Thursday, October 24, 2013

October is Nearly Over?


October is nearly over?  Where did the month (and Autumn) go?


2 Ply Handspun Coopworth.

While spinning the first two bobbins of Coopworth roving, 3 weeks ago or so, I recalled that I do not like small skeins of handspun yarns.  What could I do except go online to The Woolerly and order the plying head/kit for my folding Lendrum double treadle wheel.  It arrived with no instructions, so I headed to YouTube to find a video to show me how to change the original spinning head to the plying head, and in particular, how to change the drive band.  After watching a short video by Paradise Fibers, I had everything changed over in short order and could proceed with plying.  Two original bobbins equaled one full plying bobbin!  I skeined if off with the Ashford (floor) skein winder and could get a quick photo.  There is a lot more Coopworth to spin up, I'm looking forward to hours of pleasant spinning, then knitting it all into a warm winter cardigan.

Early in October, I was able to be at a bear "cub" release with Wild Instincts.  They raised five bear cubs since spring, bearing hunting season is over, and now they could be placed back into the wild.  First they were tranquilized so they could be transported, then tagged (FDA requirement), placed in critter carriers for the ride, given a shot to wake them, then we waited for them to wake up enough so move off on their own. 

Tranquilized bear cubs.

Tagged, and trying to wake up.

The last one, going off to his new life.

After the bear cub release day, I had to start thinking about my upcoming trip to see my son graduate from Marine boot camp.  After taking care of things at home, packing, and travel, I had a wonderful trip.  Family Day and Graduation are exciting and impressive days!  I am so very proud of my son!


My son, Noah, graduation from MCRD.

Looking sharp in Dress Blues.

I returned home late Sunday afternoon, and I believe it has snowed a bit every day since.  The next two photos were taken this morning (Thursday), and it has snowed more or less most of the day.  I'm looking for a couple bit warmer days with a some sun so I can fill those wood racks in the garage, and get wood under tarp into the woodshed.  


From my bedroom window, leaves still on the lilac, now snow-covered.

My summer "dye studio," now winter scene.

Needless to say, my winter dye studio will be either in my somewhat heated garage, in my kitchen, or the dyeing will just have to wait until late spring/early summer, not my first preference.  I'll make something work!

The night before my flights, I suddenly decided to apply to be on the 2014 Northwoods Art Tour again, and dropped my application, check, and nine photos (weaving, socks, studio) into the mail on my way out of town.  It will likely be a couple weeks before I hear if I was selected, but I am hoping.

Meanwhile, I have been coming up with new ideas to try with woven shibori, and with a few yards left on my loom, I can now begin trying them out and see if I can make them work.  I'm learning to keep a notepad and/or sketchbook nearby, even when travelling.

Now that I've had time to rest after my travels (a ridiculous amount of walking!), I'm looking forward to weaving, experimenting, and keeping good notes!

1 comment:

Thistle Rose Weaving said...

Very handsome new Marine! Congratulations on his accomplishment.