Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Connacht Textile Crafters Exhibit

Paul and I went to the National Museum of Country Life in Mayo Saturday last.
Liked all the exhibits including those set up by the Connacht Textile Crafters.
A very helpful lady showed me how cross stitch is done and I viewed the craft displays. Here are pictures of just sone of them:


Friday, September 14, 2012

Hairy Bolery finished

So it's" Knit first and ask questions later"!
Finished the little multi-green bolero - but what to wear it with??
Looked in wardrobe and several clothes shops and nothing stands out as friendly to the darn thing.
Doing grocery shopping in a supermarket and noticed a dress in what seemed to be a good color for it so went ahead and brought it home:

So it's a bit too short for me - maybe with heavier tights +/- boots in winter?

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Hairy Bolery

About 8 oz od cross-bred (TexelX) fleece combed and dyed with Buddlia flowers and leaves some time ago. The roving was intense yellow so I over-dyed it with Ashford blue in various concentrations to get shades of green.
I spun it on my little 1/2 oz spindles into singles. I origionally intended to use it as light fingering weight singles for a cardigan so carefully spun it with not too much twist and dried the hanks with slight weighting. But after knitting swatches of the singles, I didn't like them - they seemed a bit ... sleazy. I preferred to use the yarn doubled - so I might as well have plied it anyway. Ah well.. Decided to make a short bolero type top - it's almost done here - just some more rownw and perhaps a tie belt to add.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Tessie's coat

Tessies hair turned into Tessies coat (spun, knit and some dyed with cochineal).

 Well, she moved her head - no she's not a two faced b....