Monday, July 31, 2006


Spent the day babysitting. I don't have clean laundry nor a clean house but saw Zora smile and made her giggle. On Friday her parents brought her to baby storytime and her grandmother was thrilled. Afterwards we went out to lunch and then to get her the Olivia doll (striped bottom) which she seems to like. She is very sweet and the rest can wait.

Cooler now and have finished spinning about a pound and half of roving as well as some fiber for a sweater for Zora. Ran out of memory so will have to post photos later

Tuesday, July 25, 2006


I just realized that I had not posted in way too long but it has simply been too hot here to do much more than just breathe. The room where my computer is located has been running about 100 degrees, according to the heater thermostat, so I am giving my poor machine a break and have turned it off. It's too unbearable to knit so I figured that I would finish spinning the cranberry roving, but when the sweat started running down my face and my hands were sticking to the fiber, gave up. More when my brain returns to normal function.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006


My head is still reeling from all the info I tried to cram into it during the three days of the handpainted yarn workshop. Michelle was a fantastic teacher, super knowledgeable about natural dyes, color theory and how to put it all together. After talking about color theory and looking at her work we looked at pictures and chose some just for the colors in them. We then spent time matching colors in our pics using watercolors and then painting an image using the pallette we created. Michelle translated our colors into dye recipes and we started painting away. The first skein took hours but then the process started to make sense and it finally went a bit faster.

The skein in this picture was my first--wool mordanted with alum and cream of tartar. I painted several more as well. Some cotton, some silk and more wool mordanted in just alum. They are busy curing--takes a couple of weeks--and when finished will post photos. We worked a lot with indigo and Michelle took away much of my fear about doing this on my own at home. I can hardly wait to get my dyes and do some more painting. Mordants were covered as well and she gave me many new ideas about using different ones to manipulate the results. Three days of very hard work but so worth it.

Shelby's questions:
1) What is your favorite season of the year?
It used to be summer when I was younger because it meant "beach time" but now it's late spring when all the bulbs bloom
2) Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Nepal--beautiful mountains, interesting valleys, lovely people, beautiful handicrafts, tasty food, interesting architecture---to many reasons to visit.
3) If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?
Cambodia and Viet Nam
4) If you could pick any job, and be paid well, what would it be?
5) If you were going on vacation for 1 week, and had to take ONLY one project with you, what would it be?
Socks, of course as they are light-weight, small and easy to pick up and put down.
6) If you won a shopping spree to your favorite Yarn shop, what would you get??
Something handpainted, handspun, an interesting blend of wool and ??

Thursday, July 06, 2006


My niece Ansley helped me solve the mystery of the disappearing buttons and also to add the Flickr badge. I am still having trouble getting space between the buttons--not from lack of knowing the code! Blogger is just too wonky and I am just too tired.

Fun on the horizon though! Tomorrow is the first day of my three-day hand-painted yarn workshop with Michelle Wipplinger. I have to be in Torrance at 9:00 which means leaving Pasadena at 7:00 because of the traffic. I hope everyone is still out of town for the holiday. Stay tuned for pics.