Hemp Happiness (Hempiness?)

I just got a LARGE cone (2.2 lbs) of hemp yarn from in the mail, and I am filled with hempiness. Hemp traders were mentioned in Handwoven and I visited their website and was enthralled. Once I overcame my brief fear of having to figure out what 10nm meant (7th-grade metric system PTSD). If my calculations are correct, they sell (10nm) 4545 ypp weight – which I purchased and am currently waffling with at 24 epi – and (16nm) 7200 ypp. I haven’t yet washed the first towel, but I will report the outcome. But so far the hemp is lovely to work with. It has a great sheen and is very strong.

My second cause for happiness is a telephone interview I had with Anita Osterhaug, Editor of Handwoven magazine. We talked (or I rambled and Anita very nicely listened) about sewing with handwoven fabric. I think I will have a wee corner in their upcoming garment issue.

Finally, have you seen the Fashion 2012 Catalog by Bloomsbury Academic It was lent to me by my friend and weaving mentor Ute Bargmann. It has some really covety books on pattern making and dyeing/printing textiles as well as an endless array of inspirational books on fashion designers, clothes history, design in general and many more. As usual, Ute is my resource goddess. Whatever I stumble upon in my weaving life, she will have or know or have made a great book, pamphlet or set of samples on just that topic. What a friend!!