Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

Lilacs 2015

So beautiful this year!!!

More May

The 21st and 22 of May 2015, I have a Boundweave Rug making workshop happening with Tom Knisely, weaver, teacher and writer.

It's part of OHS Panoply. Looking forward to that too. Here is the link: http://panoply2015.ca/ .

And I must ready myself and pull things together for my Level 6 studies in Olds, Alberta in June 2015 at Olds College.

The dye skeins for the class I haven't quite finished spinning. Tonight will be the final episode of 'Mad Men' and some spinning.

This is a blend of Border Leicester and hemp. I experimented with blending on the combs, but prefer the hand carded rolags instead.
Here's what it looks like. The hemp content gives the the yarn a manilla colour. I suspect that the indigo dyeing we will be doing in class will have a slight greenish tinge because of this fact.
B. Leicester & Hemp

I should get out to my garden for spring chores.

May...a lovely fibre month

I have been slow to post to the blog, but that doesn't mean I haven't been busy.

Boring Grey Sock
Just a sampling of projects:
Seems like just plain grey socks? Well sometimes that's just what is needed. It's almost auto knitting _ I can knit on something like this at work on breaks or before I actually start work; just pick up and knit. It's surprising to see how a few rows knitted here & there add up to a whole sock rather quickly.

Wendy 5 ply yarn. Beatrice Gansey
This is my much anticipated Gansey project. I've been fearful to start this project, but finally just plunged right in.

I'm using Wendy 5 ply Guernsey yarn I purchased from http://www.loveknitting.com/us/ .

I have a few books and have done some research, so look forward to completing the sweater before it gets too warm to knit a large project.

Socks are great warm weather projects.

Bath Towel project

Bath towels are on my to do list.

This is ready for some sampling with cotton chenille from http://www.mbrassard.com/index-ang.html .

Previously I had tried to use mop cotton, but it makes a better bath mat than a towel.

See what happens with this.

Cotton/hemp tea towel warp. MX dyes.

Pictured to the right is hand dyed cotton/hemp warp for tea towels.

Pattern is for a twill gamp which I find fascinating to see happen.

Each section is a different threading and combined with different treadling combinations beautiful twill patterns emerge.

Hand dyed cotton/hemp. Twill Gamp.

This again is hand dyed cotton/hemp warp for more tea towels.

Love the pattern!

Lilacs of 2015

It's a beautiful year for the lilacs. Our house has many in front and across the road lining the farmer's field.

Log Cabin patterning

All cotton. Log Cabin tea towels.

Mother's Day from Lauren