Sunday, October 3, 2010


I'm on the fence about silk. In some things I love it, in others, it doesn't send me. I did however find some tussah silk yarn I love. It all started out with some reconnaissance for my Dad. He informed me he wants to work on a silk scarf during his visit and what are the local resources like. First I went really local, like my stash and sent some pics of lovely Gems silk with a Curious Creek Fiber yarn, which he liked.

It was set aside. But, being my father's daughter in some respects I know he, like me, would like some other options and that's what I was looking for. I came up pretty much goose eggs for fine silk fiber in the valley except for a very small amount of some lovely Silk Tree #6 in the most amazing gold. I had just the project in mind, one I had been searching for a complimentary silk casually for a while and the 2 skeins available might just do it if I planned right.

In fact Llamas and Llambs in Jacksonville had another 2 skeins of a lighter brighter yellow which I had them hold. I'll pick them up next week. So, I wrote my Dad, told him he'll need to find silk at home or order something up from the Silk Tree and here is a list of colors that would go with that Curious Creek yarn, Earl Grey. The trouble came when I started twisting that lovely CC fiber with my coveted golden silk. Then instead of keeping the secret to myself, I had to send a picture to my Dad.

Needless to say, we have some lovely silk coming in #14 gold and #5 grey. It should all arrive in time for the visit starting the 15th.

While I'm on my silk kick, I'll also update on my merino/silk spinning adventure. I've fallen hard for this fiber.

Who would have thunk it after all my complaining about merino, but it's true. I love spinning this.

So, heading off of fiber and into the world just inside my front door.

The much anticipated settle bench has finally made it from Cindie's garage to my foyer and it is just as wonderful as it looked.

That silly looking raccoon just puts a grin on my face. We use a bench there a lot. In fact every time we go in or out so having something so unique has made the changing of the footwear extra fun. And it's always nice to have a little extra storage for hats, mittens, gloves, flashlights and scarves.

There's lots of other news but I'll save it for the next post. Instead I'll leave you with this silky duo.


  1. I love that last picture where you can see some little teeth!

  2. Ok, if you're going the mail order/internet direction for silk you need to check out RedFish Dyeworks. They were at the weaving conference last year and they're booth kept drawing me in - the colors are incredible and they're all hand-dyed. If I remember correctly the two gals who are partners in the company the one does the dyeing, or at least has come up with the formulas for the colors.

  3. Love, love, love your parting shot!!! Just too cute! The bench is just perfect for your house and YOU!

  4. What cuties! And the bench looks great!

    Silk/merino blend is my absolute favorite. What could be more perfect. And all those silk yarns are gorgeous. Beautiful colors. I love silk.

  5. Love that gray and yellow together and the silk will just make it glow with its luster.

    Looks like the bench has found its perfect home.

  6. I don't understand silk so look forward to seeing what you and your dad cook up. I went through a long spell of disliking merino and have come full circle. I'm spinning it right now and enjoy it very much. I think part of the turnaround is that I like to wear it - it's much more versatile for knitting than luster longwool.

  7. I love the merino/silk that you are spinning! Yellows and golds are such great colors to work with. I'm looking forward to seeing what you and your Dad create together!