No Photos Today

I definitely need to take some photos tomorrow.  I meant to do that today, be everything just got away from it.

We started the day with my husband making blueberry pancakes for breakfast.  Then we went and worked in the yard and garden to burn off some of it.  I planted a few more tomatoes and peppers.  We started putting them in containers because we’re running out of garden space for them.  I have a few more plants.  If any that we’ve planted die, I’ll replace them with the ones we still have.

Then we started running errands.  First to Tractor Supply for a fencing to keep the rabbits and other varmints out of the garden. Then to Bargain Ollie’s to see if they had anything we needed.  We picked up a few things but my found treasure was a knitting book, “Family Album” by Kaffe Fassett and Zoe Hunt. After that we went to a Chinese Buffet.  I’m going to have to start taking my camera with me when we go out to eat so I can take pics and write restaurant reviews.  This one was very nice, but not too fancy.  And the same could be said for the food – a little plain, but all very edible.  My husband was very happy with the sushi.  I’m not a sushi eater, so that didn’t mean much to me.  Then, to walk off a little of the lunch, we took a look in the pet store and the Goodwill store.

When we got home, I took a nap.  It was one of those naps that I had trouble waking up from.  My body just didn’t want to move.  After a while, I got up and did a little spinning.  I’m working on some very pale mint green with bits of very pale lavender merino.  It’s the softest – softest to the touch and softest colors.  I hope the camera will pick up the true colors when I photograph it.

Now it’s almost bedtime.  We’re watching a little Lawrence Welk while we’re waiting for the race to start and I’m about to start knitting.  Life is good.  And don’t I have the best husband ever?!

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Fiber Arts Friday!

I’m late getting this up.  I was up half the night last night watching X Files on Netflix.  I figured that would put me to sleep.  Wrong!  Anyway.  I didn’t get the photos taken this morning that I wanted to take, so I’ll show you a little something different and save those projects for another time.

These are batts from a braid of SuperWash BFL (bluefaced leicester) wool that I’ve had for a year or so.  They didn’t sell in my website shop, so I took them down to list on Etsy.  But I never got around to listing them.  I decided I wanted to spin them myself.  I still haven’t spun them and they are available if anyone is interested.  I ran them through the drum carder (again with assistance from my handle cranking husband) and really, really like the colors now!  When it was all nice and neat in a braid, not so much.

SWBFL Batts

Here is where is I invite you to post a link in the comments section to your blog post about fiber arts – any fiber arts!  Just post a link in the comments.  It would be nice and help spread the news about Teresa’s Desk’s Fiber Arts Friday if you mentioned it on your blog and posted a link back to here, but that is definitely not necessary.

There is another Fiber Arts Friday blog I found at WonderWhy Alpaca Farm’s blog. Please stop by and post there, too!

Backgrounds (Digital Thursday) And . . .

. . . and something else, but can’t remember right now.

I had planned to write about something yesterday, but now my mind is blank and can’t remember what it was.  Possibly my search for my 24″ size 3 (US) circular knitting needles that I had the empty package for but cannot find the needles!  I eventually went to the store and found a set (29″) to replace them.  Now I expect the original set to appear magically before my eyes today.  That’s how it always happens.

Or it may have been about my quest for soap-making supplies.  Yes, I am dabbling in the mystic arts of another ‘hobby’.  This isn’t really a hobby, though.  This is an effort to be more ‘green’.  Not just for the environment, but for my family and me on a personal level.  The first batch of soap will be the most basic of basic soaps.  There will no additives – nothing but soap.  Nothing to color it, nothing to scent it.  Just soap.  If that works out, I may consider adding some natural ingredients to make more varieties.  But don’t be looking for anything too fancy.  Anyway.  We’ll have to see how the first batch turns out.  And since it will have to ‘cure’ for quite a while,  and considering my blogging history, it may be sometime next year before you hear about it again!

Anyway.  This is Thursday.  Last Thursday I posted a digital scrapbooking background.  Actually you could use it for just about anything digital.  I may try playing a little this morning and see what I can come up with as to other uses for the back grounds.  For example, this might make Twitter backgrounds.  I never thought of that application till I saw a link this morning on http://splitcoaststampers.com for free digital sets here: http://www.300dpi.com Now the wheels are spinning and I can smell the smoke!  And I thought that before I got too involved, I better post to my blog now.  So here it is.  And here is a new background from the series created last week. Click on the image to go to the full size image.  Right click and then click on “Save Image As” to save to your computer.  Enjoy!  And check in tomorrow for Fiber Arts Friday.

Digital Background

Passports & Silk

Today  my husband and I went to the Post Office to apply for our passports.  We have been invited to travel with friends in July to Canada.  I’m so excited I can hardly stand it!  And I’m very thankful to our friends Gale and Brian for thinking of us and inviting us.  If they hadn’t, we would have kept saying we need to get our passports and keep talking about where we could go or might go or would like to go.  But now we can!  Well, we can in a couple of months.  The current wait is 4 to 6 weeks according the lady at the Post Office.  Anyway.  I’m ‘cited!

I came across this photo the other day when I was copying photos from this computer to clear them off.  My Pictures file is loaded with photos of every sort – yarn and fiber, vacations, family.  But this one caught my eye and I thought I would share it with you today.

Hand Dyed Blue Silk

This is Hand Dyed Blue Silk.  I LOVE this stuff!  So luxurious!  I haven’t dyed or spun any in a while.  Think I might have to add some to my next order.

Y’all take care and I’ll see you tomorrow for ‘Wordless Wednesday’.  And be sure have a Fiber Arts related blog post to link to in the comments on Fiber Arts Friday.  Bye for now!

Fiber Arts Friday

It’s Friday again.  And you know what that means!  If you’re on Twitter, it’s #FollowFriday.  And here, it’s Fiber Arts Friday – and chance for you to show off what you’ve been working on. In the comments section, please post a link to a post on your blog highlighting something fibery you’ve been working on.  It may be knitting, crocheting or spinning.  It may also be quilting or cross stitching – anything to do with fibers.  In fact, I know a few people who grow their own fiber.  I would love to hear from them, too! Please remember to post a link back to this post so your friends and readers can find everyone else’s Fiber Arts Friday links.

I’ve been spinning and carding this week.  My husband had been helping a lot by turning the crank on the drum carder while feed wool into it.  Here is a photo of a couple of the batts that resulted. These were the bits and pieces that were left and collected from other carding and spinning projects.  I’ve spun the yarn and really like it, but no photos yet.  It’s not very much – about 1.6 oz.  I may make a hat with it, using a coordinating yarn for the band to make sure I have enough.

Backgrounds

As some of you know,  my other love is paper crafting.  Stamping, scrapping, book making, whatever.  If it can be make with paper, I’m there.  And I love designer paper.  I can’t get enough.  Well, actually, I have too much!  So I’ve been on a ‘paper diet’ for quite a while.  Then I got this idea for creating my own designer paper.  But I don’t have to print it out unless I need it for a particular project.

Would you like to use it, too? Here is one that you can download and use as you please – except to sell it.  I will be uploading it to the photo and graphic sites where I sell images.  I really would be disappointed if I saw it for sell by someone other than me.  Anyway.  Just click on the image, then right click on the full size image (It’s large!) and ‘save as’ on your computer.  Then get creative!  Be sure to show me what you do with it.  If you post pics of your work on your blog, please come back here and post link to it in the comments.

Some Things Just Need to Blogged Instead of Tweeted

Can I just tell you:  I love wool!  It’s soft and yummy, warm and comforting. It’s natural.  It is enduring.  Not just durable, but enduring.  It’s been around for a while.  People have been using it for a while.  It will continue to be used for a long time to come in spite of the synthetic alternatives available.  There’s just nothing that can take the place of natural wool.

I’m from the South.  I’m a certifiable G.R.I.T.S. (Girl Raised In The South.)  I was born and raise along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  It gets hot there in the Summer.  No, let me take that back.  It gets hot there in the Spring.  And it even gets pretty warm in the Winter.  The Winters are often pretty mild.  I remember more than once riding bikes on Christmas Day.  I used to wonder what the kids up North did when they got bikes for Christmas but couldn’t ride them because the roads were buried in snow.  It wasn’t till I was almost grown that I realized that they got sleds for Christmas instead of bikes.  But I digress.

Hand Spun, Hand Dyed BFLMy point is, we really didn’t have reason to need to even think about wool.  Cotton was King.  It was comfortable in the warm temperatures and could be easily layered to keep us nice and cozy in the winter.  (I loved my denim jacket.  In fact, I still have one though I seldom wear it.  I just can’t let it go.)

But wool just wasn’t in our vocabulary. My only experience with wool was a navy blue wool blanket that was my mothers.  I guess she still has it.  It appeared to be indestructable – as long as you didn’t throw it in the washer, which we were given clear instructions to never do.  It was also scratchy.  Or ‘itchy’ as we are often more likely to refer to wool.

Based on this experience with wool, I had no desire to wear it.  Didn’t want to buy it.  Didn’t want to knit or crochet with it.  Even Red Heart Acrylic was softer than wool, right?

When I moved to Delaware – in January six years ago – I got cold.  My South Mississippi and Louisiana wardrobe just wasn’t going to cut it.  My first purchase was a very nice over coat (for $15 from Goodwill).  A very nice wool coat. And it was warm.  And it was nice.  It still is.  It’s hanging in my cedar chiffarobe at the moment. But as nice as it was and and warm as it was, if I had to wear for any length of time on a regular basis, my wrists and neck would itch.  It was the wool.  Wool = Bad.  Right?

My friend Julie, my wonderful scrapbooking, knitting, enabling friend Julie, told me it wasn’t the wool.  It was the quality of the wool.  If the wool was itchy, it just wasn’t the right kind of wool. She then introduced me to Merino.  Oh, so next to the skin soft Merino. That was pretty much all it took.  After that, all I wanted was Merino.  I wanted to knit with it.  I wanted to touch it.  I wanted to pet it.  I had to have it!

But I’m cheap.  A penny-pincher.  I looked at the price of the yarn. I felt the yarn.  I wanted the yarn.  But then I looked at the price again.  And I looked at the price of the acrylic yarn.  And it would do, right?  And I felt the acrylic yarn.  Well . . . maybe it would do.  But wasn’t Merino. It was so soft and warm and comfortable and comforting.  I had to have the Merino.  And, being cheap as I am, I figured out really quickly that the best way to have all the Merino I wanted was to buy it at wholesale prices and sell it. 

At the same time as my friend Julie introduced me to Merino, she also introduced me to spinning.  And I discovered hand dyeing yarn and fiber all on my own.  So, if I hand dye it and sell it, then I can have all I want at a price I like, right? Right!  That was the beginning of Teresa Levite Studio Hand Dyed and Hand Spun Yarn and Fiber.  Though Merino is still my first and my true (fiber) love, I have a sincere fondness for Silk, Angora, and BFL (and that’s BlueFaced Leicester, not Big Fiber Love!) And much more.  Much, much more!