Friday, March 09, 2007

Yarn portraits

Coral Reef: landscape yarn

Mel and I are both pretty bad about photographing our yarn. It's there. Gathering, piling, spilling over, waiting to be used or sold (transformed or rehomed). Maybe it's our subconscious desire to keep them all for ourselves, our soft fuzzy creations. They don't cry, they don't spew sour liquid, they don't whine about neglect. They do the silent reproach thing quite well though. So I hide them in cupboards, drawers, the car trunk, plastic bins in the garage, baskets. They take cover in the "to go to gallery" bags which patiently, so patiently wait to be taken to the, uh, gallery. (Beginning of January, I said I'd bring some more things down, promised the roomies that the glass sculptures proliferating on the windowsill would be out of the house soon. They just need bases. Which means woodworking. Which is simple enough, but...)

Some of the hand-dyed/handspun yarn and roving, blue-faced leicester wool, coming soon to the website...
Dianthus: self-striping sock/fingering weight yarn


Seawall: thick and thin bulky yarn
Meadowlark: roving

Bloomin' Hot: roving

Dorrie Meadow: roving

And Mist's locks all dyed up. This kid mohair is super soft...spun up the other half of this batch into a curly landscape yarn which is currently being knit into a hat.

The Cinderella gloves just need a thumb tip--the thumb has been redone 3 times. Would be a lot easier/faster if I could just wing it and not try to record what I'm doing for the pattern. I'm afraid I knit like I cook. Made waffles for the last weaving class. Miscellaneous unlabeled flours from the freezer (some buckwheat, some cornmeal definitely, the rest, who knows. I suspect there was some rice flour in there, maybe even some wheat flour), freshly grated nutmeg (so much better), cinnamon, crystalized ginger, eggs, coconut milk, water and canola oil. Mixed to proper consistency and cooked in between threading the heddles for my next project. Similarly, I can design and knit patterns myself, but actually stopping to write down what I'm doing slows me down and each case is so individual...like these gloves are tailored to fit ME exactly. They are tight and go in and out exactly with my curves. How to translate that to standard sizes? Plus the lace pattern continuing on the thumb and index finger is a bear to work out exactly; luckily a little deviation is not noticeable. I'll have to chart it out and figure out a good way to walk people through that section...definitely the most difficult of the pattern. The Puss-in-Boots bed/bag pattern is much easier...should probably finish that one off and send it in.

2 comments:

loribird said...

Oh my. Those are truly beauteous. The colors are stunning.

Era said...

I found this online and thought of you:

http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2007/03/how_to_take_better_photos.html