Wednesday, June 11, 2014

New Shawls

These shawls are made with a variety of yarns that add a lot of color and texture.  The rayon chenille adds a lot of softness .  I'm playing with something called differential shrinkage to shape the shawl from the woven fabric.

The first one is a large shawl, very roomy and will work for a larger person or wrap a smaller to keep real warm.





This is a smaller shawl and has some added texture because of the angora yarn used.


I'm really seeing how my messy studio is in these photos!!!


Monday, February 17, 2014

Handspun knit shawl

The Vulpix is a scarf designed by Stephen West of West Knits.  I knit this using handspun tussah silk and a silk/merino top dyed by Red Fish.  Just thought I'd share.


Monday, January 27, 2014

Wool Colonial Rag Rug

I've been making these rugs for quite a while...taught to me by my good friend Sarah Noggle.  We strip the wool and add the Shaker Chevron for embellishment.  The warp is cotton rug warp and it's doubled. They are machine washable and can be dried, but I usually hang them to dry. They last really well. I make these on my really heavy duty loom called a Cranbrook.  We weighted the beater to make sure it gets beat tightly and I don't have to bang the  @#%^&*! out of it.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Entrelac Tam

I became obsessed with learning to knit Entrelac just recently.  It's been a goal for quite a while, so when Kathryn Alexander put out a video I knew this was the time.  She's a really good teacher.  She has so much to teach and talks so fast...you pause the video.  But her directions are clear and here are the results.
This is the first sample

Sampler using the new techniques of making a box and points

The finished Tam!!  Using all handspun yarn some are hand dyed with natural dyes.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Handpainted Wool Yarns!

Here are a few of the handpainted wool skeins ready for knitting or crochet!





Thursday, January 9, 2014

Shawl/Scarf

This past last year I put some kits together, some sold and I had a couple to play with.  I thought I'd try "boneyard" by Stephen West in the 3 hand dyed and handpainted silk skeins I'd chosen to see how it looked and worked.  I was surprised that I was actually knitting from the top town instead of the point up!  I like what it looks like!  These are dk weight single silk and a fingering weight in the lighter teal/blue.  I dyed the yarn and sell a selection of silks at festivals and through my website.


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Rayon Chenille and other fibers Scarf/Shawl Capelets

Scarf/Shawl Capelets

Sometimes serendipitous mistakes become creative opportunities and are quite fun.  This is something I think worked rather well.  Beginning with a warp of different yarns just to try it...the one felted with the wool and gathered it all together.  Now the challenge is to do it again!  The scarves behind it have a little of the shrinkage and "ruffle" but not nearly as much as this one!


The latest developments with Scarf/Shawl Capelets

One the loom in rust
This turns into this!!!
autumn capelet in green collar detail
purple capelet


purple capelet fabric detail