Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I was at the thrift store, these thoughts running through my head, when I came across a baby blue cashmere sweater that had been accidentally felted beyond all recognition. It was mishapen, tiny, and ruined. But soft as a baby's butt in heaven. So I bought it and brought it home, not sure what to do with it.
One night, I sat down with the scissors and cut the sweater into a long spiral, starting at the bottom and working round and round until I had a 3/4-pound of "yarn"--basically, cashmere felted sweater cut into a continuous 1/4 inch wide strip.
I plied it with thread, creating a more yarnish appearance, but i wasn't finished. Then, I spun it with some raw wool, carded and dyed here in my kitchen. The lofty luscious finished product is a yarn I call "felted heaven." True recycling--taking something that has already been destroyed and making something new and beautiful.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Recycled Wrapping Paper Instructions
Used paper grocery bags. Ones that have holes in the bottom are best--reuse the ones in good condition.
Rubber stamps / homemade stamps / potato stamps / sponges or other textured material. (I used rubber stamps to make this paper.)
Stamp pads in darkish colors
1. Cut the bags so they lie flat. You will discard the bottom of the bags. If the bags have handles, trim those off and discard. Then, cut from the top down one crease until you reach the base of the bag. Next, cut around the base of the bag, and discard (recycle) the base.
2. Lie paper flat, and stamp with stamps and ink pads. Use different colors. Do NOT worry about being neat.
3. Once you have a stack of paper, roll up in one big roll and put a rubber band around it. Put where you keep your wrapping paper.
4. Stop buying wrapping paper.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
While raptwithfiber was here, we bought the new Verena, and there were some great cables in there. (I think Verena is my new favorite knitting magazine, actually.) So I whipped these up out of some Paton's Classic Wool in a couple of days, working two at a time. I like the boot-cut-iness.
Friday, January 9, 2009
My mother never was a knitter, but she is certainly a fiber artist--a world class tailor, clothing designer, and, of late, quilter.
She made this quilt for my wedding gift, but I only just received it because she entered it into a quilt competition--and won. Awesome.
This is our summer bedspread. Our drafty old house with craptastic HVAC requires a variety of bedding depending on the weather. This quilt fits a queen-sized bed--in other words, it's huge. And beautiful.
It's called "Wedding Rings."
Thursday, January 8, 2009
In anticipation of our Winter Pattern Collection, we’ve released all of our Fall ‘08 Patterns individually on Ravelry:
Prices range from $2.95 to $4.95 per pattern. Or, you can still download the complete collection for just $16.95.
Look for our new Winter 08'/09 Collection on January 31. Some of the patterns are already listed on Ravelry. More patterns will be previewed soon—we plan to feature three adult accessories (scarves, armwarmers), two women’s sweaters, one shawl, one men’s sweater, a baby sweater, and baby booties. Here are just a few of these:
Miss La Creevy Scarf Nickelby Scarf
There’s even more to come. We’ll be posting previews with more details as we get closer to the release date.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Raptwithfiber, my knitty friend, visited for a week after Christmas. She whipped up some of her own handspun on my wheel, I brought out some I'd made back in November, and then we did a KAL to Ysolda's Urchin hat, from Knitty.
Here's the yarn I used--a blend of natural brown romney blended with a white fleece I dyed blue and pink. I carded the 3 colors together for a softly blended look. It's a bulky 2-ply and very soft.
It was PERFECT for this hat. After a few "HUH??" moments with the pattern, I memorized the short rows and now I love it--a brilliant way to make a fine-fitting hat.
Now if only this bizarre heat wave would go away, it would be cold enough to wear it. Note the lack of jacket in these pictures. 60 deg. in January? Seriously??