I was very productive during this year’s Swatchathon, thanks to the nervous energy I needed in order to live through the events of January 2021. The topic of this blog is fiber arts, so I don’t get into politics that much, but I am a very political person and I don’t avoid the mention of … More January 2021 Swatchathon
This project was born from three factors: First, our potholders were full of burn holes and should have been replaced years ago. Second, I found a free pattern on Ravelry for a pretty flower-shaped potholder made of two crocheted circles joined together by a contrast color that delineates the last four rows of the pattern … More Make It Work!
I stole the idea from the original source of inspiration and then I did everything differently, which according to Picasso and T.S. Eliot makes my theft a laudable thing. Someone on my Ravelry group posted a picture of a cropped, wide, crocheted jacket with zigzag stripes in white and gray and three-quarter length sleeves of … More Gumball Shrapnel
In March 2020, Covid-19 came to town and it really hasn’t left. We thought it would, back in March, if we stayed inside and knitted, and it would have left if we hadn’t had a president like Homer Simpson who got bored with waiting for the curve to flatten after about five seconds and said … More It’s The End Of The World As We Know It. I Bought Yarn
None of this would have happened if my daughter had just appreciated her adorableness in the sweater I made her from the leftovers of Mrs. Maisel’s Coat, and had taken it home with her. But no, she said she looked like a colorful cow and rejected the sweater. Plan B is to see if her … More Flowers Springing From the Ashes
Using a kit for a specific project, containing unfamiliar yarn in colors of someone else’s choice, is a kind of tourism into the interior of someone else’s brain. I like the scenery in the interior of my own brain, but sometimes it’s nice to get away. Adinda Zoutman is a crochet designer in the Netherlands … More A Visa to Adinda’s World
In between the start and the end of January 2018, give or take a few days, I did a lot of things with yarn that I’ve never done before. It was the third annual Interior of My Brain Swatch-a-long, conducted on my Ravelry group of the same name. From the thread header: Here’s a word … More January 2018 Swatchathon
After a summer and some of an autumn dyeing and dyeing with plants I’d found within a 2-mile radius of wherever I was, it was time to start doing something with the greens, yellows, pinks, oranges, and purples that were piling up around me. I needed gloves, so gloves. I don’t like knitting with double-pointed … More A Show of Hands
Over the past nine months I have been experimenting with the basics of plant dyeing using scavenged materials. The thrill of uncovering beautiful colors hidden inside ordinary plants that I never noticed before, or food waste that I would have thrown away without a thought, could almost have distracted me from the fact that I … More What Happens After You Dye?
After the weekend I spent recently in the UK doing plant dyeing with friends there, I came home with a fistful of pH strip packages and a lot of curiosity about what my dye baths would do if I made half of a bath acidic and the other half alkaline. Back in the winter I … More pHun with pH