It’s hard to believe this past week was only my second week at The Twisted Purl… I’ve learned SO much in such a short amount of time. Thanks to Cyndi, I’m already comfortable with a number of terms and pieces of equipment that, just two weeks ago, I didn’t know existed. I feel as though I’ve been initiated in to the secret world of fiber arts, and I’m loving every second of it.
Tuesday, after discussing a number of important topics– namely women entrepreneurs and haunted mansions– Cyndi put me to work practicing and perfecting techniques I learned last week. I relied on trusty old ROY-G-BIV to make several carded batts, and labeled many many felted soaps. Although the above tasks are somewhat repetitive, I sincerely enjoy them. In truth, repetitive tasks tend to be my favorite. There is peace in the process, in addition to that lovely feeling I get when creating anything with my hands. In the short time I’ve been an intern, I’ve already noticed that after a morning of creative activity at The Twisted Purl, I face the rest of my day with a calmer, more joyful attitude.
On Thursday, Cyndi taught me a few methods for dyeing and painting wool roving. As usual, I was hesitant about choosing my colors, and unconfident in my final product. I am, however, excited to see how they look as carded batts and/or spun yarn! Cyndi said that if she has time, she might spin one of them this weekend (ahh!). Although I’m a little worried, I’m not too worried, because if it’s really ugly we can just sell it to my mom. I don’ have a picture of the first roving I dyed (which was very “Springy”), but the second is pictured below in the shape of a pizza.
And here it is again, steaming to set the colors:
My favorite roving I dyed, though, was a solid color “in-bowl” experiment. It turned out (I think) to be a nice lavender. We shall see! Also, while all of this dyeing was going on, Cyndi managed to learn how to arm knit and made a scarf using the technique. I can’t keep up with this lady! Next week, she is going to help me make a more “artful” carded batt, and my homework is to come up with a theme to base the colors on. (Check out Zoe and Cyndi’s Monet yarn, it turned out so beautiful!) Time to start looking around for inspiration–