Thursday, 31 January 2008
Wednesday, 30 January 2008
He looks unhappy, but it's mostly because I HAD to take a photo or two!
Monday, 28 January 2008
Sunday, 27 January 2008
Wednesday, 23 January 2008
Tuesday, 22 January 2008
Friday, 18 January 2008
Thursday, 17 January 2008
1. Dye and spin into yarn for weaving into a wall hanging. A new series combining plastic and yarn.
2. Spinning and knitting into a knot scarf, which will be documented and then hopefully written up as an article for Spin-off. A little daunting, but at least I've made a start!
The next project is to dye some of the linen to knit a sample for my 'Knitting the Kimberley' piece. Dyeing small amounts is fun and to try and minimise the mess......I always get myself in a mess....too impatient......I decided to put small cups in a pot. Worked well. I tied the linen in four continuous skeins and dyed the alternate skeins the same colour. I used a brown and blue which, given I just picked up what Procion dyes I had and mixed the brown with red and black, fairly haphazardly, I am pretty pleased with. I've kept the left over colours for reference. Knitting next.
PS. Just remember, that even though you need to tame the yarn, don't tie it too tight, as you end up with little white dots.
Tuesday, 15 January 2008
Sunday, 13 January 2008
What does this mean for those of us who wish to sell what we make? Are we always meant to find the easy/quick/cost effective way of making something? If not, how are we to find the people who understand about the quality and price of the handmade? How, are we to create those people?
If you have the answer, let me know.......
On a lighter note, whilst at the beach, I went to the Warley Home annual book sale. It's big and full of second hand books at ridiculous prices. One year I want to get there the first day rather than the third or last day. I did manage to find this book for $2. 'Stylish knitting: from handspun or commercial yarns' printed in 1988. It's not really interesting for its 'stylish' designs, but that it uses handspun, but not your average 2ply things like: knickerbocker yarn, slub, knop, boucle and curled loupe yarns and puts them in far more 'fashionable' articles than the usual handspun. And there are instructions courtesy of Mabel Ross.
Saturday, 12 January 2008
Thursday, 3 January 2008
Wednesday, 2 January 2008
There are so many ideas in this book that it was hard picking only a couple of pictures to show you. I like this grey, as it's just slits and she's added the embelishment later. That could be anything. Long icords, flowers are just my immediate reaction.
Creating waves like this is just having a fabric which is either shorter or in this case, different sized stitches on the front and back.
What is also really interesting is the way some of the challenges of making commercial scarves and still make them interesting enough have played out for her. Using garter stitch, knitting scarves in the round. These are the basic ideas I've been playing with. It's really good to know that it's a reasonable way to go.
This book is going to take quite a while to digest. There are even a couple of scarves I'm going to have to knit from the pattern to see how she does it.
If you want to make scarves, make a space in your library for this. Thanks Catherine.
Note: 'Knitting New Scarves' by Lynne Barr. Published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc. New York, 2007
Note: The Book Depository. www.bookdepository.com.uk