creativity boost, fiber arts, new projects, weaving

So I’m doing this thing…..

I have a mighty need to make larger objects than my Whoopsitsaloom allows.   For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, this is my Whoopsitsaloom:

It’s a 16×20″ poster frame.  I got rid of the “glass” front ages ago and lost the side pieces that hold stuff in.  Instead of trashing it, I thought I’d do an experiment and whoops – ’twas a loom!  As you can see from the photo on the right, I carved little grooves into the top and bottom to warp on, about a half inch apart.  This does limit my warping possibilities, but this is an experiment.  I have it warped with one continuous piece of yarn.  From here on out, I will probably not be using yarn, or at least one of my budget ones.  The fluff really comes up when you’re manipulating this stuff. Continue reading “So I’m doing this thing…..”

gardening

Seedlings again…

On the 20th of this month, I started seeds in honor of the equinox.  Now it’s 5 days later and wow….

From left to right - nasturtuim, marigolds, lavender, chard, cabbage, parsley
From left to right – nasturtium, marigolds, lavender, chard, cabbage, parsley

The lavender and parsley don’t seem to be taking, so I’m going to count those as losses and invest in fresher seeds.  The rest, however are going nuts!

I’m not sure if I should start pruning back the cabbage yet.  Something tells me they’re going to be humongous.

In other gardening ventures, I’m going to start some spuds and dandelions.  These two should be pieces of cake to grow.  The potatoes already have nice eyes sprouted, so I’m going to cut them and dry them as per P. Allen Smith’s instructions (I forsee a new planter in my near future).  The dandelions are a whim, however.  Since one can eat the greens….why not harvest all those little seeds and see what happens?  If nothing else, they will be cheerful and yellow.

Next month, I’ll be picking up some herb seedlings from a local show.  They’ll go outside our flat as a “working garden”.  And they will probably be joined by whichever of these guys make it to maturity.  Gonna have my hands full this summer!

Wish me luck, everyone!

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My chard already turning colors!  I can’t wait to see those gorgeous stalks!
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A nice chunky nasturtium sprout – the package said they’re going to be a brilliant red, but we’ll see!