Archive for February, 2009

The beret/slouchy hat.

February 28, 2009

pict1623maybe wants to be something else.  It is pretty, but (maybe because I used fat yarn, maybe because I have a tiny little pinhead and short hair?) too big.  I mean, it FITS my head, but there is too much hat.  I look like a rastafarian.  Not that there is anything wrong with that if you ARE a rastafarian, but I am not.

Jenn thinks the hat wants to be a lined drawstring bag.


Nadine thinks maybe the yarn wants to be ripped out and made into a different hat.

I have to do SOMETHING with it.  I washed and teased and spun and dyed and knit the wool.  I didn’t cut the yarn yet–the last stitch from the cast off is on a little scrap of fabric.  Maybe I will let it sit for a few days and think about it.


Tomorrow is our SCA Tournament of the White Hart.  I made cookies (“oatmeal toffee”) for the lunch/sideboard.  I have felted mittens and bags and batik shirts to sell.  I have the feast gear packed up.  Nadine is joining us–we will both be spinning.  The kids will have their Game Boys and a chess set.  Andrew is right now (approximately) defending the Sylvan Iron Ring in a duel (fencing).  If he keeps it tonight, he might have to defend it again tomorrow, along with the “touch your heart” tournament for fencers.  There is also heavy fighting.  Unfortunately, the weather report says 40 degrees and maybe rain.  Bleah.  If it is gross out I will wear my “mundane” clothes and change into garb when I get to the 4H camp, because I  hate dragging the skirt of my gown around in mud.  Double bleah.


I need another hat!

February 25, 2009

I don’t know how it is possible, or what hat will fit the bill, but I want another warm hat that won’t make me look funny while I’m wearing it AND won’t give me hat head for the rest of the day!


Ideas??  Comments appreciated!  🙂

Guild “report” and felted mittens

February 24, 2009

Guild was great last night, even though we had some no-shows from regulars (you know who you are!) and we did not start the crochet-along-shawls.  Biggest turnout that I have seen for a meeting (versus a party)–Nancy said there were 29 people there!  Nadine demonstrated/taught needlefelting to some people and we had lots of spinners and knitters and snacks and fellowship!

I made this funny-looking sheep? dog? with 3-d needlefelting.


Getting ready for White Hart, so I am making felted mittens out of Goodwill sweaters again.  Hey, the queen bought a pair last year!

pict1622I have a pattern I got online for these mittens, but since the evil-crash-of-the-old-hard-drive I only can find the printed copy and I cannot remember where I got it!  So sorry!  You can make your own pattern.  I pre-wash the wool sweaters once and then I cut them out (still a bit big, since you will need to have a seam allowance AND they will still shrink a bit more after sewing), sew them with a whipstitch/blanket stitch on the outside with feltable wool yarn, wash them again.

I am not sure exactly how historically accurate these mittens are, but, as they are simple, I am willing to think they are reasonable for SCA.  For some better documented felted mittens, go here.  But, hey, I’m all about the “creative” in SCA.

Abandoned the crochet socks, starting “groovy” crocheted vest?

February 18, 2009

I have only gotten two rows of the vest done, so I don’t know if I will end up liking the process or the product yet, but I thought it might be fun. The pattern is from Groovy Crochet archives that I found someplace else and now cannot remember where.  Single crochet and chaining.  Very open and what I think of as crochet.  I am using my 3-color brown/white/dark brown handspun (on the right in the photo from last? month) from roving I got at The Sheep Shed Studio a year or two ago.  A “K” hook, like the pattern asked for.  I have a store-bought long open vest that I got a few years ago and people nearly always comment that they like it when I wear it.  One of those crochet-front, plain stockinette-knit back, single button on the bust area.  This one is dark rose pink and I normally wear it with a black turtleneck or t-shirt underneath.

When I get more than a couple rows of the vest done I will take a photo for you!

I ordered more “spinning bells” from SSS, but they don’t have those listed anymore on their mill ends page–if you want them you have to ask Carol special.  There is a long story about it on the SSS group on Ravelry.  I like them because you can spin up a woolen-style soft yarn more easily than with roving and without having to do all the carding yourself.  I like love soft yarns but don’t have a drum carder and hand-carding is a lot of work!  With the spinning bells, I can spin most of it without extra work and then at the end I hand-card the tangled bits leftover in my little tub.  So, I ordered a few pounds of “grab bag”.  I don’t mind sharing that when I am teaching or practicing–I am selfish and don’t want to share anything I had to wash myself and hand-card, nor anything I paid for by the ounce!

P.S.  Wished I’d looked at ALL of the sales on SSS before I made my order, because I would have liked some of the Prairie Silk yarn at $3/skein, but the shipping is too much to buy twice in one week!

White Hart

February 16, 2009

Port Oasis Event

Tournament of the White Hart XIII

February 27-March 1
Cabell County 4-H Camp and Conference Center

6040 Booten Creek Rd., Barboursville, WV, 25504

My family belongs to the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism).   My lord (husband, for you mundanes, which is like muggles, lol) fences (you know, with rapier and epee, swords).  We dress up like Vikings (Andrew’s family is half-Norwegian and the rest Anglo-Saxon, while mine is mongrel European) because of the family thing and the fact that the clothes are easy to sew and easy to wear.  I am all about the Arts & Sciences, because one finds other spinners, knitters, weavers, lucet-ers (I have one but haven’t learned how to do it yet), and naalbinders (which I still need to learn to do) at events.


White Hart is a pretty small event.  It is mostly about the fighting (fencing and “heavy”), but there is also food and fellowship.  They do not normally have scheduled classes, per se, but if I know in advance I am happy to show people how to drop spindle or knit.  I can do this WITHOUT notice, lol, if people bring their own supplies.

If you want to come, follow that link and plan to be there–it is only a couple of weeks away!

Oh, if you are interested in that sort of thing, there is also Blackstone Raids in Ripley, WV April 24-26.

A treeful of dragon-batik shirts…

February 15, 2009

…for you to see!


My “new” Traub wheel!

February 13, 2009

This arrived this morning!  I got it from Kathy at katrinaswoolworld on Etsy.  Cool, huh?  I needed another wheel, right?


I was busy today and haven’t gotten to play with it much… More when I have fooled around with it longer!  🙂

I also bought a little bit of Finn/Dorset roving from Kathy, but I haven’t played with that either!  

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Got TWO dragon shirts batiked!

February 13, 2009

I drew these dragons myself–trying to get them simple enough for a one-color batik. Applied with no tjanting–I have some on order. The lines were made with Elmer’s blue washable gel glue, dried with a blow dryer, then I painted over the interiors with melted soywax so I would get crackle. Bunched up the cold waxed shirts and dyed in a bath with procion dye. After the shirts were washed and dried, I painted on the eyes and feet and nostrils. They will also be heat-set when dry.
dragon Bdragon A

Ah, the children are at school!

February 9, 2009

I did go in and tutor for about 90 minutes and then picked up the tadpoles for Evan’s class. Forgot to get food for them. Came home and did some online research. (Must remember to get him books on Nixon at the library tonight!) Agreed to play school librarian for a couple of hours on Thursday. They’ll be home from school in less than an hour!

But, while they were out I did finish the thumbs on these fingerless mitts that I’m going to give one of our SCA friends for her birthday. Wilton’s dyed superwash wool handspun yarn knitted on 10.5 needles. I made a pair like them for my MIL back at Thanksgiving-time.

Am working on longish brown wool socks for Andrew to wear with his SCA garb (knitting on the Gearhart csm). Made them too short and had to pull out the toe and keep handknitting for another couple of inches and now I’m doing a short row toe.

Bitsy, Boots & Ida dinner theatre at my church for Valentine’s day

February 9, 2009

As covered in the HD

New comedy to make premiere Friday night

February 08, 2009 @ 08:45 PM

HUNTINGTON — Guess who is coming to dinner again?

When First United Methodist Church was looking for another Jon Joy play for its 2009 dinner theater, Joy couldn’t resist continuing the wacky adventures of Bitsy and Boots, two aunts who put the fun in dysfunctional.

Joy, who graduated from Marshall University in 2004 with a master’s in English, said he couldn’t resist writing more about “Bitsy and Boots,” after First United Methodist Church did the original play last winter for its dinner theater.

Not unlike Tyler Perry’s endless well with Madea, Joy said the two aunts are ripe for comedic writing.

“Even when I did it last year those characters were really special, and I realized I could really do a lot more with them,” Joy said. “We were talking about a sequel even during rehearsals last year, and there may be more to come.”

The new comedy, “Bitsy, Boots… and Ida,” makes its premiere at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday night at First United Methodist Church, 1124 5th Ave.

Dinner for the show starts at 6:30 p.m. Dinner and the show costs $22; $8 for children under 12, or (space permitting) you can see the show only for $5.

Seating is limited so reservations are required. Child care is available.

Produced and directed by Jerry Morse, “Bitsy, Boots… and Ida” stars Jane Morse and Loretta Hetzer (both returning to reprise their title roles from a year ago) and Rebecca Payne as Ida, Joy as Tommy, Melissa Langham as Kat and Zach Davis as Max.

In the first play, Tommy had brought his fiancee to meet his quirky aunts, and the craziness of family issues and small-town drama ensued.

In the sequel, the play picks up after Tommy proposed to Kat and wedding preparations are being made.

“They’re getting married and coming back home to do it, and they have a cousin named Ida who presumably is just staying for a couple days but she won’t leave,” Joy said. “She is very demanding and a bit condescending and gets on everybody’s nerves so they’re all trying to get rid of her before the wedding.”

Joy said everyone will identify with characters like Ida and the dysfunctional, happy mess that is wedding planning.

“I think it was Bernie Mac talking saying that every family has that one member and if you can’t think of who it is, it’s you,” Joy said.

Joy has written nearly 20 plays. He has had one printed in The New York Times, performed at Columbus’ Fringe Festival, FestivALL Charleston and Marshall University’s New Works Festival, and next month is having one of his plays, “The Princess of Rome, Ohio,” performed in New York City.

Joy said he’s glad to be able to contribute to such a good cause as the First United Methodist Dinner Theater, which has, during the past 16 years, raised more than $35,000 to support community and mission projects and to aid in national and international relief efforts.

“That is what I love about it,” Joy said. “The money is going to a good cause, and I can kind of do my thing and create this new piece and now it is something more than just a typical production. The money is going to a more important cause, and we can make everybody laugh at the same time.”

Director Jerry Morse said the play is a labor of love for the church, which will have between 40 and 60 volunteers nightly to help with the show, and to help serve and clean up after the crowd.

Morse said it is a major effort to put together the dinner which includes: Prime rib au jus or glazed Cornish hen, tossed salad, baked potato, green beans or pearl onions, dilly rolls and assorted Valentine desserts.

“The meal has always been a drawing card because it’s hard to find a full prime rib dinner for that price without the show in town,” Morse said. “And the play is always good. It’s family entertainment and a good way to get a lot of people involved at the church.”

Call 304-522-0357 or 740-867-8576 for more information or to make a reservation.

If you go

WHAT: A brand new comedy, “Bitsy, Boots… and Ida” by Jonathan Joy.

WHERE: The First United Methodist Church, 1124 Fifth Ave., in Huntington.

WHEN: Performance dates are Friday, Feb. 13, and Saturday, Feb. 14. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. The show starts at 8 p.m.

HOW MUCH: Dinner and a show is $22; $8 for children under 12; and show only (space permitting) is $5. Child care is also available upon request.

WHAT’S FOR DINNER: Prime Rib au Jus or Glazed Cornish Hen, tossed salad, baked potato, green beans or pearl onions, dilly rolls and assorted Valentine desserts.

FOR THE CAUSE: Proceeds from the show go to church missions.

DID YOU KNOW? Marshall graduate Jon Joy has written nearly 20 plays. He has had a play printed in The New York Times, read the last one at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, as Joy was one of 10 winners of the David Mamet Writing Contest, performed at FestivALL Charleston and at Marshall University’s New Works Festival.

MAKE RESERVATIONS: Call 304-522-0357 or 740-867-8576 for more information or to make a reservation.