Silar's Dog & Fiber Show

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Dogs. Fiber Arts. Occasional Cats, Trolleys & Trains & Flowers. And other moments from my life that I find interesting.
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Dreams
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Cameras:
**Motorola ic902 - Probably the best of the (poor) choices with Nextel for a camera phone.
**Canon Powershot A430 - Oh, how I love thee, let me count the ways....Primary camera - if it a good photo, this took it.
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"No one has to know that I’m just a paper tiger
Living in a condo built on bullshit and sand..."
-- Chris Orbach - I Outdid You
"If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased."
-- Katherine Hepburn
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Ornate

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Cash box on trolley.
7th May 2011, 17:29   comments (1)

Guess where I am today

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Annual meeting at the museum. Also, first post on new phone!
7th May 2011, 14:46   | tags:comments (1)

Sweater boy

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Just finished this sweater for B. He seems to like it quite well. There
are issues, but it's OK, it's been enough years since I crocheted an
actual garment (scarves don't count) that I'm sure the next one will be
much improved, and this one is certain good enough for around the drafty
old house.
18th Dec 2010, 20:28   comments (2)

YASP again (and there will be one more after this soon!)

This gorgeous, highly anticipated (thanks to the US postal service
screwing up the delivery) spindle is from IST Crafts on the Isle of
Wight in the UK. Her name is Bee. Yes, I am naming this one. A spindle
make of 5000 year old wood deserves to be named, and since she is black
and yellow, her name is Bee. The shaft is made of carbon-dated 5000 year
old English Bog Oak. The arms are made of a lovely South American wood
called Pao Amarillo and these photos don't completely do justice to the
beautiful yellow color or chatoyancy of this wood, nor to the subtle and
gorgeous grain of the Bog Oak. I am very, very pleased about this
spindle, it was worth the money to get it and worth the hassle of having
to go chew the post office out for delaying delivery by a week. :) I'm
not certain what fiber I am going to use with this - it's smaller and
lighter than I expected (I am the WORST when it comes to gauging these
things in my head) so I am thinking a very fine yarn will be nice with
it, perhaps some pure tussah silk would be nice. Or, since I have it, I
may go with the merino/silk blend seen in earlier posts.

Coming soon - my Spinner's Lair French spindle which I got from a
destash on Ravelry! I have really got to stay out of destash
threads......yeah, right....... :)
16th Oct 2010, 15:52   comments (2)

standard favorite streetcar pic

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Y'all know where I am today now!
9th Oct 2010, 16:47   comments (0)

YASP (Yet another spindle post)

This was purely an impulse buy, but boy do I love it when an impulse
turns out this well! This type of spindle is called a Russian spindle.
You spin it in a supported fashion, with the large pointy end in a bowl,
on your lap or a table, whatever. You could also just hold it in your
hand and twiddle it, but there are spindles called French spindles that
are designed better for doing that. A local artisan makes these among
other spindles, so I bought this one on a whim from him. I also have a
tiny little Tibetan spindle from him (seen in a previous post with this
same spindle bowl), which is another form of supported spindle. But the
tiny Tibetan was not easy for me - it's so tiny and light I was having
trouble managing it. So I got this bigger one to learn supported
spindling, I will go back to the Tibetan when I've got a few hundred
yards more experience. :) This one is made from a wood called Chechen,
which also known as Black Poisonwood, because the sap of the tree
contains the same substance that causes poison ivy reactions. Once the
wood is dried though, it is perfectly safe for the vast majority of
people. I wasn't worried, I am one of those few folks blessed to not be
allergic to poison ivy - makes up a bit for my plethora of other
allergies! Anyway, I just spend 20 minutes with it and some Fiber Optics
Footnotes sw merino/nylon blend pencil roving, and would you look at the
singles? I am very very happy about this spindle! :D :D :D
7th Oct 2010, 14:48   comments (1)

More craft stuff

Get used to it, kids. Posting the photos here is easy, and linking to
them also, so here they are. The two thingies made of PVC (thanks to
Don for cutting it up for me!) are called Niddy Noddies. You use them to
wind yarn around and make skeins - they are triple purpose, they create
the skein, they measure the yarn, and, because these are made of PVC
they can also be used in the process of dyeing yarn. Plans for them are
all over the internet, and will also be on my other blog soon. One trip
around the large one is 2 yards. One trip around the small one is 1
yard. Wind the handspun onto them, count the loops, and you have a
pretty good approximate measure of yardage.

The spindle is an IST Crafts tulipwood 3" spindle, spinning Fiber Optics
BFL in the Azalea faux-batik colorway.

By the way Dhamaka, I've been a baaaaad girl and bought another spindle.
You were right. :D
3rd Oct 2010, 15:20   comments (1)

Spindles!

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Yes, still obsessed with turning animal fur into yarn. Particularly
now that I have lovely, lovely tools. Wait until you see the one I'm
getting..and from the Isle of Wight, no less..in a couple of weeks.
26th Sep 2010, 16:20   comments (3)