Saturday, February 4, 2017

What I have been doing for the whole year I did not post! Sorry for the lapse!

 I can't believe I haven't posted for a year. I think it is
because I use Facebook so much. I do realize I have
friends that are not posting there. I have also been
corresponding on Ravelry with knitters. Right now
there is a KAL (knitalong) under "Stranded" on my
pattern "Stars of the Rising Sun". Any readers are very
welcome to join in. It is very simple and free to join
Ravelry @  This was a new construction
for a cardigan with a yoke for my patterns and under
Ravelry I can give you all the tutelage
you might want with pictures.

Completed pieces ready to join

 As you can see, you make the body and each arm separately to the bottom of
the yoke and then. holding a few stitches under the arms, join all the pieces
at once... lots of stitches! But the decreases come quickly and it is all
downhill from there!  Maybe the best part is there is very little stitching
to complete.
New Feb 2017  Thor's Star

Kauni EN in new swatch

4 day old Thor!
 This is my current adventure in knitting. I stole the idea from a blog on
Norwegian culture! From Thor himself with permission of course.     He has a fabulous wall paper! After some
research, I found one mitten pattern from Selbu with this same star
(more filled in in the center)  in my new glorious book on Selbu mittens
and gloves.  "Selbuvotter" by Anne Bårdsgård. It is on page 102 the
Sjennros variant.
You will not care at all the the book is i norsk, with nearly 300 pages
of charts!  I just weighed it... 3.03 lbs!!! No wonder it costs so much
to mail it from Norway! it is available in the US from
Schoolhouse Press.  In my pattern I tell how I get the
kauni to match the body. It is a very long color repeat yarn, from
Denmark and perfectly matches my Norwegian Rauma Finullgarn. I do not
sell the Kauni, but it can be purchased easily at Lucy Neatby
It takes 2 150gm balls for either of my sweaters. My patterns may be
purchased at  Norsk Needlework  or on Ravelry.
I started obtaining the Rauma yarns wholesale because I use it
pretty much exclusively. I have been having 2 shows a year locally.
For this and teaching I am obtaining a stock of Finull. If any of
you want to purchase this yarn directly from me send me an e-mail: and I will let you know what is
in stock or what I can easily order.
Now I am immersed in learning some Estonian knitting techniques:

This is the "Pisqu" stocking pattern available for Free on Ravelry and shows
the KihnuTroi cast on and the Vikkle braid. Both are fully described in the
pattern. I have also ordered a huge new book on Estonian Knitting directly
from Estonia.  Estonian Knitting 1
Here you will have to use Google translate unless you know Estonian,
but the big book is in English. I have not seen it yet but checking my
mailbox daily! They are planning more books too. I am an unqualified
book addict!!! Many of the techniques, patterns and pictures are from a
museum: The Estonian National museum.  Check the pattern, also free,
from Anu Pink: Old Runo Gloves. This is what got me started.

I have also been embroidering:
Jerusalem by Thea Gouverneur 

Close up of Mary Magdalene Church

complete picture in kit
 I have been working on this (132 colors!) for a long time
but it is progressing and I have even ordered the Amsterdam kit.
There is a great group on Facebook for Thea Gouverneur designs.
Yes... I am an addict! At least the results are really cool.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Crackle Workshop at Baker Retreat, Powell Butte

Our guild COSW (Central Oregon Spinners and Weavers) had a fantastic
3 day Workshop on Weaving Traditional Crackle "Jamtlandsdrall" Swedish, with
treadling from other forms of weaving. It was intense and mind bending.
We had about 4-5 hours of lecture with graphics from Susan Wilson each 
day and then hours of weaving.

Susan used this book for the instruction and most of you weavers could follow along
with the book and learn this successfully.  The first 2 days we learned to weave the treadlings
in 4 shaft Crackle and the 3rd day in 8 shaft.
Some of the weavers were our local guild but many were
from all over Eastern Oregon.

Susan with a pretty baby blanket

Me.....and Karen my friend

Susan's samples
Crackle treadled as boundweave

Susan's 4 shaft samples

Crackle blanket woven as classic  with wool
Crackle woven as summer winter

Susan's samples
Student's samples

My humble weaving with many, many mistakes... oh well
good learning experience

Classes held at Dioceses of Baker Catholic retreat center
The chapel
Now I am a member in this Diocese, maybe I can go to
some Catholic retreats here! Such a lovely quiet place.

Kitchen with the cutest red stove ever.

Love this hand made table!!!
Colours add a whole new dimension

I think this 8 shaft pattern is Susan Wilson's that was on the cover of
the Strickler 8 shaft book many of us have. Susan has many pages of
Drafts and draw-downs. This is another GREAT book.

Learning 8 shaft weaving, enough to make your head
explode but we all got it because Susan is a fantastic teacher.

My favoring weaving in crackle. Beautiful!!!

A neat camera that projects through the laptop to the screen
shown above.

More from the 8 shaft book

I loved this little towel that one of Susan's students made.
The crackle treadling makes nice Lacey texture on the white center part too.
Remember you too can weave these samples with Susan's Book!
You weavers across the USA get Susan to teach soon because
when her 45 lb suitcase of samples falls apart... she may retire from teaching.
COSW members, or any friend, feel free to copy the pictures of our class.
My guild is already planning more classes here!! They have cute cabins for
overnight and will serve food too. This time we "pot lucked" it.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

From the Animals to the Finished Product- Black Sheep Gathering

Ol'Blue Eyes!!! He was so sweet!!!

Black Sheep Gathering was Fantastic!!! It was different as all the
outside vendors had to move into the main building. There were
113vendors,I was told. Of course all the animals and fiber were there.
 You can see the whole process of animal, to fiber, to wonderful art

Some very fine sheep from my friend Susie Wilson's Farm
Sudan Farm
Tiny Angora Goats (Mohair)

Getting gussied up to show.. what a cute boy!!!

look close, wonderful crimp!!! My First choice!

a whole room of fleeces!!!

Allu Daugherty blending fibers to rolags

Moonsong Fiber Works

Mixed fiber rolags

Alpaca scarf woven by Dave Zandberg

Alpaca from Sandberg and Zofchak

Lovely Alpaca from Dallas Or at above website. David's woven

scarfs are lovely!

Hand dyed by Alexandra's Crafts

Mackenzie Textiles

From Cloth Roads / mostly from south America. Pricey but just gorgeous

Eugene Textile Center
I had decided I absolutely did not want to take home more
yarn or roving (I have a room full!!! You can imagine with
all my embroidery, spinning and knitting!) But this does
not preclude weaving! I got some 10/2 mercerized cotton for
Overshot place mats, another shuttle and a hook. Happy I found
exactly what I needed.

And the display of Competition Items:
Lovely felting!! Bremen-town Musicians.

Lots of my favorite Border collies/ felted

Hand spun/ Hand knit

Woven? Couldn't find a description on it,
but it is VERY NEAT!!!!

I love this shawl!!!

Pretty wing scarf

And last but not least... Best Of Show
a lovely shawl of natural colors.
My friends and I look forward to this day every year. Black Sheep
is the best in Oregon!!! Wonderful artists represented.
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