Dec 29

Podcast address on Ravelry

Podcast on Youtube

My YouTube Channel

Sweatshirt Sweater on Ravelry

Starstruck Cat Studio

Dyed in the Wool

Hermione’s Everyday Sock pattern on Ravelry

Pulled by Horses by Evelyn Whiting

Mastercraft BBC – Weaving Part I

Mastercraft BBC – Weaving Part II

Mastercraft BBC – Weaving Part III

Mastercraft BBC – Weaving Part IV

Dec 24

wreathfinal

 

Dec 22

 

Fiber Pusher Podcast on YouTube

Fiber Pusher Podcast Group on Ravelry

Me on Facebook

Dyed in the Wool

Turn a Square hat pattern on Ravelry

Heriome’s Everyday Sock pattern on Ravelry

Honeycomb Wrist Warmers on Ravelry

Starstruck Cat Studio

Dec 22

warped

See what I mean?

This is destined to become waffle-weave towels.  And it’s about time, too.  I’ve had this waiting for me for 2 years.  Now it’s time to weave them off and get other projects on the loom.  2015 may be the Year of the Sheep, but it’s going to be the Year of Weaving for me, too!

Dec 17

 

 

Show Notes:

Fiber Pusher Podcast on YouTube

Fiber Pusher Podcast Group on Ravelry

Me on Facebook

Dyed in the Wool

Kethry Sock pattern on Ravelry

Turn a Square hat pattern on Ravelry

Heriome’s Everyday Sock pattern on Ravelry

Honeycomb Wrist Warmers on Ravelry

Starstruck Cat Studio

Gynx Yarns

Bookbub

The Aran Islands by J. M. (John Millington) Synge

Art of a Jewish Woman: The True Story of How a Penniless Holocaust Escapee Became an Influential Modern Art Connoisseur

Dec 15

Because I was gone all day Saturday, which is my scheduled day to record my podcast, I recorded it yesterday, edited it and got it into the upload to YouTube mode by about 9:30 last night.  It is still uploading.  Sheesh!  I need to do more research into compressing video files.  if any of you know a good program for this, please let me know.

I tried to knit for a bit yesterday, but was just not in the mood.  So, I washed the rest of that Shetland fleece from the ewe named Amy.

clean Shetland

Isn’t this beautiful?  It is so soft!  I put this link on Facebook, but if you want to learn something about Shetland wool and the traditional lace spun and knitted from it, this is a great video.

This next weekend, I’ll cook down the yellow onion skins I have been saving and, using alum as the mordant, I’ll dye this fleece and get it ready for the drum carder.  I want to blend it and diz it off into a roving for spinning.  I think it is going to be beautiful.  There are some areas of darker gray in this that you can’t see and I want to be careful at not letting it blend too much so I can get those nice gradients in the finished roving.  What do you think?

I had drawn grids several years ago with a black gutta resist on silk and decided that I was in the mood to experiment and play with color.  So I took each primary and did the tints and shades by 10% increments, then mixed the remaining tint and shade solutions in an opposing manner (10% with 90%, 20% with 80% and so on), then I mixed that primary with the two others in 10% increments.

So, Yellow:

yellow grid

Cyan:

blue grid

And Magenta:

red grid

Man!  Yellow is only yellow unless something else is added.  Even 10% of something else like black, cyan or magenta and it is no longer yellow.  Blue can still seem blueish until you get further along in the other primary additions, but Magenta!  Magenta is magenta down to the last on the yellow or blue additions.  I know the red dyes are the strongest and have a tendency to take over the other dues, but this just proves how much that really is so.

rainbow grid

The last I did (there were 4 grids on one long piece of silk) was started at yellow, went through cyan, went on to magenta, then back to yellow.  Then I did two triads (primary and secondary) and then complimentaries.  The extra areas with the dots were me playing around with wet dye on wet fabric (the rest were wet on dry) using one drop of some of the dyes to see how far it would flow.  There were two white square left over, so I just left them.  A very interesting experiment and just the tip of the iceberg on this color study business.  I have several other grids all prepped and ready to see where I can take this and see what I can learn.

I hope all of you had a great weekend!

Dec 10

These tote bags are huge!!!

Perfect to hold a sweater, throw or to take shopping with you.  And think about that knitter or crocheter in your life.  They’d love this as a gift!  (And that person just might be you!!)

 

Dec 9

I have finished two pairs of socks in this last week (one last night), so here they are.

amathyst socks

This pair I knit for a co-worker, and she said she had to hide them from her teenaged daughter when she took them home.  It looks like the teenaged daughter now needs a pair so her mom’s socks are safe.  These I knit in about two weeks.  They are from some Deborah Norville Serenity Sock Yarn in the Amethyst colorway that I bought several years ago.  There is still 37 grams of this yarn remaining and I am giving it away in the Fiber Pusher Podcast Ravelry group, but you must be a member to be eligible, so go there, sign up for the group, then say what you would make with the 37 grams in order to have a chance to win it.

kethrysocks1

And this is the Kethry socks by Spilly Jane that I knitted for me.  I started them back in September, believe it or not.  Did I ever mention that I am not fond of knitting lace?  And this was a pretty easy knit, really, with great charts and clear instructions.

kehtrysocks2

Speaking of lace, here is a close-up of the leg of the socks.  The yarn is 80% Merino/20% Bamboo hand-dyed by A Good Yarn by Maryann.  There is no colorway number, unfortunately.

Tell your friends about the Fiber Pusher Podcast.  I am trying to get my 1st 100 members if the Ravelry group so I can do a special give-away.  And if you haven’t watched the podcasts, yet, then, please, do so and let me know what you think.  I need all the feedback I can get so I can make them better and more informative for you guys.  Also, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask.  You might give me ideas for future episodes.

Dec 7

 

Show Notes:

The Fiber Pusher Podcast on Ravelry

The Fiber Pusher Podcast on YouTube

Kethry Socks by Spilly Jane

Turn A Square Hat by Jarod Flood

Dancing Geek Podcast

Knitworthy Podcast

Confessions of a Turtle Wife by Anita Salzberg

Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl by Carol Bodensteiner

Starstruck Cat Studio

Dyed in the Wool

Madder Gradation Dye Experiment

Dec 3

Last night at the intermediate spinning class I teach, a new-to-me student, Kate, came.  Now, Kate has been spinning for about 12 years, but she has been only spinning long-draw.  She was ready to learn some new techniques to take her spinning projects in other directions.

When I arrived, she was plying some singles so she could clean off some bobbins for the class.  I watched her ply and knew what I wanted to do with her that evening.

We discussed spinning top, and she said she had tried it many years before, but she hated it because it didn’t work with how she spins.  I took out some lovely (we think Coopworth) top I had picked up at Ohio Valley Natural Fibers last week, sat at her wheel and showed her how to spin across the top of the fiber and how to keep the twist in front of the front hand, not allowing any of the twist to run up into the rest of the fiber.  This keeps the combed fiber nice and straight and smooth with a little air as possible.

She took over, and after a few minutes, she got it – as long as she concentrated.  😉

Within about an hour, she spun up a very nice, smooth and consistent single.

kate

After that, I showed her how to take that lovely single and ply it into a consistent, smooth, 2-ply by counting treadle strokes as she plied.  She loved it!  She said she had never spun such a smooth yarn before.  And it was about as perfect as one could get, believe me.  It was beautiful yarn!!!

After that, I asked her about spinning suri top.  Again, she had tried spinning suri many years before, but couldn’t get it to work.  Using the same technique she just learned, I handed her some suri I had with me and she gave it a try.  And she was amazed at how easy it was to spin a worsted single.  I sent about an ounce home with her to finish practicing.

Next month, she is coming to the advanced class and will be bringing two 2-ply yarns on bobbins to learn cable plying as well as a bobbin-full of a colorful combed top of Merino, silk and cashmere to learn Navajo plying.  She’s already talking about what she wants to enter into the state fair this summer.

Kate owns sheep and alpacas, and I think she is now looking at them in a whole new light today. 🙂

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