Archive | September 2009

Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival

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What a delightful surprise! Who should come to visit us in the booth at OFFF but Hazel Rose herself! :)She brought her parents, of course, and we were happy to meet them as well. Hazel was not named after myself and my sister Rosy but I think we are still going to adopt her! πŸ˜€ She is just a cutie and gave me the biggest smile. It’s not showing here so big but that’s only because she had not yet decided if it was okay to be quite that far from Mom and Dad. :O
We had a lovely visit with the Nichols and met many other friends this weekend. Many we had only ‘met’ previously on-line. It’s always fun to meet face to face people you have been talking to on-line. We got a lot of feed-back from weavers who have our looms and were able to introduce them to many who had not seen them before.
We also shopped among the other booths for luscious fibers and yarns, watched the spinning competitions, visited the animals in the barns, and the parking lot fleece sale which is always a big temptation. I resisted but Rosy wasn’t quite able to! :laugh:
The volunteers who organized the show did a wonderful job and it was bigger than ever this year. These people work so hard… and it is a hard job!… but the show reflects their efforts and if you have never been it is certainly worth the trip. If you are at all able to make it, do go next year, you won’t be sorry!

Our new Logo

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We had a new wheel cover made for the 5th wheel. If you see this heading north on I-5 You’ll know it’s us on our way to Canby, Oregon and the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival. It’s going to be a lot of fibering fun! Talked Sis into going with us, which was very clever of me as she also cooks! πŸ˜€
I think I have everything packed up and ready to go. but Himself thought so, too, and was taking me on a ‘last’ tour of the shop when he found five sets of Tiny Weaver Looms which should have been in the trailer already, still sitting on the shelf in the stock room.

We will be on our way early tomorrow, tho. Hope to see you there!

Another sign, I guess.

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I got the urge to bake cookies today! Must be a sign of fall! Can’t remember the last time my kitchen smelled like cinnamon and ginger! πŸ˜€ Himself has tested and tested to be sure they were safe to eat and it seems they are. I got this recipe on StumbleUpon, the first really useful thing I’ve found there. But I also worked on my rugs and did my duty in the loom shop. Found the woven mittens but I’ll be darned if I can find the Christmas stockings I made for that WeaveZine article last winter. Frustrating, to say the least! I wanted to take them to the shows end of the month. OFFF and Lambtown. Oh well. πŸ˜›
Randy spent the afternoon putting up the new siding. It kind of unifies our rambling domain. And it’s looking good.
We’ll soon be raking leaves, I betcha. Hope you’re having a lovely September!


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It really is fall!!! :O Are we ready? Dunno about you but I don’t think we ever are. The asters are pretty, tho, aren’t they?
We’re making looms. If you are going to be at OFFF in Canby this month or Lambtown in Dixon next month, do come see us! We’ll be there! πŸ™‚


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We’ve had a rather noisy week. Today it finally got on my nerves and I went out and got a picture of this guy in the old cedar off the kitchen porch, raising a loud & rather shrill racket. I could not see the problem until my Robin (the cat version) wandered over and rubbed my ankles. I was just guessing but I scooped him up and took him inside with me and, sure enough, a few minutes later the Flicker shut up and flew off. He hasn’t gone far, tho I still here him periodically. And I think part of the noise has been territorial as we have also had a pileated wood pecker in the yard this week. I think they’re duking it out over who gets the punky cottonwood trees! And on top of that several evenings ago there was a red tailed hawk flying laps and screeching. He only stayed that night and the next morning. At least I haven’t heard him since. But come to think of it, I haven’t heard that really annoying Pine squirrel lately, either! He’s been chewing up the green cones in the Ponderosa pine over the house and making a heck of a mess. I would not shed tears if he went to dinner with the hawk! :plain: :satisfied:

Rag Rug

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I got the loom warped and am weaving the rag rugs from grandmother’s old double knit pants. I had to re-cut the strips as I found the first ones I used were about twice as wide as they ought to be. That slowed things down and what with this and that, I am just not making great progress on this! :laugh: I have got the first one finished, tho, and am nearly ready to start the second. I warped up for two, tho I am not sure I am getting two of the same size, my math skills seem a little weak at times. 😦
Oh well, it is what it is and I am sure I will like them! I just hope I find time to finish this month! πŸ˜›


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The new issue of Piecework had an article on Looping, a historical method of making fabric. I had to try it, of course. I used cotton yarn and made this little bag for my spinning wheel oil. It was easy, but the stitches being small, it took longer to make than knitting the same thing would have. But it was fun to make.