Thursday, March 26, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Pat Harder of Kid Hollow Farm gifted me with this lovely skein of her kid mohair boucle yarn. I’m not sure of the colorway, but it’s one she does a lot. Her yarns are amazingly beautiful, and she has loads of gorgeous colorways. So I knit Ripple extra long…36 rectangles…on a 60” Addi Turbo circular US 10 1/2 needle. I ran out of Pat’s gorgeous yarn, but had a 200 yd skein of Mary Ann’s kid mohair silk boucle in a "Mountain View" (olive, gold and blue), so I finished the edging with that. It took probably 600 yds in all. When Mary Ann’s daughter Lilliana saw the scarf, she started dancing around with it in total ecstacy and I knew then it had to be hers.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Knitty, Spring 2009 just went live and it's full of awesome patterns, including my newest, Ripple. You'll find not one, but two (count 'em, two) versions in the same pattern page. The handspun version (pictured here) is a neckwarmer length in sport weight in my two-ply handspun. I spun the yarn from Three Waters Farm BFL fiber, one ply each of "Winter Fields" and "Winter Daybreak" plied together. It's knit on smaller needles too. If you don't spin, you'll soon find a beautiful tonal yarn dyed especially for Ripple at Three Waters Farm. It's called Bamberino Tonal and it's a superwash merino/bamboo light worsted weight yarn> If you knit it on a size US 8 needle it will be slightly open and drapey. If you knit it on a US 5 or 6, you will get a firmer, ripplier fabric more like my handspun. I've knit Undulation (see earlier post) in this yarn and I love it...photos soon.
Monday, March 09, 2009
HANDS ON COLOR, a Spinning Workshop
with Lynne Vogel
Dubose Conference Center, Monteagle, TN
9 AM-4 PM, May 16 & 17, 2009
Workshop Coordinator: Daria Bocciarelli
Come as you are and leave with new color spinning skills and inspiration.
I’ve been wanting to hold a residential spinning retreat here on the mountain for some time. Finally, it is going to happen! Monteagle, TN is on Tennessee’s beautiful Cumberland Plateau (the “mountain”) and is minutes from both Sewanee’s beautiful University of the South campus and Tennessee’s scenic South Cumberland Recreation Area. Those of you who have come to Shakerag Workshops will know that we’re just a few miles from St. Andrews Sewanee.
Hands On Color, a Spinning Workshop is a residential, two-day color intensive for spinners who want to expand their understanding of spinning hand-painted rovings. In a casual and supportive atmosphere you will learn how to make many different yarns from one handpainted roving and broaden your understanding of color theory and color relationships as they relate to spinning. And just spin. We’ll explore yarn design wholistically by knitting or crocheting with our samples to see how yarns look in the final project. Although this is not a beginning spinning class, if you are comfortable spinning at a wheel or spindle, then you are ready to take this class. More experienced spinners and dyers will find plenty of inspiration from this class as well. Lynne’s goal is to encourage each participant to move forward from their own individual skill level, both technically and artistically. This is definitely going to be a very fun class, a color feast.
We’ll be housing the workshop at the Dubose Conference Center in Monteagle, TN. Reasonable and clean accomodations are available in dorm-style Claiborne Hall. Three meals a day are served in the dining room. Our conference room is large and airy, capable of holding up to 25 spinners with wheels. Mary Ann Pagano of Three Waters Farm will have a beautiful mini-store set up with fiber, yarn and handmade soap. Local participants or those with other lodgings are welcome to attend for the class, or class and meals.
Deadline for registration is May 1, 2009. Please contact workshop coordinator Daria Bocciarelli for more information and registration forms.
Sunday, March 08, 2009
The first time I walked into the fleece barn at the Black Sheep Gathering and stood in a room full of fresh fleeces I felt something come alive within me, an emotion powerful and ancient. This primal recognition lifted me as on a wave, awakening memories that could only be written in my DNA, memories of foggy moors dotted with sheep, guarded by the watchful eye of a border collie. I can smell the heather, feel the moisture bead up on my shetland sweater. My mind wanders to visions of hearth and tea kettle, a bite of scone, or a heavy crust of handmade bread and crumble of sharp cheddar beside a flaggon of brown ale. Even as I write I feel an upswelling of emotion.
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Twist Collective's Spring Issue is live and lovely. If you haven't seen this online knitting magazine, do check it out. They put a great new twist on the genre...snazzy themed layouts with models posing in beautiful places (not to mention some of the most adorable babies...gad!), lots of eye candy, really interesting articles (like Barbara Parry's sheep...oh, the lambs) and how to paint on knitted lace with dye by Linda Whiting. They have regular columns by faves like Claire Parkes of Knitters Review (Swatch It) and the Mason Dixon gals Ann Shayne and Kay Gardner (Dear Problem Ladies). And this issue features my photos in Notebook, beautifully compiled in Twist Collective's inimitable style. This is a very special honor. Thanks, ladies!!!!