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Business and Pleasure

feltysquares.jpgBusiness: Yarns for Sale

Finally, some business to post. I have added a small handful of yarns to my shopping cart tonight.

I am trying a new yarn which holds much promise. It is a worsted-weight, soft 100% wool which felts well. I am excited about this yarn which I am currently calling Funky Felty Worsted.

I knit a 4×4 (10cmx10cm) square swatch, and I felted it until it was quite dense (I did this by hand because of time restrictions). I ended up with a soft, mildly fuzzy but not hairy, dense fabric which then measured 3×3 inches. That comes out to 75% of the original size, or a 25% reduction if you measure it that way. I could have stopped earlier if I chose, it would still have been felted but not as dense. Photo top right.

seasidewhateversize1.jpgI would like to create patterns for this feltable yarn at some point, probably bags. However, we all know that I’m behind on the patterns I have already started writing so that needs to go on the “B” list for now.

Meanwhile, I can at least say that I have also felted this as a two-color stranded knitting piece (with Nashua Creative Focus Worsted alpaca/wool) and it worked out very well. It was quite nice as a multicolored yarn with a darker solid. Very nice. For some reason, that sample is hiding somewhere in my studio and I can’t photograph it for you today.

springpond200x400.jpgI also have two colors of Tip-Toe Sockyarn in my “Pond” series. I have Cool Pond and Spring Pond available right now (Dark Pond already sold out, quietly, before I announced it).

They were dyed in the same session so they would be lovely together in one project. In this case, each has three colors applied to it and two of the dye colors are shared between the skeins. (I am dreaming of shawls, also for spare time.) Spring Pond is at lower right.

And there are finally a few new half-pound skeins of Cushy Colorsport (washable merino DK, fabulous for baby things), in Seaside colorway. This is my most popular colorway, in my signature yarn. Rae is making a Baby Surprise Jacket in this very yarn, right now. Photo is at left.

Pleasure: Comment Contest/Inspiration?

OK, and so that there is something to say while the comment contest continues… please consider telling us where you go when you desire inspiration or an artful day. For example, I might walk alone to a restaurant and watch/listen to those around me, perhaps observing colors, clothing, or how folks interact. I may write a poem or knit swatches.

I might go to the farmer’s market and see what vegetables are currently in season, and dream of good home-cooked food. I might go to another city and spend time at an art museum. I might listen to a CD by a friend, or a radio station I do not know well.

So what do you do… or what do you wish to do for inspiration when you need a boost?

10 Responses to “Business and Pleasure”

  1. Diana Troldahl Says:

    I revisit some of the places I’ve been, in my memory. I took many mountain hikes when I lived in japan, and have been blessed with lots of wonderful experiences, both in nature, and in cities. SO I sit and remember, and it refreshes me.

  2. Rachel Says:

    I start with my stash usually. The majority is contained in a glass fronted bookcase and arranged as much as possible to make everything partially visable. If I have time a couple magazines and some time to sit at the local coffee shop are nice. Otherwise a long walk to admire the season (whichever one it is). Occasionally I need to do some mundane task to feel the freedom to be creative. (finally get the kitchen clean or vacuume the house)

  3. Ewe-niss Says:

    My greatest pleasure that helps my brain redirect and start cranking again is a long long walk in the rain by myself or with the dog. Not the blustery cold rain, but drizzling rain. It is always quiet, I have the streets to myself. Oh, bonus if it is a warm summer night or early in the morning rain! … yeah, I am one of those types of people.

  4. mac+ Says:

    You will laugh at my “urban” inspiration! I live in a second story apartment (right outside the city limits of Chicago) over a funeral home. (No jokes, please…lol). I have no green space in my immediate environment, BUT

    I have a rooftop “garden”, complete with folding chair and some plants that are kinda sad looking right now. I go out there (bundled up) and listen carefully for birdsong and neighborhood kids playing. Usually it inspires me to try something new.

    Nice job on the new yarns, Lynnie – I’m saving my pennies!

    Hugs –

    mac+

  5. Charlotte Says:

    Boy, this is a tough question. Not sure that I “go” anywhere for inspiration. Not sure I’m inspired with things I do. But when thinking about topics for my Opinion Shaper column, I sometimes have ideas sparked by something I’ve heard on the radio or read in a book or magazine or newspaper or talked about in a conversation with someone. My latest “inspiration” involves the gift I’m taking to our Ladies’ Ministry Christmas party at church on Tuesday night. The theme is The Scents of Christmas and we’re to take a $5-10 gift reflecting that. The obvious gift suggestions are candles, soaps, potpourri, etc. Instead of that since I’m not big on receiving any of those, my gift includes a bag of chocolate chips, a bottle of vanilla, a bottle of cinnamon, a bottle of nutmeg and a big peppermint stick. Those are the scents I connect with Christmas because my mom baked hundreds of cookies. My sister says I’m really “out there” with this gift and no one will want it. We’ll see.

  6. lynne Says:

    Hello Lynn,

    I LOVED your sock class! You were born to teach! Thanks again for the last three weeks. I’ve almost finished the second sock, and cant’ wait to fnish the other pair that I’ve started.

    Looking forward to your mitten pattern.
    Lynne

  7. jennifer Says:

    for inspiration i usually go to my quilt books and my quilting stash and start thinking about my next quilt, or i go to my endless yarn stash ( compliments of my sweet sister in law). since it is the holiday season i am making all my presents…pj’s for grandkids, sleep pants for my 3 sons and hubby, and bath sets for my 2 nieces and great niece (she is also getting a knitted lap blanket) so right now i have about all the inspiration i can handle for awhile :)

  8. AlisonH Says:

    What I wish to do, that one I can instantly answer: go to the C&O Canal, 3000 miles from here, and walk along the towpath on a quiet day. Dip a toe in the Potomac flowing alongside it. Talk with old friends, one on one. It rejuvenates my soul and brings me truly home.

  9. Deborah Robson Says:

    Love your sock yarns, by the way. I still have a skein waiting for me to knit up, once I get through a couple of knitting-related deadlines.

    When I need inspiration, I get out of my office! Anything out of the office is good. Best alternatives otherwise are going away from home (hiking in the foothills or a trip, short or long, to a new place), or if that isn’t possible, music (listening to, or better yet playing) or reading for pleasure.

  10. Melis in Oz Says:

    How do I find inspiration? Sometimes I can make room for it, by taking time to visit a gallery, walk the dog, tidy a cluttered workbench, look through my yarn stash. Sometimes events shake me to the core – events beyond my control, like bushfires – and drive me to new levels of experience and expression. This week I found inspiration in the prowl of a monitor lizard near my Australian home, in the double rainbow after welcome rain in a drought declared state and in the view you provide of your joyful life, Lynn.

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