Saturday, August 16, 2014

Weekly spinning- Clenase the palate

Back in an other lifetime, in some restaurants in the US between some certain courses they served lemon or lime icecream, to "cleanse the palate". As I am trying to get back to the groove, I was/am spinning a lot more than I was/am knitting... By the time I finished the red carded batts I knew the next thing I should spin will be red again...
I was also dyeing a lot of red, and mauve-is yarn and wool...However, I wanted to cleanse my palate, and decided before I get back to the reds again, I will tackle this braid of natural colored alpaca top I had for years now.
The silky alpaca lends itself to long draw spinning and that is what I did. With this, it is decidedly more rustic and uneven than my regular short draw, but it is also softer and fluffier... if fluffy is a word that applies to thin yarn, even though this is slightly thicker than my usual.
100 gramms, natural colored.
500 meters, two ply, semi woolen.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Official announcment- The festival of folk arts

A phonecall about something totally different took a sudden turn, and I reorganized my days around our biggest national holiday of August 20th, in which, if you read my blog you know, that the biggest craft fair is held...
Even though two years ago, I wow-ed that I will never ever go otherwise but as a private visitor, the invitation arrived from a person I deeply like, I couldn't say no...So I rushed and ordered some wool, immersed myself, in my dyeing pots...
Beside the spindles I use to teach, Enikő made some really awesome ones.
If you happen to be in Hungary, you might find me in the Újvilág udvar (new world garden).
And Just for fun I will show you the special harstick I used to pin up my hair while dyeing...

Monday, August 11, 2014

Weekly spinning

In the name of "back on the horse" I was spinning 100 gramms of South Amrican wool.
I dyed it back in the spring, I wanted the colors of a sandy beach.
After the long hiatus I am still not satisfied, but it is getting better, right?
770 meters of two ply.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Forget me not

I left my mark in Szeged (the city of my University)... at least in the form of a few knitted/crocheted item
One of the things I loved about goint to the university was that there more than the average rate of people liked me and accepted me for who I am. One of these was a teacher of mine, whose topic was definetly NOT my favorite... I usualy tell he story as a joke how I stood up from my very first linguistic class with noting "well, one thing I know for sure already... do not want to be a linguist". Despite of that with all the teacers who thaught me in that field I managed to build a good relationship. With Krisztina, after it became pretty sure I will not have a class with her again, an almost friendship like of something is building...
I crocheted this shawl for her.
I could not left out the beads, now could I?
I used DROPS Delight... 
Of which I run out just this far before finishing the last row... delaying the blocking, as I KNEW I had some more, but I just could not find it...
 Before and after blocking...
And on its owner, who was kind of moved, when I presented her with the clumsily wrapped package.
She is a smallish figure and it she can nicely wrap herself in it.
Tech details:
Forget me not from DROPS
DROPS Delight
3 (or 3.5 mm) crochet hook
Beads of forgotten origin.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I was dyeing...

In the name of getting back my crafting mojo, I was dyeing yarn (and some wool) again.
Here are some of the yarns
Drops lace in one of the favorite colorways... Mauve-is, old rosey, with green...on drops lace. (70% alpaca, 30% silk)
And on pure wool lace yarn.
Jeans/petrol/teal blue on drops lace...(70% alpaca, 30% silk)

And all kinds of blues on pure wool lace...
Dark red, red on pure wool lace
Lighter reds on pure wool lace
And mauve-ish reds on Drops lace ((70% alpaca, 30% silk)

And I am only starting...:-)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Weekly spinning

When I am in trouble with my knitting I usually turn to spinning...
I had three small batts I carded with 8 different shades from dark bordeaux through red to orange... I could have swear I had a picture of them somewhere but I just can't find it...But all through spinning I was echnated how it turned into wonderfully deep color, that showed up the different shades with a really close inspection.
The whole thing turned into 560 meter (90 gramms) of two ply. There are some mistakes in it, but considering how long I've missed, it is fairly OK I guess. maybe enough for smaller a Rock Island. Or who knows.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Long time no see

Where should I start? I think I lost the thread (so to speak) sometimes in late March...
University duties became way too much, and my posts became few and far between, when in mid-may I literally put down the needles.
Yes, you've read that right. I have put down the needles.
The truth is that I realized that I had so many exams, so many papers do that it is literally impossible to do it except with the outsmost concentration. "Just a little knitting" would not work, as I know myself, how I am capable of getting lost in a project.
So that was the "sacrifice" I offered to the gods of exams. No knitting. I admit I didn't said no crochet or spinning, but that would have felt like cheating, right?

The exam period was crazy. I was not myself. As I said I have not knitted, have not spun. My classmates saw me wearing black. Twice in a row. Then when my last exam were done, and I thought I could relax, I found ut my opponent did not liked my thesis as much as everybody I've shown it did. In fact he hated it, so I could not just halfheartedly prepare for its defence, but I troughly had to work for it. A lot. But then I did defended it as some said with an unforgettable bravado, but I will spare you the details, if you "talk" to me regurarly, you've heard about it more than enough.
One more admittance test and I thought I am really, really done, when a family crisis, involving a close relation broke out, meaning turning my world over once again, and more stress, more travel, then a lot of hospital visits, now more duties, so crafts got pushed back to the back burner once again...
Add to this some personal conflicts, which were not even real conflicts, but some reactions from people I do not understand, but some of them affecting me pretty deeply, so much, I was actually thinking leaving the whole crafting business behind.

Then somebody said, I would not e able to, after all it wasn't for nothing I've written my thesis on knitting and the Internet community aspect of it...and I had to admit she was right.

I am still not fully comfortable with my crafts (spinning/knitting/ crocehting etc) but there are lights at the end of the tunnel. Or that might be the train coming toward me. We will see.
Tomorrow a spinning post will come. That is for sure (almost).