Tuesday, February 28, 2012

It All Started With Leftover Sock Yarn

Some of us have lots of yarn - odds and ends of yarn that we aren't quite sure what to do with. Dee had this sock yarn - I'm presuming she must have had a couple of balls because you will see that she got quite a bit of mileage out of it.


 Her first attempt was to use it as weft with a white warp of assorted cottons and rayon yarns. 
Well, this wasn't the effect she was looking for.  Out came fiber reactive dye to take care of the white yarns. 

Not bad, but still she wasn't completely satisfied.  Next she dyed the remaining scarf with Alter Ego dyes - they will dye both the wool of the sock yarn and the rayon and cotton warp yarn- in two different colors at the same time! 

Well, this was pretty cool too. But she had one last trick up her sleeve. Do another warp using the sock yarn in both warp and weft. Which do you like best?
Warp and weft of sock yarn

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Checking Out Dee's Studio

The group met at Dee's house today. There were lots of woven items shown and some knitting and a pine needle basket. But maybe the best thing was getting to see how Dee arranged her work space and what she was working on.

In addition to being a fabulous weaver, knitter, quilter, seamstress and all around great gal, Dee's studio would make anyone jealous. Lots of books, yarn, fabric and ideas floating around.

She is currently working on a cat quilt - black and white cats on batik backgrounds. There will probably be some colorful fabric in the background as well.

Here's a weaving project in the planning stages. With inspiration from a towel (top right), she is pulling together yarns to weave a scarf. Can't wait to see how it will turn out. Makes me want to head to my studio to weave.