A Tribute To Lupin and Tonks

picture-017 The loom finally got warped, thanks to Geri showing me that great “c-clamp and chair” warping technique. Here is the scarf/wall hanging as of February 8. It is a bit longer now, though I have doubts that I have enough yarn to make it a scarf, so it will become a wall hanging. The warp is a commercial silk thread size 20 dyed by Red Fish Dyeworks. The weft is handspun 50/50 merino/silk in the Ruby colorway, dyed by Lisa Millman of Dicentra Fibers. Because I am in “learning” mode, I did not realize that the warp was spaced too far apart for a plain weave, so it is weft-faced. The lovely silk threads will show only in the fringe. I love the look, though, and am not at all disappointed with how it is turning out.

Wish I was having as much fun with the knitting. Though I did get a photo of my puppet head, Voldemort,

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there hasn’t been any more work on the puppets. I am working on three sweaters and a vest, all in different stages of frogging. If I ever get them finished, it means I have a whole new sweater wardrobe for next Winter!

2009 Studies

Andy Warhol wrote, “Either once only, or every day. If you do something once it’s exciting, and if you do it every day it’s exciting. But if you do it, say, twice or just almost every day, it’s not good any more.”

Gertrude Stein made a related point: “Anything one does every day is important and imposing and anywhere one lives is interesting and beautiful.”

New goal: Weave every day. Even if it is just two picks. Even if it is figuring the math and/or the colors for the next project. Weave every day.

Weaving is my “study” for 2009. I have projects lined up, projects that will push me forward to more complex and/or larger projects. First up: My silk scarf. The warp is a lovely light purple
silk 10/2 thread (commercial) dyed by Red Fish Dyeworks. The weft is a 50/50 silk/merino handspun single from a top dyed by Lisa Millman of Dicentra fibers. It will be a narrow scarf and the first using my handspun. Next up: rugs for the kitchen, hallway, and studio using both plain weave with colors and huck to try my hand at texture.

Study #2 is sculptural knitting. Learning just what can be done with texture, double-pointed needles, and the art of the stitch to sculpt yarn into forms. This all in relation to puppets.

What are you “studying” in 2009?