Sometimes, I do other things besides dyeing yarn and fibre and Pilates. I’d like to get back to doing other things more frequently, but I’m happy with what I’ve got so far. The leaf prints, totally inspired by the master of leaf prints, India Flint, as well as being inspired by Lotta Helleberg, were born out of a need to do something with all the gorgeous leaves on the ground! The collages were for the CCA art fair…which I showed up to one week too late and the wrong day.
Leafprints on paper:
I need to keep doing this. It is so easy to let work take over all the time, but I need to keep making time for art. I’d forgotten how hard making art is; the leaf prints are experiments, organic happenings, to be put to use later, but the collages take so much thought and decision making. I’m not one of those artists who just can go and create willy-nilly, or at least I can’t in fine art; it takes me time to find the right piece and the right place in the collage. Every bit has to combine with the rest to visually make sense some how.
I have been wanting to make the Honey cowl by Madelinetosh for quite a while now. There are so many wonderful versions on Ravelry, and each new one was a tease. When I dyed the Blue Violet superwash merino sport, it seemed to whisper to me “honey cowl….make me….”
So I did.
The yarn worked out perfectly. I love how it softens so beautifully while working with it and after a bit of a soak in Eucalan. And the cowl is a lovely accessory. I want to knit another one, actually; I keep looking at the superwash merino worsted in Perfume and thinking that it would make a great version.
Happy Thanksgiving (U.S. one, anyways) everyone! I’m so thankful to be part of this wonderful yarn world. With that in mind, I’m offering 15% off any and all purchases from the shop through Sunday, December 1st.
The shop is pretty well stocked right now, but keep an eye out as I add even more. (Hello, Bacchus Aran, I’m looking at you. )
When Wool People 6 first came out, at first I was a bit meh on it. Not that there aren’t some things in there that I really, really want to knit (there always are when it comes to Brooklyn Tweed), there just wasn’t anything that really grabbed me. Whereas I want everything in Wool People 3 and 4.
But then I started seeing the Bray cap showing up in various FOs on ravelry, and the cables just looked so delicious and squishy. I like cables. I like hats. I need hats. I had some super wash merino worsted that needed a sample….go!
I used Pigeonroof Studios superwash merino worsted in Golden Moss, and I can’t even begin to describe how squishy and soft this hat is. The cables look fantastic in this yarn. And I can pretend I’m a green elf. It only took one skein of yarn, by the way, so go knit yourself one!
First of all, let me state for the record that I did NOT knit this gorgeous shawl. I may have a variety of talents (or so I like to think), but lace knitting is not one of them. It is, however, one of tmkr’s, and it was she who knit this lovely sample for me.
The shawl is the Alcea shawl by Susanna IC, the crescent shawl pattern queen, knit in Pigeonroof Studios 80/20 merino/tussah silk lace in Electric Violet. I swear, the fabric that this yarn makes when knit up, makes it seem as though it could float. There are some other lovely colours in the shop right now, as well:
This shawl, deservedly so, took pride of place display wise at Interweave knitting lab:
It’s a crappy picture, but it looked stunning, and was duly admired by everyone who came near it. And I consider myself so incredibly lucky to have been able to have such a gorgeous sample for the show.