Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Stitches and Stars

For a couple years now, i have been bugging indie dyers that i know, to create yarn based on the Hubble telescope photographs.
I am constantly amazed by the colours and the infiniteness of what we do not know. One of the things that just is so jaw dropping is the account in Job, where G-d is taking this man who is plagued with worldly suffering and asks, "have you held the pleiades in your hands"

or where it states thousands of years ago that stars sing. Only a few decades ago we learned that stars emit sound.


Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?
Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance? Isaiah $0v12

We tqalk of Job's patience and faith, up there on some pedestal so far above us. He was just a man, but a man who got to see what we are only now discovering with Hubble's technology. Faith is built a little at a time and sometimes it is given galacticly. (I may have made up that word)

so back to yarn- i asked for hubble yarn. No one wa sall that interested until i said something about it a couple months ago. Turns out my friend Jennifer has been thinking Hubble yarn too. But not just yarn dyed to match the photos, spinning batts of fiber, yarn with silver sparkle threads. we both were so excited that someone else had the same thought so now....we bring you (official drum roll)...

Holiday Yarns Stellar Sock Club

and I get to play with the yarn and make a couple patterns for it.
The patterns will be available in kits only.

Canterbury Flower Fairy SOTM

Last spring this design was for the Flower Fairy KAL/SOTM, but with the winter storms, maybe we need a little spirng NOW.

With bavarian twisted stitches this sock has lovely little bells sculpted in wool.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Persia socks

Toe up, with bobbles. yes it sounds crazy but they are so much fun!
Part of the Magic Carpet Ride SOTM club, these socks mimmick a pattern in Ruth's rug.
Floral symmetry sculpted in yarn.


Red Hot Socks now available

Need to thaw out?

Fata Morgana is a supierior mirage. It is not only complex but rapidly changing, not just distrorted images, but flipped upside down! The legend of the Flying Dutch Man is believed to have originated from Fata Morgana Mirages.


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Spring is coming-I promise

This Spring I will be involved in a new project. Common Threads. This will be a multigenerational project.
After school on Wednesdays i will be volunteering my knitting skills ( i know you are all shocked that this is knitting related).
I will be teaching Teen and young women who are pregnant, how to knit.
I will be joined by others who will come alongside these girls and just be there to listen, help cast on, and let them know they are not alone.

Over the last 5 yrs, college kids who volunteered for the summer, teenagers who needed a distraction from their chaotic lives, and just about anyone who asked, was given yarn and needles from my stash.
The supply of "cleean needles" as some of them nicknamed empty/available knitting needles, has dwindled.
I could use some help!

If you have any old needles to contribute, message me for the mailing address.
If you are going to be at Stitches West looking at all the new fancy needles, bring me the cheap aluminum ones you firsted learned to knit on. At stitches, everyone who brings needles to donate will get a raffle ticket for a basket of yarn. Winner will be announce Sunday- the last hour of the Market (must be present to win).

After Stitches for those who want to Mail needles, you can win yarn too! June 1st is the birthday of someone i love dearly, in the honour of friendship to the one who held my hand, the winner will be chosen.
Each pair of needles equals one Ticket, the more you send the better your chances of winning :0)


Projects :
Baby booties
Baby sweaters
Soft Toys
Each project will work on a new knitting stitch/technique, building on their skills

size 2, 4, 6, 8 are especially needed straights or circulars

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