Saturday, August 23, 2014
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Friday, June 20, 2014
As a fiber person who sells handspun in addition to handdyed, I have quit using the term 'Art Yarn' and prefer the term 'Handspun'. It was not something I took lightly in making the conscious decision to quit using the term. Basically it was with quite a bit of soul searching that I came to the conclusion.... I don't want to be known as a fiber artist. Because, I simply am not.
What I am is a damn fine spinner and dyer with an excellent sense of color who can create a plethora of awesomely textured or sublimely smooth handspun yarns for my customers who make my pretties into gorgeous wearable/useable works of art. Seeing the beauty my customers make is why I do this! It fills me with joy and pride in knowing my hands created something that enabled them to bring their beautiful ideas, garments, and creations to life!
I don't want to be an artist. I want to be and feel that I am a craftsman (or woman). I work everyday to perfect my craft and share it with the world or at the very least those who can truly appreciate the work put into it.
Yep. I'm definitely a Craftsman.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Friday, January 31, 2014
Friday, September 06, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
So to not beat around the bush, why not shoot for thoughts of Farmer's Markets & long walks on sandy beaches with the sun shining on your back. And that is why I chose the Ilene bag for my first Hempathy knitting project.
While the pattern is fairly straight forward, I did a wee bit of tweaking. When knitting the base rectangle, I added several rows so that the edge would be tidier when picking up the side stitches. What I will do next time is knit a few more rounds after picking up the stitches in blue as I think it might look a little better. Not saying it isn't cute as it is, I just like to tweak things a little here and there:)
The color was then switched to the two pretty little green chartreuse balls of Hempathy. As I had never knit an expanding market bag before, I opted to knit a couple of extra rounds in the mesh pattern. Once happy with the length, the color was changed back to the original blue and a quick switch of the needles for a 1x1 rib which was knit to my desired length after which I followed the pattern to a tee;)
From the photos, it should be quite visible that extra rounds were not necessary, but I opted to err on the side of caution. To give you a good idea of what I can cram in this bag.... Stuffed with in are: 2 lbs of wool roving, 6 skeins of Noro Kureyon, 1 skein of Noro Silk Garden, 2 huge skeins of handspun yarn (1 pounds worth) and a couple of felted flowers. Yes, this bag is that huge!! And the kicker.... I could have crammed in so much more!!!
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Other Fun Facts..................
I taught myself to knit by watching a woman while on a flight from Scotland to the USA in 1996.
I taught myself how to spin yarn Feb 15th, 2007. I think I've done fairly well:)
'Lunabud' is a combination of two dogs' names I was loved by, Buddy and Luna:)