Last January, I started to spin four braids of Wool for the Dame merino wool, three green and one blue. I started with the greens and decided to spin a giant true 3 ply, spinning straight from the braids. Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures of the greens before spinning them; here they all are on … Continue reading The Sky and Grass Handspun Sweater
I started this embroidery project in 2016 or 2017 with the idea of doing something extra special with the materials and tools, which kind of accumulated over time. I've discovered that I work best this way, albeit extremely slowly. But what's the rush? I name this project Patience only after considering calling it Meditation because … Continue reading Patience
February went by in the blink of an eye and it feels like the Ides of March & St. Patrick's Day 2018 will quickly be a thing of the past while I carry on privately writing, knitting, and doing other crafty things. I suppose I'm starting to come out of some kind of hibernation now … Continue reading Time Flies!
In 2014, an iron age tunic was discovered along with a cache of artifacts that were previously frozen in a Norwegian glacier. The tunic was woven, had been patched several times, and had sleeves added after the original garment was made. More details about the textile and its construction are in this article, while the full … Continue reading TBT: Iron Age Tunic, TBT to the Future
There’s a theory in the fashion world that a period of austerity or recession heralds a return to the comfort and familiarity of tried-and-tested classics. In this way, we seek solace in what we think of as our heritage. Certainly, many of the collections in the shops for this winter feature designs that have their … Continue reading TBT: British Isles and Cloth Making
The first time I heard of anyone spinning dog hair into yarn and then using it to knit with was when I was in elementary school in the 80s. We had new neighbors build a house on the hill above ours; they brought 3 fluffy Samoyeds that terrorized our indoor/outdoor cats. Mr. S wore hats and … Continue reading TBT: Chiengora
Over the last week or so, I've been super-busy. My knitting friends have been encouraging me for a long time (trust me: for at least a year) to start a shop, if not a brick-and-mortar yarn shop, then a shop on etsy, or really, someplace online. A brick-and-mortar yarn shop seems like a pretty high … Continue reading The Yarn Office, The Post Office, and Fleece Washing