Tuesday, January 31, 2017

More Clean Energy - Solar and Wind, Leave Tar Sands in The Ground and No Tar Sands Pipelines

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber

 Southern Antelope Valley High Desert to the San Gabriel Mountains by Ruth Sandra Sperling, Photographer

Anyone who has read much of what I have written publicly has come across my writings about my Love of Nature and my concern about this planet, Earth, which is the foundation of writing this blog post.

I am really, really, really concerned about the development of the Tar Sands Oil in Canada and I have been reading about it on and off for years ... and with recent events I went back to reading about it - including some Science articles, all of which I will link to at the end.

Personally, after reading multiple articles from the NRDC to Scientific American to the National  Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicines - and information concerning the Ogallala Acquifer - I am firmly and irrevocably opposed to such pipelines as the Keystone XL (Tar Sands) and the Dakota Access (Fracked Oil).

I am on the email list for 350.org - and I would like to  quote from an email I got from Duncan Meisel  at 350.org on Jan. 25th, 2017 (along with a lot of other people on their email list), because of the truths in it, which I think everyone should know!


Here's what you need to know about Trump's actions on Tuesday:
  • He did *not* approve Keystone XL or Dakota Access. He briefly succeeded in confusing a lot of people on this point (including me, I will admit).
  • On Dakota Access, he told the Army Corps of Engineers that the pipeline is in our "national interest" and told them to "consider" revoking the environmental review placed on it by the Obama Administration.
  • On Keystone XL, he invited TransCanada to re-apply and if they do, mandated a final decision on the pipeline within 60 days and waived input from environmental agencies.
  • And when TransCanada does re-apply, they no longer have permits in Nebraska, and their permits in South Dakota are being challenged.
  • Trump also placed conditions on approval of the pipelines -- like limiting oil exports, and determining where the steel comes from -- that the oil companies might not accept.

I also think people should speak up, which is why I am writing this blog post.

I also, based on years of experiences, am firmly aware that there will be differences between people.

I am actually opposed not only to the "Tar Sands Pipelines" - you see, based on the facts I have read about the Extraction of Tar Sands and the Risks of doing it including, it looks like to me, huge destruction to an Ecologically Significant Boreal Forest Ecosystem in Canada - as well as disruption of critical carbon reservoirs and release of all kinds of greenhouse emissions in developing oil from the tar sands -- I think, in terms of  both short term and long term evaluation, it would be much better to just leave the Tar Sands in the forest!!!  

And I read several different references concerning the Risks of Tar Sands Pipeline and their leaking, which is very likely apparently as every one built and put into service to this date seems to have leaks and accidents in excess of what the company running them estimates.

I am familiar with the Kalamazoo River area in Michigan where the 2010 Tar Sands Oil Spill occurred - and was horrified about it.

How many Tar Sands Oil Spills, which are poisonous, can we endure???

Also - both the Keystone XL Pipeline and Dakota Access Pipeline go through areas over the Ogallala Acquifer - a huge source of water for our USA High Plains - and even though there are differing opinions on how Oil Pipeline leaks might get into and pollute the Ogallala Acquifer and how much of it would be affected - I sincerely doubt we should take the risk.  Remember ---
"Once depleted, the aquifer will take over 6,000 years to replenish naturally through rainfall" --- Quote from:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogallala_Aquifer 

So -- lets encourage growth of Solar and Wind as Energy Sources.

Lets leave the Tar Sands in Canada in the ground and stop destruction to Canada's Boreal Forest -- and no more Tar Sands Pipelines - especially like the Keystone XL - or Fracked Oil Pipelines like the Dakota Access - running through the Heartland of the USA.


NoKXL NoDAPL Pipeline Pledge - Join the Pledge of Resistance:

NRDC Report:  Keystone XL Pipeline more of an economic liability than benefit:

Scientific American - How Much Will Tar Sands Oil Add To Global Warming:

Scientific American - The Ogallala Acquifer: Saving a Vital U.S. Water Source:

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicines Project Pipeline Transportation of Diluted Bitumen:

Wikipedia - The Ogallala Acquifer:

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Irish Pink Roses in White Irish Crochet Picot Lace Doily - Handmade by RSS Designs In Fiber

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber
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 irish Crochet Roses in White Picot Lace Doily by RSS Designs In Fiber

Classic Irish Pink 3-dimensional Roses
 ~~ 7 of them ~~ 
~~ Are the Focus of this Round Irish Crochet Picot Lace Doily ~~

I really enjoy crocheting - and 3-dimensional Irish Crochet Roses - are some of my favorites!

This is "Classic Irish Crochet" - but I like to add color, especially for the flowers!

 Closeup of Pink 3D Irish Rose in White Picot Lace Doily

This is part of my "Flower Decor Series".

See all the details in the Etsy listing!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Romantic Couple Filet Crochet Lace Doily - For Valentine's Day or Any Day of Romance!

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber 
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Another Picture "drawn" in Crochet Thread!

I really enjoy crocheting in Filet Crochet and seeing the Image or Design unfold - here I decided to do a rather simple portrayal of a Dancing Couple that, at least to me, is the epitome of Romance!

This "Romantic Couple Doily" makes either a nice Gift or good Decor for any Romantic event - such as the upcoming Valentine's Day!

In this closeup of the Woman, below - you can see the little bit of Sparkle from the Silver Blending Filament I added to the White Crochet Thread!

You can find all the details about this Filet Crochet Doily on Etsy.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Eco Crochet Cup Cozy in Colorful Yarns By RSS Designs In Fiber

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - Get My Handmade in my Bonanza Booth or my Etsy Shop -- or Privately

I Crochet and Knit pretty much all the time - people who have been in my apartment have seen all the Handmade items that I have made myself and use in my daily life .... and that is how my newest Handmade Crochet product came to be.

It is called a "Cup Cozy" Red and Green Set of 3 of them in this photo to the left.

But those who I have met in a Starbucks - and the people working at Starbucks, where I go the most often for that cup of Tea (I don't drink Coffee any more) while I am On-The-Go, have seen my Cozy that I carry with me and put on my Hot Cups there - instead of those paper ones they give out that I can't stand.

Here to the right is a Cup Cozy Set of 2 in Blues - and, hey, these go with your Jeans (LOL)!!

They are all crocheted with Cotton Worsted Yarn doubled up - or Double Cotton Worsted Yarn - both of which I have plenty of in Peaches and Cream Colors (new colors - and older discontinued colors that I still have).

These are soft Cotton - they stretch a little bit to fit and "hug" whatever cup size you buy - they actually make it easier to hold the cup and really protect your fingers from the Hot Cup.

I like mine that I carry with me (in a color not yet available in my Etsy Shop) -- works much better and adds a bit of color to that part of life!!

Eco-Friendly for three reasons:

  1. Replaces the disposable paper cup cozies given out at most Coffee/Tea Shops - Reducing Waste!
  2. Made with Eco-Friendly Non-Toxic Cotton Yarn (I have checked - this particular Cotton Yarn is made with non-toxic colors and that is verified by tested waste-waters at the yarn manufacturers.).
  3. Re-usable for a long time!!
I have lots of this Cotton Yarn - I have 2 more Cup Cozy Sets in my Etsy Shop, as shown below - and I can make Custom Orders for people in the Colors of their choice by Request ... h-m-m-m, I think there is an Americana Red, White and Blue Set coming soon!!

Funky Colored Cup Cozy Set By RSS Designs In Fiber

 Pink and Burgundy Cup Cozy and Coaster Set

Friday, December 2, 2016

Completed Custom Order of Irish Crochet Hearts by RSS Designs In Fiber

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - Get My Handmade in my Bonanza Booth or my Etsy Shop -- or Privately

 Email RSS Designs In Fiber to Request Your Own Custom Order

Yes, I do Custom Orders!!

This Custom Order in the photo above was for 6 of these Irish Crochet Hearts I crochet - with the Crystal E-Beads crocheted in.  Each Pink Heart has 3 Irish Crochet Roses in a Shaded Pink Thread inside it.

The original pattern - that these are based on - was in an older Craft magazine I had from years ago.
I've been making them for years - in different colors, fibers and sizes - and, sometimes, a slightly different crochet design!

I have some for sale in my "RSS Designs In Fiber" Shops!

See my Irish Crochet Hearts in my Etsy Shop!

See more of these Irish Crochet Hearts in my "Hearts in Fiber Art Decor" Section of my Bonanza Booth!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Knitting Hats Again - and These Are Custom Made-to-Order

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - Get My Handmade in my Bonanza Booth or my Etsy Shop -- or Privately

 Ribbed Knit Hat by RSS Designs In Fiber - Shown in Blue and Gray Tweed - Choice of Size and Colors
Handmade Ribbed Knit Hat by RSS Designs In Fiber - Shown in Blue and Gray Tweed - Custom Made-To-Order

I do a lot of Crocheting - but I decided it was time to Knit some Hats again.  Knitted Hats in a Ribbed Knit, like the one above - and the one below - are really nice because of the way they "hug" the head! 

They also have a bit more stretch than other knitting patterns,  so they fit different sizes of heads, so you can buy one as a gift and not worry too much if it will exactly fit.

But I decided to do Handmade Hats as Custom Made-To-Order, so the Customer can choose the Size from the Size list, which I have for both of these Knitted Hats. ~~ And, like in the Hat pictured above, I also can offer it in different colors to be paired with the Gray for the Tweed - I am offering that Hat in these color themes:

  • Country Blue - and Heather Gray (shown in photo above)
  • Autumn Red - and Heather Gray 
  • Dark Country Blue - and Heather Gray 
  • Dark Sage Green - and Heather Gray
It will only take a few days to make - and I will ship it on the next Post Office business day after completing it and sending a picture of it to the Customer.  I always send a picture of the completed Handmade item whenever I do a Custom Order - and ship it as soon as I can!

On the other hand - the Hat pictured below is made in a Yarn that is an Ombre Chunky Yarn of Red, Blue and Tan (what is called a Primitive Americana color theme) and I am offering it in a choice of Sizes - from 20 Inches Around Head to 25 Inches Around Head.

It, too, will take a few days to complete in the size chosen - and then ship.

 Handmade Ribbed Knit Hat in Americana Red - Blue - Tan - by RSS Designs In Fiber - Choose Size

All my Handmade Hats, Headbands and Scarves are available on Etsy - and you can put in a Custom Request on Etsy, too if you want one in a certain pattern or in different colors or yarns!  Just ask me!!