Happy as a clam…?

Is that a phrase or am I making things up? …Oh well. I’m very happy. I had a fiber filled day today. I’m currently taking an art history course at school and we get extra credit if we go to a reception/gallery talk/show opening. We have a small gallery in the student center on campus and there was a show opening today. My husband (who is also taking the class) and I decided to go. I was dreading it slightly, mostly because I thought it would be paintings…And while I like paintings, I really prefer crafts and find them more interesting due to the different skills and processes you have to learn to produce work.

Well when we got to the opening, it turned out to be a fibers exhibit! How WONDERFUL!! I was very excited. The artist’s name is Jennifer Sargent. She is a British textiles artist who moved to America years ago. She was wonderful. She gave an overview of how she got started, what inspired her work and how her inspirations changed as she moved and learned more as a fiber artist.

She is a tapestry weaver, screen printer, surface designer etc. etc. Her work was lovely. I found it so interesting because she combined weaving with surface design and printing. I have been trying to figure out a way of doing that same thing and making it look appealing and…well…good. Well she’s done it. Look her up. šŸ™‚

I finished knitting another hat today. It looks a little weird (maybe) because I ran out of yarn and just had to cinch it up and I had a lot of decreases still to go. It actually might look okay, it just has these interesting pleats or ridges at the top where it wasn’t prepared to draw in. I think it could actually look quite cool. But I’ll have to wait and see what it looks like after felting it. Needless to say, I’m excited.

I also got to order more yarn for knitting today. I have been looking at different places and shopping around. I found some nice wool from Knit Picks that was pretty cheap. I ordered 9 hanks of 50 grams each. I’m using three colors per hat (gives it more interest than just two IMHO) and I can get about 2 hats per 3 hanks. So that’s like…6 hats?? Well, I am trying to sell them. Perhaps I shall make leg warmers too though. Either way, it should keep me knitting for a while.

I have been looking longingly at my loom lately. I really want to get a warp on it. But I was hoping to get a new reed before starting my next project. I should probably just suck it up and use what I’ve got. I’ve got an 8yd. scarf warp wound off and sitting on my loom ready to be put on. Perhaps after the first round of tests in school I can get it on there.

Anyway, it’s been a lovely little day and I’ve been very happy and excited about fibers today. I love being a fibers geek/nerd. It’s lots of fun. I like having something to think about that isn’t school or work. Knitting gives me something to keep my hands busy that’s completely portable. Though weaving still captures most of my heart. šŸ™‚


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