It’s been awhile

Ok. Owning a house is a lot of hard work. It’s work I want to be doing, no question. But it’s a lot of work. To some extent that left me feeling, last week, like I need to reevaluate my blog. After all, my crafting time is now spent gardening, cleaning, and cooking. And I am so very ok with that. But then I realized that my short bits of time crafting were still paying off after all.

Last evening Mr. Ink and I decided to just hang out. We made dinner and watched a movie on our new tv and just relaxed. I plied on my wheel. So pleasant.

End result?  180 yards of worsted weight chain plied merino yarn.

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The fiber was from The Dyeing Arts. I’d realized it had been quite some times since I’d made a chain ply, so I looked in my stash for the one thing I most wanted to preserve colors in, and this was it. I don’t think I’ve lost my touch!

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I am going to post some gardening updates as well, since all of the flowers coming in are so new to us, such a wonderful surprise. One of the biggest surprises in this house was the peonies. Just massive amounts of them along the second garage, and in the flower beds. So beautiful! I picked many many bouquets before they were done for.

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We’ve also got some roses! These are out front by the lamp post, and we ended up planting purple petunias around it. The contrast is absolutely lovely.

And lastly, Miss Bug spent the last week at Ranch Camp. She enjoyed it very much, and is headed back tomorrow for another week.

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All good stuff keeping us wildly busy and overwhelmingly happy! Enjoy the pictures!

 

High Hopes

Mr. Ink and I put up all our art, and once it was up I mentioned that I might like to eventually add another wall hanging or two. Oddly enough, he was eager that I should make them, and already decided on space for them on the wall.

That got me thinking about my next weaving project. I finally settled on a handspun I’d created awhile back, out of border leicester. I cram pot dyed the locks, and then spun from the locks. I ended up with a very fuzzy 2 ply yarn.

I decided that it would make a fun warp for an interesting project. You see, I’d been saving these sari silk ribbons for awhile, and I thought they’d make a cool weft. So, I got to work warping my loom in order to have a sari silk ribbon wall hanging.

After a few false starts, after all, it’s been awhile, I ended up with a warped loom and some really high hopes.

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In gardening news, we received, as a house warming gift, and absolutely fantastic little planter. I quickly added some alyssum flowers to the pot and it’s been growing beautifully ever since. This is from the first week, I’ll get a new picture soon for comparison sake. It’s really filling out nicely.

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Miss Bug is off to another week of camp and we are hard at work on a garage sale in order to clear out the old house. Another weekend quickly gone, another week fast approaching. But, I don’t work the full week, so it should be a quick one!