The Fiber Artist

Wow, that sounds pretentious doesn't it. But it is the name of my company, so I decided to use it. This is where I will keep a record of works in progress in the hope that it will result in more productivity. It will also give me a place to ramble on about my life, so that maybe later I will remember what happened in ___ (fill in day, month, year of your choice).

Monday, May 26, 2008

What I Did on My Long Weekend

Once I started feeling like I did not want to die. I dyed. The Odd Tuesday bunch gathered at Andrea's house, with our cotton rovings, cotton/rayon roving, cotton/wool rovings, a whole bunch of cotton lint, MX dyes, cushing dyes, and even some peach water that had had peach leaves (boiled or soaked I am not sure) and we set up on the deck in the sun shine, (Andrea rescued me from sunburn with some sunscreen) so while I have dyed I no longer look like a ghost. No one would call it tan, but I am not stark white anymore.

We are all members of the Garden Spinning group on Ravelry, and we are participating in a cotton "learn to dye" swap. So we gathered, some with cotton soaked in water, some with cotton soaked in soda ash. Viki had her pretty daughter with her and Mariah took pictures of the process. Cindy took verbal notes for a podcast, so as soon as there is anything up I will edit this to add the links to pictures and podcast. (Edited to add links and photos)

So we dyed, and had a lot of fun and did not make too big of a miss. Then they loaded all my stuff back in the car, which I really, really appreciated, cause I was exhausted! I followed the directions of my new GPS home. I don't think it likes my house because it keeps insisting that Richard's new mansion up the road is mine and while I am willing to accept that idea, I don't think Richard or his wife will go for it. Once home I collapsed and went to bed early.

This morning, I started rinsing. Started with the wool cotton roving that I dyed with Cushings, then I rinsed the brown cotton that, once it was soaked in the soda ash water ,looked decidedly green, so I just brought it back, and rinsed it and hung it out, it is almost dry so I can see soon if it is staying green or will turn back to brown.

And then I started rinsing the cotton for the swap. There doesn't seem to be a lot of difference in the amount of dye that took in the cotton that was soaked in the soda ash, and the cotton that was just soaked in water, but the cotton soaked in soda ash rinsed faster than the other.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Brush, Floss, rinse, take my advice

Whatever the dentist tells you to do, Do it! kiddies, cause you don't want periodontal surgery, really you don't!

Had the surgery on Tuesday, got the 2nd sock heel started in the waiting room, this is where it is today... see no knitting at all whatsoever.

And I have 3 birthday presents to get done, Hopefully I will feel better this weekend and will cheat by making Megan some scrub pants, and get Raine's dress made. Then I just have to get one pair of socks done for Christopher's birthday, (cause he doesn't want a dress - or even scrub pants, don't know why)

My mouth hurts, not excruciatingly (on the drugs)but enough so it wears on my nerves and I can't settle on anything. If I thought it would help I would just slap someone. Lucky for them I know it won't help.

The only simi-exciting news is that I dragged my hurting jaw into town on Friday and Christopher and I met for a date with the phone store. So he has a Blackjack II and I have a Palm Centro, Woo Hoo pictures, and videos and all that good stuff, and Audible, and even my Handi-base Grocery List. And my Knitting stuff too.

We are so easily pleased. Christopher really likes his and it seems to get great reception, even at home. I am not sure my phone is getting reception anywhere but it isn't at home at the moment. But the Palm pilot part is working well and it is cute too.

Friday, May 09, 2008

And Then There Were Four

I have been working for a 6th grade reading teacher since last Friday. And while they have been reading I have been working on getting the sweaters finished, and the first 4 are now completely finished except for blocking. the first is the rust hoody, then the yellow and olive, then the Fair Isle and last the blue stripe.

All but the blue are 30 inch chest so a 12-14 child size. The blue stripe is smaller about 26-28 inches so maybe a 10.

These have all gotten the seal of approval from the 6th grade, since several ask if they could have them. Usually the ones who were already too big for them.

The last of the sweaters is down to the division of the arms and body so that will get some work on Monday and Tuesday until my dental appointment and then I don't know when I will get back to it, since I will be on pain meds for awhile. I will
finish the socks that I am working on by Sunday. They are Mom's Mother's Day Present. Pictures when I finish them.