Wednesday, April 29, 2009

More scarves

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

busy weekend!

Whew! I've had a busy weekend doing this and that!

First, I'm recycling yarn from a sweater I bought at the thrift store. It is a beautiful marine blue cotton yarn. I plan on twisting this with two other bamboo fibers together to make a shawl.

Second, I finished the body of a crocheted shawl that I'll probably name the colorway "liquid gold". This shawl has 3 fibers that I twisted together with my yarn twister. The fibers are a gold acrylic given to me by my weaver friend, a "fire" colorways tencel that I bought from Webs and a recycled cashmere I purchased from MishMash yarns from Etsy. I plan on adding beadwork to the fringe to give it more "pop".

Third, I've started taking photos for the Etsy shop I will be setting up soon. These are the ruffle scarves I've been cranking out. The yarn for the red one came from a talented French dye artist Tricoterie from Etsy. The yarn is a merino/tencel sock yarn and the color is just stunning! This photo doesn't give this color justice! The second scarf will be the first of a series of college team colors. This one is University of Michigan! The yarn is a merino bamboo hand dyed by a wonderful Etsy artist in Ohio named HandDyed. I also have this yarn in Auburn and Alabama colors.
I will be posting more scarves in the next few days.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Welcome to my world of FiberArts!

I've been encouraged to dive into the world of selling my work and have received many wonderful suggestions regarding what to do and where to start. One of them is blogging.

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 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.