Wednesday, November 12, 2008
So, that's a combo progress report and future plan, all in one. :-)
Saturday I spent the afternoon at Lowell National Historic Park. I went through the Boarding House Museum and recognized how lucky I was to have lived in a very spacious boarding house with a relatively relaxed atmosphere when I was in college, and also went to the Boott Textile Mill Museum, where they have the looms! Stills didn't seem to quite capture the moment, so I took video. However, the sound in that room, even with only a few looms running, was deafening, so I toned it down and added music to the video (random music - the one piece I could find that matched the time - sorry, no special meaning).
I'll post more later, just wanted to get this finally posted! It took a day just to post to YouTube!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I will post pictures to Flickr as I get pieces and parts put together.
There is nothing in the FAQ about weaving. It mentions crocheting and spinning and dyeing and designing, but no weaving. Ah well - I suppose I'll just have to wait and see.
Hyberbolic Space Crochet Models
Want to make your own? Here's an Interweave article with a pattern! I may ask my mom to make me one. If I tried, it'd probably turn into a scarf.
Taking Crocheting to a Higher Plane
I'm sure I'm the last one to know this, but I just saw in my Halcyon Yarn catalog that Opal Sock Yarn has Harry Potter sock yarn! I confess to not being a Harry Potter fan myself, but I think it's cool anyway, and the yarns are gorgeous. I did, however, find this complaint about Opal Sock Yarns from back in April. I suppose ymmv.
Personally, I want yarns from their Rainforest 4 - Emily, the Gouldian Finch, and Rocky, the Hyacinth Macaw - two birds Ian and I always wanted, but they are just so expensive! The Hyacinth much more than the Gouldian, of course, although part of the reason with the Gouldian was that we had so many Java Rice finches. Cassandra, the beautiful red and blue dragonfly, is a gorgeous yarn, too. I think my Mom should make my Dad a pair of socks from the Daggy yarn - Daggy is a mallard, and the yarn just LOOKS like a hunter should be wearing those socks! My niece Jessica would probably love Elvira, the blue butterfly yarn. I'm not sure what kind of bird Harald is, but he's all orange and yellow and reminds me of my nephew, James - although Otto, from Rainforest 3, is orange and blue and looks "more manly." I have half my family socked! :-) Now if only I knitted.
The Hundertwasser 1 Collection has some gorgeous yarns as well. In fact, the only one I saw that I didn't love was Sea Serpent, and that's only because it was just a little too bland for my taste.
In the Hundertwasser 2 Collection, my favorites were Rain on a Rainy Day, Good Morning City, and Tender Dinghi, with the latter being by far my favorite out of all I've seen so far. These yarns are just gorgeous! Of course, I love themes. I'm a sucker for a theme.
My advice - when looking at the slideshows of Hundertwasser 1 and 2, use the fullscreen mode. It only helps a little, but it's definitely better than the regular view. And if anyone knows of a site with better pictures of worked samples using this yarn, please let me know! Especially woven samples. I'm going to try to resist buying any to use on my weavettes until after the new year, at least. Maybe I'll put it on my Christmas list. :-)