Fiber and Photography
Random journaling about life, the art of knitting, and my occassional creative endeavours in writing with light (photography).
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
My almost 10-year-old daughter wanted me to post her latest creations! No patterns were followed, just her own imagination.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Over at my new blog, Lilibeth's Garden, I've posted a new entry on the ball winder I'm going to be saving for over the next few months. I'm in love!
Friday, February 09, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
I know I've been very neglectful of my blog. It can't be denied that when I get onto something (like selling felted bags), everything else falls by the wayside.
Here's some dying I did last weekend, on a very neutral light coloured wool:
These are chubby hanks that are around 7-8 ounces each. The first one was done with Dylon Cold A3 Lilac. I found it at our local fabric store. I love the colour, it's perfect. I got very consistent results. I just don't fancy the idea of using chemical dyes, yet I can't deny the results are the best.
The second skein was an overdye job done on some cornflower blue wool that I wasn't in love with. I used Kool-Aid in Strawberry, with some grape thrown in towards the end. Not totally consistent results, but I'm sure it'll knit up fine. A little too rosey for my taste, but that just proves how strong Kool-Aid is!
The third skein was again the neutral wool, this time dyed with Wilton icing colour in Violet. Man you don't need much of this stuff! I used WAY too much and it wasn't even half a teaspoon. There was tons of colour left in the pot. Next time I'll use much much much less. I see the potential for a very nice muted violet. I wasn't going for ultra violet! But it's very pretty.
The orange below used to be orange from Kool-Aid, but it was too soda pop orange. I overdyed it with turmeric (an Indian spice, also called 'Indian Saffron), and threw in a bit of the neutral wool and boy what a yellow! The orange is still too orangey, it'll become part of my wool embroidery stash.
Dying is fun!!
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
I'm so excited, I just purchased this walnut yarn swift online from Knitting Notions. Jon (hubby) is buying it for me for our 18th wedding anniversary. It looks like a piece of fine furniture. It is finished with "a blend of tung oil and linseed oil, followed by a topcoat of beeswax". It'll be such a relief to give my shoulders a break from unwinding a skein from around the back of 2 chairs. Now all I need is a ball winder!
Monday, January 08, 2007
A bag with a destiny
I had a bag listed at my etsy shop that had at least 570 views and yet it sat unpurchased for a month. I had come to the conclusion that it must be awaiting a special destiny. On Saturday I had a woman in Helsinki, Finland ask if I shipped internationally. I had never shipped overseas but I offered to look into it right away. Later that day I was mailing off my little green bag to Finland! I was so pumped because it made me happy to see it go to a place where the Scandinavian culture embraces colour. It feels like it's going to where it belongs.
The buyer said that she wouldn't be my last overseas buyer, which was such a sweet thing to say. Can't deny this is all very fulfilling!