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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Ode to the Fiber Fest

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Crispy weather now beckons me back to the Barn.

Barn Yarn that is.

And once I got there, it was a case of Lost and Found! Now who (or maybe How/Why/WTF) would lose yarn? (Now we’re not talking about the naughty projects that might have landed under the sofa or the mis-dyed skanks, ah skeins that find their way into Closet Oblivion.)

Dirty Little Secret: Who would lose yarn? ME – I’ve done it before, right about this very same week, September 23, to be exact, and It TOO was Barn Yarn – some fine fine CormoCross. What’s really weird, is that all the other entries in the blog from that week have a Daily link on the calendar here, But NOT THAT DAY! Creepy MT rears its Halloweenie Head…

But I digress – I am going up to Michigan the week after next and those Sirens are a callin’ – the very same sirens that make me make Holiday Sweaters are now hammerin’ on me to make a nice little casual Walking the Dog Sweater.

SO I’m makin’ a Wool Scoop du Jour.

AND because I could only find SOME of the yarn that I thought would be nice, I’m combining it with some other yarn and it will be two-toned: Dark Olive and Natural Sheep Grey.

And here’s where the Ode to the Fiber Fest begins – this is typical yarn that you will find all over the country from yer MomEtPop herders. I believe there are only so many mills that spin! SO regionally, you have places where everyone brings their fleece after shearing and it magically twists up into wonderful 2 and 3-ply Barn Yarn!

The Natural Grey (actually looks very brown to me) Worsted is from Chester Farms, in Virginia. I saw them first at Maryland Sheep and Wool – their booth one of the first you find after you entered (2004) and it was stacked to the rafters with yarny goodness. Carolyn got some, I believe, pretty lilac wool cotton. I left empty handed but wandered round and round and round enthralled by the yarny wooly smell…

I did fall into their black hole, mail orderstyle, this late summer – got some black too! Gonna make a Black Aran Cardi (quick call the Priest – if we start the Exorcism now, we will save Time later!)

The Dark Olive is this
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from one of my first dyeing attempts, back in November of last year. I have LOST TWO SKEINS of this yarn (seen here pre-dyed, in its natural Barney state). If you see it wandering around in a field at Rhinebeck, please email me here

…see all entries here in the Complete Notes: Barny Yarny


Monday, September 26, 2005

  Monday Morning Mirth  

Meet my new favorite friend…

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Who ya gonna call when the weather turns on you like blender?

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Your Lil’ Hair Buddy from the Dollar Store, that’s who!

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And just check out the way This Paper Doll is dressed!

1. Orange Metal Hair Clips: Check

2. 4- Yellow & 2 – Orange little plastic spring clips: Check

3. and, saving the BEST for last – a Dress made from a bunch of Stretchy Terry Hair Bands: Check!


Friday, September 23, 2005

New Threads FRIDAY!
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the Flower Basket Shawl
Pattern: Interweave Knits Fall 2004
Designer: Evelyn A. Clark
Yarn: Dzined *Handpainted Wool/Hemp Sportweight*
Color: Orange & Blue & Yellow
Gauge: 20 sts/28rows over 4″
Needles: #7

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Now that I’ve finished my very 1st Shawl, I’m wondering –
WHY THE H Did I wait so Long to Try This?

1. Was it the thought of having to pay attention to the charting and details? Nope – after several Aran cardies, I should’ve realized that fundamentally the stitch patterns are etched in the brain after a few repeats.

There were, counting right from the top neck edge, 7 full pattern repeats in Blue; 8 full pattern repeats in Orange; and the final edge chart in Orange, with two rows of Yellow. All yarn was one-of-a-kind handpainted Wool/Hemp Sportweight from Dzined.

2. Maybe it was because of all that skinny, tiny yarn – it might take forever and a day to finish something so small in gauge. But actually, the gauge was really rather large – I was using size 7 needles which resulted in a standard worsted gauge of 20/28…

3. Hmmm… Fear of Blocking? NAY, I was able to score some blocking wires at Stitches Midwest this summer and they were wonderful! I washed the completed shawl (it was filthy – old, stashed yarn & weeks of manhandling – EEEWW) – you just thread the wires through the shawl edges and pull and pin to shape.

The only thing I found out about blocking that was a little scary was I JUST COULDN’T STOP moving the Pins. Pin. Re-pin. Pin Re-Pin. Eventually I grew so weary from the neurotic fussing, I just collapsed on the couch and dozed – good thing too because the damn shawl was TAKING UP THE ENTIRE BED!

4. And yes indeed, my lace making friends – I am HOOKED!

…More Images HERE in the Flower Basket Picture Gallery

Read the Complete Notes HERE

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