Sunday, September 28, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
The class was at the LYS, The Knitting Knook, in Keene, NH.
Here are a few photos of our knitting' bunch as we perfect our new methods!
Before I went to this class, I had to finish lesson 2 of dyeing for Quilt U. I am off to finish those samples so I can post them.
Friday, September 19, 2008
We trekked north to tour Lake Sunapee by boat, after stopped at the Badger Balm tent sale.
(http://www.badgerbalm.com/). Lots of bargains for holiday gifts: Anti-bug balm, foot balm, hand creams, etc.
Arriving at the shore of Lake Sunapee, we had a delightful picnic. All the goodies from the Brattleboro, VT Farmers Market: VT cheese and bread, Gourd cherries, fresh picked cherry tomatoes, etc. Here are my folks sitting near a Gazebo on the hill overlooking Sunapee Harbor.
At 2:30 we boarded the MV Sunapee and road along the harbor and lake. The lake is 25 square miles; one of the few naturally fed spring water lakes with such clear, clean water; 140 deep in place; three public beaches, several boat clubs; interesting beautiful houses, three lighthouse, etc. The sun peaked through the cloud just for us.
The first class was to vat dye 3 fat quarters. But I just can't follow directions! Here is a "vat" dyed pied which came out with lots of texture. It is a really deep "stormy blue" using Procion MX Dyes - what a joke. It is perfect for discharge! Stay tuned.These are two more pieces which I just overdyed. The first was silkscreened before it was dyed. It too will be discharged, batiked and more. The lower one was dyed orange, discharged and overdyed. It is more more to my liking but it too needs more play.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
As a board member of the Surface Design Association (http://www.surfacedesign.org/), I am chairing their first online auction. Hard work, learning a lot but the auction pieces are wonderful.
But the water is sooooooooo beautiful. Lots of sailboats, fisherman, interesting rocks, birds, etc.
Coastal Maine is always lovely. Here is a photo of Young's Lobster Pound from the harbor at Belfast, Maine. Belfast was an old mill town but is now filled with art galleries and artsy shops, good restaurants, etc. At Youngs', we ate a full Lobster Bake and it was fabulous. While we were there, several thousand pounds of lobster were loaded onto a truck bound for Canada to be processed for the lobster meat and sold off from there.