Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Dye Day at Ronan Country Fibers!!!

Saturday was learn to dye Mohair day at Ronan Country Fibers in Selma Oregon.
What a great day with great people!!!
Using  Jacquard dyes we learned a multitude of techniques.
Solar dyeing, microwave dyeing, canning jar dyeing, pot dyeing..... and we talked about a 
bunch of other possible techniques.  We learned what the difference is between dying wet fiber and dry fiber and dirty vs. clean fiber

This is the solar dyeing technique.....

Dyed fiber waiting to be rinsed



Carol examining her solar dyed Mohair.  That is my Navaho churro  yarn that I snuck in to the mohair party....

Lisa is rinsing her solar dyed mohair locks

On the right is some grey Mohair with red and blue dye overlay-it will be great when it is spun



Ellie is rinsing her solar dyed roving ...not sure she likes the color that she got yet, granddaughter Natalie is learning the technique


We all agree that canning jar dyeing gives the most brilliant color...that green is supposed to be kelly green...interesting...looks like neon lime to me


Beautiful fleece drying in the sun


It was a fabulous day with fabulous people!!!!! I cannot wait to do some more solar dying myself.....have fiber will dye.........

Thanks Carol for letting me sneak in my wool!!!!  





Monday, July 12, 2010

Sewing Sunday


Sewing Sunday started of course with fabulous food!!!! 




And the BEST Brownies ever which everyone enjoyed with gusto...except mom and I -we stuck with the lighter fare




Like cucumbers and apples ;-) and water....




Barb is working with a wonderful silk blend yarn making a marvelous scarf

and you can see the quilt that Julie is working on on the Right






we undressed Julie's duct tape dress form to examine it-very cool and excellent way to get a dress form for about 20.00 that will fit you exactly



Ellie brought her granddaughter Natalie who thought the floor was better than the table with the old girls-but it is great to see the talent!!!!


See you all next month at the middleford yarn shoppe on the 15th

FIBER FARM FESTIVAL and Craft sale

Friday, July 9, 2010

A little too close for comfort

Last evening we had a whopper of a summer storm.  Lots of dark clouds, rain, thunder and lightning.  River spent a lot of time in our laps or under the bed..all between 5-7 pm....and it left behind that wonderful summer rain smell.....and a present for us this morning.  My morning was fantastic until I pulled out of the lane and saw this -and realized I forgot my coffee on the counter again.

Being that it was at the top side of our friends property I raced over there to wake them up.....so they could worry too.


The ODF was already on it and soon a friend landed in the field to attach his bucket and went to work with the ground crews and a boray bomber that was dropping red fire retardant





By the afternoon it was starting to settle



This evening the copters were still at work on some hotspots and the smoke is almost non existent.
Gotta love the forestry guys  AGAIN. 



They named it the sprignette fire and said that it grew to 15 acres...by two pm-I have no idea what the final count of acreage is-I know that there were over 150 lightning strikes in our county alone and they have little fires popping up all over-fueled by the 100 degree heat of the day.....

Thank you ODF