Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sparks Field Trip

I did an overnight to Spark Nevada for some field work and I finally broke my red car streak.  Lack of cars from spring break gave me a lucky break as I got this car.
It was raining cats and dogs but the moon roof was cool.
But the back seat is a total joke.  My legs are pretty short but really there is no leg room for anyone riding in the backseat.

I never got it above 60 mph due to the rain but it is very heavy.
The work was successful and the officers at Sparks PD were awesome.  I saw this saying at the station - anger is the wind that blows out the light of intelligence.

The airport is a lot more modern than I remembered and they had cool wildlife settings.
On my way out of the airport, I saw these bombers all lined up.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Saori Adventure

I had an opportunity to go to a Saori studio and test out some looms and stayed for a class where I got to weave as well.

I had seen a Saori loom up for sale in Ravelry and had been intrigued by this method and loom since I saw it up on Oakland a few years back.  What really attracted me was the freeform color and texture and the amazing garments that were made out of the woven cloth.  I corresponded with the seller but couldn't quite make the deal as I had never really tried out the loom.

The closest studio is in Sherman Oaks so I was able to make an appointment to try out some looms to see if it would be a good fit and it turned out that there was a class starting and there was space for one more.
It is an ingenious method of swapping out warps without having to go to much effort so I selected a narrow warp for the class.
The loom was super easy to use and there were shelves of fiber, ribbon, and yarn to choose from.  I even found some green fun fur to play with (my favorite).  This is my end result at the end of class.
My loom mate had been working on her piece for 3 classes and pulled enough off for a show.
The walls were also covered by garments.
Lovely time spent with other weavers chatting and sharing.  I wish it was closer as I was the one who traveled the furthest, but one was from the OC and the other north of LA.  There was just so much imagination and inspiration.  I might head up again for another class.  The cost of class is $20/hour and the weight of your finished piece at the end if you take it off the loom.  You can continue to go and just swap out your warp.  Great fun.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Akerworks Customer Service

I purchased a kate from Akerworks at the end of last year and took it out for a test drive last weekend.  It is a very cool efficient piece of equipment but I noticed that one of the pegs had a line in the plastic which restricted the spinning of the bobbin a bit.

I went ahead and used another peg for plying so it didn't really matter.

I decided to contact Akerworks to see what I could do to fix the issue and they decided to send me a link to a video on how to change the peg and asked if I was comfortable doing that.  I agreed and they sent me a new peg for installation.  (It would have been costly to send my unit back for same replacement).

I got a nice note.
Here are the two pegs side by side.
Installation or operation was successful and the gimpy peg went back into the envelope for a return.
Awesome customer service.  I think I'm going to make a new fabric case for mine as the pouch that came with is a really snug fit.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Yarn Chicken

A little while back, I was looking for a pattern for a cowl but I saw this pattern for Miss Marple's Scarf and I thought it was cool with a keyhole.

I went through the stash and ended up using one of my Space Cadet yarn offerings.
It was a cool design with keyholes in both sides.  I missed changing the needle size on the second keyhole but I didn't go back to rip to reknit.

I played yarn chicken and ended up with very little yarn left.
I like the result.  The variegation of color is mild and the green really comes through.  Good timing for St. Patrick's Day.
All that is left is to weave in the ends.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Pi Day

This year, I experienced pi day.  I had joined the Pieology Pie Life program as it is my neighborhood pizza place and I got a coupon for a $3.14 pizza.

I decided to participate and I went after taking Bailey to the vet and while he snoozed in the car, I waited in line for an hour to get a pizza.  According to the owner, there was a line waiting when they opened at 11:00 and it was bad enough for them to have a sign on the door to use the other door since the line was so long.
This was when I got into line.

Not sure if it is worth it for a $5 discount on a pizza to spend an hour in line.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Craftsy Block of the Month 2017

I have this quilting bug now and when I saw the block of the month 2017 from craftsy, I really liked it.

The kit was also on sale so I succumbed and purchased it.

The January block is to make 2 of these.
And the rest of January is to put together the border blocks which I need 64 (paired together for 32 rectangles).
I made a color error on the first block as I used the light blue and medium blue instead of the medium blue and the dark blue.  I hope I will have enough for the rest.  It is hard to tell since the patterns are spaced out.  If necessary, I will substitute the blue for something else.  It seems so far that there is plenty of fabric.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Spinning Mojo is Back

I was recently asked to allow a prospective buyer to test out my mSpinner.  My mSpinner has been languishing in the closet for quite a long time so I agreed and pulled it out and set it up.

I wanted to test it out before she came over so I plied the green fiber singles I started spinning at Lori's get-together.
Still spins like a charm.

I set it up and I think Joan is sold as she first tested out the treadle wheels after we discussed mechanics and then she went on to the mSpinner.  She is on her way.