Three Tips for Dyeing Dimensional yarn

How to dye yarn so full of color and life that it glows
Three tips to dyeing yarn with depth and dimension
By Brenda Lavell

This is written by the creator of Phydeaux Designs & Fiber; she is releasing a course on fiber dyeing that I recommend.

The first tip involves mixing colors of the same family or layering them imperfectly to create dimension to the project you are working on.

Shadows create dimension, and so using a gray can do the same for your yarn/fiber. (remember you can add but taking away is much harder).

*The entire article is fascinating and has a lot more tips and tricks than I put here.  These are just my notes*

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The Slow Death of Vintage Skills

http://imperfectlyhappy.com/the-slow-death-of-vintage-skills/

This author begins by exploring why a particular scene in a show has remained on her mind for an entire day, the scene is a woman being told that her bobbin lace in antiquated.

“Skills like knitting, sewing, cooking from scratch, canning, gardening and, yes, making bobbin lace seems to belong to a bygone era”

From there this author begins to explore how education began, at the mother’s knee with the children involved in all aspects of everyday life to one extent or another.  Food preparation has fallen by the wayside, including canning, baking bread from scratch, etc.  Sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, etc. this author laments not learning these skills when she was younger at her grandmother’s knee.  Gardening gets a mention also.

“BUT!  I see a revival!!!  Homeschoolers.  Backyard Farmers.  Crafters.  Survivalists.
Homesteaders.  These movements are growing and beginning to cross paths.  They are cool, hipsters, conservatives and hippies.  This “vintage revivalism” is gaining momentum.”

As people get more involved in understanding the health impact, and economic impact, of their choices in life they begin to go back to what was old.  I am really hoping that these skills are seen as valuable since Olean Public Library will be holding classes on them over the summer!

The Monk Who Saves Manuscripts from ISIS

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/02/the-monk-who-saves-manuscripts-from-isis/517611/

A 59 year old Benedictine monk is roaming around the middle east trying to save Christian and Islamic writings.  He is working on training teams of locals to photograph the pages of manuscripts before they are destroyed, or lost, or stolen.  Many locals are reluctant to let in outsiders and are afraid that their cultural treasures will be stolen.  The monk never touches the manuscript but pays locals to do the digitization work, this keeps the locals employed, active in the preservation, and from being overly wary.

Restoration is extremely costly, if something is destroyed without being photographed then it is truly lost.  Often these methods are seen as the only way to preserve their heritage.

  • This is a good post, detailing some of the preservation efforts being done in war torn countries.  It is good to see that people are trying to maintain access to cultures of the past*

How to Use a Bead Loom: 10 Things You Must Know

http://www.interweave.com/article/beading/how-use-bead-loom-10-things-you-must-know/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=bd-tho-nl-170329-BeadingonaLoom&utm_content=932281_EDT_BD170329&utm_medium=email

  • Have all of the materials and tools you need on hand
  • warping the loom
  • adding the first row of beads
  • making sure that the tension is accurate
  • ending and adding threads
  • weaving in tails
  • removing the pieces
  • finishing techniques
  • etc.

Essentially this article is just a list of things that will be taught in a beading loom class that will be offered through interweave.

How I Use Evernote to Keep My Entire Life Organized

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-evernote-keeps-my-entire-life-organized-240088

This is one persons utilization of Evernote to keep their life organized.

  • A master list of everything that they have to do in their life. Work, personal, etc.  They still maintain  a daily list, but this is their overarching document.
  • Create a packing list for trips, if you travel often have a master list like warm places packing, cold places packing, leisure, family, etc.
  • Keep a list of long term goals, even adding photos etc, to make it more visually interesting.
  • Scan important papers, receipts, business cards, etc.
  • Use evernote e-mail address to subscribe to newsletters so they don’t clutter up your inbox
  • Clip web pages to read later
  • Make digital post it notes so that brainstorms are not lost later and work is not interrupted
  • Pick meals from a master list of favorite recipes
  • Keep a running grocery list

*The first few items seem silly, I can use any word/pages document even the notes function of my phone/ipad for making, keeping and maintaining master lists.  Scanning important documents, okay that might be useful.  Clipping web pages to read later, I do that with instapaper but it is a useful function of evernote.  Make digital post it notes, that can be useful if you have evernote integrated into your work computer.  Picking meals from a master list, this is a great tip, I think I’ll make one on pages.  Keep a running grocery list?  Again that’s what I have Notes for on my phone, and why is syncs up to my ipad.  On a more practical note I was just checking why I stopped using evernote and here it is: Sync across 2 devices  If I want to sync my notes on more than 2 devices I have to pay evernote $35 per year.  (the ‘evernote e-mail’ thing also requires the ‘Plus’ subscription.) Admittedly $35 per year is not that much in digital terms, but when you can do barely more than my already included with purchase, or free apps then why should I pay you $35 a year?  Let alone the $70 subscription where you can scan and digitaze the business cards.  No wonder this author uses Evernote for everything you have to justify $70 a year somehow.*  Just my 2 cents.

Abby Franquemont’s 3 Tips for Spinning Large Projects

http://www.interweave.com/article/spinning/3-tips-spinning-large-projects/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=spd-tsa-nl-170329-3-tips-spinning-large-projects&utm_content=932418_EDT_SPD170329&utm_medium=email

These are fairly common sense ideas, until you try to put them into practice.  1, have what you need at hand (she then elaborates that you don’t want to stop in the middle of everything to prep more fiber)  2, do a warm up spin, this sounds much like all of the advice to sample, sample, sample, etc.  If you are spinning for a project however, this is a good time to figure out how long it will take you to spin this fiber.  3, The last tip is to take frequent breaks.  This sounds counter productive until you consider how quickly you can become fatigued or bored doing the same thing over and over.  This would lead to inconsistency, which means that you have not only wasted your time but probably the fiber as well.

Very good tips to keep in mind when you are planning a project.

Yarnitecture by Jillian Moreno

Okay, when I say I read this, I do admit I did not read every word of every glossary and index found in the back. There were several really neat knitting patterns in this book. I enjoyed reading the tips, the graphics were wonderful, I have a much better grasp of how to spin fine after reading this book. I also have a much better understanding of what I am looking for in a knitting yarn and why yarn is spun in a particular manner. I think that if you are a dedicated knitter hoping to get into spinning this is certainly a book for you. If you are a spinner that wants to spin knitting yarn then read this book and watch the video ‘Spinning for Lace’ they both have great tips.
If you are a spinner that spins for fun and knitting is a very far back burner hobby, then this is not the book for you.
All in all an interesting read!