Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
I now have my freeform artwork photostream on Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lilquiz/show/
I'll be adding to the photostream as I finish and photograph my art. Feel free to check back for updates!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
I must take a moment and say Shannon is a wonderful sister in Christ and I could almost feel the uplifting energy of this handspun yarn. She named the yarn "Mystery Machine" from the Scooby Doo cartoon. I admit, I've seen enough of that "groovy" cartoon as
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Sillies!!! I moved my yarn stash out of the closet into my studio and to sound like a Billy Mays infomercial-"Wait! That's not all!" I haven't moved in my cone yarns and ribbon yet.
Hey Darlene, I moved the painting in too!! I'll have your inspiration, even after you move away.
Love you all and have a great week!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I wanted to come up with something that could showcase the handspuns I've been getting and make it affordable for those who are looking for something one of a kind without draining their wallet. So the "skinnies" are born, these long lovelies could be a scarf or a belt.
The first one is a pretty Caribbean colorway with handspuns from Etsy's Dreamymeow and Handspunanddyedtoo. The other colors I purchased locally from yarn shops. The colors represent the colors of the tropical islands with the sun and sand. I just love these colors, it just takes me on a vacation without leaving the house.
The second skinny contains a handspun from Wildthyme, dyed silk from Silkandshine and a mink/cashmere yarn from Great Northern Yarns.com. This next to the skin soft beauty will make a great home for someone who adores purple.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Earlier this year, we had put together a small group some fiber artists from our church (Church of the Highlands-Auburn campus). We had weavers, knitters, crocheters and one quilter come together and share experiences and have some fun. We had a blast and we'll probably do it again this fall.
One of the Auburn students during spring break visited Williamsburg, PA and took a class on spinning with a drop spindle. Pictured here are 3 mini skeins that she gave me that are now in my collection of yarn.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Most of the Etsy artists I've met have been good to me. The local artists have been super to me too, especially Darlene and Linda. :-)
Friday, May 8, 2009
She became our family member a few years ago when my son carried her home from the county dumpster. She either got lost or was abandoned there, either way, she was hungry and stinky.
She had a sweet disposition that charmed us into taking her into our home.
You probably wonder where we came up with the name Darby Queen, it was my idea, she is named after a Ranger obstacle course in Ft. Benning, Georgia. We are pretty much an Army family and support our US Army Rangers. Why name a dog after an obstacle course?? Well....why not?
I said she is the family dog/therapist....this is where she earns her keep. Our lives sometimes get very stressful and she has this unique ability to calm us down and melt our hectic day away.
She loves anyone that comes over to our house and makes new friend with her calming charm. She is probably one of the most laid back dogs we've ever adopted.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
This first ruffle scarf has lovely lilac colors in it with a heather grey and green. It reminds me of the lilacs that would bloom in the spring up north.
I tried taking good photos of this, but I'll probably try to photo it in direct sunlight. Maybe it will turn out better.
The second ruffle has a wider color spectrum with yellows, pinks, greens.
This would be a nice spring time scarf or do what I did and wear with black to make the colors pop.
This lariat/scarf was an experimental piece that yielded a beautiful result. Inspired by a pattern from Timaryart (Etsy shop), it is crocheted corkscrews that from a distance looked like blooming wisteria (the purple part). For anyone that is looking for something different in the accessory wardrobe, this is quite a "unique whip".
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
This scarf is knitted with high quality sari silk from the lovely ladies in Nepal. I'm so amazed knitting this knowing that the yarn was hand spun on drop spindles by women working from the floor of their huts a continent away. I purchased this yarn from NorthcottWilson on Etsy. The first 100 stitches are casted on with Peruvian alpaca I purchased from Ebay. The silk has a heavier drape than the sock yarn so it will work well keeping the chill away.
I enjoy working with this silk and plan on getting more in the future.
This scarf is knitted with sock yarn from Cosmicfibersyarn on Etsy. The fiber content is merino/bamboo. She hand dyed this yarn in a blue colorways that she called Kazuo Taoka Nefarious series. After I knitted this scarf, I call the colorways Blue Willow (like the dishes). This color was difficult to photograph as was the red scarf from my previous post. I wore this scarf once to work and received positive feedback on the color.
This sock yarn knitted up with a nice light lacy drape. It would make a nice dress scarf to wear as an accessory or to give a little pop to a blouse.
I have a fiber arts small group each Monday at a friend's house. We have so much fun showing each other's projects. One of the gals in our group during spring break took a class on how to spin with a drop spindle. She's been having fun since one of the other ladies gave her 3 rolls of pencil roving wool. She brought in some of her finished skeins the other night! I will take pictures of her work and post it soon. I'm so excited because I asked her if she would teach me how to spin this fall and she said she would!! I'll be looking for a top whorl spindle soon.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
OK so here we go. I am a committed fiber junkie and enjoy working with fibers from all over this planet. I have handspun yarns from New Zealand, Australia, Nepal, Peru, France, UK, Canada, Spain, Italy, and Iceland...so far. I also have commercial spun fibers too, much bought from Darlene's Knit Shop in Opelika, Alabama. Yes, this is where I live. Opelika/Auburn area....home of Auburn University SEC Tigers.
I can safely say I'm not an Auburn fan. I enjoy college football, but I pull for the Michigan Wolverines. I suppose I'll talk a little football during the season-I don't have control over the TV remote-whatever husband says we watch during football season, we watch.
On to warm fuzzy things....I work with alpaca, cotton, wool, rayon, acrylic, bamboo, tencel, cashmere, silk. I also have some mink/cashmere blend yarn from a gent from the northeast. If anyone wants the link to his shop I'll sent it to you.
I will be setting up an Etsy shop soon. I've made all sorts of wonderful friends with the sellers on Etsy. I think about my sellers often and pray for their success. I can't get over how many talented people are on Etsy, it's very motivating.