Friday, March 30, 2012

Projects on the Go

Aaaachooo!  That is the most common noise that I hear lately.  Allergy season has descended on us with mighty force.  At knit night, there were many stories of cars being coated with a powdery film of green pollen.  I love spring, but sometimes it just makes me sneeze.

The Art of School

We unloaded the kiln the other day and amongst all the chaos of people and clay I managed to bring a few pieces home to photograph.



Ceramics is quite a head game.  There are so many things to master.  The only way to get good is to make a lot of things.  Once you make a lot of things, then you get to experience another aspect to master - glaze.  Glazing is even more of head game.  The color you see in the glaze bucket isn't what you will get in the end.  Red can be a deep brown.  Deep green can be a light powder blue.  I'm a long way from mastery, but I'm enjoying the learning process.

On the Needles

I've made a lot of progress on my Schoodic Cardigan.


I am nearly ready to join the sleeves to the body and begin my knit to the neck.  Thank goodness the weekend is here, so I'll have some time to knit!

Shop News

I still haven't unpacked form last Saturday's show.  It has been one of those weeks.  When I do, I'll have some fiber and jewelry to photograph for the shop.


Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Weekend Update

I hope you had a great weekend!  We had a busy weekend around here.  Saturday was our "Crafting for a Better World" artists' market.  It was a great show!  Extremely well organized, comfortable and we had great folks visiting with us.  The room was breath taking - windows were on each wall, giving the room beautiful light and an open feel.  One of the other artist and I were ready to plan ourselves there permanently.  It would be a lovely studio space.

I brought my Ladybug spinning wheel and had many people ask about spinning.  A lot of children were very interested and many stopped to help me.  One little girl's face changed into delight when I put my silk top into her hands.  This little person loved silk.  Don't we all?


Camp KIP

Camp KIP is fast approaching.  I am donating some spinning fiber, stitch markers and hand dyed sock yarn for door prizes.   I wanted to donate items that were from or inspired by our lovely state.   The spinning fiber is Sheltand roving from Missouri sheep.  For the sock yarn, I was inspired by the Missouri state bird, the Eastern Bluebird.  It is bight, bold and saturated.  I hope the person who wins them likes the bit of Missouri they take home with them.


Spinning Around

I've been doing a lot of spinning lately.  I have three fibers on three different wheels.  The plan is to ply all three together for a yoke of a sweater.  We will see how it works out.  The CPW and Dutch wheel have a wool blend that I dyed up.  The colors are muted, but there are a lot of hues in play.  The Ladybug has some lovely semi-solid blue Tussah silk on it.  

On the Needles - Update

I'm still knitting away on my Schoodic Cardigan.  I've set the body aside and I'm working on sleeve #1.  I've made lots of progress and I'm still enjoying the work.  I'm just past the elbow, so the end is in sight.
Sleeve number one

Friday, March 23, 2012

Preparing for Market and Spinning Away

Blogging has been interrupted this week as I've been preparing for tomorrow's market.  I'm ready.  Everything is tagged, ironed, sorted and safely packed!

Tomorrow local shoppers can find me at:

Crafting a Better World 
March 24, 2012 
9 am-4 pm 
First Unitarian Church of St. Louis
5007 Waterman Boulevard
http://firstuustlouis.org/engaging/special-events-and-fundraisers/crafting-a-better-world



I did take take a bit of time away today to do some spinning.  I made a video to share with you.



Sunday, March 18, 2012

Shop Update and Preparing for Market

Busy times around here!  I've been dyeing up a storm and have more to do.  I'm prepping for Crafting for a Better World next Saturday and some projects.  

I have sock yarns at the ready:






And silk scarves are spreading their colors too:



This week is spinning fiber week and silk scarf week.  I have silks to dye for making batts.  A friend generous gave me a lovely assortment of luxury fibers - angora, mohair, silks and more.  My head has exploded with the possibilities and I can't wait to dig in.  I'm seeing a lot of texture and color coming into my hands.


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Not Feeling It

I have a confession to make....


The Art of School

This semester has been challenging for me.  I remember this type of semester for my prior days of schooling.  I'm not feeling it and I can't wait for it to be over.  Why?  I can't put my finger on one specific thing.  My classes are going well, but I'm not enjoying myself like last semester.  I'm not feeling myself pushed further or my head blown off by some new piece of information.  I find myself most looking forward to ceramics day - there is the place where I'm happy, pushed and feeling the urge to do more and more.  Thank goodness for that class.  The rest is just meh.  I haven't long to go.   The semester is beginning to get a simmer on it that comes with the near end.

I have a finished object to show you now.  My ceramic sheep is finished.  The final firing was completed in a pit fire to give the animals a smoky look.  My camera phone isn't good at capturing the color, but he is really mottled with charcoal grey, tans and creams.  The animals from our class are on display currently and then I can get a better photograph.  I'll have to go visit him this week to see how he looks in the exhibit case.

The back of the sheep got quite a bit darker.  I love how the fire and smoke make the colors random.


Gallery Opening


In other news, if you are local you need to check out an exhibit that just opened on Friday, The Craft Alliance's 13th biennial Teapot exhibit, Hot Tea!  If you aren't local be sure to check out the online gallery.  This show will forever change your impression of teapots.

Check back later this week to see what is coming out of the dye pot!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Shop Update - March 9, 2012

Posted some sock yarns today in the shop.  Next week I'll work on more sock yarn, spinning fiber and silk scarves (very excited about those).  I'm gearing up for markets and shows!




Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Way to a Girl's Heart

Mister and I went to school to pick up some of my sculptures to work on over break.  On the way back we stopped at one of my favorite places in the world.  THE FARM STORE.  For the city folk not in the know, the farm store is a magical place.  A place full of wonder.  You can get horseshoes, stock tanks, boots, clothes, seeds, hardware stuff, tools, machinery, stock fencing, pet supplies, horse supplies, sheep supplies and on and on.  The way to this girl's heart is not the fancy pants restaurant date.  Nope its a visit to the farm store.   and I'm happy and content.  Just ask Mister.

I needed some large syringes (livestock department) for painting and things to refinish my CPW wheel (hardware department).  So we stopped and at the front door I heard a mystical magical sound.  Peeping.  Yep, loud insistent peeping.  I made a beeline towards the sound and was greeted with such cuteness and fluffy wonder!  Yep, its chick season.  I really really wish we could have our chickens now, but alas our community doesn't allow backyard hens.  Still I watched, laughed and marveled at the fluffy cotton balls on long legs.    


Speaking of CPW,  look who has been spinning!  It was too cold the other day for me to work on refinishing.  Instead I strung her up and went for a test drive.  I'm delighted.


Craft Fair News

I will have a booth at "Crafting a Better World."  This is a unique marketplace of quality, handcrafted items by area artists and artisans, will be held at the First Unitarian Church of St. Louis on Saturday, March 24th, from 9am-4pm.

Admission is $5, a portion of which benefits Operation Food Search.  Donate non-perishable food items to be entered in a drawing for a special door prize.  First Unitarian is located in the CWE at the corner of Kingshighway and Waterman Boulevards.  For more information, go to www.firstuustlouis.org 
or call (314) 361-0595.