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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Greg Pinto is a genius

Our dear friend Greg had an opening last week at Michael Good Gallery in Rockland. Look at this work! Stunning!

















Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Gees Bend Quilts in Maine







Wow. I am so lucky. I've been a fan of this collective of artists from Alabama since seeing their large traveling exhibit at Boston's MFA in the 2000s. So, to see new works on view here in the midcoast in the small seaport town of Searsport. Hoping to meet some of the ladies next month when they visit the region to give works at the annual Fiber College. Hear them speak, maybe learn some tips. Looking forward to this rare opportunity.
 
         


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

End of July -- dye pot time

First, have to try not to blow a fuse when turning on the hot plates. This is a new location -- a Victorian with lots of charm and am hoping to work on the grand front porch, just where the new gallery and studio entrance will be. Launching WalkingWool Studio & Gallery 'softly' in August, then hoping for a bigger splash this fall.   More later ...



Thursday, June 12, 2014

2014 ME Fiber Frolic at the Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor ME



Just under one hour's drive away from home, I finally got to ME's own sheep and wool festival. It's the last one of the season in New England, always the first weekend in June. The fairgrounds are old-time classic, and the drive up Route 17 is bucolic and easy. I'm learning to really love what's called the Inland MidCoast region, rich with farmland, woods, ponds and lakes, and big rolling hills, and all just a short skip back to the sea. Talk about balance.

So, at the Frolic we wandered through the Used Equipment barn, visited with new-to-us vendors and reconnected with old contacts (Hatchtown Farm -- must visit them this summer in Bristol). Also remembered that I've wanted to see Frelsi Farm, home of Icelandic sheep (and sheep dogs???) in Bremen. My mission was to find some dye plants and peruse the used equipment for any deals. No deals found, but met some lovely folks from Lincolnville, just up the road from Rockland. The woman is . . . the other Lori Shafer. No kidding. She and husband Gerald make Blending Boards, and so another daytrip is in the making. Really a treat to find her/them. Did secure to Japanese Indigo dye plants and planted them straight away. Was given a tip to check out Nezinscot Farm in Turner ME for more dye plant resources. Must find Woad and Madder ASAP.

Looking for more outlets to sell the yarn and dyed fiber. Clementine is opening here in Rockland, and the Coop sells members' handiwork. Will try both this week.

Meanwhile, crocheting up a storm of little flowers for jewelry making, and must renew my library books (again) to learn about diagonal knitting from Ms. Cobey. and more tips from other designers. When I'm not out in the gardens with by neighbors  Heidi and Katrina. We're building a compost bin together out of old pine pallets from the dump. Also learning to keep the roaming cats out of our beds with coffee grinds, citrus peels and cayenne/chili pepper. Seems to be working.

Must not forget to visit New Aim Fiber Mill nearby (Waldoboro?)  this summer, too. And, Hope Spinnery in Hope.

Hmmm. I sound busy.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Sunday, May 4, 2014

May is here and so are the fiber festivals, in Maine at least. The weekend of May 16-18 there's a three-day Expo at Windsor Fairgrounds http://www.northeastlivestockexpo.com/.
 That Saturday is a workshop in Bath at Halcyon with Katherine Cobey! Sigh! And, the June Fiber Frolic is early in the month -- soon!
So much to plan for.
Got some great books out of the Rockland Library: Katherine C.'s Diagonal Knitting, and another on "revolutionary" knitting from the center out, written by a guy (will get the name in here shortly).
Looking to get my dye plants growing outdoors soon. Have tried some indigo in peat pots indoors but not sure what will sprout. My new neighbor is a gardener, too, so we should have some fun together this summer.
Signing off with some of my favorite recent shots taken at Straw Farm/Dandelion Spring Farm, Newcastle ME in April on a pretty chilly but sunny day. Really warmed my heart to be there.











Friday, April 25, 2014

Helpful Berocco Video: Crochet a Cable - Genoa Pattern Stitch

Where have you been???
WHERE HAVE I BEEN???

Here's a (hopefully) more than adequate apology in the form of entertaining video and audio.



I promise myself to do better.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013