Saturday, September 24, 2016

Childhood memory

I often wonder if I should keep this blog for mostly knitting and crafting stuff... Or should I wonder away into other things...which might even increase the number of posts.
Like reading post on Facebook that brought up... no, it did not brought up memories, because The Little Prince is always in my mind, I learned it so early in my life that is rather ingrained.... but reading that post about a city putting up a statue of a cartoon caracter kicked me enough to pause and look for an actual picture online of the statue of the pince and the fox, that is set up in the garden of a shcool in the city I grew up. I often walked by  it, even if it was a slight detour... and I often whished I'd gone to that elemengtary shcool just to see it more often...

Then, as I was looking for the picture I found a rather interesting article here ...about how this is teh only Little Prince statue in this country... maybe even in the world? How in the socialist regime it could not be called "The Little Prince and the Fox" but  "The boy and the fox" or even the "Foxing boy", and how even though the sculpture was put up in the seventies, there is no evidence exactly in which year... and how this was an early example of a statue that is life sized for one and second set in a park, in a way not disrupting it, but being an organic part of it... people (children) can sit down on the rocks, or get close to the fox, or the boy.
The next time I am in that city I will make sure to go and see it again.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Carding

For who knows how long I wanted a drum carder... Not as much for art batts, but because I love slightly rustic heathery, tweedy yarns, and those are the easiest to do from carded batts. Much like this . For ever so long I borrowed a friend's carder, but I knew that I sooner or later I need my own...
And the time came this spring when sufficien amount of 200 HUF coins collected in the jar :-)  (oh, THAT jar... there might be a separate post coming about it :-)
Having money for fancy thing, like a drumcarder means that I work, I work a LOT these days (no, this is not a complaint, for I love my work these days), but having that much work means that my crafting time is drasticly decreased. I try to swimm with the flood, and work hard to find a balance... but that still needs works. But I am working on it and the result of this work are days like this last Saturday...
Which I set out for... fun, I guess. There was a big organic market event, where the girls and guys of Mare Temporis were playing (oh there is another story to tell), and my friend Tilda (yes, she is the one who is braiding my hair when I have a wooly-hair fit) wanted to try out carding... So we combined the two. Started the day with looking at fabrics, then looking around at the organic market, watching the Temporists and then coming home and took some "travelknitting" pictures (now there is one another thing to write about- the travelknitting picture-story not these pics)

 taking out the carder and have a go with it...
Here is Tilda, with the carder, and below her first tries... she likes crazy bright colors, but the wool she had limited, even though I tried to help out with whatever addition, some bits of extra color, shiny firestar, and whatnot.
Finally managed to try the silk cocoon "waste" another friend brought back from turkey (amazing stuff), and added it to some red and orange fibers. 
And here is her haul for the day...
Then, since the carder was out and I had some red fibers put away for a project, we attacked that, and the end result is a really big pile of batts.

That is carded from six different shades of red, and a purple, giving it a real nice depth, enough for a sweater and then some, hopefully spun by new years, so I can knit the good luck sweater with this. 
Finally there came a weaving friend of mine, who wove a shawl from one of my "everything, but the kitchen sink" type of old yarns (it was carded from handdyed alpaca, merino, angora, silk, and shiny angelina)... so she is having a lavander phase, and I carded this for her...


Now, I only need to find the time to spin, all that :-)

Thursday, September 1, 2016

How to make 410 meters of rainbow?

Its easy :-)
Take a braid of about 100 gramms of handdyed merino top.
 Half it and spin half of it to a nice single..
 Then sipin the other half in the same color direction...
Then ply it...
Then skein it...
And voilá, there it is... some happiness at the beginning of fall...
410 meters, 2 ply.
Mernio, handdyed...by me.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Offcial announcement

As many of you asked, and as I promised, after a long, long time I started to update the pages where you can see what is available to buy.

For now I've uploaded a few of the more pastell wools, but I am working on the rest too.

So slowly, carefully, but surely... you can browse.
Here:

http://peony67.blogspot.hu/p/orphans-handdyed-wool.html

Monday, August 22, 2016

Running around

The backdraw to be at the craft fair as a participant, that you can't really get out, even though these events for me just as much about being together and meeting new friends, 
However, there were days when I didn't even got out that small hmmm... garden? part of teh castle grounds where we had our station...
  My fair-present was even selected from across the small road from us, I only had difficult time to decide which pair should I get.
 I could only rush around in one of the mornings, though I did spend some time with the weaver from India, who had amazing stuff.


 The guest country was Üzbeghistan, their exhibitors had the most amazing felted stuff, including this technicolor purple coat...
 and china...
And of course I could not miss out getting a picture with the felt queen Klara Gera.
 And Bori... You know the friends you dearly love but meet only like once or twoce a year at events like this?
I had new pupils for spinning, I did my share spreading the spinning bug...
As well as the crochet and knitting bug...
(In other world, if you want festival hair, you might as well crochet the ribbons to go in yourself)

And those without whom I couldn't do it... Christopher and Bogi (representing all the others I missed taking pictures of...

Boglárka, without whom I would probably still sitting there on my bags, hoping to teleport them home.
 And Deák Péter, as well as all the others of the Craft Circle... I am the luckiest person to have you all as a friend.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

It is that time of the year again...

Summer came and went, so did my good intention, about updating the blog more regurarly...
However, I cannot miss this post...
The Festival of Folk arts is on again, and I am ready, with a ton of handdyed wool, yarn, shawl pins drop-spindles and handspun yarn...
If you are in the area, you will find me there from tomorrow, until Sunday night.
Some picture just to wet your appetite...
Baby Alpaca Silks
Sockyarns
Alpaca/Silk lace
More sock yarn
Vilde silk... mostly for weaving, but for the daredevil knitters/crocheters as well (very thin).
Rainbows on many different fibers, many different ways...
Pastells...
Even yellows... (I know, I know... this is as yellow, as it ever gets...as far as I am concerned).
Mauves, pinks, turqoise and petrol... 
Blood Ties...
Impressionists
The bookkeeper.
Lake Balaton
Sandy Beach
This is what happens with leftover dyes
 And some random close ups, for your viewing pleasure






 See you there...