A Future Mermaid?
With any luck Molly (did I mention she now has a name? She goes by Molly or Magic Molly lately) has had her last haircut. She went through another "shearing" and I pulled out almost all the shetland wool from her wig-she had been declared "pokey." So, I filled it back in with some of that darker brown alpaca that I mentioned earlier (two ply-not a single, ended up working out better). I am hoping no further transformations will be needed at this point, although the latest indigo yarn would make for some enchanting mermaid hair!
Cherry Bomb Baby
I live in a pile of bricks with a fire puter-outer, a Halloween enthusiast and a pretend lemur, who sometimes admits to being my second son. I have a kitchen for flowers. I know all the lyrics to the Spiderman theme song and (am forced to) sing it everyday. I cook with color. This was a blog mostly about yarn spinning and natural dyeing. Now, it is fair to say, it lacks direction entirely.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
A Future Mermaid?
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Its now been plied and needs the twist to be set and dried. For a belated Christmas gift I gave my mom a handspun hat. Could it be simpler? I don't think so but its so cute. I think hats are the true destiny of this roving. Its so lovely, more of Rita's white merino blended with silver alpaca. I made both a knit and felt scarf from this and tried spinning it finer on a spindle but it was a little prickly on the neck as a scarf and as a finer yarn the coarser fiber of the alpaca stood out more. So, I've gone with a softly spun, slightly thick and thin single. I knit it on size 8 needles but it definitely could have knit it more loosely.
Thursday, January 08, 2009
For reminding me that I have a blog. I'm still bubbling with craftiness but less so with blogginess apparently. Here is a recent dyeing endeavor, it started out most ordinary with quebracho red (top), logwood purple (middle) and some madder.
Resulting in this colorful poofy pile of merino goodness:
These are 3 2 oz tops braided together, one did come out much more grey than the other two. I'm deciding between a 2 or 3 ply yarn for this one. Madder and Indigo, my new favorite combo. I think the quebracho red pushed it in a much more purple direction which I adore. But the spinning will have to wait until its washed and until this next project is closer to finished.
Here are the three yarns used so far to make her hair. On the right is Becan's shetland wool (again from Homestead wool and gift farm) that I spun long ago, in the middle is the brown mohair that she came with from Joy's Waldorf dolls and on the left is the Misti Alpaca sock yarn that I knit a pair of last minute Christmas socks from for my grandmother in Taiwan. I'd like to work in one other darker, richer brown yarn that is not yet spun up. I want a single of dark brown Alpaca that is from a pinto Alpaca I've got stashed away. So soft. In the very front is the boy hair carnage that I'm saving for later possibly boy doll.
Stitching on the part, I could fall in love with doll making just for the hair!