Saturday, May 30, 2009

plus two more

I was in a color wonderland earlier this week creating these. It was fun walking into my closet and selecting wonderful colors from such talented spin/dye artists from all over the world. I present you two more skinnies.
This first colorway was inspired by a ball of handspun wool from Ireland I bought from maisiehandspun she called "pools". I combined this with lopi wool from Iceland and a soft cream acrylic to compliment. I will probably name this "the pools at Coolmore".

I had to do a skinny in red and so here it is. This piece contains a handspun from mulchandmore and theflyingewe, both from beautiful Michigan. I paired it up with some wonderful specialty yarns that really pulled this piece together beautifully.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


I know it's been awhile since I updated my blog, with all this rain we've been having along with overcast days, I couldn't accurately photograph my latest work.

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 This next to the skin soft beauty will make a great home for someone who adores purple.

This third cutie reminds me of Smarties candy. This contains peach banana fiber from Blondechicken. The rest is a delightful mix of ribbon and
sugary sweet colors.

When I first created this colorway, I thought
of city lights and a night on the town. Then I thought
"city of tiny lights". This one contains wool, acrylic,
and lurex.

This one is called "Carnivale" reminding me
of a 1990 trip to Venice and the costumes. It contains a handspun from bperry042. The rest is in ribbon accented with white yarn. The bulkiness of the ribbon made this piece a little wider but contains just about every color in the spectrum.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

AU Student's Handspuns

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

Two spiral scarves from the same skein

These two scarves came from a skein of yarn from Whorling Tides at Etsy. She is my first Alabama spin/dye artist I found on Etsy that shares my fondness of fiber. She may live on the other side of the state (Tuscaloosa), she is still my "neighbor" and I look forward to taking a 3 hour drive sometime to meet her. If you like her work in her Etsy shop, you can shop with confidence knowing she will give you great customer service.

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

About my Avatar...the cute doggie pic

Meet Darby Queen, the family dog/therapist. She is quite a useless guard Beagle, she's only good at three things-and she does those three things quite, sleep, and love.

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

Playing with NORO

Knitting with Noro yarn is a lot of fun and this is probably the only commercial spun yarn that you can buy that will knit/crochet up one of a kind gems. I purchased this yarn from Darlene's Yarn Shop in Opelika, Alabama. The yarn may have a coarse feel as you're knitting it up but it does soften up if you hand wash the garment with a touch of fabric softener and let it air dry.

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".