Friday, September 20, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Dudleyspinner Relates the Tale "Ride 'Em Sheep Girl"

       Ride 'Em Sheep Girl
 The True Story of a Girl and Her Sheep

I believe it was about the time she began to talk, that Meghan said she wanted a horse.  She got "My Little Ponies". She said it was not the same as a horse.  A little older, Meg got Breyer horses, and a small barn to be put together, just the right size for the Breyer plastic horses. She said it was not the same as a real horse,  this was a poor substitute for a real horse.

There were other pets of course.  Daphne, our goat, that showed Meghan the miracle of birth.
 Freedom, the big black lab mutt that went everywhere she did.
 Cleo the calico cat that had been her pillow since birth. Cleo had always been there, because Cleo was a guest at our wedding.

 There were mama cats that needed to have collars knit for them by Meghan. With her large number 10 needles and pink yarn, yards of lacy collars and leashes were made. Knitting spools were employed to make rugs for the doll house, and

There were sheep and bottle lambs to be fed. Like "Savory".  When asked why the lamb was named Savory Meg said, this is a farm and we raise our own food.

We found a wounded  nighthawk, Fred. Fred's wing was injured and we called the Game warden asking him to come take the bird to a rehab shelter. He said there isn't one, and to feed the bird cat food.  Fred made it to show and tell and was fascinating to feed. How can a bird have a mouth that large?

Squeechy, a tiny, cute, little screech owl, the game warden brought us to raise. Squeechy made strange noises at night and clacked his beak at you, trying to intimidate you. You get funny looks at the grocery store when you ask for chicken necks at the meat department. For my owl, does not help the make you appear more normal.

 Baku, a Red Tail Hawk,  that was the strongest of all the birds. His talons were strong enough to break your hand. Baku was set free after his wing was healed.

There were any number of peeps, that grew into chickens. That filled our dinner table and egg basket.

But, there was still no horse.

As a hand spinner, I had wanted a black sheep for many years. Almost as long as Meghan had wanted that horse to ride. Many sad stories of lambs brought home from the auction barn with visions of glossy black fleece, could be told.  Those lofty visions dashed once again, when the lamb would  sicken and die.

Midnight survived. Meghan loved Midnight through many illnesses.Sleeping in the sheep barn  to keep her  lamb safe and warm. After watching Mutton Busting at the  the county fair one year Meghan halter broke Midnight. We did not have a halter so Meghan knit one out of barnyard twine. One day Meghan asked me come watch her with Midnight. I went out expecting to see some new trick that Meg had gotten Midnight to do. She had the sheep trained to walk up her teeter totter and wait for it to come back down, calmly walking off the board.  Her patience with the  Ewe was remarkable. The next thing  you know Meghan put on the halter and started riding Midnight around the pasture. It was one of those things you know you should not laugh, but could not help but at least giggle. Her feet dangling about six inches from the ground and trotting around the grassy pasture. A sight to behold! Ride 'Em  Sheep Girl!

Meghan finally did get a horse a few years later. When the sheep were long gone. Watching Meghan barrel race was never as rib tickling as watching her riding Midnight, her feet just inches off the ground.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Dudleyspinner Tie Dye Rovings Heaven is a Place on Earth

Spending a few days in beautiful Boston.  This has been a tornado of activity at a pace that this country mouse never travels.  Meeting many people is a great way to get the dust knocked off my normal day to day life. Discussions about the places we have been that day spark some interesting conversations. Yesterday in Salem sparked some deep thinking.  The Salem witch trials from my perspective was religion at its darkest hour. A personal vendetta against somee could be easily be carried out in the court/church. Being put in the stocks for being late for church, or falling asleep in church. Seriously? I am quite sur I would have been one of those women hung for Witchcraft. I am just too much of a free spirit to accept authority and control that the church had over these people. I would have been a dead Puritan.

So, I am thinking about what are my beliefs?  My philosophy is going to the insight that Heaven is a place on earth.  When I die I think that my idea of heaven is getting to relive all the best times in my life.  Those days spengt with the people I love minus all the negative parts,  That would be a

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Peachy Spins! Dudleyspinner Tie Dye Wool Roving Handpainted combed top

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Some Inspiration an Oklahoma Sunset
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Fish in Montego Bay, Jamaica, they were much brighter, the yellow and black one is a Sargent Major Fish, or that is what I understood, mon
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The roving Altus from dudleyspinner
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Peachy is a new spinner and this is one of her first navajo plyed yarns, Way to GO Peachy! She spun this up on her new Ashford Joy wheel.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

chickie girl by Linda

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This fanciful lady was made by Linda H. she always creates such inspired works of fiber art.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Monkeyknits and Spins Too! Dudleyspinner Hand painted, Hand dyed wool roving, Combed Top, Handspun Yarns

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Jen spun this Blevins
dudleyspinner hand painted wool roving
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Blevins from dudleyspinner

This is her yarn, a little thicker than worsted weight. Navajo plyed it makes the colors stay bright.


Thursday, February 01, 2007

Rachel Spins dudleyspinner hand painted ,hand dyed, wool roving ,combed top

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Aurora from dudleyspinner
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Rachel Spun These Two Pretty Two Ply Yarns from Accomplice and Aurora
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Accomplice from dudleyspinner
dudleyspinner hand painted wool roving, combed top.
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Nice spinning Rachel! I'd like to see what YOU do with dudleyspinner roving!

Monday, January 29, 2007

Carol's Yarn Dudleyspinner Handpainted Wool Roving/Combed Top

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Hi Deb,
I thought you might enjoy seeing "Andoshen" spun up. It is 2 ply bulky thick & thin. A real pleasure to spin...lovely colors!
Many thanks,

Hi Deb,
Of course would be my pleasure to have it on your show& tell. I'm not sure what I will do with this wonderful yarn, It ended up being 131 yards, 2 ply, spun thick & thin. Great colors! Many thanks for this lovely roving....I will look on your site again for more beautiful colors! It was a pleasure to spin!
Many thanks to Carol for sending the photo.
I am having a sale until Feb 7,2007

Monday, January 22, 2007

Linda's Floral Boxes

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Linda sent these photos of some boxes that she decorated with needle felted flowers. The boxes have a screen in the lid, so the flowers are secured through the screen and no adhesive is necessary.
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Anyone planning a wedding? I think a needle felted bouquet would be something completely different, and a keepsake for a lifetime!

Friday, January 12, 2007

Renee Spins dudleyspinner handpainted wool roving/combed top

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This is Anderson that Renee bought from

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This is the yarn she spun from Anderson
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This is such a pretty yarn, I do like the two ply yarns, they are so interesting.
Great spinning Renee! Thanks for the photos

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Medium Reality

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Now that fall is here you may need a hat. Just the ticket for those cool nights at the football game. A wool hat will keep you dry and toasty in style.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Joy Spins

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Joy sent some photos of her spinning done with dudleyspinner roving. All the photos she sent are just beautiful. She sent several photos and each one is prettier than the last. I like the way the two ply yarns look. This one is SpringSprang.
Nice spinning Joy!
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Rainbow Connection
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I am impressed with the amazing variety of colors and textures. Make me want to spin up some of my dudleyspinner roving!