What People Are Saying About Penny

"I like to think of you as a high priced call girl that the unwashed masses can't afford--like Woody Allen's Whore of Mensa. It's not your fault that people offer $10 blowjobs on the street corner. It's not an insult if somebody doesn't buy your art." -Alexandra J Walters

"Once Penny was making her own silk thread, and a midget appeared. Before he could open his ugly mouth, without looking up, she exclaimed, 'Rumpelstiltskin. Now get the fuck out of here.' Fairytale Over."- Beth Featherstone

"Penny can push a needle through a telephone pole without a thimble." -Shane Blaufuss

"When a man asked Penny, 'What’s the meaning of life?' She looked at him for exactly 3 minutes, completely still, until he cried. That man’s name was Steve Jobs."- Beth Featherstone

"A demon from the pits of bitch cunt." -W.C. Hurst

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Holy Cow! I mean... Sheep! Er... Goat! (Part Two)

Here's the haul from the weekend! (Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival)
Navajo Churro

3.5lbs of Navajo Churro.

I've never been very interested in Churro, but the lovely sellers (who's info I can't seem to find right now) made me an awesome deal on the bag. 20 bucks! I think this will eventually be a rug. It's a double coat ranging from 28 to 36 microns on the inner coat and 48 to 56 on the outer. Hard wearing, lovely colors.

Llama batts

4ish Lbs of Llama. Black is baby, red is momma.

The Llama came from Compass Rose Farms in Port Townsend Wa. I think they mostly raise Gotland, (maybe Icelandic?) but they use a mother/daughter team of guard llamas to protect the flock, and decided to process and sell their fiber. I've never used llama before, but it's crazy soft. It feels like cashmere. I would definitely mail order from them. They were very friendly and knowledgeable, and they are more than happy to let people come out in the spring for rooing.

Angora Goat Locks

Angora Goat Locks

Angora Goat Locks (Mohair)

These two 5Lbs bags came from Boyd's Farms, located in Sherwood Or. These were a steal too, I got all ten pounds for 50 bucks. (I probably could have haggled, she said she wanted them to Go. She apparently has a warehouse full! These are pretty much free of VM, and they smell like they've been washed, but their still quite greasy. I've been looking online for proper cleaning instructions before carding, but if any of you guys have experience with mohair locks, hook a sister up! Send me the info!
Boyd's farms also mail orders, and they were very friendly. I will be ordering from them in the future.

Hand cards and flick comb

New cards and flick comb

These were priced as expected. The real deals seemed to be on the fiber, tools were priced as they would be online or in the stores. I looked at drum carders and wheels and there weren't really any deals. But the discounts you can get on fiber more than makes up for it.

Overall, I loved it and will definitely be going every year forever, and even Mr. Murder had a great time and couldn't wait to go back. They also had lamb and cabrito yum yums and artisan cheeses, and of course tons of yarn, blankets, baskets, toys, music...
I wish it lasted all week!
To see photos of sheep and goats from the festival, click HERE

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Holy Cow! I mean... Sheep! Er... Goat! (Part One)


Mr. Murder and I spent Saturday and Sunday at the Oregon Flock and Fiber Fest. Now I know all the devotees out there will cry "Rhinebeck!", but for me, nothing beats a well stocked wooly wonderland 20 minutes from my house.

This was my first fiber festival. Usually, I buy batts and roving online, and geographically, I've never lived close enough to a festival to make the trip. So... we went a little crazy stocking up.

I ended up with two 5lbs bags of mohair locks, 4.5lb of Navajo Churro batts, 3lbs of baby Llama, hand cards, and a new top whorl spindle.

I know. It's a sickness. Buuuut, I spent about a fourth of what I would have spent if I had purchased this online.

Tomorrow I'll do the rundown on vendor information and photos of animals and fiber, but right now I can't focus on anything except this baby llama and my hay fever.

Stay tuned!






Monday, September 21, 2009

Yay Science!

A few of us are featured today on Mr. X Stitch, thanks to the lovely Beefranck!

She scoured the Flickr "Embroidery and Science" pool and pulled out a few gems, including my piece "Zetetic Astronomy", a nod to the Flat Earthers.

If you love science and needlework, please check out my "Trilobite Triptych" as well. I'm really proud of it!

Trilobite Triptych

Trilobite Triptych

Trilobite Triptych

For sale here.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Calling All Dirty Stitchers!

Are you on Flickr? Well, you should be! If you're interested in participating in a NSFW (Not Safe For Work) stitchy textile art swap, head over to Phat Quarter and sign up! What's Phat Quarter? Only the superest awesomest collective of embroiderers, cross stitchers, fiber-ers on flickr, run by our Mr. X Stitch!

Mytilene

Dirty Pillows!
Sign up ends Sunday night, join up!