Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy, Happy

Well, here it is, the last blog post of the year.  Here's a link to Robyn Spady's very appropriate end of year blog post.  I can't top that....so go enjoy.

Happy New Year to you!

Happy Birthday to me!

See you next year.

Friday, December 23, 2011

So I changed to the new blogger format and lost a couple of comments along the way. 
  • Sue...not to worry, the yarn was only around the candle for the photo shoot.  I don't leave candles burning at all unless I am right there...too dangerous with a kitty in the house.  
  • And thank you for the comment, Cyndy.
One of my daily clicks is Seth Godin's blog.  Can't help but think of the people on Capitol Hill when I read this one.

May your day be merry and bright.  We finally have sunshine in southeast Michigan....even a little birdsong to go with it!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Lit from within....

I've been a-plying myself to clearing off some storage bobbins (that's a pun I've wanted to use for a long time):




The fiber is baby camel down and silk, 2 ply, 150 yds. for 14 grams of fiber.
Spun on my Jenkins Turkish Delight spindle and plied on the wheel.  Plans are to use the fiber in a future warp of mixed handspun exotic fibers.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Solstice...

The view down our drive at 8:00 AM today:
The 2011 December solstice takes place on Thursday, December 22 at 5:30 Universal Time. That’s Thursday, December 22 at 12:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. 

 From here, the days get longer:


Doesn't that make your day a little brighter?
 
Happy solstice!
(Especially if you live in the northern hemisphere.)

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Success and failure....

Success:
I love this fabric!!  This sample is off the loom, washed, pressed and making me happy that there is more on the loom to be woven.  The warp is the yarn in the last photo of this post.  The warp yarn was spun worsted from 4 oz. of 75% BFL/25% silk top dyed by Black Bunny Fibers, purchased from The Spinning Loft.  The two ply yarn was about 26 wpi., so I decided on a sett of about 18 epi for a plain weave fabric.
The weft is a commercial 2 ply raw silk in a dark teal.  It was a mill end, so once it's gone there is no more.

It is the first time I've used handspun yarn in a warp, but it certainly won't be the last.  I took the unwashed bobbin of yarn to the warping board and wound all of it  into 4 different warp chains.  I shuffled the warp chains going onto the back beam so if there was variation in the yarns from the start to the end of the bobbin it wouldn't show as a progression across the warp.
The sample shrunk 10% in width and about 1% in length with wet finishing.  It would make a wonderful vest.

To refresh your memory, here are the warp chains:
I do love the way the color variations make a random vertical stripe in the cloth.  And the silk content gives it a little glow from within the fabric.  Color me happy.

And for the failure......
Remember the afghan in the last post?  Due to a failure to do the math at the outset of the project, I am starting over.  I checked the finished size by laying it all out at the half way point and the thing was HUGE.  Way too huge to be manageable as an afghan.  Since there is plenty of yarn here, I'm not ripping yet, just starting over.  Am not sure if this will be a Christmas present or birthday present for ds (his birthday is in January...so it gives me some grace time.)

Parting thought....am I the only one that clicks when "Romney" shows up in my feed reader, expecting to find a sheep or some fleece, only to be disappointed to find a politician at the end of the click?