Sunday, June 15, 2014

Weaving Again

I was reading a post by Francoise the other day who is a talented quilter, artist, and weaver. She mentioned that she was going to make time to weave again so that she could finish up her project on her loom. Zing! That was the motivation that I needed to realize that I've missed weaving and I need to just make time to weave again. Thanks for the nudge, Francoise! The other day when the weather was fine, I carried my vintage Harrisville Model A loom

out on our back porch, where I could weave while listening to the birds and looking at our garden. I have a warp on this loom to weave mug rugs so I thought that I'd just play with the rug wool, and let myself try whatever came to mind.

I wove the first mug rug using handspun Lincoln yarn that I dyed in a bright blue, spring green and a sunny yellow, alternating that yarn with a sunny yellow rug wool.

While I was out weaving, I noticed that our blackberries are covered with flowers, which makes my husband and son very happy as they love the homemade blackberry jam that my husband makes. Sweet anticipation!

Our raspberry plants are just covered with fruit, so sometime soon, we'll be picking ripe raspberries! Yum, those are my favorite berries to eat.

Yesterday my son and I decided to put on our hiking boots and drive up Bogus Basin Road to the ski resort to do some hiking. We passed so many avid cyclists pedaling up the mountain, which would be an incredible workout at it's quite a climb to the top, and as we were driving up the mountain, we noticed that it was getting cloudier and colder. The temperature dropped from the 60's (16 C) in Boise to 42 (6 C) at the parking lot up at the ski lodge. Brrr. I was wishing that I had a wool sweater or a fleece with me, that's for sure, but five minutes into the hike on trail number 91 my heart was beating like a drum, my sunglasses were fogging up, and I was no longer cold. We were passed on the trail by runners, other hikers, and many mountain bikers. I love Idaho! It's such an awesome place to live if you like being active outdoors. There were wildflowers all over the place which are so lovely to see and I've tried to identify them by name.

Western Virgin's Bower, Clematis occidentalis

Idaho Bluebells, Mertensia campanulata
Sandberg's Biscuitroot, Lomatium sandbergii
Sam and Max had a blast running the trail together-don't you love those happy faces?

And I think that Seb had a great time too-

Seb noticed something in the bushes close by-
 The views were outstanding-

And you could see the low clouds rolling in-

What an awesome day for a hike! This morning I feel a wee bit sore,okay, a lot sore, so I think today is a good day to spend some quality time on the back porch ensconced in a comfy chair so that I can knit a shawl. And not move. Anywhere.

Here's hoping that you have time for fiber/fabric today,

Thursday, June 5, 2014

A Neat Surprise in the Mail

My son brought in the mail and to my surprise there was a letter from Brigitte in Switzerland! How cool is that? I opened up the envelope to find a lovely textile card with patchwork and special stitching :-) Thank you so much, Brigitte, for brightening my day!

Hello to the new followers to my blog! Thanks for joining and I hope to get to know you better.

I haven't had as much time to be creative lately, as I've been camping and motorcycle riding with my family. But when I have a moment, I've been knitting a pair of boot socks from handspun wool/mohair.

In the evenings I've been spinning Cormo wool in lovely shades of lilac, plum, spring green, and a bit of yellow on one of the spindles that Marshall made for me with the goal of spinning enough yarn for a new wool hat for camping.

And work is progressing on my lady of the lake quilt. I now have enough blocks to sew them together and then put the borders on. Woohoo!! I'm going with wool batting for this quilt as I want it to be warm for camping. I know that some people don't care for wool, but you just have to respect the qualities of wool while treating it gently. That means washing it on a gentle or wool cycle and then air drying it. I haven't had a problem with shrinkage when I do that and it reduces the chance of pills forming. I've seen so many tiny wool sweaters at the thrift store that were once lovely cashmere or merino sweaters, but were washed too hard or thrown in the dryer which turned them into perfect doll sweaters. I think wool is worth the extra effort, but I have closets full of it, so I know that I'm a bit biased!

How's your garden growing? Here in Idaho we've had a cool, wet spring and my roses are happy, happy, HAPPY! They are all flowering and putting on such a lovely show. I'll share a few with you. These are Cl. Blaze roses, climbing up a wooden tower that my husband made and it's the first year to see them flower.

This rose is a Queen Elizabeth grandiflora rose and I have to admit it's my favorite rose in our backyard. It's rather majestic looking and the soft pink is an awesome color.

I've started a new blog, Judy & Max's Motorcycle Adventures , so if you want to read about our camping and motorcycle trips you can find posts there. It's been wonderful exploring new parts of Idaho. And it's been fun rediscovering how fun a dual sport motorcycle can be.

Happy stitching,