Monday, May 29, 2006

No posts mean a busy life. Since the Sunrise Circle Sweater, I finished another sweater, the Adrienne Vittadini fitted raglan sleeve pullover out of Woolbearers bulky cotton boucle. It was easy! It's a model for the store, and now I wish I would have made it big enough to fit me because it looks like the kind of garment you could wear with shorts in the summer, the yarn is light enough for hot weather.

In the meantime, a jacket I wove as an example for a class Woolbearers' offers, Painted Warp Jacket, appeared in the Spring '06 Handwoven Magazine in Daryl Lancaster's Forecast column. That was a real honor. The warp is painted, a thick and thin wool and mohair blend we sell in the store. The weft is part handpainted mohair and part La Gran. The La Gran was too dark, I thought, so after I constructed the sleeves, I pushed them over a plastic yarn cone and tied them up shibori style. Then I put them in my kitchen sink full of water with a little bleach thrown in and soaked it for a few minutes. The effect is subtle. It's simple rectangles sewn together. I had an old taffeta gown that made perfect lining after I stamped it with gold paint and stitched it a little bit.

We are getting ready to be vendors at The Knit and Crochet Show in King of Prussia, PA in July. Other than that, it is business as usual, madly knitting models, dyeing yarn, teaching and shmoozing. More later...