Archive for January, 2008

Apple Champagne Scones

Posted in art, Blogroll, crochet, handspun, knitting, spinning, Uncategorized, weaving, yarn on January 27, 2008 by subversiveyarns

Every Saturday our knitting group meets at our Local Yarn Store (The Rookery) for some gossip, snacks and coffee. Oh and uhm, knitting. This week I made apple champagne scones. I used some leftover champagne in the dough, but you could use apple juice if you’re out of bubbly. These are the best scones I’ve ever made. Try them with a little butter on top.

Apple Champagne Scones

2 cups apples, minced      2 cups flour      2 tsp. baking powder

1 Tbsp. sugar       1 Tbsp. brown sugar      1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt       2 Tbsp. butter      4 Tbsp. Shortening

1/2 cup raisins      1/2 champagne

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Cut in the butter and shortening until mixture is crumbly. Stir in the apples and the raisins. Add the champagne 1/4 a cup at a time until mixture forms a stiff dough. Roll out dough on a floured surface until it’s about 1/2″ thick. Cut into triangles and bake for 10 minutes, or until scones are light brown. Enjoy!

 

Spellbound

Posted in art, Blogroll, crochet, handspun, knitting, spinning, Uncategorized, weaving, yarn on January 24, 2008 by subversiveyarns

I picked up a fantastic fiber this month, it’s a gunmetal grey blend of merino and tussah silk. It was so beautiful I was almost afraid to spin it. I mixed in recycled sari silk for texture and contrast. At t really turned out fantastically. At 129 yards, I am Spellbound.

Ahhhh…Merino

Posted in art, Blogroll, crochet, handspun, knitting, spinning, Uncategorized, weaving, yarn on January 21, 2008 by subversiveyarns

I just finished spinning up the most fantastic yarn. It’s a soft blue merino wool plied with hand painted silk in blues and purples. At 78 yards, this yarn would make a fantastic hat. It’s so soft!

Manic

Posted in art, Blogroll, crochet, handspun, knitting, spinning, Uncategorized, weaving, yarn on January 18, 2008 by subversiveyarns

Some of my friends have a penchant for all things bright, blindingly, shockingly bright. This yarn is for the hipsters that cannot get enough of hot pink. I spun two skeins of 60 yards each. Manic is super bulky, with each skein being a little over 5 1/2 ounces each. I’d knit this skein on size 10-13 needles.

Gutter

Posted in art, Blogroll, crochet, handspun, knitting, spinning, Uncategorized, weaving, yarn on January 16, 2008 by subversiveyarns

As an artist, I tend to look at the colors and patterns in everything.  Winter walks in Alaska can be hazardous.  I spend at least half that time looking at the ground, dodging the black ice, pot holes and the random road debris that blankets our city streets. I walked along Shelikof street last Wednesday on my way to my local yarn store and a glint of purple caught my eye.  When I peered down into the gutter I was inspired. It was full of vegetation, wrappers, string and a thin coating of oil. It was beautiful and the catalyst for this yarn:

90 yards of sport weight yarn.  Beautiful.

Glacier

Posted in art, Blogroll, crochet, handspun, knitting, spinning, Uncategorized, weaving, yarn on January 13, 2008 by subversiveyarns

Last May, I took a trip along the coast of Alaska. The pictures of the glaciers moving along the coast inspired me to create Glacier. Glacier is 97 yards of alpaca and Icelandic wool, with some angelina for shimmer. This yarn would make a fabulous pair of mittens.

Stalactite

Posted in art, Blogroll, crochet, handspun, knitting, spinning, Uncategorized, weaving, yarn on January 8, 2008 by subversiveyarns

This is my absolute favorite yarn I have spun. Stalactite is made from hand painted wool in purple, olive green and tan, knot plied with a golden colored baby alpaca. This is a mini-skein at only 37 yards and would be best knitted on size 7-9 needles.