Basil & Spindles & Squash…..Oh MY!!!

Good Thoughts for a TRAGIC day in history…..
I spent the morning in the garden picking the leaves off the stems of BASIL for PESTO making…the heady scent filling the air around me as the Goldfinches, Red House Finch, Chickadees & Nuthatches sang their varied and beautiful songs. My outside Kitty wrapping herself around my ankles as my Welsh Corgi tried to eat Basil leaves, but kept spitting them out…I felt relatively safe. This is a luxury that people in some countries don’t take so much for granted. After my batch of PESTO (YUMMY!) I plied the first yarn ever spun on the new ZEPHYR turkish style spindle, again, out in the garden with the sound of the tweety birds drowning out the traffic on West Eleventh Avenue.
Thought for the day: Any day that I am not living in SYRIA is a really GOOD day!Basil

Spindle

Spinning Tools and Toys

Introducing ZEPHYR and PIXY!

A Turkish spindle that truly goes and goes and goes some more…….for the center pull ball, so dainty and easy for plying!  Comes with a nice bag and some fiber.

And for skein samples, 1/2 yards a mini-Niddy Noddy……when you need to take small amounts of yarn off the bobbin, to label..before you forget what it is!

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Woodworking is relatively NEW to me, however I do remember watching my maternal Grandfather Mihaly Nemesh (Mike Nemes) from Hungary in his wood working studio in Paradise, California.  The scent of the woods and sawdust were intriguing, with the whirring of the lathe in his capable hands.  He built all manner of things and my Mother (Annabelle) says he worked on many a Movie Star’s Mansion on Mullholland Drive…back in the day!  By the time I was a summer visitor, he was making standing clocks and small glass top tables to hold his and Tra-Tra Grama (Dorothy’s) rocks, shells, bones, exotic eggs and ODD found objects.  She had a small teardrop trailer that we go camping in at the beach….hence the moniker Tra-Tra.

When Vance (my beloved) and I made these FINE little Hand Spinning Tools….It felt so good to be in the wood shop with those familiar smells and sounds, completely natural for me.  Working with my hands, making stuff, cutting, sanding, staining, buffing…..sigh!    P A R A D I S E ! ! ! ! ! ! !

If you build a FEAST…..they will come.

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The process of putting together moving images and stills for my first Online Class is surprisingly similar to having a child.

If you are clever (which I was not then – but am now)  you might actually “ponder” how it will change your life forever if you do it.

But in the heat of the moment, exciting as it is…..it happens and then you are committed.  You have told enough people about it that there is NO TURNING BACK.

Your mind is now a swirl of wild ideas about “how it will be”, which is NOTHING like how it will “actually” be……

Doing your best to prepare…..like a good Girl Scout, you rally your best ideas and gather it all up, think, re-think, organize, shuffle, and put everything where you

think it should go.  It takes so long that it doesn’t even seem like it will happen and then……THE DAY ARRIVES!!!

It’s  been with you every day, but it still does not seem REAL.

Well it is real and this is it.

Can you see the Online Classroom Tab at the top of this page?

Feeling a bit ADVENTUROUS?

If you decide to purchase my Class, may I ask that you try not to laugh too hard, In one segment I say the word FUN 17 times!

Business Card Couture

I have always wanted to have a calling card that says (SCREAMS)….Artist!!!

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These are the first ones…Collage and Water Color.

Now when someone asks for my CARD, I can truly hand them something Artistic!!!

Dingleberry? More fun with Color Blocks!

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Machine Knitted Scarf  Blocks, dyed, frogged and re-knitted into a lovely & colorful scarf-lette.

This is a FREE pattern called SHIZUKU on Ravelry, however I have lovingly re-named it Dingleberry.

I will be bringing these little Marvels to a show for sale soon!

Roving, Roving, Roving!!!

Roving, Roving, Roving!!!

Busy DYE studio – This fiber was purchased from FOX HOLLOW Farm & Fiber in Eugene, Oregon.  I love to see it all piled up on the counter in dyelots!.  I packaged it up as “Bundle of JOY”  sold like hotcakes at the Fabulous Fiber Fair in Carlton, Oregon a couple of weekends ago.

A perfect Sunday in the Northwest

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Pastiche by Elissa Lenard.  This lovely yarn was spun at our annual COAST Retreat in Yachats Last fall.

I could not resist a photo of this yarn in progress.  I also make a version of this fiber mix called FEAST.

It is a Feisty Mixture of luscious ingredients, wool, silk, bunny, mohair, fairy dust, (angelina)….and more!

This is one of my most popular classes.  We split up into teams and attack a bag of color…slowly building

layer upon layer of colorful bits till the table is literally overflowing…we then scoop it up and spin it.

I like to ply it with a metallic or a fine novelty yarn for even more PIZAZZ!

Lenny plied hers with a COPPER metallic she got at Eugene T

I have just posted some in my ETSY shop dyelots! I make it in every color combination. A 4 oz. ($35) will spin up into appox. 125 to 150 yards of singles.