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.

Monday, May 11, 2009

More Lately Yarn and Hope

I picked up some pollwarth locks at Deep Color's open house. There was just a tiny bag left and that was good for me. I can get carried away with the hand dyed pollwarth locks. This bag was reds and blues, I plied but in the end I wish I would have left this as the elegant single it began as. I flick carded the locks and spun them over the fold. I also picked up some undyed grey pollwarth locks there, they are irresistable.

There is enough for a small project for a colorful person. About 3 oz, maybe it is enough for a small colorful person at best.

And here's to hope. I thought our neighborhood racoons dug up all my bulbs and tore them to pieces but lo and behold, my first dahlias ever. I have four plants, maybe I will be able to dye a single skein of yarn with the blooms at the end of summer.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Verb and lately spun

The most exciting thing I've done lately is finally visit Kritine's brick and mortar store. It was so much inspiration packed into so small a place. I brought my camera and of course left the memory card at home. I am signed up for 5 classes there now so hopefully there will be some new ideas coming my way. I realize how stagnant my spinning has become since Deep Color closed as a spinning studio. Sometimes I feel like I should just follow Claudia's direction and throw myself into art and felting because being around her is inspiration in itself, but I am still obsessed with spinning wool into yarn. And that is what I will do with this bluefaced leister that had to come home with me from Verb:

Its dyed in the Magic Bean colorway. Kristine knows how to name her colorways better than anyone, seriously go check out her store and tell me those aren't the best names ever. Not to mention the colors, the next time I am there I am taking some pictures of those walls. The colors she has achieved with earth hues dye extracts is stunning. I've never gotten a green like this and I'm obsessed with these bundles just for the color. I bought them with absolutely no purpose in mind. Which is TERRIBLE! And right at shearing time also.

Other than that there has been the usual comfort spinning. Here is a bump of Ashland Bay's Baltic colorway spun up into a 2 ply worsted weight yarn.

And a funkier bit of yarn from long ago. I found 2 lonely skeins of about 2oz each, both in slightly different shades of naturally dyed yellow (fustic and pomegranate I think) and both slightly thick and thin, loosely spun. Here they are plied, I am thinking of giving them a single dip into some indigo. My indigo pot has been lonely too long.