Saturday, June 30, 2012
Above is my first day of work. I'm better than half-way into four ounces of Julie Spins in a lovely blend of Merino/yak/silk. It is wonderfully saturated in deep shades of pink, aqua and blue. I have two braids of this that I will be plying together, but as it won't be traveling with me, I probably won't complete it until near the end of the Tour.
In the meantime, I will be traveling with two AbbyBatts and a couple ounces of tussah silk from Silk and Shine (I'm really looking forward to these, too).
I'll keep you updated as I can, and in the middle I have a few queued posts that may go up. Happy Tour spinning to you!
(Here's the unspun fiber, from a photo I snapped a while back.)
Friday, June 29, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
This pattern is Devonian, and it is part of an amazing new collection called The Sock Report.
Devonian is a pair of toe-up socks that were inspired by my mother, and I have to say that they are pretty special to me because of that.
I wanted to create something to match a shawl I knit for Mom earlier in the year. And it came to me that the increases that create a lovely triangular shawl could also be used to create the gusset increases in a sock.
I love all the patterns in The Sock Report, and I hope you'll have time to stop by and check it out!
Thursday, June 21, 2012
I'll actually be weaving on this warp.
I spun it. Everything (except the two inches of red) is naturally colored wool. There's Shetland, Romney, Merino (moorit) and others in there. I think one might be Icelandic. We don't know what half the wool is, other than "nice". It came from the estate of Llyn Payne, who was an amazing artist and a collector of many rare and fascinating fleeces.
The red is commercial merino of several different shades of red and a tiny bit of red bamboo blended into a batt. It pops wonderfully against all the neutrals around it.
I love the draft at the top, but we won't be using it. I'll let you see what we decided to use.. .once it's woven, tomorrow!
I really enjoyed weaving it, but after much review we decide that this draft doesn't show itself very well for judging. It is really hard to eyeball the fact that it is evenly beat (and I do beat it evenly and carefully and keep a 45-degree angle on hand to make sure I don't get off and measure every inch or so).
We'll be doing something different tomorrow, and I can't wait to post pictures when it's done.