Art Yarn fun!

Over the summer, I learned how to spin art yarn with beads and locks.  I spent a day with a dear friend of mine, Di. and taught her what I learned.  It was so fun!  She is totally hooked!  I want to show of her lovely art yarn.

Isn’t is lovely!!!!!!


Visiting Lynnie!

After being only 5 hours from Lynnie since moving here to IA, we finally made it up to MN to visit for the weekend.  Myself and B. left Friday evening and made it up there by 7pm.  We met up with Lynn for dinner at a yummy Pizza place, before heading out to her home.  It was a very long drive, but soooo worth it.  I missed Lynn so much.  We stayed up much too late catching up, but headed out first thing in the morning to the MN State Fair.  It a huge fair.

First activity we did was the river ride.  This was extremely fun and OMG wet!!  I was so soaked I purchased an outfit from a fair dealer to wear for the rest of the day. We ate lots of food and had lots of fun and saw lots of interesting things.  Of course, I enjoyed the fiber arts sections.  B. and Lynn took in several rides while I tried not to over heat.

After enjoying the day, we headed over to the airport to pick up Chris from his return trip from London. It was so great to catch up with Chris over a yummy Italian dinner.  B. enjoyed playing a few games of chess with Chris before heading to bed for the night.  We all woke the next day and spent the day relaxing by the beach.  More Chess and some Wii DDR, then cat watching, and B. took the kayak out for a spin.  It was such a nice day and so fun visiting with Lynn and Chris.

The pictures are from the State Fair and are fabulous!!! three of the best quilts I have ever seen!

Cedar Rapids Area Fiber Arts(CRAFA) Guild Field Trip – Betty Shreeves

Mid July, the CRAFA guild members went to Betty Shreeves home for a lovely workshop on silk hankies and dying fibers.  It was such a fun day! I brought two skeins of blank merino sock yarn, two skeins of blank alpaca sock yarn, 2 four ounce hanks of cormo roving, 4 oz of tussah silk roving to dye along with the silk hankie that Betty provided to us.  I went crazy playing with colors and really enjoyed the freedom to play and be inspired.  All ladies learned new techniques and made some really great silk fiber creations.

Each of us was given 30 grams of silk hankies. Silk hankies are silk cocoons stretched into a square.  We used Pro-Chem dyes in a huge array of colors to dye our pre-soaked hankies. Then let them soak for a couple of hours before placing each hankie in a plastic baggie.  Betty then steamed them in her dyers kitchen.  While we waited we learned to spin our silk hankies and knit with them.

Instructions as I remember:  Peel on hankie from your stack of Silk Hankies. Place your thumbs directly in the center of the hankie and make a hole in it. Pull evenly to the outer edges until you have a ribbon of silk.  This instantly becomes your roving in which you will spin from.  Draft it to the size you want your yarns gauge prior to spinning.  It is very tough to draft out while spinning.  Instead of spinning this “roving” you can knit with it.  I didn’t get many pictures of this field trip since I was very involved in particpating.

Those of us who went really enjoyed ourselves.

T.’s 11th Birthday

In April of 2010, we celebrated T.’s 11th birthday.  Today I am posting the pictures of that event. Only 5 months behind.

Since he had not many new friends since moving here we just had a very simple dinner with cake and ice cream.  We are still not managing well with being so far away from our family and friends in Mass. and NY.  It is very strange having a birthday without grammy and grampy.

T. moved in June to a residential treatment center and it has been a huge change in our lives.  We are not sure this is for the best but we do what we can and hope for the best.