ead. Well, didn’t we learn in school about planning ahead? I’m thinking about the times when I’ve tried to write something on a line and then gotten to the end of the line before I got to the end of my word. I encountered that this week with a knitted T-Shirt I’m making. It’s made … More Planning Ah
I had the occasion in the last couple of weeks to remind myself of this. I decided to knit a pair of socks (I’m planning on wearing only hand-knitted ones this winter). I have a great pattern that allows you to use any size yarn and make any size socks by taking a few basic … More If It Doesn’t Fit, You Won’t Wear It
Some would define it as “when two or more things come together to form a new whole”. This word came to to me this morning as I was thinking about what to write for a blog post. Over the last several months, I’ve done a lot of reading on various topics. I read the book … More Convergence (Whole clothes, whole food, whole life)
The most recent project that I’ve been working on is to weave another bath towel using hand spun cotton yarn. I made one a few months ago, and had some warp threads leftover. You always do, because there are threads that are behind the shafts on the loom that will never weave in. These are … More What Is Precious?
Welcome back. In case you missed it, there’s a Part 1 to this project blog that explains the origins of the project. Today, I’d like to share with you the things I did in the design phase, and the early weaving. If you’ve worked with yarn in knitting, you know what I mean when I … More Kimono Project Part 2
Alert: Bit of a long post. Over the last few weeks I’ve had several wonderful learning opportunities around fiber. On the upside, I competed in a small spinning competition at one local county fair and was awarded first place for “the most consistent yarn” spun in 20 minutes and Best of Show. I entered several … More It All Went Well…Until It Didn’t
Warning. This is a rather long post. I’ve been trying to continue my fiber adventures with the lovely collection of Alpaca fiber that came from Raspberry Hill Alpaca Farm and Studio. When I was first learning to spin, I heard about this Farm, which happens to be about 6 miles from my house and owned … More Listening To What Fiber Has To Say
Having an embarrassment of riches when it comes to fiber, and in particular, Shetland wool, I decided to dye a fleece that I bought in 2018 for a project. This lovely fleece came from a sheep named “Orianne”. I had been thinking about weaving a blanket using traditional Arts and Crafts period colors: terra cotta … More What Happens When Math Trips You Up?
Malcolm Gladwell wrote in his book Outliers that you become an expert in a task that you practice for 10,000 hours. Essentially, he’s equating a large number of hours spent with proficiency in that task. For me, I’m crossing that threshold this year for my fiber artisan work. By the way, I’ve always had difficulty … More 10,000 Hours
This past couple of weeks, the weather in the northeast United States has been rather odd, with temperatures covering nearly every season. One particularly cold couple days seemed like a good time to make another braided rug. I had a Shetland Fleece (from a sheep named “Olivia”) that was mostly white with some small patches … More New Rug Adventure