Happy New Year!

I am hoping everyone had a joyous and safe New Year celebration!  I slept through the midnight count down like I do every year.  Our celebration is getting an early First Day Bike Ride and the weather in Southern Arizona couldn’t have been any better!  There is some distant snow on the mountain tops, but the sky is sunny and the temperature a mild 60 degrees.  YES!!Image

Recently, we heard a classical performance on NPR with a musician playing a kalimba.  The sound was sooooo smooth and soothing.   I did a little research, found that it is an African instrument that is played with your thumbs.  And there is a dealer in Tucson, AZ that imports them from Africa, sells them, and is an accomplished kalimba player.  Well, I ordered on and three days later, I am a proud owner of my very own kalimba.  It is a joy to play and pleasant to hear.  If I get brave in a couple of weeks, I’ll post a video.


For my Wednesday Works-in-Progress, I’m playing with my inkle loom to make cords for more project bags.  Using the inkle loom is faster than Japanese braiding, kumihimo, but doesn’t produce as unique or complex patterns.  ImageImage

I made a inkle strap for a “Wiener Dog” tote bag for my niece, Liz.  I experimented using a double weft thread, and it resulted in a stiffer and sturdier strap.


I finished some quilted mug rugs.Image

I knitted another shawl using an alpaca blend.  I still need to block it so the lacy part shows better.Image

I ‘m knitting a hat for myself.  I’m using bulky yarn on #10 needles.  The neat thing about this one will be a ponytail hole in the back.  I made one for my sister and she loves it!Image

The Navajo rug is slowly growing.  I’m planning some quality weaving time on it this weekend.Image

See ya!





About psobrien

Hi, my name is Sandy and I am a retired professional quilter turned fiber artist with my main interest in spinning wool , using natural plants to dye fiber to be used in tapestry weaving. I grew up on a dairy farm in Kentucky, travelled around the world and now make my home in Southeastern Arizona with my husband, Pat and Duffy, our Westiepoo.
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4 Responses to Happy New Year!

  1. K says:

    Happy New Year! Spending it cleaning!

  2. Cindy in Fl says:

    Inspiring start to the new year! The hat is beautiful; I will look for to the music video!

  3. Wow! You have been busy! I can’t wait to see the shawl blocked.

  4. Roxie Matthews says:

    What splendid things you have been doing! You inkle-loom cords are marvelous!

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