Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Necessary Indulgence: Handknit socks; cotton stretch shorties

I have been enjoying my handknitted wool socks during this winter that never seems to end. But, I am more than excited that it's almost getting to be warm enough to wear my recently-completed summer shortie socks. I started knitting these in January 2011 (no typo there) and the first sock was completed pretty quickly (pretty sure that two weeks is a record for me in the sock completion category). Sadly, the second sock faced the misplacement of the red ball of yarn for the heel and was in a holding pattern/hiatus for a year or so. Now, all done, only 2 years later!

Happy feet

Lace stitch pattern; easy to remember if you don't put your socks down for a year+ in the middle of knitting them.

The socks are knit in a stretchy cotton yarn, Cascade Fixation, in a pattern that I think is from the Cascade website. I changed the heel and toe to red since I only had one ball of the multicolored space-dyed yarn. And I added a single crochet edging in the red to the top of the cuffs to balance things out.

I knit these on US size 3 needles, so they were quick to knit, as long as I was knitting them, that is :). They were knitted with the neat square double pointed needles from Kollage.  I highly recommend the square dpns and circulars from Kollage for those with hand soreness issues. They actually do work to ease the pain.

Monday, April 22, 2013

MUST SEE: Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity

I was lucky enough to see this exhibit in Paris when it was at the D'Orsay Museum in December of last year. The exhibit does a lovely job of connecting art with fashion. Curiously, the French title left out the word "Modernity".

The exhibit opened in New York City in February "Impressionism Fashion and Modernity" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art until May 27, 2013. It will continue to the Art Institute of Chicago on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, where it will be until Sunday, September 22, 2013.

There are wonderful examples of period dress along with the fantastic impressionist artwork. The final exhibit room in Paris re-created a park with a soundtrack of songbirds, grass-green carpeting and park benches interspersed with the paintings and fashion...such fun!

Friday, April 12, 2013

FLASHBACK: Penland Weaving Concentration: Napkin Bombing

The weaving for my "Pines" dining hall napkins took under a week and the finishing took a few more days. 

One napkin on the loom, alternating natural and hunter green wefts  for horizontal stripes.I also was playing with different treadling sequences.

As I progressed with the weaving, time became a factor and I started using a single weft color to speed things up and just turning my twills for variation in pattern.

The last four napkins woven on the warp were all woven using hunter green weft which gave the fabric a stiffer hand and a different look.

The best part about the weaving studio at Penland; lots of room to roll out your work!

Beth and Zee sorting napkins in preparation for lunchtime at the Pines dining hall.

Lunch service was about 135 people, so there were piles and piles of lovely different napkins for staff and students to choose from.

This was a very satisfying process. Beth wove a good number of these napkins from past workshops and they were great inspiration for us.

She shared her easy fringing technique for finishing the napkin edges. One of my best memories of Penland is fringing napkins with my roommates in Dorm 54.

Signage for the napkin bombing was designed...there was a kitten theme going that week. I wonder why....see Fashion Cats by Takako Iwasa. Thanks, Beth!

Lunch was Vietnamese sandwiches that day...absolutely delicious... and a perfect meal for cloth napkins. It was an all-around successful project for the weaving concentration!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Finished the rug just in time to bring to Virginia Rugfest on Saturday.

"Meshed Primitive" by Jane McGown Flynn.