Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Yesterday, I dropped by wabi-sabi in search of the lazy kate I've been looking for for a while. One of the things with buying the spinning wheel second-hand is that all I got was the wheel and not the extras that would normally go along with it. Well, except for the five bobbins. But since I have no lazy kate and four bobbins filled with yarn that needs to be plied, I'm just a little stuck in the spinning department.

That was fixed yesterday. No, the lazy kate still wasn't there, but the kind owner of the store loaned me an extra bobbin to hopefully keep me satisfied with spinning some singles, and I picked up a bunch more of the shetland pencil roving that I've been working on and had run out of--in that colour anyway.

It's been fun spinning the shetland--it almost spins itself--but I wasn't sure what it would eventually become. I think it was sometime as I was waking up from a nap that I decided I'd ply it with a darker brown shetland and knit it into a poncho. I've always liked ponchos...though I've only ever had one--and I'm not even sure I ever owned one, I just have this vague memory of wearing a white one back in the late 70s or 80s. Anyway, I think it will be lovely.

In the meantime, while I'm waiting to be able to ply all this yarn, I've been working on a shrug, using yarn that I ordered from colourmart. It's mostly synthetic, but with a small percentage of mohair. It's quite nice, and if this works out well--it's my first attempt to knit without a pattern, other than hats--I'm going to knit one for Olivia to wear to my sister's wedding, over the dress my aunt knit.

As another thought, one of the plans I have is to eventually make some new pendants and put them on felted yarn. I think it would make a lovely neckpiece, though it's not much to look at right now.

This still needs work, of course, but it's the start of an idea. I have a bunch of pendants like this in various colours that I made last summer without a real idea of what I would hang them on. Before the spinning and rekindled interest in fibre. Once it warms up a little and I can get back to the pottery studio we'll see what else I can come up with.

Thankfully, spring is in the air! (even though it's a little soggy and windy out, and will be -14 C tonight...we have had a hint of it!) And not a moment too soon.

Friday, March 6, 2009


Pretty much every day I look up etsy and to a lesser degree, but still regularly, ravelry. I just love looking at the projects people are working on, the things that are being sold, and from time to time I see things that are very similar to some clay pieces that I've done in the past. That's really just the way it is; I believe there are no truly new ideas, but a multitude of different perspectives on the same idea. And reading through all these great blogs that are out there gets me really excited about all the possibilites there are for working with fibre.

As for now, here are some examples of what can be done in clay:

These first three are examples of my soul houses.

And here's a tea set.