Monday, October 20, 2014

New Little Sweetie!


Just finished this wee tiny reindeer - well almost. Can't decide if he'll get antlers or if he's just a young reindeer in training!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fairy King Kitty



I've been looking for this photo that I created a few years ago for a Photoshop class. I couldn't remember what I had called the photo file, so it was hard to locate in my thousands of photos I have made over the years.
 I used baby Frodo as my subject. He's actually the kitty in the foreground as well as the Fairy King sitting on the dogwood blossom. You might recognize his wings from one of my butterfly bears. The crown was worn by a Mardi Gras Bunny and the flower bloomed outside the Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Newport News.

Just thought you might like to see the photo!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

More Fall Fiber Festival Fun!

Surely, the softest fibers at the festival came from this guy or others just like him. The alpaca provides the best for knitters and bear makers alike! There was was even some yarn which combined the alpaca fur with the hair of the angora hare - who's photo is below.

Those bringing participants for the sheep dog trials travel in style!
These doggies are watching the activities while waiting their turn! Their traveling vehicle is decked out with all the comforts of home!

These dogs are just magnificent to watch! They are so focused and enthusiastic about their job!










And another look at some of the animals who provide the fibers for knitting, crocheting, spinning, and needle felting as well as weaving, kumihimo, and embroidery.






Thanks so much guys!


We had a wonderful day in this glorious place! 


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Field Trip!!




Yesterday, Kim and I attended the Fall Fiber Festival & Montpelier Sheep Dog Trials in Orange County, Virginia. Wow!! Did we have fun! We enjoyed seeing sheep, goats, alpacas, bunnies, and the wonderful sheep dogs as they worked. There were vendors from all over with gorgeous fiber, yarn, and tools, and demonstrations which included sheep shearing, spinning, kumihimo, and knitting with huge size 50 needles.



Hand dyed yarn from sheep, goats, and rabbits were luscious!






Seeing the animals was my favorite part of the trip!





These demonstrators kindly let me photograph them while they worked!




Prizes were awarded in many categories.


Hand made items were on offer from many vendors.


Could this be a "panda" sheep.... or was it a goat??

Sheep dog herding in the next posting!!!

If you are interested in attending the festival next year, here's the web site: www.fallfiberfestival.org

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hello!

Hello! I've just been born!
I'm going to Hunt Valley next month to find my Mom or Dad!
I've been promised a sweater knitted from this yarn! Isn't it beautiful! It came from an Etsy shop called Colour Adventures.
Check back and see my outfit as it comes along!

Moon Flower, Moon Flower....


Wasn't that a line in a song?? This is my first time growing the gorgeous Moon Flower - thanks to friend and very excellent potter, Lynne, who gave us a seedling earlier in the summer. As the name suggests, it blooms by the moonlight and one has to remember to look! After I saw some petals of a spent flower on the ground which would have been the morning after it's blooming, I began the night watch! Following an couple of unsuccessful night photography attempt with extended shutter speeds (never use the flash!) last night's offering to the moon came early as the sky was overcast. I must tell you, the fragrance is as heavenly as the brilliant bloom!  Thanks Lynne! and thanks to Nature's gift!


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Rocky knows!

Yes, our Rocky knows where he looks good! Just happened to find him in the hall on a Korean chest just below a mirror we found while we were stationed in Okinawa. Other kitties are often hard to photograph as they won't stay still more than 2 seconds, but I think Rocky poses!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Right Jolly and Pup

This Santa certainly isn't old, but he will certainly be jolly!
We're having a bit of an experiment with "mobile blogging" this morning. It's rainy here in beautiful southern Virginia. Santa was just born last night and couldn't wait to put in an appearance, so here's a preview (he still needs his hat, white fur trim on that and his outfit and a snazzy belt!). Anyway, this an iPhone pic made with the kids on my work table using my iPad case as a background. S. and pup are standing on a piece of black mini bear fur.  So let's see what happens when I click on "publish!"

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A New Pup and some Fabric Fun!



I think this year my Santa Bear will be bringing puppies to Hunt Valley!! What do you think?? I recently received some viscose from the Ukraine - thanks Anna - and thought it looked like "PUPPY!"
Now, here's an idea! Have you ever received a fur order and wished it were a little fluffier? Try this!!
Put it into a little bath for awhile to soften it up! Here, I'm using a product available at  Knit Picks (www.knitpicks.com) usually used to ready a knitted item for blocking called "soak." Any soap will do for this, however, and you just need a tad. Let it soak until the fabric backing feels soft. Be careful to put each piece in individually or put like colors together in case there is any color bleed. Once you have rinsed the piece under running water until the water has no more bubbles, just toss it into a dryer.

Or

Spread it out on a towel to dry. Run your fingers against the grain to fluff it up! Thanks for the help Cleo!!



Here you can see the difference. The top piece is right out of the envelope and the bottom piece has had a bath and a fluff!




Hope you like the pup! Here he's standing on my deck railing which is only about 4 or 5 inches wide.



Just a wee handful, really!