Tuesday, June 14, 2011
AH_HA! bet you didn't expect me back so soon! But thought I would add a couple of pictures of my wool stripping machine. And I misstated how many strips this cuts at a time. I said 3 but it's actually 2. So much quicker and more accurate that ruler and rotary cutter. And admittedly it's more fun. But maybe that's just because it's a new toy!
Monday, June 13, 2011
I don't seem to be getting any better at keeping up to date here! Always have good intentions but that doesn't make for any new posts.
We waited so long for the Spring to arrive and it has with lots of rain and all the dandelions to go with it! The ground is sufficiently workable and so I have been tending my runaway garden as much as possible. The weeds have a head start but I am slowly catching up. The flowerbeds are becoming visible as are the rock paths. Color is already coming fast and furious. Lots of things blooming...Oriental poppies, Cranesbill, Irises in several colors, Centuarea, Salvia, Violets, and yes Johnny Jump Ups!
I hooked this small picture earlier in the year before gardening was the priority of the day. It's a design by Sally Van Nuys. I am pleased with the way it turned out. Used wools from my stash, using 1/4" wide strips, a bit of wool roving for the gold stars, and wool yarn for the bound edge.
Speaking of wool strips, I recently bought myself a wool stripper...a hand crank machine that cuts 3 strips at a time. I've been saving my money for a while now and finally had enough to buy it. I'm looking forward to putting it to the test.
Summer is just about here but you wouldn't know it by the cool temperatures of the last few days. I am back to wearing wool socks, sweater and have the windows closed! How's that for the middle of June. Hope June is pleasant where you are. Till later.