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March 2011

Insubordiknit Workshop

I've been wanting to learn how to make textured yarns for a while. I tried corespinning a couple of times, but I was pretty miserable at it and I finally gave up.

But then Jacey came to town.

Jacey's boots

And she showed me how to corespin. And it was easy! 

She also showed me how to do stacks and supercoils and tailspinning and oodles of other fun things. This is her spinning a corespun yarn with beehives.

Jacey spinning corespun with beehive

And here she's illustrating the technique for a thick and thin yarn (it's all in the wrist, yo)...

Jacey spinning thick and thin

...which you can use to make the green yarn seen here. Fun!

Coils

There was beautifully dyed Merino for us to practice with supplied by The Spun Monkey and lovely batts with add-ins and samples provided by Moonwood Farm. Thanks to both of you for the fiber! It was a real treat for me to be able to use someone else's fiber.

Moonwood Farm bags of lovely batts

It was a 2-day workshop with Jacey and handspinners of all skill levels - from someone who'd been spinning for just a week to a few ladies who'd been spinning for 30+ years. It was wonderful to walk into a room full of spinners! I felt right at home. If you're a spinner and have the opportunity to attend an Insubordiknit workshop, I can't recommend it enough.

Several of us had dinner at a nearby Thai restaurant on Saturday night. I loved meeting everyone and had the best time ever. By the end of it, my head was completely full of ideas and inspiration.

Jacey knitting 001

Thank you, Jacey! You're just lovely and I'm thankful for the opportunity to learn from you.

Jacey knitting 002


Cantaloupe

Ever since V saw some kids on TV putting beans into wet paper towels and plastic baggies and waiting for them to sprout, she's enjoyed doing this with just about every seed she comes across. Most everything she's tried has sprouted but we've been lax about taking it any further than sprouts.

Cantaloupe

But when her cantaloupe seeds sprouted, we planted them in this little pot. I keep saying I'm going to have a (very, very) small garden, even though I truly haven't a clue exactly how one goes about it, except for what I've been reading in my new copy of Square Foot Gardening . I suppose now here's my chance to figure it out.


Emeline Sock & update

On my agenda today was writing this blog post, plus about 15 other things. It's after 11pm now so I'm a tad late (unless you're on the West Coast!), but that's the way the mop flops, as my mama always says.

I'm having a big shop update in the morning! I've got lots of sock yarn, plus some DK weight

This is Didot, which I named after a font. I've got one more named for a font in this update, called Ionic No. 5. It's similar, but different (yes, I'm aces at giving clues!).

Didot

I really love my Eulela DK - it's a 50/50 blend of Merino and silk and I just love the way it takes dye. So shiny! I've got 4 different colors coming tomorrow. This one is called Delicate Peach.

Delicate Peach

My new yarn base is called Emeline Sock. It's a 50/50 blend of Merino/silk. Soft and wonderfully lustrous. I can't wait to dye more up - just gorgeous! This is Foxtail Pine, one of my favorites. First I dye it gold, then I dye it green. Love!

Foxtail Pine

I'm not the most patient person, so in the morning I'll grab my cup of coffee and turn the listings on. They're all ready to go!

For the next update I'll be dyeing worsted weight & sport. 


Reading in a tree

Today V found the highest spot she could in our tree out front. Then, after much fussing of how to sit, I handed her a book.

V in tree 001

She read a couple of chapters in her tree. Sweet girl.

V in tree 002

She still likes to read picture books, but if you hand her a chapter book on cats or dogs she'll read it through in one sitting.

V in tree 003

She wanted to climb all the way to the top of the tree but the branches wouldn't support her weight, so I talked her out of that.

V in tree 006

The Kitten Friends  series by Jenny Dale is her current favorite. I don't think they're published anymore, but I've found one at Goodwill and the rest used on Amazon. I need to get another one for her Easter basket.

V in tree 004

After the reading - chalk.

V in tree 005

It's perfectly Spring here!


A newsletter for designers

Hello! Are you a knitwear designer? Crochet designer? I know that yarn support is important for independent designers - and for small hand-dyed yarn businesses too. So I'm starting a newsletter just for designers who would like to work with my hand-dyed yarn. I may provide a discount to you or complete yarn support, depending.

The newsletter will come to you every 1-3 months and will contain a call for submissions, though you should feel free to submit ideas to me at any time. Even if you're just starting out - don't be shy! If you've got a good idea, I want to hear it. The more details you can give me on your proposed project, the better.

To receive the newsletter, please email me at springtreeroad (at) gmail (dot) com with link(s) to your online portfolio, Ravelry page, etc., and I will add you to the list.

Thanks so much! I look forward to hearing from you.