Monday, May 30, 2011

Zinnias Boucle Yarn

I've always been a smooth-yarns girl. I like a nice round 3-ply, or a tightly-plied 2-ply, consistent and even and smooth. But lately I've been branching out into boucle-style yarns - a thick/thin plied with a fine thread, causing bumps and slubs and squooshy texture. Texture is good! Knitters love to make textured yarns into hats and scarves, and weavers love 'em too.

I spun a few last month, and this week I spun another, with even more texture. It's a strand of fine handspun silk in reds & amber, paired with a thick/thin slubby strand I spun from a blended batt with BFL wool, silk, and sari silk infusion, in pinks & oranges & golds. Both fibers came from Enchanted Knoll on Etsy, one of my favorite indie dyers. I really like the way this one turned out. 145 yards, 2-ply thick/thin boucle - I have two equal skeins. SO SOFT.

Both are available in the shop.

I'm dressing the big Macomber loom for a set of placemats in blues and greens. This is for an exchange with the Jane Stafford Textiles group on Ravelry - the same talented people I swapped dishtowels with in February. Looking forward to seeing what they create using the same color family. I'll have pictures of the placemat warp tomorrow - I hope!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Garden, now with Bee!

Leigh came looking for zucchini flowers and I hadn't posted a picture, so this is for you, Leigh:

And look, a Bee! There were several of these guys flying around, welcome pollinators. How exciting!!

My eggplant is flowering, too - I hope the Bees make their way over there as well.