Archive for April, 2009

Just for One Sock

April 28, 2009

I think this is just darling, and I really love the colour.

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Which is a good thing because for just one sock I needed to knit 15 more.

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I have knitted a total of 33. 

Yes I can do the math… and realise that I should have made a total of 32 leaves, 16 for each sock, but it seems that I just can’t count.

But I can count today… my eldest daughter turned 18.  Oh my…

So I’m off to decorated her cake.

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Orenburg Lace

April 16, 2009

Last Saturday I attended a spinning workshop that my guild was putting on. 

The instructor for the workshop was Galina Khmeleva, author of Gossamer Webs: The History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls.  Her focus for our workshop was showing us the techniques for spinning exotic fibers into fine lace yarns.

Galina brought alone many jaw dropping, major drooling, absolutely fabulous lace shawls and scarves.   I was literally giddy, and stupid… I couldn’t find my camera until most of the shawls were put away.  But I did get these pics.

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The shawl above Galina is showing, is made with yarn spun from qiviut and plied with a silk single.

The scarf  below is made from spun pygora.

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The spinning  and plying are all done on support spindles which is a plus when you are dealing with short fine fibers. 

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We were given six scrumptious samples of fibers to play with; cormo, bison, cormo/alpaca, qiviut, qiviut/silk, pygora and cashgora. Yum, yum, yum!

I was a bit skeptial at first, but after a couple false starts, I was getting the hang of it and not too long after that I was feeling comfortable using the support spindle.  I do have some experience of spinning lace on a drop spindle and that helped.  But drafting with the supported spindle is done with one hand, which was new to me.  It really pays to have good fiber prep.  I checked out a few of the YouTube videos demonstrating the use of a support spindle, but they don’t show what I think are good techniques like Galina taught us.

Galina is a very good instructor and share a wealth of information about all aspects of the construction of the beautiful Orenburg Lace.

I went home with some goodies.

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This is the finest I have consistently spun qiviut and I am enjoying it more.

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I just love the colour of the cashmere and silk I purchased along with a small shawl/scarf  penanular.

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And now for the lastest volcano report, live from my house (100 miles away, I can just see it between some trees)…

Reboubt is venting a steam plume to 20,000 ft. redoubt

Pic from AVO.

“Eight Stars of Gold…”

April 11, 2009

Now where was I…  Oh yeah, I finshed the Iris Quilt.

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To recap, the project is from “Pieced Flowers” by Ruth B. McDowell.  Now I just have to make a slat for hanging the quilt.

I also finished spinning some 3 ply BFL/Mohair 85%/15% sock yarn.  I blended the fiber on my drum carder and the resulting batts spun like a dream.  This was for my guild’s challenge celebrating the 50th anniversary of Alaska becoming a state.  We were to (weave, spin, knit, crochet…) something with blue and gold.  Blue and gold being the colors of the Alaska state flag.

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I didn’t want to have a solid blue for the sock so I hand painted the yarn with shades of blue, purple and turquoise.  I loved the result.

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I choose the Sidewinder Sock  pattern by Nona.

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With this design, the sock is knitted lengthwise.  I believe its shows the blue variations off better and creates a sky look to the sock.

After the socks were knitted, I spun a silk single and dyed it yellow for the stars.

I embroidered the eight stars on the socks to depict the Big Dipper and the North Star.

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I really like the results, though this pattern wasn’t my favorite to knit.

And if you’re interested, the YouTube link is to the Alaska Flag Song which starts with “Eight Stars of Gold on a Field on Blue…”

Tomorrow is going to be a fun day, I will be at a workshop with Galina Khmeleva.