Saturday, May 28, 2011

Fibers and Yarns

The fiber festival in Lexington, KY was so much fun. There were a lot of vendors; it was so hard to choose what to buy! Here are the three lusciously soft fibers that I have not spun yet. Raw black alpaca, tan and white alpaca roving, and one ounce of cashmere.

I spun this icelandic up really quick. And I really really enjoyed it. I think I'll try to get some more. It's now for sale in the shop.

I bought this mohair/nylon/merino blend, because I liked the color. This was not my favorite to spin. It was more like hair than wool and not as soft as I expected it to be. But it is pretty. Also for sale in the shop.

Of course I had to get some rainbow. This is merino and bamboo - soft and gorgeous. I spun it all into a single which I plan to coil around a thread but haven't gotten to that yet. I'm excited to see how it turns out.

This is what I was working on before I went up to the festival. It's hand dyed (not by me) blueface leicester with a little sparkle. I'm keeping this stuff. My mom is going to teach Miah and me how to make granny squares. So we're planning on using this for a blanket.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Hither and Yon

Miah doing her chores. She fixed her own hair that day.

Playing games together.

Miah was able to spend some special time with a friend painting pottery tiles.

Form drawing.

More together games.

Zahana has been amazing me lately. She's really taken an interest in learning letters and numbers. She is learning so quickly that it's really fun for me to see what she picks up from one day to the next without me doing much of anything in the way of teaching.

Miah winding some skeins for me. . . . I'll have to show you those soon.

Why did I take a picture of this mess? Because I love how creative this mess is. Larkin worked on it for some time - the ocean, the land (complete with branches he brought in from outside), and the pterodactyl strung up in the middle of the room.

Baby chipping sparrows.

Baby house sparrow.

I showed Miah Richard Shilling's Land Art and Land Art for Kids, which inspired her to make her own land art.

Larkin has really been enjoying baseball this year. He's more in to it than previous years and having a lot of fun.

Miah making more land art during Larkin's game.

Setting up for a battle with animals, cards from Scientist Pick, legos, and cuisenaire rods. I just liked the way he arranged the colors.

We've been working on this 1000 piece puzzle together. Tonight, Zahana decided she was going to help. It didn't take her long to put a couple pieces in. I was so surprised that she did it that I screamed and picked her up and squeezed her. Larkin slapped her on the back. We did these things in the most congratulatory way possible, and Zahana was laughing. Then I told her to do it again, and she said, "No! That was scary!" Which made us all laugh. But guess what . . . she did it again!


I took a trip up to Kentucky with the kids. It was unplanned, spur-of-the-moment. There was a fiber festival near where my parents live, and I just couldn't miss it. We had fun visiting all the grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins. I didn't take many pictures, but here are a few.
This one is my favorite:

My dad took Miah and Larkin out in the woods to practice shooting several times. One of those times, Larkin just failed to get dressed first. :) They also had fun sliding in the mud and swinging and playing with the dogs. Meanwhile, I had fun spinning with my mom and playing games with my sister.

At Jeremiah's parents' house, the kids had lots of fun with their cousins and helped Grandpa plant some of his garden. Miah was able to spend two days and nights with her aunt. They marbled paper, glazed pottery, and did a lot of really great art stuff. It was such a special time for Miah.

Another favorite picture.

While Miah was away with her aunt, the other kids went to the Cincinnati Zoo. The animal pictures were taken by Larkin.

Pictures of my new yarns and fibers coming soon!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Pretty Carrots

And a pretty girl.

All clean.

Inside the cosmic purple.

Friday, May 13, 2011

End-of-the-Year Ceremonies

This week marked the end of the year for Cub Scouts and American Heritage Girls.
The Cub Scouts had a picnic on Tuesday.

Larkin earned some awards, including his tiger cub badge.

The boys played games afterward.

Miah's awards ceremony was Thursday. Her group, the Tenderhearts, signed the AHG creed, since they have been working on their sign language badge.

As part of the ceremony, Miah moved up to the next group, the Explorers. The current Explorer girls gave her a new vest and scarf.

*Sniff.* Is that my baby girl?

Group photo! Actually, there are about 75 girls, but they didn't all end up in the picture.

A board the girls made as part of their Space badge.