Sunday, March 31, 2019
I've been working a small project for an introduction to felting class tomorrow in Minneapolis. I want to use wool from my own flock, so I picked this beautiful black shetland combed top. I don't have much left since I've sold all but two of my Shetlands -- and they aren't black. Anyway, this little tablet pouch only took 3/4 ounce of combed top.
I added some pieces of felt from a rug I cut up and some scraps of Margilan silk. I think this felt would make some beautiful scarves or even a jacket.
So today it's back to the drawing board, I think I will switch to Shetland Mule and Teeswater cross top. I want more stability for a felted tablet pouch or hot pad or coasters.
I'm teaching a new class at Shepherd's Harvest, knitting with longwool locks.
I'm also teaching the felted fleece class in August in Minneapolis at the American Swedish Institute. I'm hoping for good weather, we'll be working out in their beautiful courtyard for the wet portion of the class.
Sherry Tenney is taking registrations on Etsy for those. Last year's class was so much fun and Sherry's selection of the raw fleeces was fabulous!
North House Folk School is full but they are taking names for the waiting list. I also teach occasional classes in my home studio by appointment, just shoot me an email and we can talk about it.
We said goodbye to our dear Richard Parker last week. He lived a long life for a cat diagnosed with Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. He was the fearless defender of our realm.
Okay, now for a sheep photo,look at those sweet little Gotland faces.
Sunday, March 17, 2019
and it's St. Patrick's Day! We're heading to our friends' winery to meet with other spinners and knitters. Then we're off to celebrate at another friend's house.
Time to start some tomatoes from the seeds we saved. I always plant Brandywines and some nice little round Roma tomatoes that we got from the Amish a few years ago.
I am loving the Gotland cross lambs' fleeces. I skirted all 18 of them over the last two days. Several lambs managed to felt themselves up around the shoulders, but there's still enough for me to make some small felt pelts.
My classes at North House Folk School went well. The Cobweb Felt class was fun, we had plenty of time to complete our projects and clean up.
The Skinfeller class I took with Karen Aakre turned out to be a godsend.
I gave it a bridal edging and chose the woodblocks with symbols to represent my family.
Sure enough, Smokey had her twins while I was teaching up in Grand Marais. They are already a month old and still very black. She deliv...