Good Stuff

early-bird.jpg These days often find me outside with the early birds. Coffee savored along with birdsong, gearing up for another stressful day. The old kitchen table has migrated to the back yard during the make-over.

Sitting at the table is necessary for writing on needles.


When the last needle has been buffed and written on and the last sip of coffee swallowed the garden calls, conspiring to keep me outside. It’s been sorely neglected. Please don’t ask to see the flower bed! For garden color this year I planted a heliotrope.

Yesterday I canned two batches of green beans. Nothing beats pole beans for flavor. Long sleeves are needed if I don’t want itchy arms for the next several hours.pole-beans.jpgMaybe it was those long ago days when we daily picked pole beans for two pennies a pound. All morning and into the early afternoon we drug huge cotton sacks slowly along a row picking, picking. I was too short to reach the tops of the vines so shared the row with my mom or sister. At lunchtime we’d sit in the cool shade of the tall plants and eat sandwiches with freshly sliced cucumbers. I was so proud when I finally was able to fill my sack with 100lbs of beans. Hard tedious work, but stuff of memories. Besides, most kids in the area picked crops throughout the summer.

Finally, the first tomato of the season!

Which Gravenstein would you pick to eat?two-apples.jpg
Good Choice!


The house is coming along. All of the hard work is finished. Ed is with his old buddies on their annual men’s fishing trip this weekend. It’s a much needed break both physically and mentally. He’s been pushing himself so hard that sleep has been elusive.

I’m looking forward to large amounts of time for knitting, hairpin lace and spinning – all sadly neglected these past couple of weeks.

Slow Transformation

Bone tired, I am. Weary. Ed is exhausted, the brunt of the work falls on him.

Several asked for before pictures (click for larger pics):

Ed’s old corner. eds-old-corner.jpg

The kitchen as it was, in disarray.old-kitchen.jpg

Can you believe the kitchen floor?
Saturday: Pulled up ancient orange carpet, secured new plywood sub-floor, painted living room walls.
Sunday: no meeting for us instead we laid 214 “boards” of new floor, took us almost ten hours to one by one carefully line up the edges. My poor knees were swollen by the end of the day and threatened to disown me if I knelt down one more time.




Monday: Ed <s>slaved</s> worked in the shop all day turning dozens of little pieces of wood for knitting needles, I packed and mailed over a dozen orders. We’ve been
wiring.jpgrecently inundated with orders. Evening – we ripped out old cabinets and Ed worked on rewiring.

Tuesday: Daytime – Ed made a slew of hairpin lace looms, I frantically tried to get a handle on paperwork, packed and mailed another dozen orders; Evening – hung sheetrock.
Wednesday: Ed churned out Tunisian hooks, I tackled more paperwork, and dazedly looked at the walls wondering how I could help. Ah, mud nails. Ed could tell you I’m a pathetic mudder. Oh but I improved greatly yesterday. He wouldn’t allow me to mud the paper strips across the joins. Ahem, I tried, miserably. It looks so easy. But then, I don’t want tons of microscopic gypsum particles invading the tiniest cranny when the stuff is sanded smooth so I gladly handed Ed the mudding spatula. He has the smooth hand and finesse for the job.sheetrock-walls.jpg

This is the same corner of the kitchen as in the picture above.

Today I signed some 3 dozen Tunisian hooks and mailed a few more packages, Ed assembled the Hairpin Lace Looms. Did I mention that they are mentioned in an article in the current edition of Vogue Knitting? Wahoo! Ed slathered on another layer of mud. We discussed the next steps needed. Unfortunately we need to drive 3 hours down to Roseburg on Saturday to attend the funeral for Ed’s great uncle. Since there will be relatives we’ve not seen in a long time, and Ed’s back can’t endure car rides of any length, we’ll probably stay the night and come back early Sunday. In a way it is good; this enforced break will give us some much needed rest.

Faith approves the new floor. It’s linoleum disguised as wood boards – easy maintenance!



Weaving has come to a halt, the project finished (finally!), the loom folded.

Before setting it up again it will be bathed with a lemon juice & olive oil mixture. The fresh squeezed lemon juice will clean dirt and grease, the oil olive will nourish the wood.

Our pottery has come together from various places of honor to congregate for a few days on my dresser.pottery-collection.jpg

Drapes are in the washing machine, dryer and on the clothes line outside.

Today we tear up the old carpet and put the first coat of paint on the living room walls. Next will be the ripping out of old kitchen cabinets, laying down new flooring, installing the cabinets Ed built.

This is not the time to weave. Knitting? Spinning? Maybe bits.

Weaving & Knitting

One of these days I’ll take the time to change the header instead of using a generic one. I find it rather amusing since the car seems to be going in an endless circle through a tunnel. Feels kind of how my summer has been. As July is moving into the final weeks I’m struck with the desperate desire to So many outside chores I still would like to tackle, like painting the picket fence that is sadly showing it’s years of neglect white picket fences just aren’t supposed to look grey and dingy. The garden is coming along with the good amounts of rain we’ve had this month. Pulling weeds from the beet bed was a breeze, so was pulling some young beets for supper. Mmm, chopped and briefly steamed then drizzled with a bit of butter and raw apple vinegar, mmm. When Ed generously scattered the beet seed I thought he was crazy but not now. 🙂

I have never had one project on the loom for so long. Don’t even ask how long it’s been. Periodically I manage to sit at the bench and weave for half an hour. I wanted to have it finished today so I could dismantle the loom in preparation for painting the walls and putting a new floor down in the living room and kitchen.

So far I’ve woven six small pieces with one more to go.
Small weaving project

Remember the cotton Dolman a friend and I each decided to knit together this summer?Dolman Cotton Sweater Still knitting on it. I mostly work on it only during our Friday mornings together but it’s time to get a tad more serious about it if it’s to be worn before winter. Only the neck and shoulder shaping left for the back then it’s on to the front which should go much quicker. I suspect that this and the Smockin Socks will see quite a bit of action this coming week, perhaps more spinning and hair pin lace. Loads of Meetings ahead.

This coming week I’ll be at George Fox U attending the NW Yearly Meetings – our regional Quaker annual meetings – as one a Meeting rep. They can be quite interesting or long and, well great knitting time! I’ll be away from home most of next week. I’ll catch up with you all later.

Smokin’ Fearless Fiber!

It’s been a crazy past couple days. I will stew and ruminate over a decision until impulsively I bit off a bigger chunk than I can chew. Then I’m left gasping for breath.

In a rash flurry of the “it must be done NOW” mode I became cohorts with Rhonna , (she’s a whiz at this stuff!) in moving TheWeekendWhirls over to our new community, Weekend_whirls at Live Journal. If you’re into spinning please check it out. We’re still working out the bugs but it’s alive.

And now to Deb’s fabulous Fearless Fibers! Check out both her fibershop on etsy, and her blog.

I’ve been itching to use some of her fiber for several months, especially after seeing so many beautiful items designed by Anne of Knitspot. I have long been admiring Anne’s design savvy. If you’ve never read her blog please don’t wait any longer. She has a gift with words and pictures to go along with her math abilities.

Oh yes, socks. I’m not quite sure which came first; the socks, or the yarn. Socks for Aurora. No, yarn for Baby Faith. Hmmm. I think it’s Faith’s fault, but wait, no! it’s all Anne’s fault. You see, last fall I saw her pattern of a lacy dress for a little girl. Ever since I’ve wanted to make it but I don’t do lace. I have to if I want to make this dress. Fortunately the dress is for at least a toddler, Faith is only now crawling. I’ve got time. Umm, not really, not as slow as the stitches come off my needles.

No matter that Faith was a tiny babe in arms, I downloaded Anne’s sweet pattern. I’ve gazed at it, read over the directions, carried it around with me as I’ve fondled yarn but never found quite the yarn that clicked. Until browsing over at Fearless Fiber Etsy, when Citrus, a yellow yarn screamed, “Buy me!” I had no choice.

I don’t wear yellow. Don’t get me wrong. I love seeing yellow on people with deep tans, blond hair; rich brown skin, black hair. I have neither. Yellow makes me look sick, seriously, dog-sick. But suddenly I realized it was meant for Faith’s dress. But Aurora needs socks for her upcoming birthday. The next page over I. see. The Yarn – Midnight Passion! Less than a week later a box was waiting at the PO. Plump-full-of-goodness yarn inside.
Fearless Fiber Yarns

Since I’m such a slow knitter I decided I’d best get cracking on Aurora’s socks. I was able to get my hands on Anne’s Smokin Socks pattern. Aren’t they a fun knit! I’m loving the rhythm and patterning of the sixes.Knitspot’s Smokin’ Socks

I’m using two sets of #1 needles to knit these socks, sort of an experiment. I like dpns for socks. Brittany 5″ bamboo feels right in my hands and I don’t mind switching needles but after hearing so many people raving the merits of knitting socks on circulars I decided it was time to try again. Ed made me two #1/3.25mm 16″ circulars for this project. I should have asked for 24″ length – the 16″ length almost gets in my way but once I figured out how to ignore the resting pair it’s very workable. I still favor dpns, except for their tips – I much prefer using the sharp tips Ed puts on his needles – but it’s not too bad knitting socks on two circs.

I’m really enjoying knitting with Deb’s Fearless Fiber yarn, it’s very soft yet sturdy, she’s great to work with!

As a self-taught knitter I don’t have a great deal of experience reading patterns so it’s nice to have Anne’s pattern which I don’t have to puzzle over before understanding what I’m supposed to do next. I can hardly wait to have the lace skills to tackle her Morning Glory Pattern or her latest, the skimmering, shimmery Bee.

Spinning a Move

Welcome to Fiberjoy’s new blog home! Nothing fancy yet. I need to figure out to make it cozy and friendly. Another challenge to overcome will be adding all the buttons and links.

It’s not fair to snap a picture of small portion of project from handspun yarn and expect people to guess what it was with nary a clue. It’s a sorry part of my nature to want to keep people guessing. Drives Ed crazy.

It will be a hairpin lace Ruana, pattern by Oat Couture. The only thing slowing me down is spinning the yarn. But since I’m in the Tour de Fleece it’s a great daily spin. Four completed strips are finished so far (three have been joined the fourth is laid out ready to loop onto the third) and one of our Jenkins hairpin looms used to make it.
Handspun Hairpin Lace Ruana
Each hairpin strip takes only an hour – it’s so quick and mindless. I’m so excited about the process and the looks that I just may end up making another Ruana, only the next time I plan to buy the yarn first.

Here are a couple pictures from the spinning day at the Mission Mills Museum in Salem last Wednesday.
Jason Lee House
This is the Jason Lee house which was built in 1841, the oldest frame house still standing in the Pacific Northwest. I realize that’s not old compared to places on the east coast and especially in Europe and other lands of old civilizations. Jason Lee set up a Methodist Mission on these grounds beginning in 1834. He had a strong sense of formal education, industry, and large scale agriculture on this fertile Willamette Valley ground.

These girls were two of the dozen participating in the week long “Pioneer Players Camp” at the museum. They were giggling and having fun dressed in period clothes, learning hand crafts, and playing old fashioned games.

I have socks on the needles! Pictures next time.

I’d love it if you took the time to visit my older posts, dating back a year, which are <a href=””>here</a&gt;. In moving from Blogger to WordPress it seemed much simpler to leave everything there where the pictures are intact.  Thank You!