Sunday, February 19, 2006


Its my sister Lulu's birthday this week, she gets an Odessa.
pattern: a charmer from Grumperina
yarn: It was once a skein of yellow Brown Sheep worsted weight wool, that was put into a communal dye pot of indigo. Something weird happened , the leader fished it out, plunging it into vinegar as it had turned slimey and seemed to be disintegrating. The several-rinses-later result was about 100 yards of slightly felted, varied thickness, multi-hued pearlescent wooliness. Perfect for my one-of-a kind sister.
notes: The yarn is heavier than the pattern calls for so I reduced the stitches to 100, and left off the beads. The result is less refined, but with the same swirls. Its an addictive knit.
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I spent most of Saturday helping this same sister pack up her art studio, after 18 years of stuff accruing. I come from a family of artists. We all understand stuff. Stuff inspires us, stuff is worth looking at again, stuff might work well in a collage someday . That last one is, by the way, the go-to reason for hanging onto anything.dollparts1 Try it. Dryer lint? Might be good in hand-made paper. Used wrapping paper. Thing you bought at a tag sale but it shattered in an interesting way? Sure.
But you didn't hear it from me. Because if you've got enough space, stuff adds up.
complulu After I said, "do you really need to keep this?" in my most non-judgemental-y voice for the hundredth time, she got a little peeved. Yes, I'm an oldest sister. Why do you ask ?



Wool Winder said...

Love the hat. The yarn is the best part!

Dianna said...

Love the story of the yarn dyeing. Very cool result.

Sorry to say, but the doll and the clown look like they came out of a horror flick! Not to mention the crustacean arms....

krisknits2 said...

Your odessa came out beautifully. I love the variations in the color.

shobhana said...

cute hat!

Anonymous said...

The hat looks great... you're inspiring me to make one - maybe after the knitting olympics!

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