Lori did it again!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Lori did it again!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Starry Nite is my newest design and already it's becoming the most popular pattern on my Etsy store. I designed and knit the original with my own 2-ply handspun BFL yarn as an example for my color classes so they could have a very cool project to knit with their color experiments. Now you can buy the fibers I used in the original scarf at Three Waters Farm's Etsy store. I used 6 colorways: Mediterranean, African Sunset, Lounge Lizard, Radicchio, City Nights and Black Hollyhocks. Of course as always, I threw in extra colorways here and there. Can't help it. But you can get a very similar effect from using as few as three of the above colorways. By plying them on themselves and on each other you can spin at least 6 different constantly changing coordinating yarns. My two-ply worsted weight Blue Faced Leicester wool scarf weighs 5 oz.
Monday, November 24, 2008
I just noticed on Ravelry that Knitterka spun up one of my Justify Wrap Kits from Three Waters Farm.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
It's just about a month till the world's biggest fiber party ever, NY Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck. It's like be there or be square. Fur shure.
Friday, September 05, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
I'm caught in a time warp. Living on the campus of my old alma mater, I sometimes don't have any idea what year it is. This isn't entirely my fault either, as I see young men walking through the quad with rosy cheeks, seersucker jackets and bow ties. I shake my head like Elmer Fudd (I tought I saw a wabbit) but they are still there. Not only do they look as though they stepped out of the 70's, they play Allman Brothers and Led Zeppelin (not complaining, mind you). It's just weird. I wanna see more goth and I'm not talking architecture.
Here's Elizabeth (also an alumna of said alma mater...nothing like a little nostalgia) whispering sweet nothings in Sir Walter's ear. Captions, anyone?
Sunday, July 27, 2008
This blog entry is addressed to everyone who will be taking my Hands On Color class at Harrisville Designs next week. I'm really stoked about this year. If you have questions or need clarifications, please feel free to contact me.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Ann Shayne of Mason Dixon Knitting fame recently asked if I'd be interested in having a booth at the Monteagle Assembly Bazaar and Cottage Tour, a fundraiser for the Assembly's Women's Club for maintenance of the library and many of the common areas at the Assembly. It sounded like fun so I said yes. It's next week, Wednesday, July 23 2008 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Monteagle Assembly in Monteagle, TN. Admission tickets are $10. For this fee you get to take a walking tour the marvelous vintage victorian cottages that proliferate this one of a kind gem of a summer community. Come early and shop the Bazaar, then take the Cottage Tour in the afternoon. Box lunches will be for sale in the dining hall and there will be several food booths.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
I know this is a knitting blog, but sometimes life presses me to chose other subjects. Many of you know I'm a volunteer for our local no-kill animal shelter Animal Harbor in Belvedere, TN run by the Franklin County Humane Society. My primary function is socialization and canine moral support. Recently James and I brought Rover home with us as a foster dog to prepare him to show in Sewanee's annual 4th of July Mutt Show. Since Rover has been at the shelter long enough to earn himself "halfway home" status, meaning he's half the fee to a good home, we thought he should have the publicity and spotlight of the dog show, hoping to find him a forever home. We made tshirts with his likeness coming and going (shown here) and entered him in "Owner Lookalike". He even won a trophy. Good dog! You can see photos or Rover in the ring at My Daily Snap. Just scroll down to July 4th. That's me holding the sign in the first photo, with Linda Cockburn of Copia's Dacshunds, a new volunteer to Animal Harbor and local trainer, groomer, etc handling Rover. I had no idea Robley, author of My Daily Snap, was going to blog about Rover...this was totally spontaneous on her part.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival 2008 is next weekend, May 3 & 4, and my colors will be there! If you’re going, don’t miss the Three Waters Farm booth: B23 in the Main building. As two completely unbridled color maniacs, Mary Ann Pagano and I in collaboration are very pleased to bring you “LV ltd for Three Waters Farm: handpainted fiber and yarn”.
Warning! Colormania! The Three Waters Farm booth will be a color FEAST (bring extra napkins). For starters you’ll find a complete selection of the colorways and fibers I used in “Justify” such as Tuscany, Undercurrent, Velarde, Sunshine, Roses and TWF’s own Lotus. My new spring color line will debut on both yarn and fiber including colorways (see photo) Right as Rain (jungle leaves and flowers), Semi-Precious (spring for rockhounds) and Tidepools (hang out in the underwater grasses). Plus: a large Riff Redux selection of a new earthtoned palette called Hug Point, rich with basalt browns and clay greys, deep viridien greens, chalky earth ochres and purply shadow tones, named after the Oregon sea cliff of the same name. All colorways will appear on fiber and many on an array of yarns. Add this to Mary Ann’s gorgeous new collection of rich colorways such as City Nights (see photo)(broody jewels), Coustea (swim with dolphins), Lilac (can you resist blue and purple…huh, huh?), Couture (mauve velvet and pink lipstick with an earthy vengeance) and Lothlorien (party with a forest fairy) for a totally decadent outpouring.
I’m so stoked about our colors. Even though each colorway stands on its own, they are coordinated as a group, offering the spinner or knitter with an artistic eye a diverse palette with so many possibilities. For example, my spring colors all dovetail into each other; colorfield anyone? Or toss together Lothlorien and Hug Point, marry Lotus, Couture and Semi Precious Pink Riff. Pull Tuscany, Undercurrent and Cousteau. To make it even more decadent, Mary Ann has dyed many of these colorways in what she calls “Riff Redux”. She starts with one colorway, then takes a section and riffs on those colors, dyeing many different but related hanks. She has done this SO magnificently with my colorways of Semi-Precious and Hug Point…bet you can’t spin just one!
As an added bonus, the original Justify wrap (Knitty, Winter 2007) and Spirogyra fingerless gloves (Knitty, Spring 2008) will be on display in the booth. As you know the patterns for these are still available for free on Knitty. Three Waters Farm will also have patterns of some of my other designs available for purchase, including Superfluity, Spiralling Leaves Fingerless Gloves, Pumpkin Treasure Bag and the Tiny Triangle series of fingerless gloves, writstlets and socks. Superfluity kits will be available in several colorway combinations or you can dream up your own.
If you can’t make it to Maryland, keep checking for updates at the Three Waters Farm website or contact Mary Ann with specific requests. And don’t forget that TWF has signed copies of both my books.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Announcing "Shelter Chic" a new line of hand crocheted dog apparel. Both original pieces and patterns are becoming available as we speak. Why "Shelter Chic"?
Most people who know me know that one of my non-fiber passions is volunteering at our local no kill animal shelter Animal Harbor. I love to socialize the dogs and help out any way that I can. (BTW, my current favorite is Rover...he is a bone-a-fide disc dog candidate). Our shelter manager Amber Kelly started crocheting dog sweaters a while back for the smaller short haired dogs that ended up at Animal Harbor. She came up with a great style that is completely non-restrictive (for dogs who aren't used to wearing clothes perse), sturdy, warm and very hip. So far there are two basic styles, the wrap (top two ) and the vest (bottom). Amber made so many that she started selling them at the shelter. But there isn't all that much foot traffic there so I thought it would be cool to sell them on Animal Harbor's ebay site (check 'em out). All proceeds from these dog coats go to the shelter. Amber will make custom "Shelter Chic" wraps, vests and coats to specific measurements. Materials used are acrylic or washable wool (any comments from yarn snobs will be booed out of the building...these are dog coats, not haut couture). Just email her with your requests. I'm sure she'd crochet them out of your handspun too. Just ask her.
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Meg Manning of Yarn Expressions is hosting my Hands On Color Class in Huntsville, Alabama, April 5, 2008. This is a one day workshop for spinners of all levels. You'll get to practice how to get many different yarns out of one handpainted roving, from solid color, heathered blend, sequential repeats, random blending, combination drafting and use of multiple colorways. Bring your wheel or spindle and have some fun with us. For more info contact Yarn Expressions. This is the first time I've taught this class south of the Mason Dixon for 3 years!
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Twisted Sister Rachael just sent me her two new versions of the Pumpkin Felted Bag. This one has mohair locks felted right into the bag. Rachael says she lost a couple in the felting process, but as you can see they look great. She couldn't stop at one (this seems to happen often) so she also knit a version in periwinkle blue sans locks. What is that cat thinking?
Monday, March 03, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Join me in a two session lace workshop! We’re going to knit my Spiralling Leaves Fingerless Gloves and learn about lace knitting in the round in the process. Not only that, Lori Lawson of Capistrano Fiber Arts will be supplying her beautiful handpainted superwash merino yarn for the class (two skeins included in the price of admission). Gloves in the photo are knit from her yarn. Class will be given in two 2-hour sessions, the first on March 8 and the second on March 22, 2008. This will give participants time to practice their lace pattern before tackling the thumb and hand. For more information check out Stone Light Studio, a wonderful new fiber shop in Soddy Daisy, TN. Just 20 scenic minutes north of Chattanooga, Stone Light carries fabric, yarn, fiber and supplies for quilters, knitters, felters and fabric collage artists. Check out their other classes too. Veronica and Dee's beautifully arranged shop is housed in a cute stone house with a lovely view of the undulating hills of the Tennessee Valley. What a great place to have a class. For those of you in surrounding areas, Stone Light Studio is certainly worth a day trip. I had never been up State Rt 27 from Chattanooga and was awed at the majestic brow of Signal Mountain which overlooks the road most of the way.
Friday, February 08, 2008
Yeah...believe it or not I actually dyed some yarn. Many of you know how rare this is. What with two eye surgeries this year and a growing chemical sensitivity to acid dyes, not to mention second stage water restriction in Sewanee, I'm not doing much dyeing these days. But the weather was positively balmy the other day so I couldn't resist. After waking up with sandpaper eyeballs the next day I can tell you it won't happen often. So there are two colorways left of Merino/Bamboo Sock Yarn (one has already been purchased in toto). I posted one 300 yd skein of each remaining colorway on ETSY...Abalone and Sea Anemone. That's Sea Anemone on the left. It's a little darker than that in reality. The digital camera cannot do justice to Abalone. Just can't pick up the mauves and pale lavender greys. It's almost icy, this skein.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Friday, February 01, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Carolyn just finished her Spiralling Leaves Fingerless Gloves. She spun the yarn (which she calls "Green Card" from a carded blend of her handdyed wool. These leaves are cushy, deep, a real stand out. She says: " I do love the way they fit. They are very elegant. In fact, I love everything about them!" Way to go Carolyn!
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Check out my new ETSY Shop! This should make it much easier for you to buy my patterns. Soon I should have some handspun yarn posted here as well, so keep checking back. Am adding new stuff all the time. You'll find my newest pattern there, Spiralling Leaves Fingerless Gloves (top). These are so fun to knit, with leaf motifs that spiral in opposite directions...right for the right hand, left for left. I knit these from Capistrano Fiber Arts superwash merino sock yarn.