Where it happens... and autumn fiber fun!

Today I had hoped to share about another big project finish, and pair it with a podcast too. But TJ & I are putting finishing touches on the podcast, so that will be for Monday coming up! In the meantime, a mix of things, and looking ahead... 

For fun, at the top and above is a peek of the corner of our living room where a LOT of the creativity happens. We have a big table, which I'm so thankful for, as it means anything from small to big projects of all kind can be worked on it. And in late summer it makes a great spot for drying herbs and lavender. Making and/or wrapping Christmas presents. All sorts... This table has been a great companion through the years!

It's been heavy on the fiber here... And it will be for a while to come! During the autumn and winter ahead, among some creative plans, I hope to try my hand at some simple yarn spinning using a handheld drop spindle. This week the spindle I ordered arrived! After a lot of research and looking around online, I ordered this simple drop spindle starter kit from A Little Bit Sheepish via Etsy. This is a great beginner spinning kit that includes a hand crafted wooden top whorl spindle, 100 grams (about 1/4 lb/3.5 oz) of British Bluefaced Leicester wool spinning fiber, and a leaflet of instructions to get started spinning! The wool smells sooo good... sooo sheepy! 

And... I'd also like to learn tablet weaving (often called card weaving in the US), an ancient craft. It is a simple weaving method, which produces a narrow work--for belts, braid, trim, etc. I've gathered a few supplies. The wooden tablets, wooden weaving shuttle, as well as the woven braid pictured above are materials I purchased from Vytu Vatu, a Lithuanian shop, via Etsy, which offers beautiful handmade tools for weaving, as well as woven braids and bands. The tasseled woven belt I purchased is something like I hope to be able to weave. I bought it to study the construction, and to wear too! I've not started this craft yet, but plan to soon. 

More fiber delight in the form of gifts in the mail from my dear friend Melanie! She knit for me this BEAUTIFUL pair of fingerless mitts with wonderful tree motif... How gorgeous are these??!! I can't wait for the cool days of autumn to use these! THANK YOU, Melanie!  :) 

And Melanie also sent me an amazing assortment of bits of wool roving from her own stash... Something to practice my soon-to-be spinning with??!!

Do you have any plans for the autumn (spring) ahead??!! Wishing you all a HAPPY WEEKEND!! :)))


  1. I have always wished I weren't allergic to wool. I don't think I've met anyone else who is!
    I found out as a child with the gift of a little Pendleton jacket. I loved it and couldn't wear it.
    sometimes one outgrows an allergy (or whatever it is) but I never have. even wool blankets!
    I've always thought your creative space and the shelves are wonderful! and the little Swedish red horse is a reminder of my high school friend... our exchange student in my last year. :)

    1. Actually, you aren't alone when it comes to wool, Tammy. There are many folk out there that have reactiong to animal fibers... which is a pity, as they are natural and all. Acrylic and man-made fibers do make it easier for folks who can't wear wool and such near the skin. I love our little red Dala horse, from our trip to Sweden maaany years ago. That was a great trip, we should do a repeat! ;)

  2. Those are THE cutest fingerless mitts ever. I adore the ruffle -- never seen that. And I love the open hand (instead of little half-fingers) -- easier to work with those. What a fabulous gift.

    I love your space, Tracy. So open and clean. I admire that and can never live up to it. Your weaving and spinning projects sound like great fun and I'll be eager to see how they pan out. With your dedication I know I have much to look forward to here!

    1. If it wasn't so warm, I'd be wearing the mitts now, Jeanie! They are sooo soft (wool/alpaca fiber blend!), I kept taking them out and cuddling them a little... haha! But Melanie is sooo clever with stickes and string, and so much else! I'm really excited about all the fiber goodness in the months ahead. Hope it's not become too wooly here for everyone... LOL! ;)

  3. Oh, it looks like your autumn is going to be busy doing an assortment of very interesting projects. I think you are actually learning some almost lost arts. Spinning; who knew you could get a handheld. dropped spindle. My Great Grandmother had a spinning wheel that is displayed in a Utah Pioneer Museum. What a marvelous invention to have one that is handheld.
    Then to do some tablet weaving is another fascinating adventure in projects. Are you doing some of these items for Christmas.
    The pair of fingerless mittens are lovely. Your friend Melanie must be a jewell to make those and send some of her wool stash.
    I love learning about the projects you have coming. You are amazing at going back to the basics of making items. I often worry about the many lost arts that are out there. Making soap and other such things are skills we may need.
    Sending loving thoughts, love and hugs your way. I will look forward to your podcast dear sister in Christ.

    1. Oh, but that is fun about your great grandmother's spinning wheel, LeAnn! :) I've long been fascinated by all the fiber arts, and have really come to appreciate them all, and to try some of the ones that are no longer in the spotlight, so to speak. Most of what I've been making lately is for my own pleasure or use. I don't do a lot of knitted or quilted gifts these days, as most recipients have had enough from me already... haha! Or if someone has reactions to natural fiber (and I work primarily with natural fibers), a knitted gift in wool would not be a good idea. My friend Melanie is VERY talented and knowledgeable about many different types of creating and crafting. I admire how she does so much--a big inspiration, she is! :)

  4. Love the fingerless gloves so much. What a lovely gift.
    Oh the drop spindle. I have one, but haven't used it for a very long time. My goals for fall are two fold (beside continuing photography that is) 1. sort old pictures and get them organized a bit. Yikes that will take a year! 2. pick up the wool and spin and crochet. OK, does this mean I am committed to it. I will try. Also love how organized you are with your table and supplies on the shelves. It is truly beautiful.


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