Monday, February 23, 2009

My friends are getting me into trouble.  I popped over to read Sarah's blog,
and saw that she is playing a fun new game!  Saddly, I was too late!  The first five spots had been snapped right up.  But, one of them was my good buddy Ragnar.
In Luck!  I would love to have something made by Ragnar, just for me!  So, here it is, my hat's in the ring:

The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me! My choice. For you.
This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:

-I make no guarantees that you will like what I make.
- What I create will be just for you.
-It'll be done in the next 12 months.
-You have no clue what it's going to be.
-I reserve the right to do something unusual. 

The catch? You have to put this on your blog as well. Pass on the love!

P.S. If you are really super quick, you can choose between Ragnar and me as your benefactor. 
But, I'll be watching!

I finished my Christmas Knitting!

Ummmm, well, yes, I mean for 2008. In truth, I stuffed two skeins of ultramerino sock yarn from Artyarns in hubby's Christmas stocking. I was desperate for one more present for him. There's nothing quite as sad as a Christmas sock with one tube of mentos in it.

I have been working on them ever since, in between other projects. They represent an act of true love. As many, many of you know, knitting socks is a testament of affection. Despite their small size, they contain lots of stitches, and hours of contemplation. And, I might add, in this case, hours of focusing on really dreadful colors. I have nothing against The University of Michigan. Ann Arbor is my home town. I studied at the knee of Sherri Smith, fiber artist, in the U of M Department of Art. But, these colors are intense. In fact, if you stare at them long enough, and then look at a white wall, you will see green and white.

He loves them.

Friday, February 20, 2009

What else did Nancy dye this week?

Soie Naturelle
100% Noil Silk
1350 yards per 8 ounce skein
Great for lace, or other fine gauge work.
68% Rayon
32% cotton
515 yds per 8 ounce skein
Pretty rayon slub twisted around a cotton boucle.

Alpine Cotton
100% Combed Peruvian, Royal Sipan Cotton
Soft, nice drape. I am making a top down T-shirt now, and in total love.

395 yds per 8 ounce skein
Safari III
100% cotton
Slub yarn - sometimes called Cotton Flake
700 yards per 8 ounce skein

Thursday, February 19, 2009

What did Nancy Dye this week?

Toaga II
78% Mohair
13% Wool
9% nylon
480 yards per 8 ounce skein

Fabulous in a tube scarf, or as a jacket style cardigan. If you want to know how to get some, pop over to Woven Art.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Rigid Heddle Weaving brag-blog

Tuesday was the second session of the latest Rigid heddle class at Woven Art. I am so impressed with how much progress my students are making - I had to share some brag shots. At right is Trisha, she is almost finished with the warp that she put on last week.

And here is Sharon. Sharon finished her scarf made of Woven Art handdyed Kona Superwash.

I love how the colors worked together!

Kathy, at right is working on adding patterns and textures to her warp. The first half she wove with beautiful color and weave patterns, taking advantage of the weft emphasis weave she was getting.

I am so proud! Now they have their looms for two more weeks before their last class, I can't wait to see what they come up with!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Knit Michigan

Knit Michigan was February 7 at the Sacred Heart Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. This is the third year for this event, which raises a ton of money for Breast Cancer Research.  Woven Art was there!  Jessy and Jen got up before dawn and drove a little truck stuffed with Woven Art Goodies.  Kristina, Deidra and I also left in the wee hours to arrive around 7:30 a.m. I had an 8 o'clock rigid heddle class to teach.  When I came downstairs two hours later I was greeted by a beautiful booth! See?

 We enjoyed a busy day of meeting with old friends, and new customers. I enjoyed going back upstairs to teach the second half of the weaving class while my friends and staff (don't ask me which is which!) packed the booth up and headed on back to Lansing. All in all - a great day. If you didn't make it - try to get there next year.  A lot of fun, and a great cause.