Author Archives: vairarenbeth

About vairarenbeth

Just another person on the planet earth. My name is Claudia, but I am also known as teacatweaves, and teacatweaver. An escapee from the corporate grind, my husband and I are in a new phase of life. Now I read, weave, spin, urban hike, knit, make bread and pasta from scratch, and discover new and exciting things to my heart's content. One sweet dream is a reference to the Beatles - "...Soon we'll be away from here, step on the gas and wipe that tear away. One sweet dream - be true..."

Wisconsin – Not Just About the Cheese!

Arizona August heat meant it was time for Emmett and Caesar (that would be Denny and Claudia) to get on a plane to someplace a little cooler that we’ve never been before.  Wisconsin was a place of many pleasant surprises … Continue reading

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Fiber Circuiting

Hello, hello, hello.  The past few weeks have felt like a work out circuit more so than working on any given project.  A little of this, a little more of that, working on a lot of things and not really … Continue reading

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Fiber Frenzy

It’s been a busy day.  Signed up for a dye class at Tempe Yarn and Fiber.  The great part was a that there were only five students, so we pretty much ran the roost and had a blast playing with … Continue reading

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Eggs and Salami

Who would have thought.  After all these years, that one breakfast entrée on the menu at Matt’s Big Breakfast would take me back to my childhood?? But one inhale and tastebud sensation later I am 6 years old, in a Belleville, NJ … Continue reading

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Garden Carts and Salad Bowls

I had been so thrilled at the indoor progress of the seedlings that I planted them  outdoors as soon as the 100 degree weather dropped out of the forecast.  The garden cart that I ordered came in, Denny drilled some … Continue reading

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Beating Out the Tangle

At last – off the loom.  A frustrating project, but a lot of learning involved.  One big thing I learned about my new loom is that I have to discover a way to minimize loom waste. The first step on … Continue reading

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Growing in Phoenix

September in Phoenix.  Time for planting.  Yes!  The monsoon season has added a supply of water, the temperatures are starting to cool down, and we are approaching the winter rains.  So now is the time to get the herbs and … Continue reading

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Really? Really???

Twice this week I have been in a conversation in which “really” is being used in a “new” way.  At least, new for me.  Where I would normally hear “you’re kidding”, is replaced by saying “really” twice – the second … Continue reading

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Loving My New Loom!!!!!!

Fiber people who know me have heard me talking about getting a new loom for AGES upon AGES.  During this time I have moved three times and across two states, and my old loom came with me.  2013 changed all … Continue reading

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Ground Cover Project – Completed!

Ready to go!  Here is the completed blanket, with a knitted carry-all that I made from the weaving thrums and extra yarn.  Still have some yarn left over, but the fringe effect sure helped use up a bunch of it. … Continue reading

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