August 19, 2008

Honeycomb Mittens

Pictured above is the first mitten of the final project in Level 1. This mitten pattern called "Honeycomb Mittens" by Jean Newsted, in the book "Homespun Handknit -caps, socks, mittens, and gloves" by Interweave Press, edited by Linda Ligon (Published 1987). It is a great compilation of over 50 patterns by many people, who have selected their favourite patterns. The mittens were interesting and worked up quickly. Now I just have to get the matching one finished and add thumbs. The plants used for dyeing these mittens were: Smartweed, Yellow Loosestrife, Dandelion, and Avacado. (more to follow about this in another post).

There have been a couple questions asked about Nature Dyeing (I'll do a post on that later) and the Master Spinner program. I will give info on the spinning program in this post. For those of you who live in North America, it is very possible that you can have an extension course set up in your area. For those of you in other parts of the world, I encourage you to see what your agricultural colleges offer. It is so wonderful to have access to great teachers and mentors
I live in a very isolated part of the country, so this course has helped a lot - there are no guilds or spinning groups in my immediate area. The closest guild is about 4 hours away, a long distance when one must stay home and take care of the flock).
As to how many levels I will do, or where they will get me, I'll work at it until I feel I've learned what I want or need to know, and the certificate does make it possible to be an instructor (although I have never really wanted to be a teacher).
Master Spinner Program - Olds College - Olds, Alberta Canada
  • The Master Spinner Program consists of six progressive levels of classroom and independent study involving skill development, research studies and project assignments in the area of hand spinning of all major types of fibers, yarns and the end use of the spun yarns.
  • At all levels, students are evaluated on the basis of written assignments, practical projects, oral presentations and skill development.
  • The opportunity to take the first two levels can be arranged as extension off-campus.
  • For each level, there is a course fee, a studio (materials fee) and a workbook evaluation fee (payable when homework is submitted for marking).
  • Those individuals who successfully complete the assignments in all six levels will receive a Master Spinner Certificate from Olds College.
  • For more info contact:


~ Phyllis ~ said...

You've done a wonderful job on the mitten. Keep us posted on your progress on the Master Spinner Program.
In answer to your question on my blog Paradise Fibers is located in Spokane, Washington. I have a link to them near the top of my blog.

Jody said...

Nice mittens in those natural colours Val.
I eat avacadoes every week..I luv them....please do a post soon on how to dye with them.
Here in Ontario there is a Master Spinner program at Haliburton School of Arts just an hour north of where I live.

limestone coasties said...

hey val - love the mitts - youve inspired me to try and make some fairisle/intarisa mitts with all my handspun coloured english leicester.

i have a great book about natural dying with plants i must go find it to read more as i really want to try this dying method after looking at yours!


Yarn Devil said...

Love the mitten!! It turned out beautiful.

Felix said...

Really nice colours.
Have a great day.

Cary at Serenity Farms said...

Hi Val! I have made those mittens and love them!!! I have really enjoyed your posts about your "homework" ;) When we visited Alberta several years ago, we visited Olds. Did you know that some really good Percheron horses came from Olds College? LOL...

Hope you and the sheep are all doing well (and I can COMPLETELY relate to the dial up stuff - UGH!)

Cary at Serenity Farms