Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New Addiction: Avatar (The Last Airbender)

Just a quick update and some photos: I've finally started watching Avatar - The Last Airbender, which I've been meaning to since about forever. Now my chance came when we (that is my chosen family and I) needed another TV series to watch once a week and the suggestion came up. It's such a lot of fun, and I like how the show incorporates feminist topics by letting some character make comments like "that's not for girls to do" or bringing up silly stereotypes in another way, and then showing how he is really an obnoxious git and letting him deal with the consequences. We've finished season 1 now, and I have already spun two yarns inspired by the series:


If you've watched the show or google a picture it should be obvious why I chose these colours. The yarn is soft and gorgeous, this time without any add-ins, and it's already listed in the shop.

Kyoshi Warriors

Now, these I liked a lot! A group of women warriors, powerful and witty, fighting with swords and fans. I carded a batt about a week ago and then went to look for fan charms which I really wanted in this yarn. It seemed there were none small enough for my spinning wheel orifice, but I ordered a small (and beautiful) version anyway and was lucky - they fit after all, smoothly.
So, the colour choices are based on the outfits (green, black, gold/yellow) and make-up (red eyeshadow / eye lid painting), and I added some gold sparkle, too. The yarn still needs to dry and I will list it as soon as possible.

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Age of Swords

My latest art yarn was inspired by one of my current favourite metal bands, Skálmöld from Iceland. I hadn't even heard of them until a little more than a year ago, when I saw them live as supporting act of Finntroll, another one of my favourite metal bands. I liked Skálmöld well enough, but it took me another concert to really appreciate them. I saw them again a few weeks back, this time as supporting act of Eluveitie (whom I didn't enjoy as much as I had thought I would, by the way), together with Arkona (another one of my favourite... ;-))

Anyway, I had a lot of fun at the concert, and enjoyed Skálmöld's performance and music immensely. As I am now in the very comfortable position of having an all access account on Google Music, I was able to listen through all their stuff, and I liked them so much I didn't listen to anyone else for a while.

One of my favourite songs is Gleipnir, and I found a version with lyrics so it's also interesting (and less gruesome than the official video for this song):

As with many things I care about, I just had to spin a yarn ;-)

Skálmöld translates as Age of Swords, and refers to the Sturlung Era and their civil war in 13th century Iceland, and their songs are inspired by mythology and sagas. This all pretty much influenced my colour and add-in choices: I chose to represent Iceland's black lava and white snow, and the age of swords did call for blood red and skulls and swords.

I think it's always a little difficult with themes like this, and with skulls and swords, as I don't condone violence and much less want to glorify it. Please see this strictly in a fantasy/mythology/saga context.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Knitted Art Yarns: Frozen-themed & Harry Potter Art Yarn Advent Calendar

Helloooo, and happy new year, dear friends! :-)

I have new, wonderful photos to show to you. Look at what Max made from two icy art yarns (Ice Princess and a custom yarn inspired by Elsa from Frozen) and from the whole Harry Potter art yarn advent calendar!

Max knitted beautiful Ice Princess sleeves and an Elsa shrug for her two daughters who were very taken with the movie Frozen:


Max and her older daughter shared the Harry Potter art yarn advent calendar and made this absolutely fantastic scarf from the whole calendar:

Thank you for all the lovely photos, Max! I enjoyed looking through them immensely, and I am so glad you and Iris had fun with the advent calendar :-)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

24. Gryffindor Wins (Harry Potter Art Yarn Advent Calendar)

"There are all kinds of courage," said Dumbledore, smiling. "It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends. I therefore award ten points to Mr. Neville Longbottom."  [...]  
"Which means, Dumbledore called over the storm of applause, for even Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff were celebrating the downfall of Slytherin, "we need a little change of decoration."  He clapped his hands. In an instant, the green hangings became scarlet and the silver became gold; the huge Slytherin serpent vanished and a towering Gryffindor lion took its place. 

- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling

Description: I picked up the colours and fibre types from the Gryffindor yarn (day 10), but made the yarn smoother, and I added a lion charm to it as well as several genuine pyrite beads which shimmer golden. They add a festive touch to this final advent calendar art yarn.
Fibre Types: merino wool, mulberry silk, linen
Colours: red, yellow 
Add-Ins: red thread, pyrite beads, lion charm

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

23. The Stone (Harry Potter Art Yarn Calendar)

"This mirror is the key to finding the Stone," Quirrell murmured, tapping his way around the frame. "Trust Dumbledore to come up with something like this... but he's in London... I'll be far away by the time he gets back...."  All Harry could think of doing was to keep Quirrell talking and stop him from concentrating on the mirror. 

- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling


Description: I wanted to capture the dark and ominous situation in this yarn, so I chose dark colours (grey and black), and I added streaks of bright red as a hint of the stone as well as the danger. I spun in flat silver sequins to represent the Mirror of Erised, and a large faceted garnet bead to represent the stone, which is described as blood red.
Fibre Types: bluefaced leicester wool, linen, viscose, mulberry silk
Colours: greys, black, red
Add-Ins: black thread, flat silver sequins, faceted garnet bead

Monday, December 22, 2014

22. As For Me, I'll Be a Knight (Harry Potter Art Yarn Advent Calendar)

They were standing on the edge of a huge chessboard, behind the black chessmen, which were all taller than they were and carved from what looked like black stone. Facing them, way across the chamber, were the white pieces. Harry, Ron and Hermione shivered slightly -- the towering white chessmen had no faces. 

- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling

Description: Colour choices and distribution are kind of obvious again - I spun the yarn so the colours alternate. I was very happy when I found these knight chess charms in my favourite charms shop and ordered them immediately, so there is one of those in the yarn :-)
Fibre Types: bluefaced leicester wool
Colours: black, white
Add-Ins: silver thread, chess knight charms

Sunday, December 21, 2014

21. Winged Keys (Harry Potter Art Yarn Advent Calendar)

"They're not birds!" Harry said suddenly. "They're keys! Winged keys -- look carefully. So that must mean..." he looked around the chamber while the other two squinted up at the flock of keys. "... yes -- look! Broomsticks! We've got to catch the key to the door!"  

- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling


Description: I had to read the scene again to decide on colours, but once I did it was obvious: the key in questions is described as having bright blue wings, so I decided on blues for the wings, and greys for the castle walls of the chamber. I added blueish-turquoisish silk strips to emphasize the wings further, and I spun in silver key charms, too.
Fibre Types: merino wool
Colours: greys, blues
Add-Ins: turquoise silk strips, key charms


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