A bit of drive-by blogging today. There is so much news I barely know where to begin.
Brooke and I just got back from SOAR. What a great time! Seriously good fun. We went as participants, not as vendors, which was a nice break. It is good to have time to take classes. We both ended up in Deb Menz's class. Three fun days of blending colors on drum carders to get different effects. Here are a few projects from that class:
This shawl is made from blending one color, olive green, with 6 other colors. I wanted some simple knitting so I spun up singles. It is in garter stitch because I didn't take the time to set the twist.
It won't be large enough with the colors from that exercise. I plan on making more batts to extend the shawl, probably with an Old Shale pattern stitch.
We also played with complementary and analogous colors. Complementary colors are opposites on the color wheel. Analogous colors are adjacent to each other on the color wheel.
It does look better wound into a center-pull ball. I plan to knit a basic garter stitch or entrelac scarf from it. If it is still to much, it may have to be rehomed. Probably for the best anyway, it isn't cold enough here to wear scarves often. And, I do have a friend in Minnesota who is a big Vikings fan . . .
Morgaine of Carolina Homespun is now carrying some of our fiber! She will have it at Rhinebeck this weekend. If you are at Rhinebeck (lucky you!), please check it out and let us know what you think.
Tomorrow is Color: A Fiber Festival in Berkeley. There are classes, vendors, and a large area for socializing. Bring your wheel, spindles, or knitting and come out for the company if nothing else. We will be there with lots of new products including exotic fibers, stone buttons, and Spindlewood spindles. I am so thrilled to have Spindlewoods! They are such beautiful spindles. The stone buttons are made by an artist in Oregon that we met at Oregon Flock & Fiber (OFFF). Hope to see you there!
More to come. And, that is not an idle promise. My schedule will be loosening up a bit and I will have time to blog again.