It’s August already!

Which makes me late again. Oh well, Late, as the saying goes, seems to be my middle name. But while I have been busy, I don’t know that all that much has been going on. Garden, loom projects, cabin rentals… We had a week of over 100 degrees. It hit 114 one day. Then the next week, this past one .was cool. We had one day with a high in the mid 70’s. I think the drives the garden nuts, too. My peaches are just now starting to soften and we had our first tomato for dinner last night. It was yummy! It’s an heirloom Oxheart. There’s another one ripe now, too, and lots of green ones.

And yesterday we were threatened by the Weather Wizards with heavy Thunder storms and flash floods. All we had was some distant thunder.

Until…

…about 1am I heard water running in the dry flume outside my bedroom window. Our “flash flood” had arrived. It fid not seem enough to worry about so went back to sleep. And it did no damage to us but the poor fishes did not fair so well. Apparently the heave storms were up in the alps in the burn scares from last year. Nothing to stop the runoff & it brought all sorts of mud and muck with it down Coffee Creek, into Treasure Creek and branched into the dry flume though the yard. It’s ugly and it looks like Coffee Creek Road is out again, too. The dump trucks being used for clean up of last years fire went up this morning as usual but came down again empty, which indicates they can’t get to where they are working. A while later some county road dept trucks and equipment went up and we haven’t seen them back yet.

Bur you may remember seeing the pictures I’ve posted of Treasure Creek that runs though our yard.

Here’s what it looked like this morning. and it still looks like that. The water level has dropped a little from the early hours but it is just as dark and thick.

This is the flume behind the shop. That ‘hill’ is mucky foam that forms when the stuff if forced though the culvert.

And now the thunder is booming overhead. This in spite of the wizards telling us the storm has moved on. Crystal ball is wrong again!

Randy been called by Search and Rescue to go to Siskiyou  to the fire over there and help hunt for missing people. Not a search he’s looking forward to.

Hope you are having a reasonable summer!

Fringe

The pillow in the new issue of the Little Looms magazine is really about the fringe. You know how to weave squares already. But I thought I’d post a couple more things that the fringe can be used for. The first project I submitted was for a doily, I rather like this one.
 
 The center is a 6″ Multi square using some super wash wool I bought at a fiber fair a long time ago. The fringe is a sport weight wool of unknown brand, The corners we finished with little 1″ squares using a little loom we made with scrap. I think I’ll post the how to photo’s here. I wanted to make it a ‘page’ but I can’t get that to work. It said make a gallery so I tried it. Here’s a couple other project using a fringe. A pin cushion sized pillow, an easy Barbie blouse, a cowgirl outfit for a larger doll. a bag for your cell phone or whatever. I think this could make some really cute toddler outfits, too. More later.                

Back from Black Sheep Gathering!

Home from Black Sheep without many pictures. Didn’t get a chance to roam around and take interesting ones but I have a few. It was really nice to be able to get together with fiber folk again and talk weaving knitting spinning all the fun things we do and share our projects, successes and failures! My class on Sunday was great fun and everyone managed to complete their little needle book. That was 4 pages; a plain back, a patterned front, and at least one center page using the sild stitch. There were 6 stitch patterns to choose from. It’s a lot to learn for first time weavers but they all caught on rapidly. And if they need a reminder later they have the work sheets and the you tube video to visit.  Weaver Hazel

I’m showing them the Quilt Weaver square.

Grace from Graces Cases made these charming little purses from woven squares. She used the 12″ square Quilt Weaver to make these. The small flat bags are one square felted. They are lined and zippered. The larger one she told me she “…Just cut the big square in half…”! The bottom is faux leather, they too, are felted, lined and zippered. This one is not flat, it’s about 2″ wide at the bottom.  Pretty and well made! I was loaned one to show with the looms, Grace trusted that I would not pack it up with my projects!  Tempting…. lol

A weaver took a Blue ribbon using the 6″ 3pin loom to weave a lap blanket. She belongs to a guild and wove the squares each of a different breed of wool for a guild project. Each one is labeled on the back, too. I even have a couple of photo’s but I lost where I wrote down her name and of course, my knack for remembering names is working as usual.  So if you recognize the project I’m talking about would you please email me with her name?! This just shows half the blanket. Each square was woven in a different textured pattern. I have a photo of the full blanket but as she is in it I don’t want to post it without her permission.

A P.S.! Linda York, the Weaver who wove the blue ribbon lap blanket posted a comment below  and gave me permission to pot the photos. Thank you, Linda!

 

But now we are home again with a new set of tires on the 5th wheel. But that’s another long and expensive story! The wad of wire he is holding is what the tire shredded into and that beat out the floor in the trailer bathroom and took out our water lines. So Randy had to do some mechanics and some plumbing as well as the show stuff. This took place on the shoulder of a Very Busy I-5 just north of Medford, Oregon, canceling our dinner with my sister. But we made up for it and got our visit on Monday on the way home. One lady did turn around and come back to check that we were okay and didn’t need help. It was very kind of her! We were okay, if not very happy! lol

 

June is nearly over…

And I’m late again. It’s been a pretty hectic spring for some reason. Seems to have been deadline after deadline! I think I’m just getting slower but that’s the way it seemed. Now we are trying to get ready for Black Sheep Gathering. We leave next Wednesday. It’s been two-maybe three- years since that event was held. I have a class on Sunday if anyone signs up, I haven’t heard yet. Sunday afternoon is not a great time to have a class as most people by that time are just ready to pack up and go home. But it will be interesting to see what kind of attendance we get after so long. I think most people are expecting it to be busy, but as far as sales, who knows with things the way they are. And I expect people who have a distance to go will be reluctant with gas prices $6 and up.

I have gotten my submissions to Little looms done and now have until August to get the project finished and photographed. It’s mostly done already so that should to be too stressful. Now I’ll have a little time to work on my own projects!

We have most of the garden in. It’s been so chilly and rainy this spring that nothing is on time. It’s low 60’s as a high today and 38 predicted for tonight.  Rained off and on all day, enough that we don’t have to water but not really heavy. But the forecast is for temps in the upper 90’s next week. Yeah, that’s the way it goes, never any Happy Medium! But the garden will like it.

My torch plant is blooming. Oh, I forgot, Sis says it’s a Red Hot Poker not a torch. But it is an impressive plant and there’s three of them this year. I want to get them out of that pot with the rose this fall if I can.

   

And we have baby Robins out on Le Shed. And another baby out by the garden this morning!

 

If you are within driving distance of Albany, Oregon, I hope you’ll drop by and see us at Black Sheep next weekend!

May… as in maybe spring?

It’s hard to tell what season it is. One day it’s 80 degrees and sunny, nest day you wake up to 31 degrees and frost, nest day back to warm and sunny then a week of cloudy, dark, cool, and rain showers that don’t really add much to the water table. Today is one of those. I worked in the garden this morning, cut a bunch of kale off my blooming kale plants and finally let him dig up most of them. There a bunch of little seedlings to make a new patch. I hate to give them up, suck pretty plants, but it’s time for a new generation. They don’t seem to mind the weather, in fact judging by the number of  plants coming up. I’d have to say they like it.  But my tomato plants won’t and they are starting to out grow their quarters in the house!

So I’m weaving little triangles today. Don’t know what I’ll do with them. Maybe a quilt design. But they’re easy and fast using the Tiny Weaver Tri.

PUD called awhile back and told us the poser would be out last Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm. Si I made a picnic lunch and we headed up to take a look at how the winter had left Mt Meadow at the end of the road. Seemed a good use for a powerless day. I hadn’t seen the burned area since they started the “clean up”. The clean up consisted of tearing up and hauling off the burned structures, leaving the woods pretty much the way they were. They’ve cut “hazard trees” along the road, those they deem a danger of falling on the road and/or whoever happens to be there at the time. And a few private landowners have logged the burnt timber. on their property. Federal property gets left as is… natural.

But once up the road a few miles the fire did not come down to the canyon do the view along the road is green and thriving. You can see the burn up on the ridgetops, rows of standing poles that used to be trees. The fire came down to the meadow in a few places but by and large it stayed safe, as did the old historical Mt Meadow Ranch. We saw three bear and the trip. Going up, a sow and a yearling cub ran across the road ahead of us. Bright cinnamon colored. Coming back a young black bear was munching grass in the meadow. I guess the bears are hungry this spring, with all the old rotted logs having burned up, taking with them those nice fat grubs the bears like, there’s not much to eat up there this spring. Randy got a shot of this one also munching grass on his hike up Union creek Saturday.

 

He wasn’t interested in visiting, tho, once he spotted Randy he departed the meadow in a hurry.

But we enjoyed our picnic and hiked around a bit indulging in what is now days called  “Forest Bathing”! lol Ah well, I live in the forest but i still enjoy getting out in the woods.

The alp’s I’m afraid didn’t fair as well as the meadow. We didn’t cross the river but had a depressing view that way.

 

We walked down and took a look at the meadow from the bottom, The fire came down into the Aspens, but didn’t hurt them. We only have this one patch of them in Trinity Co. That I am aware of, anyway. Here’s Himself contemplating the view. Yo can see the brow trees. But there’s still green ones, too. Still birds and a nice sized deer herd so lots of things survived the fire.

I guess that’s about all I have to day today. Guess I’ll go weave a few more triangles, maybe I’ll get inspired!

 

Lazy Summer Log Cabin Picnic Blanket

I made a video showing how to weave the log cabin. I demonstrated it on the Tiny Weaver square as it’s the one that I can get in the whole view, but it starts exactly the same on the bigger looms, there are just more repeats on those. I also did not notice that the orientation would be slantwise to the camera but I think it is still pretty plain. I will try to remember that in the future.

So now we see if my new internet is fast enough to load this little video.

 

Spring Little Looms is out….

I haven’t gotten my “hard copy” yet but did get to take a look at the digital one. I’ve gotten a few emails about the pattern. People seem to like it. Those, at least, who love larger projects, as this blanket it pretty big. But you can, of course, make it any size you like. It’s easy to make smaller. Or bigger should you lean that way!

The neat thing about this one is that with care it is machine washable and not only can be varied in size but also in usage. It will fit a twin bed, It covers the top of my Queen bed so may fit a double and could easily be made a big wider to fit the queen better. You can use any colors that fit your scheme and actually, it would work with other fibers, too. If you wanted a winter blanket, you could use your hand spun or favorite commercial wool. A nice acrylic might make a good dorm blanket that could just be tossed in the washer at need.

I am adding  a chart there that Little Looms did not publish. I found it a help and maybe some of you will also.

 

This is the 2nd largest project I’ve woven on the pin looms and actually did not find it that difficult & it really didn’t take long to make. Well worth the time I think! You have lots of choices with this one. But whatever you decide, I’d love to see what you weave!

Photo from Little looms

Another oldie.

I finished this one in 2014. It’s a collection of my handspun yarns.  Woven on several looms, mostly, if I remember, the 7″ and the 3 1/2″ squares. Randy made the wood buttons.  The button holes are just an unstitched space between the little squares on the front band. I like 3/4 sleeves but these were probably a little wide and the bottom edges. It works okay, tho.

Just been going though older projects, posting to my 3 “social media” places, here, Ravelry, and the facebook pin loom group. I’m working on a new everyday sweater but thinking of reworking that idea. I’ve been weaving either 12″ or 10.5″ squares, can’t remember just now. Needless to say that last one woven was a couple months back! But someone posted about shape weaving the other day which reminded me of the shape woven I’ve done in the past. I still have the cardboard looms and am thinking I might just employ that method on this sweater. I seem to get a better fit with less blocks than the cut and sew method. I’m too big to get a good fit with the totally block woven things. The one above is cut and sew. This one is the shape woven. The yoke and the arm skye as well as the back yoke were shape woven. And a much better fit than the others I’ve done, I think. The sleeves as shown were cut and sew but both made from the same pattern. Well, I’ll have to think about this some more. I have a little time between now and my next deadline, I hope!