Sunday, November 23, 2008

A relping she will go...

My newest wall hanging. Why is it I can only see the things I wish I had done differently? Oh well, on to the next project.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wooly Update

I got to play shopgirl at Wild Rivers Wool yesterday while the owners were attending to family business. I'd never have guessed I'd be happy being surrounded by wool. I started crocheting while pregnant with my daughter umpty-three years ago and have done that periodically through the decades but never thought to be able to make that hobby support itself. Since the shop opened last spring my consignment items have paid for their materials and left enough behind to cover my addiction to books and cds as well as the grandkid gifts for the coming holiday. I'm not likely to make a fortune at handcrafts (or anything else for that matter!) but not being a financial drain is an excellent, and necessary step.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Crochet anyone?

I love to crochet. Knitting makes no sense to my brain. But I must
face the fact that a lot of crochet pattern are, to put it kindly,
dated. Some crochet fanciers try to sidestep that by being
innovative. Sometimes innovation is just plain weird.

Check out the September 21 post on What Not To Crochet <http://>

C'mon pardner.... Draw!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Relpers Night at Wild Rivers Wool Factory - and all the ladies are busily at work! Well, sort of...

Monday, June 30, 2008


I hadn't stopped by What Not to Crochet for a bit and looked in this morning. If your bladder is empty and you are sitting down, go take a look. This alone will make you glad those of us who crochet aren't headed your direction with lots of acrylic yarn and too much time on our hands:

Peruse the last week or so of entries and be glad Grandma is busy with her doilies!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Wild Rivers Wool

The grand opening continues. I was in and out of the shop a couple of times - the cookies were great, and free! I bought a terrific little hat for my daughter and some felted soap for a dear friend with a birthday approaching. Also enjoyed a hotdog from the Langlois Market. The Wool Factory and the market are enough to put Langlois on the map! I hope there are as many folks stopping today as yesterday.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Langlois Update: Wild Rivers Wool Factory

The doors open this morning at 10AM. I wasn't there yesterday so it will be fun to see what new stock has been brought into the shop overnight. The yarn! The colors Sandie and Cindy have developed are spectacular! Any knitter would be enthralled. The quality of the hand spinning is very good but I just get goosebumps when I see the colors. Plastic yarn just doesn't develop depth of tone the way a natural wool does. I used to think wool was itchy but it simply isn't so. Warm yes! Something we need year round on the Oregon coast!

And a special "thank you" to the weather fairies for a bit of sunshine this morning. I know the bagpiper will appreciate staying dry!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Dateline: Langlois, Oregon!

Wild Rivers Wool Factory opens at last! If you are driving the Oregon coast you'll have to transit the thriving Metropolis of Langlois - halfway between Bandon and Port Orford. Stop at Wild Rivers Wool Factory outlet located directly across the street from Langlois Market. Not only do they carry "all things wool": from hats, socks, and scarves to sheep skins, felt for crafts, and hand felted bars of soap; but you can view the fantastic showroom rug. This wonder is stitched from individual pieces of felt, each with a different hand-wrought petroglyph design!

The grand opening is 10-6, all Memorial Day weekend - afterwards 10-6 daily through the summer. Come by and enter the drawing for prizes. Meet owner/artists (and relpers!) Cindy Schaumberg and Sandie McDonald. Find one-of-a-kind items and beyond-unique gifts! Shop Oregon and support a woman-owned business!

After shopping at the Wild Rivers Wool Factory shop, step across the street to Langlois Market for the best darned hot dogs on the coast.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Blanket-zilla is done!

On the fourth try, the granddaughter's blanket finally hit traction. I just finished it on today's long drive.

Not bad, and only done two days after her birthday.

Next up on the to-do list....the pair of socks that I've been trying to get to since my birthday in March, and then this nice knitted top that I've been wanting to do since the end of March.

A knitter's job is never done.


Friday, May 02, 2008

More Oregon crochet

An addition to the Langlois post.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Relping in the Raw

My Ewe did a great job this spring, creating some beautiful and unusual lambs!
This is one of the last. I think I will have to take his fleece, card and spin it with out too much picking and see if the pattern can be repeated in a sweater... His name is Patched or Lighting Bug, depending on who is calling him..

Missing Graffiti

It is with great sadness that I have to announce that all of the Bandon fiber Graffiti has disappeared. I check then on Tuesday and none could be found.
However since I don't know where the flower was..It may be safe..
I guess it is true. Some people in Bandon have a total lack of a sense of creativity and mirth..
Must do more to help them find some. (creativity and mirth).

Monday, April 28, 2008

And then there was...

The location of this 3-dimensional crocheted flower will not be revealed here in an effort to let it bloom a few days before the mirthless seize it.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Bandon No.3

Here is the third of the Bandon installations. No guess as to whether is has been removed yet. But Bandon is gaining a reputation for their missing sense of humor. But we're not done yet!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Bandon No. 2

This one is at the Face Rock Viewpoint. It made it past the 24 hour mark and one visitor passing by thought it was a "wonderful improvement". She approved of Grannie Graffiti. I think of it more as spreading the homestyle decorative arts...

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Missing crochet

The crochet didn't make it past the 24 hour mark. Was it lack of a sense of humor on the part of Bandon city fathers? A dog owner with a propensity for theft? A squirrel with an afghan fixation?

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Bandon Dog Park

Fiber art installed on the fence of the Dog Park in Bandon. One of three installations done today amidst hail and rain.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Profiled and successful

I successfully managed to find the dashboard area of blogging, with a considerable amount of help from my dear mentor Matawheeziekin. It's amazing how ignorant I am regarding some aspects of this supercomputer I use to type letters on. But here I am again! Bookmarked, and I actually managed my profile to include a lovely personal photo. I'm so proud.

It's raining again.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Guerilla Crochet

Anonymous installation in front of the Langlois Library

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Granny Square 1

Along the Amazon Creek bike path, near Garfield Street.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Check it out!

If you have one of those days when you feel guilty for not grabbing
your crochet hook and being creative, take a look at this site:

Advancing Bravely Backwards

I picked up me embroidery this morning and set to work... removing
half of the stitches I'd done at relping Wednesday night. The color
was unpleasing. Is this progress?

Friday, April 04, 2008

Lesson in Humility

Hi all. In case you are wondering, I was led here by pangolin.

I've sewed since I was in middle school, and just this past year decided to teach myself knitting. I've made a few scarfs, a hat, and even a pair of socks (that fit!). Made a small scarf for my husband's granddaughter (eeew, Disney princess pink).

While on vacation to visit said granddaughter, she expressed a desire to have a "nap blanket" for the summer -- in pink.

So, now, I'm up to my eyebrows in pink yarn, and progress is going something like this:

Attempt 1: Cast on. Debate if it's wide enough on the circular needle. Start to knit. Take with me on the road when husband decides to take photos of Elk. Hit a bump, drop a stitch. Stop mid-way through a row, and forget which side I'm working on. Take a wild stab in the dark, and keep going. Drop another stitch. Decide to randomly tie pink ribbon in the holes -- reject as "Cheating". Decide to unravel it, and start over.

Attempt 2: Cast on. Make it wider. Finish first row during a basketball game. Realize that my eyes are ready to fall out of head, and put aside. Decide that I never want to make anything pink again. So far, no dropped stitches, but it's only row 5. Look at my bag with bamboo/wool blend yarn, and think, "Wow, those socks are calling my name."

Sigh. The blanket isn't due until mid-May (for granddaughter's birthday), but if I don't work on it during the nights, I'll never get it done.

Anyhow, glad to be here, and happy to be an associate member of the relping society.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Gaining wisdom from your child

Since I began writing more my relping projects have been languishing.
The white shirt gained a layer of dust sitting in the basket,
untouched. The crocheted shawl, thoughtfully dubbed My Shroud, is so
far from completion I will be dust before it is large enough to cover
a single shoulder. It hasn't gotten even a single crochet in weeks

My daughter, a high school teacher and mother of three, recently
shared her resolution to attend to her crafts, in her case
crocheting, on a daily basis. "I will do at least one stitch every
day" she has vowed. That has inspired me to emulate her. I now sit
with my embroidery or crocheting each day. One stitch often leads to
another. At least progress is being made.

Sunday, March 30, 2008


For my birthday my daughter made me a pair of great scrubbable washcloths. She said if I used one to cool a fevered brow it would look like a starfish was eating my face. She was right!

Sunday, March 23, 2008


I was so inspired by the fact that some of the relping ladies actually posted to the blog that I picked up my embroidery needle and sewed a few stitches this morning. Okay, the stitches were on that shirt you've seen me holding at relping for... weeks, months? now. But I managed to curve my keyboarding fingers sufficient to hold the needle and (gasp!) sew. That shirt may get done someday. Not soon, mind you, but advances are being made.

Want another shock? Are you sitting down? I looked at my crochet basket too. Don't get too optimistic. No crocheting happened. But the subject was considered. And now that the flu is history and recovery nearly complete I may even make it to relping this week. If I survive the morning of whale watch duty. Think sunshine everybody. And pray that the grandkids are germ-free when they visit!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

How do YOU pronounce "Plastic"???

How Do You Say


“Superwash Wool”, Orlon, Dacron, Polyester, Polypropylene, Mylar, Polyamide, Acrylic, Resin, Tencel, Angelina, Firestar, Trilobal Nylon, Microfiber, Spandex, Lurex, Soy Silk, Acrylan, Pashmina, Rayon, Ingeo, Bamboo Silk, Nylon, Lycra, Wintuk, Viscose, Elastane, Sayelle, Latex, Antron, Taslan, Modacrylic, Acetate, Saran, Aslon, Nytril, PLA, Glass, Rubber, Vinal, Metallic, PBI, Anidex, Novoloid, Aramid, Sulfar, Elastoester, Melamine, Elasthane, Fluoropolymer, Cupro, Ceramic, Polyethylene, Grilon, Smartcel.

* as defined in Federal Guidelines for Regulating Fiber Labels,

Section 303.7

This is a poster on my wool factory wall, designed to make a point about superwash wool... which is a wool fiber which has been stripped of it's outer cuticle and scale layer by alkaline chemicals, and then coated in resin plastic. Gee, how many of wool's wonderful natural properties are preserved using this technique? None? You get a cigar.

Friday, March 21, 2008

How to REALLY Felt With Acrylic

I had to quit laughing before I could write a riposte to that article. Thank you for sharing, I printed it out! And don't anybody faint, but I actually told my 13 year old daughter to make her own school lunch this morning so I could carve time out to write. I'm up to 43 sheeps, but that will change before Sunday, as my mom has requested a nice leg of "lamb" to serve her dinner guests. Comin' right up, Ma. Convenience food it isn't.

Ok, here's how you felt with acrylic. Grab your acrylic yarn, then find 100% wool yarn that complements it and is at least as thick as it is. Knit them together. When you felt the resulting project, you get an interesting boucle effect, and it DOES felt using the usual methods. Label the resulting project "wool blend". It's a great use for bits and pieces of acrylic, work them into a continuous strand of contrasting wool.

Now on to instructions on how to make handspun wool yarn: First you get a ram and a ewe....

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Felting Follies

This month has been interesting as far as felting goes. I had 2 hats to make. One was a skull cap type and the other a beret.
The scull cap was easy, first try was slightly too small, second try was just right..
The Beret is still giving me fits of sorts. First try with the original pattern turned in to a cute porkpie hat. Not what I was expecting but cute, thick and fuzzy, like all good felted hats should be.. After the addition of a new crocheted brim it has become a thick fuzzy and most important, a usable cap. Second try, same yarn, larger needles and different pattern. Well it looked like a beret, it was fuzzy. Looked good when on the head..
But seen from inside it was a very light and airy bit of fabric.. in otherwords it was a very holy knitting project.. I swear it was thicker before the felting process..
Now I'm on beret number 3. This time I'm using 2 ply,a nice solid dark charcoal gray and a gray varigated, yarn. It is working up into a nice thick beret. The prof will be in the felting. I have this horrible feeling that it will become a beret best used in sub-zero weather...
Wish me luck!!

A must-read

How to Felt With Acrylic.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Relping Thought for the Day

What do you do when someone gifts you with a large bag of tangled and
knotted embroidery thread? You say "Thank You," ponder the
metaphorical possibilities, and get to the task of un-tangling and un-

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Some crochet & stuff

I finally finished some stuff:

Critter. I don't know what he is.

I also just finally posted our first two finished Zafu pillows on Etsy.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

R2D2 Beanie

This makes me wish I knew how to knit: Carissa Knits: R2D2 Beanie.

Seen on Extreme Craft.

Friday, February 22, 2008

"Still" at it!

I suppose the STILL part dominates, as in silent and unmoving. Relping hasn't much been going on in my house but this morning I actually un-stilled my embroidery needle and set a few stitches to fabric. Just to show how little I've been doing, the stitches I did were into the entwined fish I was working on last August. There is a bit more done... but not a whole lot. In between I began a crochet project that I fully expect to be working on (or not working on, if lack of relping activity prevails) as I draw my final earthly breath.

Old patterns. My enthusiasm ebbs and flows not at all with tidal precision but with the same come and go. It is just more in geological scale these days.

Saturday, February 02, 2008


Here's the mock-up, my morning (and part of the afternoon)'s work:


The zafu on the right is for comparison, we bought it at Mt. Madonna years ago. The one on the left is mine, and it's so flimpy because I ran out of stuffing.

This was: 12" diameter circles, rectangular strip 7.5" x 59".

Notes for next time: smaller diameter circle (will use 11" Winnie-the-Pooh plate). Need to adjust the arrangement of the pleats on the strip so they come out more evenly at the opening and so there's more overlap. And add the handle! (I had cut one out and got it ready for this one, but when pinning it in I realized - duh - that it needed to have been made longer than the width of the pleated rectangular strip to compensate for the pleats bulging it out on the side. I think I needed about another .5").

I've got enough denim to make one more (maybe two) before I have to start buying material, and I just ordered 10 lbs. of kapok fiber. Don't know how far that will go (yet). Could get it cheaper if I had a retail license.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

New Year's project list

1. Complete the doll I started for a friend's son, which I decided to crochet after doing a test run in fabric that completely bombed and was given to NTS. Then most of the way through crocheting it, it occurred to me that I should have done it a different way, to make it look like the friend's comic book character Tony Maggot. But since it's too late, I'm shelving that idea and will just complete the doll as is. Besides, it's enough that I feel totally inadequate making a gift for a friend who makes these.

2. Complete the washtowel set I'm crocheting for a friend's birthday. My arm aches from taking up crochet again. What, am I nuts?

3. Continue working on the new Bigg-Ass King-Sized Comforter.

4. Complete the painted Jizos-on-rocks.

5. Postpone anything I might make for myself, ever, because of the lack-of-time-ever-approaching-birthdays-holidays-etc. Feh.