Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Happy holidays from my family-Zach, Seb, Marshall and me. 
Our local ski resort has been blessed with inches and inches of fresh powder 
so I probably won't be posting for a while.
If you see a woman with a gray helmet and red ski pants
whizzing down the slopes with a happy grin, that'll be me!

I hope that you have a happy and healthy 2016.

Our son, Zach, shot a video of our family skiing:

See you in January!

Wordless Wednesday

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Creative News From My House

Do you remember me posting about cashmere yarn unraveled from a thrift store sweater, that was due to be transformed into something new?

It was dyed a brilliant blue with a bit of forest green thrown in for good measure and now it's being plied with a Merino single that I've been spinning on a spindle.

It's going to become a special hat for someone :-)

Speaking of spindles, 
a couple of new high whorl spindles have emerged from my husband's workshop. 
The spindle in the photo above has a Marblewood whorl with a Padauk shaft. 
I can't remember ever seeing Marblewood before, have you?

I've been using it for days now, spinning the brilliant blue Merino, and it's quite nice to spin on.
I like to start my morning with a large cup of coffee, 
quiet music,
 spinning something soft.

The other spindle has a Bloodwood whorl with an Ebony shaft 
and when I first saw it, I knew that this was a special spindle 
as the wood simply glows. The Bloodwood has a vibrant iridescence to it,
which flashes as the whorl spins.

This spindle isn't just a pretty face, but it easily spins and spins and spins. 
What a delight to spin on something so fine!

On my knitting needles, I'm working on a lace scarf made with crimson Merino singles that I spun on the lovely Bloodwood spindle. 
Marshall hopes to make spindles to sell once he retires 
so these are prototypes that I get to test.

The scarf is created by knitting a long tube, which is an interesting method.

This week I set up my vintage Harrisville loom. 
I pulled my weaving notebook out and I realized that it was two years ago that I put the cotton kitchen warp on my Baby Wolf loom. 
My gosh, how did two years go by and that warp is still on the loom? 
I'm a weaving slug.
That must be it.

Well, I won't dwell on that, will I?
 I put a cotton warp of various 8/2 cotton yarns in tan, beige, brown, along with a touch of white thrown in. 
For non-weavers, this is the view of the back of the reed after setting that up-sleying the reed-in weaving parlance.
It looks like chaos, right?

Wait for it.
Next comes threading the heddles.

And just like that, the chaos is gone, and the yarn is ready to wind on the back beam.
Once that's finished, the fun part, the weaving can begin!
The weaving structure is M's and O's, with an 8/2 warp and a hemp weft.

I'm thinking about a Christmas quilt that I want to make.
The fabric is sitting in my studio, waiting for me to decide what pattern I want to make.
So today, 
while I'm outside in the blustery, winter weather walking my canine buddies, 
I'll be thinking of quilt blocks :-)

Here's hoping that you have time for fabric/fiber today,