I've always loved star quilts,
and I've made many of them over the years that I've been a quilter.
I just finished hand quilting an improv wonky star quilt
for my living room wall.
The back of the quilt is hand dyed fabric that I dyed years ago.
It's a great way to have an unusual quilt back.
I've been spinning each morning,
as I'd like to knit some special hats this month.
I'm working with a special Merino fleece that came from
a farm in Nampa, Idaho,
and a special Cormo fleece that
came from a farm in Parma, Idaho.
What makes them special you say?
Their superb softness.
I've tied small bundles of wool,
keeping the ends aligned,
and dyed them with a brilliant blue dye solution
and a deep forest green.
I then use a flick carder,
the thing that looks like a dog brush,
to gently open the fibers up.
I can then start spinning after folding the wool over my finger.
Handspinning is a wonderful hobby that enables me
to have a connection to the sheep.
As I work with their lovely wool,
I can feel myself relaxing.
I'm enjoying the movements of my hands
that are creating an unique yarn
while meditatively treadling.
This wool smells like a sheep,
unlike most of the wool yarn that you can buy in a store.
And it feels so soft and buoyant.
It's going to make an awesome hat!
How do you know that you're an avid cyclist who loves the out of doors?
When the morning temperatures hit the 20's (-3 C),
you head out the door anyway,
to feel the cold air on your face,
and to be thankful for another day.
In this life we hear so much bad news,
but I'm choosing to count my blessings.
Here's hoping that you have some fiber/fabric time,