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22. January 2014 17:14
by Jobo

Strawberries on a Bristlecone Glindle

22. January 2014 17:14 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Berries on a Bristlecone Glindle

It's winter in Canada.  Read:  Snowy and dark short days a lot of the time.  Of course, this is kind of a bummer, but it's temporary for a few months.  Things will get better. 

In the mean time, I've been trying to fill my crafting time with Bright and Cheery Colors :)

Above you see my "Outlander" Bristlecone Glindle... complete with Scottish Thistle and lavender glass focal... robed in a lovely Strawberry Red BFL Handpainted Top from Lofty Fibers.  It's my first experience with this dyer, and I'm loving it so far.  There were a few small felted sections in the first bit of the fiber, but after that it's been smooth sailing.  This one was a gift from a friend for Christmas, and it's so berry red, you can almost smell summerfresh strawberries. 

The plan is to divide the whole braid in half (two identical but thinner tops) and spin them as is and make a laceweight 2-ply.  I don't know what I'll make - but I do know I've been craving strawberries for an entire month now.  Any idea why?

2. August 2013 13:16
by Jobo

Long time, no Blog

2. August 2013 13:16 by Jobo | 1 Comments

I've been thinking a lot about this blog lately... feeling like I want to start posting again, and like I have things I want to say.  Life has been really busy the last few years, what with becoming a Mom, getting used to having a baby in our lives (maybe the cutest, funniest little person I've ever met, but I digress) and adjusting to being back to my job after a year of Maternity leave.

I've been knitting and spinning, oh don't you worry.  My sanity has depended on it many times.  In the early dark days/nights (who knows which were which, honestly) I clung to my knitting as my "Me" time.  The days where there was absolutely no personal time were pretty challenging.  There were days where no showers or personal grooming were accomplished.  There were days where much crying and/or napping were needed.  There were also days where I knit so I wouldn't yell at people. 

The creativeness has always been there... even through such utterly life changing events as starting a family and adjusting to your entire world turning on it's ear.

Don't get me wrong - I've loved all of it! 

It just means that I'm different now :)  So this blog will likely be a little bit different now too.  I'm working out what all that will mean.... but know this:  There will be yarn.  There will be bad jokes, likely about my kid or some form of parenting sillyness.  There will be spinning and drooling over fiber and patterns.  I'm not sure what it will look like, but I'm hoping to find a way to make blogging work again :)

Welcome back, I've missed you <3

30. August 2012 08:48
by Jobo

Handspun Alpaca Mittens for Romy.

30. August 2012 08:48 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Years ago when I started spinning. I bought a 2 ounce braid of gold/yellow/red alpaca fiber from Fleece Artist.  I figured since I was just learning, it was ok to buy some small braids and just learn on them.  The finished yarn reminds me a bit of a roll of Life Savers candy. or maybe a bowl of Froot Loops?


I spun a small skein of Navajo 3-ply yarn and gave it to my Mom to knit something with.


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Well, she decided to make a little pair of mittens and hold onto them until someday when a little grandkid came along. well BINGO! There IS a cute little grandkid, and now she is going to have warm little fingers all winter. They are still a little bit too big, but that's ok.


They're woolly and warm, and knit by her Grandma, and that's all that matters Smile


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