Episode 22: A Long Time Coming

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Finished Objects!

Michelle

Michelle has run the dye pot several times to dye yarn she previously spun.
Dharma acid dye "Berry Crush" on white Icelandic.


Jacquard "Spruce" on Coopworth:


Jacquard "Aztec Gold" with a touch of "Chestnut" on Coopworth (one of her favorite mixtures!)


Dharma "True Turquoise" on both white and gray Icelandic: 


Isn't the tone achieved by overdyeing the gray fantastic?!

Dharma "Cherry Bomb" on gray Icelandic:



Michelle has been continuing to spin down her stash including a fleece from a llama named Mia:


She also spun a bunch of alpaca in different combinations. 





Michelle and her husband, Greg, embroidered a cloak for Greg during their time in England. Michelle finally got that lined. They've been home from England for 10 years, so it's about time.






Erica

TJ's Socks!!! Erica finished knitting the socks for her son, TJ. He loves them and has been dancing and sliding around the living room in them. :)

Erica finished weaving off her handspun warp for TJ. It still needs the weft thread ends trimmed and the fringe twisted (if he is going to use it as a scarf). He probably wouldn't use a bag and seems to like it as a quite long scarf!

Masks :)
Ginny Cardigan swatches Deep Cove Handspun, Saltwater woolen prep 3 ply handspun, Nightshades




Works in Progress

Michelle

Michelle is currently spinning some pink merino tencel that is probably some of the oldest fiber in her stash:


Michelle has also started crocheting a spider.  It doesn't look like a spider yet:





Erica

Erica has been weaving away on the damask with the Treeenway Silks Zolo Borello colourway weft. She has done a lot of thinking about how to handle the possibility that there will be variances between the different dyed skeins, it will take about 4 skeins. Erica decided that in the Middle Ages, based on the textiles she has studied, that weavers would keep with one skein until the end of a repeat. This is based on studying partial textiles which do not show any variance in weft color within a single repeat.

Here is the damask photo with two different dyes lots.
Purple and red textile, the background is purple and there is a repeating lotus and rosette pattern in red.

Here is the damask woven using the only one skein.


Do you see a difference? :)

Erica has cast on another pair of socks for her husband, Oli. The whole family now has one pair of hand knit socks. Erica is considering. over time, knitting 4-5 pairs of socks for each family member. Stay tuned. :)

Erica is also working on finishing the seams on her handwoven robe. In order to finish the hems, she has started warping a narrow, long linen warp to weave a reinforcement for her robe. This decision is based on The Metropolitian Museum's analysis of a 7th C Persian Riding Coat. She has wound a nearly 9 meter warp, sett at 20 epi, and 4 inches wide. Yeah she knows she mixes measuring systems, apologies to those who are driven made by this! :)

Erica took her knitted shawl out of hybernation. This shawl is knit on 5.5 mm Signature Needle Arts needles, in a fingering weight yarn from The Two Ewes!