Friday, February 02, 2007

Just Our Yarn

On Wednesday I attended a guild meeting of the Blue Ridge Spinners & Weavers. JOY (Just Our Yarn) came and did a Trunk Show. It was lots of fun. The company was started by Diane Smith and Cathie Chung. They purchase yarn and fiber from Green Mountain Spinnery in Putney, Vermont and handpaint it. Their yarn is gorgeous and each colorway is unique. Diane and Cathie brought along knitted and woven samples using their handpainted yarn.

This shawl is sold as a kit. The kit includes the Karen Joan Raz Feather Shawl pattern. It is knit with a single strand of Myne (100% cashmere). It takes 2 hanks (500 yards each) to knit this shawl.
I was fancinated by a new age fiber called Tencel. It is wood pulp cellulose. It feels like silk and drapes luxuriously.

The next 3 woven scarves are Bonnie Tarses designs made with Tencel (10/2 and 5/2). The first scarf is called Horoscope Scarf and Bonnie teaches it in a workshop. Bonnie teaches Color Horoscope Weaving where she demonstrates her fascination with color, love of symbolic textiles and interest in astrology that culminates in luscious and magical fabrics. She will be doing a workshop for our guild in April or July. Count me in!
Double weave blanket woven with Caravan (65% lambs wool and 35% camel down) at 10 epi. It was felted lightly in the washing machine.This knitted shawl was made from Indulgence (75% Merino/15% Angora/10% Silk).


Rebekah said...

OH wow, what beautiful stuff. I particularly like the first and the last shawl.

Christine said...

Hi Terri! I think I have it good. Cathie is my weaving instructor and we get dibs on JOY's Tencel!!

Sandra D. said...

Oh what lovely weaving, knitting, fibery stuff! I can see why you're going to attend that workshop in April, too!

vanessa said...

so much temptation!

Charleen said...

Lucky you! I'd love to take a workshop with Bonnie - I wish I lived closer.

Bonnie said...

I love the picture of the scarf! Thanks for telling me about it. I didn't realize you had a blog. I would love to trade links.

By the way, I now have an official Color Horoscope Weaving Kit for those who can't schedule a trip to Washington state.

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