Monday, April 24, 2017

Lots of updates

 I decided to make a truly Canadian jacket for this, our 150th year as a country.  Here we have the pieces being blocked... photo of finished to follow.  It is not my pattern, but a very old one from my books.  You can find a new pattern in the late winter issue of Vogue Knitting.  Or other patterns, search for Cowichan sweater patterns.
 Here I have several strands of merino roving, that I am using to spin yarn on a drop spindle.  It is my first large amount of spun yarn, and I am learning to do long colour changes to create a self striping yarn.  Always challenging your skill level is most rewarding for me. 
 I just finished back to back workshops at the Fibre Garden, my sanctuary of all things fibre and fun!  We made wet felt birdhouses, using Corriedale and Merino wool.  More workshops to come there, so check their website, or visit my felting blog (link up on the right).
 The last five photos are my water colour portraits of the Univerity Women's House Tour for 2017.  For the last six years, I have painted a 5 by 7" portrait of the houses, to give to the home owners as a thank you for opening their home to hundreds of curious people.  Needless to say the interiors are as wonderful in decoration and design as the exterior and it is a lovely afternoon of ooo's and ahhh's.

If you are in Niagara / St. Catharines area and would like a ticket, you can find them HERE.