Wednesday, January 31, 2007
argh. blogger ate my post again!
highlights of the long post.
i love ballwinders.
(and i don't accumulate a lot of gadgets, so that's quite a ringing endorsement from me).
i wound all the skeins (see previous post for photos) into these balls of wonder. (organized in the same order, for reference).
had a mishap with the ballwinder at one point so ended up having to cut a skein.
favorites include: the mostly red, the bright Easter colours (trying to think of a good name for this one. stream of consciousness has led me so far from bright Easter, to progressive Christianity, to United Church of Christ; now I'm going to go within that larger topic to find a good name within -- suggestions welcome).
photos: starting at the top. the overdyed skeins in balls; my favourite reds; all the sock yarn; the (for now named: 'All the People' colourway, click on the UCC logo on the right column of my website for a brief "why?" explanation).
***hey, the first posting of the night mysteriously did get posted....oh, well, for now, I'm leaving both up.
i'm really not much of a gadget girl. not really tempted by infomerials (that doesn't look right - y'all will know what I mean though). but, oh...i am in love with ball winders!
look at the glorious difference before and after (before twice over for the overdyed batch -- the smaller six skein set) see previous posts for the before photos, i've arranged the balls in the same order as their skein before winding shots.
i knit a french press cozy the other day. i keep my french press on my desk at work. you know there are different coffee camps (i'm well out of the ****bucks camp), the coffee provided by the dining hall is not to my liking -- the best news to me about our dining hall coffee is that it is Fair Trade and Organic (but not "Strictly Organic" which *rocks*), so i like to make my own, at my desk. Anyway, I didn't bring my camera to work, so no picture of the great new french press cozy (my envisioned pattern, it is certainly servicable...but my next one will include a well placed hole for the spout too). Will take pictures and post next week.
While winding and winding sock yarn we ran into a couple of snags (literally) on the *last* ball of sock yarn, it got really hopelessly tangled and we had to *cut* the yarn and then fish for all the bits out of the gears. This is one of my favorite colourways. The deep reds are another and finally, the bright combination on the far left too. Any colourway name suggestions?
Sunday, January 28, 2007
i finally finished framing one of my handcrafted gifts!
oh, i can hardly wait to show you. i'm quite proud.
my mom tells me that she reads my blog regularly (though she never posts a comment ;) -- maybe when i put the picture of this gift up, she'll post a comment about her thoughts on it -- please mom!)
so i'll wait to post when i'm sure that she's seen it in person first.
in the mean time...these are january 27 and january 28, 2007, the daily collages.
it's been raining, the sun is now streaming through the fig tree branches casting shadows on the floor of my studio.
i'm very tempted to go to the local big-box bookstore to check out the latest sewing and knitting books.
the other big pull is the messy desk...as i mentioned, my art flow seems to be good today...
...that settles it. i'm going to do a couple of chores, make a little snack-y lunch, and then right back to the studio for more art making!
hope you are all enjoying crafty days too!
Friday, January 26, 2007
wow! that was a wild week. the conference was great, staying just off Telegraph Avenue was *so* much fun. I did manage to be creative a little some time during the day. I hadn't brought my camera with me...so I'm updating with photos of the daily collages now.
The yarn dried while I was gone too...so here are pictures of the yarn I overdyed. Mill end wool that my mom bought in Australia years ago. I used several hanks of the palest yellow and palest green. More overdyeing will take place during the next dyeing party.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
And then***, when we lifted the aluminum foil/lid after all 9 skeins had steamed for 45 minutes and saw the bright, gorgeous colours!
I'm so in love with the yarn I dyed!
I can't wait to knit some of it up to see what it looks like in a finished product. Of course I took *no* pictures. Cordelia did though. Sadly, Cordelia has been internet-less for several days. Maybe later today or tomorrow she'll have all the photos up, check back with her to see the whole process (and her yarn). My one photo is of my yarn and where we did the dyeing. I'll take more photos when it's dry and wound too.
Also, collage 1/20/07 and collage 1/21/07
Friday, January 19, 2007
o.k. *please* post a comment. pick a post, any post and post a comment.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Monday, January 15, 2007
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Some more images from my artist retreat.
Isn't this latte gorgeous? From Cafe Noto in Windsor.
Free wi-fi and an organic latte. That's the way to start the morning!
It has been such a joy to be in the country for a few days. Despite the freezing temperatures. The air is crisp and clean and the stars at night! Absolutely a much needed break from the chaos and congestion of the bay area. There are definitely wonderful things about the bay area too...the strongest example is the human diversity. My goodness wine country is quite bland in comparison.
Friday, January 12, 2007
Found this great example of what wind, salt, water, sand and probably thousands of people stepping on it over the years. At a beach parking lot in Mendocino.
Space, glorious space! how I do love trees, fields, greenery of all kinds...non-asphalt and -concrete and -glass. went to mendocino yesterday. it was *so* cold. great yarn store and coffee shop there, also had a great huervos rancheros at a cafe there. and then there is the art. the mendocino art center looks so wonderful...one day I'd love to take a class there. small artsy progressive towns, i *heart* them.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Monday, January 08, 2007
thank you, thank you! I'm thrilled to have sold 101 items in my little spot on the web! and blessedly *this* was the 100th item sold.
today's collage. i couldn't wait to get home to make. I am so looking forward to time spent on these. And yesterday I figured out a wonderful way to display them. I'll take photos tomorrow.
Sunday, January 07, 2007
going on a wine & art adventure soon. it's so on my mind, i imagine it will be the focus of many of these next few days.
been doing some 4 x 4 sketches this morning too. supposed to be making silver pieces though.
after a little lunch time snack of apple, cheese & crackers I've get to the silver.