Weaving club wrap up 2017 – part 1

I rarely talk about the club projects as they’re going on. I don’t want to give too much away if someone is expecting a surprise. I weave a lot. I have 6 projects that I do throughout the year that I send out as a kit to the weaving club. Though, there are usually at least 2 or 3 others that I save for another time or I just don’t think they’re club kit worthy. I’m only going to talk about the club successes here.

There’s a lot so I’ll do three months in this part 1 so I can talk about them too. You know I like to talk.

February – “Interview”

The husband was working on going to interviews and he needed a scarf to match one of his suit jackets. Previously I had only made him cowls and stuff that would work for shoveling snow. Now he needed something a little classier so I made something up for the club. I really love this scarf and meant to make another one for myself (in brighter colors) but as of yet, it hasn’t happened.

April – “Besties Forever”

Stripes and lace? Yes please. Sometimes you just want stripes and sometimes you want lace so I ended up putting both of these together using my favorite sock weaving yarn. It’s perfectly soft and yet so cool with it’s stripes and lace. It worked for me to be a great seasonal transitioning scarf.

June – “Peachy Soft”

A couple of years ago I made washcloths in these yarns and everyone else used them. Clearly I just needed to make more. Well, these are gone too but that’s ok. As long as someone is using them, I’m happy. I’ll just have to make a few more. I’m not sure what the trick is in getting to keep some. I might just need to be faster than the people that love these cloths

To Be Continued….

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Chilblains Socks

I have managed to get chilblains once again. Though now that I know that I contract popular diseases from the 1800s I can combat it easier. If I was really on top of it, I’d have taken precautions earlier.

I work in a shop that has a basement open to the cold and a cement floor. I also don’t turn the heat up because my middle name is Ebenezer. The way I need to combat it is not allow my feet to get wet and cold. No sweating allowed. Which means I need to change shoes and slippers throughout the day. Maybe even socks depending on what’s going on with my feet.

We all know that wool socks are the best anyway but they wick away the moisture to help keep my feet dry. Sure there are herbal things I do for my feet once the chilblains hits but I also need more socks. I put the sweater away and started on the socks that are long languishing and half finished until I really need them.

I had another pair started (ok, we all know I actually have like 12 pair half started). I started to work on those and managed to finish one sock, then cast on for the other…

Then started another pair.

Because it’s clearly a sickness, this not finishing socks thing. Most of those one sock wonders I posted about haven’t been finished. Maybe when I finish my red pair, I’ll actually pick up an old one sock wonder, a new unfinished sock project (yes there are new ones not in that linked post). Or more likely, I’ll just cast on for yet something else.

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New Year… planner set up.

On the doorstep of the new year, I have my planner all set up and ready to go. I still need to finish writing in all my dates and schedules but the pages are all set up.

I bought new inserts from Jane’s Agenda on Etsy for my filofax and I absolutely love them.

I decided that since I now carry a personal size filofax as my wallet and I don’t have to worry about having my A5 overfilled (and it really is) that I can bring all my pages into this one planner. New this year is that I have a fiber idea section, a pottery idea section, and I have my 4H in there. With the kids in 2 groups, I wanted to keep it all together without needing another book. I bought meeting inserts to help organize each meeting. Whether I’m leading or attending with a kid, I think this will work out well.

After those sections I have a month to month calendar.

I don’t use this often but on some of the busier months I really need to see it all laid out. With a kid graduating high school this year and then moving on to college, I know I’m going to have a couple of crazy months. I particularly like that each month is prefaced with a note page. Like I know May and June are grad activities and August is moving activities, so I can note them and wait to plug in all the dates. It will give me a heads up when I’m trying to plan out classes and shows.

Finally, my most used section is the weekly calendar. I add pages ala Jenny Penton (Planner Perfect) so it left me open to finding a different type of page if I wanted to. I need to write down on the days of the week my day specific appointments and also have weekly tasks. Really, I love the daily task check list at the top:

I can write all of this stuff week by week and add in pages when I need to write out a full day. Currently I’m just making. All the making. I don’t need to be too specific on a daily basis so I don’t need to add in daily pages. This is why I really love the versatility of the filofax.
I’m not doing a goal section this year. I looked at last years and there was so many wrenches tossed into my gears that my larger (and many smaller) goals were left dangling. It’s a little disheartening. This weekly planner set up has an opening page for each month and I’ll likely write in minor things that need to happen but I’m not doing goals.

This year’s motto is “going with with flow”.

Happy New Year y’all!

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The other day I was taking pics for the Newsletter. I needed a new fun puzzle pic so I headed out to the sheep pen. One pic was the winner but I thought you might enjoy seeing the whole crew… or at least as many as I could get a photo of.

The whole crew:

Sue… look at his sweet face! It’s probably just love for fresh hay but a girl can think it’s about her. Right?

Molasses with his backup girl Creme Broule

My boy Argyle

And everyone’s gal Angel.

And of course Appletini.

I had put out hay to entice them all to hang out for photos and I realize looking at Appletini, that may not have been the wisest choice. She’s like a toddler. I swear she gets more on her than she eats.

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This and that

Is it wrong that I love pottery and fiber so much? When I’m doing one I’m often planning to do something in the other. I love the creativity and the joy I find in both. I certainly feel lucky that I get to do both. Most days I am doing a little of each.

My day usually starts with dyeing and while that’s cooking up, I roll out some forms in clay. Then I go back to dyeing… back and forth all day long. My days are full but they’re so happy making.
Every time I open a kiln it’s exciting

Every time I put more fiber to hang up to dry it’s so beautiful (sorry about the no color, that’s club!)

Every time I see a new glaze sample work out ok I feel victorious

Ever time I stack up the yarn on the shelf my hands itch to play.

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It’s the time of year when my head is cold, my neck hates the wind and my hands are always chapped from being outside. In walks accessory time. I managed to finish a scarf…Zombie Scarf (Ravelry Link)

And I wove in the ends on a hat that I finished this past spring…Basic Turning World (Ravelry link)

Now I need to figure out new mittens. No, I don’t need anything new but that’s part of the fun of being a knitter right? New accessories for the season or passing on the new ones to someone else and falling in love with an old set all over again.

I seem to always have a set of each (hat, scarf/cowl, and mittens) always on the needles. You know I’m not shy about having a ton of projects started. It usually works out that I always have something I can take on the road and I always have something started when I need it.

Still I feel a bit like I need a new sweater at the moment. You know that tug I’m talking about right? New mittens might be on the backburner while I work on this…Tidal Comfort Sweater (Ravelry Link)

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Making pots

Once upon a time in a land right here where I am now, I was a full time potter. I made pots and I traveled around to different festivals/craft shows/ art shows selling pottery. I even had a sales rep selling my pots to shops throughout New England. It was a good gig. Eventually what I was doing for fibers over took the pottery. There are many reasons that Spunky Eclectic fiber took over and made pottery become my side gig. I had traded in my potter’s wheel for a spinning wheel and it was a good choice. I adore fiber.

Still I adore pottery. I’ve never not considered myself a ceramist. The mud on my hands. There’s just something about it. I grew up with clay and with yarn in my hands. Both fueled by grandmother.

I may have packed away my potter’s equipment but I still did castware. I love painting bright and happy things on pots for people so I was able to at least manage to still do that while keeping up with the fibers.

Recently I just couldn’t ignore the call of the clay any longer and unearthed the Slab roller to work at hand built pieces.
Small dishes


And more mugs

And I’m making my fair share of woopsies that are heading into the reclaim bin.

I’m filling up the kilns a lot slower than I did when I was in production mode but I’m having more fun. It’s a slower process but like the knitting and spinning, I am all about the process these days.

So maybe some day soon, you’ll see more of my pots along side the fiber. Right now, I have some castware in the shop and shawl pins that I have just loved making.

Today a few more shawl pins, new ornaments for the tree (Christmas is so close!) and some test pieces are heading into the kiln to be fired tomorrow. More coming…

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