Monday, September 01, 2014

Gathering yarn in downtown Los Angeles

What a delightful find in downtown LA!  Gather yarn shop located upstairs from The Last Bookstore. Both just a block away from Gorbels restaurant of 'Knife Fight' fame, on the cooking channel. A small yarn venue, soon to be expanding, she has a terrific selection of very nice yarns. A delightful space that really makes you feel at home in DTLA. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Indigo Magic

Here is the progression of the indigo process:
Yarn before dying. 
Yarn soaking in water. 
Yarn drying just a bit. 
Putting processed indigo crystals into hot water. 
Water with just indigo. 
Water with indigo and sofa ash added. 
Water with indigo, soda ash and Thoreau dioxide added, gently stirred and let to sit. 
Close up of the beautiful indigo crystals. 
The next two photos are of the yarn being moved through the dye. Note the green hue below the water and on the yarn.  Indigo only turns blue after it is exposed to air... Magical!
Yarn changing color to blue on the drying rack. 
Yarn at its final indigo-ness. 

This past weekend I spent the day with friends learning how to dye with indigo. What a magical experience. It makes me realize the brilliance of our ancestors to unlock the deep blue mystery of the plant that is indigo.  The process today is easy compared to the way it was done in the past, and is still being done in places around the world. Thank you 'Colors' yarn shop in Claremont California for offering this enlightening class, and dear Angie for teaching it. Explore!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Knit up some warm confidence.

Get A Backbone shawl

Get A Backbone. A shawl pattern.

Here is the pattern for Get A Backbone.  A lovely shawl that can be knitted in any yarn to any size.
This link currently goes to ravelry.  I will be posting the pattern here soon.
It is an easy enough shawl, with just a bit of fun in the center with the cable.  A gentle cable, great for cable newbies or experienced cable-rs alike.  

Fast on size 11 needles with bulky yarn.  I hope you enjoy it!
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Get A Backbone, a shawl.

Need a bit of a shore up?  Just not feeling able to put up instead of shut up?  Legs a bit shaky?  Well have no fear, a backbone is here. Yes, a knitting pattern for your very own portable backbone. 
I have had this pattern clanking about in my head for much too long, now it has finally come out. I used a lovely BFL yarn by Feederbrook Yarns, Entropy, blue faced leister. Still working on it at this post, but it will soon be published on ravelry, free even. 
Strength and warmth, what a great combination. 

Monday, February 03, 2014

Another sneak peek.

Here is a close up sneak peek of another pattern from my upcoming ebook 'Stoplight Knitting'. These are the One Way Wrist Wraps. Worsted weight yarn, size 7 needles and quick as a bunny to knit. I knitted the models in Malabrigo Rios, one of ny favorite yarns.  

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A rough road

I am currently writing a new ebook of knitting patterns. Hoping to take it to print as well. It has patterns that are portable and only take one or two balls of yarn. Some if the patterns have attention level options from easy to intermediate.
The title? Stoplight Knitting.  Yes we can see a theme.  
Here is a sneak peek at one of the projects. This one is 'rough road' lap mat. 
I am looking forward to showing more sneak peeks soon. 
You can find me on ravelry as hestiasfire to keep out a closer eye.  
Instagram: hestiashands. 

Sunday, December 01, 2013

A sad day

My dear, beloved father passed away on Monday, November 25. 
My heart is broken.