Electronic resources & yarn

Sometimes when I go to a conference, I am able to fit in a trip to a yarn store. It provides a nice break from the conference and a chance to see a bit of the city. I just returned from a conference that used to be in Atlanta but is now in Austin. Before year two of the conference, I made Calorimetry, using Noro (probably silk garden) from my LYS2.

Calorimetry

I adjusted the pattern slightly to make it slightly smaller (both in length and width). The Noro has a very different look depending on which side is in front.

CalorimetryCalorimetry

I used the remaining yarn to make a very narrow version, with no button. I wear this one a lot, especially when it is still just slightly chilly in the morning on my bike. It fits easily into a pocket and takes up little space when traveling.

Modified CalorimetryModified Calorimetry

I tossed this in to my bag for a February trip to the warmer climate of Atlanta. It was warmer, yes, but colder than we all expected and I was glad to have it with me (I think this was just before the Valentine’s Day Blizzard). JQ and I went to Why Knot Knit and I convinced her to buy some Noro to make a Calorimetry of her own.  I think I was supposed to send her details on my modifications, which I never did. Oops! I bought some yarn as a gift and think I was very restrained regarding my own stash (i.e. didn’t add to it).

The next year, we went to Knitch [now closed] specifically so I could see and maybe buy some Habu Textiles yarn. Soon after the conference, I started a project which still isn’t finished; more on that in another post.

Habu Textiles A-1 Tsumugi Silk, whiskey

The first time I went to Austin, I noted that no yarn stores were close, although a colleague who used to live in Austin told me I really should get to her favorite yarn store. This year, I decided 2.6 miles to the store wasn’t really that far and I would squeeze it in during one skipped session and lunch. I made it to Hill Country Weavers in 47 minutes. It is a fabulous store and I barely had time to even walk into each room. There was so much beautiful fiber I didn’t want to leave. They also have some terrific patterns they have designed (available also as PDFs so I can very easily order from home). I could have spent a fortune in the store but I decided on Alchemy Haiku, a silk mohair blend, in Equinox (which coincidentally was the next day).

Alchemy Haiku, in Equinox
Alchemy Haiku, in Equinox

I spent a mere 15 minutes there, turned around, walked back to the room, picked up my computer and made it to the unconference for the afternoon.

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Cubic right angle weave pendant

Last weekend I took a class at my LBS on cubic [or cubed] right angle weave (CRAW or 3RAW as Karen refers to it). In the morning we learned the basics; we made a single row and then added a 2nd row on to it. We used no. 8 seed beads, 8# Fireline, and no. 10 sharp needles.

Cubic right angle weave sample

Karen then showed embellishing by “stitching in the ditch”. This is possible in the center of a double wide section of CRAW and along the edges. I added beads of the same color and contrasting color in the center and along the edge. Embellishing can tighten up and therefore shorten the piece, so you may need to make something a bit longer than expected.

Cubic right angle weave sample with embellishment

After lunch, we made a pendant. This taught us how to turn a corner, how to join and embellishing in a slightly different way (Karen call this “side winder stitch in the ditch”, which can be done on a single wide section of CRAW).

Cubic right angle weave pendant necklace

I then continued on and made a lariat for the necklace. I meant to join this near the top of the small diamond, but I didn’t, so, oh well. I think it looks fine as it is.

Cubic right angle weave pendant necklace-detail

I’ve started collecting some images (and a how to video) of CRAW on Pinterest.

Cubic right angle weave pendant necklace-detail

Dolly, the excessively pink Texel

Last May, our spinner’s group learned about the Texel breed. It is a Dutch meat breed, but the wool is pretty nice—very springy.  M told us it was reputed to take dye well. We each took a few handfuls to wash and then spin. M had a small amount of clean and carded fiber for us. I can’t find it right now, but take my word for it, it looks like a fairly small skein of white wool.

texel after dyeingI washed my several handfuls and then brought it to M’s to dye in June (see previous post, Playing with Dyes), using a mixture of Azalea, Orchid, PawPaw, Tomato, Madder Orange Gaywool dyes. We could confirm that yes, the Texel takes dye quite well. I’m sure we used too much dye for this batch, and some of the colors we clearly stronger than others. The Paw Paw was very weak. The Tomato and Madder Orange were largely obliterated by the Azalea and Orchid. So much for the idea of an orange and pink mixture.

In November M and I card this. After the first pass the colors remained fairly distinct:

texel after one pass on carder

After the 2nd pass it was much more uniform. (This is several batts in a bag, packed for home)

texel after two passes on carderAfter I finished the merino silk, I started spinning this. I haven’t been spending regular time spinning, so it is going rather slowly. I have one bobbin full. It is also still a a bit trashy, including some short bits. The floor where I spin gets messy from the things I pull out.  This is what was left a couple weeks ago.

texel being spunThis is a lot of pink. TH wonders what I am doing with this much pink, especially since I am not spinning it as sock yarn for DJ.

texel waiting to be spun

There is a little variation in the color, but since we carded it twice, it is quite pink. Excessively pink.  If it wasn’t a breed I knew nothing about, I would ply it with something else to tone it down, but I want to keep it all Texel.

Pearl knotting

Last fall I took a class from my LBS on pearl knotting. We made a bracelet in the class.

pearl bracelet

And here, showing my awesome non-dominant-hand picture taking ability:

close-up of pearl bracelet

My sister had a milestone birthday this year so I wanted to give her different than another pair of socks (although she might actually have preferred that, but who asked her?). I wanted to use my new skill to make her a necklace, without it looking like something Mrs. Cleaver/Barbara Billingsley would have worn. I thought mixing in PINK crystal might do the trick.

pearl and crystal necklace and earrings

And of course I needed to make matching earrings. I didn’t think to get a picture wearing them, so this one in the box will have to do. My sister is far too camera shy to allow one of her wearing them to be posted.