18 October 2009

October Was A Busy Month (and it's only the 18th)

Lots to share. Let’s start with some finished projects, because that always feels good. I have been meaning to try free-felting with my hand dyed fiber for the longest time. So, as Fall was starting to do just that, I went outside and rubbed water and soap into thin layers of wool and created 70” long scarves. The first has novelty yarn laid on top of the unfelted fiber, so as it felted it locked in. Both are thin and beautiful and warm. I’ll have to do more of this come Spring. Falling needles felting into scarves just doesn’t work. And this messy process is definitely an outdoors thing.

Next up, a mix of my hand dyed and purchased wool to make a watery, forest-y shawl. Design by Stephen West, this Daybreak shawl is more like a mermaid’s wrap:
 Daybreak Shawl, deign by Stephen West, knit by Charisa Martin Cairn  Daybreak Shawl, deign by Stephen West, knit by Charisa Martin Cairn Close up, Daybreak Shawl, deign by Stephen West, knit by Charisa Martin Cairn

Folks in Snohomish, Washington got a very rare treat in September. My partner, Carol Brozman, had a few of her paintings on display for the month of September. View her whole catalog at her Web site

And lastly, the Snohomish Knitters Guild had knitting author Cheryl Brunette come speak and give us a delightful talk on Sweater 101 basics. I had the good fortune of being able to entertain her for a bit and take her to breakfast the following morning. It felt like I had met an old friend. And, no, her sweater was not knit with Noro, it’s a Kaffe Fassett design and each color change is a different yarn.
Cheryl Brunette, author of Sweater 101
And to wrap, let me leave you with a sweet goodbye from Shawn Colvin. I bootlegged the shots and music with my point and shoot. She serenades you for three minutes from the Edmonds Center for the Arts. If you wait for the end, you’ll get lots of great suggestions to hear more from Shawn on You Tube.


  1. Oh my, the Daybreak is gorgeous!!! I'd love to see how you did the felting - maybe you could demo it for the spinning guild sometime?

  2. That shawl is just gorgeous and it looks nice and cozy warm.

  3. That wrap is BEAUTIFUL - love the colors too.


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