Preppers: knitting bug-out bag essentials

True Preppers are people preparing for a catastrophic event, possibly even a doomsday scenerio. If this is all new to you, you have had your head too deeply into your knitting. Don’t worry, by the end of this article you will be prepared. You may not be prepared for the end of the world but, you will be prepared for an unexpected wait in a hospital waiting room, an evacuation due to flooding or even waiting for AAA to come fix a flat.

Cafe Press has a bumper sticker that says it all,”I am developing a post apocalyptic skill set”. The goal of a Prepper is self-sufficiency. Knitting today, spinning tomorrow. Maybe it is time to learn to spin. Then you would have no shortage of yarn to knit. You could trade some yarn back to the sheep farmer for more roving.

Continue reading Preppers – Knitting your way through an emergency – Hartford knitting

Pantone set the colors for spring

When Pantone splashes a color, people swatch.

Pantone's Orange

Spring 2012

 

Whether you are a fashion designer in New York or a fiber artist in New Haven, you take the time to know the color trends. This spring, the color of the season is Tangerine Orange. It is out there and getting noticed. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®, says the pick of colors for spring 2012 convey energy, optimism and the promise of a brighter day. Here’s more

Knitting Daily TV was not picked up for this season

What to do about it…Knitters need to step up to the plate and write an email to audiencecare@cptv.org. Contact Connecticut Public TV and let them know you would like them to put Knitting Daily back on television. They have dropped this show from their schedule after many years… more

The modern quilt wrap in the photograph is a free pattern from Interweave.

Dyeing for dinner

Fiber in Black bean dyebath

The oval cooking pot (Mom's from the 40's

I just finished making my Taco Black bean soup. It called for black beans, can crushed tomatoes, can corn, taco seasoning, ground beef (substituted shredded chicken), sour cream and chips, DINNER!
And:
The most fun of all is that I used the bean “soak water” to dye wool, silk and bamboo fiber that I will spin into yarn. I will let the fibers soak in the dye bath for 48 hours. I expect to get  purple/sliver/blue color. Each fiber will take the dye differently.

Flowers in the dyebath

Dye for wool, silk and bamboo

I also gathered Goldenrod (only the flowers) and will dye fiber with that. A am expecting a yellow/orange, but who knows. When it comes to dyeing it isn’t an exact science…too many variables.

More about fiber

Bedouin weaving project


Lakiya Negev Women video
 Lakiya Negev Weaving Project. By using their traditional skills, these Bedouin women of Israel can be wage earners, role models and artisans. They weave and spin using the fleece from their sheeps and camels. These women are also learning business skills. No children work in the process.

The Lakiya Negev Weaving project empowers women through the income generated from creating high quality rugs and home accessories. Enjoy the video and see how they spin, weave and the tools they use.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           fiber articles

Dandelion dyeing

A photo essay “Using Dandelions for Dyeing

 alum-mordant

 

Million dollar knitted dress

Forget banks…with the interest rate at a low…shred it and wear it.Here is a close-up.
“Pulp Fiction-Fuller Art Craft Museum” displayed this dress as the result of a paper dress challenge. The museum is located in Broxton, Massachusetts. If you are interested in spinning your own, to knit or crochet a dress, sweater or scarf…you can start with newspaper. In “Spinning-give it a whorl” click on “yesterdays news” and get step by step instructions. 

Would love to see your results.