Inspired by Lynne and Sara

Do you find inspiration in other people's work/art?
I was thinking about this the other day,
about what inspires me to create.

Years ago I came across the book,
written by Lynne Vogel.
I'd never seen anything like what she was creating
with her hand dyed, 
one of a kind socks.
I was amazed, 
and thought I want to dye like that.
Improvisational dyeing!
Her work/book inspired me to collect dyeing supplies,
mix acid dyes,
and start dyeing my own wool.
Thanks, Lynne, for the inspiration!!

A couple of weeks ago I was perusing another favorite book,
by Sara Lamb. 
Reading that book,
and ghosting Ravelry,
has given me a strong desire to weave with my handspun yarn.
(That, and the worry that I may become buried
under the mountainous pile of wool skeins
that are gathering in my house....)
I am not a wool hoarder,
I'm not.
Sara weaves luscious scarves and shawls using
her finely spun wool/silk yarns that she
creates herself.
Just seeing the photos of her shawls in her book made me want to start weaving....
Simply lovely!!

So this next scarf was inspired by these two fiber artists.

I measured out an 8/2 Tencel warp 
of cream, medium spring green, sunny yellow, and burnt orange.

I put that Tencel warp on my Baby Wolf loom to 
weave a plain weave scarf.

Someone asked me in a comment how I dye my yarn/roving.
Sometimes I put the yarn/wool in a little bit of water
and then pour the dye over the top.
The dye strikes fast as I have a higher acid concentration for that method.
I have an old camp stove that I use to heat set the dyes 
along with an old canning pot.
Most of the time though, I use sponge brushes to paint the yarn/roving,
so that I can put the dye exactly where I want it.
On Saturday, I set up a dyeing table in my driveway,
and painted on a soft green, sunny yellow, and
tobacco brown with a couple of drops of bright orange
to a skein of upcycled cashmere yarn from a thrift store sweater.
The tobacco brown washes out to a nice tan, 
so what I wanted was a tan with a hint of orange.
So with this method,
I wrapped the yarn with plastic wrap,
placed this above water in a shallow pan,
(not in the water, but above)
and steamed it for 30 minutes.
The cashmere yarn is in the top shuttle,
and a handspun, slubby silk yarn is in the bottom.

I started painting our family room on Saturday,
which had been painted by the previous owner 
who put a very shiny beige paint on the ceiling.
Not my cup of tea,
for sure,
so I'm really glad to not see that anymore!
You're probably wondering, what's with all of the house painting?
Our youngest son moved out in August,
so now we've started tackling some of the DIY
projects that have been on our list for some time.

Fresh paint in our family room!
So while I was rolling the paint on the ceiling,
I was thinking of colors.
Wondering how it would look to have a random warp
crossed with a multicolored weft with two different yarns.
This is the result of that pondering,
scarf number one.

I'm spinning the Merino/silk roving for scarf number two
and thinking about how I want to dye this.
Maybe a sunny yellow dripped on the yarn for splotches of color?

On the quilting side of things,
I've been sewing donation baby quilts.
Which is fun!

On Saturday, my husband and I bicycled downtown to view the Veteran's Parade.
I was impressed by how many families with small kids were there 
to support the veterans.
It was so neat to see the little kids waving flags
and clapping for an older generation
who sacrificed so much for our freedom.

To any veteran who may be reading this,
thanks so much for all that you did to make our country free.
This Veteran's Day, 
if you see a vet,
please stop them and tell them thanks.



  1. I just picked up Sara Lamb's video of the same book, yesterday! It'll be interesting to see our progress!

  2. Hi Judy,
    I do get inspired all the time and often I do want to make it my selfe - but mostly I just enjoy what I see... I do admire you when I see what you can do with wool and colors so beautiful!
    Liebe Grüße

  3. Gorgeous colour choices for your scarves Judy. That ceiling looks amazing all white and bright - must make a huge difference to the room. It is lovely to get rid of other peoples colour choices isn't it plus it is great to have everywhere looking so clean and bright. Have a great week. xx

  4. Dear Judy,
    oh yes, I often feel inspired by other people's quilt works, all the beautiful blogs are filled with such amazing ideas, that a lifetime isn't enough to realize everything ;-) Your weaving looks great and by the way, I love the new look of your blog ;-) Martina

  5. I love seeing your weaving projects, that is on my list of things to learn!!
    Beautiful yarn :)

  6. Love the colours of your new weaving. A little like the colours of my garden these days. :-) Except that today, there's no sun here, and your colours look much brighter and happier!
    Have a great week.


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