Wednesday, July 06, 2005

A Tisket a Tasket a Walnut Finished Basket


Here's my finished basket. I took a basketmaking class at RI Handspun with Norma. I didn't quite finish it on time so Sue helped me finish this baby. I love it!

Garden flora......


Spindle spun fiber using my CD spindle

I made the CD spindle with a top and bottom whorl. After spinning some fiber from my Rhinebeck foray years ago, I Andean plyed the singles then transferred it to a felted ball and did the final two ply using the CD spindle again. Here's another andean ply link. I have to say I am very satisfied with the final result. Who says we have to buy a 1000 dollar wheel to make yarn :) ? I learned this technique of plying from Rita Buchanan at the 2004 Gathering. Check out Purlwise's blog for a description of another of her classes. She is a wonderful teacher. If you get the chance take any and all of her workshops.

Knit In...Last night we had a great time: Judy was there with her silk scarf in tow...a lovely hand dyed silk in dark red and gold. Paula, still Queen of Aran, is working on her latest design in her hand dyed silk/wool yarn. She incorporates such lovely cable choices. Marie is knitting a lovely cotton poncho. Sue worked on her old shale sock in Trekking XXL. Patty has begun a sweet baby blanket in cotton/rayon. Debbie arrived with Carol and brought her new quilt creation of the cutest pigs. Carol R showed us the Civil War Era quilt she has begun. It is sooooo beautiful ,not to mention totally handmade with her own stitches...no machine stitching for this gal on this quilt. I finished plying my mohair and silk yarn that you see above.What a lovely evening we had with such a creative bunch!! I love these get togethers and missed our other knit buds.

4 comments:

Marisa said...

Love the basket...wish I could have been at the knit in!!

Cathy said...

Oooh, love the basket! And all your flowers! I have been out sick and am just now catching up with your doin's. I should have read before - it would have made me feel lots better.

Kristen said...

I didn't know you made baskets; it's a beauty! Was it our knitting guild Norma who taught the class?

cindy said...

Kristen....Yes it was Norma from our guild!