August 3, 2008

Inspirations

I was long into the night or shall I say morning, reading an incredible website called Whipup
Let's just say that seventy pages into it I knew it was time for bed. This site has thousands of tutorials, reviews and news about the handcrafted arts. Every conceivable medium is covered and explored. A lovely search engine if you are so inclined to be selective is included. Contests galore. You may also submit your own tutorial and pictures of your artwork. I'll just warn you, make sure you will have some time to spare...it is very addicting. One site tutorial will lead you to another and another and another. I have manged to save so many document pages that another afternoon will be spent sorting and filing them. Likely, another afternoon prioritizing projects! Oh sure, like I am that organized.

Speaking of inspirations, Ravelry has a group called Novelty and Art Yarn (also check out Intertwined), that is just spectacular. So many talented spinners, dyers, knitters and weavers. The yarns are gorgeous combinations of rovings, singles, thick and thin, threads, silks, mohair, beads, and any other objects you could possibly attach to yarn or thread. Incredible colors and variations. I must get to my wheel today.

I processed my first pound of raw fleece last week, washed it, picked it...it is beautiful, fluffy and ready to card (you can get details on how I did it here). My spinning teacher said it looked perfect and that my "dog brush" worked just fine. I have ordered hand carders and they should be here this week. The adventure continues. I hope I enjoy the carding process as much as the rest of it. Future purchases will involve and jumbo flyer for my Ashford Traveler and a Louet drum carder for making novelty/crazy batts. Right now, I am content to continue practicing and perfecting my skill at the wheel...I just love it.

I have some roving that I will dye this week as well as some cotswold 2ply yarn. I haven't decided whether to use the kool-aid method or go ahead and use my acid dyes in the old crockpot. I may try both.
I will post some pictures when I am finished, if I like the results that is!