I’m heading off to SPA tomorrow. SPA is an event every winter in Freeport, Maine. I’ve somehow managed to go to all but one of them. And the one I missed I thought I was dying with a stomach flu that wouldn’t go away. Turns out I was pregnant.
Anyway. This is one of my favorite events of the year. It really is. It’s been a long winter of hibernation and this is the first chance I get to get out and see all my fibery friends in one setting. And in a big cozy hotel at that.
This year while my shop spaces was overloaded with pots everywhere and fiber covered all of that, I started to play with combining pots and fibers in pics.
I just couldn’t seem to help myself.
Trust me, there are more pics than these. Way more. I might have gone a little nuts running about with fibers and pottery.
But, I will stop myself here and let you know there are some good things coming. I’m making yarns and fibers that will match the pottery and I’ll have them as gift sets!!! My goal is to have them ready for the website in March/April and so that I can have them for pre-order for Maryland Sheep and Wool the first weekend of April. Stay tuned!
Now, I’m going to go pack the truck and for those going to SPA, I’ll see you tomorrow!
What color are you? What color speaks to you?
Let’s play a game and find out. Sometimes when you play games you can find out about yourself. Ok, most of the times these games are a little silly but they can also be a fun way to explore some color.
Color Sense Game
I know the game was more about home decor but you can take the test with that in mind or fiber/yarn or just general color feeling.
What color did you end up with? Is it the right one for you? Has taking this test of color made your color feelings something something something?
My color came up green. This was no shock to me. I love green! Sometimes I find a yarn of fiber I need in someone’s booth that I need to try and it doesn’t come in green. That’s ok, I can like other colors but green is the color I love. If they have it in green, I’ll probably choose that.
Part of our fear with color is reaching out to new colors. Do you really need to reach out to new colors? I know people that really stick to one color family or even shades of one color. There is nothing wrong with that. Nothing at all wrong with having a signature color.
Play the games with color, see what you come up with and enjoy color for what it is but try not to let it bog you down with “I should like that”.
Secrets. All the secrets.
It seems I’m always trying to hide something from you guys. Club is what I’m working on but I can’t show you because so many want to be surprised so I post this:
I’m trying to get ahead of weaving club so I post this:
I’m working on an article or an item for publication so I post something very vague like this:
I don’t know if you realize how many secrets I have to keep from you…. Eventually it’s all brought full color and often with lots of words. Until then, you’ll still be getting lots of vague photos and pictures of Argyle being a goofball.
A couple of months ago I released a sweater in it’s raw form. Imperfect math and a few problems. I released it for free before my tech editor got her hands on it. Why? Well, I think that’s what a free pattern is worth for one. Once I pay for all the tech editing, it deserves to be a paid for pattern. Two, it’s a really interesting process. If you’ve never designed anything then you may never know the shear terror you feel when you have transferred a full line from your spreadsheet into the pattern, only to have a knitter tell you it’s wrong and you realize that you transferred the WRONG line. Or your math is just off a little bit. You didn’t set up the calculations right in excel for one size. You forgot to update the pattern when you updated the spreadsheet. All kinds of little errors happen. This is why tech editors are worth their weight in gold. Far fewer heart palpitations when someone you trust has fixed all your woopsies.
Clearly I like living on the edge.
So this is the sweater, all done and waiting for a picture debut. In the meantime, I’m going to start spinning this Merino Silk for a solid version of the same sweater.
The multicolored version has been coveted by one of my kids.
Last week I did the first 3 months of weave club and this week I’m going to wrap up the end of the year.
August – “Seniorita”
Spanish Lace. I debated on this scarf. I like it but I don’t love it. I like how the lace stands out but I don’t think the colors are really me and that’s where some of these fall down for me. I enjoyed weaving it. I love anything that needs all these manipulations to work. It was a fun weave and it’s on my list to redo in colors that I’ll wear more. Eventually this one will get gifted to someone that adores the colors.
October – “Candy Striper”
This is a crazy setup. It takes a bunch of work to get it all set up right. Or at least it does for me to get it worked out and write the pattern so you all can duplicate it easy enough. I like the way the stripes work out so it’s absolutely worth all the set up effort. This one originally started out white and red. I had it in my lap and spilled my tea on it. Which necessitated a dye over since it wasn’t going to come out. Seriously, I’m not allowed to own anything white.
December – “Furrows”
I was walking through my mom’s house to borrow her rotary cutter to trim the ends and she made me stop. It’s such a stunning scarf she had to really look at it. It’s so fun and I love the little bobbles this made. I love when a scarf gets that kind of attention. This one might be my favorite of the year or maybe that’s just because it’s the last one and my new favorite will be February 2018’s offering. We’ll have to wait and see.
I rarely talk about the club projects as they’re going on. I don’t want to give too much away if someone is expecting a surprise. I weave a lot. I have 6 projects that I do throughout the year that I send out as a kit to the weaving club. Though, there are usually at least 2 or 3 others that I save for another time or I just don’t think they’re club kit worthy. I’m only going to talk about the club successes here.
There’s a lot so I’ll do three months in this part 1 so I can talk about them too. You know I like to talk.
February – “Interview”
The husband was working on going to interviews and he needed a scarf to match one of his suit jackets. Previously I had only made him cowls and stuff that would work for shoveling snow. Now he needed something a little classier so I made something up for the club. I really love this scarf and meant to make another one for myself (in brighter colors) but as of yet, it hasn’t happened.
April – “Besties Forever”
Stripes and lace? Yes please. Sometimes you just want stripes and sometimes you want lace so I ended up putting both of these together using my favorite sock weaving yarn. It’s perfectly soft and yet so cool with it’s stripes and lace. It worked for me to be a great seasonal transitioning scarf.
June – “Peachy Soft”
A couple of years ago I made washcloths in these yarns and everyone else used them. Clearly I just needed to make more. Well, these are gone too but that’s ok. As long as someone is using them, I’m happy. I’ll just have to make a few more. I’m not sure what the trick is in getting to keep some. I might just need to be faster than the people that love these cloths
To Be Continued….
I have managed to get chilblains once again. Though now that I know that I contract popular diseases from the 1800s I can combat it easier. If I was really on top of it, I’d have taken precautions earlier.
I work in a shop that has a basement open to the cold and a cement floor. I also don’t turn the heat up because my middle name is Ebenezer. The way I need to combat it is not allow my feet to get wet and cold. No sweating allowed. Which means I need to change shoes and slippers throughout the day. Maybe even socks depending on what’s going on with my feet.
We all know that wool socks are the best anyway but they wick away the moisture to help keep my feet dry. Sure there are herbal things I do for my feet once the chilblains hits but I also need more socks. I put the sweater away and started on the socks that are long languishing and half finished until I really need them.
I had another pair started (ok, we all know I actually have like 12 pair half started). I started to work on those and managed to finish one sock, then cast on for the other…
Then started another pair.
Because it’s clearly a sickness, this not finishing socks thing. Most of those one sock wonders I posted about haven’t been finished. Maybe when I finish my red pair, I’ll actually pick up an old one sock wonder, a new unfinished sock project (yes there are new ones not in that linked post). Or more likely, I’ll just cast on for yet something else.