Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Quilted Sea

Here are a couple of beauty shots...

This is the joy of the blue mind. Nothing is as predicted. I sampled and got rounded cells. In the finished cloth, the cells are only a bit more rounded, but there was a surprise. There was a a small bit of differential shrinkage--just enough to make the floats ripple like ocean waves above the ground cloth.

I can live with that.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Blue Minded

I have sea foam in my veins, I understand the language of waves.
Jean Cocteau, Le Testament d’Orphée

I went to the bookstore cafe near my house meaning to while away an hour knitting an eternal brown sock (eternal because I am on sock # 2 and if feels as though I will never finish). Instead, I picked up a riveting little book by Wallace J. Nichols called Blue Mind.

This book so exactly describes my psyche that I could not be more pleased to tell everyone on earth about it. I feel a deep and constant need to commune with water in order to live and create and keep the various chaotic connections in my brain functioning at maximum efficiency. Now I have a book that actually explains why this may be so.

Although I am landlocked most of the time, I find healing in proximity to lakes, oceans, rivers and streams. Given a choice of vacation spots, I will always choose a place by the water--any water. I am soothed by the sound of water rushing into the bathtub. I long to have a water feature in the garden. I am a Pisces.

The colors in this handspun merino/silk singles are moderately "blue-minded." I meant to leave out any hint of brown, green, violet or red, but they wanted in, and were so surprisingly lovely in the midst of all that water that I could hardly refuse to include them.

This woven sample is even more in keeping with my watery self.

Waves of ocean color are created by widening the traditional M's and O's cells and keeping the floats shallow. (These will all be a little more rounded after washing and finishing. I promise to do a show-and-tell.) This is a typical cloth born of my blue mind. That is the part of my brain that is engaged most often,

As for the sock, it is still unfinished. I am going to have to learn how to knit two at a time.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sillage and Uitwaaien

A good/bad day, yesterday. Two new scarves were ready to be uploaded to my Etsy shop, but I had a full-on RA flare. I fooled around until well after 1 p.m., trying to decide if I should put off photographing them, but decided, finally, to just "git 'er done." With swollen joints, intense fatigue and a feeling that I would surely pass out any second, I posed and photographed the scarves (plus another small piece), wrote accompanying creative copy and descriptions (a task that is, for me, as much fun as the weaving), and put all three items online.

Here are the scarves. 

The top one is called "Sillage" and the bottom one is "Uitwaaien."

With the main action item scratched from the day's agenda, I collapsed on the couch. I could not even pick up my reading (a juicy autobiography). I tossed my specs on the coffee table, turned on the living room fan using a well-loved little remote, and napped for two hours. 

When I woke up, I checked my email and was surprised to discover that I had an Etsy order for two scarves--the very same scarves I had listed just two hours prior! 

And now that I've told you my crazy little story, I think I'd better get busy spinning, warping and weaving!