Sunday, November 21, 2010
A child said What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands;
How could I answer the child? I do not know what it is any more
I guess it must be the flag of my disposition, out of hopeful green
Walt Whitman, Song of Myself
I wove this fabric from handspun cormo -- singles spun in both S & Z twist -- and a handspun merino/silk blend -- again, singles spun in both S & Z twist. Hopefully, it will become a garment -- but first I have to spin more weft!
On the loom, it looks like gauze, but when it's washed gently in hot water, the overtwisted yarns relax into a seersucker texture. I didn't do anything to create the fringe. The yarns do this all by themselves.
Today there's more color inspiration outside my window:
Friday, November 19, 2010
Look closely: the ribs at the base are the candles. The diamonds are the flames, rising in color from blue at the wick to red to orange to yellow. A very warm hat indeed, knitted in Kauni Effektgarn, which has wonderful long color bands -- this particular yarn in rainbow shades of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Lake Geneva: Vineyards on the hillside near Lausanne
Swans and sun on Lake Geneva
Zurich at night
And now, on to the important business: There is a wonderful yarn shop in Zurich's Old Town, at 10 Neumarket, called Hand-Art. You can find directions to this shop and others in Zurich at this website:
Here's to what my husband calls "The Fiber Underground." We are everywhere!
We stayed in Kloten, a suburb of Zurich, in a Euro-modern hotel, the Allegra. The hotel's design was inspired by Mondrian, who lived in Zurich -- as did Le Corbusier and Giacometti. If you go, you must visit the Fraumunster Cathedral, which dates back to the 9th century. The stained-glass windows in the church were created by Giacometti and Chagall! And it's a short walk across the river to the Kunsthaus, the city's art museum, where there is currently a Picasso retrospective, a recreation of the very one he himself helped put together in 1932. If ever I can begin to understand Cubism, it's thanks to this exhibit and his painting, "Man with a Clarinet."
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