I love my family and I value our jewelry design business, but in my "spare" time, I live and breathe fiber arts. Sometimes I process it from scratch (raw fleece) and sometimes I start with prepared fibers (natural or handpainted). I dye sometimes, I spin a lot, I knit and crochet, I design. I LOVE IT.
I should have started this blog a long time ago. I have a backlog of projects that I've posted on Ravelry (I am StashEnhancement over there), and I will intersperse the posting of those old projects with new ones as they come up.
Welcome and hello! I'll start with one of my favorite projects.
Two years ago, I started with this hand-painted mulberry silk brick, purchased from zebisisdesigns on Etsy:
Spun it (from the yellow end to the green end) into a thin single:
Navajo-plied it to maintain striping:
...into this granny square blanket for my third baby's car seat:
Then I stuck it in the closet for two years. Shortly before delivering my fourth baby, I got two skeins of yarn spun by Maiysha of zebisisdesigns, herself from her handpainted mulberry silk: a 2oz rainbow spun from sliver, and a 4oz rainbow spun from brick.
I added first the 2oz skein, in a stitch pattern that showcased the rainbow, and then the 4oz skein, to the original car seat blanket, and created a good size blanket for the new baby. I LOVE this blanket, and so does the baby. :)