Friday, September 30, 2005

New Date Added!

Just to let everyone know, Stranded Sisters have added another date to our season.
We will be at the Kenosha Harbor Marketplace on October 15th.
This is APPRECIATION Day for all of the patrons who have visited throughout the summer. I believe all of the vendors will be participating in some fashion. All of us who have brought their produce, food, plants, music and art appreciate the hundreds of folks who come to the harbor every weekend. We have all enjoyed a gorgeous summer of sailboats, seagulls and sunshine.
The Market runs through October 29th so you still have time to enjoy the sights and sounds of Kenosha's'll find everything your looking for!

Felted Soaps

After reading some discussion on the knitlist and using the information offered up there; I had to try my hand at felting soap. My husband a/k/a/ my "male stranded sister" even had to join in the fun!! A little fleece, a little hot water and bubble wrap turns to an entertaining evening, who'd have thought.

They can be used as an exfolliant treatment for your hands and feet to feel soft and healthy. They are agood tool for getting gardener gunk off your hands. Other dry skin areas benefit from the use of a felted bar. They are wonderful as a non-skid bar in the bath and shower. The design of this soap is great for those with arthritis or hand problems as they are easy to hold and do not slip. You could use them as part of your camping supplies. It's a bar of soap and a wash rag in one ! Less to carry and pack. When you have used up all the soap in the bar a very clean cat toy remains that's also great for cleaning the dust off your computer screen. Who knew there could be so much versatility is such a small thing. I have asked a few 'stranded sisters' to act as test soapers to see if any big flaws present themselves. These bars are made of very mild soap such as Dove and Jurgens. One soap is a Pears bar, I wanted to see how glycerine did as a felted soap.

On some I wrapped pencil roving around the bar for a fun effect and maybe a little added texture for scrubbing.

How very fun!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Spam Attacks

If you click on some of the comments, you may notice that many of them have been "removed by the administrator." Unfortunately, we've had a rash of spam comments. Consequently, we have added the "comments verification" option to the blog to help screen out these spam attacks. We really do welcome your comments but please put the "selling opportunities for land, etc." somewhere else. Let us know what you think of the many projects found on the blog. It's our love of the art and craft of knitting/felting/crocheting and of community that inspires us to share our thoughts and ideas with you. And, we hope that you, too, will share with us.

Hurricane Relief

Our hearts go out to those affected by Hurricane Katrina and Rita. Please help in any way you can. We've included some links on the sidebar. Thanks!

Saturday, September 24, 2005

What has been going on?

Well, the flying fingers of "The Sisters" have been extremelly busy. Here are some pics of the latest things that have been completed. Scroll down to the moebius bowl that was so very cool to make. Here are some wine socks that my 'senior' stranded sister and I have recently made. This is a really fun bag that I made. My male sister a/k/a my husband has named it Triple Treat Tote. Why? Cause it is made of three different kinds of wool. Peruvian, Andean and Merino. It is made of three different materials, wool, leather and wood (buttons on the inside) and it has three different bands of design knit into it. Inside a privacy pocket has been knit into the side of the bag also, but that doesn't relate in anyway to a 'three' theme. Oh well. It is a very nice bag if I do say so myself.
This messenger bag was also recently finished by my 'senior' stranded sister. It is a great pattern from called "Satchel" It's from the Man Issue, Summer 2005. It's a yarn eater! She made it with Outback wool in an interesting camoflauge color. Very manly, but I like it too!
This bowl/basket is very special to me. I was given the yarn from a dear friend, It is hand spun wool and I was inspired to try a pocket, much like the 'afterthought' pocket by Elizabeth Zimmermann. It is big and soft and the pocket is pretty deep to keep all the necessities close at hand.

It's a FRENCH thing

Well, the "other" Stranded Sister is back fron Paris and this is what she brought back for me. HUGE thank you's to you! This style scarf is all the rage in France I hear. It is so very cool and this picture doesn't do it justice. It is a double ruffled knit scarf with a band of elastic running down the middle...

You can loop it and drape it and have all knds of fun with it. It fluffs all around your neck.

It will soon be cool enough to flaunt it outdoors and I can't wait. I am so in style now!

Thanks again Sis!

p.s. note the new kitchen in the background. cool cool

A new "do" and the mysterious moebius bowl

Friday, September 09, 2005

Paris 2005

Bonjour! Bonjour ma soeur! Je travaille en autre clapotis. Nous sommes avoir un bon voyage. Paris es tres belle. Nous sommes aller Versailles demain. Mais oui, je suis malade. J'ai une rhume et une petite fieuvre. Aussi, j'ai une mal jambe. C'est la vie!