Experimentation

Experimentation

So often we see only the end (and best) results of peoples experimentation. It makes it look effortless doesnt it? My daughter once complained that her sketches didnt look as good as the ‘sketches’ shown in her How to Draw Manga book, but of course they all had their rough sketch lines removed, the mistakes rubbed out, and what was left was a perfect looking line drawing presented as progress images as details were added in stages. It looked like they started out able to draw perfect lines already. That kind of thing sometimes makes me feel… inadequate. Its even easier to feel that way these days, with online groups, Facebook, Twitter, people posting a steady stream of wonderful  ‘look what I just made’ images of beautiful finished items. In the online groups I frequent I see amazing yarns pictured on bobbins, incredible knits, beautiful dye jobs, total eye candy and the poster (quite rightly) proudly sharing their creation. Its enough to make you want to just stick to what you know you can do well so you also have something to bring to show and tell! I know I can dye pretty rainbow rovings and make nice yarns with it. So I do that. Often. I also know I can spin a nice coil yarn, and people seem to like those! So I do that too. But sometimes its too easy to get in a rut, staying with the things we feel safe with. As a fiber hoarder collector its also difficult to imagine wasting any of the wonderful fibers in my possession, I dont want to risk a single staple to some weird idea that I dont know if it will work or not! Crazy right? But sometimes I get ideas (usually after my third coffee) and occasionally retain them in my head long enough to start thinking I want to do them and planning how. It requires experimentation. I saw it work for the cat once. She saw the pond and glimpsed that flash of gold as the fish darted under a lilypad. It must have caught her imagination, because she sat there just watching. I know she was thinking because the tip of her tail was twitching. She sat there a long time. I got bored and left. She still sat there, but the next time I looked she had changed her  position. Much closer to the pond and on the shady side. Clearly she was after the fish. The risk involved was of course a fate worse than death for a cat, getting wet. She could have stuck with her usual activities, sleeping, eating, meowing for food, waiting by the fridge for food, sneaking...

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Hobbity Feet

Hobbity Feet

Maybe you know already, I am working on a new yarn series inspired by Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. It seemed appropriate since my One Wheel campaign and the fact that my wonderful wheel is in-scripted in Elvish!  So I have already made my Mines of Moria yarn (which will be revealed when the series is complete!) and I have about another 10 planned! But today I made the prototype of my ‘Hobbity Feet’ yarn, and I really love how it turned out, very hobbity! I showed a pic on my Facebook page earlier.  I love the rich brown of the natural Polwarth and the lighter brown of the Alpaca together, they make a lovely blend that I think is really Hobbit-appropriate, rich and earthy. When I posted this pic on Facebook, someone suggested it would make great slipper toppers! I thought that was a fantastic idea! Since this skein was just a prototype practice, I hadn’t spun enough to do that, (next time though!)  but I did want to see it knitted up into something to know if my spacing and ‘hairy’ fluff was a suitable amount to make a nice effect. So I kinda just started knitting with the vague idea of making a cuff, since I didnt have a lot to play with, but it got longer, and as I knitted I thought it might make a nice boot trim, and then when I had finished it and was getting my boot to try it on, my son wanted the boot with it on and I thought… hang on… it would be a cool leg/foot warmer or even a dress-up! So he modelled it for me too 🙂 I will make him a second one so he will have matching feet. It was very simple knitting, cast on, stocking stitch, being sure to pull the hobbity bits to the outside, then cast off three each end to make the point! Thats what I like about art yarns, the yarn does all the work and the knitting can be really simple...

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