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50 Cove St
Portland, ME, 04101
United States

(207) 780-1345

Located in the East Bayside area of Portland, Maine, we strive to provide an encouraging community for fellow fiber-lovers by offering classes and carrying supplies for weavers, spinners, wet felters, needle felters, and dyers.  Stop in and let us help you on your merry fiber way!  

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PortFiber Blogginess

Casey and Julie's ramblings on spinning, weaving, felting, dyeing, and of life in Portland, Maine.

Current WIPs

Casey Ryder

Polyamory, when it comes to a maker's world, seems to be the norm.  What I mean is that most of the creative people I know have three or four (or eight or twenty) projects going on at once.  Is it a symptom of society?  Our attentions can't be held by one pursuit at a time?  Hmm.  I don't think I want to delve into that social critique, but I will share what's currently on my needles.  Well, at least the projects that I'm actively making.  I don't want to think about all of the UFOs (unfinished objects) lurking in drawers and trunks around my apartment.  Yipes!

I'll start with a project I began in December - a twill lap blanket, woven on the 48" 8-Harness Macomber loom using JaggerSpun organic Merino.  I've never used a sectional back beam before, but Ray showed me the the hows and what-fors.  Winding on a sectional warp is pretty slick!  Threading the heddles, however, was a bit daunting for such a large project!  I've also discovered that trying to progress on personal projects that live at work is not so easy.  But!  Now that I've gotten to the fun part (throwing the shuttle and seeing the fabric come together), I'm moving right along.  I've got about a yard left to weave and then the fringe twisting will commence!  This is going to be a gift to some very special people. 

Next up, a silk tee that I started in February.  I was looking, very last minute might I add, for a project to knit while on vacation in Florida.  I landed on the Linum Tee, designed by Bristol Ivy.  Bristol's patters are baller, and I'm not just saying that because we're pals.  She is queen at creating garments with simple, clean shapes + an added element of design (read: math) that would make my brain explode if I had to come up with it myself.  I decided to knit this piece with Habu Textiles Tweedy Silk held together with their viscose silk yarn.  So far, I'm loving it.  It's a great mindless knit at the moment as the whole bottom part is stockinette.  (Yes, Netflix!  I AM still watching!  Don't judge me!)  I'm looking forward to the Fisherman's Rib at the top of the tee.  Hopefully, I'll finish in time for this summer!

Last up:  some sparkle-tastic socks!  For last month's Dyeing 101 class, I wound a 14 yard skein to demonstrate how to hand paint self-striping sock yarn.  I was so happy with the results that I did my gauge swatch at home that night while the yarn was still a bit damp.  I did reprimand myself for casting-on for yet another project, but it was a halfhearted tongue lashing because I love knitting socks!

What's everyone else working on?  Any monogamous makers out there?  Does one actually accomplish more when working on one project at a time?  I'm not sure, but I'm happy with spreading my fibery love, even if it means finishing a project years after I've begun!