|Here is one of the colors I will use in my project. I purchased|
the yarn from Jimmy Beans Wool.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
|I received these items as a part of the Downton Abbey exchange.|
|There is nothing like the pleasure of receiving a real letter, delivered to my mail box in front of my house.|
Monday, August 20, 2012
|When the lace pattern and its |
bobbles flow smoothly, life
is good. (I'm making Louisa
Harding's Oaksike from Little
Cake pattern book.)
|With a picot edging and sides and a back that are knit in one piece, this pattern has heartbreaking appeal.|
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Bag lady you goin' hurt your back
Draggin' all 'em bags like that
I guess nobody every told you
All you must hold on to is you, is you, is you
Erykah Badu - "Bag Lady"
Fabric swatches from homemade curtains. Halloween costumes in varying stages of completion. Hand-smocked dresses. Cards of paint samples. These are some of the items a former co-worker used to bring school, where she would proudly extract them from bags--to display to anyone who chanced upon her in the hallway or teacher's lounge. She was the daughter of a Southern Baptist preacher and her speech—peppered with “Bless her heart!”--flowed out in a thick drawl. Her upbringing and culture were vastly different from those of my own northeastern childhood, but we shared an interest in creating, color, and design, and I enjoyed hearing about and seeing her projects.
During those years of diaper changes and potty training, I was too frazzled to do much sewing, except during summer breaks, and I hadn’t yet learned to knit. I did enjoy taking LOTS of pictures of my children, though, and I have to confess that I, in a manner similar to that of the aforementioned co-worker, typically had a stack of photos at the ready, for whatever unfortunate victim passed by my classroom door, where I stood ready to pounce on my prey during class changes.
|Here's a recently finished felted project I haven't|
dragged to school to show off. The
pattern is "Kiss a Hundred Frogs" by
Interweave Press. I changed the eyes,
though, and felted round balls with
black centers (using white and
black roving). I also knit little hoods
for the eyes.
I’m a little older now, and my interests have shifted somewhat, but the desire to say, “Look at what I made,” seems to be just as strong. I don’t knit at work, but I carry a large project bag with me every day. I am certain that most of my fellow teachers do not care about knitting and, in fact, don’t seem particularly interested in handicrafts of any kind, so I’ve learned (after my initial enthusiastic project parades) to limit my sharing to those who I know appreciate crafting, sewing, or art. While some faculty members do admire my knitted garments when I don them for school, I have a niggling sense that those same people might view me as immature if I pull out works in progress to show them.
|I'm determined to work on this now, a cardigan from Louisa Harding's Little Cake book. I loooove this Louisa |
Harding Willow Tweed yarn. I haven't brought this particular work to school, though, as there isn't much to see yet.
|I love this yarn. It's made of wool and cashmere, and is |
perfect for cold weather. I hope something similar goes into production again.
|I need to finish my May Queen Mouse.|
|This baby cardigan from Debbie Bliss's Essential Baby Knits is a pleasure to work. Watching the tiny neat rows--knit with size two and three needles--grow is very rewarding.|
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
|I took this picture at Vogue Knitting Live|
in New York (January 2011).
|This couture creation greeted visitors at the entrance to VKL in |
New York (2012).
Monday, August 6, 2012
|This book provides a wonderful introduction to creating and |
using plant-based dye.
|I wound my yarn on an old-fashioned yarn winder, so that it would open up to absorb dye. Be sure to|
tie hanks of yarn in several places, to avoid tangling.
|Add a few drops of laundry detergent to the hanks of yarn and let soak, then rinse.|
|Let the water with the mordant and the yarn simmer for an hour, and then let sit,|
|Simmer the wool in the dye bath for one hour. If you want consistent color, be|
sure to stir a bit. Cool until yarn reaches desired color.
|Rinse the yarn in water that is the same temperature as the|
cooled dye bath. Notice how the hue really changes after
|Hang up to dry.|
|Wind into ball and start knitting!|
Thursday, August 2, 2012
While her statement might be interpreted as reflective of a pessimistic, cranky attitude, the woman's delivery and demeanor was so comforting that her words had a positive effect. They, coupled with her walker and feeble appearance, made me take pause, bringing me back to reality from my overindulgence in stressful emotion. Her presence highlighted more essential and important human concerns, and made my loss somehow seem trivial—not nearly as important as aging with its physical frailty and ultimate outcome.
Post a comment here, telling me what type of yarn is your favorite and why. You do not have to mention brand names, but doing so is okay. I will randomly pick a winner.