Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Before & After
My first re-footing project for PP. Men's stockings....foot was totally worn out. Ripped back to the ankle and re-knit the foot in a similar shade of green.
My quilt is DONE!
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Projects…I spent part of the weekend at Laura’s house where we encouraged one another to quit procrastinating and get something done on our myriad projects. I got the top of my blue and brown quilt finished, though I am displeased with it…I had a hard time with the ease on the curves and it puckers. Perhaps when it is quilted it will behave better.
And we spend a considerable amount of time on the porch knitting, too. I finished the Gunnister Gloves for PP…they are washed and blocked, though the dye (cochineal) on one of them washed out more than the other, so it will have another bath before I turn them in.
Last night I made some cloth napkins in appropriate spring yellows and greens out of some fat quarters:
Oh, and I set up a hammock on my screened porch, so if anyone is looking for me between now and say, October, that is where I am likely to be!
Friday, April 18, 2008
And Woodfrogs and Peepers!
I took my other group of homeschoolers to the little island as well, and we got equally soaked. There were many more newts visible than on Wednesday - wer're talking HUNDREDS of newts! I really want to go camping out there - soon.
Daffodils are blooming up by East House.
And I did find the brown fabric for my blue & brown quilt. Washed it last night, so will perhaps cut the pieces out tonight, then work on it and maybe my big quilt at Laura's over the weekend.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
But the best part - the newts (Eastern Spotted, that is) are out! There was still quite a bit of ice on the pond, but there in the shallow bits were the newts, sunning themselves.
There were peepers galore in Plymouth this weekend, but none here yet that I've heard, though I didn't go out to listen last night.
Also in Plymouth this weekend I visited the PP Embroiderers. I had been reading the blog, but WOW in real life. I sat with them for about 3 hours and knitted while they stitched. I now have one glove done, and the gauntlet cuff done on the other. The yarn is handspun, dyed with cochineal and it rubs off on my fingers, turning them purple.
Oh, and the rhubarb and chives are coming up in the garden.
Monday, April 07, 2008
Blue & Brown
It is actually still in four separate pieces in this picture...you have to put the inner circle wedges and outside border on before you sew it together, which, at this rate, with brown apparently being impossible to find, could be a while yet. (The dark one at about four o'clock in the picture look out of place, but it is actually a dark teal silk and fits in just fine when you see it in real life).
I'm also making the "Follow the Lines" quilt for my new baby step-niece out of a big flowery pink and brown print....
And I finished a pair of socks this weekend out of Trekking Hand Art colorway "Jamaika" (very bright!) Thanks for the yarn, Laura!
Also, good news, Michael picked up the yarn from the PP costume department for me to start knitting gloves. But he says he's holding it hostage until I finish some other projects.Saturday I went to a flea market with Mom & Ed and picked up a jug of antique buttons - there were lots of ones I will probably end up using with students for craft projects, but I bought it for the treasures! Probably about 20 antique porcelain, some interesting glass, mother-of-pearl, and quite a few hand-drilled bone buttons, too.
Crocuses are up, and daffodils are on their way. Rivers are flooding. Definitely spring bird songs.
Monday, March 03, 2008
I am inspired to pick up my blog again. I have (albeit slow dial-up) internet at home now, so we'll see what happens.
I am buried in projects: a quilt, spinning, and knitting, perhaps I will post some pictures one of these days.
And we are buried in snow....any bets on when the last snow bank will melt? August?
Monday, May 14, 2007
Reasons I'm a Bad Blogger
2. It's really nice outside most of the time. There are all kinds of green things out there and I like to go look at them.
3. When it isn't nice outside I am inside knitting or spinning or something.
4. My digital camera is on the fritz.
BUT it was nice to catch up with all those knit bloggers at NH Sheep & Wool this weekend. And apparently Laura has linked to my nearly non-existent blog, so if you are reading this - welcome - and I'll try to update more often.
Seemed that just about everyone was indulging in Golding spindles this weekend. I'm not a spindle collector, but I did have an idea for a custom Golding - two spotted salamanders carved in a really dark wood with yellow painted spots. I'll think about it.
Well, I'm off to dispatch my roosters (with some help). Attack roosters are unwelcome here (to be a docent rooster at this museum, one must be well-behaved). And docent hens should break themselves of the habit of stealing visitors' sandwiches, but we will address that issue later.
Monday, October 09, 2006
Paddling the Nemasket
We put in at the Oliver Mill and headed downstream. The fall colors were lovely and it was nice and sunny and warm. Well, so much for archaeology...most of the cool things we saw were faunal - a great blue heron that flew ahead of us most of the way, a painted turtle in the water, three deer swimming across, an eagle's nest on a high-tension power line tower, a baby salamander under a log where we stopped for lunch, lots of birds (including a wayward Muscovy duck), and a very cool colonial-era (I think) stone bridge that was a bit of a challenge to get under.
We paddled all the way down to where the Nemasket empties into the Taunton River and upstream a ways on the Taunton to pull out and have lunch. Then we headed back to the Nemasket and all the way back upstream (thankfully, very little current for my tired arms to fight against) and got back to Oliver Mill just as it was getting dark. It was a fun trip (though my canoe steering skills leave much to be desired - not that much experience, plus I got busy looking around at all the cool things there are to see and tended to steer us into the bank or a log or something - sorry dude!). Future trips now being planned!
Monday, October 02, 2006
So most recently I've been canning: applesauce, spiced pears, wild grape jelly, wild cranberry sauce, green tomato relish, pickles, peach jam, salsa - all sorts of stuff - yikes, I counted last night and I've done close to 100 jars in all! Nothing like my sister and her husband, though - they did 44 quarts of applesauce, canned over 100 pounds of tomatoes and other jams and jellies.
And I just got involved with some folks who are starting a farmers' market in town for next season - first meeting next Monday - exciting!
Then of course, there is the fiber stuff - I finally finished my sister's wedding shawl and have been making a lot of socks and getting a head start on winter gift knitting. I started a gansey, and have been soing some miscellaneous spinning. Too many projects, of course.
And it's fall - my favorite season. I love the chill feeling and smell of damp leaves. I've been spending more time lately exploring the property here, especially up on the northern end of the property around the ponds (that's where I found the wild cranberries!)
Sunday, May 14, 2006
I made it!
Today I am at work at the Admissions desk because we are open for the season now. Except it's raining a lot in central NH this weekend - up to a foot of rain in some places. At least it's not snow, but there is a lot of flooding. People don't do the outdoor history museum thing in weather like this. Oh well...at least the lilacs are blooming.
Friday, May 05, 2006
Overdue update on spring...
We have new baby chicks here -- see Laura's blog for some photos of her portion of the brood. We had to order a minimum of 25, so Laura took 9 and our land manager here at the museum is going to take about a dozen, leaving the rest of them here. We got the rare breeds mix from Murray McMurray so it is going to be interesting! I'm sure we have one White Crested Black Polish, a White Laced Red Cornish and some miscellaneous bantams.
Working on getting my garden together - not quite warm enough yet to put anything in the ground, and I need to prepare a patch up there. I'm so excited that I have HUGE compost piles to apply this year!
The museum opens a week from tomorrow - yikes! This winter has flown by. I need to get the Family Center up and running, but can't set anything up until we have the carpet cleaners come in. Until then it's just piles and lists of things to do.
The leaves are out enough now that you can hear the wind swish through them. Also heard the first tree frogs singing along with the peepers last night and noticed yesterday that the apple blossoms are about to pop!
I'll try to be better about posting, but there is so much to do!!
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Amphibians on the move...
The forsythia is blooming today, as are the daffodils and maple trees.
On the fiber front, I have all but finished warping the Harrisville loom for dishtowels. I just need someone to help me roll the warp onto the back beam because I can't keep tension on (and untangle) the warp from the front and turn the back crank at the same time by myself.
Saturday, April 08, 2006
I did manage to start working on my sister's wedding shawl...it is the Bird's Nest shawl out of Folk Shawls in pale blue Silky Wool (Elsebeth Lavold).
And I did receive my new Ashford Joy via UPS on Tuesday! It's the best!
Monday, April 03, 2006
I broke down and ordered and Ashford Joy from Copper Moose...according to UPS tracking it will be here tomorrow. They'd better be right! (I couldn't stand banging up my Traditional as I haul it around with me).
Still haven't warped the loom.
Still haven't started my dress for my sister's wedding.
But I did block out my Pi Shawl (will try to post a picture soon).
I went to Plimoth Plantation this weekend and also watched harbor seals sunning themselves in the warm spring sun in Manomet.
Speaking of which - IT'S SPRING!! Right now I'm all excited about my garden - I have most seeds, still need to order tomato and pepper seeds. Poplar trees are in flower, bulbs are pushing their way up, water is running, robins are out in the fields, red-wing blackbirds are at the pond, woodcocks are saying "peent, peent" in the evening. When I was in Manomet I heard peepers and woodfrogs....could be a Big Night soon!
Monday, February 13, 2006
All right, fine, I'm in....
So then I started the sweater and then had to rip it out because it was too big. Then I procrastinated for about a year.....So now I've started it again and am mostly done with the back. We'll see...
Also, I wanted to post a picture of my beautiful new drop spindle, made for me by one of our tour guides who is an excellend wood turner. It spins very, very well and for a long time. I managed to drop it and crack the shaft, but it seemed to glue nicely. The woods are curly maple, cherry, yellowheart and padouk:
Friday, February 10, 2006
Warmer times ahead
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Monday, February 06, 2006
Thursday, February 02, 2006
My "new" wheel
To that end, this is my "new" wheel...It needs a lot of TLC (it doesn't actually work right now). The wheel rubs against the diagonal piece of wood, among other structural things, and it needs to be refinished.
Every spinner needs an historically accurate wheel for demonstrations...(and one for traveling, and one or two to lend to friends who are learning to spin, and one for everyday spinning...) Right?
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
And here is the finished yarn...magenta:
Monday, January 30, 2006
Laura came to tea the other day and urged me to post these pictures of my coffee table (with knitting needles, plant, bowl of rocks, ball winder, swift, sock book on the couch, Twilly, etc.):
And yarn stash in the Shaker built-in cabinetry (edited to put in Laura's picture...it's brighter):
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Kids & knitting
During the first class one little 7 year-old boy finally got the hang of it and said to me, "does this mean I'm making a scarf?" When I assured him that he was, he was so excited that he jumped up and bolted down the hall to the room where some of the moms work with younger siblings, "MOMMMMMMM, I'm making a real scarf!!!!" The excitement level is so great!
Next week we'll continue with our scarves and KoolAid dye some yarn to add to them. Should be fun & hopefully I'll have some pictures!
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Socks, socks, socks...
"Little Lace" socks from A Gathering of Lace.
It smelled like spring outside today...mmmm. Then again, it's January -- that can't be a good thing. I went for my first snowshoe expedition of the year on Saturday -- explored around out behind the museum -- even out onto a solidly frozen pond. It was beautiful.
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Happy New Year!
I also had time to work on projects! I started winding warp for cotton/linen dish towels:
Now I'm planning for February vacation camp, spring preschool programs and spring family progams like animal tracking walks, maple sugaring demonstrations, sheep shearing day, and vernal pool walks in April.
Finally, some cat shots; Curious Twilly with the sheep scarf my sister made for me:
Friday, December 09, 2005
First big snowstorm
I joined the knitting group in town in November which has been a lot of fun -- good to get to know fellow knitters. Mostly I've been working on my Shetland Tea Shawl from A Gathering of Lace. It's almost done -- I'm working on the edging!
On the spinning front, I taught a drop spinning class for three people at the Center for Traditional Arts on Monday -- it went reasonably well -- the one guy was really into it, the two women were seemingly not as interested, but it was a good experience anyway. A lot of people here at work want me to teach them to spin, so we'll have to figure something out for after New Year's. It would be nice to start a spinning group, too.
I loaned my digital camera to my sister, so no pictures, but I did intend to post a picture of my "new" spinning wheel. It's actually a very old spinning wheel that needed some love. I have been looking for a reasonably priced junker that I can fix up for a while now and the other day Michael alerted me to it's existence at a an antique shop in Northwood. I went to visit it, didn't buy it, and then went back a few days later and found it was on sale, so it has a new home now! It will need some work to the wheel, a new driveband, and eventually to be refinished.
I've also been working on the gray alpaca fleece from Wool Day at the Village. Hand-carding, spinning, then washing the yarn -- just looking at and handling the fiber you wouldn't notice how horribly dirty it is, alpaca isn't greasy like sheep wool.