Monday, May 21

 I realize if this is your first or second time reading the blog I might seem a bit footwear obsessed. But I'm not, really!

I am however, comfort obsessed...maybe because I spend pretty much all day everyday on my feet so good shoes & slippers play major parts in my life.

I'm getting ready to head to Squam Art Workshops in just a few short weeks and I can't wait!  There is a thread on Ravelry which always inspires & panics me in equal measure.  It's titled "Things to make & wear to Squam".  Knowing I'll be surrounded by makers I want to be able to show off a bit. There is probably no where else in the world that your handmade wardrobe will be so appreciated (okay, maybe Rhinebeck) so it's the perfect time to pull out all the handmade stops.

I know Melynda Bernardi will be there teaching her lovely French Press Slippers, something I've had on my 'knit list' probably since they were released, and I figured NOW was the time to finally make them.

They knit up unbelievably fast, mostly in one evening with the seaming the next evening.  
I have to admit here, until this I haven't fulled/felted much of my knitting.  For most of my knitting life I lived in NYC with a laundromat as "my" only washing machine and they kind of frown on messing with the cycles...
So I was a little nervous pre-felting. They were comically huge as you can see in the pic below with my actual feet next to the slippers.

I bravely followed Melynda's written felting directions, well, almost.  I don't have tennis balls laying around (do most people?!) but I did have some plastic measuring cups I figured would serve the same purpose so I threw those in the washer with the slippers.  I checked every 5 minutes as directed and good thing because the change from not at all felted to totally felted happened in one of those 5 minute spaces!

I used my own hand dyed Catskill (2 skeins, with 77g remaining so 3 skeins would make 2 pair) a 4ply Merino and these fab, snap-on vintage buttons.
I am so thrilled with the way they came out!
I can't wait to wear these by the fireplace at Squam!  Although I'm enjoying them quite a lot in my studio on a rainy Monday too...

This project totally made me remember the joys of just knitting from another designer's pattern, not calculating or thinking ahead, just blindly following well written instructions.  I am going to try to knit from a pattern at least once a month from now on to remind me how much I love knitting.

What's next on your "must knit" list?

Tuesday, May 15

Change is afoot

This little blog has been infrequently updated but that's going to change! 

In fact there are lots of new projects in my head and at the very tips of my fingers. I think Spring with its new growth, bird songs and traditional cleanings seems to call for changes all around.  Small and slightly larger things are in the works, the corners are being dusted out and 2012 is looking to be a very full year!  If you want to keep track of everything, you can sign up for my email list (don't worry the only emails you'll ever get are just from me!) 

Here's a little taste of some of the things happening here at camp JDMS:

Lots of yarns in Springy colors are being added to the shop...

I'm getting lots of samples ready for my classes at Squam Art Workshops, I can't believe I'll be at the lovely lake in just a few short weeks!!

Stay tuned for more updates in the next few weeks...

Does Spring inspire you to make changes? What do you look forward to with the metamorphosis from barren to verdant?