Sunday, September 24, 2006

Knitter's Soliloquy

To think or not to think. That is the question.
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The tinks and errors of outrageous patterns,
Or to take arms against a sea of typos,
And by opposing end them? To dye? To steek
Once more; and by a steek to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That purling's heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To dye, to steek;
To steek: perchance no seam: ay, there's the rub;
For in that steek of yarn what dreams may come

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

The Thing

I hope to finish this in time to enter it in the Fine Art of Fiber
November 2 - 5, 2006
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd
Glencoe, IL 60022

It is going to be about five feet wide and about three feet tall in the middle. Inspiration for the shape is primarily from the dancing blankets of the Northwest Coast Aboriginal peoples: The Chilkat Blanket
Inspiration for the colors, feel, and spirit of the piece is from Cheryl Oberle's "Butterfly Shawl." Hence the name I finally chose: Butterfly.

I'm using mostly stash wool, some new purchases, some hand dyed by me. It's heavy worsted to bulky weight on size 8 US needles. Some colors are plied up from thinner yarns.