“the only way to pass along civic values is to first live up to them” wise words #43 –thank you
What’s up with Ruby’s Vintage Patterns? Well, Ruby was a really hard working woman in her time. Her life has unfolded before my eyes over the past 12 years and I am truly interested in sharing her story. So in Project number 1, I am knitting the garment using the materials originally called for in her 1960s written pattern. As I do, I am also searching for that perfect 21st century yarn to work the design in parallel. I think Ruby deserves to have her patterns revived, as they are universal, practical designs, meant for us “normal knitters”. We like Simple & Practical. We know if we are going to spend X amount of time hand knitting the garment, then you need quality materials that will hold up to the XX wear and easy care you hope the intended user will give it!! I truly like knitting things that people will actually use! So look forward to explaining more about Ruby, her patterns and her story.
WHO WOULDN’T WANT TO TOUCH THIS FIBER?
At October’s close, we had a gorgeous fall day and I collected some milkweed pods. I have every intention of spinning all of it. I did make a supported spindle from a pine nut and a piece of wire to try it out. It was relaxing! Every turn of the spindle spread the fresh pine oil into the crisp air. I love camping and finding treasures to inspire.
It was a simple solution. That’s what drove me to the idea. For many years I have noticed I love to choose challenging projects.cooking from scratch, gardening, knitting….I’m just not satisfied with steady state, “run of the mill” work. So I challenge myself with Veganism, subsistence gardening, building my own spinning wheels and raw wool combs, super crazy reverse Knit cables from a Japanese knitting Cable book, or the other extreme, historic Shetland shawls, Estonian lace (Thank you Nancy Bush) and you guessed it cobweb lace, as seen in Skaska designs. (I’m also challenged to write short sentences….still working on that!!) This unfortunate fascination, however often means I sacrifice one project for another, or once I learn a new technique, I’m ready for a new challenge.
But I hate the idea of investing money in a project before I know if I will like it!!! Or if i will finish it.
Simple economics on this one. If I were going to spend the time to learn to knit lace with cobweb yarn, how much would the yarn cost and would I really use it?
So, to the thrift shop I went. Found an extra small, 100% cashmere, short sleeve, Knit top that had been horribly tiedyed camo blue. $1.99 later I was at home, hand washing, drying and unzipping the chained-linker stitches holding the collar, sleeves, and front and back together.
Vioila, I successfully disassembled the sweater. Pulled the cast off rows apart and begun winding the tiny cashmere thread onto the ball winder. It was fascinating.
My children and husband just looked at me funny. They left me alone. I was happy and content just watching the shades of blue, randomly placed, Knitted back up into a small triangular lace pattern (thank you Piecework and Nancy Bush) I was learning, on size 1 needles.
And so began the addiction. Luxury fibers, in greater quantity, for a fraction of the cost. Yes there are some drawbacks….extra time, 2nds stigma, but if treated properly, and blended with other fibers, they now become unique, soft, & repurposed – lovely yarn always available….no waiting.
Tonight’s Picture at top, is cobweb cashmere/angora blend… repurposed from a donor sweater.
Tales of a 2nd-life yarn are not the details of the life of an old sweater, but of how I reclaim RaszyFibers and craft unique products suitable for crafters of all trades. RaszyFibers are 100% post consumer recycled product from carefully selected sources. When selecting the source, I focus on texture, fiber type, and color.
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