Roy G Biv lives

4/30/2013

 
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    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.

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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.

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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?


 
 
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    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.



 
 
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    Wow!  This sweater was started the last of January and finished just a few days ago.  Love the leaf pattern yoke.  It is modified form af a Knitty.com pattern from last fall.  It sure feels good to finish things. A great sense of accomplishment. The color of the alpaca/wool yarn reminds me of copper and autumn leaves.  I guess that that is why I chose it.     
    Last Friday I dyed up some bamboo socks in bright spring colors.  Also did a rayon infinity scarf.  See what you think.  I think it will be fabulous to wear.  The fabric is very light and it moves wildly in the wind.  But it is gusty today in central Kansas, so everything moves in the wind.  The blue is about the same color as the sky.  Lovely. 


Fiber word for the week: what is boucle?  Next post you'll know.
 

Thinking of Spring

3/14/2013

 
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    Spring is here, 70 degrees this afternoon.  Well at least I'm thinking of spring and all the lovely colors of silk scarfs that I can dye; mango, chartreuse, pumpkin, charcoal, faintest sky blue, golden sunset, or rocking amethyst.  On Sat. it may look like winter again.  That is how March is. 
    It seems that I am always looking forward to or thinking back on something.  I must learn how to live in the present.  Planning ahead and not forgetting the past, but really focus on what is today.  The people that I meet, the situations that I'm in, and my responses to and my willingness to help, that is what is really important.  I enjoy today.  Life is an adventure that is best lived walking with God.