Blended Threads – from the mountain

Overlook House

 

We’re here on Blue Mountain in eastern Pennsylvania.  About 10% of the Blended Threads studio has been moved so far and the reality of living so far from “the city” is settling in.  We love it here and for the first time in a long while, I think I feel some creativity in my veins.

 

Washcloth photo

To celebrate, I’m going to re-release an old favorite pattern – Last Minute Lace.  It’s an easy to memorize 4-stitch lace repeat that my grandmother taught me many years ago.  I’ve used it over and over and it’s the basis for my Beginning Lace Workshop class.  You can make a scarf (as shown on pattern) or a whole shawl or maybe a washcloth from your swatch.

Whatever you make send me a picture or post your project to our FaceBook page.   You might get featured in a future blog post.

Happy stitching,

Bobbi

 

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Spinning Workshop ~~~~Unleash the Creative

From time to time, Blended Threads is privileged to attend workshops led by incredible fiber artists.   This is one of those times!  For more information about Candy and her wonderful Calluna Farm, visit callunafarm.com

As of this writing there are still openings in the workshop – but don’t wait too long – it’s filling up fast.

fiber.ing OBX 2015 Spinning for Color & Texture

 

Photo ©Candy Hargett

Photo ©Candy Hargett

Always wanted to unleash the creative in your spinning? This is the workshop for you!

Candy Hargett will lead you on exploration of fiber.ing for color & texture including:

  • prep methods of blending board, blending hackle & drum carder;
  • spinning methods of spinning the intentional single for beehives & lace, corespinning, and navajo ply
  • plus a few surprises…

Dates: March 28 & 29, 2015

Location: Sea Ranch Resort   Kill Devil Hills, NC
Hotel & meals paid by student

Fees: Class fee $150 Materials Fee $25 per person
Non – Refundable Deposit $100 due by Feb 8 (contact Candy Hargett for PayPal® info)

Group Rates at Sea Ranch Resort: Ocean Front $82/night
Interior room $55/night
Friday thru Sunday nights
Mention OBX Spinning Workshop to receive group discount

See you there …..

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What’s On the Wheel Wednesday

Spin the Bin 2015Spin the Bin Challenge 2015 Update

 

Here we are – 3/4 of the way through the month of January.  Anyone wondering how the challenge is going?

Plum Pumpkin - WP

Yarnshine Fiber Arts – Plum Pumpkin batt

First spin of the year was a batt from Yarnshine Fiber Arts in sunny California.  This is not the first time I’ve fallen in love with Denise’s fibers and been very surprised how the colors re-blended during the spin.  I’m never disappointed.

Yarnshine 2ply 104 yds - WP3

2 ply yarn

 

 

 

 

I wonder what the yarn will be when it “grows up”……

 

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What’s On the Wheel Wednesday

Vol. 2015, Issue 1

 It’s the first Wednesday of the New Year 2015!  Thought it would be nice to start a semi-regular series of what’s on (or maybe just come off) Blended Threads’ wheels.

Candy Bracelet  Polwarth  singles WPToday it’s some fabulous Romney and Polwarth from Into the Whirled.

First shot is 1.9 oz of the finest singles I’ve ever spun.  Still needs to be plied and measured, but I’m loving it so far.

Candy Bracelet   Romney  2 ply WP

Next up is 4 oz of 2 ply Romney.  Thought it would be nice to split this braid lengthwise right down the middle, then spin it from opposite ends of the colorway to two separate bobbins.  Then a simple barberpole ply technique.

That’s What’s On the Wheel for this week!  What’s on your wheel?

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Challenge: Spin the Bin

Spin the Bin 2015

I haven’t touched my spinning wheels (except to dust) since November 2, 2014.  Not a long time, you say – but for one who typically spins 3 – 4 hours a day, it’s been a VERY long time.  Not to say I’ve been “fiber idle” for two months, but my wheels have been neglected terribly.

Fortunately, I’ve found a challenge that will restore my spinning mojo.  Spin the Bin Challenge 2015 is a Ravelry event sponsored by the group calling themselves ‘completely twisted and arbitrary’ .

Moderated by KaleidoscopeKim (everyone has a screen name on Ravelry), the challenge is pretty basic –

  • Create a bin of 12 fibers from your stash that you commit to spinning during 2015.  Each chosen fiber must weigh 2 ounces or more.
  • Make a list of the contents of your bin.
  • * Spin, photo, post *  REPEAT

I’ll be posting updates here on the blog from time to time and on Ravelry as well.  I’m guessing that at least half of you have stashes of fiber to spin.  It’s going to be fun – so why not join in?

Bobbi (aka BlendedThreads)

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2015 – Year of the Sheep

2 sheep  shutterstock_236800147 for WordPress

Happy New Year

2015 is here!  May you be blessed with peace, happiness, goodwill, and joy.  And may all your “threads” be untangled and your fiber projects be made with love.

 

Blended Threads Workshops added some fun new features to the calendar for the New Year.  Stayed tuned for news of knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving, and more – 2015 is going to be an adventure we hope you will never forget.

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Red Hot July – – or – – It’s Make-over Time for Ms. Mannequin

It’s been a Red Hot July (weatherwise) here in Metro DC – typical: hazy, hot, humid.  So we do whatever we can to think cool!

Recently, I stumbled upon a great pattern for a sweet little hat that I could make from some handspun I have.  Out came the crochet hooks and not only did I make the hat, but a scarf to go with.  Then I set about taking some pictures so that I could share the project with you….

Camera

 

 

White Head for WordPress

BUT…….No one wants to see a picture of a nice hat and scarf worn by a white styrofoam mannequin?

 

Make-over Time for Ms. Mannequin!

I missed Paper Mache  and Decoupage 101 classes in my youth – for that matter, I don’t think my kids ever did them in school either.  But, you can learn anything on the internet.

http://www.craftedlove.com/2011/05/weekend-diy-decoupage-mannequin-head.html#.U7QTybFyUjI

It took almost a month of looking at the plain mannequin, paper sheet, and other supplies on my work table before I got around to the first step:  tearing the paper.  (I’m not a big fan of cutting steeks either! but that’s a whole other blog post….)

Stage 1 - Prep the Paper for WordPressIt turns out that decoupage isn’t “rocket science” after all.  It is messy, especially when the shaggy dog of the family gets involved!

Red Hot July Scarf & HatHere’s Ms. Mannequin after her make-over modeling her new hat and scarf and dreaming of ski slopes………

This is a very easy crochet hat pattern from Jenn Wolfe Kaiser and Life Adorned.  Get it on Ravelry here.

The scarf is sooo easy that it can hardly be called a pattern.

With a hook size suitable to your yarn, ch 17.  Sc in the 2nd ch from hook, (ch 1, skip 1 ch, sc in next ch) across ending with sc in last ch.  (9 sc)   Ch 1, turn.

Row 1:   Sc in last sc of previous row, (ch 1, skip next sc, sc in next ch sp) across ending with sc in last sc.  (9 sc)   Ch 1, turn.

Row 2:   Sc in last sc of previous row, (ch 2, skip next sc, sc in next ch sp) across ending with sc in last sc.   Ch 1, turn.

Repeat Rows 1 & 2.Scarf close-up - scaled for WordPress

Depending on your yarn, your beginning chain can be any “odd” number that meets your desired width.  Adjust the total number of single crochet stitches accordingly.   This is what the finished fabric looks like.

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Spin something “green”

This was the spinning assignment from Suzy Brown and Fiberygoodness on June 1, 2014.  The description of the assignment enchanted me –

“Transported to the deep dark woods, bathed in the depths of pureness, sweet smelling mosses, growing, mysterious, and mystic. The dampness, the greenness, trickling water sounding sweet and cool and the rich green canopy above, swaying in the breeze that never reaches the base of the trees. Its still here, and quiet, and it refreshes the soul to be breathing this air that almost seems imbued with green. In parts of Europe this is the realm of the Green Man. In my homeland New Zealand it is the very body of the earth mother, Papatuanuku. Since the earliest time, the forest has been our place of refuge and shelter, a source of food and security, it is no wonder green is such a powerful colour in our lives even now. It is considered a restful, peaceful colour, offering harmony and balance. It is associated with fertility and healing. It can also be associated with growth and change, freshness and energy. We have ‘green’ energy, ‘green’ products, things we connect to ‘goodness’ and ‘cleanliness’ are called green. I think the colour green is a wonderful source of inspiration!”

– however, instead of a dark wood, my mind’s eye went to a cool garden pond … much closer to home.

garden pond for wordpress

These are the yarns I made to capture the feeling – now what shall I make?

 

Spin Something Green

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Baby Lamb Surprise

I love surprises – mostly.

My friend, Diane, received this surprise recently and has agreed to allow me to share it with all of you.  Lambing at Peaceful Acres Farm was over.  Maude wasn’t supposed to be pregnant, she showed no signs over the last weeks.  But Maude and Mother Nature had other ideas!

Mocha Maude has a surprise or two for the shepherdess

Are you in love with these two darlings yet?  If the picture of this miracle isn’t enough to make you say “aaawwwww” – read the story of their first few hours in the world.  And see them live in this Facebook video.

Now that you’ve fallen in love with these babies, stay tuned for more of their here and on the Peaceful Acres Farm blog.  I’m going to meet theses lovelies this afternoon – are you jealous?

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Day Who Knew ? ?

I just wanted to share with you the email tag that appeared at the top of my “new mail” list yesterday!  It’s the teaser for a blog post by Terri of Knit & Nosh.

May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, but really, is there a day that is not enhanced by a chocolate chip cookie? If you grew up eating cookies from a recipe passed down by through the generations, you probably have a recipe you love. If not, here is my Grandma’s recipe, she is happy to share.

It certainly got my attention and I hope you will enjoy the rest of her blog post.  BTW, the real magic of this is that the Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe in question is Gluten Free.  I’m not gluten intolerant (nor is anyone in my close family) but I have a number of friends who are – so I thought I’d pass this along for them while I’m on my way to the kitchen to mix up a batch of my own “special family” chocolate chip cookies.

So who knew that there is a day designated as National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day?  How could I have missed this?  I never met a chocolate chip cookie I didn’t like!

Happy munching!Rack of Cookies 2

 

 

 

 

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