Sunday, March 23, 2008

Getting Back to Fiberey Art Goodness

Mama's death and funeral really took the wind out of my sails and I'm only just getting back to feeling like myself.
Tom and I went to Huntsville a couple of weeks ago for the Leyendecker exhibit-fabulous!-and I went to the Useful Knowledge Conference sponsored by Little Barn. I attended the Spinning Class for Knitters taught by Merike Saarniit and it was wonderful. Met lots of Ravelry friends there and learned a ton of useful information about spinning...hence, I suppose, the reason they named it the UK Conference. I learend to spin on a spindle-too much fun but have to resist buying a spindle right now-how to make a balanced yarn (tres useful) how to spin from the fold-which I now find to be my favorite way to spin, how to card and blend fibers and a whole ton of other things that I just can't remember right now.
I also bought about $100 worth of fiber...thank you Tommy for your credit card!!! I even ventured away from the neutral colors somewhat-although I did buy one lovely choccy brown and black top, 2 pounds of merino, 8 ounces of linen, and 8 ounces of Tri Color Jacob. They were just too lovely to pass up. I don't know what got into me buying the linen, but I think once i get the hang of spinning it, it will make a very nice knitted summer handbag. I have a lovely pattern from England that I can use for it.
I've decided to use some of my very own blended wools to make a wall hanging. I've chose the linen stitch to do these in as it makes a nice dense fabric with a lovely pattern. I'll have to take a better photo of this when I get a bit more done. I was inspired by some digital artwork I did a few years ago and I want to re-create it in knitting. I'm sure it will be ongoing for some time as I would like to make it a rather large piece.
Pics I am posting are of the wools I bought at the conference and some knitting and spinning I have done recently. I've promised myself to keep up the blog a little better from now on...I hope to keep it.