Sunday, January 6, 2019

Minus -30

It’s really cold for the first time this winter. The chickadees needed extra food. 

Fur Mitts

When my colleagues at work asked me this past week whether you could turn an old fur a coat into gloves. I thought I’d see whether I could do it. I had a few scraps left of the silver gray vest that has already become two pillows and a chair cover and I thought it might make a nice pair of gloves.

I got them on, just barely. They’re too tight for me to put a liner in.

I don’t know how to finish the opening I may just leave them like this as they look finished when they’re on.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

On the 9th day of Christmas

My Christmas starts in Christmas Eve and goes for the 12 days sung of. I’m in a definite minority here where many start Christmas just after Rememberance Day and end it in Bixing Day. 

Pyrenees Wool Fingerless Mitts

Or year and a half ago we went back to the Beau Village of St. Bertrand de Comminges to visit with some friends we made there. As long time readers would know I am somewhat obsessed with wool. The village possessed its own shepherd and flock of sheep and of course has an abscess of spinner and wondered how that wool would spin up. My wonderful friend Claire managed to convince one of the shepherds that some crazy English lady actually wanted to buy some of their will and spinet into yard. I managed to bring back significant portions of quite a number of these unique Pyrenees fleece, and I have finally turned some of that yarn into a product.

When we were living in the village we did end up meeting up with some hand spinners from another village but they quite enjoyed spinning Romney and Merino wool and didn’t take advantage of their local resources. The one Shepherd I found who did take advantage of her local resources took the product from a fleece to finished the yarn. It was from her that I learned that the use of an antique copper laundry vat made beautiful natural dye colours. 

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Office Christmas Eve Pot Luck

After all the arrivals, consumption and enjoyment, I caught a quick pic of the still groaning board and the santa tracker with no one else in the photo -

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Merry Carding

One of my favourite Christmas gifts this year is a new set of hand cards. I was inspired to use them.