Tuesday, May 29, 2007
..into a baby jacket. Isn't Elizabeth Zimmermann wonderful?
I don't actually have a cold baby to hand and was looking for a charity project to sent it to. Anyone any suggestions? Thanks.
I still have some undyed bags which will be good for showing the kids before and after samples.
Monday, May 28, 2007
This is a piece of cotton after 21 hours. Well, I was up early. The definition is sharper in this one and the colours brighter so I guess the length of time you leave it to cure does make a difference. Also as the author of the book Magic Dyeing made Easy, Helen Deighan points out, after 24 hours your dye is completely exhausted so you're not discharging an active dye into the environment.
Good experiments and good fun. Feeling a lot more positive about the whole project.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Cotton. The firmest of all the fabrics.
Silk. The lightest of all the fabrics. Good results all round. Shiny one side, matt the other. The silk picked up an amazing amount of detail. You can see the embossed writing from the bottom of the lemon tray on this one. And yes, the whirlies so whirl when you blow on them.
At least I have something to take to the planning meeting tomorrow. Feel a bit better prepared now.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Relax, it's only the jacket that's a surprise. Franklin Habit of the blog Panoptican recently introduced me to Elizabeth Zimmermann, a lovely person and immensely talented knitting designer (amongst other things) from way back when. I am knitting Elizabeth's surprise baby jacket . It's supposed to look like a dish cloth gone wrong when it comes off the pins (I can do that) but with a bit of judicious tweaking it turns into an amazing jacket. Just you wait and see! The idea is so deceptively simple I have already made a pig's ear of it by not reading it properly. There was a bit of remedial frogging last night but all is now progressing well.
Looking at my carpet I now realise these must be my colours of choice. Another surprise!
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Monday, May 07, 2007
Camera in hand I asked my dearly beloved 'How do you make a string bag look interesting?' Put it over your head was his reply. I suspect this was meant to be a compliment. He must think I am interesting enough to add allure to a string bag. Then again, he did suggest I put a bag over my head. Hmmmmm, I'll ponder that one while I go the messages.
This is a very Scottish expression, to go the messages. It means to shop. So remember, if a Scottish person asks you to get them a message, the don't necessarily mean in a bottle. Although being a Scottish person, that's probably what they would mean. Cheers!
Now I want lime green, skin tight lycra. I don' care if I only pass one old lady, a dog and two rabbits on my morning cycle, I just want it, okay?
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Saturday, May 05, 2007
To complete the bag, in case you were wondering, you add a handle at either end and crochet up the sides. Look out Tesco, here I come! Get you double club card points ready.