Saturday, July 4, 2015

Tour de fleece

Today it starts! The most fun "race" on earth! Many years ago Yarn Harlot created a fun event for spinners that took on it's own life once Ravelry joined in.

You might wonder what the "Tour de fleece" is. Well, Spinners all over the world will spin every day the bike race Tour de France is on. So this year, every day from July 4th till July 26th with the exception of the two rest days ( the 13th and the 21st) we spin. Everyone decides for oneself if using a wheel (or more) or a hand spindle or both, maybe the goal is to spin for a certain time every day, to spin a certain amount of wool, a special kind of wool or something else.

There are teams on Ravelry, challenges (for the difficult mountains) and a lot of fun all around. Some teams offer prices, have red lantern spinners and more.

As I am the proud owner of a spinning wheel since the end of March I have decided to join the fun this year.

I am part of the "Team chantimanou" and this is my avatar for the time of the race (I will not just improve my spinning but I also learned somthing new with my photo software).
My goal is to spin 500 gr. of "Mäusespeck" roving I bought soon after I got my spinning wheel but decided I needed more experience to tackle. I fell so in love with the colors and the feel of the fibers that I saved up so I could buy everything my favourit dyer - Regenbogenwolle - offered in her shop. I should have enough to knit a cute cardigan I have on my "to knit" list for ages.

Some spinners have started at midnight, I have decided to wait for the official start this afternoon and all the other days I will spin in the evenings.

I am looking forward to some fun weeks of spinning, chatting in the Ravelry forums and hopefully ending up with the perfect wool for my planned cardigan.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Hiking along a mystical path

Today I had a lovely hike in Kirchberg am Wechsel. A felt artists from that area initiated the so called "Filzwanderweg".
Signs like this lead you along a path through the woods, past felt exhibits designed and created both by artists, kindergarden kids, different schools and also the elderly living in Kirchberg.
An owl and different birds welcome you on a path past childrens stories
Signs of hope
and cherry trees full of fruit and vegetables (just in case the cherries don't keep).
Pupils from a school not only felted their school logo
and decorated the tree it is fixed to with 157 felted balls: 1 for every child in the school.
Other banners showed the wool of the different sheep races used in the project:
The artist who initiated the whole project, Isabella Scherabon, presented an installation showing the developement of the use of fiber in clothing.
Monika Tatrai used symbols of her heritage and combined it with a stag head for the local woods.
 Barbara Füreder built a home for insects and is looking forward to discover who will move in.
 Sorry for the fuzzy photos, there was just too little light in the wood to take photos freehand.
At the end of the hike a small but charming market waited for us, offering different felted goods, wool for knitting and some information about sheep and alpaka.
 I have to admit that my attention was captured by this charming but shy guy and especially:
this little cuty!
Do you want to go for a short hike (about 3,5 km) in a lovely area and discover some mystical felt art in the wood? Got to Kirchberg am Wechsel

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

And now?

Done, all done.... And now? The fun part, choosing a project. The only problem? I need at least twice as much wool.
Starting all over.....

Monday, April 27, 2015

Sunday in.... Schönbrunn

For the first time this year I spent an afternoon in Schönbrunn. Trying to avoid the masses that took advantage of this sunny Sunday afternoon I chose a different path from the one I take usually.
Starting out in the Dessert house there was so much to see and observe, it was difficult to leave. Mums sitting on their eggs,
sleeping and
Busy flying somewhere else.
Lunchtime for the gophers.
 Flowers on the inside, but also outside, once I decided to leave and walk through the botanical garden.

Spring showing off all it's colours.
Meeting harmles wildlife on the way up the hill.
Passing the Nandus to visit the Giraffes in their new interim enclosure, while their home is modernised.
Oh, Spring, this is nearly too much perfection!
Yes, I think so too, so I decided to look on from inside!
And with a last look at the tulips I left Schönbrunn, filled with the colours and smells of Spring.

Monday, April 20, 2015

The dying bug

has bit me good!
 First try at dyeing for a project: Merino, tussah silk, linnen
 250 gr finished
everything finished - sorry, the camera needed the flash.
Saturdays result is lighter an more greenish than...
Sundays results, which turned out much darker/blackish. So I will split the lenghts and combine them to get a good mixture for knitting, but first I will spin my rainbow dye results.

Monday, April 13, 2015

A long time coming

Some things need time. Started in a rush and then left for time to be ripe for the finishing push.
In December 2012 I joined in sewing a mystery quilt Bonny Hunter published called Easy Street. I managed to finish the top and even designed a huge block for the back, as I did not have enough fabric for a solid quiltback.
Yesterday, more than two years later I finally added the strip around the block needed to bring it up to size, cleaned my entryway and pin basted this giant (2,20 m. x 2,20 m.).
Now the fun part: wrangling this monster under my machine. Gymnastics in the morning, strengh training in the afternoon - no need to go to the gym this Sunday.

Friday, April 3, 2015


 As I can not leave well enough alone I had to start dyeing wool as well.
 Turning my bathroom into a chemistry lab, I worked on the first dyeing lessons of an online class at the Academy of Quilting last Saturday.
Having taken cotton and silk dyeing classes from this teacher years before for my quiltfabrics, I am quite familiar with her teaching style.
Shopping for supplies, looking at techniques and materials used by other dyers and spinners gave me a lot of insight.

First of 5 lessons over I am not certain that this is something I will do more of after this course is over.