October 3, 2013 · 4:37 pm
Experiments in diverting textile waste from the rubbish bin or compost continue… The lavender wool and the entirely waste batt are all spun up. In the end, I plied the trash batt with a single of the lavender wool. I can’t say I expected loveliness, and to my mind this is not lovely. As for the spinning experience: it was fine to spin though my lack of foresight about a plying strategy wasn’t ideal and I didn’t think a chain 3 ply would work. I also have to say that even with a generous apron under my drafting zone, this yarn shed loads of pieces of chopped thread at every stage, which didn’t make me popular with my beloved.
These yarns are destoned for yarnbomb glory. I knit then into K2P2 ribbing and will apply them when I’ve chosen a suitable spot and the rain and wind abate!
On the other hand, here is a corespun yarn made from the batt composed of white polwarth locks, eucalyptus dyed corriedale carding waste and overlocker waste (much of it from leaf printed fabrics). I like this very much. I think the ratio of polwarth to other inclusions is part of what works, but so is the texture of the polwarth–it helps hold everything together. The happy combination of colours doesn’t go astray either…
September 28, 2013 · 5:06 pm
Some time ago I was kindly nominated for the WordPress family Blog Award by tinkerbellknits, who has a lovely blog you might like to visit. Thanks so much, tinkerbellknits!
“This is an award for everyone who is part of the “Word Press Family” I start this award on the basis that the WordPress family has taken me in, and showed me love and a caring side only WordPress can. The way people take a second to be nice, to answer a question and not make things a competition amazes me here. I know I have been given many awards, but I wanted to leave my own legacy on here by creating my own award, as many have done before. This represents “Family” we never meet, but are there for us as family. It is my honour to start this award.”
I am in turn nominating the following bloggers as people who have had a positive impact on my experience as a blogger… through their writing and what its shows about their craft and their values, their modelling of what a blog could be and what a blogger could be.
I hope you might check out their blogs.
Cossack design http://cossackdesigns.wordpress.com/
Wendi of the Treasure http://wendiofthetreasure.com/
Grackle and Sun http://grackleandsun.wordpress.com/
Sea Green and Sapphire http://seagreenandsapphire.wordpress.com/
Pia at Colour Cottage http://colourcottage.wordpress.com/
Deb McClintock http://debmcclintock.wordpress.com/
Trembling Inside the Cocoon http://tremblinginsidethecocoon.wordpress.com/
HXGreen Soul http://hxgreensoul.wordpress.com/
My thanks to all those who have supported this blog–I started out quite unsure whether I would enjoy or persist with it, and I find that I do and I will.
…and since we have been talking yarn bombs a little lately, here are some I added to the local bike path quite a while back. They are some of my early experiments in art yarn–some even made at a workshop with the inimitable Jacey Boggs (others made after poring over her book or DVDs). Cocoons, corespun, beehives and supercoils.