Creative News From My House
I haven't posted in a while as I've been moving sprinklers in
our front yard. Not very exciting, I'm afraid,
but necessary in this dry climate that we live in.
We've discovered some dry zones in the yard
(ahem, dead plants)
that needed to be addressed
sooner rather than later.
Hence the digging.
My husband, Marshall, has been creating some
unique bird houses in his shop.
And one of them now has milk paint on it,
so it's ready to share with you.
He's currently working on curved designs
for two more birdhouses.
We'll be getting the ladder out soon
to hang these around our yard
and hopefully we'll see some bird
occupants using them!
I finished the London Square quilt top!!
It was rather hard to photograph due to it's size
of 64 x 80 inches (162 x 203 cm),
so sorry for the wonky photo.
Since this was designed as a snuggle under quilt for the sofa,
it has Quilter's Dream Wool batting,
which is soft and warm.
I'm hand quilting this in the evenings
using pearl cotton thread.
On the knitting needles right now I'm knitting up some heavier socks
that I plan on wearing with my hiking boots.
I spun them from superwash BFL top that I dyed
in long color sections.
I'm always fascinated with how you can play with color with spinning.
Not only can you influence the outcome by lengthening
or shortening the color bands while painting the dye on the wool,
but you can change things up by stripping off
thicker or thinner sections while spinning.
The thicker sections turn into longer sections of one color.
And then you can effect how the yarn looks depending
on how you ply it-two ply or three ply?
Speaking of dying, I've felt like dying the last couple of days,
so I set up my supplies on my back patio.
I used a combination of food dye, drink mix,
and acid dyes to create the colors that I wanted.
I placed plastic wrap on my rudimentary dyeing table,
and painted my mixed colors on my wool roving.
Speaking of roving, I decided to try out the superwash Merino/nylon
blend that I bought from KnitPicks.
First up was bright red, orange, and yellow.
I wanted this to vibrate with color!
After painting on the dyes, I sprayed the wool roving
with a vinegar/water solution,
and then covered the whole thing with
another layer of plastic wrap.
I rolled this up and placed it into a vintage canning pot
to be steamed for approximately 30 minutes.
I use a camp stove with a small bottle of propane
for this process.
This is the result:
Changing gears, I decided to try some paler colors,
reminding me of the delicate pastel colors
of lovely Easter dresses.
I left some white areas just to see how that would look
against the soft pastel colors.
I'm excited to start spinning one of these soon,
but first I have to finish what's currently
on my wheel.
And yes, the divine cherry Matchless spinning wheel
came home with me!
Happy, happy, happy birthday to me ;-)
I use it every day, so it's an awesome
addition to my fiber tools (toys?).
Here's hoping that you have time for fabric/fiber today,