Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Child By Any Other Name . . .

Most of us have heard children referred to as "kids". I once had a teacher tell me to stop that because "kids" are baby goats!  Young'uns is another fairly common term.  I have also heard "lil' shaver". BUT, have any of you ever heard children referred to as "suck eggs"?  I remember my grandpa telling me that I was just a little suck egg when I was a little girl.  I also remember him referring to other children the same way.
Me back when I was just a lil' suck egg
What names have you heard for children?  Have you ever heard "suck egg"?

Copyright 2012--All Rights Reserved--The Wheel & Distaff by Kimberly Burnette-Dean. 

Friday, April 27, 2012

Drum Roll, please!

And the new yarn shall be called "MERMAID HAIR"
Thanks to Jamie R. for the suggestion!
Thanks to everyone for voting.

To see other photos of this yarn, click HERE.
Copyright 2012--All Rights Reserved--The Wheel & Distaff by Kimberly Burnette-Dean. 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Name That Yarn

I did some crockpot dyeing this past Saturday and posted some photos of the yarn on facebook and declared the name of the colorway to be "Rotten Bananas". Then, several folks started posting names that they thought suited the yarn better. So, I figured that maybe I should just let everyone vote for their favorite name! So, leave your vote in the comment section below. I will leave the voting open until Friday, April 27.

Here are the choices:

Grinch Green
Mermaid Hair
Rotten Bananas
Sesame Street Spawn (Big Bird & Cookie Monster's Baby!)
Skunk Cabbage Spring
And a late addition from Theresa--Key Lime Explosion
Just out of the dyepot

On the niddy noddy

Amazing how it looks after it is re-skeined!

I am really loving this!
Copyright 2012--All Rights Reserved--The Wheel & Distaff by Kimberly Burnette-Dean. 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Interests? Passions? Hobbies? Crafts?

I have decided that I have FAR too many "hobbies".  I actually dislike the word "hobby" just as I am not really fond of the word "craft".  Perhaps I should refer to these things as my "interests" and my "passions".  Usually what happens is that I fall in love with a certain process and just can't get enough of it for several years.  Then suddenly, my interest wanes and I am off to the next. While I do lose interest after awhile, like some kind of fickle lover, I do revisit these old loves and rekindle the flames.  It might be 2 or 3 years or even longer before I will revisit my "friend", but rest assured, I will.

I have always had hobbies and interests, (as a child it was stamp collecting, collecting toy horses, collecting rocks, etc . . . all relatively cheap hobbies) but it really kicked in when I was in college and began taking Appalachian Studies classes.  I suddenly realized that it was COOL to like things like quilting. Plus, my dad & grandmother gave me my first dulcimer while I was in college. Thankfully, I realized that things like quilting was COOL before my grandmother died, so she showed me how.

I confess. I am a spinner, a dyer, a knitter, a weaver, a quilter, an embroiderer, a gardener, a musician. AND, I have all of the equipment, supplies, and toys to go with each of those interests! (Yeah, my house is a tad junky from all of the stuff.) I tried needle tatting and rug hooking but thankfully, I never really got into those or I would have even more supplies.

Items that I have spun, natural dyed and woven
@ 1990

For the last 2 1/2 years, I have fallen back in love with spinning and knitting. When I am not spinning or knitting, I am thinking about them. Or plotting how to get more fiber and yarn. Or planning my next project. Or my next road trip to a fiber fair. Or looking at various internet sites that revolve around all things fiber. I have taught workshops on drop spindle spinning, spinning on a spinning wheel, and natural dyeing. Currently, I am also selling some of my yarn, so hopefully I can actually make a bit of money with one of my "interest"! I can think of at least 5 people that I have "infected" with the spinning germ in the last couple of years. Mission accomplished!

Before my current affair with fiber, I was in to all things mountain dulcimer for about 7 years.  I added quite a few dulcimers to my collection during that time, as well as numerous songbooks, books about traditional music, as well as doing my own research into the history of the dulcimer which you can view HERE. I attended week long dulcimer workshops, day long dulcimer workshops and competed in the Old Fiddler's Convention in Galax. I made videos of myself playing the dulcimer in the Galax-style of playing, which is not very common, and posted them on youtube. I made many lasting friendships, all connected to dulcimer playing.  Oh yeah, and I "infected" several people with the dulcimer-playing germ during my years of intense involvement with the dulcimer!

Western Carolina Dulcimer Week @2006
See me in the back row?

Before the dulcimer mania it was quilting. I used the same methods used in the 19th century.  That meant no rotary cutters or sewing machines for me!  I used period scissors to cut the pieces out and then used a needle and thread to sew the pieces together.  Then, I would put the quilt in a rectangular homemade hanging frame and quilt the three layers together.  On this binge, I completed about 5 quilts and pieced together a couple more.  Oh yeah, and I became really interested in the history of quilts, so I had to do some research also.

Working on a Log Cabin quilt at Humpback Rocks Mountain Farm
on the Blue Ridge Parkway
@ 1989
Before quilting, it was period embroidery on 40 count linen (or even finer fabric!)  I bought 18th & 19th century patterns, embroidery floss in every color imaginable.  Boxes for organizing the threads. Lots of needles. Frames for holding the fabric taut.  Oh yeah, and reading glasses for trying to work on very fine fabric!  I reproduced quite a few period samplers and made up some of my own. Then, boredom struck. (I do not have any photos of my samplers and I was feeling too lazy to dig them out of storage to take pics!)

Nine Patch Quilt that I made

Then it was weaving.  Not a cheap hobby by any stretch of the imagination because looms are so expensive, but I managed to get a used 45" wide Gilmore loom at an unbelievably low price. The weaving years began.  I wove shawls, placemats, fabric for garments, and lots of hard-wearing rag rugs. I have always loved weaving, but I sure do dislike "warping" or "dressing" the loom.  Having to deal with threading all of that yarn through the dent and heddles was something akin to torture for me.  That is why I have not woven a single thing in about 10 years!

The first fabric that I ever wove out of my handspun yarn.
If you look closely, you can see a broken warp thread
lying on top of the finished fabric that I had to weave
back into place using a needle

The thing that always interested me about weaving was that it had been done for thousands of years. One night, not too long after I first learned to weave, I was sitting at home, looking through some of my new weaving books and then a lightbulb went off.  My mother worked for J.P. Stevens as a . . .  wait for it . . .  WEAVER! I had just never made the connection that it was the same process. Mom usually worked 3rd shift and I remember her coming home from her shift, talking about how tired she was from standing on the concrete floors all night long, about the looms and about a bad batch of thread and all of the warp threads breaking which meant that she had to shut down the looms to repair the warp threads.  I remember her talking about how many "picks" she did on her shift.  Of course, I had no idea what she was talking about at the time. Years later when I became a weaver, I realized that picks per inch was how many weft threads was thrown by the shuttle.  I also remember digging through mom's pocketbook for chewing gum and she would have these weird long hooks. Well, as least to ME they were weird long hooks!  Now, I know that they were used to pull the broken warp threads back through the heddles and reeds. I use the same type of hook when I warp my looms. This one simple little thing made me feel so connected to my mom. I wish that I could have talked to her about this thing that we had in common.

One of the worst stories that I ever remember her telling me happened after she became a trainer.  One night, when she was training a new girl how to operate the looms, she turned her back for just a second The girl put her hand in the way of the beater and when it slammed back, it cut her finger off. Mom was so upset, but she remained calm, called the rescue squad, retrieved the finger and wrapped it up. The doctors were able to reattach the girl's finger.

Mom actually took me into the plant a couple of times.  The NOISE was incredible! A huge room full of looms all running. The shuttles flying back and forth carrying the weft thread and the beaters slamming the the thread into place. There was always so much lint flying around in the air that it almost looked like a fine snow.  Before my mom died in an accident, she had started coughing pretty badly and was always worried that she had developed brown lung from breathing the lint for over 25 years.

Last weekend, I bought a used Leclerc Dorothy 4 harness loom table loom. I guess that I am getting back into weaving . . . and I am pretty excited about it! Now, I am torn. Do I start a weaving project next? Spin some beautiful fiber into yarn? Dye some yarn or fiber in a beautiful color? Start a new knitting project?

Too many interests, not enough time.

Copyright 2012--All Rights Reserved--The Wheel & Distaff by Kimberly Burnette-Dean. 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

Thanks to Robin I've won an award!

Definition:   Liebster is a German word meaning favorite, dearest or beloved. The Liebster Blog Award is awarded by bloggers to other bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers, to help spread the word about their blogs and to help them gain wider recognition. 

So, here's the rules for the Liebster blog award:

1. Link back to the person who awarded it to you.  That would be Ms. Knittin' Coop herself, Robin!

2. Post the award to your blog...(steal the button from above)

3. Give the award to 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers.
     1-Leslie @ --Owner of Greenberry House and a fabulous knitter, crocheter, dyer, and friend!
     2-Marni @ --a great mixed media artist and a co-worker!
     3-Dave @ --knowledgeable historian and a friend for many years.
     4-Anita @  --one smart and sassy lady who I am proud to have as a friend
     5-Danielle @ --a new fiber friend who has BEAUTIFUL fiber items for sale!

4. Leave a comment on their blogs to let them know that they've been offered this award.

5. List 5 random facts that people don't know about you.

    1-I am a very good shot with a gun ;)
    2-I have snorkeled with sharks
    3-I love to go rapelling, although I have not been in years
    4-At one time, my goal was to get my doctorate and teach at the college level
    5-I have never tasted lobster

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Olde Liberty Fibre Faire Part II

Here is what I added to my "stash" from the Olde Libery Fibre Faire on April 14, 2012

Leclerc Dorothy 4 harness Table Loom & accessories
This was my huge and totally unplanned purchase of the day!
(But when the price is right, you just gotta go for it!)

Pretty pendant from Studio 43 Pottery

GORGEOUS batt of spinning fiber that I WON in the raffle!
This beautiful fiber was donated by Woolybuns

CUTE sheep fabric  that I hope to make into a knitting needle case . . .someday
Purchased from The Crooked Stitch

Mulberry silk roving from Wild Hare Fiber Studio
Colorway: "Never Been Kissed"

Mulberry silk roving from Wild Hare Fiber Studio
Colorway:  "Siren's Song"

Sock yarn from Wild Hare Fiber Studio
Colorway:  "Hope"

Wolle's Color Changing Yarn
Colorway: "Aqua Rose"

BEAUTIFUL Shetland wool fiber from
Greenberry House
Copyright 2012--All Rights Reserved--The Wheel & Distaff by Kimberly Burnette-Dean. 

Olde Liberty Fibre Faire 2012 Part I

What a WONDERFUL time I had at the Olde Liberty Fibre Faire in Bedford, Virginia yesterday. Even though it was a bit chilly, the skies were a gorgeous blue as the vendors were setting up.

Here are some scenes from festival.  Be sure to check out the next post to see what I added to my "stash"!

Wooly Belle with Bob demonstrating needle felting

Beautiful felted rugs

It is like being in a candy store!

I want to spin it ALL!

THIS is what you find at the end of a rainbow!

Gorgeous roving that my friend, Courtney, purchased

Can I PLEASE take this baby goat home?

The alpaca yarn hanging on the rack is just TOO fabulous for words

My yarn for sale

Wooly Belle's booth

I just realized that I did not take ANY photos of the indoor vendors!  I was so distracted by the fiber that I totally forgot. This is in no way meant as a slight to any of the marvelous vendors who were set up indoors.

Copyright 2012--All Rights Reserved--The Wheel & Distaff by Kimberly Burnette-Dean. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Mystery Item Answer

The Mystery Item is:  A player piano roll!

I took this photo at a flea market and this person had hundreds of the rolls for sale. 
You can see more rolls stacked underneath the one in the photo.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Mystery Item

Do you know what this item is?  
Leave your guess in the comment section below.  
(Your comment will not appear until Friday morning.)
The answer will be posted on Friday.

Copyright 2012--All Rights Reserved--The Wheel & Distaff by Kimberly Burnette-Dean. 

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Folk Speech

Photo taken on I-26 Tennessee/North Carolina border

Do you use any of these words or have you heard them used before?

Dirt Dobber--noun--Mud Wasp

Fire Dogs--noun--Andirons

Nabs--noun--Cheese crackers filled with peanut butter

No account--adj--worthless.   "He is no account."

Partial--adj--To be partial to anything means to like it.  "I am very partial to rhubarb pie."

Peart--adj--lively, feeling well, in good spirits.  "You are looking acting peart today!"

Peaked--adj--looking sickly, pale.  Pronounce it with two syllables "Peak ed".  "John was looking a mite peaked last night."

Wool, Wooling--adj--rubbing, rumpling hair or tousling .  "Stop wooling that kitten to death!"

Copyright 2012--All Rights Reserved--The Wheel & Distaff by Kimberly Burnette-Dean. 

Friday, April 6, 2012

This Week's Fiber Play!

 Wool Top from Wild Hare
Chain Plied or "Navajo Plied"--I have never used this technique before, but I really like
the appearance of the finished yarn.

Wool Top from Wild Hare.          Colorway: "Sailors Take Warning"
(I still need to take a pic of the finished yarn that I spun from this gorgeous roving!)

"Sailor's Take Warning" spun into a 2-ply yarn

I also had a great time teaching a drop spindle workshop at Wooly Belle this past Saturday. 

Check out my "Workshops and Programs" page for upcoming and available programs. 

I also hope to have some fiber & fiber-related items for sale in the near future.  
Check back for more information.

Copyright 2012--All Rights Reserved--The Wheel & Distaff by Kimberly Burnette-Dean. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Mystery Item Answer

The mystery item is a Toledo Torch. They were first manufactured in 1929 and they burned kerosene. They are heavily weighted in the bottom to prevent them from tipping over  When I was growing up, I remember going by highway construction sites and these torches would be lit as a warning to avoid the area.  I was always fascinated by them and would want to know why we could not stop and get one! Now, I CAN have my own because they are still for sale!  Click here for Toledo Torches. 

Copyright 2012--All Rights Reserved--The Wheel & Distaff by Kimberly Burnette-Dean. 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Mystery item

Do you know what the two round bulb-looking things are?
Leave your guess in the comment section below.
The answer will be posted on Tuesday morning, April 3.

**I will publish all comments (in the order they were received) on Tuesday morning to give everyone an equal opportunity to guess. 
Copyright 2012--All Rights Reserved--The Wheel & Distaff by Kimberly Burnette-Dean.