Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Creative Time

I thought that I had my heart set on making a log cabin quilt up until it came time to start cutting the fabrics. Then at that point I realized that I wanted to keep the flowered fabrics in larger pieces so that I could see the lovely flowers, so I switched to a different quilt design, Pandora's Box, from the book Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott. I have to make 225 blocks for the bed sized quilt that I want and I have 110 done, so the quilt is coming along nicely! I'm happily sewing on this while listening to an audio book, so it seems like the blocks are stacking up rather quickly.

On my knitting needles, (I bet you can't guess what I'm knitting!), I'm knitting socks from BFL wool that I dyed a few weeks ago. For this project I had used dye solutions in crimson, dark gray, and brilliant blue to dye this top in long lengths of color. I then spun it on my Rose wheel, alternating the size of the strips that I pulled off the top as I wanted the colors to blend, softening the striped effect. It worked!

Speaking of color, I've been having dyeing days-dyeing BFL, Cormo, Rambouillet, Corriedale, and Merino wool for future projects. I brush the dyes on with foam brushes, wrap up the wool with plastic wrap, and then I steam it to set the dyes, using a canning pot with a rack set in the bottom.
 I've been trying different color combinations and my old favorites, so I now have a nice assortment of dyed fibers just waiting for me to spin. Ah, bliss.

For one of the BFL tops I decided to go with a new color combination-a light violet, a soft rose, tan, dark plum, and an olive green. When I was finished dyeing this batch, I really wasn't sure about it, but it was the first one I decided to spin. Each morning I've been sitting on our back patio, listening to the many birds, and spinning on my quiet Rose wheel while gazing over our flowers.

I've signed up to participate in another postcard swap sponsored by Sheila, so while I'm pedaling or working in my garden, I've been puzzling over what I want to make for the summer theme. I've come up with a couple of possibilities, so this week I'll be focused on that. Thanks for being patient, Lin!

Here's hoping that you have time for fiber/fabric today,