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Study in scarlet: making plans

Posted by on Apr 6, 2013 in Blog | 2 comments

Study in scarlet: making plans

Someone already said: creativity is 90% of hard work + 10% of inspiration. I can’t agree more. Behind every (knit) idea well succeed there are plans, calculations, swatches (MANY!), sketches… And this is what I did this week. At first, I didn’t know if it’s going to work. I thought that my yarn was not regular and uniform as I imagined. But no. Washed, it was quite ok (although the irregularities do exist). The problem was my math. I never said I was good at it, did I?...

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Just in case…

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Just in case…

… you are thinking that I’ve been sleeping: 680m of a 3ply merino, worst weight, ready for my project – and I still have 3 half full bobbins to ply, in case these meters aren’t enough. I’m still thinking it’s boring spinning a plain yarn myself, when it’s possible to buy it anywhere, but I am also proud I was capable of doing with consistency. Next step: swatching and...

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Study in scarlet: so many choices…

Posted by on Mar 2, 2013 in Blog | 2 comments

Study in scarlet: so many choices…

The activity of spinning fiber is basically 90% making decisions: * what is the right fiber for the project? Should I blend it or not? * which weight? * should I spin worsted or woolen? Make it compact? Fluffy? * how much spin? * how many cables should I ply? And so on. Only after you know what you want, you can finally start treadling. Apart of choosing the fiber, that I had already decided (merino, red), these were the questions I worked on this week, trying to decide how I want my yarn. As I...

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The Study in Scarlet

Posted by on Feb 23, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

The Study in Scarlet

Once upon a time, when I was a kid, my uncle, who studied Philosophy, told me about one (of many) problem of the industrialization process: in a factory, employees only make parts of something and not the whole thing as before when there were artisans – for example, one make a little piece of metal but he doesn’t know exactly how it be used to make a car door. Because of this, they suffer what Karl Marx called “alienation from the work process”. They lose control of...

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Cashmere

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Blog | 3 comments

Cashmere

When was the last time you did something for the first time in your life? I did last week: I spun cashmere that I have bought from my friend Amélie. I confess I was a little concerned because I didn’t know if I was skilled enough to spin such a fine and special fiber. But I tried and kind of succeed. At the end I got two 50gr skeins with around 100m each – worsted weight. I know already how I’m going to use it. Wait and see...

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