Saturday, April 17, 2010

Japanese Knitting

Japanese Knitting Magazines have great charts to follow and no need to read Japanese. I have quite a few and came across this website recently. In my spare time......LOL

PS Title is hyper-linked to the website.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Nuno Felting -> Ruched Scarf

Felting is soooo much fun, and lots of work too.

Layout is the key to having a piece turn out well. Here there is a background grid of almost same color wool as the silk. The silk is an iridescent lime green.

When fulled, the grid helps stabilize and balance the piece. I call this one hummingbirds on the vine, the grid looks like a very faint trellis in the now dry scarf.

This is a sampler piece for experimenting with various techniques. The silk fibers on top of wool worked out well. This piece was 5 feet by 18 inches to start with. Ended up being barely able to cover my chest when hanging around my neck. LOL. Good thing short scarves/cowls are very stylish!

I have posted visuals of the process, click the title (Nuno felting) above to go to the album.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Olympic knitting

I'm not really keeping up with my projects around here but wanted to keep track of good tips for future reference here. I'm doing a reverse engineered hat- the Olympics Team USA 2010 with caribou on it. Later I’d do the Oly ring hat too, blue pom-pom and all.

Towards the end is a good tip on dealing with long floats.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

WoW At a job site where I have a lunchbreak a few times per week they just adopted 9, yes 9! Alpacas. Both kinds- Suri and Huayaca. They are all males and are just too cute, very friendly and will be well tended. They also have sheep. I am the only person around the sheep purchasing fiber........hmmmmmm.....

Chemo Hat

Hand Dyed in Bands, knitted Merino Intarsia Blocking on a hoop

Friday, February 05, 2010

About Me

Marin County, California, United States
I work for 2 non-profits in Marin County CA (near SF) that serve the Developmentally Delayed. I was introduced to weaving and knitting at a very young age. Over the years I have always had knitting on hand. There was a time where I was severely chastised for being so old fashioned, so it is great to see the upsurge in the home arts now going on! I have expanded into machine knitting; fortunately there is a great Guild nearby that has really been great. Spinning Fibers is a new thrust as well, and felting has creeped in too. If only I had more time...