Friday, October 31, 2014

In With The New

I was away at the Annual Maritime Spinner's Retreat last weekend which took place in the beautiful Cape Breton Highlands.  They really couldn't pick a more picture perfect area for a bunch of fibre enthusiasts.  I wish I had pictures to show you of the grounds and the event itself, but...I didn't take any.  I can tell you though that this year's retreat was all about dying.  There were workshops and dye stations and cool stuff in our goody bags to take home and try our hand at it.  The kits contained mordant, turmeric and drink crystals which worked rather well.

As you can see here, I took the loose fibre they gave us and stuck it in a pot with an alum and cream of tartar mordant to fix the colour.

Then I plunked the bags of fibre into the turmeric dye mix.



It's hard to believe that from just a teaspoon of a common spice, I could get such an incredible shade of screaming yellow!



I laid it out to dry on the bedroom floor and was concerned that the colour would actually keep me up all night:)

The retreat was fun and of course, I always seem to take away more knowledge with me....more confidence at the dye pot is what I took away this year and now I can't wait to play with more colour.

In other news, I've been working away since coming back from retreat to tidy up and improve the corner of my store that is now dedicated to textiles.

This beautiful nuts and bolts bin is now emptied of both all the shiny little metal bits and lots and lots of dust, and is now slowly being filled by my lovely little accessories.


It's going to look sharp when all of those little cubes are filled with colour.  I also had Mr. bring over a beautiful old mantel from the house that we are currently not using.  I'm just borrowing it for now, but I thought it would make a fabulous holiday display with festive accessories.  I just love it.


My "shop within a shop" is shaping up just the way I want it.  What do you think?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Snowdrift

I finished the beautiful Snowdrift Cardigan pattern by Michele Rose Orne, just in time to wear it to my annual retreat!  I made it with a lovely, silky batch of natural, 3-ply MacAusland's, Wool-Mohair blend yarn.  It's very heavy and warm and the cables!!!!


Look at those Cables!!!!  Super-soft, open, bulky cables with dropped stitches no less.  Michele Rose Orne, this pattern is fabulous!


For now, I have left the front closure without a closure.  The pattern calls for a zipper, but I'm not convinced that it's the best choice for me.  I may add an I-Chord button band and wooden, toggle buttons.  Time will tell.  For now, I'm happy to wear it as is and it fits me perfectly.