Sunday, May 30, 2010
I was working as Dawn the Balloon Twister - when Wanda, a friend, told me to head to the ladies restroom - right side, second stall and check out what was on the wall. "Bring a camera if you have one" she said. So off I went with camera in hand. Being that I had never seen one of these - I thought it was pretty cool. You really can't tell from this photo - but this guy is at least 3-4" wide.
Now this discovery was on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday am - I was off off to stall 2 - to see if it was still there. It was, which I thought was unusual, and began to wonder if some kid stuck some life like butterfly on the wall to mess with me. But a close up look allowed me to see it moving around. As people were in the balloon line - I informed quite a few of them not to forget to stop at stall 2 on the right to visit the really cool moth! Quite the conversation starter to say the least!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Is what I said as he was walking in the door from work.
"Could it be that you drove a tractor today"?
"How did you know", I asked.
"I can see you editing the photo from here" - he replied.
And another new chick fresh out of the incubator.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Ok, if you didn't know this before, you do now:
when I'm not Dawn - I'm Dizzy D. Clown.
Known statewide - for creating a balloon atmosphere where ladybugs smile and dinosaurs still roam the earth!
Yep - that's what I do for a job!
The busy season runs from now thru the beginning of October.
While working at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, WI, over the weekend: this young lady requested an elephant hat.
And the ever popular Elmo is a favorite amongst all ages!
I rarely see the photos that are taken while I work, but a generous photographer emailed me these today.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
- YARN TREE Info:
MODEL 56 - Holds 56, 10.5" Diameter cones.
Model 72, 8" Diameter Cones.
MODEL 88 - Holds 88, 6.5" Diameter Cones.
MODEL 104 - Holds 104, 5.5" Diameter Cones
Custom Knits, Lake Park MN is where I get these from. I've owned a few of these since the early 1980's and then purchased 5 more when we built the studio. I love the sturdiness, and space saving that these trees do. Link to where I purchase these yarn trees
I actually purchase these carts from our local Fleet Farm Store when they go on sale. If I remember correctly - on sale they run about $85.00 or so. I really like these since they are sturdy, have 2 shelves and a drawer. They have rollers - so they are very mobile also. I have 12 of these in the studio. Each loom has one along with a couple in the sewing, spinning, knitting machine and rug hooking area.
I should add that they come un-assembled, and thankfully my husband Jim has become quite efficient in building these. They also come unfinished.
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Sunday, May 9, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Once again - the looms did a bit of moving around to find their final homes in the studio. With the addition of the HD Rug Loom - every loom had to suck it in a bit so that there was a comfortable working distance around each of them. As Jim and I were lifting these monsters - I promised that at least for now - the studio is done, with no foreseen additions to come.
Both AVL Looms - both 40" weaving width and 16 Harness. One is a mechanical dobby and the other a compudobby 2.
The Louet Megado - a 32 harness - 51" weaving width, electronic interfaced loom.
(Left) Kessenich 42" weaving width - 8 harness jack loom.
(Right) Louet Delta - 12 Harness - 51" weaving width parallel countermarche loom.
And the monster that recently moved in:
Harrisville Designs Rug Loom - 45" weaving width, 4 harness with shaft switching device - countermarch.
Hmmm - I guess the spinning stuff had to move also!
Lendrum DT Wheel and Roberta Electric Spinner.
Jaimie if you are out there reading this, your loom is just a little bit to the right of this photo!
I'm happy to report that the sewing side of the studio has remained the same - no need for update photos!
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Wow - this was a totally new experience for me. Threading the shaft switching device was more intimidating in my brain than it actually was, once I started threading it.
For the last couple of days I'd sit and read Rug Weaving Techniques - Beyond the Basics, the H.D. loom manual, notes from an old J.C. class I took almost 10 years ago - when my eyes became blurry - I'd then watch the HD Rug Loom Video and the Jason Collingwood video. By last night I was more confused than ever. So today I just said - screw it - and walked out to the studio and began threading it. It was so easy! What I was expecting, I don't know - but I'm sure there will be a few more of the scary new loom moments to come!
This loom is so much deeper than my others - that when the beater and breast beam were removed and the bench lowered - I was able to stand inside the loom and threaded it it standing up. That was pretty cool - less back strain also.
Make sense? We'll see what happens once I begin weaving!