Friday, April 11, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 15 2014

It's the 15th Friday in 2014!  Can you believe it?  Happy Fiber Arts Friday.  This week I spent my Fiber Arts time weaving another cowl.  Although I had to have my Wolf Pup loom, I do love weaving on my Cricket.  That little Rigid Heddle Loom loves to love my handspun yarns.

With my heart turned to Spring, I chose more greens and purples to create this cowl and a beautiful model to show it off.

Now...just a few photos of our kids.  I just one week, they have grown so much.  We have finally named them.  Sister Bear insisted on the women of Doctor Who particularly those associated with the 10th and 11th Doctors.  I, of course, had already named one so we have Annabelle, Amelia Pond, Clara Oswald, River Song and Rose Tyler.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 14 2014

Fiber Arts Friday is here!  Knit, Spin, Weave, Felt...and raise those fiber producing animals.  It never gets old.  Here we are in the first week of April with freezing temps.  Yup!  It's Michigan.  Freezing rain yesterday.  Well, I won't let the weather rain on my day.  I've got fiber farm fun to share.

First, we have some new babies here on the farm.  No April Foolin', both Willow and Scarlet both gave birth to beautiful girls.  Willow on March 31 and Scarlet on April 1.  Five females total!  They are absolutely adorable.  Of course this means that in a few weeks I will have fresh goat milk to drink, make soap with PLUS learn to make cheese with.  Squeal!  To see more updates, just visit my Facebook Farm Page.




Next, I whipped right through a Saori Weaving project.  I'm calling this cowl, Spring Sweet Spring.  I am eager to see my Lilacs in bloom so I went with rich Purples and Greens.  I used some new techniques in the weaving and am very pleased with the additional texture.

I also make a new bird pod.  This one used a bunch of fiber that I had bought when I first learned how to spin.  A little lesson for new felters, if it isn't good enough to spin then it's probably not good enough to felt.  I fought the fiber big time.  I don't think some of it was labeled right either.  The evil super wash had to be in there.  It just didn't felt don't quite like I hoped.  It's still pretty awesome though.

That's been my week.  Rain, snow, sunshine, weaving and goats.  Now, share your adventures in Fiber Arts!
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Friday, March 28, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 13 2014

Fiber Arts Friday is here!  This was a week of new skills and...more snow.  My knitting mojo is officially gone and with it, the renewed love of wet felting.  Spring has definitely sprung...somewhere, just not in Michigan.

With the thoughts on Spring, I learned how to make felted bird pods this last weekend from one of my favorite fiber friends and amazing Felting Instructor, Suzanne Higgs.  She is one of the most wonderful and beautiful people I have ever met and spending an afternoon with her along with a group of our friends was a total riot full of laughter and projects.

The bird pod I made is meant to be a home for Wrens.  I had so much fun making this pod that I ended up making a second one the next day.

The first pod was made using Finn Wool.  I worked on a couple of techniques including making "barnacles" which are the orange embellishments you see and also some voids which didn't photograph well on the back side.  They look similar to the opening.  Yes, the pod has two openings.  The inner opening has some dyed mohair at the entrance.

There is also some silk neps sprinkled through the project to add some extra color and texture.

On day two, I used 100% Alpaca.  I didn't use any extra techniques because I was curious to see how the Alpaca felted in this project.  I used a total of four extra layers compared to the wool.  It's not as stiff as the Finn.  Next time, I might use a bit more or...add one layer of wool.  I did put Suri Alpaca locks in for dimension.  I was surprised how much it felted in.  The back side you see it better.  You can definitely see how much harrier the Alpaca is once felted compared to the wool too.  Felting is another fun way to study fibers.

The first pod was claimed by my daughter.  She stood at her bedroom window and told where on the tree she wanted me to hang it so she can enjoy the birds.  I love that girl!  I haven't decided where to hang the second one yet.  I think a home near the goats is a good idea.  I plan to make a few more to hang around the farm.  It truly a fun felting project.

I also spun another skein of yarn this week.  I'm still working on different techniques.  I ended up with a health DK weight in my Alpaca/Merino blend.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 12 2014

Happy Spring!  It's Fiber Arts Friday which means more updates in the world of knitting, spinning and weaving.  My knitting streak has finally slowed down and I've found myself spinning more.

This week I completed a 4oz skein of Colonial Wool dyed by my friend Carla from CJKoho Designs in the colorway Alice.  I was thinking about keeping the yarn as a single but decided that I wanted a bulky yarn.  I'm pleased with the yarn.  This was my first time spinning the Colonial Wool.  It was a nice spin but I must say, I'm so used to my fine wool and this isn't.  It most likely will become a hat.

I've made a bit of progress on the Casu Cowl.  I'm at 20 inches now.  It's slow going and not as fun to knit as I had hoped.  I really prefer knitting in the round.  It takes forever to knit a few inches this way.

Finally, I cast on The Running Headband written by our friend, Cindy, at the Gauge Wars blog.  Cables are a weakness of mine so I thought this headband, using my handspun, would be a nice way for me to work on the skill.  I'm on row 13 of 21.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 11 2014

Oh goodness!  Can you believe that it's already the 11th week of the year?  TGIFAF! (Thank Goodness It's Fiber Arts Friday)  This week has been another fabulous week of spinning and knitting plus a bit of warping.

First, I finished my Frisson shawl and it's been gifted.  This was a hard one for me to give away but I know the birthday girl will enjoy it and she looked great wearing it.  I will definitely knit this pattern again.  It was fun and very sassy.

I spun a skein of yarn using 100% BFL dyed by Kelly at Felting Sunshine.    138 yards of 2ply.  I am keeping this skein to knit up.  Maybe another rainbow headband.

Finally, I finished warping my Wolf Pup.  After fighting the yarn on it since November, the last bit is wound and I can finally weave and get the yardage I need so I can finish the skirt I envisioned months ago.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 10 2014

It's Fiber Arts Friday!  I'm still on a shawl knitting phase.  I cast on a shawl last Saturday morning and it's almost done.  Wowza!  We are already well into March and Spring is around the corner.  Really!  It has to be here soon.  Exciting news!  We are supposed to have temps near freezing this weekend!  Woot!  I'm done with sub-zero weather.

Last Saturday I cast on the Frisson.  This shawl is super fun and very sassy.  The YO (Yarn Over) is addictive in this pattern.  I truly believe that my hang up with shawl knitting was too many stitches on the needle.  I have found an insane amount of side to side shawls on Ravelry that will keep me busy for a very long time.  Hopefully I will have a completed shawl for you next week.

The yarn I'm using is the My Pedro Yarn in Smaug Red.  I know I created this yarn but I can't get enough of it.  It's my favorite fingering weight yarn.

I also took some time to spin a skein of yarn.  I've been reading through the last issue of PLY Magazine and wanted to work on my long draw and woolen yarn technique.  My Alpaca isn't the greatest yarn to use for this.  It wants to be worsted so...I dug into my stash and found this fun Corridale/Mohair blend from another Michigan farm.  I had bought it last year at the Michigan Fiber Festival.  It's not my most balanced yarn but when learning a new technique, it takes time and practice.  I had a harder time letting go of my usual spinning habits.  I am going to need a lot more practice.  I'd like to produce a nice single that is balanced at a heavier weight and that isn't happening yet.

So, I have no clue what next week's project will be.  I hope this shawl will be completed this weekend.  I am loving it and will have a hard time giving it to it's intended recipient when it's done.  Now, share your adventures in Fiber Arts!

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday - Week 9 2014

It's Fiber Arts Friday!  It seems like a slow week with only two projects to share instead of the crazy FO's I've completed the last few weeks.  Without the Olympics, will I keep it up?  We'll see ;-)

First, I am sharing my Trillian.  I am in love with this shawl.  Using my handspun from four boys on my farm (Kaboom, Renaissance, Haze and Buccaneer) who happen to be some of the first Alpacas I ever bought.  The color is a nice brown with an auburn feel to it.  Yes, indeed, it does match my hair.  I love knitting with handspun and having the pleasure to raising the animals that produced the fiber that I enjoyed spinning so I could eventually knit to finally wear...well, it's what gets me up in the morning and is truly my life's work's passion.


After knitting  like a fiend and submitting all five of my challenges for Round 1 of Tournament 10 in Nerd Wars, I needed something to enjoy during the remainder of the month.  I torqued my should a bit so spinning has been painful.  I'm letting my should do it's healing while I knit away.

I cast on the Casu Cowl.  I love the look of the cowl but not the fact that it is knit flat.  I'm knitting it with fingering weight yarn instead of the worsted the pattern calls for.  Of course that means it's going to take longer to knit.  I'm using some Alpaca Yarn Company yarn that I had in my stash from some event I've had forever.  How this shade of pink ended up in my stash is beyond me.  It's too pale...but, perfect to use as a gift.

This cowl will be a belated birthday gift for a friend.  She's getting used to the fact that any knit goods from me are always going to come long after her birthday has passed.

Right now I have about 16 inches done.  I need closer to 60 to get the length I want.  It will take awhile.  It will be stunning once it's blocked.

Next up?  Well, tomorrow begins Round 2 for Nerd Wars so I'm casting on the Frisson Shawl.  It's going to be another birthday gift for a co-worker who is turning 40.  She picked out the yarn which happens to be my Smaug Red in the My Pedro blend.  I'm also going to get my Wolf Pup loom warped.  I've been hung up on a tangled mess.  I want to finish warping it so I can get it done.  I'm sick of looking at a half warped loom.
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