Wake Up Call

Last time I checked in, the humidity had shot past acceptable levels in the studio and it became impossible to pull prints without the ink quickly turning to sludge. It was time to hit the “Pause” button. And so summer lurched on. And on. And on. And then, “Wham!”, Labor Day smacks you square in the jaw and it’s full steam ahead. A race to the finish. “Finish” being December 31st. So here we are a few weeks into printing season and away we go!

I cranked out a quick edition last weekend to get things going. After a bit of touch-up work, it’s just about ready to post. Stay tuned for that guy in the coming days.

But in the meantime, check out this monoprint that was borne from a make-ready of print sessions past. Funny how some of the best ideas come when you’re not really thinking. The colors and composition were arrived at over time from a couple of different editions.

On a related note, we’ll have more prints, more knits, more things we like (or don’t), and more of anything else we care to post this Fall. Please join us. It’ll be good.

Progress report: new hats

After finishing the last few projects, I wanted to get to a hat design I’ve been thinking about for a Christmas present for my mom. The hats pictured above are my first two attempts at figuring it out. I used Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Byzantine for the first try. It turned out smaller than I expected, but I generally liked the pattern. I liked the feel of the yarn, but wanted to work in worsted weight for a nice warm hat. I switched to Madelinetosh Tosh Merino since I had a skein in my stash (in Turquoise) and tried the pattern adjusted for the weight. This hat turned out nice, but it lost the Tam quality with the ribbed pattern. I still think its a nice looser fitting hat and the stitch detail is strong with the colorway. This gave me the info I needed to work out a good Tam pattern that balances out the need for fullness with some pattern detail. The next round of hats will be posting soon!