My Journey through the worlds of art quilts, oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolors, printmaking, dyeing, encautic, art cloth, spinning, and weaving. Also sharing stories of the rescue dogs I've known and loved.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
I think I'm going to love knitting socks.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Today, I have a plan
Saturday, January 17, 2009
I ordered it Thursday and it was here when I woke up this morning. It some lovely Lorna's Laces sport weight yarn. 400 yards of scrumptious! It is so very beautiful.
Friday, January 16, 2009
I should have stuck with knitting today
I started in the kitchen sink -- hot water, a little soap, agitation.
Did it again.
Decided to try the washing machine. Threw it in a pillowcase and tossed it in the washer.
Before felting it reached my shoulder -- it almost reached my armpits, for cryin' out loud!
It was THAT big!
Now it doesn't even reach my ears. :(
I had to really yank on it to get it over any part of my head...
Sparkly snow, sunshine, bright blue sky...
When I woke up today it was Minus. 8. Degrees. At 10 in the morning.
Screw it. Pretty is over-rated.
I'm not leaving the house.
If you need me -- I'll be knittig -- or spinning.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I have socks on the needles too, since I've been buying all this awesome sock yarn, I figured I should actually learn to knit socks. I got the Twisted Sisters sock book and fell in love with all the beautiful socks. They all look so snuggly!
This colorway is called sand and sea. I'm knitting my first hat. A really fun, long hat that will flop over and hang to my shoulder with a pom-pom on the end. (OMG -- it's a gnome hat!)The pattern confused me, because it said I could use any yarn and any needles. Just figure out your gauge and there's a chart that tells you how many to cast on. Really, I think I needed less options than that...
While the hat was drying, I started a scarf for TJay with this crazy-thick yarn. Only 4 WPI!
The gauge? One and a half stitches per inch... (think this will go fast?)
Then I sewed up the seam in my hat. It may fit the Incredible Hulk...sigh.
Okay -- at least it's wool.
I guess I can wash it in hot water and make a felted hat...
Snow -- lots of snow
With Buck, in the park, looking for squirrels.
Where I stood Saturday, after that walk.
Yarn and spinning
The finished roving is soooo much prettier that this picture.
First try at dyeing yarn
Hey, what are friends for?
One eighth of a teaspoon + a half cup of water + a teaspoon of vinegar.
Soaked the yarn for a couple of hours and laid it on Saran Wrap to start playing. Dee wore an old shirt and it actually stayed that white the whole evening...
This was dyed the colors of Biscuit, my sun conure,
Wrap and nuke for 5 minutes (Irish beer optional, but a totally good idea)
Fresh out of the microwave -- one hot, steamy yarn sausage -- Yum! :P
The hanks after rinsing, hanging in the shower
Also dyed some roving for spinning
My first spindle
Tjay built this for me from drawings I made...in about 20 minutesMy first try at spinning! It worked beautifully!!
This was for the EPU challenge, but I missed the call for the pics. Schloss Neuschwanstein in Bavaria, with a woven background to represent the Bavarian flag. I did an image transfer for the castle and that was new for me. Lots of fun.
Couldn't resist these these big chunky yarns and some to try dyeing.
I had to have this...cause the Yarn Harlot says you can't have too many tape measures. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it. (you poke it in the eye to reel in the tape -- cool)
And from French Creek....