I was in Kentucky last week celebrating several family events. We had a delayed family Christmas. No pictures, but I did get a photo of another happy event. We had a “Girls Night Out” to celebrate Kay’s birthday (which is today! Happy Birthday, Kay!) while I was there. We were mothers and daughters! Mom is sitting, and standing from left to right, Liz, Kay, Kaylee, Sandy and Terry. Happy Birthday, Kay!
Another happy part was a visit to Black Watch Alpaca Farm in Harrodsburg, Ky. Who could not be happy surrounded by beautiful yarn and Deb’s always smiling face. The sad part was a ceremony honoring my father. He was inducted posthumously into the Kentucky Cattlemen Hall of Fame. We were so proud of his recognition and so proud of my mother receiving the award. Yes, we had to do the “Wise Monkeys”. Mom doesn’t like it, but she loves us and puts up with it. Hers was not the only strange looks we got.
So, I am back home and ready to weave.
I am still on a weaving kick. I keep weaving fabric for a vest or jacket, but when I take the fabric off the loom, it is so hard to put the scissors to it. Like this one. It is all cotton, mostly plain weave, but I also did some clasped weft sections. I ordered a book called Beginner Saori Sewing, so hopefully, that will inspire me to make things from my hand weaving. I mean, how many shawls does one really need ? (Maybe just one more!)I also finished a scarf from my hand spun yarn. Actually, I had knitted this yarn into a cowl, but the colors just washed out in the knitting, and I hated it. So, I ripped out the knitting and put it on my Ashford SampleIt loom. I am very pleased with it now.Happy weaving!
It is snowing in Southern Arizona! It won’t stay long, I had to run out early to get these pictures. This is our neighbor’s front yard.Here’s Frosty, the snow car.The “pile of snow” is in our back yard.We didn’t decorate much this year. But I did find some snowmen to hang on the front door. And a reindeer made the milk can rather festive. I will probably get some remarks from my sister, Terry. She puts out over 65 Christmas blow molds at her house.Here’s wishing the merriest, joyful and peaceful holiday season!
For some reason my Schacht rigid heddle loom has been calling my name. And I answered. Part of the weaving had to do with several tubs of yarn, both hand spun and ready made, taking up room in my studio space. All of the projects started with the intention of weaving fabric to make into vests, but after taking them off the loom, I am going to use them as shawls. This one is made from various mystery yarns that I picked up from the Yarn Babes donations.This one is all my hand spun yarn, mostly alpaca, with a couple of wool and wool blends. I didn’t follow any particular pattern, just played with the textures and colors. It is hard to pick my favorite, but I am partial to the browns.My next one is woven with my hand spun baby alpaca from Black Watch Alpacas in Kentucky. I wanted to highlight the softness of the yarn, so I used a simple weaving pattern at each end and plain weave in the body.By the way, I devised a way to hold the end of the shawl while twisting the fringes. I used two pick up sticks and two Sears clamps to clamp the shawl to the cross bar on the loom. After all that white, it was time for some color. This was leftover yarn from several knitting and weaving projects. Not all weaving was done on the rigid heddle loom. I finished some mug rugs on the Hokett loom.These are coasters woven on an old Rug Weave-it loom from the 1930’s, a gift from the Head Yarn Babe, Nancy. I glued them to cork backings. They make neat gifts. Whew!
Sandy O’ at My Yellow Swing
I am a day behind, but here goes….
Happy Birthday, Daniel. It is hard to believe that ??? number of years have past since my nephew, Daniel, was born. He is my sister Terry and her husband Bill’s first child. And also the first grandchild of my parents and my first nephew. Actually, one of only two nephews, so no wonder I am such a proud aunt. So, Daniel, be prepared for some embarrassing photos!
This is Daniel being held by his Great Grandmother Hoddy on his first Christmas. (These are old photos that I scanned, so apologies for the poor quality.)
Daniel was a happy baby! He was one year old here with his Aunt Sandy! (Don’tcha love my pouffy hair!)
He spent a lot of time on Grandpa’s tractor.
Daniel came out to visit me and Pat in 2004. We toured all the “Hot Spots” in Southern Arizona!And I am super proud to say he has grown into a fine young man!See ya!
Aunt Sandy at My Yellow Swing
Another busy month passed, and November is going strong. Yesterday, Pat and I celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary. Wow! Twenty nine years ago, we did this…And yesterday, we did this….We spent the day in Bisbee, AZ, checking out the antique shops and visiting our friend, Ken Wallace, owner of the Bisbee Bicycle Brothel. It’s as much a vintage bicycle museum as it is a working bicycle shop. There are posters, pictures, and all kinds of bicycle memorabilia. If you love vintage lugged steel frames, this is the place to go.
Another then and now, my niece, Kaylee, is celebrating her birthday today! I don’t have a baby picture, but here is an early one (one of my favorites!).And now… Happy Birthday!And my latest weaving now…It is a cowl that has the ends woven together. I can see it becoming an addiction.
So, happy election day. I am going to hide away in my studio and weave.