I try not to leave the house on Thursdays, except to walk Barker on the golf course! I woke up raring to get started this morning, with plans to begin dyeing silk for two more shawls. While the silks were lounging in their respective dye baths, I played around with a new technique I had read about on Kelli Nina Perkins' blog: Alcohol Dyed Interfacing. I will tell you more about the top picture in a minute, but first I want to show you how the alcohol inks look when you add them to a small bowl with just a little bit of alcohol.
Isn't that cool? Kelli says to use nonfusible interfacing (makes sense) and to scrunch it up and add it to the bowl of alcohol and inks....wearing gloves, of course! Then, when you're happy with how the interfacing is looking, you heat set the inks by ironing them between two sheets of newspaper. Well, I happened to have some already semi used newsprint paper, so I used it...and actually I liked the results on that better than on the interfacing! That is what the top shot is. Below is the interfacing. Who knows what I'll use it for, but I'm thinking I'll probably embellish it with some metallic threads and make some notecards.
Well, hope springs eternal, I guess! Look what I saw on the fence on my way out to the dye studio this afternoon
Yesterday was knitting day. I missed it last week because I had to take my Mom for an Eye Dr appointment. So, it was great to sit and knit and catch up with my buddies yesterday. Keith, the only guy in the group, dropped by for a few minutes to show us some of the things he has been working on lately. Since he has a real job, he doesn't get to join us too often. Here's my buddy Dr Sock modeling the gorgeous shawl that Keith has just completed
here's a detail shot:
He's only been knitting for a few years, and actually learned while appearing in a play...all of the college girls were knitting back stage during rehearsals and he decided to give it a try, so that he could teach his daughter. Well, he has taken the ball and run with it, don't you think?!!! Such an inspiration for us all! Great work Keith!!!