Monday, July 29, 2013

Cathy's Shawl

This is the Oaklet Shawl, designed by the Tricksy Knitter. You can see photos and the complete pattern here. Cathy knitted her version using one skein of Paton's Lace yarn (acrylic, mohair, wool) in the Porcelain color way.

Monday, July 22, 2013

O'Malley Loves the A-Word As Much As Jean Does

Baby wishes he had found the bag of yarn first

Psst: If you've spent any time around Jean and our Sit and Stitch group, you will already know that "the A-word" refers to alpaca, arguably the loveliest yarn of all. 

That's what Jean says. And apparently her cat O'Malley agrees. He is a fan of all things fiber, as you can see from his admiration of the basket from Ghana, above. 

And here O'Malley has the best of all possible worlds: A hand-woven basket, and a bag of alpaca yarn. Look closely and you will see that he has pulled a tiny pillow of the yarn out of the bag to cushion his head. Note the smile.  

We love a cat who knows his fibers. 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Clair Stops in at Tierra Wools

The shop and gallery

Every map I've ever seen showing special New Mexican fiber tours mentions Tierra Wools. So when we drove near the tiny village of Los Ojos on our way from Colorado to Taos, New Mexico, we knew a detour was in order. 

Tierra Wools is a local cooperative; the members raise sheep and llamas and shear their wool; then they spin, weave, and dye it. The shop was wonderful! The gallery was gorgeous! The town was picturesque! Yes, you should go!

Looking down the road

For the Sit and Stitch group, I brought back a brochure and a set of yarn sample cards for ordering yarn directly from this wonderful craft cooperative. They are happy to receive orders online, by phone, or by mail. You will find the cards and the brochure in our little library.

Yarn so wonderful you can't let it go

For myself, I brought home some of this luscious space-dyed wool/mohair handspun yarn. It is beautiful to look at, but it is even more lovely to hold in your hands. Ask my husband - I held this yarn, night and day, for the rest of our trip home. 

Here are some links for you: 

New Mexico Fiber Arts Trail, Northwest Loop (which includes a stop at Tierra Wools)

Information about the entire Fiber Arts Trail project, including places to visit all over the state of New Mexico

The historic village of Los Ojos, published by the Office of the State Historian

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Some Current Projects



Cathy with another completed child's sweater

Clair's socks for Ben

Margaret has a different project finished every week it seems

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Notes from Mary-Claire, a Proud Grandmother

I hope all is well in Cruces and the smoke has quit.

thought you might like to see our Molly KayLynn. She is laying on a quilt that Marguerite made for herBabies are wonderful but they keep Mom and Dad busy (as they are finding out).

Please say HI to everyone. I have also attached a picture of a purple moon flower.  I am not certain if they grow them out there.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Susan Always Has a Project

Susan has been working lately on some projects for the children in her life. Here is a well-loved doll that is being brought back to life with newly combed-out hair, courtesy of Diane; and a wardrobe of new knitted dresses and even some underwear made by Susan.

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Here, Susan is pondering the trim on a little girl's sweater she is making.

Monday, July 1, 2013

What Jean is Working On

This is a detail from the shawl project that Jean is working on. The yarn is Findley from Juniper Moon, and is lace weight merino and silk.