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January 2014

Slater's Knitting Weekend

The past week and a half have been filled with wonderful fibery adventures.  The morning after our return flight from Tucson, we jumped right into preparation for last weekend's Knit Weekend at the Slater Mill.  It was the first time that Ball and Skein vended at Slater.  Friday night's festivities started with at the 'Fireside Ordinary' at the Sylvanus Brown House, a beautiful restored mill house on the site.  There was music, storytelling, food and drink.  The house was lit with candles and warmed by three open fireplaces.  It was a fun.  I did see a couple spinners and knitters in the crowd.  

Afterwards, we headed over to the cocktail party.  It was so much more than cocktails, beginning with a lecture on the Shetland Isles by Gudrun Johnston and trunk shows, featuring the work of Thea Colman and Ellen Mason.  

The vendors set up in the mill (museum) amongst the old machinery.  It took a bit of imagination but the results were worth it.  Visitors strolled through the museum to shop.  As a vendor, it was magical.  Outside, light reflects off the river as it races to the falls. The windows in the mill are still glazed with old wavy glass.  Looking out at Saturday's snowfall was beautiful, a step back in time.  Inside the mill, it was dark. I can not imagine how anyone, children or adults, could manage to do the fine mill work in those conditions.  Even with today's modern track lighting, it wasn't enough for me to have worked by.


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Thanks Polly Hopkins for taking this picture.  


You can check out the weekend itself on Slater Mill's event site.   



a teaser

Tomorrow, Chris and I will finally leave for that trip to Tucson that we had to cancel last February when Chris landed unexpectedly in the hospital.  After the past couple weeks of bone chilling cold and snow, I am really looking forward to a bit of sun (and the warmer temperatures).  Before I go, I thought I'd leave you with this little teaser of a photo that Thea Colman sent me yesterday.  


Ibisco teaser pic

I'm pretty excited about this.  It is knitted in Ball and Skein's Lyra.  Its so soft.  I can't wait to start one for myself.  It'll have to wait until next week when we return.  This is a carry on trip, so a one skein project is more in order.  The yarn will be available for pre-order later this month.   The pattern should be out the beginning of February.  More on it when I return.  

stepping back


Long before I became a dyer, I was a photographer and printer.  I worked exclusively in black and white, monochromatic.  Learning to see the world in monochrome is to rewire the way you look at things.  Texture, form, light, dark, contrast, the positive and the negative spaces paint the way you perceive what you see.  Like a light switch that you learn to turn on and off, color steps back and away.  Try it.  Playing with the way you see things is fun.  It is one more of things I enjoy about winter.  Ice and reflection are less about color, and more the abstract, my comfort zone.