besides a few blades of grass, it has llamas (Graty at far left, Llannie at center) and sheep in it. I just had my first sheep feet-trimming experience Sunday, and we all emerged virtually unscathed.

I will not say a good time was had by all, but aside from a weeny cut on my thumb--which hasn't even put a dent in my knitting, so it's scarcely worth mentioning, except that it is evidence of the very minor scathing that prevented the experience from being utterly without incident, since a tiny bit of blood was involved--it all went pretty smoothly.

Next up on the animal husbandry front...it'll be shearing time again, in about two weeks.

12 comments:

Mouse said...

Aren't you supposed to trim their hooves not yours? Shearing time? Oooh.. after that it will be buy some fiber from O'Kitten time!!

RheLynn said...

Wow - you've been fiberly busy all over the place! Looks like you've been having a wonderful time at it too - with so many places close to you, YAY! :)

I'll have to start scoping out places that might be close to the Ohio Hamvention (hamvention.com) that we're going to soon!

sunneshine said...

I LOVE the rug!! What a fun and interesting addition to a room! If you do decide to make it, let me know maybe we can have a RAL (rug along)...

Dee said...

Sounds like you will be very busy!

I'm glad the thumb injury didn't hamper the knitting!

pins&needles said...

I love that rug! Now I have to figure out how to make one!

Ragnar said...

That rug has much fabulousness. It's almost enough to make me try rug hooking again...

And I'm totally jealous that you have chickens! I love chickens.

See you at the second sunday knit-in I hope!

said...

I am SO glad you warned me about clicking that link! Definitely don't need to buy anything. hehe

You know, there is something special about seeing your name/link pop up on another blog. It makes you feel famous. lol

Obsidian Kitten said...

so as i was lying awake last night thinking of all the rugging possibilities (latch-hook was my primary idea) it occurred to me that a big old piece of nice red shag carpet (you know, the nice thick 1970s kind) could be cut into the body shape. or red astroturf. or whatever. waaaay easier than actually *making* the rug part, although cutting carpet isn't the easiest thing in the world, it'd be much easier than actually making some rug. ok, so not as nice as a hand-made one, but more instant gratification to be had that way.

Joanie said...

Sounds like one of a kind rug.
Go for it....
The farm looks great. What a great like your animals have.

Joanie said...

TAKE 2...
I should always proof read what I wrote...It should read your animals have a great life on your farm.

Beth said...

Did you seriously go looking for Wild Fibers somewhere else when I have th currentissue as well as a couple of the las two right in my shop?
Silly you. hee, hee.

Mom Unplugged said...

That rug is hilarious! Snoozing kitties would be nice, but personally, I see it in my living room adorned with white cat fur!