Friday, December 25, 2009
Wishing all my friends and family near and far a blessed and peaceful day. Take a moment during your celebrations with family to remember that this day is based on Christ's birth and his messages of generosity to those less fortunate, forgiveness and love for all. Try to bring the true spirit of the holiday's meaning into your life this year. God bless you and take care of you. Hugs, Lauri
The sheep in the picture was a gift from my friend Diane on Wool Snippets and it's precious! I made the "feather tree" from wool that I dyed. I am planning to spend a quiet afternoon rug hooking, and within a few days should be able to call my "Old Glory" rug complete. We shall see!
Posted by Miz T. at 11:44 AM
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Ahhh...here I go experimenting again. I hear about snow dying, and we have an abundance of snow on the ground and a day off of work. My disclaimer? I don't know what I'm doing. So here goes...
I soaked white wool with a little dish detergent to open the fibers and get it ready to take the dye. Then I placed a piece rumpled up on the bottom of my old dying pan. I had three salt shakers in which I placed non-iodized salt, and one color of Cushings dye in each shaker. I used 4:1 ratio with salt to dye mixture. Then I sprinkled it all over! I was wearing gloves to protect the dye from getting on my skin, and was doing this on a day with no wind so I wouldn't be breathing any nasty dye.
Next I added a layer of snow, and then another piece of wet wool. Then I sprinkled the salt-dye mixture again. I did this four times with wool, dye mixture and snow layers.
I ran out of my mixture for the top layer, so it is covered with plain snow. We'll see what happens!
Posted by Miz T. at 12:15 PM
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Colors intrigue me. As I walked today I found colors I could not name with one color name, as the colors blended into a different color. It doesn't matter though. They are all beautiful.
Brown, rust, gold and cream...
Orange and yellow...
Red and burgundy...
It was a very nice walk and I thought I'd share some colors of Fall with you. Enjoy!!!
Posted by Miz T. at 6:49 PM
Sunday, October 25, 2009
The alpacas were also getting prettied up for the judging. Their owners don't make their money off of the fiber they produce. That money doesn't even compensate for their feed. But they make their money off of breeding good stock and selling them. Alpacas are gentle animals and not very large so can make good pets. They are also social animals who are happy when they live with a pack of two or more. They live over 20 years and cost about the same as a medium size dog to keep. They like to go for rides and will get into a minivan and lay down just like a dog!
Of course there were also the imports that were much lower priced and of much lesser quality. Guatemala, Peru, and Uraguay were the common countries of origin. They were still handmade and warm and lovely, although the machine knit pieces were there too.
Posted by Miz T. at 12:24 PM