Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fibery Stuff

I didn't waste any time using some of the yarn I picked up at the Sheep & Wool Festival last week.  I loved this multi-colored merino wool that I found at a vendor named "Heirlooms", so I bought 2 skeins.

She had these cute little sample gloves all made up in the booth and I am always a sucker when I can see a finished product sitting next to the skeins of yarn.  It gives me ideas, inspires me and makes me think---I can do that!  I made up my own pattern because I couldn't find one that matched exactly what I had in my head.  I don't often knit things without a pattern, it's just not my way.  But here are my finished gloves and I think they came out pretty good.


In other fibery news, I just have to share this incredible video with you called Spindle 7.   It is a short film about artist Robyn Love's project as she spun wool with a drop spindle and engaged fellow riders on the NYC subway #7 train last year (you may remember her as the same person who coordinated the rocket yarn-bombing that I blogged about last month).

I was not involved in Spindle 7, but I did learn the basics of spinning from Robyn during another one of her projects last year.  I'll share more about that some other time.  For now, if you have the time to watch even a few of minutes of this video it's worth your time.  It really highlights the impact that art can have on people--from curious onlookers who want to give it a "spin" (pun intended) to those for whom watching Robyn evoked memories of family members who spun or taught them to spin in their home country during their childhood.  Plus, the views outside the 7 train--the majority of which is an outdoor, elevated line--makes this a pretty video to watch. OK, I'll shut up so you can stop reading this and just go watch it.  Enjoy!



18 comments:

Jamie said...

Those gloves are amazing and timely - I pulled my fingerless gloves out yesterday so I could stand to type

Corinne said...

Those are fantastic! I just started knitting again... and while I'm working on just a scarf for now, my imagination is going crazy with possibilities :)

Dorian Susan said...

Here's what I know about knitting....nuttin'. But the things you post are always so gorgeous. The colors here are amazing and you made it with NO PATTERN. Wow. I wish I knew someone like you who was looking for friends to wear their creations.
I can play the drums tho....that's something.

Andrea said...

Those mitts are great. I've been wanting some mitts but haven't had a chance to knit them for myself.

Virginia said...

The mitts are awesome. I love that striping!

And the video...I'd heard of the project, but didn't know there was a video. Lovely stuff. Put a big old smile on my face.

Thank you for posting the link!

Cathy said...

Love your gloves and the colors are awesome!

justine said...

these gloves do look great, I need to get a pair like this. I will now watch the video.

R Montalban said...

I have bought a cardigan to knit, and have not started it yet. I want to have it finished before Autumn is over so need to get cracking! Tall order as I am not nearly as accomplished a knitter as you are.

Robyn said...

Thanks for posting the link to the video!

And I agree, the wrist warmers are fantastic. I love those colours!

Clare B said...

These are great. Hand warmers are on my list of essentials. Can't keep my fingers warm this winter and think I'm going to need them for work as well.

Krystal said...

these are so awesome, good job!

pip said...

Love your gloves... beautiful colours and cool design :)

brandy-son Zen master flash said...

Good job! I crotchet but am too lazy to knit!

Angela said...

Oh I love those gloves but I am yet to teach myself to do the cable bit up the middle!!

maureen said...

I love that yarn. They turned out fabulous, and without a pattern? Amazing. I don't knit or crochet. :(

Patricia said...

Thanks for coming by my blog and commenting; I love your blog and really enjoyed the picture of your ancesters, it's gorgeous. I love old pics of my family too, maybe one day I will talk about my mother's family (from Scotland). I don't have much info on my father's side, English and Czech, but am still digging. Love your mitts too, the colors are amazing.

photoknitdog said...

Beautiful gloves! Love the colors!

VeganCraftastic said...

Beautiful!