I get a ‘gold star’ for procrastination!

I’m very good at dragging my feet when I am starting a project that I’m not excited by…….

Like dish towels. I promised my brother and sister-in-law some for their Christmas present….. and here it is almost March and I’m just getting around to making them. 😦 bad Julie!!



When I went into my ‘studio’ to pick out the yarn colors a couple of weeks ago I got distracted by cleaning (a bit)…….. then I started looking at fiber! I started throwing all sorts of different clumps together and thinking….. I’m going to card! I had to put that thought on hold while I decided on which old cotton threads I was going to use.

But after choosing my colors…… my arms gathered up the heap of fiber and I happily plopped down in front of my drum carder….. instead of winding a warp.

Then of course I had to see what it looked like spun up! Then I decided to ply it with some of the hemp yarn I recently bought…… next week I’ll weave it on a hemp warp……. and then eco print it!



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Oh what? Dish towels!? Dang.

Yesterday I finally said….. thread your loom!! Then proceeded to putz around dyeing some raw silk to make my son-in-law a scarf for his birthday.

Ahhhh Julie…….


And The Winner is…..

Laura Mayotte!!!

I put all of the names on card stock labels, folded them over and taped them shut. Then I put them into my old trusty wool felt hat….. and had my partner draw one (yes, I know, it’s an hour and a half until the 20th….. but I really didn’t think that there would be any more names in that time). There ended up being 15 names in the hat! I was very surprised.

So Laura….. send me your address and I will get your new cowl off to you in tomorrow’s mail!

Here’s the link to Laura wearing her new cowl!

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And here is a photo of the shawl from last week.

I’m not sure why they are shrinking up so much widthwise…… maybe I’m  rinsing/agitating them too much trying to get all of the residual dye out. I could use synthrapol …… but I am trying to avoid chemicals.  Or it could be the new yarns that I’m using?

IMG_2267P.S. The drawing was fun……. I should do this more frequently!!

“You’re making a windsock?”

…… was what Jeph asked me.

No silly…. it’s a cowl! Just let me turn it right side out. Hummmm….. not too smart! I did make a windsock! So with a little unstitching and refiguring, it is now the cowl it started out to be!!

My machine is still not sewing well (and why would it be? there are no sewing machine fairies fluttering around in the night repairing whacky machines!) So I am not feeling confident in putting this up for sale……

SO, I decided that I haven’t had a ‘give-away’ in a LONG time…… it is now time! If you want to be entered in the give-away just leave a comment to that effect and I’ll toss your name into a hat. The lucky winner will be drawn on February 20th.

IMG_2240 IMG_2241 IMG_2242 IMG_2243And yet again I have over shrunk, instead of merely fulling, a scarf! It went from 16 inches wide to 5 inches wide in the blink of an eye! Ah well….. I had woven it to eco print, so I did that anyway. It’s too dense and thick for a scarf, but I’ll put it to use somehow!

IMG_2244And I’m sort of finishing a vest I started last winter. I wore it to work last week, but the lining is wonky….. maybe I should take the lining out? It’s made from an eco printed old wool blanket (complete with small moth holes). An attempt to make a pattern from a favorite old vest.

IMG_2248 IMG_2249Now…. off to clean house  😦