Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Seckon Sockum 8-]

This one's a toe-up version with a spiraling pattern. I like the toe, and the pattern, but I'm not too happy with the cuff. Really no cuff. I'm too tight yet. If I could do it looser it might look better.
Now I'm on to my 3rd sockum. 8-]

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Purls of Wisdom ;->

I'm a knitter! 8-] I just knit my first sock!
Ok, it's only a baby sock -- a baby only a mother could love -- but it's my sockums.
I picked up the kewlest sock book at the Fabulous Fiber Fest last weekend, a funky little book about how to knit asymestrical socks. Well. Mine are going to turn out asymetrical anyway, so that just seemed right up my alley! One down and I'm working on the second. She has you knit her weird socks in mini form first, which is sure a good thing. So much less to rip out!
Naturally I'm using some pricy yarn I picked up at the Weavers' Cottage, but hey, at least it feels good running thru my fingers.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Fiber Retreat '07 -- Part 1

Let the fun begin!

More fun

Dyeing yarn for self-striping socks

Preparing skeins for mordanting

The tents

Oh macharena...!

Banners in the breeze

More dyed silk scarves

And yet more


Tools of the trade

Basket makers

Bead making

Hands-on assistance

Tent city lights

Night life in the tent city

Denizens of tent city

The night is young

Late night chat

Block carving class -- Janet's rabbits

Michelle's dragon, Lauri's kitty -- check out those tails!

Who's fleur block? You left it behind -- check with Philippa

Lovely deer hunt block!

Fiber Retreat '07 -- Indigo Pot

Indigo pot in the making

Bjo clues us in

The pot is ready

Dunking commences

Green oxidizes to blue

Dunk, rest, rinse and hang

Carol's tie-dye

Bjo pulls it out green and it turns a lovely blue

A range of colors from one indigo pot

Thea's spangly expanse

Check out the gloves and shoes.

Joe's indigo-dyed hand-made basket

The amazing range of indio...

Thea's shibori, some overdyes.

All of this from one pot (well, two)

Philippa's woven shibori unbound


Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Fiber Retreat '07 -- Part 2

Fluffy sheep

Indigo on the line

Rainbow colors on the line

Mother-daughter indigo dye team Michelle and Melissa

Tent city traffic

My tie-dye experiment

Janet at the crossroads


More yarns on the fence

Parents, do you know where your children are...? ;->

Everyone gets in the act.

Lauri's kitty

Some great prints

Clean up...

Bru's great wheel in action

Close up

Janet on the way into lunch

So long, fare well...

Michelle with her indigo tie-dyed outfit

Philippa exhaust(ed) dyeing

Look closely -- you'll see the green paint bear prints!