Tuesday, February 26, 2008

First, a bit of dyeing:

On the left, Texas; a dk weight merino and mohair blend. In the middle; Alpaca lace weight. And on the right we have Prime Alpaca, about a dk weight.

And what is this? Four people knitting on one thing? Yes, that's right. You can see the square in my previous post, complete with four balls of yarn and four sets of circular needles. Here is an actual example of people knitting all at the same time. Surprisingly fun! For details about WHY we are doing this: www.internationalfibercooperative.com

Friday, February 22, 2008

Signs of Spring

The mental sap is running. After ignoring a tapestry-in-process for many months, I am weaving it again. My loom at the shop is warped, and in odd moments I am experimenting with high twist wool crepe yarns from Habu. And also with more loom controlled shibori too. One warp, many ideas. And I got a violent brain storm for a project for a "socially engaged art" exhibit that I know will be coming in June of this year. I am not sure I have time to execute my plan, but I am having a great time thinking it through. Also, Woven Art and I were happily sucked into a collaborative project together with other area knitters. In response to a call for art from The International Fiber Collaborative
Tracy A. came up with a knitted design fits the bill. The project requires a 3 foot by 3 foot square of fabric made by fiber artists. It could be knit, crocheted, woven, quilted, etc. These squares will be collected and sewn together into a very large covering for a gas station outside of Syracuse, NY. We have ours started:

See how there are four balls of (corn based)yarn, and four sets of needles? This means that four knitters will work on this together, to make the square. Knitting all at the same time. I find this to be a very cool way to remember that we are all in this together, and it will take cooperation to solve our energy problems. The square is currently at Woven Art in East Lansing, and you are hereby officially invited to come knit on the square. We will need many hands to finish it in time for the March 12 deadline! This coming Sunday will be an ideal day for knitters to gather, please come!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

A Thank You note.

Every year I get a birthday gift from the Universe. In fact, I enjoy synchronicity, and good fortune, all year round, but near my birthday I keep an eye out for extra special things coming my way. This year I got my gift early.

Knit Michigan was this past Saturday. I took one helper with me, and accepted the offer of "set-up" help from one other person. I really thought that would be more than enough. In fact Woven Art was wildly busy from the moment the market opened to the marathoners. Neither helper left my side, for 7 hours, except to go get us lunch. And more friends who came to enjoy the event kept checking on my booth, answering questions and helping customers when they could. Then at the end of the day all 6 materialized to get the shop packed up and into my car. I was truly exhausted - but the warm glow from my good fortune of being blessed with great friends, powered me home.

Thanks Universe!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Happy February!

A lot of people are kind of grumpy about February. It is another sure month of Winter. Gray, cold. No end in sight. But! February has all kinds of silly reasons for celebration.
#1:Ground Hog's Day! A little bit of a cruel one, because no matter what Phil ( or whatever they call that furry guy) sees, we are guaranteed six more weeks of genuine Winter. Gray. Cold.
#2: My Birthday! OK - maybe that doesn't cheer you up - but I always get a bit of a glow from being the birthday girl.
#3: Valentines Day! A day to go all out with pink and red and hearts and hugs. Admittedly, as half of a longtime marriage, Valentine's Day is (for me) less about romance than about celebrating all my loved ones. So I find the cheesiness, and the cutesiness delicious. (P.S. please don't tell my Husband I said this. I like getting flowers!)
#4: President's Day! Which to me means: Long Weekend! Yay!
#5: After February there is March, is which when Spring, technically, occurs.

So, to celebrate February I bring you:

Double Helix Cables, the Stitch pattern of the month, courtesy of Jessy Henderson.

We are all counting on this current snow storm to end in time for clear roads tomorrow, so that we can get to Knit Michigan. The yarn wall, above, is going with me. Along with several model garments, thanks to my wonderful and generous customers!
And this is my Habu side to side cardigan. Kit #53. I am very pleased to have finished it in time to take Saturday. We will have 4 finished Habu kits at our booth for people to fall in love with.
It's going to be a fun day - weather permitting! I hope to see you there!