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-