There are no words for the crazy awesome generosity of Fibergal. Let me just show you.
It is all natural cotton that Fibergal has grown, and is gorgeous.
Remember my gushing over spinning cotton from the boll this Tour de Fleece? Fibergal offered to send me, and this is important to quote her directly:
…a little colour sampler of bolls just to play with.
She was wonderful to correspond with, and closed simply with, “Enjoy.” As Fibergal knows, I could not have hoped to acquire such beautiful cotton much less with such a variety of seeds. I thank you, and am already enjoying the cotton adventure.
This green cotton has a long staple-length, and is so interesting to spin! See the seeds? They are being kept for what I hope can be future planting.
I am, Brace for it…
… as of Monday, also learning to weave. After this summer of unhappy medical stuff, I just decided to look for a backstrap loom already and found this one. Told N up front that it was a purchase of sticks.
I am using the only mercerized cotton yarn in the house, Estelle Young Touch Cotton dk. That was made on Monday. I thought a bit, and re-warped, yesterday.
This 14″ band looks well, like a band. I used the heavier sword that came in the kit and got better with making & using a continuous string heddle. It also helps to understand what you are supposed to be doing.
The best adjustment was to use contrast yarn for that heddle, and to tie it to a chopstick. I might be loving this thing called weaving.
We saved the date!
My little cousin’s wedding was this past weekend. I will skip the weekend-of-yarn-dyeing that I worked in (for now), and just show the knitting.
Knit with gratitude for another cousin, Cat. It’s the Prairie Rose with beading and she loved it! I owed her big-time for saving me from wardrobe failure at the last family wedding…
The reveal was like giving my relatives a proof of concept for, “Lara knits.” Also helping that cause was a new, shrug adapted from Tappan Zee.
It’s made in Hempathy. With no time to spare, I decided to live on the edge. Why not give it shaping, I thought late at night. That became a series of slightly stepped short row shaping inside the front garter bands.
Early on I had this bright idea that the diamond pattern should sparkle… with leftover 8/0 seed beads. Not a huge deal because Hempathy is conveniently constructed for clean splitting for the bead placement with a crochet hook.
And now for some Mindless Knitting
Just as the Avengers movie released, Mandie of Sheepy Time Yarns offered a super cool series of yarns inspired by each super-hero. I scored Iron Man in her Sheepy Feet base.
It’s perfect for down-time knitting – a plain sock. I am not even guilty that the Bavarian Cable socks are not getting any love right now.
These should make me Invincible for the cold weather. Winter is coming, folks. Winter is coming.