Saturday, July 29, 2006

Rusts, Greens & Lisa.

Lisa, whose an avid knitter & recently returned from Bosnia & Serbia had bought hand spun yarns from me past winter.
When she sent me the images of what she's made from them, it occured to me that she may have been in a specific color mood!
One is a long scarf that she made from a beaded yarn & the other is a neck warmer she made from a "Mohair locks" yarn I had spun.
These are gorgeous Lisa!! I cant wait to see the finished 'Rusts' shawl you've been talking about on your blog. Hurry already! :)

Saturday, July 22, 2006

A yarn of old.

7 months ago Sonia came over to my place in Richmond & I lay out my handspun stash for her to see. She picked up a skein of handspun & hand-dyed singles (fingering/worsted) in the colors of Fall & said "This is mine." Then she went away to live out her life & heal herself through difficult times. I didn't see or hear from her much in the months to follow other than exchanges of anguished phone calls.
A few days ago she called me over to her home for some home-cooked "Dhokla". She had found her ground and long lost love. As I sat cross legged on the floor of her studio, my eyes wandered to a half finished scarf that lay in the shadow of a wooden chest.

I now wonder - 'is this really the yarn I spun?'. Sometimes I think people in pain make beautiful art. I've been convinced of this for years after having seen my mother's work & now Sonia proved a point. She's now back to making the exceptionally beautiful jewelry that sat in the shadow of the same chest for long, dark months.

I'm not sure what size the needles are - maybe US 3, 4 or 5. She also alternated with US 8 or 9 to get a more latticed/open knit in between. The yarn & scarf will now go back to Sonia so she can finish it. Hope the pictures explain.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Michelle's "Fire Birds" Sock!

Michelle in Australia had bought the "Fire Birds" superwash Merino/Nylon sock yarn from my Etsy shop some weeks ago & LOOK what she made out of it!
Gorgeous socks from a plain knit!! Her blog is full of neat yarn projects & lovely photographs.

Saturday, July 01, 2006


I've been spinning some wool mohair blend & it turned out beautifully heathered - all 530 yards of it. It's got mostly mauves & some blue, grey, bits of burgundy & gold.

It took me ages to get down to weaving Sonia's shawl & when I finally did, I forgot to take pictures!
Sonia kindly returned the shawl for a few days so I could take pics.
The warp was a fingering weight Alpaca yarn - cranberry in color & very soft.
The weft was a grapey colored Mohair boucle. The inlay weft was white mohair used either single or doubled in pieces - it gave a subtle raised or ribbed effect intermittently.
Sonia's a talented jeweller & the shawl was in exchange for some exquisite things she made for me!