Trip to Albuquerque

Last week, Pat and I loaded up the truck with his bike and my weaving and we made a road trip to Albuquerque, NM.   Pat has a long time blog friend, Patrick O’Grady, who writes an interesting, entertaining, and extremely thought provoking blog called Mad Dog Media.  He also writes bicycle reviews and columns, and draws cartoons, for several bicycle magazines.  Long story short, Pat and Patrick (yes, it did get confusing at times) planned a bike ride along the Rio Grande River bike path called Paseo del Bosque.   The weather almost cancelled their ride, but the sun finally shined upon them and they had a great ride.  They rode thirty two miles of dedicated muti-use path, which also happens to pass by the Biopark.  I’m taking my bike next time we go.IMG_3198The next day we took a trip to the Albuquerque Biopark which has an aquarium, botanical gardens and zoo.  I LOVE aquariums and even though this one is small, it had some very nice tank displays, and I especially liked the one where you walk through a tunnel in the large salt water tank.IMG_3201I didn’t get any pictures of the Botanical Gardens, but Pat took several of the zoo.  Here’s one  special picture for my niece, Liz.IMG_3218IMG_3222

After our day at the Biopark, we had dinner with Patrick and his brighter half, Shannon. We went to El Bruno’s Mexican restaurant and had a great dinner with pleasant company.  We got so busy eating and talking we forgot about taking a picture.  Maybe next time.

Duffy did a sleep over at a bed and biscuit kennel while we were away.  He always comes home a little clingy.IMG_2439And to finish up this post, Happy Mothers Day to my mom, my sisters and all mothers everywhere.  IMG_2901See ya,

Sandy O’

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Flowers and Other Stuff

Spring is here and that means a lot of flowers.  Duffy checks out the roses each morning to make sure there are no uninvited critters underneath.IMG_3153IMG_3156IMG_3151A warm sunny day is also a reason to bring out the solar oven.  Pat makes a wonderful meal with fingerling potatoes, bell peppers, carrots,onions and pork chops in the solar oven.  There is no kitchen in our house during the summer.IMG_3145IMG_3147There is some weaving going on.  I am still intrigued by Saori weaving, a free form style that you can try different yarns and colors.  I will be cutting this to make a vest.  (Yeah, right.  I say that now.)IMG_3157Take care and see ya,

Sandy at My Yellow Swing

 

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It’s a Wrap

It’s a wrap or a shawl, whatever you want to call it, I’m weaving it.  This is a merino/silk blend woven on a Schacht rigid heddle loom.  I used the Brook Bouquet pattern on the ends and plain weave for the body.  IMG_3133IMG_3134The next shawl was woven with Yarn Bee Soft Secret in spring colors that my mom picked. IMG_3137Tapestry weaving has been on the small scale lately.  I used my Hokett loom for these miniature hangings.  I added turquoise beads on the blue weaving.IMG_3139 The kids at the after school knitting class tried out my small looms.  They had a good time playing with different yarns and colors.  Here’s one of the kits I made.  The craft stick worked well for weaving but I couldn’t make the hole for the yarn any bigger without splitting the wood.  I devised a threader from 20 gauge wire and a macrame bead.  It works!IMG_3129See ya,

Sandy O’

 

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Another Family Birthday!

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!img_3112

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.  img_3111The 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. img_3113img_3117img_3119Yes, 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.

See ya,

Sandy

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Still Weaving

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!)img_3102img_3104I 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.img_3106img_3107Happy weaving!

See ya,

Sandy O’

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Merry Christmas

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.img_3090Here’s Frosty, the snow car.img_3091The “pile of snow” is in our back yard.img_3092We 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.img_3088img_3089Here’s wishing the merriest, joyful and peaceful holiday season!

See ya,

Sandy O’

 

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A Whole Lot Of Weaving Goin’ On

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.img_3077This 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.img_3081My 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.img_3084By 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.  img_3074After all that white, it was time for some color.  This was leftover yarn from several knitting and weaving projects.img_3085 Not all weaving was done on the rigid heddle loom.  I finished some mug rugs on the Hokett loom.img_3086These 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.IMG_2433 img_3087Whew!

See ya,

Sandy O’ at My Yellow Swing

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