Friday, February 02, 2007


I had a moment the other day, well actually there have been a couple lately (more on that soon!). I read in blogland that Marta from Marta's yarns had passed away. It made me sad to think that such a talented person has left the planet. And It reminded me of my visit there last year. I went to visit SadieandLance in Melbourne and that fabuluous craftster took me on a tour of all the cool shops down there.

When we arrived at Marta's yarns I was stunned. The walls were covered in brightly coloured yarn. It was so hard to know where to look first! I made my way to the 2ply yarn section at S&L suggestion, & I started picking up colours that looked good together. Marta was helping someone else, but as soon as she was free we pounced! I took over the yarn combos I had selected and we started playing. Now I have to say that I have always felt confident when it comes to colour choices, I know what I like and I know what works, for me anyway! But Marta was on a whole other level. And patient! She worked with your colour choices and made suggestions, building on what you had started, she was just lovely! She knew how to refine my choices, by changing one colour variation it changed the whole combo and it just popped!

This yarn is 3 x 2ply strands of varegated colours, which together form this beautiful combination. I bought this to make some fingerless gloves for myself. I have been looking for a pattern to use for a while, and nothing grabs me. After hearing the news about Marta's passing, I have decided that it is time to try my hand at designing a pattern myself. Kind of daunting, and part of me wants to keep the ball as is because it is sooo pretty. Finally I think it is time for this ball to transform into beautiful garment. I think even Marta would agree!


Bells said...

Go Shaz!!!! What a fabulous way to acknowledge such a sad loss.

I will wait eagerly to see your progress!

Nora said...

I love how you wrote this post. That little yarn cake is indeed beautiful. I'm sure you'll create something stunning. x

SadieandLance said...

That's a really nice way to honour Marta's memory. The melbourne SnB girls are collecting stories about people's interactions with Marta...maybe you should pass it on?

SoulCradler said...

What a fitting tribute - doing something completely original with your completely original Marta's yarn :-)

Meg said...

I had the same overwhelming experience the one time i went to marta's, about a year ago! Didn't know where to look and a friend just pointed me toward the 2 ply. Sadly I didn't get to meet Marta herself. Good luck with your design!