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chair-flowersWhen I was exploring a junk/”antique” barn I drug out a number of chairs before I spotted the small chair and table that I wanted. The owner offered me the other chairs I’d dug out for $5 total if he didn’t have to stack them back. A deal was struck! To the left is one of the chairs that now lives on the deck. Three others have been painted and are ready to “plant”. I originally planned to use wire mesh then the shredded bark and to plant real flowers/bulbs. We’re not up here enough and they wouldn’t be tended, watered and such, so…they’ll be planted with silk flowers.


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The Great Smoky Mountains

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We drove up from our tropical paradise to the Great Smoky Mountains and our “tin cabin”. We have a trailer pulled up in a park on the edge of the Smoky Mountains. I knitted the microwave dyed socks on the way up.


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Winter is Here ! But yes, we’re in Florida

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We’ve had a cold snap, in the 40s over night. For those of you in the northern parts, thought I’d let you see how my tomatoes are coming this morning.

Am I mean?

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The SpinOlution Mach 1 Spinning Wheel is SOLD. Two days left on the Clemes & Clemes Drum Carder. The “reserve price” has been met on the carder, so it will be sold. If you are looking for a drum carder, click here for details.

The Louet Kombo 70 (70cm/28 inch) table loom with stand is still for sale. The reserve has not been met. The replacement value around $1000 and the auction right now is at $ 76. Click here to go to auction.

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More Yarn for Sale

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I’ve just been given a heads up, thank you Jennifer, that Herrschners is having an on-line yarn sale. The yarn is heavily discounted but is apparently available in bags of 6 skeins only. But, if you’re hankering to start a large project, check it out.

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Thankful for my garden, tomatoes, herbs and chives.

For ferns and flowers …

Thankful for the doctors and nurses in the emergency room who in the early morning hours this morning cared for my husband. He’s doing fine now.

Thank you to all the nurses and doctors who care for all of us and for those we love.

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The Master Weaver

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Our lives are but fine weavings
That God and we prepare,
Each life becomes a fabric planned
And fashioned in His care.

We may not always see just how
The weavings intertwine,
But we must trust the Master’s hand
And follow His design,
For He can view the pattern
Upon the upper side,
While we must look from underneath
And trust in Him to guide…

Sometimes a strand of sorrow
Is added to His plan,
And though it’s difficult for us,
We still must understand
That it’s He who fills the shuttle,
It’s He who knows what’s best,
So we must weave in patience
And leave to Him the rest…

Not till the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Shall God unroll the canvas
And explain the reason why —
The dark threads are as needed
In the Weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.

—Author Unknown


MasterWeaver Project

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I’ve started a new MasterWeaver project. This was warped from more of the same yarn used in the plaid tri-shawl. (Alpaca/wool blend, $1 per skein from Big Lots, my husband’s least favorite store followed closely by Michael’s.) I’m using light blue and light fawn for the weft. The heathery yarn doesn’t take advantage of the MasterWeaver’s ability to weave complex color patterns. I’ll be looking for some single colored yarn for the next project.

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Smoky Mountains

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We made it safely.  Today was a perfect day.  We stopped in Waynesville for freshly baked apple turnovers pies.




We visited Haywood Community College where we discovered a grist mill. At the college, I picked up a MasterWeaver III loom (circa 1982) which I had won on ebay.  I had hoped to bring it back to Florida but unless one of us is strapped to the roof, I’m not sure that’s going to happen.  Continuing on our ramble, we stopped at the Mast General Store where I snagged a pair of shoes 50% off and a huge bag of olde timey candy.  A perfect day ending in a feast of fried chicken and fried green tomatoes.

Oh, and that llama shawl.  I fulled the finished shawl and blocked in on the porch where it dryed flat.  The finished shawl…

Next week, a week of weaving at Stecoach.  More next week on that.

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On the Road Llama Shawl

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I’m headed to the mountains (photo on front seat of 4-Runner).  Here is the project I’m working on, a llama shawl (left over yarn from scarf project).  Same pattern as the “Lacy” Shawl with a different finish.  Will post pattern and more photos soon.

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