Wednesday, December 20, 2006

And It Keeps Flying!

I said time was flying. It seems to have switched from a pokey old bi-plane to a sleek corporate jet. And I missed the connection at the airport.

Barely done with Yule gifts, and by done I mean that point where you throw up your hands and holler "It ain't gonna get done!" - and abandon further flurried and frustrating attempts, and my eyes raise to the new year and see PANIC!!! birthdays. I'm surrounded by family born in springtime. Willie Chuck in January begins the season. The sewing needle is frantically at work on a cross-stitched shirt for him... with one for Ruthie next into the queue. And I chant "Relping, relping, relping!"

Thursday, December 07, 2006

How Time Flies!

Wow. Has it really been 7 months since I wrote? Seems my hands have been busy relping and not blogging. I've been crocheting up a storm preparing for Christmas. Limited funds and lots of love mean making many gifts by hand. Since my current passion is doilies I can only hope my friends have places under their lamps and knick-knacks for the various things they will soon be receiving. After the Big Day I'll try to post some pictures.

The relping broads continue to host once a month "public" sessions. It is pleasant to sit and share our various interests with others. Last night we had simultaneous embroidery, spinning, crocheting, knitting and sock toe darning. And the conversation ranges from political to bawdy. I always enjoy, and hope to see new faces from our community.

Monday, May 22, 2006


I started the crocheted top of this sundress at Open Relping and finished it the next day. Another "recycle" project since the yarn had been purchased for something else and the ribbon and fabric were left-overs as well.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

About a month ago a few of my Algebra students, girls all, showed up in class with these little crocheted wreaths hanging from their belts. It turns out that one of my colleagues had crocheted a bunch of these and the girls thought they were cute. I thought they would be a great project for a girls' crochet club (which I may someday start as a teacher-advisor), especially since the ring that is used for the base is cut from the plastic rings that a six-pack of soda comes in. A cool way to teach kids to turn garbage into art.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Project list update

  • Crocheted spirit bag for E****'s baby (The bag is FINISHED and so is the lining - I just need to sew the lining in to the bag and add the cute beads).
  • NEW ITEM: Granny squares for our crazy quilt afghan, which I will work on in the car on the drive to Oregon next week.
  • NEW ITEM: Crocheted scarf for myself out of the same thread as the bag (This is really easy and I'm about 3/4 done).
  • Vanna's flower granny squares for a bag FOR MYSELF DARN IT. (Stalled because MY TODDLER STOLE MY H CROCHET HOOK)
  • Cross stitch and dyed shirt project for MYSELF (NO PROGRESS)
  • Embroider a shirt for the House Bean with a Celtic knot. (NO PROGRESS - I need to keep working on the knot design)
  • Paint the watermelon seeds on the three girls dresses I dyed last summer to look like watermelons. (I SUCK, but I'm taking these to Oregon with me next week)
  • Lazy Daisy shirt (It's sitting on my table now)
  • Sew the two cute dresses I picked up the pattern and the fabric for last spring (This is never going to happen)

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Sweatshirt Redux

These are the designs on two shirts I just finished. The green was first. Stitched for a friend's birthday. When it was done I realized the colors were not practical for her. Back to my needle and thread with the same pattern but different background and adjusted design colors more appropriate to her use of the completed shirt. The green is now destined for another friend who likes the paler colors.

And I'm free for a bit to work on a denim "crazy shirt" for moi...

Saturday, March 18, 2006


Crocheted project for *********
Crocheted project for other ********* <--Both of these DONE! But I forgot to take pictures before they were boxed up to send.
  1. Crocheted spirit bag for E****'s baby (Several rows at a time, bit by bit, coming along!).
  2. Vanna's flower granny squares for a bag FOR MYSELF DARN IT. (Stalled because I got bored, but I'll go back to them soon)
  3. Cross stitch and dyed shirt project for MYSELF (I got the shirt washed in Synthrapol at least so I can dye it later)
  4. NEW ITEM: I'm going to Embroider a shirt for the House Bean with a Celtic knot. (I've got the knotwork almost done on paper and I've ordered the shirt)
  5. Paint the watermelon seeds on the three girls dresses I dyed last summer to look like watermelons. (No progress)
  6. Lazy Daisy shirt (It's sitting on my table now)
  7. Sew the two cute dresses I picked up the pattern and the fabric for last spring (This is never going to happen)

Relping on four feet?

Spring is springing and lambing is well underway. Here is a photo of fiber in the making. The hand spinners are already twitching and our pasture abounds (literally!) with wool sproinging about.

Thursday, March 16, 2006


Just when we thought it was safe - when the crochet projects were getting finished and the list was shortened by one item - THE DHARMA TRADING COMPANY CATALOG ARRIVED IN THE MAIL.

Damn damn damn damn damn!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Relping "Down Under"

This is a picture sent by one of our relping buddies from OZ. Ileah has been learning bobbin lace and recently finished the edging to this lovely hankie.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Counted Cross Stitch

Counted cross stitch is my favorite of the various relping arts in my experience. I enjoy changing the colors of patterns, combining motifs and designing my own graphs.

But by definition counted cross stitch is, well, COUNTED. As in sequential numbers and mathematical thingies like that.

Aye, there's the rub, because lately I find much of the creativity of cross stitch seems to be involved in fixing what my lack of counting caused to happen. When one-two-three fails, there must be a certain amount of ripping out stitches already done. But since I detest UN-sewing more of my ingenuity goes into figuring out ways to mend the pattern without taking anything out. This stimulates a form of creativity with language that makes me glad my grandchildren aren't within listening distance.

Updated list of projects

Cross stitch project for Jessica IS FINISHED!!!! (Pictures forthcoming - Charlie spit up on it before we could get a picture).

  1. Crocheted project for ********* (almost finished - Need to weave in the ends)
  2. Crocheted project for other ********* (Stalled)
  3. Crocheted spirit bag for E****'s baby (started - But I got bored with just double crochets and I've started adding posts and popcorns for texture).
  4. NEW ITEM: Vanna's flower granny squares for a bag FOR MYSELF DARN IT. I did the first two rounds on about 16 of these this weekend and they move really quickly, only then I start thinking about weaving in all those ends...
  5. Cross stitch and dyed shirt project for MYSELF which I will probably NEVER get to, because other projects for other people will intervene and I will keep putting it off.
  6. Paint the watermelon seeds on the three girls dresses I dyed last summer to look like watermelons. I'd better do this before the girls outgrow the dresses.
  7. Lazy Daisy shirt - I started the embroidery and then other projects intervened. Darnitalltoheck, I never get to do something for MYSELF!
  8. Sew the two cute dresses I picked up the pattern and the fabric for last spring, also before the girls totally outgrow the pattern.

Friday, March 10, 2006



Thanks for inviting me in! As we were surfing Alpha and I found a great site requesting afghan squares, they need to be 12" and in acrylic, worsted yarn. We send them the squares and they assemble them, or we can actually send completed afghans. It's called Squares 4 Survivors for people in the Katrina zone. I think it is another great opportunity!

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Because *YOU* asked!

Okay, it isn't really relping unless you consider the wood surface to be technically a fiber... but here is my entry into the Bandon Spring Art Show. The theme of the show is "Red-Dog-Fire". I'm pretty sure it was decided upon in a committee.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Stop Me!!

Tie my hands and feet! Lock me into a bare room... or better yet one with only a single project to do. I'm doing my annual (or Bi- or Semi-) "Omigod, too much to do!" The list of Good Ideas begun has lengthened to Great Wall of China proportions and nothing whatsoever is getting done because I keep adding (and starting) new Good Ideas and losing enthusiasm for the old Good Ideas.

It is hunker down time. Time to make a list of all those things underway and to work on each from top to bottom until it is finished. Yeah, baby. Way to go. Whoopee.

Anybody taking bets on the success of THIS project?

Friday, February 24, 2006

Happy hats

Last Sunday, we went to our friend Marie's birthday party, which was themed "Happy Hats." Knowing that there are always folk who don't pay attention to a party's theme, we arrived armed with some of mom's crocheted rasta hats. Here is the result. They were adored by all!

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Sho Nuff!

I'm betting all of the members of the original LLRS here will be happy to make a contribution. We could extend the invitation, once you've decided size, fiber content, etc. to the monthly extended group as well.

And while we are at it... how about you southerners returning the favor? Send me any shape pieces, less than 12" maybe? Wool yarn preferred since we produce quite a bit of that up here ourselves. I'd enjoy doing something somewhat free form with what is sent.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

BARF notes

Today at Relping we discussed making a Crazy Quilt Afghan of crocheted or knitted squares. The idea (for those who haven't been in on the discussion yet) is that we, as a group, construct an afghan made of squares (granny or otherwise) that can be worked on individually, using whatever style or yarn (of worsted weight) you like, and then pieced together when we've accumulated enough.

The question today was, What would we do with it? The answer: auction it off (some free online site) and donate the proceeds. Ideas: Scholarship (lotsa money, probably would take more than 1 blanket!), Heifer Project, Habitat for Humanity (my favourite). We would state the intended recipient of the money during the auction/sale.

On Monday night Elisa and I will figure out the size of the block we should shoot for. This would be a great way to use up those yarn remnants that are hanging around.

We'll be working on this here at BARF, but once we know what we are doing, it would be great to have other work involved from our more northerly sisters!