Wool Wins, Natch: a YOP Update

Fiber Art

“Coxheath” wool fiber, 16”X20”, 18”X24” framed, price on request from
Sean Christopher Gallery

I have finished, photographed, and framed ten pieces for my September show, called “Soft.” I drop them off on August 30th. The show event page is here: https://fb.me/e/5o19a4V68 You can see the show card on my Year of Projects page. I will share images of the work as the gallery makes them public.

Yesterday I tested fresh leaf indigo printing on scraps of different textiles. Wool is definitely the winner (far left), and I learned a few things about what kind of surface I should be working on (smooth) and what kind of stone to use for pounding (not one that breaks and imparts its own color, like sandstone, duh.)

What will I do with all this indigo? I’m thinking of bundling the leaves in my yardage of Virginia cotton, for a pretty leaf printed fabric to make — what else — overalls out of. But I need to do a little more research.

I also pulled up as much of the flax that I could find that didn’t have mature seed heads. It’s retting in water in this tub. Hopefully I wasn’t too late to get some fiber out of it.

I have also started harvesting the flax seed for the Rust Belt Fibershed project.


I’m halfway through the final clue for The Lonely Heart is a Hunter mystery knit along! (Rav link)

I finished the first sleeve on my Milkshake Cardigan! (Rav link)


I made some progress on my linen yarn ball overalls. These are looking like a clown suit. Do I care? Hell no. Will I wear them anyway? Hell yes. Yarny the Clown, that’s me! (Juggling yarn balls.) (Blows up two long balloons. Ties them off. Mimes knitting with them.) Now available for knit nights, fiber festivals, and private knitting retreats.

Plus look at these adorable yarn ball buttons that I found! (Calliope music plays in the background.)

But seriously, I love them. Just buttonholes, buttons, and hems to go.


I harvested and put up some sage leaves to dry yesterday.

Bob just brought in this tote full of pears and apples from the trees in our garden. I want to make pie or preserves, but Bob wants to make his own apple cider vinegar. We use a lot of apple cider vinegar, so that’s a good idea.

This has been a Year of Projects Update. You can learn more about the group on Ravelry. You can read my updated list of projects here.

22 thoughts on “Wool Wins, Natch: a YOP Update

  1. Oh my. You are such a conscientious person. Saving the flax seed for the Rust Belt is very thoughtful. I am anxious to see the flax being made into fiber. You certainly got quote a few apples and pears. Hopefully you can make vinegar as well as a pie. The MKAL is very pretty. Congrats on the completed sleeve in the cardi. That leaves the overalls………LOVE THEM! The buttons are wonderful and how lucky you were to find them. Those overalls look so comfy. I would live in them.

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  2. You have been awful busy for being sick. Glad you are feeling better. Those yarn ball overalls are just too fun to wear. And perfect buttons. I think leaf print fabric would also make wonderful overalls. What a beautiful shawl!!

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  3. I just saw a pair of wax print overalls on Pattern Review, and yours are very much in keeping with that scheme, so I bet you are just early in your fashion choice. I think I may need a pair of overalls too….

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  4. You’ve done it all this week! You’re amazing! I love your show prints and the shawl is lovely. Your overalls are the cutest and the buttons to match? Too cute! Love your gardening successes also. Have a great week!.

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  5. Whoa! I’m really excited about your gallery show! I hear (from my artist friends) that getting art ready for exhibit can be stressful. I hope you sell all of your work and it is very well received.

    The overalls are super adorbs, and not at all clown-y…. just too long.

    I hope you can make vinegar AND a pie! Luckily, the harvest isn’t over yet.

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  6. You have so much going on this week! First, YAY for your upcoming gallery show! Your overalls look adorable, and you made me LOL with the Yarny the Clown bit 🙂 Your shawl and cardigan are beautiful, and I’m super impressed with how much produce and fiber related stuff you are getting out of your garden. You are having a great week!

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  7. That’s a lot of stuff for one week! 🙂 Love the overalls (and the buttons.) You have an absolutely amazing garden, and I hope you enjoy every bit of it. Good luck for your show!

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  8. I’m surprised that the indigo printing is green and hasn’t oxidised to blue in the air. Has it since changed to blue or is it still green? What a fantastic week. The dungarees/overalls are spectacular! I am very jealous.

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  9. I love love love your overalls, they look like tons of fun, and yes, do wear them! This world needs more fun and playfulness! So how do you make flax into fiber? I’m so curious!

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