Monday, June 9, 2008

Farmer's Market Project #1

Last week,while strolling through the very lively Abingdon Farmer's Market, I slyly snapped this photo of a pepper plants and begonias, while my husband bought some peppers.

Farmer's Market Project, week 1

Throughout the week, I thought about the photo and what aspects I wanted to caputure in the yarn. I was most struck by the variety of greens and the interplay between the shot of red with the rest of the photo. It took me a few days, but on Thursday I pulled out some gray streaked mill-ends wool and a local wool/alpaca/mohair blend from Hobby Knob Farm. I put both fibers into a dyepot with a medium green. As the temperature rose, I sprinkled in a few more greens (dye will "strike" the fiber quicker when it's already heated, so you can get patches of distinct colors while kettle dyeing).
Farmer's Market Project, Week 1yarn

The resulting fiber was dried outside in the sunshine and spun into a bulky single, shot through with begonia red recycled silk. The scrappy silk offers both a contrast of color and texture, the same contrast provided by the begonia in the picture.

I would love some company for the Farmer's Market Project! Read this to learn more and then leave a comment if you'd like to join me. I welcome anyone who does any craft; I'll make a blogroll of those involved, so make sure you leave your blog address!


Eco Craftiness said...

Hey Tara!

I really dig your farmers market idea! The local farmer's market in my town starts off the season this Friday, so I'll try my best to get out there and look for some inspiration. If I find any I'll be sure to blog about it and report back to you for inclusion in a blogroll if you do start one up. Again, really neat idea! It'll definitely help to remind/motivate me to get out to my local market...

By the way, I LOVE the yarn you came up w/based on your photo!

Katie said...

I love the way the yarn turned out! I would love to join in. Just let me know what I need to do.

Kitty said...

This is such a great idea!! I'm reading the book "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" and have been meaning to find a Farmer's Market near me.... Once I find one, I definitely will join your Project!! I'll blog about it, too, and will try to keep up on yours! Great job with the yarn, too!! :)