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 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


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


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Chenille Scarves

This scarf is a rayon chenille warp and a rayon/cotton novelty yarn for weft.  Feels really nice too.

Rayon Chenille with bamboo weft

Rayon chenille with tencel weft