The first of the clasp weft rugs I'm working on is coming along nicely! I'm actually almost done with the first one, these pictures are from a week or so ago. Excited to share the finished products when I cut them off the loom!
09 November 2013
06 November 2013
My knitting progress! I did not yet realize that I was 1 stitch too many, and so the rib stitch did not make ribs. I proceeded to knit the entire hat before really grasping that...and then ripped it out and started over. VERY glad I did. I love the final (below).
So, I've never really had any desire to knit, I love weaving, and that was fully satisfying all my textile needs, but I got it in my head that I could make a hat a few weeks ago and so I set out to teach myself how to knit. Wool and the Gang's youtube station has great tutorials, and after watching the ones I needed at least a dozen times each, I think I got a good start! Love my new hat!
The yarn, super soft alpaca, and the pattern are from Wool and the Gang. I went to their store in SoHo when I lived in NYC but I think that's the only shop they have in the US.
I think it's a good Fall to try some new things, and so far, they've all been very fun and exciting. What are you trying that's new this fall?
04 November 2013
I went to a shibori indigo dyeing workshop last weekend. We did 3 samples and then 1 scarf. It was so much fun, I had no idea that indigo dye is actually green until it oxidizes with the air.
I'm not sure what I'm going to do with my samples or scarf yet, but I think a sewing project should definitely be on the horizon.
16 October 2013
13 October 2013
We had a potluck! I got to use some of my weavings as table coverings, and baked a ton of cookies using the macadamia nuts we brought back from Hawaii.
Back in the studio, got my loom warped for rugs!
Friday was my birthday, my husband baked me a sprinkle cake!
It's a good start to fall around here, I'm excited to get started on my rugs, and enjoy some of the crisp Portland weather before the rainy season officially hits. I'm taking a shibori dyeing class in a few weeks, which sounds incredible. I'll be sure to have some photos to share, we're indigo dyeing scarves to learn the technique.
04 October 2013
These totems are part of a national park, we stopped at on our way south to the Volcano.
We hiked out to see the petroglyphs near Kona
We didn't see the biggest crater at the volcano because it was closed due to hazardous gasses, but this one was pretty close and ENORMOUS, I can't even imagine what the other one would be like. It looks like the land before time haha.
02 October 2013
We went to the big island of Hawai'i for our honeymoon last week. It was incredibly fun, beautiful and relaxing. Can't wait to go back.
pushing back the lava at the end of the road!
22 September 2013
It's starting to feel a little like fall is upon us in Portland, last week was still pretty warm though. I took an awesome lunch break walk for coffee at the Albina Press off of N Mississippi, they make a killer americano, and I've been working on my lap loom at home. Lets get ready for fall!
17 September 2013
While we were on our mini honeymoon in Hood River, we went out to an Alpaca farm deep out past the orchards. Their shop is called foothills yarn, I got 2 skeins of alpaca in fall colors to use in some upcoming weavings either on my lap loom or maybe in some rugs on the floor room. The woman who worked there said they have 52 alpaca! Great adventure
10 September 2013
I made my own bouquet for the big day with a mix of grocery store flowers and the help of this tutorial. It was pretty simple and fun to make and I love that I got to pick each individual flower. I'd highly recommend going this route for anyone who's in the market for one.
08 September 2013
I married the love of my life on Friday!
Cameron & I eloped at the Multnomah County Courthouse on Friday, September 6th 2013!!
We ran off promptly to Hood River for a mini honeymoon and could not be more excited
to be Mr. & Mrs.
04 September 2013
About a month ago I put in a huge order for wool yarn from a Navajo shop. I'm going to be making rugs this fall! These are the sketches that I'm going to try and work from.
It took forever to wind all the skeins into balls, but they're finally done and ready to go. I rent a loom at a studio here, since Cameron and I live in a small 1 bedroom apt. I took the summer off since we were so busy with plans, and I am anxious to return to the studio and start on these.
01 September 2013
the top of my desk
outside our back door
It's a beautiful weekend here in Portland. We're enjoying the sun and some much needed time off!
29 August 2013
I bought us 2 new ceramic cups from Leif in Brooklyn last week.
I drink iced coffee year round, which makes for sweaty ceramics, so I wove this napkin a while ago for that very purpose. It's a tight twill structure in cotton so it's easy to wash too.
26 August 2013
2nd Edition of my Cacti & Succulents book is done!
Assembly in process
The 2nd edition has green cover stamps
Seafoam green sewn spines
I have some of the copies up for sale in my Etsy, they're $8, have a look!
23 August 2013
Our CSA this week gave us a crazy amount of food. It's all delicious but I have to admit I get really overwhelmed every week trying to use it all up. If you're looking for a good CSA for next year, ours is Love Farm Organics in Forest Grove, they have many Portland pick up locations, and are just the best people ever.
22 August 2013
I wove a set of picnic blankets for summer, they double as table runners for the indoor months that need some cheering up.
Fancy taco night. Fresh radishes, guacamole, and lettuce straight out of the ground.
21 August 2013
We took a trip to the Oregon coast last weekend, down near Newport. It's always so misty at the beach here.
Tide pools a plenty
And of course, loads of salt water taffy!
18 August 2013
I made us hard boiled eggs with pickled onions. I got the idea from Ashely Helvey's blog, her recipe for the pickled onions turned out fantastic!
A new cactus to add to my ever growing collection.
07 July 2013
Some excerpts from my weaving notebook. It's usually filled with clippings, pictures I like, sketches, pattern drafts, and measurements for current and future projects. Next up for me is weaving a few rugs. My yarn is set to arrive next week!