Having Fun With Fiber and Thanksgiving Musings

I just updated my Etsy shop – Teresa Levite Studio – with some handspun yarn and tweedy blended batts:

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Tomorrow is the day.  It comes and goes every year.  We celebrate. We give thanks.  But we give thanks everyday, don’t we?  I try to.  But sometimes I think I feel like I’m just going through the motions.  Sometimes it’s hard to really be thankful. It’s hard when you’re tired.  It’s hard when you hurt.  And on the good days, it’s easy to get caught up in getting caught up and not think about being thankful.  It is my prayer that God will help me be more aware of having (or not having) an attitude of thankfulness at all times, in all circumstances.  I pray for forgiveness for taking my life and it encompasses for granted. I pray that for His guidance as I approach each day, each moment as a gift from Him.

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I Did It!

I finished the beaded yarn I was working on. I ended up with about 400 yards of sport weight superwash (won’t shrink or felt in the washer or dryer) merino wool. I used rayon machine embroidery thread for the beads. Lewis threaded the beads for me using a Bead Spinner.  What would have taken me all day to string, he did in just a few minutes. Thank you, Lewis! Because of the embroidery thread, the yarn doesn’t have the stretch it ordinarily would have, but it will still be great for a scarf. I’m thinking I may try Branching Out , but I don’t know when I’ll start. I’m taking a little break from the knitting for a bit. My fibromyalgia is really flaring bad now and it just hurts too much to knit.

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I’m So ‘Cited!

I’ve edited (minimally) one of Lewis’s most recent works, Samuel King. It has been formated, cover designed, and soon to be released through http://www.lulu.com

I want Lewis to do one more proofreading to make sure he approves the minor changes I made (mostly reducing the length of a few run-on sentences) and to catch anything I missed.

As soon as it gets Lewis’s approval, I’ll post a link to it here and try to find other creative ways to market his work. This is our first venture into ‘print on demand’ publishing. But so far it has been a relatively painless process. Samuel King Cover Art

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Morganna’s Vineyard

I just added more yarn to my Etsy.com shop. I ordered the fiber from a jsandell on Ravelry.com. She named it Dark Grape Over Rose. As I was spinning, though, I remembered a conversation with my husband when King Arthur was mentioned. And Morganna’s Vineyard was born. I have plans for more colorways in a series for both Morgan le Fay and Merlin. Now I’m exciting and can’t wait till things settle down after the holidays to get started dying and spinning.

A spun single still on the bobbin before plying:

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A Letter To My Friends

I was writing an email message to my friend Julie and it occurred to me that I could save a lot of time if, instead of retyping everything in the message, I just copied and pasted to my blog. So that’s what I did. I cheated! Well, actually, I prefer to think of it as sharing my news with all of my friends at once.

I haven’t been scrapping or stamping lately. I’ve been knitting. Big surprise, huh?

I finished the pink baby sweater using the moss stitch, except for the buttons. Got to remember to do that.

I’ve done a couple of 12″ squares for a charity blanket. I need to get those in the mail. The directions were to do any stitch we wanted with a garter stitch border, in a white, washable, worsted weight yarn, overall size – 12″. I did one in a ‘brioche‘ stitch, and the other was a ‘bamboo‘ stitch. The brioche stitch is all knits. It should have been very easy, but I managed to mess up and have to take it out and redo it repeatedly. The bamboo stitch was much easier to keep up with and take out and redo back to the mistakes when I made them. The bamboo stitch is a row of knits (with yo’s) and a row of purls. I used that one as an opportunity to practice purling continental style. And you know what? I did it!

Now I’m working on Silver’s Palindrome scarf and doing all the stitches continental and it’s looking good!

I have also been spinning on my drop spindle a little. And it’s getting better. The secret (for me anyway), is to do a really good job of ‘pre-drafting’ the roving. The roving I ordered from Paradise Fibers is much easier to work with than the stuff I got at the yarn shop. But it may well just be that I’m more accustomed to handling the wool and that’s what makes the difference.

My Spring Flowers

Yesterday I was out taking a few photographs of my Bleeding Hearts when Bethany tried on her prom dress and let me snap a few shots.  I tried a couple of different techniques with the shots.  Let me know what you think.  Comments are very much welcomed.

The Bleeding Hearts:

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My Garden Boy:

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Faux Watercolor:

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Ambiance:

 

Ambience