Saturday, May 23, 2009

Epic Fail

I just finished my version of October is for Spinners.
Then I had several bad ideas.

Bad Idea #1: I would try my hand at painting with dye. This wasn't the fatal error, I had decided I would overdye with red or something and the black would just be for accent.

Bad Idea #2: Microwave for same time and power level as a whole skein of wet yarn. There is now a hole burned through my spider. Poop. What to do?

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Juno Regina

I finished my Juno this past week and dyed it with food coloring to match a request for red. This was my first "big" lace project and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Possum Yarn!

Ever since I learned about yarn spun from New Zealand possum fur, I knew I had to have some. Luckily I have a nice friend, currently finishing up a sentence in the land of the kiwi, who was kind enough to be my latest enabler. Thanks Katie!

Edited to add:
This yarn is a possum/merino blend. Supposedly the possums are "hand plucked" which I assume is some sort of non harmful brushing process. The possums are way cuter than the N. American variety, but are an invasive species introduced ~150 years ago.

Edited again:
After more snooping, it looks like they kill the possums before plucking. I'm not a vegetarian though and have leather shoes, so I'm OK with it. I just didn't want to mislead anybody.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Yarn Tourism: Columbus

I went to WonderKnit this afternoon. It's on High Street in Columbus, about a block away from my favorite old apartment on Como Ave. The storefront is a bit tricky to spot, so I have posted a picture of their next door neighbors Wholly Craft (a pretty cool place in its own right).

They had some interesting yarns I had never seen before including a large range of products from the Neighborhood Fiber Co, and Aslan Trends. This bright blue silk and some Filatura di Crosa Mohair Kid Extra somehow made it into my bag, so I suppose I'll have to make a scarf.