Friday, August 31, 2007

What a Difference ...

a week makes.

The "big" guys had four days of school this week, and I really got a lot done - finished putting a label and sleeve on my quilt that's bound for Houston, blocked it, mailed it, updated my website, got some business with MVA done, yadda yadda.

Here are some pictures of the products of my impromptu (and rather slapdash) dye session before our visit to Louisiana. The fabrics and tees were dyed using the "pour" method that Robbie Eklow outlines in her book Free Expression.

As you can see the front and back of the tee shirts vary slightly, but I think that adds interest. Once I showed my husband the children's (matching) tees, my husband wanted one too. So if you were at the Baltimore or Houston airports a few weeks ago and saw a troop of folks wearing these t-shirts, that was us. (Though I don't have one.)
This piece was made using leftover dyes from those I used for the borders of my newest quilt. I think I dyed it back in May.

I love how much variegation you get in the color of the fabric, but that the gradations between the colors are smooth.
I can't take credit for this lovely yarn - it was a gift from the very generous Jody, who dyed it with Sarah . They are both knitting/sewing/crafting dynamos. Jody's husband John is facing some serious medical problems right now, so please send them good and healing thoughts.

No school for the guys today, so I better get them over to the park to burn off some energy on this pretty day!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Essence of August

August has been a busy, busy month. We went to Lake Charles, Louisiana for ten relaxing days. It was so relaxing that I could hardly bestir myself to even take pictures, but I did manage a few.

My Littlest Sailor

If you look closely my littlest sailor has a bandaged left hand. He provided us with the most exciting moments of the vacation when he smashed his pinky finger in a door hinge while playing hide and go seek. He lost a fingernail, and gained 6 stitches. Ouch!

This morning we arrived back from a two day trip to Lewes, Delaware. Saturday was a gorgeous day on the beach, but it was overcast and rainy yesterday. I took some pictures at the pink house on the canal (if you've been to Lewes you've probably noticed it - it's really pink) and ortonized them. (All are clickable for a bigger image.)

On the fiber front I've been working on a Perfect Periwinkle Turtleneck (in limey green cottonease), and I dyed a few t-shirts and a little fabric. I'll try to take some pictures soon and post those.

Congratulations to all my buddies who won ribbons at the fair for their knitting!