Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Visigoths in the Attic?

August 17, 2009



Spun Horned Dorset Singles

Originally uploaded by The Speckled Ram Fibers

I’d like to blame my absence on a Visigoth siege on upon my keep. If only some swarthy barbarians could be blamed! But it would be a big lie. I think the summer doldrums struck… along with really annoying computer issues.

I’m getting back on the fiber wagon again slowly. I even ordered some lovely spinning fibers for myself about a week ago. Rustic fibers to try out. At present I am taking a break from my Etsy shop. I have some home projects that need attending before another crisp winter sets in. I move slowly in the heat and humidity, don’t ya know??!!

Be well. Stay cool.

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Still Here!

June 5, 2009



Swaledale Wool Handspun

I have not been doing much on spinning or dyeing front. No updates to report at this time. I have too many other activities on my plate at present. And these lovely June days of sunshine and temperate weather are such a nice distraction.

I have been knitting dishcloths instead. Cotton just feels so good this time of year. So far I have knit around 10 dishcloths. Sadly, I see no end on sight! Love knitting the Ballband dishcloths.

Be well!

New Toys On Board!

February 21, 2009



Two Lucets: Big and Small

I decided to branch out from spinning into playing with other fiber tools… like the lucet. I ordered a little one and a big one from Sistermaide on Etsy. She also has a website showcasing a handmade spinning wheel. It is just a lovely wheel.

My next purchase will be naalbinding needles. Will this fiber madness ever end?

Colour Blending Fibers: Hackle & Diz

January 12, 2009

Colour Blending Fibers: Hackled & Diz

 Now that it is a new year, hello 2009, one of my goals is to break out of set “fiber arts behaviors”.  I started doing this by spinning yarn using my various drop spindles.  Spinning with a drop spindle is so rewarding.  So digging it. Why did I just let them sit there for so long? Anyhoo,  I recommend everyone interested in the fiber arts giving spindling a whirl.

I’ve also been playing with my blending hackle and diz.. For so long I just let them sit in a corner. Why? Well,   not any more!  I’ve decided that 2009 is going to be all about exploration and learning — breaking out of old habits.  I’ve decided to challenge myself  — try new spinning technique, explore natural dyeing more and try weaving with an inkle loom.  So HELLO 2009!  Hello to new horizons! Goodbye 2008!

Books: Traditional Crafts of Saudi Arabia

January 5, 2009

Inside Shot: Beduin weaving

I discovered two wonderful books at a local bookstore this past Saturday.  I have always been fascinated by nomadic people and their handicrafts, especially the Bedu and Sami.  Upon eyeing a copy of Traditional Crafts of Saudi Arabia by a John Topham, well…  I just about fell over.  It covers such wonderful topics as weaving, jewelry, weapons and household crafts.  The photos and text on Bedu weaving are just pure joy for me.  Thank you Mr. John Topham!

The other book is titled The World of Carpets and was written by Maurizio Cohen.  It is a wonderful book which explores oriental carpets.  I like best his section which examines the techniques of creating such works of woven art.  He book is very well laid out with much of it presented as an illustrated atlas of carpets. Again, I thank the author for sharing his knowledge and passion.

Happy Holidays to All!

December 23, 2008

This holiday’s winter weather has really been an challenge  for many parts for the US.  Besides Seattle taking a beating, arctic blasts sent temps WAY down in many parts of our nation.  I can honestly say I did not find the single digit temps fun.  But the recent bouts of frigid temps, ice and snow does translate well  into productive spinning time.  And soon I plan on dyeing fibers for sale.  New colourways are coming.  Make a note. 

Happy holidays to all!  Stay warm and safe!  Pepper

The BallBand Christmas Dishcloth

December 10, 2008

Close up: BallBand Christmas Dishcloth
 
 
 It has been some time since I posted.  I assure you there has been plenty of knitting and some spinning behind the scenes. Now that the cold weather is definitely upon us, knitting and spinning  are the sports d’jour.

My two current favorite patterns are the Ballband dish cloth pattern and the Morning Surf scarf pattern. I love knitting these simple but colourful cotton dishcloths.

 I did modify the Morning Surf pattern from increments of 10+6 to a total of 39 cast-on stitches. I also changed the yarn overs in the pattern. Instead of 2-3-4-3-2 sequence, I knitted 1-2-3-2-1 because I wanted less “poofing.” I also altered row 9 to start with K2 stitches and end with K2 ,instead of just one. By the by, you can find the altered Morning Surf scarf pattern on my Flickr.com.

Hope everyone is well. Happy holidays!

The Holidays Are Coming!

October 15, 2008

Now is the time to start preparing for the holidays. I have started my spinning for selling, gifts and charity. The handspun “Purple Carnivale Twist” yarn is my latest spinning creation off the Majacraft bobbins.

I bought serveral Gulf Coast spinning batts from Running Moon farm.  Margrett Stretton dyes her own Gulf Coast fleece.  This purple colourway is one of my favorites of her dyed lots. Thank you, Margrett!

Books for Sale

September 3, 2008

 Greetings to everyone. I am destashing many items from my fiber studio.  So it is time to part with some of my treasures.  Please take a peek when you have a moment.  You can find them listed on my Etsy shop — http://speckledram.etsy.com.

Because I am destashing!

Because I am destashing!

To save you money, unless requested in advance, I will ship books using the USPS Media mail service, which is based on distance and weight.  I will also combine the shipping of items if you prefer.  Contact me if you have any questions.

I will post more bools for sale toward the end of October and early Novemeber 2008. Check back with me.
All the best, Pepper

Structo ArtCraft Tabletop 24″ Loom

August 24, 2008

Structo Table Top Loom with Levers

I bought this vintage Structo tabletop loom this summer. I have yet to remove the weaving which came on it. I am so pleased to have stumbled across this 4-harness loom. It is much heavier than it looks.

I created a Flickr group for individuals with Structo looms. Please join the group and share your Structo loom photos. By the by, I would love to learn more about the Structo Company. Please feel free to post such information using Flickr’s comments feature.