Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Original Babester

This is why I do what I do!  This is my "babester", nicknamed such when she was in utero.  She's 3 now, and it's been a wild and crazy ride.  Ideally, my Babester business will be an opportunity to expose her to the fiber arts and hopefully inspire a lifelong love of same.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Sneak Peek - 1st Batt

This is the first batt for my etsy shop!!!  I was so excited about it, I had to take a quick pic without setting up the light box just so I could share it with you.  It's 1.2 ounces BFL, Bamboo and Firestar, and I'm really happy with how it turned out.  And yes, there are bats on the ribbon.

BONUS - help me pick a name for it and I'll send you its little sister!  I have a one ounce batt that's just like it, and I'll happily trade it for a fabulous name.  All you need to do is 1) follow the blog, and 2) leave a comment here with your idea for a name.  Easy peasy!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Twelve Inches

What can you do with 12 inches of yarn or string?  Participate in a large-scale art project for peace!

Common Thread for peace 9/11 project

I have teamed up with a wonderful organization in Chicago that promotes peace. At a recent meeting we discussed their plans for the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 and came up with this simple, yet powerful community art project. Please read below and share, share, share this with everyone you know.

In remembrance of the tragic events of September 11th, we invite you to be a part of a call for peace and reconciliation. Add your voice! Create a wish for peace for the world, in a common "Thread" of unity.

Steps to participate:

1) Cut a 12 inch ribbon (or fabric, yarn or other knotable material)
2) Write a message of hope, peace, a wish for the world, or just sign your name
3) Mail in or drop off at the address below:

HumanThread Center
645 W. 18th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60616

t: 312.243.9423
e: humanthread.net@gmail.com
w: humanthread.net

DEADLINE: September 7th, 2011

All "threads" received will be tied together to create ONE COMMON THREAD for peace. Selected artists will transform this thread into a work of ART, symbolizing our human fellowship and unity for a peaceful world. This work of peace will be presented at the Fringe Festival commemorative event on September 11th at HumanThread. The final recipient of the artwork to be selected and announced at a later date.

Thank you for your LOVE!
Popularizing a Culture of Peace and Inspiring Action
 I know you have a foot of yarn, thread, ribbon, etc. hanging around.  I plan to spin a special piece to send, and will post pics when it's finished.

ETA: Please see the contest on Babester's Ravelry Page. Post a pic of the 12 inches of yarn, string, etc. you sent to HumanThread as a reply to that Ravelry thread and you'll be entered to win a set of batts or a hank of my handspun.  This is your chance to get your hands on the wantables before the shop opens!

Friday, July 15, 2011

How It Began

It started at Maryland Sheep and Wool 2010.  I saw this beautiful roving from Gales Art and had to have it.  Nevermind that I had NO idea how to spin.  The top and spindle sat in my craft closet for many months.  Thankfully, I have an awesome neighbor who took me under her wing and taught me the basics of spindling.  That was December 2010.  I was hooked.

The Gales Art merino, my first handspun, became a gift for a friend.  Lucky for me, I'd received some fiber as a holiday gift from my husband.  I continued to practice and refine my technique.

I also found that I wanted to play with the yarns I was making.  For example, I just had to put this one on some old wooden spools because I was so proud of the thread-like gauge I'd achieved.

My mentor, proud of my progress, taught me how to move from spindle to spinning wheel and generously loaned me her Louet S10.

The first yarns were SO fun to spin (though totally overspun in my exuberance).

I got the hang of it pretty quick, and was treadling out large batches of yarn before long.

I practiced gauge, and started playing with color.  It was hard for me to process how I'd only become a spinner in December, yet here it was, June, and I was a junkie.  Fiber is a helluva drug.  Only one thing to do:

Well, two. Step one: obtain a drum carder so I could make my own batts and roving.  This is Kitty, my Fancy Kitty Kitten carder.  Step two?  Open a shop to share my bounty with others. 

And here we are.  Welcome to Babester!

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