Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fall colors

I love this time of year.  It is different here on the coast, not as many bright colors, cloudy and misty or sunny blue skies.  Great time for whale watching.

But I love fall colors, many of my fiber designs feature autumn leaves.  So when we had a chance to go up in the cascades this weekend I was all ready to see fall colors, and I wasn't disappointed.

These are vine maples, taken at Clear Lake.  I didn't get a picture of them against the lava flows, but that is always spectacular.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Sunday in the studio.

Trying some new products and dye techniques, today's results seemed pretty magical:

And a picture of the roses because they are finishing up:

I won't be able to hang stuff outside to dry much longer.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Slow progress

I did get a chance to do some dyeing this last month, but not nearly as much as I wanted.  And today it is gray and drizzly and the kids are heading back to school.  This means my work load will be picking up too, but I still hope to plan some time to create.  You know, the whole "work-life balance" thing.

The new store on etsy is created, but not stocked.  I did come up with a name, and a logo

The shop will be called OnSiletzBay.

Some sneak previews of work in progress.  

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Ravellenics Games

Once again Ravelry is hosting the knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving, and other fiber games to coincide with the Olympics.  I've been a Ravelry member since 2007, when it was in Beta, my Ravelry number is under 40,000.  There are over 5 million users on the site now.

Interesting to think how my fiber life has changed in those years, in 2007 I was actively running an online yarn business, which started with selling environmentally friendly yarns (bamboo, eco-wool, etc.) and morphed into hand dyed yarns which I sold online and at Saturday Market.

Here are some photos from those days, taken by Kim Still.

Somewhere in there I started spinning, I took a class from a teacher at a now-defunct yarn store in Carlton.  This involved getting up early two Saturdays in a row and taking a 3 hour drive each way.  I wasn't the swiftest in the bunch, in fact I did terribly.  The second Saturday I showed up and one of the women had spun and knit a project during the week in between, I was still struggling to make something resembling yarn.  I am still not an expert, but eventually I did make and sell some handspun yarn.

I'm getting my wheel out and dusting it off for the Ravellenic Games.  In the process I dug out some of my old handspun, which I hope to list on my soon to be second Etsy store for my crafts, since my main store focuses on vintage sewing machine stuff now.

Friday, July 8, 2016

On Siletz Bay

We live near Siletz Bay, actually across the street from it.  We first decided to make our home here when we visited one day and saw a huge variety of seabirds in the bay, pelicans, herons and more.  Since we have been here I have taken many photos of the various moods of the bay.  Mostly the amazing sunsets we get when the fog holds off before the sun goes down.

Of course it isn't always sunset, but many evenings as the color starts to reflect in the sky, I have to run down to the bay and get a photo.  We have sunny days too,

And in the winter, with the rain and king tides, the water can get very high.

Just one little corner of the beautiful Oregon Coast.