Thailand

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I’m back! Fabulous Trip. Catching a cold half way through the trip? Not so fabulous. But wow, it’s gorgeous out there!

Remember the Monk’s Bag? Perfect. It became my day bag while I was on the boat. It held all the little stuff that you need through out the day: lip balm, hair clip/band, Kindle, dive notebook, camera and swimsuit wrap. It allowed me to  carry it around in a nice neat package instead of stuff hanging out all over.

It also saved me because I made a slight miscalculation in my packing and needed to check my carry on rolling bag. I was able to pull a few necessities out of the bag before checking it and put it into the Monk’s Bag.

And a slight clarification on the length of the strap…it’s too short to wear it across your chest, a la messenger bag, but perfect length when just slung over one shoulder.

Kilim Exhibit

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There’s been almost no progress on the Circle of Life shawl. I have been focused on warping the loom and weaving yardage for Daryl’s jacket workshop next month. The yardage is progressing, but not very exciting. So, I’m here to give you more eye candy from my trip to Turkey.

While there, I noticed a signage in the big palace across the street from our hotel. A special exhibit on 17th-19th Century Anatolian Kilims! I took one afternoon off from my friends and took my time going through the museum. It was fabulous!

You can see a few of the rugs in my photo album. I wasn’t allowed to use a flash in the museum so some of the rugs are a bit fuzzy. I used Photoshop to adjust the lighting, but that is it. I did not do any color adjustments. So yes! The colors in those rugs are just that vibrant, even after all these years!

While you are in my photo album, you can take a look at the rest of the photos from my trip to Turkey, including more photos from the Ethnography Exhibit blogged earlier. I haven’t finished processing the rest of my textile photos. Stay tuned!

Color Gamp

Look what was in my mailbox when I returned from the South Pacific?

This is a color gamp from the various silks we dyed during our natural dye workshop in Italy during May.  Linda took all the skeins home and wove it into a color gamp and sent each of us a little piece to remember the trip by.

Linda’s got the new 2009 tour schedule up.  Go take a look.  The tour is definitely worth it.  Linda is great, as well as the people/businesses that she has set up for the tour.  She’s putting together new trips next year for language immersion as well.  She’s also added a photo album on the website.  There are even a few pictures taken by me up there!

Where in the World…?

17 days…without telephone, email, internet, newspapers, radio…without knitting, spinning, nor any fiber activies, and it didn’t hurt a bit!

Here are some photos from my trip.  Can you tell where I’ve been? (Click through the pictures, once for regular, and again for full size.)

24-Aug-2014: Sorry, I have removed the photo gallery because I have been getting a lot of comment spam through a loop hole in the WordPress Galleries created before a patch.

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Whirlwind Named Iris

Sorry for the belated post. Several reasons contributed to the long absence. First, there is a bug in the WP 2.6 where it ignored my defined image directory location. I only just figured out what the problem was, and found and installed the fix. Second, I now have a deep appreciation for single parents everywhere. There simply has been no alone time to do anything, including peeing, never ming blogging.

Okay, picture laden post below, none of them fiber related. If you are here for fiber, skip right on by. If you are here about my vacation with Iris, click on through.

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