Griffin Dyeworks

I once again attended Griffin Dyeworks Fall Fiber Frolic this past November. It was definitely a different experience than last time. I didn’t drag a friend with me, I was flying solo.

IMG_20171111_092726I figured it might be a good chance to make new friends, or at least break out of my shell a bit. So after a few brief minutes in the car to collect myself (very brief, lots of coffee plus a 90 minute drive, I had to pee!) I went inside to say hello to Theresa and let them know I was here and ready to learn!

 

I poked around the vendors and a did a little shopping. I was signed up for a dye class (though I ended up not attending), so I picked up a couple of bare mini skeins (eventual plan now is to look up a tutorial on speckle dyeing).

My first class was kumihimo, Japanese cord braiding, and I was super excited. I’d had an intro the day before at our local science/engineering museum, Moxi.

2017-11-10 (6) I figured the class would be an advanced version of what I learned – and I was not dissapointed!

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(The guy across from me looked like a young Nicholas Cage). My board was nice, and the teacher, of Unicorn Fiber Arts, let us pick colors. I totally made mistake after mistake. But her handouts were fabulous and I’m looking forward to continuing my kumihimo education.

My second class was art weaving on a hand loom.

This was with Theresa of Griffin Dyeworks. Totally loved this. And treated myself to the loom I used. We did warp, weft, and other things I should have taken notes on.

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My final class was dyeing, but when I got outside, it seemed like a lot of people had been doing dye all day. And while it wasn’t exactly a closed group, it wasn’t a formal class and I felt a bit like an outsider. I decided to end the day happy and head home a little early, which helped me beat that horrid daylight savings clock.IMG_20171111_161807

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Slog

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The Brownberry Podcast is hosting a “Slog Along” over on Instagram. Man. This fantastic “Granito” sweater from Joji Locatelli is fitting into that category. This has become a total project knit for me; meaning I want the finished object. I want the warm, sunny hug of this project. I want the cool grey pocket backs.

I want to be done.

I started this at the beginning of the year and I can’t guarantee it’s not going to be an 18 month project. That totally qualifies as slow fashion. Snail slow. Sloth slow. Krista slow. At least it fits into “Project Sweater Chest” from the Knitmore Girls.

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Expanding skills

I’ve recently been hearing more and more about “helical knitting,” and while a lot of techniques sound cool for cool’s sake (I’m looking at you brioche and entrelac) I don’t usually try them out as they don’t work for the knitting I do for me and my local friends and family.

But this one sounded cool. I’m not terribly bothered by the jog in stripes, but I liked the idea of changing them. Plus, some people can be bothered by that line of twisted yarn up the side of their socks. So I decided to follow the techniques presented in a video (by way of Mason Dixon knitting) by A-C Knitwear.

Turns out, this is easy as pie and just as fun to keep doing (I was going to say put in your mouth, but I have yet to discover edible wool).

I’ve done two hats and feel pretty comfortable with this simple technique. As you can see I’ve done it listening to podcasts, while I visited Urgent Care, and as I watched my little mermaid join swim team. Easy Peasy and worth the expanding skills.