Sunday, September 16, 2018

Saori Weaving, Natural Dyeing, and the Remnants of Hurricane Florence

No more excuses, I broke down and bought a new computer.  I am still figuring it out but I said "no more excuses". 

Here is a sampling of my new weavings with my Saori loom.  So far I am just using natural fleece or natural dyed fleece and yarn, so I don't have a great selection of colors.  There are many jars of dye bath in the fiber shed so I guess it is time to do some dyeing.  Many wonderful dye plants in bloom too.

We are starting to get rain from the hurricane now so the New England Aster will be beaten down and ready to be harvested.  The goldenrod is lovely this year so that will be one of my yellows.  Still looking for greens but I have some new ideas.  I think I just need to do more experimenting.  Look out the window,  GREEN everywhere so why haven't I found a whole pallet of greens?  

I was supposed to go camping with Rosemary tomorrow so I trimmed 12 hoofs to get that done before I went.  The rain is coming down heavily now so I am glad we postponed and very glad we got the hoofs done because it is going to be hard to do much is the barnyard for a few days.  Another good reason to dye some wool tomorrow.  

This might be one of those times that I go backwards with blogs to chronicle the County Fair "sheep to shawl" demonstration that 10 of us did and maybe a few other things.  

Monday, September 3, 2018

Communications Here and There

I guess I could go to the library to post a blog.

 This computer is becoming very unreliable.  I have gone through 2 used power chargers in as many years.  I think the reason Apple went to a different power hookup was that this one is a bad design.  It is time to to buy a new laptop but I just bought a new loom.

This reminds me of around 40 years ago when I was saving to buy a used car and ended up buying a small sailboat because it was more exciting and fun.

Cars and computers are Not necessities.  Boats and looms fill the Fun need.

This computer is actually charging as I write but  now the cursor is going all over the place.  I can't even find it unless I start typing.

Sheep have such an uncomplicated life!  No computers no phones no communication problems.  If they want me they just BAA.  The geese too, they are just a little louder.

When Gail was here she was taking pictures of the animals and the geese  were fine with it all until she started going toward the sheep.  Then they really put up a fuss.  Did they not want Gail to go toward the sheep OR did they not want to lose the loose attention.

O.K. it isn't always clear to me what is going on with the animals but they seem to understand each other well enough. I wish I could be with those I like to be with more often.  Face to face communication is just SO much better.

It has been a good summer.  Good fiber camps, good get aways,  good visits with family, good product sales,  but I am ready for fall and maybe a new computer since I can't be with the ones I love.