Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Celebrations and Challenges

ready for the challange 2
Originally uploaded by spindledreams
Today is the hardest day for the Tour de France riders. They have two tall mountains to climb but it is also a sort of hump day that signals the end of the tour is nearing. After today there are only four more days of riding.

In the Tour de Fleece we are supposed to challenge our selves today. My increased effort will be attempting to spin cotton my my tahkli. I of course had to make it a real challenge by picking the shortest staple cotton in my stash. The fiber Peruvian colored cotton in the Mauve color.

Here in Cheyenne today is Cheyenne Day. The fun starts with the free pancake breakfast downtown. In the past he base has had an open house in many of its historic buildings, the Guard base will have an open house and a static display of all kinds of aircraft will be there for viewing. In the afternoon the Thunderbirds will put on an aerial show. And of course it all ends with a big concert and rodeo at Frontier Days. This year it will be Rodney Atkins performing. Yep this is a big annual event centered around the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo which is still going stronger then ever after more then 110 years. If you are into western this is the place to be the last full week of July. Grin I call it a Cowboy Carnival as for almost two full weeks everyone is a cowboy or cowgirl. ;-)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

have you ever heard of a tahkli?

Originally uploaded by spindledreams
It is a small fast supported spindle used to spin cotton and other short stapled fibers. I have a large one that I have never been able to make work right. Then I saw these coin tahkli on sale. The are made and sold by Spinnerdude on Etsy and figured I could afford another spindle I can't spin. Then I found the funds for his kit and figured what the heck lets make it 2 cheap spindles you can't spin, 4 oz camel down and a DVD that might help. (Yeah right dorothy who are you kidding you really just wanted the camel down ;-))
Grin surprise I can spin his little coin Tahkli and even bigger surprise I am having a blast with them. But man I did not realize how much 4 oz of camel down was! Oh that DVD it is not as bad as he makes it out to be and yes it did help.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


falbala row 11
Originally uploaded by spindledreams
Ahhh Falbala how do I love thee. She is a crochet lace triangle shaped shawl. I am using Brown Sheep Wildfoote in Vanilla for her and she is beautiful.