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One red leaf

Well, not really, but something I’m making is. Yes, I’ll actually be a tiny part of an art project in the middle of nowhere for a brief period of time.  Makes you think . . .

I’ve started dipping into the Knitty Coffeeshop and this caught my eye. The idea is to create a tree with knitted leaves which will gradually be unraveled during the course of the event. The organizer’s site tells more, with guidelines and patterns.  This is a great way to use up the bits of  leftover acrylic yarn from my Whipstick Knitters projects. You may recognize the red leaf above as being the very last of the yarn used in the red Mariner’s Scarf. I’ll be making more leaves as I go  . . . nothing wrong with a variegated blue and white leaf, is there?

Care to join in?


Pink pages
My weaving guild (which is really more of a Fiber Arts guild) decided to create small art pages to exchange. The only rules were: the page should be roughly 4×5″, with a 1″ fabric border on the left. Any material, technique, etc. was fair game. The idea is to try out a variety of ideas, but not be tied down by the need for it Be Something.  Fiber art doodles, if you will.

Here’s what I made for our first go-round of exchanges, which we had at our March meeting. The pink pages above have a commercial fabric base.  Onto that I machine sewed lightly felted pink fleece, which I had needle felted with scrap yarn from my purse, and added buttons.  Everyone loves buttons.

Black pages

These black pages are more commercial fabric for the base, with lightly felted black fleece that also included a little dyed silk — that’s the whispy pale blue-green stuff. The upper left page has a cockade of ribbbon held down by a cowrie shell. The upper right page has a free-motion machine lace leaf –but it blends a bit too much with the background. The bottom left has more machine lace leaves, and the lower right is a scrap of tulle and more cowrie shells, plus some gathered, dyed silk fabric.  I love using scraps and odds and ends from other projects! 

I was at the grocery yesterday when the checker at the next station came over all wide-eyed: “Did you make that purse? Where did you get the pattern?”  I explained  the details, and she went on to say,” I’ve just started knitting, and I’m completely obsessed — I even knit at traffic lights!”  I allowed as how that was , perhaps, taking it a bit far.  The checker in my line said, “You knitted that?” so I briefly explained the felting process.  There may be an impromptu knitting group starting at Central Market.

If you look up at the top bar of this homepage you’ll see that a new page has been added, called The Whipstick Knitters. I’ll be posting photos of the pieces we’re knitting for the Christmas at Sea program. Stop over there every now and then to see what we’ve been up to!

chaRed Scarf at morning

Last month, I wrote about my Fiber Resolutions for 2007, which included trying to live up to Wendy’s Working from the Stash Challenge.  The Challenge has a few amusing exceptions, and I’ve decided add another one, namely:

It’s okay to buy yarn if it’s for Charity Knitting.

In another online life, I’m a member of The Gunroom, an online discussion group about the works of Patrick O’Brian, specifically his 21 volume opus, the Aubrey/Maturin series, which was loosely adapted into the movie Master and Commander. One of our merry crew suggested that some of the knitters in the group make items for the Seaman’s Church Institute Christmas at Sea program, which distributes hand-knitted scarves, hats, etc. to merchant seaman during the month of December. As the books are about sea-going life in the 19th century, it seemed a natural fit.

I’ve just finished my first scarf for this effort, and it’s rather nice, isn’t it? The SCI is exceedingly specific about what yarns to use (4-ply, must be machine-washable) and what patterns to use (theirs, on the site), so there’s not a lot of room for creativity.  But I rather like the basketweave effect of this design.  I bought some more yarn to make a watch cap and a balaclava, but that’s okay, because it’s Charity Knitting 🙂