Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I have had the rare opportunity to work on art for the past three days. I set up Saturday morning and pretty much cleaned up last night. I had a challenge... to make 6 x 6 images for a local gallery's fundraiser. They receive over 2000 pieces and each one is a measly $20. I completed 23 of the buggers. I do not really love the size, or maybe I do not really love the constraint of size. Collage is tricky enough with out having choice of scale. I did manage to make one piece that is not 6 x 6. And I may finish a few others in the next two days, but then I am off to New Orleans for a family wedding!
Friday, April 17, 2009
I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep.
- Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand
I purchased this yarn with no label at a yarn auction. I really like it and am wondering what it is. I believe it is hand spun (actually it is quite over spun), it has no odor at all and is pretty soft. I am certain it is a natural fiber and maybe it was spun so long ago and any natural element has dissipated.
Then I saw a post at Lolly Knitting Around and I think the yarn is similar to something she used. (From http://lollygirl.com/blog/page/4)
“The yarn was wonderful to knit. It was raw and over spun in sections and crunchy and flubby and perfect. I love to be reminded of the source when I am knitting. In this case, the source was some lovely ivory fleeced Chilean cordero.”
I researched the term cordero and found it is simply Spanish for lamb. But I think it may be a term used for a type of South American sheep. (Most of what I found were recipes on how to prepare lamb). I had originally thought that this yarn I have is wool and the little pieces of wood and straw in it made me think it was from
Later.... I am sure it is cotton , now that I have worked with it all day - it has got to be cotton. I never saw hand spun natural cotton befoe. I have started a little baby sweater, it should be very sweet.I just found out that I get to watch the movie Gattaca in the classes I am subbing in today - it is one of my all time favorite movies. Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke and Jude Law...mmmm. The story illustrates that there is no gene for the human spirit and that enthusiasm and drive can overcome any obstacle.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Gauge:5.5 sts = 1" on US 6 Weight/Yardage:50g/115yd $6.00 discounted 20%, plus shipping it comes to $58.75 for a sweater I still have to make. So as soon as I finish the Stripey Cardigan I will start on this walnut one - I might make the Turbulence U-Neck Pullover by Norah Gaughan... Which means I have to order her book - as the pattern is not free on Ravelry....
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
So, after the disaster of the itchy sweater, I ordered some beautiful soft cotton and silk yarn by Cascade. I do not recommend getting yarn sight unseen from the internet but I bought a couple of balls of this stuff from my local yarn store and loved it so I ordered what I needed from Webs. The sweater is based on the most knitted cardigan on Ralvelry, the February Lady Sweater. It is a great top down raglan on #8 kneedles, I just changed the lace pattern to cables and voila!