Gradients are all I want to dye this week! Here are a few beauties from a recent dye run.
Spotted this quite large and very cool moth while walking Zissou (my dog). He or she is without a doubt the biggest moth I’ve ever seen.
A quick research dive into the habits of this species uncovered that they eat highly toxic oleander leaves as caterpillars, and prefer to feed on the nectar of fragrant flowers like jasmine and honeysuckle as adults.
Indie dyers sometimes end up with skeins from the same dye lot that can look like they’re not even from the same county.
I bought a sweater quantity from another dyer whose work I adore, so I’m not going to say who she is, because the yarn did not match AT ALL. If it didn’t make me feel so smug about my own relentless color matching, I would have requested a replacement or refund. Instead, I over-dyed it.
This was the before photo. Only one skein had the little pops of brilliant lemon yellow that got me excited about this colorway in the first place.
I over-dyed it to even out the color, add more yellow, and bump up the anemic weak tea color that wanted so badly to be deep gold. I am now super stoked to knit it. Thinking about knitting Confetti but without the stripes.
Easy there, big fella.
Spotted this guy or gal at the Botanic Gardens, digging through the leaf litter and eating earthworms.
Monitor lizards are big. This one was about 4 feet long. They’re in the same genus as Komodo dragons, and are named for their mildly terrifying habit of standing up on their hind legs to take a look around if they’re concerned.
Luckily for me, this one was mostly concerned with his or her lunch.
My scrappy weaving project continues. I think I have about 4 yards of warp left, and I’m moving into the blue-green end of the spectrum. Really hoping this project comes together!
Nope, it’s not a chameleon.
Even though they change colors and have eyes that swivel around, these lizards are not true chameleons, despite that being their common name here.
They seem to be everywhere right now. Sunning themselves, doing yoga on fences. It’s a good season to be a lizard.
You know that area of your house that has a door you can close where you can hide mess and clutter from family and guests? You know how that room fills up with stuff?
I finally tackled mine, and it was so much less of a nuisance than I thought it was going to be!
Getting the donations donated and finding places for what was left let me create a cozy little corner for my spinning wheel, and we have been getting re-acquainted after a long and painful separation.
The wheel has been waiting patiently for me to get my spinning mojo back for almost three years. It’s been an embarrassingly long time, and I am so happy to be spinning again.
Just growing through a fence. Like their beauty is no big deal.
Sigh. This was a sweater knitted from the collar to the armpits, and most of a sleeve.
On the bright side, I love the yarn and I get to knit it again.
I love top-down sweaters because you can try them on as you go and see how they fit. This one, I am sad to say, was not going to fit in a way I liked. The collar just didn’t work for my face and proportions, and I never would have worn the sweater if I’d finished it.
Now the yarn gets a nice warm bath and a second chance to turn into something I will actually wear.
They live in the neighborhood. Their calls are as a grating as a construction site, and oh man are they LOUD.
But they groom eachother. Seeing the white flash of their feathers as they fly over lifts my heart.
We are so blessed to live near these old and new trees with wild figs and palm nuts for them to eat.
Unless it’s a sweater quantity, everything is sorted by color. It makes my heart sing.
Ever wondered what gives Chanel #5 its sultry scent? It’s these green curly flowers.
Oh my was this a project.
I found a crazy good deal on partial cones of cashmere and cashmere-silk blend yarn. The cashmere silk was cobweb weight, the cashmere a light fingering weight. The colors were irresistible.
And then there was the work of combining the yarns so they would be a weight I was willing to knit with.
And then there was the tangling.
It took nearly an entire day, but eventually I created this gradient:
It’s a little splitty and a slow to work with, but darn is it pretty.
He or she is there in the upper left, large head, long beak.
Their plumage has beautiful flashes of impossibly brilliant blue. I hear their “piew! piew!” calls more often than I see them.
I once saw one in a tree, listening, then suddenly dive and fly a hundred yards, catching a monster of a beetle in its mouth and swallowing it in one gulp.
I’m weaving to make weft.
There is a very cool process for making your own giant chenille that is decidedly scrap-friendly. You set up your loom with your warp thread in very tight groups, weave tightly, and then cut long vertical strips which are help together by the warp threads. You then weave the fuzzy stuff to make a rug.
I’m really hoping this works, because darn do I have a lot of yarn invested in this project.
Once you start looking, you’ll see them everywhere.
This is a quilt I’ve been working on for several months now using recycled vintage sheet fabrics from Kelly at Vintage Fabric Studio.
Kelly’s fabrics are gorgeous, fun to work with, and entirely upcycled. Combined here with indigo fabric from China, they really pop if I may say so myself.
As much as I love creating quilts from quilting cottons, there is something exquisite about making quilts the old fashioned way with recycled materials
When I was seven or eight, one of my “jobs” was hunting snails in our yard for a nickle a pop. I’d wander through the plants for what seemed like hours, each tiny victim making a satisfying plunk as it went into my empty milk jug. I don’t remember any guilt at the time, but I feel it now every time I see a standard North American garden snail. Those poor snails! Packed into milk jugs, on their way to oblivion.
Luckily for me, the snails here in Singapore are a different thing altogether. They are massive. The big ones are three or four inches from eye stalk to shell tip, and they continue to be a visual surprise, even after almost three years of living here. There’s something really fun about seeing the conical shell shape I associate with marine snails on a terrestrial creature.
Thanks for your hard work, big guys. I promise not to drop you into a milk jug.
I have a new batch of Dyer’s Choice Sweater Quantities posting in this week’s shop update. There are four lovely greens, plus yellow and orange.
It’s the best kind of problem to have when you run a small business, but I’ve been hard pressed to keep the full rainbow in stock.
If you’re in the market for a sweater quantity, please watch you inbox for this week’s newsletter!
Almost three years ago when Better Half and I were discussing moving to Singapore, one of my concerns was there is no sweater weather EVER outside of over-cooled movie theaters.
I did not expect to discover hot weather knitting mojo, and it has been a blessing.
I’m part of BostonJen’s Splash Pad Party this summer, and I’ve dyed up a series of cocktail-inspired sock yarns for the summer-long KAL - Socktails!
I hope you’ll try one (or more) of them! They’re guaranteed not to give you a hangover.