Roy G Biv lives


    Dying is great fun and color is a great challenge and pleasure.  ROY G BIV et al.  I've been working diligently on getting ready for the Hutchinson Art Fair on May 9th.  I will have some different things there, emphasis on low immersion scarfs and socks.  Why-o-why did I think that each scarf needed to be ironed?  But the colors are spectacular in the sunlight aren't they.
    I'll also have hand spun yarns.  They will range from single ply to 3 ply, fine to lumpy bumpy art yarn.  I plan on bringing my wheel and spinning when it is slow. Stop by and see me.

I've started knitting on a beautiful sweater. It is a Norah G. design.  It has cables, lace and moss stitch, what more do you need?.  It is knit from side to side starting with the ends of the sleeves.  This is a construction that I haven't done before. I think that I like it.

Lucy says:
Ply is a strand of fiber that has twist.  The strands are then twisted together the opposite direction to make a plied yarn.  Plying makes the yarn stronger, more stable and evens out the the inconsistencies.
What is crimp?  And does it taste good?


Earth Day + 1


    Yesterday, on Earth Day, it seemed like a good thing to do, so I figured out a how to make a paper bag using a newspaper, glue stick, and cereal box.  Not really to hard to do but time consuming.
    That is how it is with knitting too.  You just need to get good at making 2 different stitches.  And keep going.  Add some new techniques, manipulate the 2 stitches.  And keep going.  It can be as simple or as challenging as you want.  Most of us keep a least 2 kinds of projects going at all times.  One for knitting socially or in the car and one that is best done in private with concentration.  There is room at the table for everyone. 

Fiber Word of the Week
Soy silk - a fiber made from soy beans that imitates the sheen and drape of silk

What is ply?




I am knitter hear me roar!  Finished it, the blue top. Looks great.  Accomplishment is a great thing,  especially when it is a project that has been in the bag for quite a while.  A really good feeling. 

Roaring in April, in Kansas, we had quite an ice storm in the last 36 hours.  Spent yesterday inside.  I did lots of reading and spinning.  Really nice when that happens.  The yard looks like a fairie wonderland this morning. Cool blues and greens with lots of sparkle.  That makes me think of an art batt to card up.  Walking on the grass is an odd sensation as it goes crunch, crunch, crunch.  My little dog is hesitant about walking on it.  There is about 1" of ice on the deck, not going up and down those stairs.  As time has passed the ice is beginning to melt, it sounds like the whole world is cracking up.  Another problem for the little dog and her needs.

Micron - metric unit of measurement, 1,000,000th of a meter.  Used in describing the average size of a particular fiber.  The higher the number, the coarser the fiber; vicuna 10 micron, alpaca 18 micron, and llama 24  micron.

Fiber word of the week: Soy Silk.


Still Knitting


    Well it has been 3 weeks and I have been knitting on the blue top and a pair of socks.  I took the blue top to the polls last Tues, got lots of knitting and unknitting done.  The election that I was working was a local only so lots of sit time.  I think the top will take about 3 more hours.  The knitting pattern is commonly called a smocked stitch.  The purl stitches get pulled together & wrapped with yarn, in a uniform and repeating way.  The back looks great too, a bit like grain bundled in to shocks.  Take a look at antique farm scenes.

Tarentine - fiber extruded through the spinerets of a mussel.  Yes that is what you read.  This is from a mussel (sea creature).  It apparently is very fine and not at all gross.  A very ancient fiber and not at all on the modern list of production animals.

Fiber word for the week: Micron

    There are some projects that have just hung around too long.  This is one of them.  I started it 5 years ago, as I was driving the Alaskan Highway, a trip of 5 weeks.  I took this and a couple of other knitting projects along to work on in the evenings.  It is a sleeveless shell with a smocked bodice. When I got home, others, both people and projects, vied for my attention.  And I forgot about it.  Then it started to hang over my head.  After all this time,  I was sure that I had lost the directions.  And it just got bigger & bigger as it talked to me, "Finish me, finish, finnnisssssh."  Went looking for the directions and found them!  So, know I'll spend time figuring out where I am in the pattern and start where I left off.  Don't you just love knitting, where else in life do you get to pick up where you left off 5 years ago without penalty.  Pretty grand,  life is good.

Boucle - The word boucle comes from the French boucler, meaning to buckle, curl or bulge.  In hand spinning or yarn production it is a plied yarn that one ply loops, twists or bubbles around the other.  Often it is made out of mohair or a "mohair like" material.

Fiber word for the week: What is tarentine?  Next post, you'll know.