Saturday, May 31, 2008

Watching Glass

Watching someone knit can be kind of boring. (Don't misunderstand: I love knitting. But sometimes, just watching someone else knit can be a snooze.) But watching a master make glass — that's exciting.

For the past several months, Martin Blank (the guy in the red shirt, below) has been working at the Museum of Glass. He is creating a piece called Fluent Steps, an enormous piece made up of hundreds of glass pieces, for the museum's reflecting pool. Watching the team work is fascinating, especially because this artist appears to enjoy interacting with the people who are observing the work in progress.

Fluent Steps will be finished and installed in late October (I'll post pictures here). I'll enjoy the piece even more knowing that I watched some of it being made.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Cables and Lace

This project combined a pattern from a California designer with yarn from Prague, Czech Republic, in a color that is matches celadon that I purchased in Thailand.

The particulars:
  • Pattern: All Seasons Stole by the talented Rene' E. Wells
  • Yarn: Bambus, 100 percent bamboo from here (I don't speak Czech so I have no idea what this means), 100 grams, 320 meters; yarn consists of 5 loosely plied strands, each of the 5 consists of two tightly plied strands
  • Needles: US5
  • Finished size: 7 inches wide x 52 inches long

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Just Like Grandma Used To Do

I am still working with some knitted lace edgings that belong to my friend Nancy. She figures they were made by her great-grandmother. The laces, which probably have been packed away for decades, are discolored.

I am cleaning them with a combination of Biz and the sun. The laces spend a few hours soaking in a Biz-water solution, followed by a good rinse. Then I place them on the grass in the sun for whitening. The laces dry beautifully and most of the discoloration is gone.

Laces aren't the only thing that enjoy the sun. Look at my poppies!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Where's Robin?

On December 1, 2007, I signed on for Paying It Forward. This was the deal:

I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.

Robin signed up, and I can't locate Robin. So if you are the Robin who signed up and you still want to participate, please leave a message and let me know how to contact you. Or contact me on Ravelry; look for SueV.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Alix Revisited

Last year I made a big, comfy Alix shawl (see my November 15, 2007, post). I love this shawl. I wear it all of the time. It's great with jeans and on those increasingly rare occasions when I wear dressy clothes. When I found some lovely Black Bunny Fibers laceweight left over from an earlier project it seemed that Alix was a good choice.

  • Yarn: Black Bunny Fibers laceweight, approximately 60 grams (525 yards)
  • Needles: US6/4mm
  • Finished size: 28 inches center back
My red lace leaf maple is a good background, I think.