Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Weaver's School

Hi Everyone!
I am in Washington State at Madelyn Van der Hoogt's "Weaving School". As always, Madelyn is gracious and has plenty of projects set up for us to weave. My primary purpose is finish setting up my drawloom this summer so I picking her brain. I did wind a 15 yard 20/2 cotton warp earlier this week and am now working on a system with Suzie Liles to make setting up the draw lashes on my loom in a more time efficient manner.
I am staying with Suzie Liles her husband, Bob. Their home is on the west side of Whidbey Island overlooking the Juan de Fuqua Straits. During the day, I can see the Olympic Mountain range. By night, Victoria is clearly visible on Vancouver Island.
Check out the picture of the view!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Goat sitting

No, it is not a new craze...sitting on goats...I am caring for a small herd of goats at the coast. I underestimated how much fiber I would be spinning and have spun it all...I have no fiber left to spin. So I have turned to knitting. It is a slow process for me as I can't knit for very long. I chose an entralac vest knit from some 2 ply 30%silk-70%merino from Ashford.I loved spinning this fiber, plying is still very hard for me but the pattern is great! I purchased it recently at Monarch in Pacific Grove...if you have never shopped at Monarch you have missed a great store. It is my favorite yarn-fiber-weaving store. I will bring the vest with me to the July meeting as I will not be there for the June meeting.
I look forward to being your Vice Prez...look forward to sharing the Xmas sock patterns with all in August...look forward to starting a weekly spinning night for any who can make it.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Welcome to the Fresno Weavers and Spinners Blog


Welcome to the Fresno Weavers and Spinners Blog. The Blog will be open to all members of the Fresno Weavers and Spinners Guild as a method of keeping in touch between club meetings. We want to see posts of current "works in progress" and finished projects (along with pictures!). Use the blog to pass along tips and techniques or post a brag about your family.

There are a number of exciting events and presentations planned for Fresno Weavers and Spinners during the next twelve months. Be sure to check our blog and our newly developed website often.

How to Add Posts to our Blog

For those of you who are new to the whole "blogging" thing, I thought that I would give a brief overview as to how it all works. It is very easy once you get the hang of it.
To be an author, you will have to create a "gmail" email identity. Open the invitation and it will take you to the gmail page. Gmail mail allows you to forward their email to your already existing email address if you chose that option -- cutting down on checking different emails. I just use my gmail indentity to log in.
Once you have logged in you will see a blue bar across the top of the page with a tab that says "New Post". Put the mouse button on that tab and click. It will take you to the posting page. Chose a title for your post and type it in.
Below the title box you will see several "buttons". These buttons are for "bold", "italics", "linking", "Inserting blockquote", "spell check", "add picture" or "add video clip".
Let's say you want to show a picture of your latest project and you have saved it to your computer. Click on the picture button. It will take take you to the "Add Image" screen. Chose the layout first -- do you want the picture centered or to the side? Once you have selected the layout, go to the "add image" bar and browse for the location of the picture on your computer. When you locate it, select it and then select upload. It may take a while to upload depending in the size of the photo. A work of caution when loading big photo files -- they eat megabytes! Please resize your pictures to 2x3 when planning to post them.
Once you have your picture loaded, type your post. To see what it will look like before publishing - hit the preview button in the top right hand corner. When you are happy with it, choose the orange "Publish Post" button at the bottom of the screen and it is published! That is all there is to it.
I hope to see lots of updates very soon.