or what I do when I am not working or farming …

Made a fun hat

Posted by mobarger on Feb-1-2016

Wow, I can’t believe how long it has been since my last post. What happened to me? I think I’ve just been posting to Facebook and Instagram. My bad. I will have to dust off some photos and talk about the wonderful retreat I went to in November, or the Laura Nelkin class I took in October. Or something! Anyway, I will get better at posting on a regular basis.

Meanwhile, hat.

The Vermonter

Here is The Vermonter, I think everyone on Ravelry made one last month. Except me, I made one this weekend.


I used MadelineTosh A.S.A.P. in Modern Fair Isle. I had to do quite a few mods for this yarn or my head – or both! Following the pattern, I ended up with tight tiny hat, not my style at all! I redid it, adding 3 extra repeats after casting on 6 extra stitches. The rest of the pattern is the same. I topped it off with a fake fur pompom (Lionbrand) but I see there is an Etsy vendor who sells real fur poms that look pretty cool.

zoolander face

Not that we need winter hats around here. Sunday our high was 52 degrees. Warmer temps through this week with rain. I saw on the news that we have had only 11″ snow this season. That’s crazy! Had to pose with a crazy face about that.

Learning to Dye

Posted by mobarger on Aug-24-2015

Schaefer Yan, in Interlaken, NY, closed a few years ago. But Cheryl Schaefer has been busy, continuing to dye and offer workshops at her house once a year or so. I’ve missed out in recent years but jumped at the chance when Fiber Arts in the Glen offered the session.

There was quite a stockpile of different bases in her shop. We would be working with Heather, a merino/silk/mohair blend. The result would be a marled look as each fiber takes the dye differently.

We would be dip dyeing our skeins. Each pot holds a different shade of blue.

The undyed skeins wait for us in a bath of water.

The skein gets folded into thirds with the ends on top of each other. Each folded end of this bundle is dipped in a different pot, then as the skein is opened, the real ends dipped in different pots. The center is dipped in the center pot.

The resulting skein.

There were 7 of us in the session. The dyed skeins start to pile up.

They “cooked” on the stove to set the dye.

Another rinse in the water….

then we lay the skeins individually and carefully in a washing machine. Here, they are set to a quick rinse cycle and spun only.

And voila! A skein of blue yarn!

This is a great workshop to get an introduction to dyeing. The weather was perfect and Cheryl has several gardens to admire. Of course, there are many methods to dye yarn but this one was fun for an introduction. And the Cheryl was a great instructor, full of experience and great stories to tell as we waited for the different steps to finish.

The Weaving Part Is Easy

Posted by mobarger on Jul-12-2015


Six years ago I went to an auction in Pennsylvania. I talked about it here and here. I’ve had this bin of yarn ever since that I haven’t done a thing with. But I always wanted to make a rug with it.


In fact that’s the same idea someone else had at one point too. Here is part of a crocheted rug that was in the in the bin with all the yarn.


it’s a strange yarn. Every ball is composed this way – single strands of different sorts of yarn brought together to form one strand. I can’t tell if it’s commercial or someone made it this way. Have you ever seen yarn like this before?


I love warping on the deck on a nice sunny day. I ended up using a 10dent reed, putting my warp through each slot and eye. My last rug (which I still have to blog I think) was made with a rug bump and I only warped every other. I like this direct warp method. I think this took me 3 hours.


The warping takes me a few hours and by then I am ready for a break! But I am ready to start weaving usually the next day and that part goes very very quickly. I think it took me less than 2 hours tops to finish this 2×4 rug.


But just because I am done weaving doesn’t mean the project is done. I had a lot of fringe to twist. I just love the look of twisted fringe. Another sunny day on the deck with a cold beverage and I can finish up. I bet this took me 4 hours.


And here is the finished rug in the doorway! I love how it looks!