Sunday, March 14, 2010

I Don't Own a Microwave

Yep.....no microwave....the title is right! I've opted not to have a microwave and really haven't had that much trouble dyeing fibers:) I thought that I would prefer dyeing with the microwave but, the stove top is working wonderfully!

After sorting through my stash, I found that I still have about 10 lbs of rayon! Time to start using some of that up! I counted out a little over 1000 yards for some huck lace scarves and headed to the dye drawer. Sky blue, light lavender, and a nice soft brown:) I had used this color combination in the past and was very happy with the results so, here we go again for another once around........since none of the old scarves in that colorway are left, of course:)

In the past the sett used for this particular rayon was 16 epi but, since I'm going to use this in a huck lace pattern, I'm going to try it at 12 epi and see if I like the feel. This yarn was purchased on Ebay quite some time ago and I had purchased around 6 or 7 cones or so weighing 5 lbs or more each. Every time I wove a scarf with this stuff I would get compliments on the feel. "This feels like silk" people would say......so, I'm really excited to use it again:)
Here is a picture of the brown after I applied it to the skein:).....I forgot to take pictures of the purple and blue:)
Steaming on the stove:)
Finally, I noticed in this picture on the left hand side you can see bowl with a grapefruit in it and a picture (which is of the bowl). This fabulous piece of pottery was made by my friend Lynn of New Prospect Pottery! She is an amazing artist and has a passion for her work. I marvel while she shows me before and after pictures of her pieces and explains the firing process.....all, by the way, done in a wood kiln that she tends herself!!!! Seriously, this chick is AMAZING and if you have a few moments please check out her Etsy shop.....click here.

Friday, March 5, 2010

In Like a Lion

March, they say, comes in like a lion:) Well, we got about two feet of snow right before March 1st, bringing it in as a lion! Jeremiah and I spent three days locked in the house to play Wii! Thank God for Wii!!! :) Thankfully I was also able to 'play' with a lot of fiber and get some spinning done. Perhaps one day I will be a week ahead in spinning. :)
I was recently asked, by Dad of course, why I have no new items listed on the Handwoven side. Truth be told.........I have TONS of new items! I just need a day and a good photographer to get the pictures taken like they should be:) I've woven a wonderful set of unisex scarves on a black warp in tencel and merino. The first one was for David for helping his wonderful Nan on the mail route.........she's raised some good kids, that Nan;)
I've been trying to play more with color so after I finished the rust set of scarves, I thought the water spot scarf would look wonderful in grey! This is what I see every day on the Megado until it's fixed:) In the meantime I get to sit down and plan drafts for future weaving!
It's been a long time since I've knit anything other than socks and I've been head over heals on lace projects as well. There has been 'free time' in places that I haven't had 'free time' in years so, I've been knitting a row here and there using up some fabulous yak/bamboo yarn.
Aaaaaaah fiber! Love it.....just love it!
Well, I'm off to dye some yarn for a huck lace pattern on the Compact loom:) Happy weaving!