Rhonda Fargnoli and Charlie de Weese recently launched their yarn company Coastal Colours, which makes its stunning colors out of plant based dyes. They actually grow many of the plants themselves, and for those who know anything about dyeing fiber, to achieve such resonant colors using botanical extracts is very difficult. Artists and chemists, these two. I've wanted to meet Rhonda for a while, since she gives many classes at Rhode Island School of Design, which is down the road from me. I did, however, think it best to show up to their trunk show without Junior who is deep into his armpit farting stage.
Unfortunately, some well-meaning woman at DSW recently informed him (in a tête a tête among the high heels) that if he got his hand wet it would greatly enhance the tone emitting from his armpit. You can see why I wanted to go alone, which is why on Sunday I dropped the kiddos with Husband at work and went with no entourage.
I just love the elegant packaging that Rhonda and Charlie use, which consists of seashells they found on the beach and old sailing charts from when Charlie used to sail up and down the Pacific coast. The type of ephemera that goes right onto one's bulletin or inspiration board. And the Coastal Colours pair, Charlie and Rhonda? Fun, engaging, utterly charming. I really am glad I didn't challenge them with Junior's rendition of Beethoven's Fifth, piped in Dolby surround sound from under his arm, though. Thanks for that, Husband!
After hemming and hawing for way too long, since there were many types and colors of yarns, I bought two blue skeins of flax, but it's going to be difficult to remove them from the ceramic bowl and actually knit something. It softens up quite a lot after a wash as I could see from the sample, so I'm thinking about knitting a hat or gloves, but then again, they seem to be crying out to be made into some sort of necklace. That said, I could just leave them sitting in on the mantel: Decorative fiber is second nature to me, as we know!