Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
The Sock Summit will end on August 9th, 2009, with a Luminary Panel on the occasion of Elizabeth Zimmermann's 99th birthday. The Luminary Panel consists of an extraordinary line-up of women:
I am in the middle of dyeing a series of Luminary Panel Colors, one for each of the panel members and the moderators. My twelfth 'colorway' is an undyed natural sportweight yarn, because I think that EZ would have liked that one best.
The series is a limited edition of colors which will be launched at the sock summit, and depending on how well they sell, I will have them for sale on the website (which is still under construction at this time) afterwards.
To get to the beginning of this tale, the part which inspired the color story, I have to tell you that there is an opening night dinner with a raffle which serves as a fundraiser for Doctors without Borders. I am going to donate a basket of yarn containing the 12 colors of yarn.
I will also donate a portion of the sales of the luminary color series to the same charity.
There are roughly six weeks left until the summit. Starting next week, I will showcase two colorways a week until it's time to go to Portland.
Of course now I need you all to cross your needles for me so I can pull this off!
PS: yes, there is Dye for Glory, too. I'm already getting messages that I should enter. I think I will. Now if I could send my family away on an extended vacation, and I could stop needing to eat and sleep, I'd be all set.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
What if the skies are gray?
And the rain falls?
This is trying to dry indoors, with fans just blowing the damp air around. And me trying to take a picture in low light.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Usually I sort of wring the skeins out by hand, hang them on the drying rack, and hope for the best and a really nice sunny afternoon. Still, it would take days sometimes for the yarn to dry, or require a fan. It was starting to drive me a little nuts in the face of about 1000 hanks I still have to do.
Hehe can you guess?
A spin dryer. Believe it or not, when I was a little kid we still had one of those in the laundry room in the basement, and I was "allowed" to transfer the laundry from the washer (which did not spin) over to the "spinner". You have to load it just right so as to have a balanced load, close the lid, and turn it on. All it does is spin with its amazing centrifugal force.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
For now, yes. We'll see what your response is, and how I can keep up.