Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Offcial announcement

As many of you asked, and as I promised, after a long, long time I started to update the pages where you can see what is available to buy.

For now I've uploaded a few of the more pastell wools, but I am working on the rest too.

So slowly, carefully, but surely... you can browse.
Here:

http://peony67.blogspot.hu/p/orphans-handdyed-wool.html

Monday, August 22, 2016

Running around

The backdraw to be at the craft fair as a participant, that you can't really get out, even though these events for me just as much about being together and meeting new friends, 
However, there were days when I didn't even got out that small hmmm... garden? part of teh castle grounds where we had our station...
  My fair-present was even selected from across the small road from us, I only had difficult time to decide which pair should I get.
 I could only rush around in one of the mornings, though I did spend some time with the weaver from India, who had amazing stuff.


 The guest country was Üzbeghistan, their exhibitors had the most amazing felted stuff, including this technicolor purple coat...
 and china...
And of course I could not miss out getting a picture with the felt queen Klara Gera.
 And Bori... You know the friends you dearly love but meet only like once or twoce a year at events like this?
I had new pupils for spinning, I did my share spreading the spinning bug...
As well as the crochet and knitting bug...
(In other world, if you want festival hair, you might as well crochet the ribbons to go in yourself)

And those without whom I couldn't do it... Christopher and Bogi (representing all the others I missed taking pictures of...

Boglárka, without whom I would probably still sitting there on my bags, hoping to teleport them home.
 And Deák Péter, as well as all the others of the Craft Circle... I am the luckiest person to have you all as a friend.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

It is that time of the year again...

Summer came and went, so did my good intention, about updating the blog more regurarly...
However, I cannot miss this post...
The Festival of Folk arts is on again, and I am ready, with a ton of handdyed wool, yarn, shawl pins drop-spindles and handspun yarn...
If you are in the area, you will find me there from tomorrow, until Sunday night.
Some picture just to wet your appetite...
Baby Alpaca Silks
Sockyarns
Alpaca/Silk lace
More sock yarn
Vilde silk... mostly for weaving, but for the daredevil knitters/crocheters as well (very thin).
Rainbows on many different fibers, many different ways...
Pastells...
Even yellows... (I know, I know... this is as yellow, as it ever gets...as far as I am concerned).
Mauves, pinks, turqoise and petrol... 
Blood Ties...
Impressionists
The bookkeeper.
Lake Balaton
Sandy Beach
This is what happens with leftover dyes
 And some random close ups, for your viewing pleasure






 See you there...

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Stocking reconstruction

At the end of may at the celebration of museums my friend donned in full reanactment costume planted the bug in my ear. She asked me to knit a pair of stockings, but not just any stocking, but one based on old findings. You must know by now that I am not to ruin anything good...
We looked through museum items, descriptions, I added what I knew from my readings on knitting and old stockings...and what I know about sock knitting in general.
This is the result:
The old findings were rather missmatched, some writings from the age of Elizabeth the first talk about incredibly tiny gauge, others that my friend showed to me mentioned thick, even worsted yarn, so we decided to use the thickness that is used for socks today..
The upper edge of older stockings are rolling back, but garther stitch is not called as such for nothing, and writings do mention using the stitch there
Elastic bands obviously were non-existent, silk or velvet ribbons held socks up. I added a row of holes to hold the ribbon.
Short rows were invented later, therefore I had to use the heel flap version.


Shaping for the knee/calf/ankle were done with strategically placed decreases and increases.
Without short rows shaping the heel is a bit clumsy, but anything for historical accuracy...

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Heritage

I already mentioned my paternal grandmother and mom, from whom I must have inherited the crafty gene... however it is probably goes back a lot farther than that...
So here are my mothernal grandparents...
My grandfather, Lajos Kőrösi who was a printer (edited to add: my brother says its rather typographer, and he is probably right)  in his younger years, however I only new him, as the one who decorated the shoe, or rather wood soled slipper- and clog-tops my grandma (Margit Nagy) cut and sewed up...
I only have this much of them, after my mom died, I only found these in her stuff, a half of a slipper-top, and a pair os scissors my grandpa used in his last years. I used those scissors for many years to cut patterns until it fell apart... But I just cannot throw it out...
I also have a few painting of my grandfather's. My mom gave all of them to me once, which was a surprise, because my brother was her favorite... However I shared those pictures with my brother, and only kept a few of the pictures. Who knows once I might even have a place to hang them properly.