Sunday, March 29, 2009

Mayhem!





Oh, wait - it's just Thursday night at Woven Art.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

College Town Living has it's perks

Last Friday, Julie Baker, a reporter from the State News interviewed me at the shop for a Faces and Places article in the State News. (Click on headline above: College Town) On Tuesday, she came back for some follow up questions, and brought along Jason, a photographer. I love the article the two of them put together. I think Julie really captured the feel of what I want Woven Art to be, and Jason did a great job with the pictures. He was pretty intrigued with the notion that some of the yarn we have is locally spun, so he came to the Flock University Spinning Guild meeting that happened to be last night. Not only did he come, ask some questions of our fiber folk, but then, get this - he learned how to spin. He left with a decent bit of real yarn wrapped around his wrist.

Plus - last night we learned all about how to spin flax. Thanks you Angie! I had never spun flax before - just a few turns of hemp - but it is really not the same. I love it's stiffness, and body. I don't love that the best results are from putting water on it. And, supposedly from spinning it counter clock wise. I tried both directions. I got a smoother spin going clockwise, but the resulting little skein fell instantly into a figure 8 twist. The second tiny skein was spun counterclockwise, and fell into a perfect little circle - but oddly, not quite as smooth a yarn. I need to investigate further. I'm going to need some plastic bobbins.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

A dropped stitch

A new customer came in yesterday. She wanted to buy some double point needles for a sock she started a very long time ago. She was new to knitting way back then, knit half a sock, and put it away for various reasons. But, now she's back. She showed me her sock, which had four needles in it. She thought she needed to have 5 to proceed. I took hold of her sock to demonstrate that you only need four needles to knit a sock (the 5th one is extra), and saw that three needles were right where they should have been, holding an equal number of stitches around, and the 4th was stuck into the body of the sock. I was about to yank out fourth needle when I noticed it was holding a dropped stitch. A Dropped Stitch!!! I got as excited as a dog on a walk. I love dropped stitches! In other peoples work, not mine. I went into my "fixing the dropped stitch zone", and within a few minutes, my fun was done.

If you need a dropped stitch fixed - bring it on! Just don't try to talk to me while I am in my zone.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Hot, molten Valentine

On Valentine's Day this year, sweetie and I decided to do something a bit different. We went to Fireworks Glass Studio in Williamston, and made glass paper weights. The Studio was having a Valentine's Day Special. We were heavily assisted. We got to choose our colors, and the other stuff (sweetie chose hearts! Can you see them?) And they let us hold the end of a rod with a glob of hot glass on the other end, while blocking it in a bowl of wet wood. Fascinating! I couldn't decide which picture to show you - so you get both. The one I made is on the left.









Monday, March 9, 2009

My First Sweater design


What do you think? I decided to try my hand at a bit of designing. There are some nifty new d0-it-yourself style books out there now. My current favorite is Custom Knits by Wendy Bernard. The sweater pictured above on my ( and I don't even hate the picture!) is made of Alpine Cotton III, a dk weight cotton. I dyed it. But look- the sweater fits! I wrote a pattern, with 7 sizes. I consider it to be in the beta testing stage right now. I have a couple of test knitters getting started. If anyone else would like to test knit this, please let me know. The sizes range from a 34" bust to a 52" bust with 2 inches of ease factored in.
Here is Nicole. A new, and very enthusiastic weaving student! She is wearing her first weaving sample as a scarf. Way to go Nicole!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

What did Nancy Dye this week?

Monte Cristo - softest cotton yarn, ever




Kona Superwash
More Kona Superwash,
And this is my Habu linen paper and silk coat. I finished it about a month ago, and wore it to Knit Michigan. It is very comfortable, just warm enough, and gives a slight rustle as you move around. A lot of knitting - but worth every stitch.
Here is a detail, close-up. You can see it at the shop, if I am not out and about in it.