New Toys

It’s almost like Christmas.  But I just couldn’t wait that long, so I ordered a couple of new playthings.  The first thing is a ukulele.  I know…. how 70’s can you get.  But I’ve tried to learn to play the banjo (that was WAY more complicated than it looks!).  Next I tried a guitar.  Better, but too big to hold.  Next I tried a kalimba. It’s an African thumb piano.  It’s really fun to play but rather restrictive in the types of music to sing along.IMG_2618Now I’ve signed up for a class at our local community college to learn to play the ukulele!  Duffy’s not too sure about it.IMG_2606My other new toy is a Hokett mini tapestry loom.  It’s so Cute!  IMG_2614Other projects include a finished scarf.  It’s the Feathers and Fans pattern knitted with my hand spun baby alpaca.  IMG_2612Another pair of socks is on the needles.  Pat saw this yarn at my favorite LYS, Grandma’s Spinning Wheel in Tucson, AZ and thought it would make great cycling socks.  You will be able to see my feet for sure!IMG_2610I’m demonstrating inkle loom weaving along with rigid heddle weaving at the Western Heritage Program for elementary school students and set this up for the kids to try.IMG_2609And lastly, the Sheep tapestry is growing again.  I’ll be adding the heads soon.IMG_2616

See ya,

Sandy at My Yellow Swing


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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2 Responses to New Toys

  1. I hum but can’t play an instrument-here’s hoping you’ve found your ‘voice’!
    The bright sock yarn is perfect!!!!

  2. Araignee says:

    Oh, man…..there are so many good things in this post I don’t know where to start! I almost got a uke but then I got a mini Luna guitar instead which has been a bear to learn to play. I thought it would be a good idea to have the strings closer together than they are on my full sized classical guitar. NOT. Maybe a uke is in my future after all someday. Oh, well….I guess the fun is in the learning!

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