Friday, June 10, 2011

Fiber Arts Friday ~ To Hot to Knit

I must admit I haven't picked up my needles in the last week.  It's just been to hot and we don't have air conditioning....  so this is what I've been doing instead of knitting.

Last weekend we went to Brown County, Indiana for the Ukulele World Congress.  I know this sounds pretty impressive but we rough camped in a field for the weekend.  No running water, no electric and those lovely porta potties.  My husband is into his uke playing like I'm into all my crafts.  So this was my weekend to support his passion.

This is our 13' Scamp camper we lovingly call "The Man Cave".  We love our little Scamp and as you can see my husband set it up trying to keep me in the shade at all times.

Wise man!!
 They had these two tents set up for uke practice and this is where    we also gathered for our meals.

   Here's all the uke players who attended in front of the stage.  This was our first time attending and we were shocked when we found that people came from France, Australia, Thailand,  Nova Scotia, Canada and Berumda just for this event.  It was a pretty crazy weekend!

My reward was getting to spend some time with our daughter, son in law and grandson Ben.  They live in Kentucky which is just about 75 miles from where we were so they drove up so we could spend Sunday together. Ben wanted to see his PawPaw play the ukulele.

Ben wasn't to sure about playing PawPaw's uke himself, so he had his friend Curious George who he calls "Joge" check it out for him.

After Joge had his turn, Ben thought he'd give it a try.  Who knows maybe a star was born!
A little mom and dad time in the pool......

and a little miniature golf and our day was complete.

Once home I decided, since it was sunny and still really hot, it would be a good time to wash some Suri fleece.

a beautiful white....
and an awesome brown....

These are the fleeces I plan on spinning for the Team of Wonder Tour de Fleece.  There is still plenty of time to join so link on over to Ravelry and join the team for lots of spinning fun. 

Since spinning been on my mind lately, I got to looking and found I had a full bobbin of medium fawn spun up and half a bobbin of light fawn.  So I finished spinning up the light fawn, went through my stash and found a beautiful hand dyed mohair boucle that I picked up last year at Michigan Fiber Festival from Betty Todd/Mohair in Motion.
The mohair boucle is a mix of 78% mohair and 13% wool and the color is called Autumn.  It has shades of tans, browns and what looks like black in this picture but is really a very deep green.

I managed to get some plyed this morning for a preview of what the yarn will look like.

Hmmm, I think it looks pretty earthy.  Must have been inspired by my time this weekend at the Ukulele World Congress.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday and I'm looking forward to reading what everyone else has been up to this week.


  1. Looks like you had an awesome weekend, kudos for rough camping. Great pictures! The yarn looks lovely, the mohair was a great complement to your gorgeous handspun!

  2. Whoa, the Uke congress looks like great fun. I love your camp site and the Scamp, too much fun. I don't see a spinning wheel at that campsite though, was it too hot to spin? Good luck on your Tour de Fleece effort. It's gonna be a blast!

  3. Ok, and what weekend would be complete without putt-putt golf? :)

    Stay cool ... and I'll look forward to seeing how that fleece spins up.

  4. We have a ukulele and my son (now 12) has been fooling around with it since he was the size of your grandson. It's so cute to see pictures of little kids with a small instrument like ukulele. My son is talking about seriously playing it, so maybe one day he'll show up at the Uke Congress!

  5. What an awesome time! My husband is really into the tiki world, so I support him at events such as that, and he supports my crafts! It works great for us and it looks like it works great for you, too! Your grandson is adorable!

    Your fiber and yarn is gorgeous!

  6. I had no idea there was anything like a Ukelele World Congress. How awesome is that?! By that, I do mean awesome!!

    It looks like you had a great weekend.

    Looking forward to spinning with you... Go Team of Wonder!

  7. Oh I love your Scamper! Sooo cute!

    Sounds like you had fun. Love the Suri!

  8. You are a good wife. I don't know if I would have endured the heat for Grumpy...even if he did play the Uke ;-)

    The yarn is gorgeous and I can't wait to see what you create with Rumstud's fleece. I do adore that Suri.

    BTW, love the Team of Wonder on the side of your blog.

  9. Beautiful yarn there. You were almost in my neck of the woods, I am in Southern Indiana, west corner. Did you get to any of the yarn shops in the area? I know there is one in Columbus. Glad you had a good time, sorry for our early heat.

  10. Beautiful yarn & lots of sweet pictures!

    My daughter has just taken up the ukulele & has joined the new Ukulele Club at her school. I had no idea there was such global interest -- next she'll want to go to ukulele congress, too.