The shining joy & jewel of all my kingdom

Let me tell you a little story….  Avery gave me the most beautiful card for Valentine’s Day…  It had the most incredible poem on it from ancient India.  The card was purple, light and dark, with an orange panel (which held the poem) with hot pink and gold acccents and the last line of the poem is “The shining joy and jewel of all my kingdom”. I loved the card so much, I took it to work and tacked it to the board in front of my desk… I look at it all the time…. It’s on of the most beautiful cards I have ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot given my past job of Stationery store manager (lots and lots of cards…) The more I looked at the card, the more I wanted to carry it with me some how….to bring the colors (and the feeling I get when I look at it) to other parts of my life…  So, I got the bright idea to use it’s colors as a colorway….I would make my wonderful card into yarn, and that yarn into some thing to wear…  Hmmm…..

I spent this afternoon dyeing 1 whole pound of wool roving into this colorway….

May I present “Ancient Kingdom”….

 I can’t wait until it’s dry so I can start spinning it….

Happy weekend!!


Tipsy Housewife and a Quilt

First, the Tipsy Housewife….

So I thought I would try my hand at that fancy sort of spinning/plying that Jacey does so wonderfully over there at Insubordiknit….  Yeah… It’s pretty hard…  I like the way it came out, but I need LOTS OF PRACTICE!!!  It’s just a little crazy, not too much….hence the title of Tipsy Housewife.  There are appearances to maintain…no use in getting too wild and crazy!!  The colors remind me of a suburban housewife, too…  It’s pale greens, mauve and taupes…it’s from MamaE’s…called Berry Cobbler or something like that…

There are so twisty bumps and some weird little places that I did a weird little thing with one of the singles while plying and I don’t know what to call it…  You can’t really see what I am talking about in this pic, it’s more of an “in-person” kinda thing.  All in all, I like the way it came out. 

The Unveiling of the Quilt Top…..

Bad lighting and from a distance…  Can’t really tell the colors all that well…  The dark spots are either plum purple or chocolate brown….but you can’t really tell them apart in this shot!  There are three different yellows in here….hell, there are 16 different colors in this quilt…hard to tell that from this photo…but, eh >shrug<  It’s going to be bound and backed in brown….  I want to use a cream or pale yellow thread to quilt it with…  I think that white may be too harsh against the plain brown back…  I dunno…  I will talk with my MIL, the quilt queen…

Happy Wednesday, all…


So, I had a little accident with my spinning wheel a week ago…  I was going to the monthly meeting of the Baltimore Spinners at Cloverhill and when I picked
Charlotte up to take her out of the car, her flyer jumped off, went over my shoulder and hit the pavement from about 6 ft up!!  Needless to say, the flyer broke.  I almost cried.  I went in and told Chris (the wonderful proprietor of Cloverhill) and she said not to worry that I could order a new one and borrow one of hers in the mean time!  Thinking I would try to glue the original one… I didn’t order one then, and turned away the loaner at that time…  I went back yesterday and ordered a new one and took home the pro-offered flyer until my new one comes in.  I just don’t think that it’s going to glue back together smoothly enough for me to be happy with it.  I will get the new one and stain it (ugh) and move on… 

Have a wonderful and creative weekend, all!