Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
|"Fritillary" handpainted, handspun, knitted and crocheted cowl, by Lynne Vogel|
Also, don't miss the Full Cast Exhibit at St. Andrews Sewanee Gallery in Simmons Hall on the SAS Campus. All these pieces shown here are offered for sale in the gallery.
These are just a small sample of the items we'll have available in my studio. Jan will be showing an array of colorful nuno felted scarves. Sharon will have all sorts of felted items, including flower rings and flower keychains for stocking stuffers, plus felted scarves and bags. My collection includes wristers, scarves and mobius wraps knit and crocheted from handspun yarns. My favorite piece is a moebius wrap knit entirely from handspun art yarns in colors reminiscent of fresh rose petals strewn amongst winter leaves and twigs (photo forthcoming).
|Nuno Felted Scarf by Sharon Bandy|
|Felt Hat by Jan Quarles|
You can find more of Sharon's work in her Etsy shop "Feltware". Jan is know also as "Daily Fibers" handdyed yarns and fibers, available at Haus of Yarn in Nashville, TN and also on Etsy. I'll be listing finished items on Etsy after the tour, so check it out next week.
|"Fritillary" back detail by Lynne Vogel|
Friday, November 12, 2010
There's nothing off the wall about this soap. It's a sensible rectangular shape. I like this because when the bar gets really thin, I can stick it to a new bar and make it go longer. That isn't so easy to do with fancy shapes. It has no dyes either...a real plus for those of us who have enough dye in our lives already. And the fragrance is mild, just enough to enjoy but not enough to follow you around for hours.
Justify Spinning Kit a lovely plug. Thanks, Kelly!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
We had a great time messing with Navajo or Chained Ply on Sunday. I'd been wanting to ply an "art" yarn with that method and hadn't gotten around to it. So here's one of my demo yarns from my Foundation Singles for Art Yarns class all chained up. Fun. Also, check out one of my Friday students, Andrea, zipping up a speedy chained ply. She's been spinning since February and just look at her go! What's more fun that watching somebody really get it in class? Zowwy.
Thanks to everyone who came to my classes at SAFF. I met so many fun new people, many of them neighbors now and even neighbors once upon a time (a fellow Pasadenan). Hope to see you all again and soon. Follow me on Twitter to learn about new classes as soon as they are scheduled. Next class on the roster will be my yearly Spin, Knit, Dye class at Harrisville, NH, first week of August 2011. Others will pop up before too long. Have even thought about organizing a weekend at Dubose this winter...maybe early February and more than likely again in May or June. I'll keep you posted.
Friday, October 08, 2010
Oh, one more thing. If you are in the market for a lightly used 24" Ashford Table Loom with Treadle Stand and live within approx 150 miles of Sewanee, please contact me. This sweet loom needs a new home.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I really love this pattern and have knit it in wool, silk, llama, handspun (like the TWF Canyonlands Bfl/Tussah version, left), millspun, you name it. It's beautiful knit as openwork lace or just as regular knitting (though I wouldn't knit it on too firm a gauge myself). Since it's modular you can knit it as large or small as you want, from a neck bandana to a sumptuous shawl. The brown version shown here at right is Three Waters Farm Organic Sportweight Yarn in Chocolate.
Indigenous has a crochet edging. I know that many knitters do not crochet and I suspect this is because they tension their yarn exclusively with their dominant hand (usually the right). Crochet is pretty slow if you tension with the right hand, goes way faster with yarn held in the left. I'm a continental knitter, so crochet comes naturally. Rather than not include the crocheted edging, I decided to include instructions for "knitchet", or crocheting with knitting needles. Knitchet is really simple to understand and work, and although it will never replace the speed and efficiency of the hook, it will allow those who have never picked up a hook the chance to finish the pattern without learning a whole new skill. It goes like this:
Here's how you pick up into the edge to form a single crochet stitch with knitting needles. I"m starting in the middle of the row so I already have one stitch on my rh needle. I'm using a contrasting color so you can see the stitches. Of course in real life you'd use the same yarn as the body of the shawl. Photo A: With one st on rh needle, pick up next st.
Photo B: Place 2 sts on lh needle. Photo C: k2tog through the back of the loop. It's that easy. To work a chain stitch, you simply return the st from the rh needle to the lh needle and knit it.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
In fact, response has already been really positive. Several handspun stores on Etsy have asked to link my patterns to their yarns. So I'm going to start listing those shops on my sidebar with links to their stores. If you want me to link you, convo me on Etsy and I'll be glad to add you to the list.
Two Way Street Scarf (photo 1): takes total of approx 75 yds, one 35 yd skein and one 40 yd skein.
Lynx: a modular scarf in three pieces. Photo 2 shows all three Lynx, photo 3 shows one Lynk with Rose is a Rose. Divvy up 100 yds of yarn into three different length pieces and lynk them together or wear alone.
Lynx Headband (photo 4): Takes approx 40 yds and a button.
Rose is a Rose (photo 2): No wallflowers here. This is one in-your-face rose. Takes 10 yds of bulky weight yarn and about 30 minutes to knit.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Hands On Color will repeat again on Sunday, Oct 24. So you have two chances to take that particular class.
If you haven't signed up yet and want to, you can go here for more information. Hope to see you there.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
TWF Superfluity Yarn Kit. Colorway shown is Olive Medley. You can knit all these items from one kit. These are all basic patterns for any experience level of knitter. If you can knit, purl, join and knit in the round and knit back and forth and increase/decrease, you can knit them all. Included in the collection are A Fine Hat with Rose, Quick and Easy Scarf, Two Button Cowl, Touch Screen Mitts, and 3-D Flower in two sizes. This pattern will be available in hard copy at Three Waters Farm's booth in the main exhibition hall, or you may purchase the PDF online at my Etsy Shop. Yarn subs? Fine Hat with Rose takes approx 70 yds of bulky yarns (art yarns would be perf), Two Button Cowl take approx 65 yds of bulky yarn (again, art yarns...). These yarns should be heavy enough to knit on US 15/10mm needles. Touch Screen Mitts take approx 180 yds any worsted weight yarn, knit on US 3/2.75 and 3-D Flower takes approx 45 yds to knit both sizes of flower. Quick and Easy Scarf takes approx 200 yds mohair silk boucle or any other textured yarn knittable on US 11/8mm.
The bag shown is not included in the pattern. It's one of my original handspun/ hand felted bags.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
You can also find this pattern at my Etsy Shop. Handspinners, you'll love this pattern. I want to knit one in different weights of handspun yarn. It's really a great basic pattern for embellishing with all kinds of yarns. You can knit the body with anything that knits up on a size 10 needle, then use heavier yarns in the surround that knit up on 11s and 15s.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
The geneology bug has bitten me big-time. About a month ago, a couple days before my grandmother’s birthday, I woke up with a burning desire to visit the home where she gave birth to my mother, a now spooky ante-bellum, hand built, three-storey Georgian in the wilds of rural Mississippi. I’ve only been there a couple times, nobody home, only to stand in front of the house and wonder which room held the spinning wheel and the loom, how they lived back then. It must have been where my mother learned to knit and crochet. Family stories are sandwiched in my head so that I see my turn of the 20th century relatives running around in hoop skirts and frock coats. After a month of study I’m able to pry some of these layers apart, but it’s like dismantling a baklava.
All the women in my direct motherline were adept at textiles. Mom taught me to knit and crochet when I was very young. Grandma Jo was an incredible crocheter, who made stacks and stacks of filet crochet potholders which I use to this day. I mean, how tight do you have to crochet something that tiny so that it’s dense enough to use? Tight. Mighty tight. Check out the crochet collar in Jo's portrait photo, probably taken around 1910. I know she must have crocheted it herself. Hook size? 00000000000. Pronounced “oooooooh!” Her mother Penelopy was a spinner and weaver, most likely of cotton and flax. And she must have learned it from her mother, because in rural Mississippi there were few other options.
Spinning, knitting and crochet are a rich inheritance indeed. I have no doubt that they are genetically hardwired; blood memories. These skills that have brought me through both tough and happy times, have been as important as friends. I find it totally fascinating that all the fibery women in the family were on my mother’s side, and most of them straight down my motherline. Somehow this makes what I do even more precious, even more an integral part of who I am. My love of these crafts is indelible, inseparable, undeniable. Where are my needles? Gotta go knit.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
This year Hands On Color Monteagle returns on June 4-6, 2010 at the Dubose Conference Center in Monteagle, TN. This weekend residential color spinning workshop was a huge success last year. This year we'll be able to use the motel-style accomodations at Dubose which are a lot quieter than the dormitory we used last year. This year we'll focus on using handpainted top to spin the yarns we really want from super thin to super thick and we'll explore color combining in two ply yarns using various angles of ply from balanced to supercoil. We'll have a spin-in again like last year, good food, great company, and tons of beautiful fiber for sale. If you would like to be on the mailing list for this event, please email me. In a few days I'll be able to send you prices and other details.
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Life is good! I just bought an Ashford Wild Card drum carder and can't stop!!! Watch out Monk! I may come at you with a brush to add a little bloom to an earth tone! Seriously, this is a very cool little machine. It makes a super deep batt and they spin so beautifully. Wow. I'll be bringing this baby to classes for sure. It's so light...what a sweet toy.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Yoda! I did it! You showed me a lot of these techniques years ago, especially how to tease and coil, but I wasn't ready to let go. Was it a case of art yarns before art yarns were cool? No, I think it was a case of clutzy hands and fuzzy brain. Last weekend I took this great workshop from Jacey Boggs/Insubordiknit at Falcon Feather Fibers in Nashville. Guess I was finally ready, cuz with my current level of spinning expertise it's suddenly salad. It's so funny to think back on all the times I just wasn't ready to spin these yarns. I watched Luisa Gelenter spin tailspun without a core in 1985, en pointe no less. Lost on me. Fell in love with locks at Black Sheep in the 90s and watched you and another lady spin them "TTTW". I made a mess. Absolutely drank in Judith McKenzie McCuin's novelty art yarn class at SOAR 2000, then got dyslexic and forgot half of it (one loose, one tight, one to the left, one to the right, stand up, sit down, fight fight fight). Gotta say that Judith's new book Intentional Spinner and a few minutes with Rita Buchanan recently are largely responsible for my quantum leap in twist understanding of late. Of course for me it helps to understand what and why...not always the leap of faith type here. But this week I leaped big time...found myself corespinning without a core. That's right! It just happened. How sweet it is.