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A messy but productive studio

Sunday, June 29, 2014
I have been going through my collection of Lincoln wool locks, and been forced to come to the realization that I have a few too many colorful odds and ends just hanging out. So: I used them! One of the best things about throwing yourself into a craft, in my experience, is that you amass a great store of supplies and materials. With the right mindset, going through your back stock can be a very freeing creative process. See - crazy quilts, collages, anything in a million different color ways and materials. This, as an artsy/crafty person, is why I never have been, and never will be, a minimalist when it comes to possessions.
Lincoln, Shetland and llama fibers, all washed and dyed by yours truly. Not pictured: two other equivalent bins. 
So I spun up an array of mixed up singles from this bounty. I didn't card the wool in this case; I was going for very textural to a little shaggy yarn. The finished product I had in mind would look handmade, in the best way possible - uneven, unexpected, random-but-deliberate. 

Handspun singles - a little bit of everything.

And - there you have it. Above, here is two mega bobbins full of bright, fuzzy, unpredictable yarn, hitting all the color notes I personally love so well - turquoise and fuchsia, dusty pink and warm orange, and natural cream and charcoal gray, among ever so many others. See? Productive.

But wait - there's more: 

You know, I think I've always been someone inspired by three things, primarily:

  1. Process (I love to create something start to finish, and to lose myself in the familiar rhythms of washing, carding, dyeing, etc…); 
  2. Materials (fiber, metal, vintage fabrics - taking a collage/assembly approach to creating); and
  3. Tradition (once again, it's all about losing one's self in familiar rhythms, including those that have existed long before I was born).
I may never be able to pack all my belongings in a single suitcase, or even a car, but I've come to peace with it. Frankly, at the moment, I feel like I'm living the dream.

Ever so many more handspun cowls

Monday, June 23, 2014

I recently got back from a three-week long work/family visit trip to the East Coast. I brought many skeins of handspun - mostly Lincoln wool and llama, hand dyed nice and bright. And I left with eight completed cowls!

My goal is to line these with some reclaimed silk fabric for extra warmth and softness against the skin. Stay tuned for an update on that project (I just got a brand new sewing machine, so fingers crossed that I can make it work properly).