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Archive for April 19th, 2006

Susan Luks at Kaleidoscope this Friday

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

Susan LuksSusan Luks' DesignsMy friend Susan Luks is an amazing artist. She makes beautiful garments using so many techniques I don’t know how to describe her work.

Susan really makes fabric, out of other fabrics. Then she makes wearables out of that fabric. It’s something like quilting, but she’s not really a quilter in any traditional sense. She works in texture and color. She is a woman of talent who lives her talent.

I’ve known Susan since the 1960s, her older sister was in my 3rd grade class. We keep running into one another… and this is a very good thing!

Priscilla has known her since she and Susan were college-aged, anyway. Priscilla reads this weblog, I met her at Rae’s one day when she recognized me.

Priscilla writes:

Did you know that Susan will be a vendor at the Kaleidoscope conference on 4/21 at the Kellogg Center? She’ll be showing (and selling, I hope) her fabric creations. I think the vendors will be set up in the lobby.

Even people like us (you know, people off the street) can stop by to see the vendors. :-)

P.S. Susan thinks the vending portion of the Kaleidoscope conference will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For the record, Kellogg Center is on Harrison Rd., near Michigan Avenue, in East Lansing at the edge of the MSU campus. Thanks for the lead, Priscilla!

Photos: Susan wearing one of her creations, left. Two other creations, right.

A Shortage of Bobbins

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

bobbin with yarn(Prepare to problem solve, friends. Ready to put your thinking caps on? I clearly am not experienced enough to solve this mystery myself. Or maybe it’s just I’m too tired right now, who knows?)

Now what? I have a lovely spinning wheel with huge bobbins. I have two bobbins full of one-ply lumpy-bumpy goodness that I intend to ply together with one another. And then I have two bobbins half-full of very skinny single-ply goodness that I never probably will finish spinning.

fiber to spinWhy? I tried to make myself spin sockyarn. Twice. And I can do it, but it honestly bores me to tears and I stop halfway, long before I can knit anything with it. Ugh.

So what shall I do? One of the abandoned projects is some wonderful 100% hot-purple mohair I bought two August’s ago, at Allegan/Michigan Fiber Festival. Gorgeous. The other one is green/blue superwash bought for me by a student. Again, really pretty but I’m not finishing it, at least not the way I started.

Too bad that they probably are not so good to be plied together. If I had just one empty bobbin I could then ply the green/blue with the purple on it, freeing up the two now half-occupied so that I can ply together the yarns I really think will be nice plied together. That I made to ply together. That I need two bobbins to complete the plying. Or one bobbin filled twice, anyway.

I do have three tools that I could use to make this work. I have a skeinwinder, a swift, and a ballwinder. I’m thinking maybe wind from the bobbin to the skeinwinder? And just make the finished projects into single-ply skeins (two-yard hanks)?

I don’t spin enough. Does anyone know something obvious that I don’t know? What is the best way to proceed?

My email is Lynn AT ColorJoy DOT com if you feel like giving input.

Photos: 1) The first of the two Bonkers’ Fiber (super-soft handpainted superwash wool) bobbins… in many shades of berry. 2) Packets of three different colorways (purple, turquoise and green) of the same fiber, waiting to be spun up into the second bobbin full. Pretty!

Rae’s Sock Design in MagKnits

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

Slinky Socks by RaeHey everybody! Lansing’s Rae Blackledge, proprietor of Rae’s Yarn Boutique and my sometimes-boss, always-friend, has a design in MagKnits!

What’s MagKnits? It’s an online knitting magazine. What’s her design? Socks! Not just any socks, though. Slinky Socks. In eight (count ’em) sizes from an infant to Ladies’ XL. With a cool cuff that looks Rainbow Brite or something fun like that, but with no purling (tricky grrl, that Rae). Not one purl in the whole design, though it looks as though there are many!

The socks also include an afterthought heel for those itching to try that technique, or for those who want a replaceable heel because they wear theirs out quickly. (Yes, they can look funny off the foot but they look just great when you wear them… I promise. The pair I’m wearing today were made this way, as a matter of fact. Go look for yourself at the MagKnits site.)

But Rae’s not the only local person involved with the pattern. My friend, Sharon P of Knitknacks was test knitter/sample knitter for the infant socks shown on the pattern page and here to the left. Cute, cute cute!

Congrats, Rae! May your website get deluged with hits because of this newfound fame.