Sunday, October 09, 2016

A Fiber Diet

It's been a wonderful week in my fiber world.  I finally got my Macomber loom dressed and have begun weaving a couple of dish towels.

Before I became serious about weaving, I remember asking a weaving friend of mine what she loved to weave the very most.  She told me dish towels.  I thought she was crazy, but now that I've gotten into weaving and own a few of my own handwoven dish towels, I understand her response.  They really soak up the water, and they feel so darned good!  But then, I pretty much like weaving anything!  Above is the Log Cabin weave structure, just as in my post last week.  Here's another photo of my Log Cabin Market Bag, in use as a knitting bag:

I love it so much!

On Tuesday, my weaving class at UNG took a field trip to the idyllic Hambidge Center in Mountain City, GA.  Below is a photo of the spring house, in which southerners back in the day used to keep their perishables cool, as a spring runs through it.  

Mary Hambidge was a weaver, among other things, and she raised sheep, which were shorn on her 600 acres.  The wool was dyed and woven on the grounds by a group of women from the area.  There is also a working mill on the property.

We also stopped at the Smith-Williams Gallery at Piedmont College in Demorest, GA, to view Tommye Scanlin's fabulous exhibit.  I love her work and could spend hours looking at it.  She holds a special place in our hearts as she is a most gracious lady and Professor Emerita at UNG.  You can read more about Tommye here.  Below are just two of my favorites in her show:

Lastly, we made our way just up the street to the Mason-Scharfenstein Gallery of Art, where we viewed one more of Tommye's works, plus other delights.  These are pieces by Zipporah Camille Thompson, who interestingly enough, is a 2015 Hambidge  Fellow.  Her work is very interesting and thought provoking.

Here at home, aside from dressing my loom (always a pleasurable accomplishment for me!) I've spent my free time on these goodies:

Above are the beginnings of my pair of Cableship Socks in Michelle Hunters October Cableship KAL.  As you can see, we began at the toe, and I am working TAAT (two-at-a-time).  There are cables there, but they are barely visible.  The yarn is all from the same'll see more color change as I knit up the foot and leg, trust me on that.

Next are my Smooth Operator Socks.  I love this colorway, don't you?!!  As you can see in the second photo, I've turned the heel and am headed to the toe!

And then of course I have this other KnitpurlHunter KAL going on, the Scoreboard Cowl.   I think I explained last week that the grey stripes indicate when my team, GA Tech, scores (2 rows for each), and the gold is when the opponent scores.  Well, things aren't really looking so good!  

We've had some high-scoring games, so I've had a good bit of knitting each week!  There's been little time to work on my Cascade Pullover, but I plan to get back on it this week!

Hope you've had a creative week, that you weren't hit by Hurricane Matthew, and that you are well and happy!

Thanks for stopping by!

1 comment:

Jeannie said...

You had a fiber filled week! I love the leaf weaving. As one who has trouble following a knitting pattern, I'm in awe of weavers. Your market bag is wonderful. I love roomy totes. Have a wonderful week doing what you love. xo