Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Oxbow Initiative

Those of you, especially, that live in central NH should familiarize yourselves with the Oxbow Initiative. A co-op of towns in the area is proposing to build a solid waste landfill on the banks of the Merrimack River (and on top of a major aquifer) as soon as 2014. Does this sound like a bad idea to anyone else?

Cochineal

Last week I decided to try out a cochineal dye bath. Pretty crazy stuff really - the dye is made from the crushed bodies of a Mexican scale insect (Dactylopius coccus). I pre-mordanted the yarn (Knitpicks Color Your Own) with alum. Here is the dye pot on the stove:


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And here is the finished yarn...magenta:


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Monday, January 30, 2006

Some pictures...


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.):


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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

Last week I taught my homeschoolers to knit. They made their own wooden knitting needles with fimo clay end-caps, then I cast-on for them and they learned the basic knit stitch.

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...

Now I'm on a sock kick and it's all because of these:


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"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!

Back to work after a week off...kind of nice to be back, though I did have a lot of time to catch up with people...my sister and I went to Cape Cod to see my dad's side of the family there; my Granddaddy came back from Florida so I spent a day with him watching college football; my Mom and I spent a day checking out yarn shops and looking for fabric to re-upholster a second-hand chair she got me for Christmas; Michael and I spent New Year's eve day driving around northern New Hampshire; and I spent a day catching up with a friend from high school and her one-year-old (picture coming soon!)

I also had time to work on projects! I started winding warp for cotton/linen dish towels:

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And have almost finished a pair of lace socks from A Gathering of Lace:
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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:

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And the lovely Abbey with daffodils:

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