Friday, April 21, 2006

More goodies Lisa made from my yarn.

Lisa, (who’s been knitting out magic with her kneedles as she goes to grad school) sent me images of the bag & scarf she knitted from 2 separate silk yarns I had spun & painted.
The pictures of the yarns used are inset.
Her Etsy shop is and her blog is
Lisa’s off to Earth day in downtown Richmond, VA with her knitted goodies soon. Good luck Lisa!

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Desperate for cotton.

My friend from school had a baby 3 years ago & when she learnt of my spinning & dying asked if I spun cotton. At that point I said "no - not yet. It's a short fiber & takes really long to spin." A few weeks ago, i decided to dye an assortment of cotton lycra sock yarn for her & her child (both of whom are allegic to wools & animal fibers). She's knitting up a sock storm. I shall be uploading images of the socks once she's done. She says stockinette works up great & that she doesn't bother with a pattern since the yarn self striped by itself. Also she finds it extremely forgiving because of the lycra in the cotton - no loss of shape.
She & her knitting bud will later be knitting shells & tanks from more yarn I've dyed.

Monday, April 10, 2006


One of my best friends used to say "the older you get, the more Purple you see & want". Her words come back to haunt me just about every dye day.
As a child purple made me sad.
Anyone else feel the same?

Sunday, April 09, 2006


I used to read a lot of Gerald Durrell as a teenager & couldn't get the picture of his descriptions of the shore & waters of Crete (Greek Island where he lived in with his family) out of my mind.
Well, here's a manifestation - handpainted, hand reeled Mulberry/Bombyx silk from what I've always imagined the Waters of Crete to be!
I shall soon be loading these on

Saturday, April 01, 2006

The DELIGHTFUL Book Charkha.

I have fallen in love with the book charkha (Indian foldable spinning wheel). Given my obsession with spinning, it's my Morphine - my fix for the day. This is also know as the Gandhi Charkha (is accelerated) & is a wonderful production spinning wheel for short fibers like Cotton, Angora, Cashmere & other animal fibers like Samoyed dog hair.
It's hand crafted from Teak & has a wonderful earthiness about it. It has a ratio of 65:1 (approx) which means for every 1 turn of the larger wheel, the spindle spins 65 times!
I've been carrying it everywhere me. Great to spin on when I'm out in the park enjoying Spring & the sun or travelling. It snaps shut like a book & weighs a measely 2 lbs.

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