Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cleaned Out the Knitting Magazine Stash

Reading about knitters cleaning out their yarn stash got me on a slightly different cleaning of stash, knitting magazines. I love to read them from cover to cover, sometimes the patterns are so enticing or remind me of one similar that I want to do. Sometimes it is just pure inspiration.

But enough is enough, expecially when more will be coming. So I listed 19 lots of magazines on eBay, the current lot started yesterday http://cgi.ebay.com/6-CREATIVE-KNITTING-knit-magazines-full-year-2005-/170594435672?pt=Magazines&hash=item27b8388258

I do this every few years so I can open up the corners and begin stashing again. I hope this will keep those old and more current treasures circulating for more years.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

100% Tencel Fiber for Felting and Spinning

Many of us like to add a little sparkle or shine to our projects. Several of my felted pieces have unspun silk added for that extra zing. Silk products have more than doubled in costs so I was looking for something similar but less costly. Tencel is a fiber that is less in cost; still high in the shine, adding the desired radiance.

These samples are felted with Merino top, they played well with the wool and gave me the same fun pattern effects of silk, as well as shine.

TENCEL® is the brand name owned by Lenzing Fibers of Austria from a fiber generically called lyocell. Lyocell is made from cellulose found in wood pulp which has been harvested from tree farms. The fiber is produced via an advanced 'closed loop' solvent spinning process, with minimal impact on the environment and economical use of energy and water. Lyocell uses an amine oxide as a non-toxic solvent which is continually recycled during the production process, about 99% is recovered and recycled during the manufacturing process.

I used the same felting techniques that I use with silk and am very pleased with the results. Hope you will try it. too.

Friday, January 7, 2011

More Merino Solid & Multi Colors

The beginning of the new year is fun when I can add new colors to felt or spin. Three new solid colors have been added;

a rich deep purple called Eggplant,
a vibrant orange brown called Nutmeg,
and a natural colored merino called Medium Brown.

Three new multi colored merinos have also been added:

Perfect for spring, Sunflower.
This is Mojave, reds ranging from a dark with shades of gold and brown to brick red.
Balic has a variety of teal shades with a touch of purple.

All of the fibers are in full stock, ready for us to have fun, fun, fun and ignore the snow coming down.