Showing posts from October, 2010

Rain-Saturated Colors

A couple of posts past, I ran these photos of iridescent-peach leaves in my garden. This is a dwarf cherry bush, a hybrid from Miller Nurseries in Canandaigua, NY, that we grew from root stock: This is what it looks like today, a very rainy day, with autumn colors at their peak: I swear that the leaves are brighter than usual this fall -- perhaps because we had a summer that was not too hot, not too dry, just right for growing things. Look at these hosta leaves! Still, even though autumn is beautiful, I agree with Emerson.

Spinning a Yarn: Handspun Singles in S & Z Twist

Once upon a time -- this year, in fact -- I began spinning singles in both S and Z twist, planning to weave a light collapsible-weave fabric. I bought roving from Ashland Bay, their merino/silk fiber, in two shades of green (the two bobbins on the left). Also, thanks to good friend Leslie Mendelson who recommended the site to me, I Googled a company called "Briar Rose" and bought Cormo roving beautifully hand-dyed in two shades of darker green (the two bobbins on the right). Spinning was easy but slow, because I spun the yarn just as fine as I could (to pun on a popular spinning book, it was unintentional spinning, but what the heck). I spun about a pound of yarn, total, two colors in S twist and two in Z twist, about four ounces each. (I wanted to try different fibers because they will "crinkle" differently.)  The results are highly overtwisted yarns. Here's what the Z twist in the silk/merino does when you release the tension on a bunch of singles: Here

Two hats of handspun are better than one commercially done

The trouble with being a handspinner is that you tend to like to spin, in and of itself. It may not mean that you're spinning to create a yarn that will be made into something -- you just like spinning that particular fiber. So, every once in a while I rummage through my handspun and decide that I should make something of it -- hence these two hats! Actually they were intended for my daughter and her boyfriend who will be visiting at the end of this week, but who knows if they will like them? Or if the hats will fit? The first is borrowed from a Rowan pattern for a man's hat, which I found on Ravelry. I cast on 126 stitches (on 16" #3 circular needles), did a Knit 2 Purl 2 ribbing for six rows, then commenced knitting stripes in stockinette stitch, two rows at a time. When the hat is large enough, I began decreasing, first every 18 stitches, then 17, and so forth. Simple! When it was all finished, I felted the daylights out of it, hoping that it would

Silk Organza Wraps in Bronze and Coral

Recently added to my Etsy shop: two kimono-style jackets in silk organza, the first dyed in a range of bronze tones and the second in coral colors. The pattern is a simplified version of a jacket design from the Sewing Workshop. I chose to eliminate the more difficult French-seam construction (organza is tricky to work with, especially for a novice like me) in favor of a three-thread rolled hem done on my serger, using an accent color for the threads. Very diaphanous (is that how you spell it?). Someone suggested that I should make lingerie out of the fabric. Believe me, you can find that on Etsy, too! Thank you to my friend Joan Rusitzky for serving as my model.