Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Winter issue - Knit 'n Style



Here are some photos of the cover and my design inside Knit'nStyle Winter issue (February 2009) on news stands now. This was a fun design to create. I love the way the mini-capelet and arm warmers look together. On the page where the pattern is given in the magazine, there is also a back view which looks wonderful and shows the armwarmers from a good angle. I made this using a combination of Ozark Handspun Opulent and Malabrigo. Now that the Companion yarn is available from Ozark, I would substitute that for the worsted weight portion of this design.

Currently, I am working on some new how-to articles for several other publications and am really enjoying sharing designs and techniques with new readers. There are lots of new ventures in the works for the new year and I am very excited about the prospect of these wondeful opportunities. Will keep you posted as things develop.

Thursday is a day of Thanksgiving here in America. From my personal point of view, I am grateful for waking up in the morning and having what I need to live another day. All the things, great and small, that we take so much for granted are the things I cherish. It is my deepest desire that our nation moves forward into the New Year with positive and healing change for all of us as well as for our planet and all who live upon it.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Spinning fibers at Unraveled


As I hinted before, I am going to be putting spinning and felting supplies in the store on a consignment basis as well as some hand knitted gift items for sale. Most of Sunday afternoon was spent at Unraveled working on all the hand-dyed rovings, art batts, drop spindles, niddy-noddys, nostepindes, spinning wheels and other fibers as well as mohair, Teeswater and Cotswold curls. On Tuesday, we should have everything ready for when the store opens on Thursday morning. I am really excited about this new opportunity to share my love of wool and other fibers with spinners and felters alike. Additionally, I am putting some of my handspun two-ply yarns and art yarns on the shelves. There will be some exciting new classes on many of my techniques and projects for knitters and crocheters alike. We are also discussing a dye workshop in the shop. Just call and ask if you would like to sign up.

Furthermore, I will be offering spinning wheels for sale. The SpinOlution Mach 1 is shown in the picture above along with a lovely vintage California Bulky Spinner from the 1970s made of walnut. If the response to all of my efforts is good, I will be adding more. Once I get things on the shelves, I'll take some photos to share what is available in the shop so you can see for yourselves. Unraveled is also carrying Ozark Handspun and the brand new Ozark Companion yarns as shown in one of my recent postings. These Companion yarns are gorgeous and are only available at Unraveled and The Shepherdess in California at this point. As I am the main designer for Ozark Handspun, you will find lots of projects, patterns and classes available using these yarns in the shop. Come check them out!

Do come in and sign up for the fiber cooperative as this is a great chance to be a part of a wonderful opportunity which will offer discounts on yarns, classes and other goodies. For more information go to: www.unraveledknitting.com or call (626) 256-6777. Hope to see you in the store soon!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A day of incredible highs and lows!

Barack Obama is our new president-elect based on the content of his character and not the color of his skin. The message of Martin Luther King Jr's speech so long ago has come to pass. This is a day filled with rejoicing and the promise of hope and promise. May he lead us well and may God protect him and his family and God bless our country!

On another note, here in California, voters said yes to proposition 8. This affects a lot of people I care deeply about, including my own son. No heterosexual marriage will be "restored" and no "religious rights will be protected" by the passage of this proposition. It just sends us backwards into a time of ignorance. When I married a Nigerian man (my son's father) back in the late 60s, it was illegal for us to be married in at least four states in this country into the 1970s. The miscegenation laws in place then were based on the same kind of fear and ignorance present concerning this issue.

Since so many supporters profess to be Christians, I submit if they believe that God made us in His image it means ALL of us. To me, that means there is a purpose for ALL of us, as God doesn't make mistakes. Voltaire (I am paraphrasing here) said that God created man in His image and man returned the favor. Knowing how petty and cruel human beings can be, in my opinion God must be pure love because if He was in the image of man, He would have given up on us a long time ago. So, today was a giant step forward for our country in one respect, but a giant step back in this matter concerning civil rights.

Also, today my cat Harley died. My heart is broken as he has been my sweet and loving companion for 17 years even when it seemed like no one else cared. He was always there to comfort me when I was sick and make me laugh when I was sad. I will miss him walking on me all night long and snuggling up on a cold winter's night and even on a 105 degree day. Every morning, he would awaken me with a paw on my cheek and a morning meow. Life will be very empty without him. He is being buried on a friend's farm near the sheep pasture so hopefully he will be chasing lots of field mice in his next life.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election day!


Today I have exercised my most important right as a citizen, I voted! At this point, all I can do is pray that this election is resolved for the highest good of all concerned.

ROCK THE VOTE!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

My week in fiber and politics




A few weeks ago, I donated a SpinOlution Mach1 spinning wheel to the Knitters for Obama campaign fundraiser on Ravelry. A lot of other people donated prizes too and the drawing took place on November 1st and a brand new spinner in North Carolina won the wheel. Needless to say, she is very excited! Even more importantly, as a group, we were able to contribute over $42,000 to the Obama campaign. On Tuesday, the election takes place and we will have a new President of the United States. It is my fervent desire that it will be Barack Obama as I have not felt so much hope and inspiration about a candidate since John F. Kennedy ran for the office all those years ago. I believe with all my heart that he will be a great leader and one who will look to the future with intelligence, compassion and wisdom both for our own country and in our interactions with the world at large and the environment of our planet.

Now, concerning knitterly things, I have made a lot of progress on the modular jacket. It is coming along very nicely and certainly is a quick knit so far. Even though it looks quite complex, it is actually very easy. This is another pattern from Patricia Werner's Dazzling Knits book and is called the mola jacket. I have been fascinated with the optical illusion of this jacket and wanted to learn this technique so that I can take off in some new directions in designs of my own. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn modular knits as the author's instructions are very clear. Hopefully, by next week, I will have this project done and blocked.

At this point, I have been making new sketches for designs for Ozark Handspun combining the new Companion yarns with the Ozark Opulent and have some really interesting things in the works which will be ready for viewing soon. Additionally, a new opportunity has presented itself to me regarding selling my handspun yarns, carded art batts, hand-dyed rovings and finished garments as well as spinning wheels. As this is in the early stages, I don't have any pictures of how it will all look but stay turned. I am really excited about this!