This is another essay that I wrote my senior year in HS. It was also published in the Asian American students’ magazine in college. It reminds of where I came from. It’s disconcerting to me that these essays are still so relevant to me today. Duck Sauce and Mustard “Dad? Where did duck sauce and… Read More Duck Sauce and Mustard
This is an essay that I wrote my senior year in HS. It was also published in the Asian American students’ magazine in college. I keep it around to remind me why keeping silent and ignoring a problem will not make it go away, especially racism. Some things that happened recently made me realize it… Read More Words
These pictures were taken through a magnifying glass. I don’t recommend it. But this shows the shininess of the silk. The yarn is really not that blue though. It takes forever to spin even a small lump of roving. I don’t think I’ve even spun an ounce yet! Origami, the peace of paper.
I went to a sheep shearing this Saturday at http://www.ewecandoit.com. Judi is awesome. I always learn so much from her. She had the spinners skirting fleeces. I think it was part of her diabolical plan to have us start craving these lovely fleeces by having us work on them. 🙂 Aislinn and Scolastica met us… Read More Sheep shearing – Adventure in the country
The other day while spinning the silk merino frog hair… AHHHH! I cross laced the flyer to ease the take up. I needed to adjust I can’t even remember what maybe I changed flyer hooks. I left the fiber dangling. So given the fineness or my yarn the whole thing was under tension. Oops flick… Read More Spinning Ahhhh!
III. Spinning A. Spin the batts worsted. Keep the spindle spun sample handy as a template. Spinning on the Schacht Matchless. 21:1 ratio I cross lace the flyer hooks and am using as thin a drive band as I could find and would still turn the wheel. See Maggie Casey, I did listen in class!… Read More Spinning
II. Blending Merino and silk top A. Sampling – to determine proportion of blend based on color and spun yarn weight. vii. Test spin some samples to determine wpi. a. wpi 2 ply: 42 After comparing it to the plaid and the crepe swatches in the book 42 wpi is still too thick b. wpi… Read More Blending II
In a fit to try to remember which books I keep digging for I’ve assembled a preliminary bibliography for this fiasco. Alderman, Sharon D. Mastering Weave Structures. Loveland, CO: Interweave Press. 2009. Callahan, Gail. Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing, 2010. Davidson, Marguerite Porter. A Handweaver’s Pattern Book. Chadds Ford, PA:… Read More Preliminary Bibliography
II. Blending Merino and silk top A. Sampling – to determine proportion of blend based on color and spun yarn weight. i. Weigh out equal amounts of merino and silk ii. Load hand cards and blend. iii. Spin and ply worsted sample using drop spindle. – I looked at fabric samples from All About the… Read More Blending
Round 2 2/15/2012 I ran out of dye so I only put in 11g into the pots. Need to redye the top. 2/16/2012 Redying the top for more color saturation. The silk hankies have dried and there is much better color saturation. Soaking the fabric for overdyeing tomorrow. The top is much more evenly dyed… Read More Dyeing II