Sunday, 16 February 2014

Update

I've been maybe a bit quiet recently but enormously busy - mainly with starting a new job, but haven't neglected the fibers either :-) As I got more into spinning - my family noticed, and I have got a couple of wonders for Christmas ...
The warm fiery ones are from Threads by Nina - 100% merino in lovely long grading colours...
The rainbow one is the famous Geeks Like Rainbows Too, from Countess Ablaze - I'm still thinking of how to mix this one, there's so many opportunities!
Of course it didn't take long to get started - so I already spun+knit the first 100 grams of the " Under the Maple Tree" colourway - just made two singles and attempted to keep the colours parallel when when plying - to keep the colour change going- and I'm very happy with the outcome:
The thickness is still variable - but that's something I find more of a positive, it gives the knitted pieces a bit of structure / texture. 
During the holidays - and my new commute - I had sometime to venture into (for me) more challenging knitting projects - and it's given me some confidence :-) After a few hats I made for myself and friends (and learned the short rows) I'm getting into lace knitting - I always liked the texture of lace made in thicker yarns than originally intended - so my handspun really seems to work for this... Going ahead with the Elder Tree Shawl - is just the right kind of challenge -- more to follow...

Monday, 6 January 2014

Artist Interview: Kylie Hunt of Paravent

Hello 2014! What would be a better way to start the New Year than with an inspiring interview with one of my favourite artists I've come across in my crafty journey - who's colour use and attention to detail makes her work instantly recognizable, and her designs always give you something new to discover every time you see them. Please welcome Kylie behind the Paravent creations!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Adventures in spinning

In my travels into fibres it was inevitable to find myself drawn to spinning - as I learned more about yarn, and strucures, and the architecture of fabric - so soon I found that I will have to try it for understanding it.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

The beauty of the material 2.

A while ago I posted about the wonderful linen I bought from Kate of YarnStories. 
The yarn was a delight even in its untouched skeins, but enjoyed every minute of working with it, once I decided on the project - a lacy summer scarf.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Finnland!

We're back from Finnland - where we've (Mr Retchy and myself) spent an amazing 10 days - thanks to Edwina Goldstone, Artist and Friend, organizer of the Art-Hame 2013 /  U|ART workshop. The idea was to create an interdisciplinary workshop environment, where the element of play is central - the trying out of ideas and techniques is the point of the process, as opposed to the outcome, an idea very close to my way of working/understanding.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Analogue Social Live Printing Event

The Glasgow based Analogue Social collective recently had a Live Event in Dundee -"a bare walled exhibition space, a DJ, a bar provided by anCnoc, and of course screen printing tables".
As I was always interested in printmaking, I jumped on the opportunity to try screen printing... I have tried etching before, thinking it would be a good medium for my line drawings - but the time consuming process going back and forth meant that I kept finding faults with the original, and by the time the work was finished I was deeply unhappy with the outcome :-) The relative fast pace of screen printing seemed like the answer to my problem.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

A happy winner

Recently I had a couple of great things happening - my work got accepted to the Dundee AnalogueSocial event (more about that later) and I got a lovely email from Amy, owner of the great Compositions of Wool blog, (highly recommended - overflowing with yarn love) that I have won her generous yarn giveaway! - Over the Moon!
It's a great selection -- and has a few things I haven't tried before -- like the gorgeous Louisa Harding Hulda... with a mix of wool / acrylic / linen  - it has a really nice tweedy / heathery look and it's super soft.
And just love the way it looks with the oxblood colour of the laceweight yarn! I have been  going through a grey appreciation phase recently - so this makes me very happy :-) Thank you Amy!