Friday, February 8, 2008

Random Eye Candy

By Kathleen




First off... I never win things anymore (I had an amazing lucky streak as a preteen, but not for years now).
But see what I won in a blog contest by Summerset ...



This fiber art postcard is made using fabrics and embellishments from one of her amazing art garment outfits (Midnight in the Garden). She embossed the velvet on the bottom and quilted the silk on top half, appliqued the silk flower at top, embroidered the cricket, and beaded the embossed flowers. Wow! It's so lovely! My photo definitely doesn't do it justice.

Thank you so much Summerset!


Then...
I'm a rock star, baby! Well, at least I feel a bit like one. I have a yarn colorway named after me!

A few years ago I was taught to knit socks by Christine, a local spinner/dyer/knitter. She also helped me pick out some yarns to make a sweater (I'll get to it someday) in my favorite colors... purple and green.
(oh, Purple and Green! How I love thee!)
Well I just happened to bump into her again on Ravelry and not only did she remember me, she runs a dyed yarn business online and... she named a colorway after me!


This is a photo of two skeins of yarn died in the "Connery" colorway (well, all right it's not how I spell it, but it's still named after me! Ahhhh, purple and green...)
Oh, and Mom and Caroline... don't bother rushing to get yourself some of the Connery lusciousness, but you might want to check your mailboxes in another week or so...
Do you think Maureen would like some? It's sock yarn...



And finally...
Last Saturday the dyeing study group of my Fiber Guild had a work date at the studio of a local dyer... Claudia's Handpainted yarns. Yes, Claudia lives and dyes (heehee, I slay me!) right here in my hometown. And she's a member of our guild. And she's great! And she let a rambling group of dyer wanna-bees invade her shop and use her facilities and dye up a whack of cool yarn! (we supplied the yarn, she supplied everything else including brownies).


Lace and fingering weights in a medley of pinks and reds; fingering weight in a variation of "Ingrid's Blues";
worsted weight in a subtle group of geens,blues and olive; worsted in lilac, plum and pink;
a very heavy felted single ply in a variation of "Walk in the Woods".

(And I just thought I would point out that the above dyed yarn was already in my stash. Just in white and natural. So I didn't have to buy any new to add to the total. Which I know I haven't updated yet with the new supply bought at Rocktown's closing sales. And I will... as soon as I get a few things finished so as to help balance the numbers...
Arghhh... Who'm I kidding... it's like a few hundred out, but a thousand in!)


And one final eye candy photo...



10 comments:

Anonymous said...

No, No, My mailman comes by way of VA to NH to FL. I can't wait for any surprises. I'm going to hold my breath. Mom

Swap Sender said...

That must have been one amazing fibre experience. Lucky!

Lizzie Donelan said...

YAY, I am glad you got all your projects up!! I can't get over your "the walk in woods" dye job! it's so beautiful!

p.s. I am so happpppy to be in the blogosphere!:)

Caroline said...

I'll be standing by the mailbox, waiting! I'm jealous of the field trip to Claudia's; next year after the fiber festival you have to take me. I haven't started Maureen on socks yet but she has finished her second project...so she's on the road to socks. Whether she knows it or not. Oh, and the postcard is beautiful; I wish I could see it in person.

Marguerite said...

Great eye candy for a cold and soon to be colder Saturday.

Summerset said...

Glad to see the postcard! The yarn is just beautiful - I love just looking at all those colors. Very inspiring in the grey and white world that is New England right now.

T. said...

Lovely lovely eye candy! The Connery colorway is gorgeous.

SleepyEyes said...

Wow...reading this was like sneaking a peak at yarn pornography! Cool! Love that colorway(s) named after the Conery women...if there were any group of women that needed a colorway, it's you gals! All lovely, in my opinion!

And that postcard is very cool. How creative people are! Lucky you!

Toni said...

Your own colorway--how fabulous!!!

Wow, the post card looks wonderful--I'm always amazed at how many ways people find to be creative!

And the handpainted yarns--how fun!

rita said...

Woohoo for Claudia--I work for her part-time and love love love her yarn!